We run a major website that is now the majority of our retail business. Over the years we have closed many brick and mortar stores as customers became more comfortable ordering our products online. One thing that helped promote the transition was our ultra-fast processing and shipping of orders. A company that does software development in Chester helped us in the design of the front and back ends of the software that runs our website. We used to have trouble on heavy traffic days, but the same company that does our software development also handles our DevOps to make sure the servers are handling all the customer traffic.
There is so much integrated when you are a customer looking at a product on a website and placing an order. First, the inventory needs to be accessed to make sure the product in the style, color and size that you want it in is available. Then it has to be handed off immediately and automatically to our fulfillment division. Continue reading Getting Our Website Operating at Peak Efficiency Around the Clock
We live in a big neighborhood that has a lot of neighbors who all know one another. We are also getting fatter with sedentary living, and a whole bunch of us have dogs. You cannot really go outside during the day or night and not come across someone who is taking their dogs out to go to the bathroom. You would think that with all the dog walking that we would all be fit. Well, we are not. I started a club to get us doing better by starting with pet weight loss. I looked up animal weighing scales to get a nice one that would fit in our garage, and I started a social media page for our neighborhood. Continue reading Using Our Commitment to Our Dogs to Motivate People in My Community to Lose Weight
I just now started my new job in Ontario, the only problem with it is that is on the wrong side of the metro area for me to commute there. In fact it would be a huge ordeal for me to cross the entire area every morning and every evening, so I started to look for an apartment and a new roommate. Temporarily I have moved my stuff to a Newmarket storage unit. I talked to people in the office and asked if any of them needed a roommate. Surprising this really good looking girl said she did, she lives at this place I liked in Keswick , but of course it it is not like she was interested in me. Continue reading I Am Looking for a Place in Keswick
When I first met my girlfriend, I wasn’t really focused on nature. In fact, before my girlfriend even became my girlfriend, she wouldn’t even look my way because of this. Eventually we grew closer my girlfriend’s view of me changed. Instead of being hard on me for not being nature conscious, she used a more gentle hand to persuade me. Now I recycle everything and do my best to preserve nature. That’s why I wanted all of the guests at our wedding to have plant a tree wedding favors, as a symbol of love for my new wife and our love for nature.
My wife and I wanted everyone to plant the trees and spread the gift of nature with everyone in their lives. Once the trees have grown enough, they will be able to spread their seeds around the world and more people will be able to enjoy their beauty. Continue reading Beautiful Wedding Gifts and Nature
I was having a really good time. We went up in the mountains last weekend. The weather was perfect at first and we had a really nice long hike. We were almost back to the place where we had parked the truck when the skies opened up and it rained mightily. We were on the way down a steep slope and there was not any cover, so we wanted to get down where there was less chance of being struck by lightning. At any rate I had to go see a chiropractor in Cumming GA after I slipped and went tumbling down that slope. I was a real mess when I got to the bottom. Jack was not going to let me in the cab of his truck because I was covered with mud. Of course the truth was that he and the girls were not a lot better, they had mud all over them from the trip down that slope.
I was not thinking that I was seriously hurt to start with, although I had a bunch of bruises and cuts and a big knot on the side of my head. Continue reading I Slipped and Fell Down a Mountain
I’m not quite sure how it happened, but the anxiety I had grown up with suddenly exploded into a full social anxiety. I found myself not wanting to leave the house. This made me depressed because my social anxiety made me stay away from all the people that I love so much. Desperate for a way to keep in touch with other people, I began playing Poker QQ online because I can chat with the other players. I love poker games, and in the past, I went to them regularly.
In high school I was incredibly popular. I did have low self-esteem, but it didn’t seem to matter then. By the time when I got to college my anxiety levels built up even worse. I began to pull away from people more and more. However, I still did what I could do to push myself to remain social. Continue reading I Found a Fun Way to Reach out to Other People and Have Fun
My uncle does a lot of work with a heavy duty rotary machine and in order to make sure that the machine functions perfectly, he uses a device that uses XM Channel 102 monitoring. This device makes sure that the machine isn’t going to fail anytime soon by checking for vibrations that could be a sign of trouble. This device stopped functioning a couple of weeks ago, and he had to get a new one. I helped him out by finding an online store where he could buy it for a better price than what he was planning to pay.
There are a lot of people who don’t like to order things online, and my uncle is one of them. He’s afraid that someone will get all of his information and steal his identify if he even makes one purchase online. While it is possible for someone to get information and steal an identity from purchases, it’s not a likely thing to happen. Continue reading Ordering for a Paranoid Uncle
When I was a kid, it was hard to get in touch with people. We often sent letters to family and friends who live far away. And sometimes you couldn’t get in touch with people who you needed to in an emergency because no one had a phone that they could take with them to use after they left their homes. But now, just about everyone has a cell phone. Last week, I stopped in at a place that does iPhone screen repair in Richmond to get my phone fixed. I’m still not quite used to carrying a phone around with me all the time, but it sure does come in handy. I accidentally dropped mine, and when it broke the screen, I couldn’t use it. Being without it showed me just how much I’ve come to rely on it.
We had one of those old rotary dial phones in our house when I was growing up. There were no buttons to push. It had a dial on the front of it with holes for each number. You would stick your index finger into the hole for whatever number you needed to dial. Continue reading Today’s Technology Products Are Pretty Fancy Compared to What I Had Growing Up
When I got married, I really did not care a whole lot about the wedding details. I know some people will think I am a jerk for that, but I’m a guy. I was marrying my best friend, and we were inviting all of our friends and family to join in the fun with us. I didn’t care what color the flowers were, how big the cake was, or if we had balloons or not. My fiance and her friends took care of that, happily enough. I did look at http://www.partybustoronto.com though because I wanted to take care of our transportation.
My fiance didn’t mind taking care of all the arrangements but a few, like how we were going to get from the church to the reception hall. To her, that was the guy logistics anyway, just like the flowers and decorations were her forte. I knew that I wanted all of us to be together. Continue reading Using a Party Bus for Wedding Day Transportation
If there is an auto accident with two average cars that are totaled, the cost for the vehicles could easily get upwards of 75 grand or a lot more. Some pickup trucks are over $60,000! Now add to that the cost of putting the injured people’s lives back together, and you can see why insurance companies are not too forthcoming when it comes to just giving you a blank check for costs. You need to remember that insurance is a for-profit business. They are not charitable friends. That’s why my cousin called an auto accident injury attorney in Sacramento when he was hurt.
The doctors said he would be off work for at least a year if he ever would go back. Continue reading Do Not Settle when It Comes to an Auto Accident Claim with Your Insurance Company
My buddy Jack is about to leave the country for around half of a year and we have decided that we need to have a big going away party before he leaves for Southern California. We have been looking for information on the cost of a party bus. I have been on one before, back when one of my buddies from college got married and we had a bachelor party for him. I could not really go in to details on all of the stuff that went on that night, but we went back and forth from club to club and then to this big house that we rented for the weekend on Lake Ontario. Continue reading Thinking About a Big Night out
Nothing beats a limo ride through city traffic. Much better than a cab in my opinion. I have been in cabs where the drivers scare me out of my wits. I prefer a professional chauffeur that is behind the wheel of a limo. It does not have to be one of those stretch models when I am in town on business. I am perfectly happy riding in the back seat of a sedan or SUV. I do work on my computer, make and take calls and get a lot done that I could never get comfortable doing in a cab.
I can leave my stuff in the limo and go to my meetings. The car and driver is waiting for me when I get out. Continue reading Why a Limo with a Chauffer is So Much Better Than a Cab for My Job
I have been reading the news recently and I have reached a breaking point. I think that the world is not very safe and I do not want to be caught up in the violence that happens around the world on a daily basis. That is why I have made up my mind to get a home security system, and I want to get it from ADT. I don’t know why but I just think that I will have more faith in a security system by ADT than I would from any other company, just because they have a long history of making security systems.
Anyway, I have been living in this house too long without a security system. Continue reading Best Prices for Security SYstems
An old roof makes your whole house look ugly. We had worn shingles with years of grime from the railroad cars carrying coal that were nearby. We also had algae growing on the porch roof shingles that was unsightly. The algae does not really damage the shingles in a way to make them leak, but it sure looks bad. Even after cleaning there was a gray residue that could be seen. The only way to rid a home of it is to cut back the offending trees that are shading the roof and call a roofing company in NYC to put on new shingles.
The old way roofs were redone was tedious and messy. Continue reading New Shingles Made the Whole Outside of the House Look New
When our daughter was born, my wife and I instantly fell in love with her. It seems just like yesterday, but somehow nearly 21 years have passed since that day that changed our lives. She graduated from college last month, and she was ready to set the world on fire. She already had a great job lined up, and she picked out a small cottage about five minutes from her work to rent. I checked everything out there and gave my okay on everything but one thing. I would feel much better if she had an ADT security system installed, so I talked with her landlord about that.
I had no problem with paying for the equipment, installation and monitoring service fees. I just wanted to make sure he was okay with this. If not, it would have been a deal breaker. Thankfully, he saw no problem and even said he would arrange for the installation. Continue reading The Best Security for My Daughter
Pablo Picasso might be one of the most influential artists of the 1800s. Born in Spain, Picasso was noted to be a child protegy, and his talents were recognized early on. Picasso was a rebel, and could often be found frequenting the intellectual cafes of Paris as a young teenager. His lifestyle certainly influenced his art, and it is a large part of the reason that he is still recognized as a renowned artist today.
Picasso began his entry into the artwork as a young child, and some of his earliest work includes two self portraits, “Child With A Dove” and “The Absinthe Drinker”. In his earliest years, he often expressed feeling confined by the medium for his art and the limited potential a traditional mode of artistry allowed him. Continue reading The Life and Works of Pablo Picasso
The 2012 Joan Miro show at the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC offers a fresh look at this important Spanish artist of the twentieth century. Entitled “The Ladder of Escape,” it provides new insights into the political views of the famed artist and sculptor.
When you think of Miro you probably think of bright colors and whimsical objects. There are some examples of that in this exhibit but there are also darker works that will probably be new to most audiences. After all, Miro lived through very turbulent times including both World War I and World War II, the Spanish Civil War and the long regime of the dictator Francisco Franco. Also important to his identity was his birth in Catalonia, a region in northern Spain that has its own distinct culture and long struggle for autonomy.
The show begins with Miro’s depictions of the family farm and surroundings in Catalonia. Continue reading A Fresh Look at the Spanish Artist Joan Miro