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Leave It To Dunwoodie!

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Now that we are entering the season of Autumn I think back on my childhood to the days when I spent more than one weekend in a row raking leaves. Now I grew up in a little town on the south shore of Long Island. Depending upon which way you were driving you would miss it if you blinked. And actually no matter which way you drove through it you would miss it if you blinked. The name of the town was West Islip.  Not too far from Amityville and this house…

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We’ve had our share of famous people from West Islip. The list includes: Mario Puzo (the guy who wrote The Godfather), Al Oerter (4-time Olympic Gold Medalist in the Discus), Tom Downey (congressman) and Rick Lazio (Congressman). The name Don Schmidt does not appear among them and that’s fine with me. But I digress from the main drift of the story…

When my parents moved to West Islip my father was big on privacy. He planned out the entire yard on how he would insert trees, bushes and flowers. He actually planted two rows of evergreens that we used as Christmas trees for about 10 years in a row. The bane of my existence as a child though, were the Maple trees that he planted on the extreme edge of the northern part of our property. This would be on the side of the house that bordered on N. Monroe Ave.

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Now before I get into the entire story about the leaves and the Maple trees I want to talk a little bit about the streets in my neighborhood. The streets were all named for presidents. There was Jefferson, Madison, Monroe, Washington, and then there was the street that I lived on. The street I grew up on and spent 30 years living on was named Dunwoodie. I could never understand how all the streets were named for presidents and we lived on Dunwoodie. Who was this Dunwoodie and why was he given such a great place with the rest of the presidential crowd? I never got an answer to this question but for 33 years 100 Dunwoodie in West Islip was my home. For roughly the first 20 years I spent a good deal of my time cleaning up those damn Maple leaves from the side of the house.

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It would start in late September. I would always try to figure out if I could mulch all the leaves and not have to bag them. This was folly. The amount of leaves from a Maple tree cannot be shredded into a tiny pile. These were towering Maple trees. They were 40-60 feet tall, and I continually cleaned up the leaves. While all my friends did other things on their weekends, I raked and bagged leaves. As I got older, friends would go and play golf as a foursome, and I raked the leaves on the side of my house. I’m not saying this was bad I’m just saying that a chainsaw would’ve made everything that much more pleasant. (only kidding!)

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Those Maple trees though, they gave shade in the summertime and they also gave a funny Pinocchio nose if you could split the leaves just right. Those Maple trees were my tree fort, they helped me keep watch for alien invaders and enemies who were going to attempt to attack my Fortress of Solitude at 100 Dunwoodie.

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Yes those Maple trees were the bane of my existence as a youth, but I remember them and I miss them and I know that they helped instill some character in my person that can never be duplicated or replaced by any other event.

Thank you Maple trees…  you did your job well.

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The Hump-T Chronicle

New Photo w Logos I’ve been thinking about writing this blog post for a long time. When the story first came to light we were told that we should definitely put this story into an article or blog post for anyone and everyone to read. I guess I should start at the beginning… It was around my birthday in 2009. My birthday is toward the end of the summer, so it’s always nice to have a barbecue to celebrate that end. My fiancé Susan, had decided that she would have the barbecue at her house but at the last minute the plans were changed, and we ended up going out to her parent’s house which is on the Eastern Prairie of Colorado. Hump-T Now both Susan and her parents knew that I love turtles. Her parents lived in a rural area where there are always turtles on the side of the road in the summertime. As we were driving there sometimes I would stop and move the turtles off the road to make sure that they did not get hurt. Now when we went to Florida in 2009, we went over to the Space Coast and there is a nature preserve there. As we were driving around the narrow roads between the sand dunes we came upon a couple of large tortoises that were walking across the road. I believe they call them Gopher Tortoises in Florida. Of course, I had to stop the car get out and move them off the road.

This is all the background that you need to know my affinity for turtles. As we were finishing dinner and the presents began to flow, Susan’s mom brought out a tank with a turtle in it (A Western Ornate Box Turtle). As I look into the tank I noticed that the turtle has a damaged shell. Not just a little damage, the turtle has roughly a 4 inch gash slashed in the back of its shell. My first thought was; “That’s going to shorten the turtle’s life.” I was told that the vet out on the Eastern Prairie had mentioned that the damage to the shell should not keep the turtle from living a normal life. I took this with a grain of salt and decided to do my own research.

Now I bought all the amenities that a turtle needs. A large terrarium, a heating unit, a feeding tank, and all sorts of little things that would make the turtle’s life in the terrarium that much sweeter. I started to feed the turtle live crickets and mealworms and it was here that I noticed that the gash in the back could not be left the way it was. The crickets would crawl into the gash stay there and then crawl out. I knew this was not a healthy, germ-free environment for the turtle. If this gash were left open, the turtle would not live very long due to germs and infections that might get in under the broken shell. I decided to contact my vet and see what could be done.

Unfortunately my vet did not handle reptiles, but they did refer me to a vet in my hometown of Broomfield that was even closer than my normal vet. I called the doctor up and gave him the information about the turtle. The doctor told me to bring the turtle in so that he could do an evaluation and see exactly what happened to the turtle’s shell.

I brought the turtle in and the first thing the doctor said was that the gash in the shell would shorten the turtle’s life. The shell could not be left the way it was. I asked him what we could do, how we could help this turtle. He told me to take the weekend and contact the office on Monday morning to set up an appointment. On Monday I called and set up the appointment, and two days later the doctor was operating on the turtle.

Now the doctor himself had never done anything like this on a turtle and had to research the operation before he undertook it. The turtle was put under anesthesia and then the dead shell was removed so that only growing tissue was showing. After that was completed, the doctor put a bio-preen resin over the crack and filled it in. He then took five zip ties and pulled them tight to pull the shell together. Over all of this the doctor had cut off the back end of a latex glove and then instructed me that I needed to do the same for the next six weeks. You will see from the picture how the turtle looked after the operation was finalized.

Because of everything that happened with the turtle shell, Susan and I named the turtle “Hump-T.” The name was derived from the old nursery rhyme where “all the King’s horses and all the King’s men could not put Humpty Dumpty back together again.” In this case we actually did put Hump-T back together again.

Be kind to the creatures we share this planet with, sometimes they need our help.

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The ZEEKS Don’t Want No Freaks!

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Three years ago I started a journey. I was working as the Production Manager for a Social Studies reference publisher but knew that I needed more in my life. I had started looking into the writings of Robert Kiyosaki and Brandon Bouchard and knew that working for a company was not going to give me the financial freedom that I desired. I started to look around. I had heard about multilevel marketing and network marketing in the past, but I had always shied away from getting involved with any type of situation that required an outlay of cash prior to results, especially if the outlay was extensive.

I had a subordinate who was very involved in the multilevel marketing field. This person knew that I was unhappy with my position and at one point asked me if I was interested in a business opportunity that seemed to be producing results. I wholeheartedly said yes, and asked for more information about the opportunity. It was at this point that I learned about Zeek Rewards. I don’t want to get it into the specific functions of how Zeek Rewards worked, but I will tell you that the promise to pay off for the amount of input was said to be astronomical.

The one thing I could never figure out during the course of my 4 to 6 months working with Zeek Rewards was the product itself. They really did not have a product that they were selling other than a marketing strategy to get people onto the premier website. I started working this opportunity. I dove in and did everything that I was supposed to do. I put more and more money into my account. I was so ready for a change that my mindset was totally focused on the small picture. If I had been adept enough to look closely and step back a few feet so that I could see the big picture, I would’ve realized that the possibility existed that this was a house of cards.

After putting more and more money into the system, I was actually building to a point where I was going to see some pay-off and the feeling was exhilarating to know that the pay-off was fast approaching. In the summer of 2012, I turned 51 years old. As my fiancée and I were out at dinner, a news report came over the radio that the SEC had seized all of the Zeek Rewards assets as a major Ponzi scheme. It was bad enough that I had potentially lost a few thousand dollars, but to have that realization thrown in your face on your birthday was a real party killer.

After two years and much due diligence on the part of the Zeek Rewards Receiver, I received a check on Friday 10/3/14 for 40% of the funds that I had initially put into this project. I am very happy that I got this 40% back, and also with the fact that the possibility exists that I may get as much is 85 to 90% back of my initial outlays.

What do I think? Was this a good idea? Did I take enough time to find out about the opportunity? Would I do it again?

Everyone in life is going to make mistakes. Everyone in life is going to have failures. There is one thing that we know for sure in our lifetimes: Working for someone else will never make you rich!

I learned that you must face your inner basic fears to overcome them. You must fail to succeed. You must continue to strive for excellence in everything you do and be willing to take a risk when and if an opportunity arises. It only takes one correct decision to change the rest of your life. Moving too slowly or not at all could be the recipe for malaise and disaster.

We are only given a certain amount of time on this planet, the spilt milk tears will have to wait until I leave this bio-dome.

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WUKAR? What is this WUKAR?

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About two months ago I received an email from a business associate and friend who was telling me about a new venture he was involved with. I read through the email and thought a little bit about it but didn’t really give it another thought. I was just then getting ready for my trip to Florida and New York, and did not really have any time to think about any new business ventures that I could put onto the front burner.

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When I finished my traveling in early September, around September 7 to be exact, I decided to go back to this email and take a look and see exactly what my friend was talking about. There was a link attached to a Google hangout that had been recorded in August and the instructions were very matter of fact, “just watch the hangout and contact me if you have any questions later.”

Now I’m not exactly a born skeptic, but I do like to check into things before I actually make a move. There is something to be said for due diligence when you take a risk in your financial future. I’ve been a couple of ventures before that did not turn out all that well. That being said, if you base your entire life on previous bad experiences and never make a move or take a risk, then you are putting yourself in the position to never grow and advance. As we all know, some of the best innovations and inventions in process and industry were the result of numerous a continual failures.

With trembling fingers I clicked on the link and started to watch the Google hangout. As I watch this video unfold two things struck me:

  1. That Tony Rush and John Lavenia were involved in this project.
    • These are two men that I admire and respect who have already made a huge niche in the network marketing arena. What I was hearing put me in a position where I would have the opportunity to meet and deal directly with these two icons of the home-based business industry. For me, that was a step in the right direction to get me on board.
  2. When I heard that Matt Trainer was involved with the project, I went back and did some digging and found that this guy is the real SEO deal!
    • In watching how he related that he was not a fan of MLM or anything remotely associated with that type of business venture, I knew that this was someone worthy of respect and possible subordination as a business associate. When I heard that Matt was putting millions of dollars on hold to be part of this project that is what sealed the deal for me.

I have worked in corporate America for a long time, and I know that there are people out there who are looking for answers to financial questions. Can I stay home and raise my kids without leaving them with someone else while I go to work? Can I take a vacation whenever I want to and put my business on hold while it runs itself? Can I build multiple streams of income that will sustain me and give me enough residuals for a healthy and happy retirement in my later years?

The answer to these questions is: It is very possible to do everything you have asked!  Taking the next step would be to view the videos I have embedded in this blog post.  As Robert Kiyosaki wrote in Rich Dad, Poor Dad, you must have multiple streams of income to make a viable residual financial safety net.  If you have reservations, just become a free member and take advantage of the CASH-BACK initiative.

If you are looking to change your life and be part of a new financial experience, I invite you and welcome you to do some homework and watch the videos that are embedded in this blog post. Any questions that you have please contact me and let me know, but since this is all new and moving at the speed of light the videos are our main reference point right now.

WUKAR? What is WUKAR? = WAKE UP—KICK ASS—REPEAT!

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