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  • There’s No Place Like Home

    By day, I write about ancillary revenue opportunities. By night, I ask for cheaper rent. It’s all a bit confusing. But so, too, is the concept of resident friendly ancillary revenue. And according to Steve Lefkovits, Joshua Tree Conference Group Principal, learning to leverage ancillary revenue without incurring resident ire is key to any successful revenue management program. “Incredible rent...
  • The Truth Is

    For the past year my 14-year-old cousins have been doing this thing on Facebook where they write on a friend’s wall ‘The truth is…’ and then complete the sentence. The truth is…I think you’re really cute. The truth is…you’re good at the clarinet. The truth is…you’re the second hottest person in class (this was legitimately said). You get the picture. Except that I didn’t. And still don’t, really...
  • What Has Two Thumbs, Neither of Which Are Green?

    I bought a bonsai tree last winter for my office. Two weeks later, all that remained were the branches. Today, it holds a lone Christmas ornament that I’ve decided to display year-round. I don’t have what you would call a ‘green thumb.’ My inability to care for plants and trees is especially upsetting to my father, who, when he isn’t molding young minds as a middle school English teacher, spends...
  • 7 Ways You Can Avoid Getting Trampled

    I refuse to participate in Black Friday. (They already have Halloween candy out in stores, so I'm allowed to talk about November.) For starters, I have no interest in being trampled to death outside of a Walmart. That plasma TV is swell and all, but I’d sooner keep my extremities intact.  I also have very little patience for shoppers with very little patience. Additionally, I will never...

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