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No long post tonight…

26 Apr

I am going to eat, take a bath and head to bed early.

I am going to be in the hospital tomorrow. Because I am having anesthesia tomorrow,  dinner has to be eaten before a certain time tonight.

Good night…

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We are like the Warriors of Worth Avenue…

25 Apr

Two days of shooting in two rainy days. Wait for the rain. Oh the sun is out, let’s go! We got five minutes.

Tired, sweaty and eaten by 300 mosquitoes we emerge victorious. Of of the fun of being a fashion photographer when you’re not an executive…

Brutal people. It just is. Some of the mean looks those models shoot you are for real – because they don’t get to eat. And then some of these girls are real fun….

I don’t understand why Lyndsey and I (two blonde women) were the only ones to get eaten and attacked by mosquitoes. I don’t get it. Cesar and Tom were never touched by them. No joke, Lyndsey was ready to cry by the end of the day. “We just made a trip to the Congo, eh?”

Honestly though, I think Cesar beat me on the photos. I saw his shots and they were fantastic. I’ve waited weeks to see this – finally that talent comes to the top. I’m happy for him.

Some of those mosquitos have like vampire fangs….

It was so good to get a shower this evening.

I have to laugh though because Cesar shot the worst photos I ever had taken of me in my life and I 86xed that deal right away. No. No way. Not ever. I take better photos with my iphone….I am also very, well aware that I am not as pretty as one of the models we shot today. She was gorgeous material. Perfect.

I’ve got friends who are fashion bloggers and web developers with blogs – how would I characterize the past two days in that weather? Very challenging…of course I love bloggers because they fuel so much Internet traffic…

Personally, I am ready for a yacht shoot or a helicopter shoot…

I’ve got to work a deal on the yacht shoot because that’s an upcoming item on my list as well as a shoot with Rolls Royce for their magazine.

One of the models said, “Wow, look at this street.”

I said, “You have to understand that Worth Avenue is the Beverly Hills of the East Coast and you’re at Grand Central Station right now.”

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Hey guys, my diamond hoop earrings just arrived from overseas. I love them. they are huge. Maybe this weekend I’ll shoot some selfies. They are flawless…I am wearing them to work tomorrow…

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Remember the pinks? Isn’t it cute?

Who doesn’t love diamonds….

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Ok, I am giving lessons tonight… Here’s the post I like best, hand on the hip, hip to the side (ignore that I have no makeup on and no bra)…ladies you look fabulous in this pose….

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This week’s schedule…

24 Apr

I am shooting and out of the office today (Tuesday). Thursday I won’t be answering the phone because I’ll be the hospital for a day for a test. I know I had friends who wanted to get together Wednesday night but that’s not a good idea. I have to have anesthesia so I just plan on sleeping it off the rest of the day on Thursday. Friday will be a catch up day.

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I don’t think it’s going to work…

24 Apr

It’s too bad because I really liked him… up until the point where he told me he didn’t need a website and that goes against the grain of his business model.

I guess he didn’t care what I did for a living and he choose to minimize the impact I can have on a business.

Then he told me he didn’t really care about business.

I’m sorry about that because I do care about business and I live on the Internet and I do this blog because I have found that through the years people ask me the same questions in person that I answer on this blog. And instead of one of my friends or business associates asking the question, I have hundreds or thousands of my friends asking the same question. So the blog ensued over 10 years ago and it’s lead to some amazing experiences and connections. And yes business people still ask personal questions, like “how was the reno tonight? how was the boat show? how was your date?” They all ask it.

I’ve got no apologies for it and it’s not going away. I think I need someone who really respects what I do.

My blog brought my ex so much business, I was happy to cut it off when we broke up. Why fuel somebody’s business who doesn’t appreciate you. Actually, I am actually guilty of doing that for a number of people.

I think I see the situation perfectly, he cared about my looks not what was inside my head. Which is too bad, because I am the other way around, I care about what’s inside your head first. No matter how good your looks, they will eventually leave you. I’ve spent my life building what’s inside my brain. I deserve a man who appreciates that.

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It was not a good day…

23 Apr

I’m a nice person. I come from a good family and we’re nice people. And in the way I conduct business, I am a nice person.

Today I had to deal with someone who is not a nice person. The words that came flying out of their mouth towards all the staff was just plain mean. Really mean.

People always look at me and say, “You’re such a strong, independent woman..” That’s true. But I also have feelings that get hurt if someone’s nastiness for no reason goes deep enough.

It was like one of those days when someone scarred your psyche. It was horrible and if you read my blog you know it takes a lot to reach that level with me.

I hate when people have miserable lives and they feel the need to take it out on everyone around them. I don’t have a miserable life. You have to be smart enough to make yourself happy so everyone around you can be happy. Power is no excuse for mistreating people.

As a matter of fact, I would say that that person just seriously diminished their power in the eyes of the six people who took the brunt of it.

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It was so much fun…

22 Apr

I went to the driving range today. This golf bag is so heavy because of the way I’ve configured it. I basically have 3 sets of clubs and I put my favorites into this bag. I don’t hit Calloway drivers the same as I hit my old Wilson graphites but I just seem to know the Wilson graphites the best so I get good shots with them. But the bag is heavy when you stack it this way.

I really need to be going to the driving range every weekend. The drivers are my favorites and I hit them pretty good today. I need to go one day where I don’t allow myself to touch the drivers and I need to work just on the irons. I spent some time putting afterwards and that has to be the hardest putting green I’ve ever been on. It’s very, very sloped. My putting needs a lot of work. I need to spend more time on it.

But it’s so much fun to chase that little white ball around.

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I’m going to be in Trouble with a capital “T”

21 Apr

Well by now you know that’s it been a few years since I was in a relationship. I always just use a first name on my blog so no one has an idea.

We had our second date last night and I can tell you right night that on the third date I’m going to be in Trouble with a capital “T.”

He really seems to have it all – he’s brilliant, he’s good looking, he’s successful, he’s charming.  And he really seems to be into me.

We had dinner at the Brazilian Court Hotel. Again he managed the best table in the whole place. Then we went to HMF at The Breakers.

Sadly, he left for New York today and I don’t know when he’s coming back. He doesn’t know when he’ll be working out of the Palm Beach office next. So I don’t know when that third date will be but I’m looking forward to it. But it might be a while before that happens.

So in answer to everybody’s question – “What did you think?” I think he’s fabulous.

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I spent my day editing…

20 Apr

I shot 2000 photos at the shoot. I’ve edited 215 so far. I’ve got some serious speed to my work – Whether it’s a photo shoot, a web site, a print ad, a contract negotiation, a networking event – I’ve got speed to me. There’s a lot of good stuff in that shoot. Now I bring it to life. These photos are going to appear in Art Bodega Magazine as well as our Look Books, web site, Amazon, advertising, etc. There are some rock star shots in that group.

Then I spent the rest of the day handling operational issues like a dispute we had with AT&T, I had them issue in writing that I won and this whole thing would be taken care of – this went on for months.

Next I have to deal with an attorney who’s over billed us for preparing documents. We agreed on a price and they billed far over the price. I’m not happy about that.. I had to find a watch that no one could find on the Internet. I found one place to get it. Unfortunately, the price reflected it’s a watch that had to get. And so on and so forth went my day.

I modeled a necklace so they could figure out how to alter it.

Monica and I are going to a Chamber event on May 3rd. I think we’re going to rejoin the Palm Beach Chamber. I always love the Chamber meetings. I built my business on Hilton Head around being active in the Chamber. The Chamber was nice enough to pick up our tab for breakfast at The Breakers. I’m looking forward to it.

Beginning next week, for a month I’ll get to leave the office to do photo shoots for two days a weeks with different models. I get to wear my golf clothes to work.

I had some nice compliments today about how beautiful they thought I looked. Thank you – I was wearing one of “Marilyn” dresses with an aqua wrap and had my had down.

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I also had to do one of my least favorite  but very necessary things – talk a customer down off a ledge. I’ve seen this happen so many times it’s like a broken record. The customer makes a great purchase. They go home and they Google the last name Kaufmann. Then they call the store wanting to cancel because they read about Christopher’s antics. Here’s the thing – First – the store is owned by Monica, who is as straight as an arrow. I know Monica and if a customer is not happy, she’ll bend over backwards to make them happy – sometimes remaking a piece one, two, three, four times to get it just the way they want it. Monica has an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau.

I’m the one who opens the store, unlocks the safe and brings the gems out of the safe. The jewelers are not allowed in the safe, Christopher is not allowed in the safe. Some years back he broke off on his own and got into financial trouble over the store he owned. The guy can be a nice guy but he’s a disorganized mess. He doesn’t even know how to operate a computer. Even I have to manage his iphone. He has no technology skills.

For Christoper, the path to redemption will not be an easy one, but he’s on the path.

Monica put him on a short leash and brought him back into the store. He’s under my watchful eye and Monica’s watchful eye. We’ve actually not had any problems with him. His problem in life is women and the fact that he’s very disorganized. But it’s important for people to distinguish Monica’s store from Christopher’s old store. He’s a great salesman and that’s what we let him do – nothing more. He’s not running this show – that’s Monica and I’m her right hand. It’s unfair that people judge her business by what they read on the Internet about him. Keep in mind, he’s never been convicted of anything. But what can I say – he sells newspapers and sells a lot of jewelry. I don’t feel bad about the jewelry part because we sell the very best, first class products. Sell away… that’s what I tell him.

So after I explained all this to the customer, they were happy again and they will be thrilled when they pick up their purchase this weekend. We always make it right and just the way you want it. It’s so unfair to Monica but he’s her brother and she loves him and he’s part of us as group and we want to see him turn it around. She makes him send checks to people he owes money to every week. I’ll tell you one thing, he can’t pay people back if he’s in jail. At least working for us, we dock his wages to pay his creditors. And none, not one of those people are owed money by Monica.

Some of it gets a little dicey, we’ve had people from the Middle East show up in the store because he owes them money. So we offer to try to sell some of their pieces through our channels to pay the money back. We’ve got no obligation to do this but if it makes things right, we’re willing to try it.

Christopher’s old store was Christopher Kaufmann Le Salon. Monica’s two stores are Kaufmann de Suisse. Her brother Charles owns the store in Montreal. Sadly, some of how Christopher got in trouble was because he loaned the Montreal Store money that he couldn’t afford to loan. All three stores were started years ago by their father – the great Pius Kaufmann. Pius is one of my favorite people on this earth. I just spent a month and half with him. We still sell his jewelry designs today as well as those items created by Monica and Christopher.

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So how do I characterize my life – I deal in diamonds, danger and all things that dazzle.

If you follow my lead and give me enough room, we’ll own this town just  like I did on Hilton Head. Here comes the queen of networking…Add it to my “I’ve got this” list.

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It’s a tough job but somebody has to do it…

16 Apr

I went to a champagne reception from 10-noon for the Mayor of Palm Beach. I liked what she had to say. The reception was at Flagler House in Palm Beach.

I met some very interesting people at the reception. One is a former Miss USA and Miss California so of course I talked to her about modeling for us. She is now working for Barbara Corcoran’s real estate company and she just bought a place in Trump Tower.

I met some other lovely ladies with beautiful homes on the Ocean. I met more real estate professionals, politicians, fundraisers, and people who are just well to do in life.

Several people were nice enough to walk up and compliment my dress and jewelry. That was such a nice thing to do. I love it when people notice my style because style is my business.

It’s a tough job but somebody has to do it :)

I have such a great life.

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Unreal….

15 Apr

During the photo shoot today, the sky suddenly turned and a rainbow circle appeared framing the moon. I’ve never seen anything like it. Unreal…

The original weather prediction was for rain and chance of tornadoes. So we scaled back the photo shoot to only four models and three photographers. One of the models was a former Miss Brazil. She was beautiful but in looking at all the photos I shot tonight, it was an unknown American who kicked her ass in the photos. One of the girls was just unbelievably good and such a natural. I haven’t seen a model like this in a long, long time. She really doesn’t take a bad shot and her look is very, very striking.

I went to Spring Fling on Saturday and was asked out on a date within ten minutes of arriving at the party. It was a very interesting dinner.

You know I like talented and intelligent men. He designs office buildings, his first degree was in Chemical Engineering and then he went to Harvard Business school (graduate school). His hobbies are photography and golf. There’s some common ground here. Unfortunately Palm Beach is just one of his residences and he’s not here very often. He works in upper Manhattan. But it was an enjoyable dinner in a very nice restaurant in Palm Beach. What got us talking was that he used to own a Porsche and we were at the car school and got to swapping car stories.

Now he’s driving the most expensive and sporty Mercedes. But we both said, “There’s nothing quite like the ride of Porsche is there…”

It turns out his home is here in my country club within walking distance. Obviously, we have the same taste in real estate…

I gave him a tour of my newly rennovated home and he was nice enough to say, “You did a really, really nice job.”

That’s good because you know I can’t go out with a guy who doesn’t love my work. Because my work is me…

And not to brag but I had to tell him that when I was in graduate school, I kicked Harvard’s ass to win the first place research prize for Master’s or Doctorate research in my field. I graduated 4.0 on a full scholarship and took this country’s top prize. There was nothing more to win…

I’m just a girl from Ohio who inherited some awesome genes from some brilliant parents and I knew what to do with it…

We’ll see.

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The best boss or client ever…

14 Apr

She gave me three rings today and there is nothing more in this world that I love more than jewels – specifically rings.

I just love them for their bling appeal – not the value. And you know I particularly love blue…number 2 is my favorite….

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What to do…

12 Apr

We may have to reschedule the photo shoot and party scheduled for Sunday. There is now an 80% chance of rain. I really need outdoor shots. We’ve got 18 models and 4 photographers, catering and servers lined up. We were planning on breaking the girls into groups – each photographer would be a station, then we go into a fast paced shooting mode and all the girls rotate through the stations. And lots of drink and food so everyone has a good time working.

We’re spending a lot of money on this and I don’t think we’ll get all the shots we need with an indoor shoot. At the same time, we would have to post pone for weeks and we don’t want to do that either.

I’m in a holding pattern waiting over a gemologist’s opinion on pricing, accurate descriptions and the need for new photos. The new site is held up on all of this. The inventory management is waiting on all of this. We’ve only got 40 items on 1st Dibs waiting on all of this, the Look Book is waiting on more shots. All I can do is be patient because I really need this stuff.

Even our Paraiba deal has gotten held up with lawyers and legal paperwork that has to be done first.

I want this whole show moving forward. I really do. But right now, we’ve got to spend some time on a matter we didn’t plan on spending time with – but it’s necessary.

That’s just where we are at – in a holding and waiting pattern. I hate not being able to put a throttle to all of this.

Yes, we have one massive house party planned for Sunday. We even got a Rolls Royce for the shoot. What to do…, what to do..we all have all those hair and makeup people booked…

How are we going to shoot a car if it rains?

On the 1st Dibs items we will have new stuff. A dealer came into today with consignment – some good stuff, some Paraiba Tourlamine rings, emeralds, ruby earrings. I’m shooting the stuff now and he gave me pricing today. Hopefully, I can shoot, cut it out, create the postings and get buyers for these items.

I had to model a Philipe Patek diamond and ruby covered watch today. It’s pretty. I think the price is a deal.

Jewelry really is such an interesting business. It’s fun to work with the Crown Jewels.

I have fun with some of the dealers too – one called me from Switzerland. We’ve met in person before. He says, “You know I really love you darling…”

And my response, “And you know I’d love you back if you brought me a buyer for the Paraiba…”

When people call in from another state or country and want to see a 4 ct, 5 ct, 10 ct, 15 ct diamond or gemstone ring, someone shows up at my desk and says, “Put your finger out..”

We snap photos and videos and then the clients can judge proportion when it’s on a hand.

There’s been some really nice pieces of ice on my finger.
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The compliments keep coming on my hair. Yes, this look is staying a while. I agree it’s amazing. I love it.

One of my favorite compliments was, “Did you turn EVERY head on Worth Avenue with that hair?”

Thank you so much. Bryn did a great job with the hair and I have no problem replicating her look she created.

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She’s sick with a cold and I know just the thing for it…

11 Apr

Did you know that homemade chicken soup from bone broth is a natural anti-amflamitory? There is some real science behind this old tradition.

She’s (Monica) is getting sick so I made a big pot tonight from bone broth. Some hot English tea with organic honey and she’ll be as good as new tomorrow.

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Did you think I was kidding about the title?

10 Apr

My name is the only title I will ever need. Did you think I was kidding? I know, I am like my old Jamaican friend – “I’ve got THREE jobs man…”

I feel you…

I still love the design of the front of the Laura Kerbyson cards…

All are still relevant contact info except I get email by the THOUSANDS – I don’t read them all.

Yes, I still own Carolina Web Development, Florida Web Development and Laura Kerbyson design services.

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Next weekend is going to be so much fun…

08 Apr

Saturday, they are having the Spring Fling, car show and fireworks here at the country club where I live. Then Sunday is our big model shoot and party.

It will all be fun.

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It was fun…

08 Apr

All we did was discuss business all night. Which is great with me because I love being an entrepreneur. The people I hung out with last night are just friends. We were discussing how our clientele are the same economic class. Sometimes it pays just to make strategic relationships with friends and business associates who are from other cities.

Cheers to go deals.

Like I said, it was fun.

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The freaking amazing job on my hair….

07 Apr

The black dress wins – see below.

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Bryn did a fabulous job on my hair. I just did the Keratin treatment. I can’t wash it for 3 days. I love it.

She told me to skip the Yacht Walk – I’ll sweat and I can’t wash it. Just go out tonight instead… I never wear black but I just wanted to show off the ends of the hair. It’s supposed to last 3 months. 4 if you really, really baby it.

Now we’re talking…

I think I’ll go to The Breakers for a drink tonight. HMF at the bar is always fun on a Saturday.

Time to select a dress. I’ll see if I can get a finished shot later.

I have always been partial to what I call my “Marilyn Monroe” style dresses. They are a throwback to the 50s and they are very flattering to my figure. I have a whole closet full of these. I love them.

I did some full length and close up shots so you can see what I’m talking about. And you know I really like blue because I don’t like the color of my own birthstone (Ruby). I don’t like red.

I have a black dress in the closet. I am contemplating it because it makes the hair pop.

No the black one wins. It just makes the hair pop and I can wear the sexy shoes….Cute earrings, eh?

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I am going to the Yacht Walk…

07 Apr

I am having my hair done in the morning and then I am going to the Yacht Walk at HMY in Dania tomorrow. It should be a fun time. There’s a Bertram I want to see.

Then I might go for a drink at the Breakers tomorrow evening.

I am looking forward to a fun day for once.

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Verve Theme Park?

05 Apr

I am not inclined to want to build that park in New Orleans. In the 3 months I was there, it wasn’t a fit with me.

First I have a dispute with Hibernia Tower and until they refund ALL of my money, I’m not spending a dime in New Orleans. These people really ticked me off.

Second, I am not convinced that there’s a way to engineer that land to keep the water out of the rides. Corrosion is deadly in theme park rides. I said from the beginning that the city needs to tear down the old park and that piece of land should not be used again because of the water problems.

The crime in New Orleans is also a major problem.

I’m not sure I’m going to ever do another park again. I’ve planned two – one for Florida and one for New Orleans. I liked Florida better but there were still substantial risks. I’m just not sure that I want to take those on. So Verve is in an indefinite holding pattern from a project and legal standpoint. It’s a shame because I was really looking forward to finish designing the Hotel Plein de Vie (french for full of live, alive and kicking). I had great plans for that Hotel. I wouldn’t take a hotel project off my eventual list.

That’s how I feel about at the moment. It’s my work, my money and my time and if I want to walk away from it – I will. I will not have my investors spend $750 million for something I don’t feel 100% about.

I did update the link so you can see all the work I did last summer http://vervethemepark.com/. The business plan was impressive for all the calculations.

I finally updated the links to the right to reflect the current project – Kaufmann de Suisse.

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Look new purchase, isn’t it pretty?

05 Apr

I am expecting some “pink diamonds” in a few weeks. I can’t wait to see those…

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Have I ever written or used a scraper?

05 Apr

In light of all the Facebook news about the data being scraped – the answer is yes.

When I was on Hilton Head, I wrote something that scraped data on properties coming up for auction at the tax sale at the courthouse. It would download all the data in an Excel spreadsheet.

I could look at the data and say, “You should bid on this one, this one, this one but not these.” Then I would look at the photos and I could see – WINNER, LOSER, LOSER, WINNER, LOSER…”

And that’s where the data falls apart and it takes human to judge each one.

But that determined how much cash that buyer might need to take into the courthouse.

It’s not an easy thing to do because none of the form fields line up or having consistency when trying to obtain that data. Hilton Head is a mess from a tech prospective.

But the answer to , “Do you know how to do it?” Yes, I know how it works.

But that was a situation where everybody wins – the government wants the tax money, we want the property (the buyer and I because I was doing design work), and they want to sell that property and the highest bid wins. Everyone gets a chance to outbid. It was not at all like the Facebook situation.

But you know I do not do Facebook. I’ve said all along this was bad news. I put my data on my servers and if someone breaches it then I go after them. It’s very, very rare that someone is able to get into one of my servers. But lots of people try. It’s the older servers on the Internet that are still in use that pose the biggest security risks.

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It’s going to be one crazy work party…

05 Apr

We’re doing a photo shoot on location with 10 models on April 15th. It’s going to be a day long party – music, food, and jewelry.

I’m shooting as well. I’ve got so many projects going at work (new web site, inventory management, POS, automating Amazon, selling the Paraiba, negotiating…) that we hired another photographer and I’ve invited several new ones to the party. But I’ll be a shooter the day of the party. It’s still fun to be behind the camera.

I give the best direction for the shots.

Every guy in town should want to be my best friend. Because I’m the one with all the gorgeous women following me around…

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Working with me is a real trip…

03 Apr

Once people get to know me they are surprised by how much fun and edginess my personality is. You have to work with me for a while before it comes out.

One of my co-workers was laughing saying, “We need our own reality show…”

This is not the first place of employment or client that ever suggested that to me.

I could tell you endless funny stories about work and how we’ve dealt with things. It’s just my nature.

It’s always a good day when everyone is laughing. Today was one of those days.

Can you tell I’ve reached that age in life where I don’t care what people think? I’m going to be who I’m going to be.

And guess what, we have another party interested in the Paraiba.

Fabulous. Welcome Dubai.

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After 4 years my case on the Porsche is going to trial soon. I don’t think they will win because they have been so bad about collecting evidence. But basically, the safety cage of the Porsche savd me from the other driver’s fault. Even though my cell phone in the door was shattered and so were pieces in my neck. I don’t expect this lawfirm to win anything. The guilty party’s insurance didn’t event pay to fix the car all the way or the medical bills.

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Monica once said to me and it’s true, “You have so much confidence.”

I do, because it’s what’s in my head that gives me that confidence. No one I know has lived a life or had the experiences I’ve had. Knowledge is power and you learn to use it. You have to live your life to gain that knowledge and the confidence will follow.

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Even Godaddy, who I’ve worked with for a long time has some funny Laura stories.

I called in one night to the dedicated team because something I did wasn’t working on a server and this was serious.

I am on the speed dial of many of those guys.

Paul P answered and said, “Don’t you worry Laura. I know how to fix this.”

Then he starts singing (really loud). “She’ll be coming around the mountain when she comes. She’ll be coming around the mountain…”

All the guys in the server room are staring at him now. I’m laughing hysterically.

When Paul P. gets done doing his thing he says, “Are you ready?”

“I’m ready. Execute that command.”

“YEE HAW!”

“Did you just say Yee Haw?”

And it didn’t work the same as when I tried it.

“Oh shit. Just what I thought.”

It didn’t matter. It was so damn funny. I didn’t care that it took us another hour to fix it.

So every time I call in and get Paul, I say, “Sing to me Paul. I love it when you sing.”

And the guys in the server room are like “Who ARE YOU TALKING TO?”

“Laura.”

“Oh well then…”

And yes, all that commradie and expertise between the two of us – Laura and Godaddy has resulted in in good sales for Godaddy.

I have a code name ________. And every server that begins with _________1, ____________2, _____________3, ___________4 is my dedicated server. Not to mention the shared hosting I put on their system. I should have my own rack at this point. But they know when they see the code name, it’s Laura’s server.

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Outside of work there’s a lot of pics that people miss – my stratocasters, my Porsche that wad destroyed in a crash, me with the airplaine… the list goes on

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What’s your honest face? No makeup….

03 Apr

I don’t suppose I really care because this nightgown isn’t that different from a dress I would wear to The Breakers. If you’ve ever wanted to see with me with no makeup, no bra, just my honest self – This is it:

Nigel, (my dog statue), “What do you think of it?”

For those who don’t like it, I feel like flying the middle finger tonnight. What do you think?

For an almost 50 something woman, I don’t think it’s bad…

Some people don’t really understand business. And this is business at it’s toughest level…

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The Middle East deal isn’t dead yet…

03 Apr

We backed off for good reason for a while.

Our LinkedIn was hacked because of our Middle East contacts we were reaching out to. The Microsoft Security Team had to intervene.

Then Monica’s house was broken into.

Then Ransomware was installed on our computers and a Ransomware note was issued.

I dealt with all of it.

And I feel no reason to comprise on our legal terms in any way, shape or form. I will not be intimated. I always win. I do not make consessions.

As far as I’m concerned this deal has to happen on U.S. soil because the chance was blown to have it happen over seas.

I’m not flying a plane into restricted airspace.

The deal is too dangerous on your soil. You need to come to mine.

Otherwise, I don’t think we should do it. There will be other buyers.

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I never thought I would be excited about an inventory management system…

03 Apr

I figured out how we’re going to have an inventory management and POS system that pushes to the web site and also pushes to Amazon.

It’s a thing of beauty. I never thought I would be excited about an inventory management system but I am. That’s the next big thing I am working on completing.

I guess I am resigned to the fact that I am too much of geek. You know I love this stuff…

I finished enabling the SOAP features on the server. Now we are ready to roll with building…

Now it’s time to start hooking in the API’s..

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I love a clean house…I actually like it perfect

01 Apr

I have been messing around today with arranging my items on the shelves in the kitchen. I like this glassware arrangement better. These are like the hand painted items that I don’t use that often. I’m more inclined to use the crystal on a daily basis.


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What door handles did I choose?

31 Mar

They were pricey. I put these on all the doors:

I went with a simple knob for the shuttered doors:

Then I put a new unpickable lock on the door. I’ve literally replaced just about everything in this condo. It’s like a brand new house with a spectacular view.

I’m getting my hair done next weekend and I’ve been told that you can’t put it up or put pins in it for 3 days. So I’m not sure yet if I’ll be able to golf next weekend, but these little gems are waiting for me. I know, I’m nuts for doing it. I’ve had a serious neck injury for years and years and I’m only cleared to do golf if I swing correctly. I have to move my head with the club or I pay for it – otherwise, it shocks me. It’s painful but I do it anyways. I love chasing a little white ball…I’ve only been able to go out twice this year and then I have to go get shots to make up for it.

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Why do you have three drills???

30 Mar

On her last visit my mother found my tool closet – which has 3 drills, innumerable screwdrivers, channel locks, socket sets, etc. etc.

“Why do you have 3 drills?”

“Those of us who are mechanical just never know when we have to fix something. You know like taking a nose cone off a plane to jump start it or ripping apart an engine or a server. You know I’m not into paying people for things I know how to do.”

When I had the Porsche I could never work on the engine because it’s sealed. But I did rip the dash out of it and redo all the electronics…I did it the way it should have been done in the first place had Porsche employed real designers and computer science people.

It made me laugh just thinking about it – do you remember the first car I ever had and when we took the dash out and put in a “cassette player” only to learn that the car designers didn’t do that because the heat from the engine melted the tapes?

Monica said something super funny today. She said, “What title do you want?”

“I don’t want a title.”

“How about ‘Wiz?’”

My title in life will forever and always be, “Laura Kerbyson.” No title needed.

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How cute….

30 Mar

Look, how cute…it was a gift with some delicious cookies…

I’ll put it next to my Blue Angels hat in the closet…

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Oh how nice…

29 Mar

The magazine sent a table top display of my back cover ad that is running this month. How nice…

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It’s almost done…it’s almost done…

28 Mar

There’s just some woodwork left to pain and minor things and then it will be done.

Then I can actually begin to enjoy my life again. I can’t wait. Now that this gorgeous home is in shape, it’s time to put some work into me.

I have an appt in two weeks to get my hair done. It’s time to return to exercise that does not involve rennovations.

I see light at the end of the tunnel…

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I didn’t make it to the boat show…

26 Mar

I went to the party Friday night at the Polo Club.

Then I spent all weekend working on the condo and emptying out a storage unit I had that I wanted to do away with. So it was a weekend of pitching, sorting and donating to charity.

The storage unit is now gone. What’s left will go in the condo storage unit and everything else is put away for now. It was a long, hard weekend but it’s done.

Unfortunately, I never made it to the Palm Beach Boat Show, which I always enjoy.

I am really looking forward to getting a real life back after this condo is finished. It’s goregeous and people tell me that.. but I look forward to having some small parties, being able to relax, swim, play some golf and go to the Breakers for a drink.

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Oh, you have no idea….

25 Mar

When it comes to hackers, the Chinese just want your IP. But the Iranians, are ruthless, destructive, out for blood…I’ve tangoed with them before. And admittedly I’ve always won, but it’s never, never easy.

I can’t tell you how many days I ask myself, how long can a 48 year old woman, ACE in the U.S. continue to kick their ass? These guys are vicious. Unrelenting. You have no idea.

The FBI retires agents at 40, which is a huge mistake in my case….

How long can I continue to dominate?

But is is a joke what I knew at 40 compared to what I know at 48.

I won, because I always win. But how many more years will this continue for?

A new acquaintance called from Switerland and asked, “Laura, how large is the stone?”

My darling, it’s 191.87 carats.

Enough said.

Go get them my deal…

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I’m going to a party tomorrow night…

23 Mar

I’ve been told if I show up at this party I might meet the illustrious Mr. Bill Gates. Of course, being a computer science person, he’s been on my, “I would like to meet list…” for a long time and so I will dress up and go to this party and see if it will be more than just a bunch of famous polo players in Wellington, FL.

I have a few things in common will Bill – computer science and I too raised a lot of money to stop the spread of polio through my membership in Rotary International. I served in the Hilton Head Island Rotary.

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