January 2015

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Finding great apartments seems like a slim chance these days. After the housing market crashed and burn we saw many Americans choosing apartment life over the choice of re-financing their homes, buying new ones or worse: those who had been forced from their homes completely. It’s a seriously sad state of affairs for many people. Despite the marketing showing signs once more of becoming a healthy investment, I still don’t feel safe buying a home so instead I found a really great apartment at the Hernon Walk Apts. It’s not what I would normally go for but it’s a place I can see myself calling home for a time.

That more than anything is no doubt a difficult task; finding a place that we can call home. It’s amazing when you can finally find that one place that makes you feel like you’re actually at home. Growing up for me was difficult because I never had anything like that. My family was constantly on the move thanks to my father being in the military. I may have been granted experiences that many kids my age may have wished they ahd themselves but for the most part I only wished that I had more stability at home.

Stability would have been wonderful. I did poorly in school because of a lack of it. I just never felt comfortable wherever we were and it made me not want to do any kind of work. Now as an adult I often feel the same lack of desire to want to finish any of my work if I’m currently in a place that has little to no sort of stability; not that I don’t do my work now! Whenever I’m out of town for work it’s the strongest. Luckily they don’t send me out as often as they used to.

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Before I moved into my new house, I knew that I wanted to have a security system installed. Even though the real estate agent assured me that we were living in a very safe suburb of Dallas, I knew that there is no place immune from crime. I did a search for Dallas ADT so I could get more information about the company I kept hearing good things about, and I was able to get better informed so I could make the right choice on what I wanted. I knew that I was going to get ADT, but I was not sure which package I was going to get.

They have several different ones, ranging from the Essentials all the way up to Premium Protection. The nice thing about the five different packages that they have is that the price is not that different. Because of that, it just made sense for me to go with the Premium Protection plan that has the ADT Pulse. I got all of the basics that the other plans receive, such as the keypad and fobs, the monitoring, and yard signs and window decal to let others know that my house has an ADT security system.

I did get other things though that the other plans do not have, including the ability to arm or disarm the system remotely and having access to it through either an Internet connection from anywhere or from my own cell phone. I also get notified through email or texts, and I can even get an event history too. To pay just a bit more for these valuable extras made sense to me, and I am glad that I went with their best package. It is so much more liberating, having the freedom to change my system settings anywhere I am.

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I need to find the answers to a couple of questions before I proceed, but I have been looking at this piece of lake front property and thinking about how practical it would be to build a little house there. Of course it is about an hour away from where I live now and it is about forty five minutes away from the plant where I am one of the shop foremen. I need to figure out the details of the local area’s high speed internet availability. I could probably do well enough with no internet for the weekend, but that is not going to fly for the rest of the family. My wife has a job where they have a total fit if you go half an hour with no internet connecting you to the home office. The same thing is true of cell phone service. I already know that is not very good here. I see cell phone towers, but none of them are very useful for the cell phone provider that we have.

I figure that I can get around that stuff by putting in a mobile hot spot of my own. At least what I understand about it that should be able to fix the problem. The cell phone company claims that I should be able to get a signal. We drive around with the passenger looking at the strength of the signal on one or two phones. It seems as though you can pick up a faint signal here and there, a strong one in a couple of places. It is very odd to me, but then I do not know where the tower is that we are using and so I might be going in and out of the line of sight of it.

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I started my business nearly ten years ago with my wife. We have worked very hard, and we have grown from a two person operation into one that requires at least 30 people year round and around 100 during seasonal times. My wife was handling the payroll until she was diagnosed with cancer. No one else really knew how to do it, so we decided to outsource it rather than waste time trying to train someone in my wife’s methods. I did an online search to start comparing companies, and that is how we came to use Paychex Payroll for all of our payroll needs.

I was impressed from their website, so I knew that they really care about their clients. Otherwise, they would not have put forth so much attention to detail on their site, which is the first point of contact for nearly everyone wanting to use them. I also liked everything that I read, but it was not really up to me. That is my wife’s department, and she told me that she was feeling well enough to talk with them to make sure they were a right fit for what we have worked so hard to achieve.

She really liked everything she saw and heard from them, so we decided to use them on a trial basis. From the moment we hired them, there were no issues whatsoever. They handled our payroll needs in a professional and timely manner, and we have been satisfied with them ever since. My wife is over the hardest part of her treatment, and I asked her if she wanted to resume her duties. She is so satisfied with how Paychex is handling the payroll though that she told me they can continue to do it, even after her health is completely back to normal!