A new focus-Day 135
The start of 2011 marked a new transition in my life. To the average outsider it could appear somewhat chaotic. However, to me it has been a journey unlike anything I have ever embarked upon before. The work I am actually doing is not what is important. The experiences and chances I have had to gain perspective have been limitless. Today Sunday May 15th marks the 135th of 2011. In a short time...
Nobody works harder at learning than a curious kid– Thomas L. Friedman The World Is Flat
A human being is part of the whole, called by us the "Universe," a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest - a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to...
Rogue Mystery Shoppers | IntelliShop →
Verizon Trade In →
A great way to make some money from an old phone. It is through Verizon and they send you gift cards in exchange. The best part is that they pay for shipping.
Consumer Reports Home & Garden Blog: Builders'... →
Strangely Beautiful Map Shows Territory Controlled... →
New Jack In The Box Order Kiosk Removes Final... →
Personally I think the kiosk is out of date as well. Someone needs to create an app for food ordering and then deploy it across all chains.
Amid Downturn, Sunbelt Gains College Grads -... →
Great story showing in graphic detail which areas of our country continue there decline. But for the most part it is no surprise. I do find it interesting the massive jump in education level that Austin experiences.
Where Have All the Process Owners Gone? - Brad... →
kateoplis: MSNBC talks to Rep. Gabrielle Gifford about the death threats, vandalism and harassments. Aired 3/25/10. “Sarah Palin has the crosshairs of a gun sight over our district and when people do that, they’ve gotta realize there are consequences to that action.”
A little Europe in the burbs
Sometime in your lifetime you may have heard the expression a castle in the suburbs. Or some derivate referring to a house that was overbuilt or upgraded without being surrounded by a neighborhood with high home values to support it. This little story blew the top off of any previous example. Never did I imagine someone would actually build a real castle….until now. Welcome to...
Cheers to the Teens; Welcome to 2011!
Somehow together we made it through another post recession year. But to many 2010 marked a scary turning point in the realization that while the economy is no longer in a recessionary period the world they once knew is never coming back. For my generation especially this will be a hard lesson to learn. You see we came of age in a time with a great amount of credit that fueled everything from the...
December 31st 2010 Tales from the adventures of...
I guess we all have them our simple end of the year posts. What was 2010? For me it was a year of new starts and a year of rough crashes. The year started out on a bitterly cold night at Disneyland. It was one of my last nights as a college program cast member at the Disneyland resort. I would go on to work an additional month as a normal cast member. Sadly the month of January was one of the...
When my brothers play video games with their...
The Associated Press: Disney town sees death for... →
What happens when master planning goes horribly wrong. Poor poor Celebration.
Tax dollars siphoned as credits go unchecked →
This is a great article which goes into many of the different fraudulent issues that are occurring in Maricopa County especially concerning real estate investors.
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Fannie, Freddie Recommend Foreclosed-Property... →
And the never ending game of musical chairs begins once again.
An Arizonan's Nightmare Journey Through Citi's... →
Why on earth someone would spend over 146 hours trying to deal with a financial conglomeration such as Citi is beyond me.
Tempe family in home since 1800s being evicted →
This is a great story if you are interested in land rights and property tittle issues. If you have ever wandered around historic Tempe you have most likely noticed the historic area next to the Tempe train Depot. The depot itself has been semi preserved over the years and now has a tacky Mexican restaurant inside of it (Macayo’s Depot Cantina Restaurant) but at least it is better than the...
Once-contaminated land is serving as the... →
Interesting history behind Brown field aka Super Fund development in the United States. It also includes a section on the History of Tempe Marketplace and how Vestar acquired it.
Java landmark shuttered →
While this article is from last year it does give several direction points towards the future. DMB associates was the facilitator of problems on Mill. They largely catered to chain stores which was a reason so much of Mill early in this decade was no longer unique.
Lending for Some Restaurant Operators Still... →
Another article highlighting how the big four banks are keeping funding from the people who need it most.
For Sale - Two for One House Deal - CNBC →
I link to this simply to show the continued poor housing choices some people make. No comment.
Mortgage Lenders Meet Resistance in Courts -... →
Imagine that you had to go to court. Perhaps you are fighting a parking ticket or filing some sort of dispute. Now imagine that you submitted paperwork with forged or false signatures. Would you consider that morally wrong, or perhaps even illegal? Now if the court found out that you lied. This is in essence what has happened to the banks and the mortgage servicing companies. They lied directly to...
Yahoo! Personal Finance: Calculators,Money... →
A scary prediction for the future of the world. Or perhaps just a warning. Just ask yourself one question, what happens if China refuses to buy more bonds? We collapse.
The pros and cons of a foreclosure moratorium |... →
Foreclosure Fraud For Dummies, 1: The Chains and... →
This blog post has a fantastic overview of the foreclosure crisis. Moreover it goes into depth explaining what happened. Many people have no idea that their mortgage originator (Ie BOA) does not actually own the mortgage. They simply service the document to the homeowner. The following graphic is an excellent representation. However, do remember that states like AZ and CA are no judicial as...
Foreclosure Crisis Provides Opportunity for... →
An interesting look into bankruptcy reform coming up into the housing crisis.
U.S. home prices expected to slide another 8% -... →
It started last Monday with Wells Fargo expecting that home prices would fall an additional 5% to 8% over the next year. Now the Case-Shiller index is coming out with its own gloomy predictions. Rock bottom still looks so far away.
Valley freeway projects shelved →
This article and several others recently written by the Arizona Republic highlight how the West Valley of Maricopa County has been significantly left out of freeway build out. Over 20 years ago residents of Avondale helped mass the original freeway plan that many of us take for granted today. In many ways it helped fuel the rapid growth and build out of Chandler, East Mesa, and Gilbert. As a...