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So much fun…

01 Mar

Last night was so much fun. It definitely goes down in the books as a night to remember. That’s all I will say.

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The Coronavirus is screwing up so much stuff….

29 Feb

Well the commercials I have planned for Dallas and Houston will launch tomorrow. They will probably not air on the news channels.

We have no idea when we can get onto the news channels now that this has happen. My rep told me, “They broadcast for 45 minutes last night without airing a single national advertiser.” And of course, we aren’t considered a national advertiser. This is a test so we bought cities.

I have a really good friend who’s a trader. I told her what I learned yesterday. She asked me what to do last night. I said, “Submit the sell order for everything and don’t wait until this morning. Do it now.”

She did and she thanked me this morning.

I don’t like what’s coming but I know it’s coming. When hysteria takes over markets. This time at least, I think I am with a client that won’t be impacted. The last client will definitely be impacted. This might put them out of business.

I’m just sorry this is messing up the ad campaign plans. We’re on standby.

I think back to building Hard Rock Park and the collapse in 2008 and the damage it did. I really don’t want to go through this again. I’m not kidding when I say it took 3 years before people understood that it wasn’t our fault. Losing money in 2008 was bad enough but getting personally blamed for losing $600 million was not a fun experience.

I lost a fair amount of money on the New Orleans project but I’m glad I pulled out. Otherwise, I would have ended up like the mess with the Hard Rock Hotel in New Orleans. And if people had been reading what I wrote all along, they knew there were problems I couldn’t tolerate. This was the latest on their saga with New Orleans. https://www.wdsu.com/article/in-tense-letter-exchange-hard-rock-international-denies-new-orleans-mayors-request-for-dollar24m/31123137# I am so sorry for Hard Rock. I’m not sure if you can understand unless you’ve done business in New Orleans just how bad the business culture is in that city.I’ve been there and lost a lot of money on a capital project (Verve). It’s frustrating and unexpected when people tell you things about engineering and they turn out to be blatant lies.

It was a hard day when I decided that the ONLY thing to do was to eat the money and get out. And for years, I’ve told myself, “It’s only money. You’ll make more. This could have been worse.”

I hate to be negative but I have never encountered such untrustworthy, incompetent people. That’s when I realized how vastly different the states are in the U.S. We might as well be foreign countries if you put Florida next to Louisiana. The business cultures are so different, it’s incredible. I can’t tolerate dishonesty especially when people’s safety is at sake.

They still have never listened to what I even told them about the original Jazzland property, “Quit trying to market this to theme park developers like there’s some chance any of this equipment can be rehabbed. It can’t. You’ll kill somebody. It’s corroded from the inside out.” I went through the snake and alligator infested property with a city official. Even though they say they will never take anyone on the property. They do. I bought steel toed boots and gloves just for the occasion. I can’t believe they haven’t torn it down. I immediately looked at land elsewhere. Even though I planned, I still couldn’t find anything really fit to build on. Then I couldn’t get truly qualified engineers without brining in a company in from out of state. More money. But it was the blatant lies about how they fixed the drainage system in New Orleans. Then with a hard rain, I had THREE FEET of WATER. They fixed nothing. Incompetent.

They wouldn’t let me take any photos because they want to be able to deny that they’ve let anyone on the property. You would not believe the mess on that property. It has been so looted and so destroyed by both hurricane and vandals. And the swamp creatures have taken over.

My favorite restaurant in New Orleans was Brusards. I remember sitting there at dinner with my mother who had flown out from South Carolina. I told her, “I’m closing the project down and here’s the keys to my car. I need you to drive it back to Florida. I’m going back to Palm Beach county. I’m just going to take the losses.”

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The last 24 hours…

27 Feb

The last 24 hours have been awful.

I’m not getting my television commercial campaigns in Phoenix. Fox News booted anyone who wasn’t a national advertiser because they are expanding their coverage of the Coronavirus. This screws up my whole A/B test. We were buying time on Fox because of the age demographic of the audience.

Then I sat in a meeting and if what I heard is true, we are about to get seriously dinged in the economy. I’m saying anything about what it is until it that knowledge would become validated and public.

Then last night my personal life got turned upside down because it turns out I was right, he did go out with another woman and lie to me about it. He actually admitted it. So we’ve ended that relationship. I do not date men that go out with other women.

Does anyone else have any bad news for me that I should know about?

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Sometimes I forget I can do this stuff…

27 Feb

This is pretty funny when you think about it. I overtook the top spot for medicare today on the search “headlines from medicare.gov”. I am waiting on the phone call for them to tell me to knock it off :)   JK! What you see for the search might vary by location. So here’s the screenshot. I started this project two days ago. I can’t believe I could overtake the rankings that fast.

I took a screenshot because it’s not every day you boot the government out of the top spot.

I guess I get to be Queen of the Internet for a day….

My secret sauce is not bad eh?

Seriously though, I understand Search really, really well.

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Weekend plans….

27 Feb

Looking forward to getting together with a girlfriend. We’re going to the Breakers Saturday night.

We always have a good time.

Time to plan something to wear.

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The commercials we’re testing…

26 Feb

I am getting ready to A/B test two commercials.

On Linear Television, there will be a 12 day schedule that begins on March 1 for Phoenix. One commercial will run on cable and one will run on Satellite. The phone numbers will be different in those commercials in order to track where the lead came from.

On the digital systems, one commercial will be shown in Dallas and one in Houston for a 1 month period. In that system, the commercial will follow the user around based upon their viewing habits. The commercials will only be show to people who are on Medicare. So there are six phone numbers for the television commercials that will be tracked.

These are the two commercials that were made for this test. This version of the commercial has the web site phone number and will be used on their web site in the next few days. I’ve got changes to make to pages before they go live.

Here is commercial one – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Ud9sMPrhDA

And here is commercial two – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zO3C2DIq-U4

In the digital system, I will also be able to determine which message works best with males or females.

This was the company where I drastically changed their search rankings and the web traffic and is accelerating at a steady speed. We’re picking up speed with this company. We had a 250% growth in traffic in just the last month alone. My goal is to always to continue to push those numbers higher each month. Usually, with a client where I am driving growth and traffic, I can continue to push it forward every month.

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Loyalty & Integrity

26 Feb

You have no idea how important those qualities are to me.

It can be very challenging, to say the least, to find a man who has those qualities. I’ve had some very bad, personal experience with men who lie directly to my face and then. in reality, are doing something very different. They always think they won’t get caught. But inevitably the truth comes to light. Maybe it’s that they really don’t care or maybe they just think I am stupid – who knows.

My gut instinct and intuition is extraordinary. It’s actually one of my strongest characteristics.

I’ve got a very bad feeling that someone has not been honest with me and I’m having a difficult time shaking that feeling. That stuff hurts when someone tries to get close to you and then engages in it. I try to avoid it at all costs. I have learned some serious lessons in the past. I already know that it’s not good for me to repeat those lessons.

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In other news of the day – getting a good night sleep did help my neck after the diagnostic. I am sure you can imagine if you got some raw, painful nerves and someone sticks a needle into it. It will take a few days to calm down. I can’t wait for St. Patrick’s day. That will be a good day for me.

Even though it’s still bothering me somewhat, I think I do want to try to go to the gym tonight. It will make a late night.

In planning the schedule for those television commercials in Phoenix, Dallas and Houston – the launch date is March 1 now for Phoenix and this Saturday for Houston and Dallas. This is going to be a very, very, interesting test. For the next month, I will hover over data panels and people as I listen for the calls to come in. Someone I work with laughed when I said today, “I am about to turn into Mother Hover.” Here she comes. You’ll see. I need to be all over this.

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Painful.

24 Feb

We did the neck diagnostic this morning for the next two vertebra.

When the needles and the probe were inserted in all the way down, we hit a very, very painful spot.

After I left the medical office, I started getting queasy, which never happens. I actually contemplated stopping the car for a minute. As the day went on I ended up with a whopping headache, neckache and shoulder throbbing.

I’m going straight to bed.

I was just thinking. I needed a shoulder and there is none. So what does that tell you?

I think I report back on the 9th to give them a follow up and then on the 17th we’re going to kill the nerves around those two vertebra in another procedure. I’ll be glad to get that over with. It’s a very painful spot. But one month later, I’ll be feeling so much better.

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I’ve got wishful thinking going on…

23 Feb

I went to the gym and then came home and did an hour long glorious walk through Atlantis. No two houses are alike. There is nothing cookie cutter about Atlantis. It was such a gorgeous day.

I have a another neck diagnostic tomorrow. We are going to do 2 more vertebra coming up.

As I was out walking, I decided if the next neck procedure goes well, I am going to buy myself a basketball and shoot again. We have a court in Atlantis.

Wouldn’t that be fun? A little HORSE?

I just had to explain the game to someone. They didn’t know about the game of HORSE in basketball. I laughed when I was asked if it’s an Ohio thing. I don’t think it came from Ohio. But it’s a fun game.

If you don’t know the game, this explanation will help https://www.wikihow.com/Play-Horse-(the-Basketball-Game).

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I finished at 1 a.m….

23 Feb

Almost every form that had been given to me had an error so I had no choice other than to manually tally up all the records and find out who had made the mistakes.

This was not a fun process but I finished at 1 a.m.

I got up this morning and made a smoothie and my plans are to go to the gym today and try to find a couple of hours to start on a new book. It’s all I have left of the weekend.

One weekend a year gets eaten up by doing tax records. Now I am ready for the accountant in March.

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I am getting tired of people’s immaturity…

22 Feb

I am referring to some people in my personal life, not professional. This has happened more than once this week.

I will highlight my mother, since she is the biggest offender.

I work full time. I work long hours. I am a clean freak. I like my house clean. I go to the gym to workout. Sometimes I don’t get home until 10:30 at night after a day at work and at the gym. I take time to destress like taking a hot bath or hot shower. I also need time to eat. I have a right to do the things I need to do in life.

It is so immature of people to get upset when I don’t answer the phone or whatever piece of communication they have sent. Particularly when it’s just to have an ordinary conversation. If I’m not answering, it’s because I am in the middle of something.

I don’t like it when people think they have a right to try and control my time or my life. I don’t answer to anyone. Period. It’s my life. I like a well managed life and I choose what to do and when to do it.

I have no patience for people who are looking to change me. I think it’s very immature. I usually change those people.

I was making time every day to call her when I was in traffic on I 95. Personally, it would have been better to have  decompression and relaxing time to listen to music each day rather than listening to the same boring things I have to listen to every day. But if people are going to complain, I am inclined to cut back even on the time I am carving out.

I am spending today working on taxes for my businesses for last year. I prepare all the spreadsheets for the accountant. There are realities in my life and there are things in my life that need attention.

It does not take a rocket scientist to figure out that I have a well managed life and I am very independent woman and it’s going to stay that way.

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Press can stay around for years…

21 Feb

We were having a conversation about press on me staying around for years.

I’ll give you so examples – this is from when I was teaching holographic applications. If you notice in what I built, I put me pink guitar into it :)  https://eonreality.com/wvu-parkersburg-engages-in-groundbreaking-3d-virtual-reality-program-for-simulation-based-learning-by-partnering-with-eon-reality/.

https://www.tintup.com/blog/tint-tees-off-at-rbc-heritage-and-reaches-1-6-billion-impressions/

https://www.gameindustry.com/news-industry-happenings/laura-kerbyson-announces-fleming-castle-game/

Maybe this weekend I’ll dig up the really sexist headline that read “Woman makes video game”

Stay Tuned…

That’s why it’s important to get the press right.

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Another gym night…

20 Feb

So I put in a long day and then knocked out another gym night.

I am going to need to burn off the calories. Tomorrow night I am heading out after work with a group of people that I work with and last night I had dinner out. I am feeling like I should be working harder to burn this off.

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This is so me…

19 Feb

N. sent down a box of LED candles. When I was at his house I saw them and I fell in love with them. They were all over the house and cast such pretty lights. They look so real and I really love a dimly lit room.

I put the batteries in and set them up. I absolutely love these things. This is so me.

I took a bath and turned out the lights just so I could see them light up the bedroom and bathroom.

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It was a nice weekend…

18 Feb

I had a great time. We had gone to Delano’s in South Beach. I was sorry to see the weekend come to an end. I really didn’t care where we went, I was enjoying the company I was keeping.

But now I am back to working on business problems and there are many to tackle this week. And he had to go back to New York for a while.

And I have vowed that I have to get caught up on some sleep this week. It’s taking it’s toll on my skin. I don’t know how but I need to make some time for some fun stuff like reading or tv – anything to break up the week. Balance in my life is what I am looking for at the moment.

The past two weeks at the office (there are 2 of us on development) and we literally wore ourselves out. Now we have to bounce back from all that.

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Black Shiny Dress for the Date in South Beach…

15 Feb

We are going to South Beach to celebrate Valentine’s Day tonight (on Saturday). This is the dress that Julie bought for me for Christmas.

And these are the photos I was saying that anyone could take with a few pointers.

Tips:

1) Lighting is everything

2) For older women ask them to look up a bit

3) Have them tilt their head a bit

4) Ask them to straighten their posture a bit

And with a few tips, you will have a much better photo, don’t you agree?

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What a day…but there’s good news…

13 Feb

At least I am hoping it all works out that way…

I got fast tracked into a doctor to look at my elbow and my RA. I haven’t been treated since 2017. I’ve done my own plan on my own of workouts, folic acid, b12, plus orange juice every day, and my last resort was Naperson.

I have no stomach lining left.

He told me that he thought it was going to turn out that I am A-Typical. My joints do not look like joints that haven’t been treated in 3 years. We talked about my left elbow and what happened 3 years ago and I got treated for 4 months and went off the medications when I felt like it was cured. That elbow has never bothered me again. RA is symmetrical and now it’s the right and right wrist. Some swelling in both hands.

Given what I do for a living, having a problem with your hands and your elbows is a problem.

There’s actually a chance that I might just have to do a biologic for 3-4 months and I can quit again. He told me I was doing such a good job of managing this with what I was doing. Except for the Naperson of course. The idea behind treating it for 3-4 months would be so we can ditch the Naperson, which led to the stomach problems. So we might be able to fix the stomach and the right elbow. That’s great news. Perfect.

They fast tracked me for x-rays this evening and we’ll see what they say after those. In the meantime, I hated doing it but they put a big shot of Cortizone into the elbow.

And now the other news…

I was approached about purchasing something for Florida Web Development. The backstory on this is that I own CarolinaWebDevelopment.com and when it came time for Florida, someone held the domain name hostage so I didn’t acquire the .com for that one. Florida is parked on FloridaWebDevelopment.net (notice not the .com). I am not pushing traffic to my own properties because I have enough work right now. That’s why the rankings aren’t higher than they could be – I don’t have a reason to push them higher.

But someone contacted me and offered me FloridaWebDeveloper.com. And I bought it. I felt like I was paying too much.

The dilemma for me will be do I change Florida Web Development to Florida Web Developer or do I spin it up as another arm of the brands. Unless my income doesn’t increase from the current source, I don’t have a reason to try to launch it. If I don’t see what I need to see in numbers in 30-60 days, then I have to give thought to it.

I don’t know what that answer is right now, but I bought it. The records will transfer in the next couple of days.

As for the client that I took on a few months ago that nobody had ever heard of – they now fully own their name on Google. It’s gratifying to take a company and shoot it to the top of it’s rankings. Traffic is growing very well on that site. I continue to add on to things that people don’t even see from the outside. In Phoenix, Dallas and Houston beginning on Feb. 29th, we’re getting ready to run 2 commercials (an A/B test) in all three markets for two weeks. Those commercials will be appearing on Fox News. In other digital television systems they will follow the user based on their channel. These are lead gen commercials.

What people don’t see if that there are two of us running lead gen via the Internet and Media that fuels this business. I say, because there’s only 2 of us who know how to technically make the whole thing. We are actively driving a lot of traffic and advertising. Other people give opinions into what we’re doing but they don’t make the stuff. Our lead gen efforts now fund 100 employees and multiple call centers. It’s a very fast pace. If I didn’t have game, I could not do this job. But I have game.

When I met Chappy he was thinking that he found his right hand. He had written this industry specific CRM that the call centers flowed into. I told him, “I think you’ve got it wrong. It’s not a left hand-right thing. It’s a front end – back end duo. Your CRM is the backend. I can build a mother of a front end that will drive traffic and power into that back end.”

And that’s what happened and it’s working. Welcome to lead gen on another level. Now let’s become the Conversion King and Queen.

As for the client I dropped a few months ago, well their Internet reputation is going back to the toilet. If you don’t continue to put the right work into it, it fails. And if people have skeletons in their closet – they come back to the surface. That’s how this game works.

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I’m going to fire them all…

12 Feb

My mother. My best friend. The guy I am going out with…

They’ve all shot iphone photos of me in the past year and they are all terrible. I know I need a little work but I don’t need that much work.

I’ve shot a lot of models in my day and I’ve made a lot of people look better in photos than in person. The people around me however, are managing to take this in the opposite direction.

Therefore, I am going to give some free photography lessons. Those unwilling to learn will simply be banned from taking any future photos. “No pictures, please.”

I am also thinking about getting a professional shoot done again just so they might realize the difference.

I love you all but you’re killing my self esteem.

You’ve been demoted to photography assistant.

To prove it, I’ll shoot my own iphone shots on Saturday after I get ready to go to dinner. Black sparkly dress…you’ll see.

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I get to wear the new gown…

11 Feb

Julie bought me a fabulous black, short sparkly dress from C. Orrico’s in Palm Beach for Christmas.

I get to wear it Saturday night for Valentine’s Day. Saturday is better for me than Friday because I put in long hours.

N. has something planned so I asked, “Is is something where I could wear that black sparkly number that Julie bought for me?”

He said that would be perfect. So that’s what I’m wearing on Saturday. I will try to snap a few mirror shots on Saturday to show you how the dress looks when it’s on.

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Photos from yesterday’s polo match and brunch…

10 Feb

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Brunch…

09 Feb

We are going to the champagne brunch at the International Polo Club today. N. is taking me there for brunch.

It’s a bit windy. I’m wondering if I’ll be able to keep my hat on today.

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It wasn’t just the work wearing me out…

09 Feb

I  hadn’t slept well in weeks because my right arm is killing me. It feels like someone has my arm on a rack and they are pulling it apart. That’s what it feels like.

But then when I started throwing up blood, I now get what she was trying to tell me.

RA can attack soft tissues as well as joints and I have no stomach lining left. I told you the name does not describe the disease.

I am already swallowing a small pharmacy of stomach medicines but she added one more to try to stop it. Blood really burns. It just does.

I took the new stuff last night and I made changes to my bed to make it softer so that if I rolled over, it wouldn’t wake me up. I did finally get some sleep last night. I needed to just take a day off today from everything.

I had been trying to control the whole thing with diet, which is pointless. It’s not really a stomach problem just like it’s not really an elbow or wrist injury. It’s your body attacking itself. Back in 2015 it was my left elbow back then. It took 4 months to get it into remission. But RA is symmetrical, so now it’s the right arm.

Someone I know was asking about me creating a piece of artwork for an office building in Palm Beach. I’m wondering if that hand would be good enough to do it right now. It will take me at least a month to get into a specialist and then a month for them to obtain the old records and then at least 3 more months of a new treatment before we’ll have control of it again. That’s just reality. So I may put off artwork requests for a while. We’ll see. I am calling to get an appointment with the specialist this week. I have to. I am crying “uncle.” I can’t take it.

I am such a really hard worker and I work at such a fast pace that I think those things combined together and I’m feeling it now. This stuff comes in cycles. I just have to get control of it. But until then, all acidic foods are coming out of the diet until then.

I tried to hold off as long as I possibly could. Hopefully, we’ll only have to do a treatment for 3 or 4 months.

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So bone tired, it reminds me of being a teenager…

07 Feb

When you mentally tackle problem, after problem, after problem you can end up tired by the end of the day. My field is a field of problem solvers. That’s the way it is.

But that tired feeling today reminded me today of when I was a teenager. I played 11 years of basketball. I was point guard and team captain. Back in those days, girls basketball games were started with a jump ball. I remember one season when we were up against this team and their coach would put their center to jump against me on the game opener. I’m not that tall (about 5′4″) but I have really long legs. I had the same coach for basketball kindergarten through 9th grade. He always thought I was good jumper so he would have me do the opening jump ball. But this girl was 6′2″ and unlike most tall girls, she was flexible and could really jump. She smacked that ball down so fast and was so much higher than me I knew we were in trouble.

They mopped the floor with us in that game because she could get every rebound. We couldn’t block her shots because she could jump and she could move for a tall girl. We worked so hard but of course we lost.

After the game, coach told me, “Well she’s your age. So I hate to say this but you’re going to see her again next season. And unless you want a repeat of this experience, you’re going have to learn to jump higher. You’re going to have to figure out how to fly.”

I thought, “How in the world am I going to learn to jump higher? I’m already giving this everything I have. She’s 10 inches taller than me.”

At the end of the school year, I knew what I would have to do. That was the summer that we started breaking into the gym. I would go up onto the roof that covered the door and then reach up to the second floor and grab a window and pry open. The gym didn’t have air conditioning so the windows were cracked. And I would go into a gym with no lights and no air conditioning in the heat of summer. I started with attaching a rope to an eyehook on the wall and attaching the other end to a free weight on the floor. Now I had a steep “slope” to tackle. And I would start jumping up the rope, left side to right side, trying to work higher and higher on the rope. Believe me, you’re motivated not to miss. And I would do it over, and over, and over again. Then I would go practice on a door frame. Put a visual mark above the door and jump for it. Now move the mark higher. Jump for it.

Then I would work on stretching to get those hamstrings as flexible as I could. Back then I could do a spit so I would work on those. Anything to stretch those legs.

Day in and day out. All summer long. And I would do things like practice foul shots because coach said that games were made or lost on foul shots alone.

If I didn’t have anyone to practice passing with, I would use the wall. And on and on it went for hours every day. As a point guard, I learned my whole game was in my finger tips. Jump balls were won on fingertips. The ice on a foul shot was the finger tips. Controlling the ball around the back or through the legs was finger tips. My touch and learning how to control it would be crucial. Stealing the ball was in the fastest jab I could make and having precise finger tips.

And the next season, Coach was right. She was back with a big smile and smirk as we stood across from one another for the jump ball.

We had positioned our players so that my best guard was behind me to the left, in case she out jumped me and tipped to her point guard. And we positioned our Center to receive my tip if I won because she could shoot from really far away as well as pass really hard if I made a fast break for the basket.

So I got into stance, and when the whistle blew, we both went airborne for as high as we could reach. I was determined not to be humiliated like the year before. My fingers went two inches higher than her highest reach and I tipped to my center.

But in that split second our game was made, because not only was she surprised, she was downright shocked and it flustered her for the whole game. We got the mental edge we needed. My team was no longer defeated mentally or physically.

I wasn’t nearly as tired coming out of that game. I had her game figured out. I did learn to fly. I did it so well that the Track coach in the audience took notice and that year was the year I was assigned not only the 100, 200, 4 x100, 4 x 200 and the relays (which I always did) but now the hurdles. I hate hurdles but I can fly over them. I was always very fast. To practice those, I would run through people’s yards on the way home and jump over their lawn furniture and onto and over the retaining walls. I ended up with the legs of a gazelle – nimble, fast, and with a light touch.

And business can be like that too. Some times you have to spend some time figuring out new systems and software but once you know, the day will be easier next time. There will be a day when you’re not as tired when you figure out the game.

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Today was a reality check…

06 Feb

It was a reality check on more than one issue.

The first issue was my home. I bought it two years ago and I fully renovated it. I did the design work. There were several reasons why I needed to see what an appraiser would put on the property.

The appraisal was almost dead on where I thought it would arrive. It was within 3 thousand of where I thought it would fall. In two years, the property has had an increase in value of 34% due to the redesign. However, I am now the one setting the top of the market for these properties in my neighborhood. It doesn’t appear that anyone took it as far as I did. What the appraisal showed was that the property is worth the money I put into it. It also tells me, don’t put anymore major money into the property or you will not see that return in value. Which is exactly what I suspected.

And it also tells me that Palm Beach’s increase of 24% on my property tax value was within the range. I seriously hope that the newly acquired Homestead Exemption caps that increase for the future.

That was the first reality check. By the way – congratulations to myself for a job well done on the redesign. That’s actually a great number for an investment. And sorry, but you have to pay more now because you bought it to live in, not flip.

Realty check number 2. I got chewed out (and rightly so) by my doctor. It’s been 3 years since I’ve treated my Rheumatoid Arthritis. Most people don’t even know that I have RA. The injuries that I sustained recently from working on my house, are not the result of an injury. The injuries wouldn’t have happened if there was not joint damage present. I was chewed out about the fact that it’s a serious disease and I need to quit sticking my head in the sand and deal with it.

She said, “I hate to tell you this but your on par with a major illness like Cancer but you need to treat it that way.” She explained to me that the federal government sees it the same under the Federal Family Leave Act (which I don’t think applies to me but this was the first time anyone put it to me this way). As far as I’m concerned, the disease is so misnamed.

I quit going for several reasons. The medication they were using is also used for Chemo. I lost so much hair, it dinged my energy and I was nausea. No one noticed at the time because I was in New Orleans to build that theme park I had planned. I churred out so much work so fast, no one noticed. I always manage to push myself.  Then because they have to draw your blood all the time, this became an issue.

So she wants me to find an RA doctor who can draw the blood in their office while I am there and we won’t use the medication we used last time. I absolutely refuse to take anything that will make my hair fall out. I’m done with that. No one notices, but I do.  This time we’ll try a biologic. I hate the thought of even trying this but I really have no choice. So this weekend, I will look for a new doctor. So if they have a medication without that side effect, if they can draw my blood on site, then I’ll try it again.

She asked me, “Does anyone you work know that you have RA?”

“Not really. And I seriously doubt that anyone would care or even understand what it is. ”

She said, “You need to disappear for two hours every month to go see the doctor and get the blood drawn. You have to make room in your schedule for this.” It was put in no uncertain terms to me that if the disease progresses and you’re not treating it, you can’t undo the damage. And guess what, there’s the problem with the right elbow, which actually I knew that.

That’s true about treating the disease but then you have people like Glenn Frey from the Eagles who died from complications from his RA treatment. There are risks in treating the disease as well. I never have to worry about being sick. If you start treating it, you do have to start worrying about that and avoid situations where you can get sick.

So that was reality check number 2.

I don’t want to deal with this but I guess I have to do it. Some people get the disease young. And I was one of them. I hate it. I always have. But I’m such a high energy, high producing person that people don’t notice or know. My output is ridiculously high.

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I spend my whole life behind a computer or a camera but do you remember when I had the client who insisted on using me as a model? It always made me cringe. The day I modeled the 17 CT Diamond, my hands were starting to swell. I hadn’t even had time to use hand cream for a week, which makes a huge difference in the appearance of your hands. That video makes me cringe. I was drafted into modeling. I started on one side of the camera and involuntarily ended up on the other side. Do you remember this?

Click here to see the video of a 17.57 CTS D Flawless Diamond.

But the bottom line was that you are only going to put a diamond that big on someone’s hand who can be trusted. I get it.

We weren’t the Kay Jewelers of the world.

This was the post from back then http://laurakerbyson.com/about/?p=11515.

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What have I been doing?

05 Feb

Oh, I’ve been quiet this week? What have I been doing you ask?

I’ve been putting the “Go” in Godaddy.

It’s self explanatory. I’ve been doing it for years.

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Did you see it? They’re learning…

03 Feb

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=537EwXTdipM

I couldn’t stop laughing over the commercial because we had a very similar scene in real life. We had like a 100 Porsches or more at a winery. I was in Porsche Club of America and we all met for dinner. Then afterwards we raced out of there until we got to the spot and everybody relayed the message, “Slow down here because here’s where the cop sits.” And it was laughable how slow we passed the police car. And a little further down the road we just opened them up on the highway. We knew where the police car was because I had a state police grade radar under my dash. That thing was accurate miles away.

But what did I say for years? Rip that dash out and put more tech in. I actually did it with what I could with the one I had. And I said, “I would like it better if it were my color (which is aqua). They are getting warmer but there needs to be a little more green mixed with the blue. It’s close.

https://www.porsche.com/usa/models/taycan/taycan-models/taycan-turbo/

The dash is definitely more what I was aiming for in tech features. And they are close to getting the color right.

I like it. I’m not spending $103,000 on a car this year but I like it.

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Definitely needed an evening to relax…

02 Feb

I rushed home last night to clean. I usually do it on Saturdays but the appraiser was coming this morning. So I got home at 7 pm after a long day at work and then cleaned the entire house. It’s been a long hard couple of weeks at work lately.

Then today I did my usual Saturday errands, which I personally think have become a ridiculous routine and some of it should be shifted to ordering online and less time running around. It was gloomy and rained all day. By afternoon, I began to feel like I had been hit by a Mac truck. I realized how much muscle tension I was carrying in my neck and my head. All the rain was not helping this.

So I came home and ran a bath and lit all the candles and put the Spa Radio on. I put a nice bath bomb in the water and I soaked for a while. I did a face mask and then the booties on the feet with avocado oil and Vitamin E. I made a cup of Raspberry Hibiscus tea with Agave and Stevia. I propped myself up on a bunch of pillows in bed and made my mental list for tomorrow and rubbed the back of my neck.

Tomorrow, I am making homemade egg drop soup with egg rolls. I’ll probably make a vegetable pasta primavera that I can take for lunch this week. I found a sauce that is actually made with cauliflower and less of the bad stuff. Then I’ll go to the gym for a while.

What I’ve already decided I am doing next weekend is this – no shopping, no errands. I am going to relax and recharge my batteries. I am feeling run down. I’ve got some books I want to read and I can make some nice teas. I haven’t made time to watch television in over a month so I should find some entertainment, even if it’s only for an hour. I need to spend a whole weekend of doing nothing really. I have to do it.

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Appraiser coming…

01 Feb

Sorry no post tonight. I have an appraiser coming tomorrow. They jacked my property 24% on taxes and I want to know is it worth that or is that unrealistic?

What’s it worth?

If it’s worth more, it should be insured for more.

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Hard Rock Hotel – Anyone for a pink Lambo?

29 Jan

I forgot he had taken these of me as well on our trip to the Hard Rock Hotel. Again, the car looks great and the model needs some coaching. I hate photos of me smiling. This was before I changed into the silver dress.

We saw the Chriss Angel show.

Pretty dress. Bad lighting on the head. I must cut it off….

I snapped these with my iPhone.

And here are the best parts – the videos I shot with my phone of the hotel:

https://youtu.be/mBTw4rCK4BE

https://youtu.be/OnSbZiUMNpA

https://youtu.be/sPPN2X5tJ80

https://youtu.be/Qs0S_AYQpcg

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He just sent me a photo…

29 Jan

I just got this in my email. This is the Ferrari he thinks I should own -my color of course. This is at the Cavallino at The Breakers. Good photographer but model needs work. I’ve got to show him how to straighten outfits and give me direction.

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Helicopter vs. Plane Crashes

29 Jan

In light of the recent tragedy of the helicopter crash with Kobe Bryant, I had a friend ask me what the ratio is for crashes vs. that of a plane.

Helicopters have twice the crash ratio than that of a small plane. I am sure that this crash was weather related and related to visibility of the pilot. In small aircraft, weather causes a lot of problems. You have to have a special instrument rating to be able to fly when there is rain or fog. This pilot had the rating but the weather may have been more than he bargained for in the long run.

I used to fly on the Robinson R44 helicopters because they were a model we could take a doors off and use a harness in order for me to photograph. I was 15 years old when I did my first photo shoot from a helicopter but that was a National Guard helicopter (which are much safer). Primarily the R44’s are not that safe because experienced pilots don’t want to fly anything that small. Their crash rate is higher than other models of copters.

If you look back through some of the web sites that I made through the years, you can spot some aerials. I quit doing it for several reasons. One was that when drones became popular, it didn’t make financial sense anymore. The second reason was that if you have the door off of a helicopter and you’re hanging out to shoot, even though you have a harness, you need to be prepared for a sudden lurch or turn. You need to have one hand free to grab the camera and one hand free to grab the frame to steady yourself and catch your weight because you can swing quite a bit in a harness.

A lot of people don’t realize this but I’ve had RA (Rheumatoid Arthritis) for years now. It’s in my right elbow. My right arm is not reliable enough to catch my full weight on some days. So I quit putting myself into a position where my safety might rely on that right arm.

Although I wanted to learn to fly planes, I never thought that I was cut out to be a helicopter pilot. I find the dynamics of the craft to feel unnatural. Some are meant to be helicopter pilots and some are not. Although I looked into Whirly Girls, I decided it was not for me.

You feel very bad for the families and friends when something like this happens.

I have a friend who was just telling me he had a helicopter fly him to the volcano in New Zealand right when that boating accident happened. I wouldn’t want to be there in a helicopter either because if you have a problem, where’s that helicopter going to put down? Not in the volcano I hope. Tourist helicopters are notorious for problems.

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Internet fuel can be exhausting…

28 Jan

I’ve got a client where I am pushing numbers and content to virtually every internet channel you can think of plus a new web site and server.

We’re seeing the sharp uphill climb on the numbers and the results. It’s all about getting it in flight.

But being the fuel in the equation can be a little tiring. It takes a lot of effort. A lot of analyzing, design, creativity and endless development. And the strategy that I make from the beginning has to be spot on to continue to climb.

Build, build, build…

It’s working but I’m going to need a vacation at some point. That’s what the auto schedulers are for….

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For the car fanatic friends and followers and the “what’s up?”

26 Jan

As you know I love looking at the design of almost anything. Here’s my brief recap in pictures and words of yesterday at the Ferrari Cavallino at The Breakers. These are snapshots from my iphone. There weren’t shot with my professional camera.

For dinner we went to St. Ambrose who also had a booth at the Ferrari Cavallino…

At dinner we were having a discussion about that St. Ambrose was our first date a long time ago. I have friends who don’t quite understand the whole story about N. We’ve actually known each other a couple of years. It would have been 2 years ago at the Atlantis Spring Fling that we met at a car show and we were both looking at a Porsche. It turns out I used to own one and he did too. Then it turned out that his second home was literally just right down the street from where I live. It was like, “Well heidi-ho neighbor. It would take me 30 seconds to walk to where you live.” So he asked me if I wanted to go to dinner with him that night at St. Ambrose in Palm Beach. And that was almost 2 years ago.

N. lives in New Jersey, right across the river from New York. He has businesses in New York, New Jersey and Palm Beach. A couple of years ago he was spending far more time in New York and New Jersey. He wasn’t here very often but when he was in town, we’d go out. Long distance relationships are hard especially when both parties have limited time. So we would go out when he was in town but the relationship never moved forward. Until things changed recently and now we seem to be moving forward.

How to describe him – brilliant, good looking, very successful. MBA from Harvard Business School. Undergraduate in chemical engineering, well spoken, polite, well dressed, very tasteful. IPO’ed one of his companies at 4000 employees in his 30s. No children. Never married. Very long term relationship with a woman who passed away. You know in life you have fast cars and you have fast men. I try not to get involved with fast men. By that I mean are they are secretly players where they have women in different cities and are they are interested in you just to have another notch on the belt. I can be friends with them but that’s where it needs to stay. I think I have known N. long enough to believe that he’s not that kind of guy. He seems to have very good character. He seems to have it all, which in and of itself always scares me that I’m missing something or I wonder if I could ever be something special to someone like that.

I also know that he doesn’t quite have me figured out yet because it’s an issue of not having spent enough time yet to understand me. I’m complicated to figure out and I know that. I am also cautious about finding someone who’s a fit with me. Men in general can be very distrusting of women and I have to have someone in my life that knows me well enough to trust me and not to doubt me. I’ve worked too hard on my career and my character through the years. I don’t view myself as being similar to a lot of women.

So far, there is a lot of compatibility with N. I need to be dating someone who is mature because I can’t deal with immature men. I’m advanced for a woman and those men are not for me. He’s into many of the same interests that I like – design, photography, golf, business, elegant dining, fun places to go, taking care of yourself, and we both living in the same community, etc. He appreciates the effort that I put into my appearance and wardrobe. All my friends that have met him, like him very much.

I think at this point I am willing to risk it and see what happens if we move it forward. I am really hoping that I don’t get hurt by any of this because that’s always the big fear. And with all that distance are we going to be able to see each other enough to move it forward. I think that ball will be in his court. I was surprised when I flipped through my phone to figure out when we met just how many times over the past couple of years that we had gone out to dinner or events. And two years later, we’re still here. I am really hoping at this point that I might be the only woman that’s he’s interested in but I really have no way of knowing that, do I? He has to be a major target for women.

So that’s the story and my friends that live elsewhere are right that something changed recently and we seem to be moving in a forward direction. Only time is going to tell if that’s the direction that he wants to continue to move toward. So there’s your answer to, “What’s up with this?”

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Ferrari Cavallino…

26 Jan

The show at The Breakers was good. I actually have quite a few good pictures.

Right now, all I have time to post is one because we’re heading to dinner in Palm Beach.

I know I owe some friends some phone calls and texts. It’s been a busy weekend. I had so much to do Friday night, I didn’t even get to bed until about 12:45. Late night…

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I think I gave him a mid life crisis…

24 Jan

LOL

I wore a very hot dress when we went out to dinner last weekend.

And the next thing I know, he’s ordered a very hot car.

Did I just give him a mid-life crisis?

He ordered one of the new 2021 Corvettes. We’re going to to the Cavilino at The Breakers on Saturday.

I told myself, I better not wear anything sexy or he might be ordering something crazy like a Ferrari or a Lambo.

I’m wearing pants and a linen blazer on Saturday. This could get expensive.

LOL

I thought his Mercedes was a nice car. He called it, “the old stogy look.”

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The funniest response…

I normally do not post content of text messages but comedians do not write funnier stuff. I had texted what I said above to him. His response was, “Hmmm, I think you are right. Lambo? No. But if you dress any sexier I am going to need an RV to take a cold shower.”

LOL! That is some seriously funny stuff.

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