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  • Would You Like Fries (and a Trash Can) With That?

    Several years ago my Mom and I were each enjoying a McDonalds ice cream cone from the comfort of our Windstar mini-van when a car full of teenage boys pulled up next to us in the parking lot. A few moments later, the guy in the passenger seat rolled down his window and threw an empty cheeseburger container on the ground. “Excuse me,” Mom immediately said, pointing to the ground, “but I think...
  • Resident Safety: A Common Sense Approach

    Security is a tough discussion topic. Everyone wants it, yet no one can guarantee it. Most lease agreements make that clear. But as you well know, resident safety is not completely out of your realm of responsibility. So let’s take a common-sense look at some of the legal, ethical and business aspects. LegalIf bad things happen on your property, your security efforts may come under close...
  • What's Your Rental Experience Like?

    Like a lot of other nerds, I watched the release of the new Microsoft Surface tablet with much interest. Being touted as an iPad killer, there was much hype behind Microsoft's reimagining of the tablet experience. The problem, of course, turned out to be Microsoft's failure in managing that experience correctly. The reviews haven't been good. Microsoft, it turns out, spent a ton of time making...
  • Honey Boo Boo Child Goes Broke In England

    England and the United States, in the scheme of all things international, don’t appear to be that different from one another. We all speak English, after all. And yet, upon arriving in Bath during my junior year of college to study abroad for the semester, it was obvious I was outside of my cultural comfort zone. Consider, for example, the first time I ate at a British McDonalds and went to...

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