Portrait photography seems like a good job.

Growing up I played on a soccer team almost every year until I turned the age of 18.  Some of my best friends growing up were my teammates and my family often used the connections that they presented.  One of those connections was to a portrait photographer.  Colorado, I’m not sure about other states, is very big on getting senior pictures taken by a professional so that kids can go back to school and trade their pictures like trading cards.  My high school did this and I am sure that my cousins’ high school did as well.  Going back to my friend’s father, who was a portrait photographer, he would often do photos for many parents and kids on my soccer team.  He did my senior portrait and it was a really interesting experience.  We drove out to City Park to take the pictures and I think that he did a really good job of getting me in the very best angles.  Usually I would not consider myself to be a very photogenic person.  However, he did a great job of making me strike, often what felt like awkward poses, but ones that eventually turned out really well on paper.  I guess that is why you pay some of these guys the big bucks to go out there and help you look your very best.  I think he also did weddings and some corporate events, so if you ever need a corporate photographer he would be a good person to look up.

A Christian Church In Santa Monica

Santa Monica ChurchThere’s a Christian Church in Santa Monica, and I believe it was there that my life was saved. I’m not a born again Christian or anything, I’ve always believed in God, I just haven’t always done what was right. Years ago I could have been considered an evil person, but I’ve changed my ways. That fateful Sunday at that Santa Monica Church changed my life forever. If you have a few moments to listen, I’ll tell you how.

An old girlfriend dragged me along to the service there, and I barely paid attention. Right near the end of the sermon the pastor said something that stuck with me for a reason I did not know at the time.

He said, “No matter how bad things get, you can always come back home.” Now I knew he didn’t mean home in the literal sense, he meant come back and be in the presence of God. I left that day not thinking much of it, but still, the quote stuck with me. Fast forward two years, and I’m in a completely different place in life. In the middle of robbing a good friend of mine for the very last dollar he had.

Suddenly he said to me, “Hey man, no matter how many bad things you do to me, I’ll be ready to forgive you when you find yourself again.” I stopped in my tracks, I remembered what the pastor said so many years ago and I broke down. I didn’t take the money, and I told him I needed help. He was kind enough to assist me with my problems, and today I am much better for the things I went through. Remember, there is always salvation to be had.

Locking The Keys In The Car

It’s never fun when you lock your keys in your car. It’s not the end of the world however. Sure it’s going to cost you a few extra bucks that you weren’t expecting to spend, but there are lots of Denver locksmiths to choose from. Accidents happen, and when you have a lot on your mind it’s really easy to toss your keys down and then press the ‘lock’ button. Just a few weeks ago I was getting something heavy out of my trunk, and I must have set the keys inside. Next thing I know, I’m locked out of the car.

It was simple though, I searched my smartphone for locksmiths in Denver, CO and I had a host of results in an instant. The locksmith was there in no time at all, and before I knew I was back in my vehicle. My point is, it’s not that big of a deal when something like this happens. You just need to asses the situation, and see what you can do to take care of it. If you are in a rush for time, then you may want to let the person on the phone know. It may even be helpful to offer extra payment for expedited service.

Denver locksmithsWhen you lock your keys in the car, don’t fret. Help is one quick phone call away, and professional services can unlock your car without damaging it. If you try to get into it yourself, you’ll almost certainly scratch the paint. And that’s the least amount of damage you can do. Who knows, you might even be able to mess up the whole locking mechanism if you try to open it yourself. Just call a pro and you’ll be back inside in no time.

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I’m fascinated buy LED light bulbs

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This is an led light bulb similar to the one Hit Lights used to illuminate the temporary stage we put up in my back yard. I may have taken my son’s graduation party to a whole different level with the live music but that wasn’t enough for me. I mean, my kid is only going to graduate high school once so why not go all out! I called Hit Lights because I have been using them for similar projects for over ten years now. They are the most reliable and dependable group of installation experts in their field and when I want the job done to exact specs, they never disappoint. The magic behind these miracle light bulbs is the hundreds of tiny light diods that reside within the boundaries of just one single bulb. With each diod capable of dimming, glowing, pulsing and fading, your possibilites are endless as to what visual effects can be created. Since led lights don’t generate heat light traditional bulbs do, you can have materials close by without threat of them catching fire. Another reason I like led lighting is because it’s green friendly and easy on the environment. Each bulb can last up to six times as long as traditional bulbs so you won’t be going out to the store to purchase extra bulbs any time soon and that means the landfills will have a few less bulbs in them. Every step you can take to help the environment is a great one. Call Hit Lights today and have them install led lights for your main event.

Employee assessments help organizations better understand their employees.

People come from all walks of life and as a result expect different things out of their jobs.  I had a drink with a friend last night and she told me about a friend of her’s that was only interested in having a job to get paid.  The person said that it did not matter what kind of job he had because it was his family that he found all of his life in.  As a result, he reasoned that he could do any job, so long as he could go home to his wife and kids at the end of the day.  I consider this to be somewhat naive.  I think that he could be very unhappy at his job and this would undoubtedly be carried over to his personal life.  There are people like this out there and I think that organizations would want to avoid hiring them.  One way an organization could weed out these people is through employee assessment tests.  These tests help organization gain a better understanding of what their current employees want out of their jobs and what prospective employees are like as people and professionals.  I would definitely avoid hiring someone like my friend’s friend because I would want someone that is committed to the organization and the work that it does.  As a result, I would send out an employee assessment to all prospective employees in an attempt to find out more about who they are as people and who they could be as employees.

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Gluten free options are the new black.

Remember the time when everyone referred to everything that was then popular as being the “new black?”  Maybe that is still the case and I happen to just not go out enough.  Whatever the case, I feel like this is a good example for all of the gluten free foods that have invaded our gluten rich foods space.  I am not gluten intolerant and I know this because I have eaten seitan wings at Watercourse several times.  The seitan wings there are pure gluten.  Literally.  They take a bunch of wheat germ and run water over it until the only thing that remains is the protein base or gluten of the wheat.  They then take that mound or whatever form it may be at that point in time and shape and flavor it.  It’s pretty great tasting, except the mound proceeds to just sit in your stomach for a couple of days after you eat it and no one wants that.  Anyway, the number of gluten free items have exploded in recent years due to the high demand from individuals, claiming they are gluten sensitive.  Well, there are a number of debates around this topic.  Although the number of people diagnosed with Celiac’s disease in the past few years has quadrupled, many people are questioning if all of these people are actually afflicted or if it is more of a personal diagnosis.  Regardless, we now have items like gluten free tortillas, which are actually pretty tasty, and gluten free wraps, which still do a great job of keeping ingredients together, on the market.

Go see the smile specialists today!


I’m even smiling as I type this I was so happy with their service and amazing commitment to the utmost in patient satisfaction. When you are a patient with The Smile Specialists you really are in charge and free to ask and question as many things as possible while you are there. Let’s face it, dental work isn’t cheap especially when you are getting something done as permanent as braces. You’re the one who’s going to have to live with it so be sure when you look yourself in the mirror you can smile with confidence knowing you made the best choice. You can start by picking up the phone and calling the smile specialists, that is the number one choice in my book. They were able to hook me up with invisalign braces which have really changed my life. Since wearing invisalign I have more confidence, a boyfriend and I smile so much more in pictures, I don’t even mind having pictures of me around the house anymore. My orthodontist at the smile specialists recommended I weigh my options heavily before installing something in my mouth that was semi permanent. I have sensitive skin so that was taken into consideration as well, for that matter alone could derail the whole idea of braces. What I needed was something semi hard plastic and removable, washable and something that wouldn’t stain or yellow over time. The answer in every way was invisalgn and I couldn’t be happier. Pick up the phone and give these guys a call, they will take great care of you.

Online Exposure Is Crucial

Technological advancements have changed the way that so many industries and businesses go about production, distribution, and finances. The way that a business now makes their product may change or maybe not. But we do know that the Internet certainly has changed the way that companies do business. Now, online exposure is crucial for almost any business. Whether it is a big, well-known business that may think that their name brand exempts them from the details of search engine marketing or a small, local business in a rural area where everyone knows everyone, the importance of online marketing and online presence increases more and more every year. Smart phones augment this. Cell phones are ubiquitous in the United States now, and smart phones are quickly replacing the older models that cannot access the Internet. As more cell phone applications are being designed to increase the efficiently with which consumers can locate different businesses in the Denver area, the need for Denver web design, SEO, and pay per click advertising becomes a necessity for a business that is trying to establish itself. Luckily for small businesses, there are excellent businesses that specialize in these services. For many, these complex digital operations are beyond the average web surfer or e-mail user. But while you are out there delivering a quality product to a customer, these digital marketing companies are delivering the customers to your storefront, whether that storefront be your building or a website. Regardless, the tides of business are changing, and online marketing is the way to go.

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Caretakers’ Duties May Be Unexpected

When imagining the duties of a caretaker, one may think of ensuring a regular medication schedule, providing numerous forms of home health care, or simply making sure that the resident is safe. But there are a variety of other duties that may be overlooked. Especially in the case of home care, caretakers may take residents out shopping. I often forget that the caretaker would probably not simply choose the resident’s groceries or preferred brand of hand soap. How could they know all of these specific and nuances details? And besides, I imagine that the resident would enjoy getting out of the house and the routine and normalcy of doing tasks like grocery shopping. A caretaker must remember important medical dates, such as doctor’s appointments of medication schedules. But a caretakers must also remember important social dates, such as the birthdates of the resident’s grandchildren or small, menial favors that the resident requested. I imagine all of the big, obvious things. But I often forget the small things, and I suppose that many of these small things carry tremendous weight in day-to-day life. The caretaker must also assist the resident with things that I take for granted, such as bathing and using the restroom. Caretakers do a wide variety of tasks that someone from the outside, or someone without any experience working with residents, would initially suppose. And I am sure that some residents do not realize at the outset how many little things a caretaker can do for them.home care

No job too large for General Steel

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It’s hard to tell from this picture because I couldn’t back up any further on the lot to fit it all in the frame, but this airplane hangar has an unsupported span from side to side of over three hundred feet! Just typing that makes me realize what a feat of engineering it really is. You see, with the special type of aircraft we will be storing in here we couldn’t have the traditional I-beams running the length and cross-wise of the structure like you would normall want. When I initially saw the blue prints for the building I knew the only company we could trust to provide us with something amazing would be general steel. The town knew them well because just two years prior they had erected the town recreational center and it is a masterpiece. This area of the county is known for especially harsh winters and very dry hot summers so I was concerned that the steel would be temperamental in these ever changing temperatures but the contractor over at general steel told me their steel could withstand the test of time and weather. I can trust the word of anyone who works at general steel because they have been a trusted business partner of ours for over thirty years. Never once have they been late, over quoted or built a sub par building on any of our commissions. So far their batting average is through the roof…ha! A fitting expression since the roofs they make won’t let a thing through them, not even a single drop of water!

Our chairs and carpets needed a good cleaning

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I tried running the vacuum over them, tried using water to dab the spots and stains. I even tried using hairspray to get ink of my favorite arm chair. The result? Smeared stains that looked worse than when I started and when all was said and done, nothing looked any cleaner. It was at that moment I realized I needed to call in the professionals to get the job of cleaning our chairs and carpets done the right way. I learned a lot from the guys at Bakers Chem Dry about upholstery cleaningThere are different approaches to cleaning one fabric over another. The antique chair we have in our front room has silk draped over the backing and arm rests so I was sure they would just avoid this chair altogether. Wrong! It turns out to be the best you have to have the best equipment and that is certainly true of Bakers Chem Dry. When a company can clean a shag rug, a corduroy love seat and every type of rug that we have here, you know they are the best. With a gentle steam wand the technician was able to remove the dirt and debris from the arms of the chair and it currently looks brand new. Bakers Chem Dry does much more than just beautifying your chairs and rugs. They also can help to repair and restore furniture that has undergone water damage. Last year during the heavy rains we had to clear out our basement and have Bakers Chem Dry come in and work their magic.

Freedom Tower is Magnificent.

Yesterday, I watched a time lapse video of the construction of freedom tower.  The tower that is being built to replace the fallen World Trade Centers.  The tower is a work of art and although I would have preferred for the tower to be designed by an American I think that the overall building and construction of the piece is inspiring.  The amount of steel and manpower that goes into constructing something like that is truly incredible.  General Steel put in a bid to provide the steel building for the project, but I think the commission tasked with assigning the winning bidders decided that a steel church is not the right message or building to take over the historic space.  Nonetheless, I am very excited that the building will be done with construction soon and that people will finally be able to go over and look at the progress that we have seen in the past ten years.  Truly remarkable when you think of where we were as a country and as a society that long ago.  Unfortunately, we have regressed in many respects.  In human rights, equity, income, and the strengthening of the middle class we have failed miserably.  I only hope that we have the ability to rebound and elect the politicians that can help reverse these trends.  Even though General Steel did not win the contract, it is their ambition that can serve as the American way.  I admire their wanting and trying to establish themselves in complete Freedom Tower and define our future.

A Good Lawn Is Hard To Find

I hadn’t ever needed to suggest that somebody check out places that handle urgent care in Phoenix, Arizona, but one recent experience really sticks out in my mind. Saul is a hard worker and he was a good student back in the day, as I remember. I only really was close to him in middle school and in those classes you don’t exactly work together on a whole of things, but over time you get to see how a guy is in general. I just know he would carefully work on every page of every assignment and spend a lot of time on each question, really thinking about those made-up problems.

Now we live near each other, me and Saul. He lives just across the street. Saul spends a lot of time on his lawn and he is just as meticulous out there as he was back in middle school. However, one time just this last week I saw him make a mistake where he took a pretty bad fall and that’s when I stepped out and reminded him about the urgent care options that we have in town. Nothing seemed to be wrong, really, but he was complaining about some pain.


He told me walked right into the place, waited about half an hour, and got it taken care of. I’m glad I was able to be helpful. Saul got back to his lawn that afternoon and got all of the cutting done. He even trimmed around the hedges with the weed wacker and got down on his knees to do some clipping.

Should You Hire A Web Design Company?

The short answer is probably. Not many people have the web design skills to properly develop and manage their company’s site. If you have a second rate site, it won’t be good for business. Baton Rouge website design companies actually charge reasonable rates and will help with all of your web based needs. You can have a cutting edge website within just a few short days of hiring one of these companies. You might be surprised to see the dramatic results an up to date website can bring.

web designIf you would rather handle things on your own, be prepared for a lot of work. Designing and maintaining your company’s site can be a full time job. It may actually cost you more in time and resources to learn web design and do it yourself. Just consider the type of site you can design now, and then compare it against what you think are some of the best sites. Chances are most top sites you see were designed by a dedicated professional. Know when to ask for help.

To me, hiring a company to do your website design is a no-brainer. There is no need to bring extra stress into your life. By having this part of your business taken care of, you will be able to focus on the day to day operations. People struggle when they put too much on their plate, so you need to know when to outsource. Search around the Baton Rouge area until you find a company who suits your needs best. Remember that price isn’t everything, sometimes it’s worth paying a little more to have the job done right.

Getting Underneath The Surface

I vacuum my house pretty much every other day. I have bad allergies and I can’t stand dust and dirt anywhere. However, I always wondered if I should get a professional rug cleaning, since I assumed they could be so much more thorough than myself. Here is my problem with vacuum cleaners; my carpet is at least a couple of inches thick, and I don’t believe it’s possible they get all the dirt from the bottom layers. To check it out for myself I cut a little piece of carpet back in one of my closets and I was shocked by the dust and dirt.

Think about it, the closest is the spot in your house that gets the least foot traffic. How in the world had dust collected under the carpet in there? When I called the carpet cleaning company they explained to me that dust settled all over the carpets, and that the spots where people walked were likely far worse off. That alone convinced me to bring them out for service. When they got their, I told them that I needed every inch of the house cleaned, and they did not let me down. After they left I couldn’t believe the difference.

It was like night and day, I didn’t even realize my carpet was this bright. A couple of days later I realized that I hadn’t even taken an allergy pill, and I didn’t need to. Now I’m going to have this guys out every couple of months, since the price isn’t even that bad. That way I can ensure that I’m leaving in a clean home all the time.

The Power Of The Sun

Solar panels are becoming more and more popular with Denver roofing companies. These companies are finding that people in the Denver area care enough about the environment to want to make a change. If you are one of these environmentally friendly people in Denver, roofing might be one of the ways you can lower your impact. There are actually a couple of different way roofing can reduce your impact, but today we are focusing on solar power. As you are probably aware, solar polar works by storing energy from the sun and sunny days, and then using that to power your home instead of traditional electricity. The best part about solar power has to be that after initial installation, it is free. After a while you will see that the cost of having the panels installed is offset by all the money you save on monthly bills.

Obviously when you are using clean, free energy, it reduces the need to create things that cause pollution. The more you can rely on the sun for energy, the better. You may be concerned that the solar panels look ugly, that shouldn’t matter when it comes to saving the earth, but I understand. Fortunately nowadays you can find solar paneling that looks just like a regular roof. It is time to start conserving as much as we can, so you might as well save some money in the process. Start shopping around your area right away for prices when it comes to solar panels. Many companies in the Denver area are happy to give you a free estimate.

A Fun Day On My Honda Motorcycle

Honda motorcycles are my favorite bikes. They are so reliable and they run forever, and of course more importantly they are a blast to ride. I like the fact that Honda has many different bikes, enabling you to get whichever type you like while sticking with Honda’s reliability. When you live out in California there is a lot of great weather to ride your bike, and I always hop on the opportunity for a shoreline ride. There is something so peaceful and freeing about being on the bike, hugging the curves of the road. Honda motorcycles

On a typical day when I have a long ride planned, I’ll get up early and cook a decent breakfast. Then I usually pack a lunch, a few drinks, and head out. I’ll take two or three, and sometime even four hours, and just head north along Highway 1. That’s the road that takes you right along the Pacific Ocean. After I feel like I’ve gone far enough I’ll find a nice place off the road to eat, enjoying my sandwiches and the scenery. Not a day goes by when I don’t think about hopping on my bike and going for a ride.

If you don’t already own a bike, I suggest you start working towards getting one. Motorcycles are something everyone should own.  You have no idea about the hours of enjoyment you will get from a ride. Just you and the open road, and some tunes if you’re bike is fancy enough. That’s really all I need to have a fantastic day. Sometimes I’ll even hop of the highway and take the back roads for a long while. I’ve even been lost a few times!

A Mishap in Phoenix

Last week I had to see a doctor at an urgent care in Phoenix. The service at these places is really fantastic, so whenever I need medical care that’s where I go. You see it was a pretty unfortunate mishap that brought me to the clinic for urgent care. A week or two prior a nice man on the street had sold me a brand new hoverboard. I’d seen these types of things in movies before, but I was excited to finally get to try one for myself.

Sadly it didn’t work like I thought it would, and that’s how I ended up getting hurt. I guess you’re not actually supposed to ride on these things just yet. They haven’t made the proficient enough to carry the weight of a human. When I tried to ride it over the pond near my house that would have been nice to know. I also feel a bit swindled by the gentleman who sold me the device in the first place.

The doctors at the clinic were still very nice and professional even though it must have seemed very silly when I told them what happened. The one doctor even told me he wished he could ride a hoverboard too. I got my knee checked out and after they cleaned the cut everything seemed fine. Within a couple of days I was back to normal and ready to go. I’m glad the men and women at the urgent care facility were so helpful and friendly. If I ever get hurt again I’ll definitely go back there.

What Do You Do When Hurt In Tempe?

Most people think that if they are hurt and need medical attention they should head to an emergency room. Instead why not consider an urgent care in Tempe? These facilities have many advantages over ERs. First of all, they are all over the place. I can almost guarantee that you can get to an urgent care in Tempe quicker than the hospital. Also, check your insurance co-pays, it’s highly likely that it’s cheaper to visit the urgent care center.

When was the last time you went to the emergency room anyway? Do you remember what the wait was like? You have to remember that the primary function of an ER is to help those whose lives may be in danger. That’s why you have to wait so long when you go with something as major as a broken arm. At urgent care centers this won’t be the case. Instead of waiting three or four hours to see the doctor, you will usually be seen within half an hour of your arrival.

You don’t need to worry about the quality of staff on hand either. Every urgent care clinic I have ever been has had a very competent staff on hand. Keep in mind that these doctors and nurses are trained at the same schools and facilities as those in a hospital. The next time you are seeking urgent medical attention, skip the long wait at the ER. You don’t need an appointment, just stop into the clinic nearest to you and tell that what is wrong. You won’t be sorry about your decision.

That dumb dog

I have agreed to live with my boyfriend after my lease is up but I have a really big problem with his dog.  He has told me that his dog is nice and great but I know that he is very dirty and smelly.  I told my boyfriend that he need to hire a carpet cleaning service to come over to his apartment before I would live there.  It is not that I do not like dogs it is just the fact they are so dirty.  The dog will go outside and run around and then come in tracking all the dirt he got in to on the floor.  I will not live in a house with dirty carpets or furniture because I think it is gross. I was raised in a very clean house and my mother was borderline crazy about dirt.  I guess all of that rubbed on to me because I am a very clean person now.

My boyfriend thinks I am acting crazy but if he wants to live with me he is going to have to deal with my rules.  I told him that the dog needs to stay in the basement and should not be allowed on any of the furniture.  Also, a carpet cleaning company needs to be hired on a monthly basis so that we can make sure everything is clean.  I know a lot of  companies in the are that do a good job too so I will be calling them.

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