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Drugs, Guns, and the CHP Trooper

We were teenagers – so of course, we were going to botch this up. Illegal gun – stowed. Illegal drugs – stowed. We were both scared to death. Randy still wasn’t going to look back. Then it happened….

When I was a teenager (in the seventies) I lived at Lake Tahoe and had started to have some really great adventures. I was fortunate that my parents trusted me more than most and so I got away with a lot. This particular adventure started at Dart Discount Liquors at the bottom of Kingsbury Grade on the Nevada side of Tahoe. I’d been working at Dart since I was fifteen, which probably led to quite a bit of my corruption as a kid.

My best friend Randy also worked at Dart. When he first got the job I was kind of mad about it – because I was a novelty at the time. A teenage kid, barely driving, working at a liquor store was a pretty cool deal. After a short time I got over it and I really started to appreciate having my best friend as a co-worker.

Well, as the story goes, Randy and I were working on the late shift at Dart this one night and he wanted to go out rattlesnake hunting in the California desert below Topaz Lake the next day. He had heard that the place was thick with snakes and thought we could have some fun.

I told Randy that if I was driving – he had to bring his .22 pistol for me to use. I loved this gun. It was a semi-auto luger style handgun. The gun had a funny history. Originally it had come into Randy’s possession by way of his step dad. Randy’s step dad was a retired sheriff’s deputy and he got the gun after it had been used in a crime. The serial number had been filed off and in most places that would be grounds for it to be destroyed. But hey, this is Nevada. We were told that as long as we had the notarized letter from the Sheriff with the gun and kept it in Nevada – everything would be fine.

We were teenagers – so of course, we were going to botch this up.

Anyway, we started to make plans for our outing and our shift at Darts was going to end in a couple hours. One of our standard details was to sweep the parking lot every night. It’s a small parking lot, maybe 12 cars, but it took over an hour to do. I loved to sweep because it got me outside and I really liked putting the effort in to make the storefront look good. So I swept. After finishing, I always went back around with a dustpan on a pole and a small broom – so that I could get any last garbage that some asshole would have dropped, or the obligatory cigarette butt. As I’m doing my rounds, I passed between two cars and saw a plastic bag on the ground. I scooped it up and kept moving as usual, cussing the bastard that dropped it as I went.

When I got to the trashcan to empty out my pan of butts, I got a closer look at the bag and realized it was a very full bag of pot! Yahoo, free weed! I stuffed it in my pocket and went back inside.

The next morning Randy shows up at my house promptly and we jumped into my little Subaru to go snake hunting and shooting. The weather was perfect and we had a great time blowing off tons of ammo. Never did see a snake. But from where we were shooting, we could see the California Highway below us and we could see a CHP driving back and forth as though he was looking for something. Randy came up with the thought that he could be trying to pin down where the gunshot sounds were coming from and that meant he was looking for us. It had been a full day anyway – so we decided to bug out.

As we pulled off the dirt road and back onto the highway the highway patrol came zooming right up behind me.

“Crap Randy, what should I do?”

“Just act as though you don’t know he’s back there” said Randy. He didn’t even look back. About that time it hit him. “Holy shit. I’m not supposed to have the .22 in California. If he pulls us over – we’re screwed.”

I thought for a minute. The rest of our guns on the back seat were all legal. We just needed to ditch the .22. “Put it under the carpet under the seat. If we get pulled over he’s not going to look there” I said.

Randy moved smoothly to not look like he was doing anything in the front seat. He lifted the carpet and placed the gun under. As he did, he spotted the bag of pot. “Oh shit, what are we going to do with that?” he asked.

In the middle console of my Subaru was a set of air conditioning vents with very wide slats. I saw it and immediately told Randy to shove the bag down the vent. I figured I could dismantle it later to retrieve the dope.

Now we’re driving back toward Nevada with this CHP on our tail. Illegal gun – stowed. Illegal drugs – stowed. We were both scared to death. Randy still wasn’t going to look back. Then it happened. The highway patrol just pulled over. As I looked back in my rearview – I could see him doing a u-turn and heading back south.

YES! Out of trouble again. But Randy didn’t know because he still wasn’t about to look behind us. Time to have some fun… I grabbed the gearshift, punched down the clutch and dropped from fifth to third gear. I then punched the accelerator and released the clutch. “F##k it! I’m making a run for it” I yelled.

Twenty-five years later, I can still picture the look of horror on Randy’s face as he screamed in terror and tried to peal my foot off the gas pedal. The poor kid had thought I had lost my mind. I laughed so hard at him that I had tears streaming down my face.

The next morning I woke up late as usual. Now that I have a teenage son, I understand how it must have tortured my dad that I could sleep in until after noon on Sundays. I headed into the house (I was living in a studio built in the garage) and I plopped down at the kitchen table to grab a bowl of cereal. On the table I saw a note from my dad. It was brief, “ Took your car to Reno to go shopping with Mom. Too hot to go without air conditioning.”

What happened next – I can only surmise from the evidence that I saw later because my parents never talked about the details of that day. I’m pretty sure they made it to somewhere around Carson City before Dad flipped on the air conditioning. The ‘shit’ hit the fan. They turned around and came straight home. The shopping trip was called off.

It was about the time that I finished my bowl of cereal that my parents walked back in the door. My dad said one thing, “Go vacuum out your car.”

I grabbed the vacuum and headed out into the driveway. I still had not caught on to why I was being told to do this. Then I opened the door. Completely covering the interior of the car except for where my parents sat in the front seat was a thin layer of pot. You could see their outlines on the seat. It was pretty damn funny – except that I thought I was going to be killed next.

I lost the car for a month but the incident was never brought up again by anyone except Randy and me. Not having the car didn’t slow me down much. Sometime I’ll tell you about the five naked girls and the deck post climb. It wouldn’t have happened if I hadn’t lost the car for that month.

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About Selling SOLUTIONS and Not Selling SEO

Question:

I want to do screencasts for businesses that need website improvements or have no website. Not going so well. Only talking to the business owner about 10% of the time. I made 25+ calls.
1. Ask for the business owner
2. Hi I’m Sally SEO Salesperson from xzy Marketing in xyz city. I’d like to send you a 5-minute video showing you 3 things you can do to improve your website. Would you be willing to watch if I sent that over to you?
3. Pass
I think a lot of the times the business owner answers and they just say they aren’t the business owner.
What am I doing wrong???

(more…)

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Colin Kaepernick, You’re no Van T. Barfoot

Van T Barfoot died…

Van T Barfoot 6Remember the guy who wouldn’t take the flag pole down on his Virginia property a while back?
You might remember the news story several months ago about a crotchety old man in Virginia who defied his local Homeowners Association, and refused to take down the flag pole on his property along with the large American flag he flew on it.

Now we learn who that old man was. On June 15, 1919, Van T. Barfoot was born in Edinburg, Texas. That probably didn’t make news back then.

Van T Barfoot 1But twenty-five years later, on May 23, 1944, near Carano, Italy, that same Van T. Barfoot, who had in 1940 enlisted in the U.S. Army, set out alone to flank German machine gun positions from which gunfire was raining down on his fellow soldiers. His advance took him through a minefield but having done so, he proceeded to single-handedly take out three enemy machine gun positions, returning with 17 prisoners of war.

And if that weren’t enough for a day’s work, he later took on and destroyed three German tanks
sent to retake the machine gun positions.

That probably didn’t make much news either, given the scope of the war, but it did earn Van T. Barfoot, who retired as a Colonel after also serving in Korea and Vietnam, a well deserved Medal of Honor.

What did make news…Was his Neighborhood Association’s quibble with how the 90-year-old veteran chose to fly the American flag outside his suburban Virginia home. Seems the HOA rules said it was OK to fly a flag on a house-mounted bracket, but, for decorum, items such as Barfoot’s 21-foot flagpole were “unsuitable”.

Van T Barfoot 2Van Barfoot had been denied a permit for the pole, but erected it anyway and was facing court action unless he agreed to take it down.

Then the HOA story made national TV, and the Neighborhood Association rethought its position and agreed to indulge this aging hero who dwelt among them.

“In the time I have left”, he said to the Associated Press, “I plan to continue to fly the
American flag without interference.”

As well he should. And if any of his neighbors had taken a notion to contest him further, they might have done well to read his Medal of Honor citation first. Seems it indicates Mr. Van Barfoot wasn’t particularly good at backing down.

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WE ONLY LIVE IN THE LAND OF THE FREE BECAUSE OF THE BRAVE! AND, BECAUSE OF OLD MEN LIKE VAN BARFOOT!

Now, let’s contrast this with you, Colin Kaepernick.  Raised in a home of privilege, given a college education, and then given the opportunity to make millions of dollars for playing a fucking game.

And what do you do?  You choose to purposely insult the likes of Van T. Barfoot with your disrespectful disregard of our country’s national anthem.

Our Constitution gives you the right to do what you want, but when you insult the greatest nation on Earth with your shallow protest, one thing comes to mind to me – Colin Kaepernick, you’re no Van T Barfoot.  You have shamed yourself and your family with your antics.  Go to hell Colin.

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Working on working

If you read that headline, you’re probably wondering ‘WTF does that mean?’.  Well, Working on working is something that I think about all the time.  You see, you can work on a project. You can work on your lawn.  You can work on your attitude.  But I think a lot of people need to ‘work on working’.  In other words, just learn to work better all the time.  Steven Pressfield has a great book that is available for free through Kindle or as a PDF from several locations, called “Do the Work” .

It’s an awesome book about simply getting the work done.  I think the book is great and straight to the point.  Definitely a great starting point for people to get off their asses and get shit done.

I think that those of us that don’t work with strict deadlines have it worse than those that have strict cutoffs forced on them by someone else or some conditions that require a deadline.  In contrast to deadlines, as an independent entrepreneur, I don’t have anyone to corral me in and make me finish on time.

I saw a great TED video on the subject.  Check this out….

You see what I mean.  Procrastination is way worse without the ‘deadline monster’.

This week, I tried putting my own artificial deadlines on stuff.  Monday, I felt like I should do 15 sales phone calls.  I was getting ready to get on a flight from Las Vegas to Lake Tahoe and I thought, “I’m gonna make the boarding of the flight my deadline for those calls”.

So I grabbed my computer and my phone and started making the calls.  My rule for myself was a minimum of fifteen calls in an hour and a half.  I made calls relentlessly.  About 8 calls in I was in touch with someone that was extremely interested in what I was offering and agreed to give me a trial run for my services at $25k per year.  He gave me a verbal commitment.  I got off the phone, documented it, and kept making calls.  By boarding time, not only did I get the calls done, but I made $25,000 and had a backup offer from another guy.  BOOM!

Then, unfortunately, I let shit slide for the next few days.  Didn’t set a deadline for anything.  Didn’t achieve anything notable through EOD Thursday.  I actually started to get depressed about it.  So Friday, I made a plan to start and finish developing a new website for a buddy of mine.  He has a restaurant hood cleaning service in Las Vegas and needed a new website.  So, I said to myself, “Okay JR. Time to get shit done.  You’re going to create this site from scratch and have it 100% completed by Sunday.

I started working on http://lasvegashoodcleaning.com that night and went balls to the walls on Saturday.  By 8pm Saturday night, the site was completely built and I submitted it to Google for indexing.

Lesson learned.  Deadlines work.  I imagine that real deadlines work better, but with the right motivation, why couldn’t self imposed deadlines be just as effective?

 

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Warning to the GOP: If you do a ‘brokered convention’ it will be the end of the Republican Party.

The Republican Party has, for the past 7 years, allowed the deficit to explode to nearly $20 trillion, passed Obamacare, and helped to pass the Iranian Nuclear Treaty. In the 2014 midterms, Republicans begged America that if they would vote to create Republican majorities in both Congress and Senate, there would be a “Republican Revolution” to overthrow Obama’s draconian and failed policies. The sad reality is here we are in 2016, and still waiting for that “revolution” to materialize. Donald Trump is the first real, organic excitement in the Republican Party since Ronald Reagan in 1980.

But if the GOP forces a brokered convention in CLEAR violation of the will of the American people, I will call for open revolution against the Republican Party and become an Independent. And I will take as many people with me as possible.

Your move, GOP, choose wisely. The future of the Republican Party hangs in the balance.  Game on.

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Content Management for SEO

Did your WordPress site get un-indexed at Google? Here’s a fix

If you find that you’re website hase been un-indexed at Google, or de-indexed, as long as you have not been totally blocked because of an SEO issue, this might be the issue.

 

This is pretty amazing!  If you don’t block your archives from being indexed, it looks like the same content repeated many times.  And Google hates that!

So, if you have Yoast SEO on your website, follow the steps in the video so that you can clean it up.  If you don’t have Yoast SEO installed – you should do so, and then make the changes outlined in the video.

Thanks to the guys at Source Wave for pointing this out in their video.  It’s amazing how this can be biting us in the bottom regarding ranking at Google.

So, here’s the steps, just in case you have no desire to watch the video:

  • Go to taxonomies in Yoast SEO plugins.  Click on no-index under all the items listed there. This includes Categories, Tags, Format, etc.
  • Go to Archives and click on the settings for author archives and archives.

Pretty simple, right?  Give it a go.  I’m pretty sure it will help you to get re-indexed ad Google.

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Google search can be so strange – Appliance repair search

I sometimes think that Google thrives on driving people crazy.  I recently bought a domain qualityappliancerepairhouston.com because it had 200+ backlinks to it, a very low spam count against it.  So, I thought this would be a domain with very good authority.  So I went through the usual steps that you would take to get a site indexed in Google.  It’s been a solid week and Google has not indexed any of the pages.  So weird.

You would think that with 200+ sites having links to it – that Google would look at it and see the new pages.  I’m not sure what to do.  Maybe I will sell it to someone that wants a domain that would be really strong for an appliance repair company in Houston.

This is when I really start to doubt everything that I have learned about SEO.  Seriously.  If I can’t even get a simple appliance repair site to show up in the rankings at all – what good is even trying?  Can I push a site anymore? I hate to see all these guys out there that are selling information about how to do it and it appears to all be bullshit.

I’ve paid for SEO training – and I see so many guys touting that their methods work so well – but I see very similar stuff between all of them and most of it works just to a certain point.  To use appliance repair as an example,  If I look at all the data for appliance repair in Houston and the suburbs, I see that some really crappy sites that are not mobile responsive and have obvious keyword stuffing, actually rank really well.  But why?  Everything I read says that the big G will kick your ass for not being mobile responsive now.  But keyword stuffing?  That’s been a no-no for the last several years.  So how can an appliance repair website in a city the size of Houston still rank so well if they’re breaking all of the new search rules?

Maybe the big G has some algorithm that allows a stuffed site to rank when it has age behind it?  I don’t know.  But whatever it is – I think that it diminishes  the value of anything that the big SEO guys are pushing as their grand solution.

Quality Appliance Repair website
I’m pretty sure this dog’s name is Google!

 

 

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Harry Reid is not good for Nevada

Reid Teams up with Sandoval, Ralston to Fight Tax Repeal “Crazies”

Yesterday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid joined the attacks on Nevada citizens who are seeking to repeal the $1.4 billion tax hike passed by the 2015 Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Brian “America’s Worst Governor” Sandoval despite the fact that not one of them last year campaigned on such a tax hike and despite the fact that almost 80 percent of Nevada voters rejected the gross receipts tax component at the ballot box last November.

In an interview with Michelle Rindels of the Associated Press, Reid vowed to do “everything I can” to stop our tax repeal effort, declaring that “it would be a real disservice to our state if the crazies were able to prevail.”

“Crazies.”

Nice.

He sounds like liberal blogger Jon Ralston.

From the AP story…

“Sen. Harry Reid said he’s willing to do everything he can to help Gov. Brian Sandoval’s $1.1 billion tax package survive a potential challenge at the ballot, even though he’s not actively involved in the fight now.

“The Democratic U.S. Senate leader had high praise for the Republican governor during an interview Thursday in his Reno office.

“’Sandoval and I don’t agree on stuff, but we agree on a lot, and I think what he was able to do with that Legislature was masterful,’ Reid said. ‘I think it would be a real disservice to our state if the crazies were able to prevail.’

“While the tax package garnered more than the necessary two-thirds vote in the Republican controlled Legislature this spring, conservative opponents say it was adopted against the will of voters who overwhelmingly rejected the margins tax on the 2014 ballot.

“One group has filed a long-shot petition to repeal the entire three-part package, while another group is planning a campaign to repeal just one portion of it. Republican state Controller Ron Knecht, who’s involved in the latter effort, said organizers might file a petition as early as next week.”

Speaking of Knecht’s group, it has now officially filed their PAC (political action committee) with the Secretary of State. “RIP Commerce Tax, Inc.” lists the following officers…

Conservative Nevada State Controller Ron Knecht, president
Conservative Las Vegas City Councilman Bob Beers, secretary/treasurer
Conservative former Nevada State Assemblyman Ed Goedhart, vice president
Conservative activist/radio talk show host Theresa Catalani, vice president
Conservative Assemblywoman Victoria Seaman, vice president

I expect RIP Commerce Tax PAC will file its actual tax repeal referendum sometime next week.

So the rosters are set.

On one side there’s Sandoval, Reid, Ralston, a bunch of RINOs (Republicans in Name Only) and a harry reidhost of deep-pocketed special interests.

On the other side there’s our underfunded army of citizens, taxpayers and small business owners.

You know, “the people.”

Which side are you on?

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I’m moving my company from Nevada to Wyoming and here is why….

I’ve been a Nevada resident all my life.  I’m an entrepreneur and having my businesses based in Nevada has always been beneficial to me. Until now.

In the last legislative session, The Governor of the Great State of Nevada, Brian Sandoval, made a decision to push through new taxes and fees on companies in Nevada, or having their corporations based in Nevada.  His move to do this was through legislation that was precisely the same as a bill that had been turned down by the majority of voters in the State in the previous voting cycle.  So that is my ‘why’.

Now the ‘how’ and the great benefits that me and my little network of corporations and LLC’s are getting.  LOWER FEES and less government intrusion.  Yes, Wyoming is welcoming me with open arms!

I contacted Wyoming Discount Registered Agent and spoke at length about this with Polly.  Polly told me that they had suspected that this was going to happen and they set everything up so that they could help their Nevada clients realize the benefits of moving their corporations to Wyoming.  And they wanted to be the best professionals at making the transition inexpensive and painless.  For me, it cost less to move my companies than it would have cost in the increases that I would have had, leaving my companies in Nevada.

So, If you want to save money, or you just want to Let the Governor know what a mistake he made by going against the will of his constituents, you should look into making the move to Wyoming (for your corporations).

Happy Trails! (can somebody queue up the traveling music please?)

JR Fent

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