Thursday, January 30, 2014

Don't Resell a Lemon

This could also be titled how to pass on a lemon and create bad karma.

You hear it in coffee shops and at the water cooler at work, someone got a lemon and their so pleased when they sell it to someone else. The lemon is someone else’s problem. But is it really?

Selling a lemon is ethically wrong. Granted no one wants to bite that bullet paying a fair price for a vehicle that turns out to be nearly worthless but inevitably what happens is that if you’re passing bad vehicles on to others, it’s only a matter of time until you or your friends and family end up with one.

The right thing is to get the lemon off the road.

Here are some guidelines:

 I) If you sell a used vehicle, be completely honest with the buyer. 
 II) Tell them that you know it needs x, y, z repair and you’ve decided to sell it rather than fix it. 
 III) They may be into fixing the car then the transaction is a win-win in business and ethically.

When to just call the junk man:
1     It won’t start (and it’s not the starter that’s broken).
2     If your driveway is soaked with oil.
3     It needs more than $1,500 in work.
4     Or it goes from one repair to another for three months in a row.

Getting the junk car off the road benefits everyone.
1     Good will makes society a better place.
2     Good cars don’t stall on the highways creating traffic and accidents
3     Good ethic makes the economy grow strong.

On a personal note: a family member bought a lemon from a mechanic who said he had fixed everything and promised a 90 day warranty. When things started going wrong in 30 days he wanted thousands to fix it. Rather than pass the junk along, we took the loss and called the junk man.

Good Karma: We now have a reliable car

Bad Karma: The mechanic, we heard through the grapevine, is having multiple business and personal problems. 

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Handwriting Analysis

With handwriting analysis it is the writing, not the content, that is of interest. Dating back to the 17th century, handwriting has been used to psychoanalyze the writer of script. The first important analysis was done during the Italian Renaissance, followed by the 19th century German Gestalt theories. 

During the 19th century American elementary teachers were regular schooling in handwriting analysis to help them direct children into suitable professions. It was a requirement for professions in medicine, legal and business to have legible handwriting; the more elegant the higher one was expected to rise. It was believed that those of better ability and suited personality types would provide for a better society rather than allowing only those from families with the means to afford education to become leaders despite their deficits.

In depth analysis of particular people also revealed emotions. There are volumes on the writing styles of various leaders of the World War II era.

Era styles also lead revealing information about the mental and emotional state of society as a whole. The cursive style markedly changed to a rounded style in the late 20th century. It became common for groups of emotionally stunted adults to become teachers, accountants, directors, doctors and lawyers. The post-hippie mentality accepted primary/elementary educational style into the professional world.

New studies underway believe that the decline in society is documented in handwriting style as groups of non-cursive writing adults’ state that the skill is obsolete. While the cursive literate class find that cursive on paper is as good as encryption on a computer file.

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Thursday, January 16, 2014

Walking in Circles

Leadlight windows allowed light into homes without the spiritual opulence of stained glass. Homes and businesses required light without the inconvenience of a open hole in the wall. Windows were standard architectural necessities.

Standard design of the 15th through 17th centuries windows was diamond shaped. The classic cut was made at the glazier's shop. The glass was set into smaller frames for installation or for larger widows, the glass was installed on the premises.

By the 17th - 18th century, window installation had developed the sash window system which allowed for larger panes of glass to allow more light into the room. Sash windows became the standard by the end of the 18th century.

Rolled glass was easily identifiable by the waves it left in the window panes. The best panes had the fewest waves. Pane windows were a sign of success especially in the Wild West of the late 19th century.

20th Century machined glass panes took over the market. The smooth glass could be thinner with fewer flaws. Everyone wanted clear pane glass. As the process evolved huge panes of safety glass were available for a glass wall effect.

Glass makers today are on both ends of the spectrum. Factory production of dual and triple glazed windows with safety features and ecologically friendly temperature control, internal blinds and solar power fill new orders for contemporary architecture. Gass artists hand-craft and cut glass to fill leaded lights. They install the rolled and stained glass individually to create a classic window fulfilling the requirements of a traditional trade.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

9 things to do in 2014

Celebrating the new year with the traditions. Here's the list:

1) Make a list of things to do in 2014.

2) Watch fireworks.

3) Eat yummy stuff.

4) Play.

5) Smile.

6) Go places.

7) See things.

8) Read.

9) Write about it.

Saturday, January 4, 2014


Sure, I heard that it's rough in Mexico. I heard that Americans shouldn't go. I heard that the police are a bad as the criminals. I heard that I really should not go.

Many years, I listened and stayed on my side of the border.

But 2014 I've decided to change things. I got a wild hair and decided it was time to go. So, I went.

What I found was a fabulous beach, lovely people who helped me with my Spanish, bargains at the mercado and the police were very polite young men.

I absolutely love Mexico.