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Passed inspection…

21 Feb

Just the way I like it – when people get out of my way and let me do my thing. I wouldn’t do it if it wasn’t done right. That’s how I am about everything in my life. But I am glad that all the bogus B.S. ended after I had to set a few people straight.

That means all construction can proceed. There won’t be another inspection until the final inspection.

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The chandelier went up in the dining room yesterday. It’s pretty. That ought to fun to swing from.

I say “dining room” and that’s a joke now too because I had them tear out all the walls so absolutely everything is open. The kitchen, living room and dining are all completely open. What will definite it will be the furniture.

I moved the whole dining area in the floor plan because I wanted the “dining room” to have the lake and golf course view. I want to be able to set at the table and do things on my Air Book or laptop, have a nice dinner and enjoy the view. The view is a strong point.

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Location, location, location – for me the condo was all about “Location.” Here’s why – these are all the things within 2 blocks:

- I’m on the private golf course at the view side of my condo. I have a lake and golf course view. Out my front door, 30 steps and across the street is the Country Club, the semi-private course. Out my front door and few steps down is the pool.

- There’s a private airport right outside the gate (Palm Beach County Private Airport).

- There’s actually a drive in movie theater around the corner.

-  There’s a fabulous public park across the main street with a driving range, small golf course, lakes, outdoor fitness equipment, trails, small water craft, etc. It’s the best park I’ve ever seen.

- I’m 10 minutes to all the great shopping I had before.

- JFK Medical Center is right next to the development – which means that I am on their electrical grid. In the event of a hurricane, I will not lose power.

- There’s only about 2000 residents in the development. We are our own city. We have our own government, police, security and fire departments that are just for the city.

This location is awesome.

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Time to shift gears…

18 Feb

I’m already thinking about tomorrow and continuing my work on the Lariat Look Book. They stylish and wealthy await. When we present the look, they then see what’s in fashion.

So it’s time to turn up the speed and effort to finish this book and then move onto working on the database and doing the Look Book for the colored jewels and diamonds.

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I stopped by Barnes and Noble to see if they had a copy of Palm Beach The Island so I could see my back cover. It looks like the ad I designed will be on stand beginning March 3rd. The issue on stands now is the old ad that I didn’t design. I look forward to seeing it in print.

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Construction Update…

17 Feb

i can’t have the next inspection until Tuesday because of the holiday.

They brought all the materials and built the cabinets in my living room. They are very nice. They are real wood cabinets with soft close and not some cheap imported crap from Home Depot. They are larger cabinets than what was here before so I am losing a little floor space. This condo was built in 1971 and the cabinets back then were shorter. The new cabinets are taller and deeper. So the plus side is that there will be more storage. I am a little nervous about how much footprint they will take up in the kitchen. We’ll see when they go in…

With everything, here was the plan – a new kitchen, new flooring, new baseboards, new doorknobs, pulls, switchplates, new lighting, new AC/Furnace, and major facelifts to the bathrooms that includes new vanities and stone, new clear modern show glass doors and new faucets. Basically, it’s going to look like a brand new condo with new furnishings by the time I am done. A complete overhaul…I never do anything half way. It’s not my style.

I had to contend with the mirror problem because the cabinets are taller, the old mirrors have to be replaced or relocated. I had to go buy mirrors this morning and a garbage disposal. Every day, more money, more money – I’ll be glad with this is over. But it’s worth it because we already had someone calculate that I added $80,000-$100,000 in value if I chose to sell it.  I don’t intend to sell it. I intend to live here. I did have to take the ceiling work off my list because of cost overruns. It was a minor issue. You have to make choices in construction. I needed to spend the money in other areas.

Whether I was ready for it or not, the dining room table arrived today.

This condo will be vey modern and very chic by the time it is complete. I can’t wait. I am ready for the mess to be over with.

The floors are in, the baseboards are in, the clear shower door is in, the old one was removed from the large tub – I hate closed in tubs. After this week’s inspection, the kitchen cabinets can be placed. Then they will template the cabinets in order to cut my stone slabs I picked out from the granite yard.

It’s coming along.

I am looking forward to the chandeliers being assembled.

I bought a piece of property with a gorgeous lake and golf course view and I said, “Now let me make the inside match this view.”

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It is what it is…

17 Feb

I’ve spent this week doing another photo shoot on Worth Avenue in Palm Beach for the new Look Book. I think I captured some very nice shots of the model. Many women stopped me as they were walking by the photo shoot to ask or comment. “Lovely, fabulous…who’s jewelry is that?…who made the dress?…she looks beautiful…” We shot in front of Chanel, Tiffany’s etc.

Meanwhile people wonder why I haven’t mentioned the recent scandal that was in the Palm Beach Post. Yes, I am fully aware of what was in the newspaper. Look, I have no illusions in life or judgments about some people I work with. I’ve had all kinds of clients in my career. Yes, the brother was arrested on his second domestic violence dispute and yes I knew before I started there that he was in a lot of legal trouble over owing a lot of people in at former jewelry store. It’s all been very public and very in the press. The store is owned by the sister and it makes my job harder when all of page one when you Google the store is the brother’s legal problems which were not this store.

I have no illusions or judgments. The jewelry stores are the father’s legacy. He built the business and designed the jewelry. And he is a very brilliant man. But the whole situation is why I have been tasked with opening the store, disarming the alarms and opening the safe. He’s not allowed to touch any of those things. And I don’t think he likes me because I do as his sister wishes and that means no access.

But it is true that the employees hear the whispers and the looks as we go into the store each day since this week’s press. Unfortunately, we are the subject of the gossip on Worth Ave. Doing the photo shoot in public was an experience but I don’t let it bother me because it has nothing to do with me. I heard nothing but positive comments from people passing by in regards to my work.

It’s just another day at the office for me and it will continue to be unless people treat me with disrespect. In my business with my experience, there will always be clients and opportunities if someone isn’t treating me right. Over 30 years in my career, I’ve built a reputation for style and excellence.

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It passed inspection today…

16 Feb

When I asked for them to produce the piece of building code that says they have to be hard wired into the electrical panel, they couldn’t do it. So all the sudden the 10 battery smoke detectors are fine.

I’m glad it’s passing inspection but it’s riduclous I had to go take a stand and say enough is enough.

One thing I was not happy about but at this point, I can’t do anything about it – they yanked my GE brand electrical panel and installed a different brand. I don’t buy for a minute that GE doesn’t make a panel that will pass building code. Nonetheless I want these people out o my life so it’s a done deal and it passed. We can move on and start building the kitchen. We have one more inspection next week.

But at least they changed their tune and they spoke more appropriately to my contractor today.

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I made myself very, very clear to the city manager…

15 Feb

I was very clear about the fact that they broke the law when they entered my home with legal authority or permission to do so. I was very clear about the manner in which they need to treat my contractors. The city indicated that they understood and agreed.

I also relayed to him some of stupid remarks the “inspector” said to my contractor. Some of it was just down right asinine. He actually told my contractor that he couldn’t use a General Electric electrical panel. Excuse me? Do you have any idea who I used to work for? No building code says that.

When we submitted the building plans to the city, the plans were approved. The electrical inspector now wants to change the plans after those plans were approved. Which personally, I think there’s some liability in that that process. I pointed out to the city that the law regarding inspections is that when we call for inspection, if there any items that do not meet the code then they are required to tell me that in writing and to provide the code that it does not meet. In all the building inspections we’ve had done so far, they have not done that. They want to do everything verbally and they say ridiculous things.

That nonsense stops today.

The latest utterly ridiculous thing they want to change is that they are trying to tell me is that because this is a level 2 condo renovation, I would have to hard wire in the smoke detectors. I don’t find that written in the building code and I want to see it in writing. What I do find is that in level one construction they allow the use of detectors with 10 year non-removable batters. And I find that  in 2010 the State of Floirda passed a law that was Senate bill 1196. And that law says that condo buildings with less than four stories with exterior corridors built before 1994 would be exempt for the installation of fire alarms. This building meets that requirement. Someone would need to provide me evidence that that law was changed or repealed.

The problem with hard wiring in smoke detectors arrives when you would have to dig into the existing firewall between my unit and the unit next door. That wall is structural and should not be tampered with. Hard wiring in smoke detectors would actually present a safety problem. Detectors with 10 year batteries would be the appropriate choice.

I’ve taped the following laws and code to the front door and we’ve called for an inspection for tomorrow.  I will not be here for the inspection. My contractor will but I they need to speak with me personally at the end of the inspection and they need to issue something in writing. I’ll evaluate what they produce after that and I’ll contact the appropriate authorities if they are incorrect.

The have held up the entire kitchen being installed for over a week over smoke detectors. Meanwhile, the unit has no protection whatsoever and they are needlessly driving up costs. I’ve already gone $10,000 over budget to upgrade everything under the sun.

I think tomorrow they need to produce some documentation because this is beginning to look a lot like harassment. It’s not just me who’s responsible for following laws. They are responsible for following them and they haven’t been and I put a stop to that this morning.

I am also checking in to whether the same requirements were made from another condo owner who did the same construction.

The other issue I have with them is that nowhere on any piece of paper was this ever labled as a level 2 rennovation. But as I said, I don’t even find the code that mandates a level 2 be hard wired.

The “inspector” who entered my home illegally yesterday actually put a “stop work” sticker on the electrical because he said I didn’t have a permit. But I did and the city had to take 2 steps back today when they admitted I had a permit.

The whole situation reeks. I’m not going to stand for this.

Look at the photos below. Here’s the stop work order:

Here’s my electrical permit and below that is where the permit was posted behind the screen in the front window. It’s as visible as you can make it.

And where were the building inspectors when this crap was originally built. Look at the photo of what is in my wall. Yes, that’s a beer can. And I thought only South Carolina allowed crap like that on construction sites. Oh no, what was here was so much bette than what I am doing to the property – NOT.

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I let no one walk all over me or the people that work for me….

14 Feb

Tomorrow, I will be putting a stop to a serious problem.

I will not let anyone mistreat my contractors because they are minorities. I was appalled and disgusted over the reports I received from eyewitnesses today.

I will not tolerate that kind of behavior in anyway, shape or form. I’m mad over what transpired today. Fuming. I will deal with it tomorrow.

It really makes me angry when people trespass on my property and attempt to try to tell my workers what to do when I’m not there.

People need to quit looking in the window and showing up at my door without an invitation or legal permission to be there and only I can grant that permission.

There are laws and I intend to enforce them tomorrow.

I have left strict instructions and signage that anyone in violated will be arrested.

Readers of this blog know that I am pretty open person but I have the right to decide who sees my home and how. People should not disrespect me by trying to trespass on the property or look in the windows to satisfy their curiosity. And no one ever, ever has the right to treat a minority as if they are not your equal. That is not what I am about and I will not tolerate this in any way.

i know minorities are being harassed and what transpired today was workplace harassment.

I will put a stop to this.

How dare they disrespect me and my workers like that? I guess some people are going to have to learn respect the hard way.

A police officer doesn’t have the right to enter someone’s home without permission or a warrant so why would anybody, anybody think they could do this?

I don’t care if the person is 18 or 80. Unless they have a legal right and invitation to be there stay away from the property. I’ve made that abundantly clear from everything I posted to the front door tonight. It’s somebody’s home and a construction site. Somebody lives in the property. And the owner has rights. And so do those workers. They only have one boss and that’s me. I write the checks. I am the ONLY property owner.

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The hardest part of my job…

13 Feb

I only have so many seconds to unlock the store, disengage both security panels and open the massive safe. If I don’t do it in time, the police show up with guns if the alarm is set off.

You know how intelligent I am – but this system is hard. Really hard.

I didn’t happen to me but the other store accidentally set off the alarms and the police showed up.

I would say this is the most stressful part of the job. Keep in mind, it’s my job to make the web site and the advertising and serve as designer. But she also assigned me to do the above.

It’s funny because I can over take and master any server. I learned how to fly an airplane. I can design anything. But some dials on a safe manage to be my nemesis.

I am determined to master it. When you have the magic touch, you can get it. But without it, it will be try, try again. And it’s a touch, not intelligence thing.

I used to disengage the security system at Hard Rock Park, but the police were never called if the alarm went off. I thought that system was pretty easy to master.

I feel like I’m part of the Matrix every morning….

But you know it has to be hard. That stone is par with the Hope Diamond.

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Ahh, much better…I hooked up the Internet…

11 Feb

I took a break from my construction mess in my home and reconnected the Internet.

This was the photo I shot the other day that I think will be the new cover of the Lariat Look Book that I am working on for Kaufmann de Suisse. My dress has never looked so good on someone else…There were lots of good shots from the day I shot. I think it will be a nice book. We’ve done some nice advertising this month. We have a double page spread in the Rolls Royce magazine and we’re about to be on the back cover of Palm Beach magazine. My business has always been about style. I love this stuff you know. This is Lyndsey in the photo. We work together.

She was asking me the other day, “When are you going to find a boyfriend?”

“When the construction on my home is over.” Between work and my real estate project, I have no time. Another few weeks to a month to go and things will be better.

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I’ve had no Internet for weeks…

10 Feb

I haven’t had Internet for weeks because of the construction in my home. We have a few more weeks to go but everything is coming together.

I’ll have lot of pictures to show when I’m done.

I just did a photo shoot with a model for Kaufmann de Suisse this week. The photos turned out really well. When I am finished with the Look Book, I’ll let you so. One of the shots will be running in Palm Beach The Island magazine soon. It’s a beautiful photo, with a beautiful piece of jewelry and a beautiful model. It was one of those shots where I feel like I nailed it.

That’s all for now because I’ve got too much to do with this construction project.

I still don’t have Internet at home.

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This quartz is a better fit with the design…

28 Jan

I went to the granite yard today and picked out a slab. I like this quartz better for the design I am working on at home.

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Design, design, design…

25 Jan

I’ve so little time since taking on the new role at Kaufmann de Suisse and renovating the condo I just purchased in Palm Beach county…

At work, we are thinking that after I get done creating the new web site, that we’ll purchase some jewelry cad software and I will design some rings. I would be a designer for the wealthy who want to design their own pieces.

I looked at some software today and I instantly recognized how to use it. You know what it looks like? Like the Unreal Engine. There are viewports and their are jewelry pieces in the library like stone, shanks, settings, etc. I think I could do this. My design and computer science background comes in handy. And you know I’ve designed all kinds of things in my career. Everything from web sites, to advertising to software kiosks, to theme parks to houses, to yachts… There’s a very long list and there’s virtually nothing that I won’t try. I live to design things. I think I would love this challenge and being that I love jewelry, I think I could do well at it.

There’s plenty of other projects at work that I have to take on like print advertising, in store electronic displays, email campaigns, etc. etc.

Now when it comes to design, let’s talk about this condo renovation. It’s on a championship private golf course and also on a lake.

I’m doing just about everything – tearing out the kitchen and putting in a custom kitchen about double in size, new floors, new light fixtures, new door knobs, handles, bathroom vanities, new shower enclosure, new faucets, new paint, new floors. I purchased this condo as an estate out of probate. So I bought the furniture too and I’ve had to get rid of some and figure out how to blend what I do want to keep with my modern new pieces that I like.

I wanted to keep her bedroom suit because it’s a large bedroom and she had a lot of pieces and this was expensive furniture for it’s time. But the finish was definitely dated. So the only way to get a good finish is to take everything apart and spray it. The place looks like a war zone right now so I will only show a few with a before and after. Before is this not so attractive yellow green finish. After is my white and chrome accents.

My new, white bedroom modern furniture is now in the guest bedroom.

These are things I’ve done this week:

Here’s the before on the type of finish:

Here’s some after photos so far. I still have four more pieces to do.

Then I did this art piece. I am thinking about doing the birds in a metallic sea foam green.

Here some of the floor I bought. These are just boards laying on the floor. Below that is a shot with the flooring a piece of the quartz countertops that I am considering.

If you’re not a designer and can’t visualize where I am going with all this – in 3 months I’ll have the completed photos.

Yes, the wall color will be changing too…

I going to be adding some bling though the dining room. My aqua velvet mid century modern chairs will go around a glass table with a crystal

chandelier over head. I need just the right mix of modern, elegant and a little casual as contrast. You’ll see.

In the meantime, I am a woman on a mission…

Paint and I have a long history together. I’ve done everything from repainting a Toyota Highlander by hand with a totally smooth finish, to a Porsche dash panel to a repairing a damaged copy of one of the paintings from the Singing Butler series.

I like a good challenge. I know you’re thining – “Who does this stuff?”

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Busy is an understatement…

22 Jan

I am rushing to get everything done in time for the contractors who are starting construction on my condo this week. I bought the floor, door knobs, some of the lighting. I still have more lighting to buy, paint and switch covers. That kind of stuff. I picked out how the new kitchen cabinets will look. I still have to select the granite. The kitchen cabinets are being built by a local craftsman.

Then I realized that I needed to have all the furniture pieces I wanted painted before they laid the new floors. So I am rushing to get that done. It’s a lot of work.

At work, I am loving the work. She bought me a top of the line Mac, new dedicated server and Godaddy and I’ve been designing away. It’s going to take a while to build the new site because there are 1800 pieces of jewelry in the stores. They design and make their own jewelry so there aren’t multiples of the items. I know some of the people who read the blog like to watch me work. With that said, this is a construction zone so there are missing photos and lots more that will be added to the site. Many of the prices and descriptions in the database are incorrect. You know, it’s a site under construction. The development site is our domain minus the “m”. It’s http://kaufmanndesuisse.co . There’s a lot of photography work that needs to be done.

I really like the Paraiba pages that I designed last week. Back in 1994 that necklace was appraised for over $25 million. It’s the largest stone of it’s kind in the world. It’s considered on par with the Hope Diamond. I walk it everyday. It is absolutely gorgeous. I love it.

I’ve been designing print ads for the Palm Beach Post, Palm Beach The Island magazine and some of the great interior design magazines. I am thrilled that one of the magazines that I always take to the beach, Florida Design – we are doing the back cover the magazine and I worked on the ad on Saturday. It will be one gorgeous pieces of advertising when I am done. I love designing that kind of thing. We are really setting Palm Beach style so I love picking the pieces for the ad.

I’ve got to shoot more photos tomorrow.

My posts are going to be a little sparse until I get a handle on my condo construction. One of the things I am doing is putting in a new kitchen and doubling the size of the kitchen. I can’t wait to see my design come to life. This is condo has the most fabulous view – both of the lake and a very well known private championship golf course. I just love it.

As I said, busy is kind of an understatement for my life right now.

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Love it…

15 Jan

I got moved and then I met with the Contractor who will being doing the renovation work on my new condo. It will take 3 months to complete everything that I need. It will be a mess for a while but so worth it in the end. Now I am selecting materials and pieces for the design.

I already had the new furnace and AC put it. They had to hire a crane to put the new unit on the roof.

I absolutely love this location and the views from my bedroom and living room. So pretty…

I am also loving going to work on Worth Ave every morning. I love luxury items. How fun!

Three months from now life is going to be fabulous.

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Big news regarding my career…

08 Jan

I will be finishing up at Arnold Palmer Apparel on Tuesday.

I am pleased to announce that on Wednesday, my office will be moving to Worth Ave in Palm Beach. I have been retained as a designer and developer for one of Palm Beach’s finest jewelers. I will be in charge of creating a new web site, marketing and advertising for Kaufmann de Suisse Jewelers.

I think every woman dreams about moving her office to Worth Ave. The offer was too good to pass up. As a designer, I find this opportunity very exciting. Since I started my advertising agencies Carolina Web Development and Florida Web Development years ago , I’ve really specialized in luxury brands and it is my favorite kind of work.

I’m looking forward to working with Monica to grow the business. I really respect and admire her accomplishments. It’s amazing what she has achieved. We’re going to be a great team.

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Part One of This Weekends Exciting Announcements….

07 Jan

Part one is that i took possession of the condo I purchased from a recently deceased Palm Beach socilllite in a Country Club community.

Keys in hand. I am now the owner. Renovations have begun…I purchased her entire estate.

The interesting thing is that her first name was the first name I was supposed to be named until my parents changed my name at the last minute. Talk about destiny…

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It’s going to be really, really busy week…

02 Jan

I wouldn’t expect a post this week because of everything that is going on, but you might read an interesting post next weekend.

Until then, have a safe and Happy New Year.

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Had a ton of fun this weekend…

01 Jan

Happy New Year by the way…

I played golf with my mother. We went to a course that is near where I am moving into in a few weeks. The driving range is ranked in the nation’s top 50. We loved it.

One day we did the driving range. Today we did a a round of golf. I was comparing clubs. I did the Calloway Big Berthas versus the set I golfed with for years – Wilson graphites. I always loved the feel of those clubs. Then I did them versus the old school Ben Hogan Princess clubs. Those drivers aren’t bad but I hate those irons.

Right now I hit the Wilson graphites the best – but I golfed with them for so many years. I think I just know them better.

I’m sore and I will be hurting tomorrow but basically, I need to do it more to get those muscles back in shape. But then that’s part of moving back into a golf course country club community. That’s the point – get back in it more often.

But it was a beautiful day today on the course.

I spent some of the rest of the vaca working on my design.

My mother is down visiting to serve as my “foreman” on my little construction project. She’ll be heading back after we make it through the first couple of weeks.

South Carolina is cold right now so Palm Beach looks good to her right now.

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What did I get for Christmas?

25 Dec

Why, just what I wanted…

A Calloway Big Bertha War Bird. A number 3 and a number 5.

A new pair of golf shoes, new gloves and new Calloway golf bag.

My mother and I are going golfing in a few weeks and I can’t wait. I am moving into a golf community that is sitting by some of the best golf in Palm Beach. She lives in South Carolina but has promised to come and golf with me often in the winter.

Oh, we have big golf plans.

After I finish the renovations, I plan to be on the golf course or in the pool every weekend.

I hope everyone’s holidays were merry and bright.

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A Christmas Eve Story – How the Internet All Began…

24 Dec

Ok, listen my children – this was sent to me and it’s too good not to share. Here’s a story for Christmas Eve:

In ancient Israel, it came to pass that a trader by the name of Abraham Com did take unto himself a healthy young wife by the name of Dorothy. And Dot Com was a comely woman, large of breast, broad of shoulder and long of leg. Indeed, she was often called Amazon Dot Com.

And she said unto Abraham, her husband, “Why dost thou travel so far from town to town with thy goods when thou canst trade without ever leaving thy tent?”

And Abraham did look at her as though she were several saddle bags short of a camel load, but simply said, “How, dear?”

And Dot replied, “I will place drums in all the towns and drums in between to send messages saying what you have for sale, and they will reply telling you who hath the best price. The sale can be made on the drums and delivery made by Uriah’s Pony Stable (UPS).”

Abraham thought long and decided he would let Dot have her way with the drums. And the drums rang out and were an immediate success. Abraham sold all the goods he had at the top price, without ever having to move from his tent.

To prevent neighboring countries from overhearing what the drums were saying, Dot devised a system that only she and the drummers knew. It was known as Must Send Drum Over Sound (MSDOS), and she also developed a language to transmit ideas and pictures – Hebrew to the People (HTTP).

And the young men did take to Dot Com’s trading as doth the greedy horsefly take to camel dung. They were called Nomadic Ecclesiastical Rich Dominican Sybarites, or NERDS. And lo, the land was so feverish with joy at the new riches and the deafening sound of drums that no one noticed that the real riches were going to that enterprising drum dealer, Brother William of Gates, who bought off every drum maker in the land. Indeed he did insist on drums to be made that would work only with Brother Gates’ drum heads and drumsticks.

And Dot did say, “Oh, Abraham, what we have started is being taken over by others.” And Abraham looked out over the Bay of Ezekiel , or eBay as it came to be known. He said, “We need a name that reflects what we are.”

And Dot replied, “Young Ambitious Hebrew Owner Operators.” “YAHOO,” said Abraham. And because it was Dot’s idea, they named it YAHOO Dot Com.

Abraham’s cousin, Joshua, being the young Gregarious Energetic Educated Kid (GEEK) that he was, soon started using Dot’s drums to locate things around the countryside.

It soon became known as God’s Own Official Guide to Locating Everything (GOOGLE).

That is how it all began. And that’s the truth.

I would not make up this stuff. -

Just Kidding.

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I’m going to have l lot to tell you about in January…

20 Dec

There’s a lot going on but it will be January before I give you the recap….

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Interesting article about the negative side of Facebook

12 Dec

Facebook Is ‘Ripping Apart’ Society, Former Executive Warns – http://fortune.com/2017/12/12/chamath-palihapitiya-facebook-society/

And people that have known me a long time know that I have never used Facebook for personal reasons and never will.

I call it foresight. You can call it what you want.

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I’m not happy…

10 Dec

There will be a certain company who will not get a referral to my friends after this is over with.

I’m learning a lesson here – I decided to do business with a company that was offering me a good deal. Even though for years, I’ve done business with large banks. And they could have come close to this deal but not quite as good.

They have one employee who has gotten absolutely everything wrong and seems to be just screwing everything up. She hasn’t accurately described a phone conversation yet and she’s questioning stupid things in which they should know what they are looking.

I cannot believe that I had to explain to them how to read a bank statement with a POD. They have never heard of a POD.

The POD is not an account holder, it’s Payable on Death. I went to business school, I think this part of my basic into finance course. I knew what it was before I was ever out of college. It’s not unusual to list a POD on an account.

These people are single handedly making my life miserable because they don’t know basic things in interpreting financial data. They questioned the utility company (the cable company) in New Orleans last summer that pulled a credit report. That’s their standard policy for everyone who’s a customer. Lots of utility companies pull credit reports. I’ve had that happen to me several times in my life. How can you work in banking and not know this stuff?

I am feeling some serious remorse for not having chosen a bigger, more experienced partner. Sometimes a good deal isn’t worth the aggravation but I’m too far into it now to change. You know what I mean.

I asked them today – “Please don’t screw this stuff up because there’s no reason to screw this up.”

I just want this to be over with without them wrecking my entire life in the process. You know what I mean?

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It was a very productive day…

10 Dec

I picked out the new flooring I want. I choose the countertops, what the kitchen cabinets will look like, the new stove I want, countertops and sinks for the bathrooms.

I got a lot done today. I’m very happy with the choices I came up. This is the one time when I get to pick everything according to my taste.

This is a very ambitious timeline, but I am hoping to be done with everything by the end of January.

I think it will be beautiful when it’s done.

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What a busy, busy week

08 Dec

I had been working on orders for the largest professional golf tournaments in the U.S. I am also working on integrating computer systems. We do the most prestigious golf clubs in the U.S. Virtually everyone is in our book and we’re growing really fast. I hope to eventually streamline this company into better systems and processes. I just did the design work for the embroideries that will be on the shirts at the tournament. That’s my creativee side balancing with my computer science side…

What I mean by embroidery is I look at their logo in a file called a DST. I translate the threads into colors of threads that we use or I redrawn or clean up their logo. Then I have it embroidered. It’s easy compared to the complicated graphics work I’ve done in my lifetime.

My career has covered brands like Hard Rock, GE, Lily Pulitzer, Linda Hartough (the official artist of the PGA). And now of course, Arnold Palmer and all the brands that the name attracts. And I’ve done work for small but prestigious projects like Porsche PCA, the Hilton Head Chamber of Commerce for the RBC Heritage. There’s a list but a pattern of great work.

For those that have followed by career, you know that some of the world’s biggest and most expensive brands, have trusted their identity to me. My business was built off of style.

It’s a job that calls for my “jack-of-all-trades” skills.

Then I’ve had all the logistics to buying a piece of real estate to content with…busy, busy, busy,

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Yes, I know it’s possibly the sadest thing you’ve ever heard me say…

07 Dec

It all kind of started when someone asked why I was buying the new condo. I hope that my mother will come to visit more often.

My stepfather of 38 years died in May. He had Leukemia and although I was his daughter – I wasn’t his “real daughter.” I was more like the Velveteen Rabbit. I wanted to be real but in the end I was just a stuffed bunny. And I couldn’t save him as a real daughter might have been able to do.

I may be a little worn and well loved, but I wasn’t a real rabbit.

And so he died. So it’s left my mother all alone and I am hoping that she will be as excited as I am about the condo, and the renovations and I am hoping that she will visit more often.

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Just a little pressure…

06 Dec

Several years ago, I talked to my neck doctor about whether I would ever be able to golf again at the end of all the stuff we were doing to my neck to improve the siutation.

Here’s what he told me – “If you swing like you’re suppose to, you’re not going to have a problem. Because your body is what turns, not the neck. The body turns with the club. If you screw up that swing, you’re going to hurt like hell the next day. Just be sure to get it right.”

No pressure there, eh?

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I’m excited but here’s why I told myself…

05 Dec

Here’s what I told myself – to get to what I really want. Here’s the list in the order they need to occur.

1) Renovations take priority over golf, tennis and swimming. I am a much better golfer than a tennis player so I am hiring a tennis pro. That way I will also have someone to play tennis. My mother likes to golf so initially, she will be my golf partner. i can’t tell you how much I look forward to walking out my front door, across the street and onto the golf course. And then I am looking forward to lunch at the club…But first, all the contractors and timelines have to be lined up.

2) In terms of renovations – the electrical and the AC need to be done the first week. Then the plumbing. Then the cosmetics like flooring, paint and new kitchen.

3) Then I’ve got to “redesign” the furniture that will go into my new home.

3) Number 3 actually happens the first week. I have to weed all that furniture out – what I bought from the estate, my furniture and my furniture that has been in storage. I have some antiques – but I haven’t wanted to decorate with antiques since I lived in Ohio years ago. But there’s something in me that was slightly sentimental so I paid to store that crap for years that I didn’t want in my home. I need to get rid of those or use them. That was my taste 30 years ago but not now. So I think those need to go. I started weeding through this stuff last spring but I didn’t finish the job. So it’s on my list to finish by Spring 2018.

I’m going to busy for a while. No doubt.

But I’m like a tornado when I get ahold of these things. The ball of energy just gets bigger and stronger…I thrive on this stuff.

I finally get to make myself a client! The best designs are the ones you love…

This brings back the good old days for me. As a very little kid, I grew up golfing and swimming all summer in a country club. For the people who think I should apologize for that – NEVER. My dad was an electrical engineer. Smart people who work hard deserve good things. My stepfather could afford to live in a country club because he had a PH.D. I was a computer science and design professor (dual role) as well as a being a department head. I was also a business owner as a woman. I busted my ass in my career. I started in marketing at 19 for a GE company. I graduated from grad school on a full scholarship with a 4.0. I’ve worked hard in my life. I deserve some golf. And a nice dinner at the club.

I lived at Legends in Myrtle Beach for a year. When I lived in Ohio, I golfed in guys and gals every Friday night. I loved it.

Women in computer science with business and marketing backgrounds should get everything they want in life and more. That’s my opinion.

When I went to college – I studied design, business, computer science, telecommunications, communications – I took it all on. And I played 17 sports in high school. That’s just my nature and I’ve learned in life, you have to do the things that make you happy. Not what makes someone else happy. And not what other people think you “should” do.

It’s my life. I make the rules.

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Making my list…

03 Dec

I am making my mental list of everything I want to renovate in this new property and the order in which things will need to occur.

Aside from the renovation items, I’ve got some decisions to make about furniture because this was an estate, I bought everything in it. Obviously I have furniture so now I need to decide which pieces to keep from the estate and which pieces need to go to make room for what I own.

It is going to be fun to apply my design skills to some of the pieces.

I’ve got some projects that need to be tackled right – a new AC, some electrical and plumbing work.

One of the things I am going to be doing is putting in a new kitchen. I am a big fan of “light and bright” so that tells you something about the finishes I want.

Other cosmetics on the list are to repaint and lay new flooring. It had carpeting and I am doing away with all of it so I can have one continuous floor through out the main living space.

It will be beautiful by the time I am done with it. I get to make this space “my own” and that’s always fun.

I can’t wait for that day…

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Ready to see the awesome view?

02 Dec

I had to be over at the property I am purchasing this morning.

I took a few shots of the view. It’s in country club on a golf course. I have a nice pool as well. There are tennis courts, driving range and if I walk out my front door, go to the end of the building, and cross the street, I am at the clubhouse with the restaurant that operates 7 days a week. I can’t wait. All the golf course views are the view from my windows. My views are of the lake and the golf course.


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Kevin O’Leary owned the Learning Company. I had no idea that’s who brand we built…

01 Dec

I had no idea.

Here’s the story.

Back in the 1990s I went to work for a company owned by Jan and Bob Davidson – The owned Davidson and Associates and Educational Resources.

I was hired to be one of six Trainers to travel the U.S. to teach 250 software titles. A few months into the job, my boss became Linda Sharp – from The Learning Company.

We loved Reader Rabbit and all the rest of their titles. So every day when we entered a new school system as “The Trainer”, they always went with our recommendation.

We sold oddles and oddles of software and training to schools all over the U.S. and there was only 6 of us doing it.

I was so successful at learning new titles and teaching it that Jan Davidson sent me on an all expenses paid trip to Maui, one to Snowmass, Colorado and one to San Diego where I sat next to Terry Bradshaw on an airplane.

This was in the days when software companies were making lots and lots of money.

I heard Kevin talk about The Learning Company on the Shark Tank tonight and how he couldn’t keep up with the demand for the product.

Sorry we did that to you, but the six trainers were really good at what we did….

My job back in 1995 was to be on a different airplane, every day, to a different school to teach whatever software you desired.

We sold a lot of Broderbun too.

I loved the Living Books series.

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Do I mind doing customer service?

01 Dec

Are you kidding? No. It’s essential to running a business.

The customer is an important part- the only thing that really matters to a business.

Do I mind being a web developer, running operations or interacting with the customer and putting them first -

No, I do not mind in any way, shape or form.

In order to run any business, I need to understand the customer. Without the customer, we don’t exist.

I want to make sure that any customer has the best possible experience with a brand. If that means I do it personally, then that’s what it takes.

Any really good entrepreneur is not afraid to do any function of a company whatsoever.

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I’ve been so busy, there’s almost no words…

01 Dec

It’s just been a whirlwind of activity.

I have been so, so busy – there’s almost no words to describe it.

And it’s going to be particularly crazy the next two months.

But it will be so worth it.

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YES! I won!

29 Nov

This property is going to be my new home.

Remember yesterday how I said if I got it for a great price I would feel Smart? If I paid more, then I move to the Satisfied category. And if if the bidding got too high and I paid it, then I would just be Stupid.

I got it in the Smart category for the smartest price possible. I got it for the best possible deal because of the terms I offered.

Because this was an estate property – I bought the property and all the furnishings in it. I’ll be redesigning some of those furnishings as well.

Remember the first property I really wanted and the people would not come down on the price? And then I found this one? They are the exact same comps in the same neighborhood. I’m paying $45,000 less than if I would have bought the first property. I am so glad I walked away from that deal. The condo I am purchasing is worth every penny of what I’m paying for it.

I cannot tell how how thrilled I am about this property. It’s a first floor large condo, corner unit on a private golf course in a country club with view of the water and the golf course. So the property has 2 golf courses, tennis and pool right at the end of my building. The golf course is rated 4.5 of 5 stars by Golf Magazine. I love that it’s a corner unit because I get twice as many windows in the bedrooms and it’s light and bright. If you know me then you know I love condos after owning three houses and being a slave to the house. A condo allows me to enjoy my life. And the property that was $45,000 more wasn’t even a corner unit.

And here’s the very best part – the terms of the property did not require me to pay for the golf membership. i can golf on the second course any time I want and the fees are very, very reasonable for golf. And it will be that way, the rest of my life. I looked at nearby properties where it’s very standard for a golf membership to run you $30,000 a year just to live in the communities. In Palm Beach county, there is always a required membership to live in a country club.

For me, this was a fabulous, fabulous deal. I’ll be renovating the unit. Just remember – you can change everything but the view and thank goodness it has one incredible view.

Since my mother and I have had a very hard year, she’s going to come to Florida for a while to help me renovate it. I’ll use contractors but she can supervise. This will keep her busy for a while. She can also be my golf partner because she loves to golf. And we can go have dinner at the Country Club. Cheers to 2018 being a better year.

This certainly starts the year on a high note. There’s a lot to do.

This makes me so happy. I feel like I’m getting a steal of deal and I so appreciate it. I will enjoy this for many years to come. And now there is a guest bedroom for when my mother visits.

Thank you, thank you, thank you to the Probate Judge and the real estate professionals who helped me get this property.

I really feel like I’m getting a piece of Palm Beach paradise.

The condos building is surrounded by expensive single family homes. Which means that my walks through the neighborhood will have great views. The country club has had zero crime in the past year. It will be a great place to walk.

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Why was 2017 so bad?

My stepfather of 38 years died. When I took off 2 days to help my mother deal with his death and I lost a year long major web contract because the client was a complete jerk about my being gone for 2 days to deal with a death in the family. There’s just no way of saying it nicely when that was the reason I lost the contract.

My grandmother died. My nicest Aunt, died. My mother had major surgery and they couldn’t wake her up so for 24 hours we had to wonder if she would be brain dead. I had to have emergency surgery and was supposed to take 3 weeks off work – I only took off 2. It was huge challenge.

2017 was just plain hard. I think 2018 will be a much better year. I kind of feel like I am past all that now.

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I put in the formal offer…

28 Nov

And I was immediately told that there would be multiple offers.

So basically, I’ve set three levels in my mind:

1) Price X is a great deal
2) Price X is you’re paying more and you really want the property
3) If bidding goes to price X, don’t cross that line because then you’re being stupid and the property isn’t worth that price.

So in the next few days, we’ll find out where my bidding gets me and which of those level do I fall under. Smart. Satisfied. Or Stupid.

Hey, we are officially off to the races at this point…

They told me if I have the winning bid, they have to fly a drone over the property to inspect the roof.

What? You don’t want me to buzz the property with a plane? Oh, where’s the fun in that?

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