Gary Weeden

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


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Our Daughter Has a Strong Bond with the Horse We Bought Her

Our daughter has been interested in horses since seeing them on television and in picture books before she could read. Over time her room and stuff she collected became all about horses. She was ecstatic for her first pony ride, and it was not long before we were getting her horse riding lessons. I remember her having a struggle just getting her foot high enough to get it in the stirrup of the saddle. She would step up on a little ladder to do it. Now she is an expert rider with her portrait wearing equine competition wear hanging on the wall of the office of the lady who owns the stables where we keep our daughter’s horse.

We ended up buying the horse she used to ride every weekend. They developed such a bond, and that horse has watched our little girl grow into the fine young woman she is today. They are a team out there on the course riding together. They both had to learn as the horse was just one of the calm ones that the public would ride. She was a rental horse and not a competition horse. However, they worked together and have won several riding competitions together. Everyone tried to talk her out of buying that horse, but they are friends.

Our daughter looks regal in her equine competition wear, and her horse knows the clothes mean serious competition day on the course. When she shows up at the stable in jeans and a tee shirt, the horse knows it is a day to relax and have fun. I never thought that horses had so much personality. This one is actually protective of our little girl. I trust that big beast to keep her safe when they are out riding the wooded trails. It is like having a guard dog that weighs over a thousand pounds!


April 4, 2017, Writing
Hands off of the Hair

I’ve never really considered myself to be a violent person, unless I’m really provoked, and even then, I don’t resort to fighting unless I absolutely have to do so. There was one situation where I was forced to fight in order to keep myself from facing great injury. There was someone who just wouldn’t stop trying to attack me, and I had to fight in self defense. I did what I could to get her to stop, but before she did, she grabbed at my hair and pulled out the curly weave that I just had put in my hair only two days ago.

I was mad as hell and had to resist the urge to knock out this woman when she pulled out my weave. If I did knock her out, she probably would have tried to press charges against me, even though she was the one who started the fight and I was only defending myself. That situation really put a damper on my whole day, and I didn’t want to do anything else besides go home and just go to sleep. I didn’t even feel like pressing charges against the other woman, because I just wanted to forget the whole situation.

I had to get new weave put into my hair. I thought that was the end of the situation, but I was wrong. When I was leaving the hair stylist, I encountered the same woman again. She tried to pick a fight with me, and I tried ignoring her, but she wouldn’t go away. I pulled out my phone and started recording the entire incident. She tried to yank my hair out again, but she missed. She then tried to punch me, but missed again. I got the attention of a nearby officer and he arrested her on sight.


March 6, 2016, Writing
Cut the Cable, Save Money

Cutting cable is one of the best things that you can do to save money if you need to. I know that it sounds bad, most of us love having cable and the ability to just turn on the tv whenever we want. But is the cost really worth all that you pay for it. There are tons of services out there which offer products that you do use as opposed to those that you think you might use. Take the time to learn about cutting cable before you mkae a decision, but trust me that when you finally do decide to cut it you will be all the happier for it. A lot of people do not like the idea of cutting the cable without having a backup plan, but you can have a backup plan. Get started today and look at all the services offered out there and find out what you want. Once you find that new service that you want to switch to go ahead and make the call. You can get it cut in about a day if you are persistent enough. Do not under any circumstances let them bully you into staying, be strong.

The truth of it is that you are paying way too much for the channels that you are using. You are basically paying for about 200 channels when you maybe only watch 50 and even that’s a stretch. Most of us have about ten channels that we switch between so anything more than just those 10 channels is a bit much if you ask me. Especially when there are alternatives out there that allow you to connect through your internet and watch the shows that you want to watch, and none of those ones that just servce as filler to make the package look inticing.


March 6, 2016, Writing
The Southern Gentleman of Southern States

Georgia. It’s one of the most ‘Southern’ states that you can find here in the United States. While Florida may certainly be more geographically South than Georgia is, the culture there is as far more ‘Northern’. Georgia is the state that evokes the legacy of the Southern Gentleman, of lemon-aid and sweet black tea. It’s everything ‘South’ within a single state and why I chose to make it my home. That and after scoring one of the Peachtree City apartments I was more than happy to stay put for a while. I’ve been waiting for one of their units to open up for sometime and I pounced on the opportunity as soon as it made itself available.

It meant that I was moving all the way from Corpus Christi to Georgia, a trip I had only made five years prior. Fortunately work is a flexible entity for me due to the vast majority of it being done on the Cloud through my company’s VPN. It’s the primary reason why I continue working with them even if they may not pay exactly what I’d like to have it’s still close enough that I can bite that bullet while retaining the ability to go wherever I like. They don’t care where I live as long as I still get the job done. I can’t ask for much more.

Don’t ask me why I wanted one of the units so badly. I don’t even know for sure. I do know that I just found them to have a really great vibe which remains true even five years later. The community itself is nice without being overly urban like you’re going to find in downtown Atlanta. Georgia is a great place to live as long as you avoid the ridiculous culture that’s spread through the ATL.


March 6, 2016, Writing
Looking for a Temporary Office over Here

It turns out that I am not going to be able to get back to Australia in the immediate future and working out of my hotel has not turned out to be a good deal. The problem is that the wi fi is not any good in my hotel room and so if I want to go on the Web I have to go down to the lobby. Obviously it is hard to get stuff done like that. I was searching and found this place, http://www.singaporecbdoffice.com.sg/, It says that is the Best Singapore office space sourcing portal and they list a lot of places. I am not sure what they will think if I tell them what I want. Obviously I would like to have an assistant and I need all of the stuff that comes with an office, but I will want to rent it all and then be able to walk away from it any time that I feel the urge.

They have places like that, but I have to keep looking, because I have not found what I need just yet. I could improvise if it was going to be a really short term deal, but it looks like I am going to be here for months and not just a couple more weeks like I had hoped. In fact the guy who is in charge here might be trying to poach me. He is trying to convince me that I could one day be his replacement, but obviously I am a lot more interested in having a job back in New South Wales. There is not much reason not to like it here, but back in Australia I had a nice condo on the beach and a great girl. I would rather be happy than have this guy’s job.


March 6, 2016, Writing
My Sister’s Apartment Complex is Now Mine Too

When I visited my sister a few months ago, she told me about a new company that had just opened up close to her apartment building. She showed me some details about it, and it really did sound perfect for me. I was between jobs, so I decided to put my application in. I was hired within days, and she offered her spare room to me until I could get settled. The Pavilions Apartment Homes was really nice, so I decided to see if I could find an apartment there for me too.

While my sister and I love each other very much, we both knew that we could never live together for more than a few weeks. We are the complete opposites, and we would drive each other crazy. I went to the apartment complex’s website and looked at the different floor plans that are available. I knew that I would not need as much space as my sister, which is one of our differences. She likes a lot of space, even though she is just one person. I saw no need to have two bedrooms or two bathrooms when it was just going to be me living there.

I found a really nice one bedroom, one bathroom floor plan, and it was not that far from her own apartment. It would take us about a minute to walk to one another’s door, so it was close enough for comfort but far enough away to keep our sanity too. I was able to take care of everything online, and the apartment was mine even before I ended the lease on the one I had been renting in another city. It was easy to get moved in and settled, and I really like living here. My sister and I usually share a meal now and again, but we are more often seen together in the pool or on the tennis courts here. It’s nice to be this close to her again!


March 6, 2016, Writing
Using Cameras to Protect Our Furry Family Members

We have three dogs and a fenced in yard. The fence is all chain link. It is set back from the sidewalk about three feet. The dogs will approach the fence when they see people out walking, but they do not bark. The dogs are friendly all of the time. We do not leave them outdoors unsupervised for any more than about two minutes. We are either out with them or standing at the door. We might go inside for a moment or step away from the door to check something. However, we got one of the better CCTV systems even though our dogs are unsupervised for less than two minutes.

The reason is for the protection of us and the dogs. We are not worried about them biting someone. However, we know that some people are cruel toward animals. We do watch for things being thrown in the yard. We have seen on the news how one family had their dog poisoned by a mean neighbor. Stuff like that does happen, and it would be devastating to us because our dogs are like family. The cameras help protect them. The cameras are prominently installed and we have signs that they are there.

Our close neighbors are all friends with us. However, there are a few bad people living in the town. Some people hate dogs and cats. I have heard people come right out and say they will swerve to hit a cat in the road. It is hard to fathom that such sadistic behavior exists in a small town but it does. We paid a lot of money for our fence so our dogs could play and run off leash. We paid good money for the surveillance cameras to help keep them safe. The world is not inherently safe. You have to take precautions to protect your loved ones.


February 16, 2016, Writing
Small Business and Big Convenience

As soon as my small business’ email was registered and made public, I started receiving all kinds of advertisement emails. Most of them were just junk spam about large account sums from a prince in Nigeria, or about meeting hot women. One email mentioned that I could get free invoice templates, along with the tag line “click and see by yourself”. I didn’t believe it, and initially though it was a phishing site or a link to some kind of virus. The more I looked at the email, the more tempted I became. I turned my anti virus software to full power, turned on a script blocking program, and followed the link in the email.

There were actually free templates on the website. I thought there might have been some kind of catch, where the templates might have had a watermark on them, or they were only free for a limited time, but there wasn’t. I downloaded all of the templates from the website and took a look at them. These new templates made all of my old ones look like something that I made for 5 minutes in a paint program.

Invoices are important for my business, because without them, I wouldn’t be able to let my customers know how much they owe or how much they have paid for my services. The new templates make it a lot easier to keep track of my customers and makes it easier for them to pay for services. Once the customers have the funds to pay me, they can either send the payment in through the mail, along with a stub from the invoice, through the phone, using a number on the invoice, or online, using that same number. The added level on convenience from each invoice is truly a god send.


October 14, 2015, Writing
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
An Internet Connection for Their School Work

Years ago, having dial up was the norm. I believe nowadays, it is the exception because there are so many better options available. I wasn’t even aware of all of them because I have had cable Internet for the last several years. When I moved to Washington state a few months ago, getting Internet service at my new home was my top priority. I have two kids, and I home school both of them. We rely heavily on the Internet for our lessons, so I didn’t want to go a day without it. Looking at saveoninternet.us/dsl-internet/washington/ showed me all of the options that we had available to us.

I looked up this information even before we moved since we already knew where we would be living. It was easy enough to get the electricity and other utilities ready because there was no choices available on which provider to get on those things. The Internet was different though, because we had quite a few choices there. As part of their school assignment, I had the girls compare all of the options that we had so they could determine what kind of Internet service would be the best fit for our small family.

They had so much fun researching this, and it helps them for later in their lives too by developing these skills early on. They both came up with the same provider that I did, and we talked about why that one was a better choice. Between the high speed connection, the price and the promotions that they were offering, it was just simply the most economical choice for us. We had it hooked up the week we moved in, and it is actually faster than the connection we had before. We didn’t have to miss any school work either, and the girls actually liked that!


January 30, 2015, Writing
I Have Been Looking for a Personal Trainer

I have been trying to get back in shape and I find that I have not enough time. So I was wondering if it would be better to hire a personal trainer. I guess that in theory I could get a person who was willing to work around my schedule and come to where I need him to be that would help out a lot, as I am very busy all of the time. I talked to this guy he had a certificate from something called the eifpersonaltrainingschool.co.uk. I though about making fun of that name, but it is not all that relevant. A friend of mine told me that he was a good personal trainer and obviously I have no way of knowing how good he is without trying him out. Even then I would probably not have that much of a clue until I had seen some results or the lack of a result.

In fact the problem is not going to be the personal trainer no matter what. You are going to see that person for an hour or so three times a week, or something like that. That is basically just enough to maintain a minimal amount of fitness. What you can do is use that hour to pick up knowledge and to do the rest of the work on your own. You should probably try to get the maximum benefit out of a personal trainer, but look at it as just one aspect of a regime. The trouble for me is that I am always pressed for time. If I could find time to work out every day that is probably what I would do, but I feel like the only way that I will make time is if I make myself schedule something.


November 20, 2014, Writing