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Posted by on Jul 21, 2014 in Terry's Blog | 0 comments

The web site is broken. The latest version of WordPress doesn’t play nice with my GoDaddy Virtual Server. I simply don’t have the time or energy to fight with it, but clearly I will have to take care of it somehow. Step One: get some rest – G’Night!

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Posted by on Jul 18, 2014 in Terry's Blog | 0 comments

Things have been a little topsy-turvy in my world, and all of my habits are getting rattled.

I fell of the wagon with my workouts, and then I fell off my bicycle, which put me on the IR list for a spell. I need to start lifting again.

We just had our bathtub replaced, so I haven’t had a shower for several days. We can use the tub though, so don’t be alarmed. Cold showers in the morning have fallen of the roster in the meantime.

The heat – I’m tired and not sleeping well, thus I start skipping my blogs. There has also been major malfunctions with the web site. Word Press and GoDaddy stopped playing nice for a while. I have been too busy to investigate, so I have no idea if that situation has been resolved.

Also my diet has gone to hell for weeks.

I’ll get my rhythm back. This is a real part of the process. Shit happens and the routine crumbles. As long as I keep plugging away at things, I can get back on track and all will be well.

Wish me luck. Have a swell day. :o)

 

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What do I hope to Accomplish?

Posted by on Jul 16, 2014 in Terry's Blog | 0 comments

This question has come up as part of my group work. What do I hope to accomplish? Speaking strickly short-term, I want to take my habits and processes to the next level.

  1. I want to get into the habit of writing lists, and appointments – be it on paper, or electronically – I just want to learn a better system than the current mental checklist that I have relied on my whole life.
  2. I want to lose weight. I have a system – I hit it hard for 7 weeks – I fell off it for about 3 weeks now. I have lost about half the weight I need to lose in the last 2 ¾ years.
  3. I want to shift my income source from active to passive. Build a business – then build an investment portfolio.
  4. Ultimately I want to build a life that allows me to stay with Debbie the whole time. I firmly believe that couples are happiest when they don’t need to separate to perform their day jobs.
  5. I want to develop the faith and self-confidence to believe that all of this is possible.
  6. I want to have a system that I can follow every day to make the above happen.

Gotta go now.

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Still Here

Posted by on Jul 10, 2014 in Terry's Blog | 0 comments

I failed to blog last night. I did get a podcast episode up, however. Maybe I can get a decent blog up this evening too. One never knows.

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Terry’s Guide to House/Apt. Hunting

Posted by on Jul 8, 2014 in Terry's Blog | 0 comments

In my lifetime as a renter, I have learned a few pointers that I would like to pass on. They have served me well, and played a big part in our current living arrangements, which are rather stellar if I may say so.

  • Know your deal-breakers – There are certain things that will make you unhappy day after day. Knowing what they are will help you to avoid having to live with them for months and or years.
    • Our last home was on a busy street, and the noise and dust was a constant thorn in our side – this time around we avoided major streets like the plague, and now we are in a blissfully quiet hood.
  • Start looking early, and keep looking regularly.
    • If you find the perfect place, it is worth finding a way to come up with rent a month early. More importantly, you want to learn what is out there, and get a feel for what you like and don’t like. Every place you look at makes you smarter, and better able to choose the best place.
  • Look at places you know you won’t rent.
    • Pre-filtering limits your learning opportunities. You can learn a lot by looking at places above your price range, you will have a better idea of what a good deal looks like when you are looking at places in your price range. Every showing is also a good networking opportunity, as well as a learning opportunity. When Debbie and I checked out our current house, we had found it by responding to an ad that listed the rent $300 higher than what we actually pay (which was a deal-breaker). The agent who showed it to us was somebody we had already met when we checked out another property, which was a basement suite (another deal-breaker, especially with the loud toddler upstairs).
  • Line up your ducks in advance – be ready to pounce.
    • The last 3 places I rented, were closed while in a room with other prospective renters. If you have followed my previous rules, then you will be able to spot a keeper during your first visit. The ability to say “I want this and I am ready to move forward now” may make the difference between landing the place or losing it to another interested renter. Having your references set up, and pre-printed in your car certainly helps. Having a chequebook, or a wad of cash ready to lay down on a “pre-deposit” doesn’t hurt either.
  • Location, Location, Location
    • There was a time in my life when I had to commute over 70 km to get to work from Point Grey in the west side of Vancouver to Abbotsford. I wound up moving to Abbotsford, only to be transferred downtown. Shortly afterwards, I moved downtown and I was able to walk to work for years. I wound up moving to a place that was even closer, and my pedestrian commute was shorter than that of many people who had to park downtown. Life is truly beautiful when you can go for days on end without having to strap a car to your ass.
    • Give some serious thought to how often you will need to climb into your wheels. Is there a grocery store next store? Coffee Shop? Quality of life can be significantly affected by the walkability of your home situation.
    • If you don’t know the neighbourhood, then check it out. Also check it out at night and weekends. Is it a loud party type hood? Is it safe?
    • Also, what kind of neighbours can you anticipate? Drug dealers aren’t dull, but they bring a host of problems. Kids are cute, but they can be real loud at times when you want to sleep in. Old people are quiet, but they always need lots of help opening jars and lifting things.

 

That’s all I got for now. I hope this is useful to somebody.

 

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Back at it?

Posted by on Jul 6, 2014 in Terry's Blog | 0 comments

I haven’t worked out in 2 weeks.   My diet has been less than perfect.   Today was my regular cheat day.   Tomorrow I behave.   Maybe I’ll work out too, but I can wait a day or 2 and still be on track.   G’night.

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