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  • Birthday 08/20/1957

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    Loveland, CO
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    Married w/Family (2 grown children--two granddaughters) Reading novels for fun and work; Movies; Photography

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  1. CHANGING CHRISTMAS: A new contract for Santa has finally been negotiated. . . Please read the following carefully: I regret to inform you that, effective immediately, I will no longer be able to serve Southern United States on Christmas Eve. Due to the overwhelming current population of the earth, my contract was renegotiated by North American Fairies and Elves Local 209. I now serve only certain areas of Canada and the Northern Border states. As part of the new and better contract I also get longer breaks for milk and cookies so keep that in mind. However, I made certain that your children will be in good hands with your local replacement who happens to be my third cousin, Bubba Claus. His side of the family is from the South Pole. He shares my goal of delivering toys to all the good boys and girls; however, there are a few differences between us. Differences such as: 1. There is no danger of a Grinch stealing your presents from Bubba Claus. He has a gun rack on his sleigh and a bumper sticker that reads: These toys insured by Smith and Wesson. 2. Instead of milk and cookies, Bubba Claus prefers that children leave an RC cola and pork rinds [or a moon pie] on the fireplace. And Bubba doesn’t smoke a pipe. He dips a little snuff though, so please have an empty spit can handy. 3. Bubba Claus; sleigh is pulled by floppy-eared, flying coon dogs instead of reindeer. I made the mistake of loaning him a couple of my reindeer one time, and Blitzen’s head now overlooks Bubba’s fireplace. 4. You won’t hear On Comet, on Cupid, on Donner and Blitzen . . ., when Bubba Claus arrives. Instead, you’ll hear, On Earnhardt, on Wallace, on Martin and Labonte. On Rudd, on Jarrett, on Elliott and Petty. 5. Ho, ho, ho! has been replaced by “Yee Haw!” And you also are likely to hear Bubba’s elves respond, “I herd dat!” 6. As required by Southern highway laws, Bubba Claus’ sleigh does have a Yosemite Sam safety triangle on the back with the words “Back off”. The last I heard it also had other decorations on the sleigh back as well. One is a Ford or Chevy logo with lights that race through the letters and the other is a caricature of me (Santa Claus) going wee-wee on the Tooth Fairy. 7. The usual Christmas movie classics such as “Miracle on 34th Street” and It’s a “Wonderful Life” will not be shown in your negotiated viewing area. Instead, you’ll see “Boss Hogg Saves Christmas” and “Smokey and the Bandit IV” featuring Burt Reynolds as Bubba Claus and dozens of state patrol cars crashing into each other. 8. Bubba Claus doesn’t wear a belt. If I were you, I’d make sure you, the wife, and the kids turn the other way when he bends over to put presents under the tree. 9. And finally, lovely Christmas songs have been sung about me like “Rudolph The Red-nosed Reindeer” and Bing Crosby’s “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town”. This year songs about Bubba Claus will be played on all the AM radio stations in the South. Those song titles will be Mark Chesnutt’s “Bubba Claus Shot the Jukebox”, Cledus T. Judd “All I Want for Christmas Is My Woman and a Six Pack”, and Hank Williams Jr.’s “If You Don’t Like Bubba Claus, You can Shove It. Sincerely Yours, Santa Claus (member of North American Fairies and Elves Local 209) :hoho:
  2. Hey Patty, Donny crush is something we share! He is 4 months younger than me and I crushed on him big time growing up. You always remember your first "Puppy Love." I have never watched DWTS before this season (Yay, Donny!) and I was totally amazed at his performance and stamina. I could never do what he did! I met his self-described, "number 1 nephew" Nathan Osmond at a 3 day conference in Denver, November 20-22. Nathan is the son of Alan, Donny's big brother. Nathan is a country singer, totally handsome, completely humble, and very friendly. (I will post a picture of the two of us on my Facebook page.) We sat together and friended each other on Facebook and talked about Donny and DWTS. The entire Osmond Clan (big number) was voting for him, not to mention all the Donny fans and that's why he won. I correctly predicted the three finalists early on in the season--but was surprised to find that Donny won!
  3. No hurt feelings and no tears here. I wasn't even talking about me, silly. May I suggest you read what I wrote? Seriously, enough--let's agree to disagree on all things social networking. I am a very happy social networking princess.
  4. Thank you all for adding some words of wisdom! That's what makes the forum so special! I have incorporated your words in his booklet. We actually had to postpone the party because we got snowed in yesterday. I love the snow, but hate that it couldn't wait just ONE MORE DAY! We now have almost 2 feet of snow and are expecting some more today, although they say the worst is over. My son made it to his sister's house just before the storm hit, so they all had some fun and we rescheduled the party for Sunday. Blessings to you and Happy Halloween!
  5. Oh c'mon, Brent! I knew it too. I NEVER allow any application to harvest my Email contacts. There is always an opt-out somewhere. I just hate getting "spammed" by people allowing access to their Email. However, there is no reason to go overboard on the reasons YOU hate social networking. You may forget the power your words have over the newbies on this list--take care and share information WITHOUT sharing your negativity. When you have a big voice you should try to present an objective review, it's okay to give your opinion, as long as you make that quite clear. Everyone who knows the two of us knows that we have polar opposite views of social networking. I don't like to see scare tactics being used when a clear explanation of the possible hazards of sharing your Email contacts with a site (any site, BTW) and all of the implications of that. Please be aware of the influence your words carry. I still enjoy bantering with you because I know we both understand personal preferences and what works for each of us in our own businesses. Not everyone understands our weird virtual "battles." Happy Halloween!
  6. Do you remember your 21st Birthday? How did you feel? How close to your goals at 21 are you now, or did your life take a completely different direction? How would you adjust your goals if you knew what you know now? I know for me, things went haywire after I turned 21 and a new life started. The reason I am asking is that my son, Jeremy Dempski, is turning 21 on Wednesday and I am putting together a book for him with wisdom from all my friends that wish to participate. I don't have a bunch of money, but words of wisdom have a lot of value in my book and if you are willing to put a few down for me, please Email me at: valuedservicevas@comcast.net. Or, if you would like to share with the group, go ahead and post them here. (I know there will be some jokers, too--but I'm not going to name names, okay, Brent?) I would really appreciate it, sorry for only getting this brainstorm this morning, making this a rush. I will not be at the Wednesday night seminar and jot, due to my son's party on Wednesday afternoon/evening. Thanks in advance for all those who participate!
  7. I'm not in Texas, but if I was I'd join in a heartbeat! Wow, Candy! You are one amazing woman!
  8. I'm thinking of going MAC for a laptop and upgrading to Win 7 on the desktop. I'm on the fence about going all MAC. I'm taking baby steps. LOL.
  9. I'm so glad that no one was hurt badly, what a crumpled mess! Was there a fire? It didn't look like it. I've been having some issues this week trying to find my strength. I ran across this quotation and thought it might help you too. "Anyone can give up, it's the easiest thing in the world to do. But to hold it together when everyone else would understand if you fell apart, that's TRUE STRENGTH!" Author Unknown. Remember how blessed you truly are. How many people are better off because you lived? There's your life song! Blessings!
  10. Wow! I am so honored and happy! I was looking at the 2009 list of winners of this award and I'm humbled. So many distinctive fellow VA's to rub shoulders with and high five! Let's hear it for everyone in the 2009 VAnetworking Hall of Fame!
  11. My advice for newbies to Social Media, follow blogs on social media, join Twitter and search for free twitter trainings. Join Facebook and search groups that might have your target market in them, also there are tons of free trainings around! Join LinkedIn and make yourself a professional profile, LI is more of a dry, no nonsense type of social networking. Follow blogs that talk about social media marketing or networking--easy to find, just Google. There is an online magazine called Alltop, with tons of blogs listed in many different topics. (One of my blog posts was featured for a time, I was so proud!) There are also paid classes, and just attending VAjot every Wednesday evening following the weekly free eSeminar provided by our own Tawnya Sutherland will help you understand how social media works. If you want to learn, there is no end to the possibilities for free and low cost education! Just remember the most important part of social media--BEING SOCIAL! To get good ROI, you must interact--it is always a two-way street! Most of all, have fun!
  12. I'm in my sick bed with my laptop and I just had to add to this discussion. Brent, face it, Twitter (or the next best thing) is around to stay. You either take part or you don't--your choice. If you want Twitter love you have to DESERVE it! That means you must "Join the conversation!" Now, where did I put my Twitter bat? I think you need a big hit on the enlightenment zone. When you are ready, I'm here to show you how to find your target market--just call me. P.S. I was crazy busy with family and the time flew by while I was in California! I'll be back next month for a memorial for my father-in-law, I sincerely doubt I'll have any time to visit then either. We are still making plans, so I don't know the dates yet. I can't wait to meet you in person! I know you'll make me laugh! + =
  13. I need more atomic clocks! I hate changing them all! This is the hardest change for me...makes me all tired just thinking of losing an hour!
  14. Hi Angie! My business has morphed from one niche to another as my online experiences grew. Start with what you can do well, don't get all hung up on deciding on a niche until you find what it is that you would do without getting paid to do it! Therein lies your passion...just go for it! (Of course, charge for your services too!) LOL. Good Luck, this is a great place to get started!
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