Gary Weeden

Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it.


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Found the Perfect Job on a Job Board

When I decided to go back to school to get my teaching degree, I knew I was making the right choice. I was born to be a teacher, and I didn’t want anything to stand in my way. It took me nearly six years to get my degree because I had to work at the same time, so receiving that piece of paper was simply amazing. I didn’t even take any time after getting my degree. I wanted to start looking for teaching jobs right away. I went online, figuring I would go to each school in my area to see if they were hiring.

It did not take me long to figure out that my approach was very slow. I knew that there were employment boards out there, so I decided to see if there was one that was devoted just to educators. I was happy when my search gave me a much easier way to search for a job. This education job board had all of the teaching and other educational positions that were open in the area. I was able to pull up details on each one, which was a lot quicker than going to each school’s individual website to find their job postings.

When I saw that there was a vacancy in the upcoming year for a sociology teacher, I got so happy because that is my field. I didn’t even get sad that it is just a temporary position, because the regular teacher was going on maternity leave. I just figured that it would be really good to have that experience,but it turned out to be even better than that. I got the job, but the teacher I was replacing decided to not come back after all. She was not able to leave her child, so I was offered the position full time!


August 21, 2015, Writing
Stop Those Welding Fumes That Make You Choke

It does not matter if you are using welding rods or are TIG or MIG welding. Even if you are using a plasma cutter to shape metal. The problem is the fumes made when heating metal to its melting point. Coated metals are the worst. They put off gasses that can make you choke. This is why I bought a weld fume filter for the area in my shop where we fix metal frames and other things. We do mostly repairs rather than fabricating, but even occasional welding makes the whole shop stink with fumes.

A friend recommended to me the weld fume filter I bought. It sets up right where you are doing the welding. You turn it on and it pulls away all of the fumes and even the sparks created by welding. Inside is a metal portion of the filter that stops the hot metal particles that create showers of sparks. The next stage is a pleated filter that stops larger particulate matter. After that is the HEPA filter. It stops the really fine stuff. Then the air going through the machine passes through a carbon filter. That removes odors.

The guys who weld used to warn the rest of the shop when they had to make a repair. A couple of guys had to take a break until it was over because the fumes really worked negatively on their lungs. I own the shop and am one of those guys! Welding is a necessity, but it can be done cleaner and safer by installing a weld fume filter machine. We are starting to do more metal repairs and cutting. I was thinking of building an addition onto our shop to make space for a couple of more metal repair areas. I will be adding the fume extractors to every station.


August 14, 2015, Writing
How Hard is It to Break into a Keyless Car?

I was talking to a car salesman this afternoon and we were going through all of the features that we could put on our new car.Obviously the tech that you can get on the new vehicles is startling. I was curious as to whether or not it would be easy to break in to a car with a keyless entry system. Of course if you search on the internet they will offer to sell you a keyless theft fix which is apparently some sort of added security layer that is supposed to protect you from people breaking in to your car. It is probably not that hard if the thief is clever enough, for instance some of these things are not all that complicated. It is like a four digit pin number I think on some of these locks and that can obviously be broken.

I am sure that some one who was really clever could design some gizmo that would break the code automatically. Of course it would be something you could just sell to a thief, in fact it might not even be illegal for you to build a device like that did that. It is only illegal if you use it I would guess. Any technology is vulnerable to the person who is clever enough or persistent enough to work on the problem until they crack it. If you can invent a thing it is for sure that some other person can figure out a way to exploit it for their own benefit. If you have a really good biometric lock it seems like that would be awfully hard to defeat though. In theory only one person can use a lock like that or only the people it is programmed to allow to use the thing can.


August 14, 2015, Writing
Hoping I Retain My Job at Week’s End

I was recently asked to take a couple of employee surveys at work which left me distinctively uncomfortable with the idea. I don’t mind giving the company feedback but knowing that they are potentially analyzing each and every survey for answers that they may not actually like is something that sits wrong with me Oh, sure, they said that were not going to be doing that but how can you even trust a company that is actively working toward making a profit. The employees only matter as much as they are able to contribute toward profit making rather than personal, social qualities.

Yet, this is what all the surveys were about. They wanted to know how we felt. They wanted to know whether or not we were happy working for a company like theirs. Sure, I don’t mind working for them but it seems odd that they are beginning to ask questions like these when they are also actively considering shutting down two different departments. Could they be trying to feel out which departments are going to be the easiest to lose and if so, why would they survey the questions now when they clearly know that employees are going to be aware of it.

Who knows why they are doing what they are doing. Who knows if they are looking for some kind of hidden answers in the data that they are collecting. In these days you can never know for sure what sort of data is being collected when it’s gathered on such a wide scale. They might be looking for a pattern of answers which will help them identify exactly what needs to be changed in the corporate infrastructure of the company. I can only hope that I still have my job at the end of the week!


August 14, 2015, Writing
Skydiving Prices in the UK

I want to try to go skydiving in the near future, because even though I am scared of heights, it seems like it would be one of the most exhilarating things that I could possibly do. I have always liked adrenaline, and I have sought it out, but at the same time, I have always been a bit apprehensive when it comes to heights. I think that if I go skydive in the UK then it might be able to help me to get over my fear of heights, and that would be a good thing, because I know that it is holding me back in a lot of respects.

I used to be afraid to fly on a plane, but I got over that, and now I travel fairly often. I still worry about the height thing, from time to time, but I manage to keep it out of my mind for the most part. It is going to be difficult to face this fear, and actually jump from a plane thousand of feet up in the sky. But I really want to do it, and I want to force myself to do it.

I hope that I don’t get up in the plane, and then lose my nerve. It seems like that is possible, but I might have to take some sort of anxiety medicine with me, to help me out, if I really need it. I hope that it does not come to that, because I want to be able to do this unassisted. I guess I will have to see if I can make myself do it, or if it is going to be too hard. Of course, the price is of importance, and if it is expensive, then I am not going to chicken out.


August 14, 2015, Writing
A Horse is Not a Pet

With Churchill Downs being just a stone’s throw away, the topic of horse racing, racehorse trainers and everything horses is a subject that is inescapable come Derby time. The city is saturated in it and yet there are few people you can even consider an expert on the subject. It’s a shame because horses are awesome creatures; I grew up with them to some extent myself. For five years I went to a camp that was all about learning how to care for a horse, riding horses and camping out with them in the wilds. It was such a fun, exploratory time as a kid.

As I grew older I lost interest in horses. Don’t get me wrong, they’re still fun to ride but to actually own one and to have to care for one is more than an expensive venture. It’s not like having a pet – looking at a horse like you might a dog in the context of what you need to provide it with to care for is the wrong approach that I have seen several people make. If you don’t have land of your own, you’ll have to find a place in order to stable it.

Stabling a horse alone is going to set you back a few hundred a month, not to mention the food and the tools that you need to help care for the horse. If you don’t plan on riding often you’ll just have a horse which is not getting the proper exercise it needs. Horses have to be ridden, exercised and given plenty of space to move in. They can’t just stand in a stable all day long without ever getting out. Do everyone a favor; if you just want a pet, get a dog. Or a cat. I hear cat’s are great. But stay away from horses.


August 14, 2015, Writing
Companies for Outstanding Party Entertainment

I am going to be hosting a party soon, and I am going to be having a lot of people over to the party, so it is pretty important that I make sure to arrange everything such that it is a great time for everyone. I have been reading about my options for party entertainment and I still have not made up my mind as to what I want to do with that yet. I know I want to hire something a bit out of the ordinary, because I feel like some things are overdone when it comes to parties, and I want to make this party one that will be remembered for a long time.

One of the ways that I will be able to personally make sure that the party is one that is going to be remembered for a long time is by making excellent food for the party. I thought about just having it catered for awhile, because it is going to be a pain in the butt to fix food for as many people as I expect to show up for this party.

But I am really an excellent chef, and so instead of being lazy and having someone else make the food for the party, I decided that I would do it myself and really make sure that everyone has a great variety of food to choose from when they are at my party. I am still making up the menu for the party, but I have quite a few dishes that I have decided will definitely make the cut. I am making this buffalo chicken and bacon dip that is just to die for. It is pretty simple too, as it mostly consists of grilled chicken, cream cheese, hot sauce, bacon, scallions and a few other ingredients.


August 13, 2015, Writing
Learning to Balance Your Sheets

Balance sheet shows the financial situation of a company at a point in time (the balance sheet date). It includes three aspects: assets, equity and liabilities. And it is a complex process. It not only includes a large number of managing information, but also need to be analysed comprehensively with the income statement, cash flow, accounting policies and explanatory notes. This is how I came to hire out an accountant at contractoraccountants.com. I’ll never try to do my own books again. Clearly, the accounting degree exists for a reason and people like myslf who have no idea what they are doing should simply stick to what they’re good at!

Here, there are four main ratios groups when you’re analysing the balance sheet: profitability, management effciency, financial and investment. Balance sheet involves the management effciency and the financial. The profitability and the investment need to combine the income statement. Inventory turnover. It shows the turnover rate of the enterprise. Generally, if it’s commercial enterprise, the more higher, the more better. Accounts receivable collection period. The quicker, the better. It shows the speed we can regain the cash. Accounts payable payment period. It represents a source for free finance.

Current and liquid ratios. It shows the short financial situation of the enterprise. Is the current assets sufficient to redeem the current debt? How much to redeem the current debt when the current assets minus the inventory? We know sometimes there are some problems in turning the inventory into cash. Equity to assets ratio means your equity to assets ratio shows what proportion of total assets is financed by equity, and hence what proportion is financed by loans and non-equity shares.Balance sheet is one of basic financial statements. You must know income statement, cash flow, accounting policies and explanatory notes. And you should understand the difference between the balance sheet and income statement, and know the key of how to analyse the balance sheet.


August 13, 2015, Writing
Ketubah Available on the Web

I am going to be getting married soon, which is something that I am very excited about, for the most part. But I am not really sure I am going to be happy to do some of the things that are going to be involved. My wife’s family is very strongly Jewish, and my family cares a lot less about the traditional beliefs and stuff. But we are going to do things their way. I am looking to buy Ketubahs online because they insist that we get a Ketubah before we get married. I do not see what the big deal is, but on the other hand, if it makes them happy, then it is not that big of a deal for me to go along with it.

Some of their family members are very traditional in their views and still believe that it is not proper for a man and his wife to sleep under the same roof if they do not have a Ketubah in place. That seems kind of ridiculous, but I am not really in the business of questioning anyone’s beliefs. Instead, I avoid trying to step on any toes and that sort of thing, because it is not fun to have people angry over stuff like this.

It is not that I have any problem with the traditional views, it is just that I don’t really think they are super relevant in the context modern society. But at the same time, maybe I just feel that way because I am not that religious of a person in the first place. My parents weren’t very religious, and that is probably part of the reason that I am not very religious myself, if not a large part of the reason. But I guess it doesn’t matter either way.


August 13, 2015, Writing
A Group of Friends in London

When a group of friends and I started to talk about things we would like to do, a bunch of us said that we wanted to spend a night in London. We wanted to dine at a fancy restaurant, see a show at the theater, and then stay at a really nice hotel. We decided to just go ahead and do that, and about 20 of us decided to take part in it. Rather than all of us driving there, we decided to look into a coach hire. We figured it would be more fun, plus it would be convenient and reasonably priced with so many of us chipping in for the cost. We also would not have to deal with the nightmare of driving in a busy city that none of us were familiar with.

I volunteered to find the right company to help us with our transportation needs. Research is a huge part of my daily job, so I knew I would be able to find the company that has the best prices as well as the best safety record. We did not want to sacrifice safety at all, because we all knew just how precious life is.

It did not take me long at all to find the company that I wanted to use. The first thing I did after looking over their impressive fleet was read some reviews by other customers who used the same coach line. I was impressed when a lot of the reviews were from schools that had used this coach company for their students. Knowing that they entrusted this company with their children made all the difference, and I booked us a coach the same day. The experience was extremely memorable once we took our trip, and being together on one coach added to that a good bit!


August 13, 2015, Writing