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  • Don't Mess With These Gals

    After lone-wolfing it my first semester of college and frequently wandering by myself, I decided to take a self-defense class. My brother told me I had the weakest punch of anyone he’d ever met in his life, and while I disagreed with this wholeheartedly, I figured some technical instruction couldn’t hurt. For the next eight Thursdays, I walked to the student center and listened closely as a...
  • 27 Going On 72

    I love Bingo and I’m not afraid to say it.  In fact, one highlight of my family’s annual beach vacation to Chincoteague, Va., is going to the town carnival at least three times to play Bingo. It’s a scene straight out of “The Andy Griffith Show”, with the town’s elderly volunteer fireman calling out the numbers and making inappropriate remarks whenever they get O-69. But the big thrill of the...
  • Six 2014 Resolutions for Work

    What we normally do...Its that time of year when we all reflect on our experiences of the last year and look forward to what may come. In this moment most of us take a hard look at ourselves and resolve to make a resolution to improve in one way or another in our personal lives. This is a great practice and helps each of us to aspire to be better in our future in our homes, with our families, and...
  • 3 Hidden Bottom-Line Boosters

    Hidden costs are inevitable in property management, and most communities’ maintenance shops and offices will be reduced at some point. Keeping a detailed, close eye on inventory will help some, but there are other ways to boost your bottom line.1. Consolidate contracts. By adopting the streamlined approach to national contract negotiations, companies can save thousands. The old-school way tells...

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