APTly Spoken Blog

  • When Mama Isn't Happy...

    Mother Nature is a heartless woman. She doesn’t take our plans into account, or even think about how much we still have on our property to-do lists before she unleashes chaos onto our schedules. Over the past few years there have been several times I’ve been at her mercy and I have decided that she must be obeyed.  Last year my town was hit with the first snow storm in a long time to occur during...
  • 5 Tips for a Smooth Make-Ready

    Apartment make-ready maintenance requires some planning and thought. The tasks required generally differ slightly from property to property, and there can be issues between team members when everyone is not on the same page (or even reading from different books.)  Here are some tips that can be used to ease the make-ready process: Have a clear organizational system. All people involved in the...
  • The Audience Is Watching

    “Sir, I need to ask you to take the conversation outside...” The audience applauds...and...End scene.That was the end of a show that I didn’t realize I had purchased tickets for when I picked the restaurant. While eating dinner recently, a businessman who had been on the phone for a while suddenly got louder and louder. Over the course of a minute or so, he berated the person on the other end of...
  • Summer Is The Time for Grillin’!

    I am a huge fan of fire, in its respected place. I love putting various food items over fire regularly and with malice. Beef, pork or fowl (and even fruits or vegetables!) are likely to find their way between my tongs over the wonderful aroma of burning charcoal or propane. Lately I’m experimenting with the various kinds of wood chips to produce different flavors on whatever is over the fire. To...

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