Sharpen Your Axe

There’s dispute over whether Honest Abe actually said this or not, but who really cares?! It’s great advice and it might as well have come from Lincoln.

Abe

Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe. Abraham Lincoln (maybe!)

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Tiger Woods & I Will Be At The 2016 US Open at Oakmont Country Club!

 

Tiger Woods of the United States gestures to a fan to be quiet from the fifth green during first round play at the WGC Bridgestone Invitational golf tournament in Akron, Ohio August 6, 2009. REUTERS/Aaron Josefczyk (UNITED STATES SPORT GOLF) - RTR26GXI

REUTERS/Aaron Josefczyk (UNITED STATES SPORT GOLF)

Tiger Woods has registered to compete in the 2016 U.S. Open Golf Championship at Oakmont Country Club. 

These might be the 18 most exciting words in sports! After a long layoff, Tiger Woods is nearly certain to be returning to competitive golf!

I’m excited to announce that after a 5 year break, I will also be back at America’s golf championship. I will not be competing this year. Instead, I’ll be one of the thousands of volunteers who assist the unbelievable team that has been planning this event for over 24 months. This will be my fourth time volunteering (2009 Bethpage, 2010 Pebble Beach,  2011 Congressional) and fifth U.S. Open overall (2008 Torrey Pines.)

Sneak peek at the gear worn by some of the volunteers at the U.S. Open, Oakmont 2016

Sneak peek at the gear worn by some of the volunteers at the U.S. Open, Oakmont 2016

 

I am looking forward to seeing Tiger at Oakmont, and hopefully sooner. Perhaps at The Memorial in my home city of Columbus, at the iconic Muirfield Village Golf Club (Tiger seems to like it here!)

As a Tiger fan, I hope that Woods silences the haters and completes a historic career by overcoming his latest downswing and returning to greatness. It saddens me when I hear people state that “Tiger cannot win again” because this statement is an opinion, not a fact. It’s not fair for the haters to write Tiger off just as much as it’s not fair for fans like myself to proclaim for certain that he will win again. Like many things in life, time is the only way to answer the questions about Tiger.

I believe!

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Don’t Rush To A Red Light

redlightWe’ve all been in a situation where we feel rushed. Maybe we are late to work or school or any other “important” committment. Or, perhaps we are just in a mood not to be messed with. For whatever reason, we decide to drive like a maniac, speeding and maneuvering between vehicles as if we’re trying to win the Indy 500.

And then… bam! We come to a red light. We slam on the brakes and come to a complete stop. Many of the cars behind us catch up and come to a stop as well. At the same red light. Or exit. Or toll booth. Or stop sign. As frustrated as we are, we have arrived at basically the same place in space and time as the other drivers who most likely weren’t driving like total fucking idiots.

We have rushed around, putting ourselves and others in harm’s way, for literally no reason. We haven’t arrived at our destination any sooner but we have greatly increased our chances of getting hurt. This is illogical, dangerous and unnecessary.

Don’t rush around just to hit the same red lights and stop signs as everyone else. Use your eyes, be aware of the world around you and realize that your rushing is pointless. Your drive will be much easier, your stress level will go down and most importantly, you and those around you will be much safer.

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Clean Disruption [Video]: Electric, Solar Powered Autonomous Vehicles

Tony Seba, author of ‘Clean Disruption’ gives this brilliant talk at the AltCars Expo and Conference, September 19, 2014. Watch the first 1:35 and you won’t want to stop because you’ll realize the predictions made below are all going to come true. And I bet they come to fruition much sooner than 2030!

The keynote is titled “Clean Disruption: 100% electric transportation and 100% solar power by 2030″.

The book ‘Clean Disruption‘ and this keynote assert that by 2030:
• All new mass-market vehicles will be electric.
• All of these vehicles will be autonomous (self-driving).
• Up to 80% of parking spaces and highways will be redundant.
• Taxis as we know them will be obsolete.
• The concept of car ownership will be obsolete.
• Oil will be obsolete
• All new energy will be provided by solar (and wind)

More information at
http://tonyseba.com/speaker/

(Source: YouTube)

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Why Become A Landlord?

qmmSo you think you are smart enough to become a part-time landlord. Great! I’d advise thinking through a long-term plan way before pulling the trigger. For example, do you plan on building a portfolio of similar units, or do you just want to buy this one? If you just want one, save your $ and invest in mutual funds.

If you want to build a portfolio, consider what you envision it to look like in the future. In my experience, using a management company is not a good idea, especially for long-term investing, as they continue to earn off the top of your profits when all of the hard work (leasing, turnover) is already done. It’s counter intuitive to me as an investor looking to maximize edges to pay a company to literally do nothing a high % of the time. Not to mention that there isn’t a management company on earth that would pursue a leasing campaign as aggressive as the owner himself.

That means keeping management in-house, which will maximize your return and could be the difference between a profitable investment or not. In-house management isn’t as hard as you think and maintenance can be outsourced (one of my companies specializes in this specifically for smaller landlords). Setting up a simple, turnkey management operation from the start is paramount to building a successful portfolio of rentals.

Ultimately, ask yourself why do you want to become a landlord? It’s an active investment (even if you use a management company) that has a much higher risk of downside than a passive investment like a solid portfolio of mutual funds. Mutual funds may return 10%-20% over a 20 year period and they will never spontaneously require an $8,000 new roof or $26,000 of new siding and they won’t ever pay their rent late or destroy your property. In my opinion, the ROI for a rental property needs to be much, much higher to compensate us for the increased risks that go along with owning real estate. I don’t know if there has ever been a 20 year period in which the market has lost money, whereas the potential downside in owning real estate is such that a few mistakes can take years to recover from, completely negating any potential future profits.

I don’t mean to be a downer or to scare you from pulling the trigger! I’ve been asked about this a number of times over the years and I have owned real estate professionally for over 15 years. Before making any investment be sure you have a competent attorney on your side and be sure you have a full understanding of what you are getting yourself into! Missing a good deal is much better than buying a bad deal.

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An Awesome Mountain Biking Video

Enjoy!

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Skill Shouldn’t Matter #butfreedom

I am told that I am a free human being so I do not feel unreasonable desiring to use my money however I please whether it involves gambling or skill games or burying it in a coffee can in the ground or using it to wallpaper my living room.

I’ll use my money how I please, effectively casting votes with my dollars for where I want my dollars to go, and you can spend your money how you please.

Simple enough, right?!

It’s not! In 2011, the ability to play poker online on major US sites was taken away, and now in 2016 we are seeing the same thing happen with DFS (daily fantasy sports) as certain politicians are latching on to this idea that free Americans are not free to play DFS.

Throughout all of this nonsense the thing I cannot stand the most is the bullshit about activities like DFS & poker need to be banned because they are not “games of skill” but rather “games of chance”. Not only is this a flat-out lie (both are quantifiable games of skill) but it should not matter because THE NONSENSE COMES FROM THE POLITICIANS WHO ALL HAVE INTERESTS IN THEIR STATE & MULTI-STATE LOTTERIES THAT ARE EXACTLY GAMES OF CHANCE! (and shitty chances to boot!)

For fuck’s sake, the multi-state Powerball lottery was just recently over $1 billion dollars (that’s billion, with a “B“) in which the odds of winning were some 292 million:1 against and where the winners will fork over some > 30% of their winnings to Uncle Sam, for doing jack shit. Then these same fucking politicians actually have the gall to declare poker and daily fantasy as evil incarnate as they line their pockets with game of chance lottery tax proceeds.

FUCK YOU.

What a sad state of affairs.

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Don’t Proceed Just Because The Light Is Green

green lightWe don’t proceed through a green light just because the light is green. The light being green is simply an indicator that it might be OK to go. You still need to use your own eyes and brain and common sense to determine if it is OK  to proceed down the path you chose.

If you come up to a green light and see 15 people walking the cross walk of that intersection you are not just entitled to mow them over just because the light is green! The green light is irrelevant as your path is blocked.

On the same token if the light is green but a fire truck is barreling toward your car, any reasonable person would avoid the intersection so as not to get plowed over by the fire truck. You could blindly use your “green light privileges” to proceed with your head down but it may get you killed.

We do not proceed because the light is green! We proceed because the light is green and there is nothing in our path.

Stop thinking about things the way it’s been and ask yourself is there another way to view this or interpret that. Avoid proceeding just because the light is green. Be sure your path is clear.

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Jack Bauer & ’24’ Will Return For 10th Season!

24

With nothing other than my keen sense of the Universe to back me up, I’m confidently predicting that Kiefer Sutherland will reprise his role as the iconic Jack Bauer on TV’s #1 action drama of all-time, ‘24‘.

If you are not familiar with the show, do yourself a favor and watch it from season 1 episode 1, in order. Do not read about it. Do not let yourself be spoiled. There are just way too many great moments that can be ruined if you read too much online or discuss with folks who don’t realize you haven’t seen the complete series. Are you and your partner looking for a show to watch together? 24 is perfect. Just be sure you have plenty of water and popcorn.

24 lasted for eight glorious twenty-four episode seasons. The series returned in 2014 with a twelve episode ninth season. While I cannot look beyond season ten at this point, I see no reason why Fox and Kiefer don’t come to an agreement to do another shorter season, likely twelve episodes to round out season ten.

Fox may even consider keeping the 24 series alive with or without Sutherland playing Bauer, though his shoes will be ultra tough to fill. (Numerous actors have played James Bond over a 50 year period, why not the same for Jack Bauer? They even have the same initials!)

I would not be surprised if Fox makes the announcement yet in 2015, though with the holidays approaching early 2016 is more likely.

 

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Pelotonia 2015 Thank You!

Thanks to the generous support of my friends, family and the Internet, we raised another $1,516.37 during our Pelotonia 2015 campaign, bringing our four-year total to $5,877.37!

THANK YOU SO MUCH!

Pelotonia is the grass-roots, Columbus based bike ride that raises millions to fight cancer. Thanks to the generous sponsors, 100% of each dollar raised goes directly toward ending cancer as we know it. Read more in my previous posts here and learn about joining the cause as a rider, volunteer or virtual rider here.

Stefanie's Team of Hope, 2015

Stefanie’s Team of Hope, 2015

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