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  • Bacon, Wine and Life-Long Residents

    I’ve been to a million (OK, four) pool parties at my apartment community. Sure, I got some free hot dogs and a cup of lemonade, but after several summers of the same old, I have no desire to reunite with Oscar Mayer.  It’s hard to come up with new, affordable resident events, but according to July 10’s Webinar Wednesday, “Reinvent the Resident Event,” doing so is necessary to attract and retain...
  • Text Your Colleagues—Just Don't Date Them

    When it comes to interacting with coworkers, there are certain things you just shouldn’t do.  1. Date them. For every story you hear about a couple meeting at work and falling madly in love, there are 10 stories of people who met at work, and then broke up, and then had to see each other every single day for eight hours. Most people don’t want to see their current boyfriend or girlfriend for such...
  • Maintenance Mania Surpasses Miss Universe

    Channeling my mother, I climbed to the top of the bleachers before the 7th annual Maintenance Mania National Championship—held during the 2013 NAA Education Conference & Exposition in San Diego—to ensure some sort of back rest. I’m 26 years old—I need the spinal support. Settling into my seat, I admired the costumes, t-shirts and party hats many of the audience members were wearing in support...
  • Stay Classy, NAA

    When I woke up yesterday morning, my head full of "Anchorman" quotes and my purse full of complimentary dinner mints, I was excited to get our first full conference day underway. As an Education Conference & Exposition vet (it's my fourth year, so I know people), I've heard a lot of great speakers, attended many informative education sessions and eaten my body weight in potstickers at various...

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