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  • Off The Deep End

    My grandparents’ above-ground pool was approximately the temperature of an ice bath. My cousins and I always had a blast once our internal organs had properly shut down and we were fully numb, but it was the getting in the water in the first place that posed the real challenge. Even at a young age, I knew I had to create some sort of game to take the plunge. I thought long and hard about it,...
  • Another One Bites the Dust

    It’s nearly impossible to kill a cactus. They’re like the chill, Southern California dude of the plant world. It’s hard to get them riled up. And yet the cactus in my office was clinging to life but a few weeks ago, deprived of water for so long that pieces of it began giving up and just breaking off.  This does not bode well for my future children, not to mention my wallet. Fortunately, not all...
  • It's Not About Being Right or Wrong

    Recently I’ve been noticing a larger than normal amount of questions in class regarding teamwork. Specifically about how the two main teams, the office and maintenance teams, on our properties function together. These questions are originating from maintenance technicians frustrated with the office staff, as well as leasing professionals frustrated with the maintenance staff. The solution I have...
  • Oh Come, All Ye Grillers

    In sixth grade, my Catholic mother decided to spice up the Christmas season with an Advent wreath. For those of you who are unfamiliar, it’s a tradition that symbolizes the passage of the four weeks of Advent leading up to Christmas, with an additional candle lit each Sunday of the season. And yes, I did just pull that explanation from Wikipedia. Admittedly, I was most intrigued by the color of...

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