First question! Why do a few have so much or so many dollars, and seem to be so lucky?

First Answer: because they were smart, not “Lucky” enough to know these three things,

a) They did not know everything,

b) They Only knew what they already knew,

c) They needed to surround themselves with advisors and mentors with more knowledge, more experience, OR someone who could chart their trip to success and a great business for them!!

Obviously number three is the MOST CRITICAL factor in business development to make the business REALLY work, grow, and be successful for them. No offense by that statement, BUT understand that is the REAL DIFFERENCE between just being a “business”, and “running a real business”!

It’s the critical difference between being a “wannabe” and a “Successful Business Owner”. Sure you know how to “DO” what your business is about, and YOU may even be good at what you “DO”. BUT all that means is YOU know, and can do what your business needs to DO, but how do you leverage it, and replicate it a thousand, or ten thousand times more that just YOU DOING it?

Find a sincere, (keyword!), “TEAM”, who are willing to basically work for nothing, become your “brain trust” , and are working for basically the self satisfaction of r$ on their successes to you and your company, for a free lunch and a full day to spend with you perhaps twice or three times a year. They must be willing to listen to you and your “Key Staff”, CFO, Marketing manager, Advertising folks, and all the other key folks who will keep your firm “going” on a united path, and direction toward an achievable goal with benchmarks and adjustments that the “Company NEEDS” to accomplish to survive and grow!!

One of my best jobs was working for two Harvard Grads, and their third partner who was into design and Art for Album covers and sundry other Graphic Arts projects.

As I said they were both young Harvard students who, aside from the obvious Harvard aura and famed “B” school was producing some of the greatest entrepreneurial leaders of the 20th Century, which had yet to come at that time. Anyway, I digress, but they realized they needed expert advice to build a simple idea they had to fill a void , BUT did not want to “give away the store” for it! So they sat down and, while I’m sure it came from Harvard in it’s “PRIME DAYS”, decided to create an advisory panel of PROVEN local businesses that had succeeded, and ask their owners to be on their fledgling “Board of Directors/Advisors”. Rather than be the “ceremonial Director” on “famous name to assure bank loans” etc. They set up a pretty rigorous “Board”, while the President and Treasurer had COMPLETE control of the company, they met quarterly with their “Board” for an entire day. The dates were picked, the times agreed to , but it was a “non-negotiable” that a WHOLE DAY WAS MANDATORY. At first I thought it was “a little clever”, but previous experience had shown me that unless it was a really serious setup and was worth the “Directors time” it would fall apart of simply become a “whatever” concept.

But they were VERY serious! I spent a LOT of time following and studying the process and it’s results, but as the “Director of Administrative Services” or the “fix it and clean it all up and make it all hum like a well oiled machine” I was not privileged enough to be able to ask innocuous questions and their trust in me provided answers for me, that I could piece together myself to see what was happening!

It was a simple process, all calls for the President, the Treasurer and Controller (my direct boss) were to be held and there were no interruptions to happen during “the MEETINGS”! Lunch was a simple affair, sandwiches, soft drinks or water, that’s it! No Lobster, Prime Rib, or anything else,…..because the objective was chart the company and how it grows,….and create that surety to continued growth and profit. There was constant coffee, tea, bottled water and that was it! Really the model of what business meetings should be, disciplined, thorough, and all in an 8am -3pm period.

The President of the Company would discuss what they had done, based on what they had previously agreed to, then “postulate” on the next steps they should take and how and why. Then the Treasurer would go through all the numbers that had transpired and were projected in the next six or eight months, based on their cash flow, and the other needs and requirements. The President would then do a presentation on the “new things” they wanted to implement, or accomplish and the various processes that had to be implemented and their operational input and results to date, plus a six month outlook to their effect for the future operations. The Treasurer and ,my boss the VP of Finance, would then provide assessment on the costs and necessities required to make it all happen and well as the entire “risk assessments”,…..the other “Directors/Advisors would ask questions, get answers then provide their opinions and comments, as to the “path” presented for the next six months.

After a 30 minute “break” during which “one on one” time and the break would allow them to raise any questions or specific items they had in mind. They would all then get back together render their opinions to the President, the VP of Finance, and the Treasurer, and it would conclude with a path plotted, or understanding as to changes that needed to be made before proceeding,…..or a “hold Status” pending future discussions, or additional information being provided. And the Meeting Ended.

Here comes the “commercial” for me!

As Frank Sinatra once sang, “I’ve been a puppet, a poet…., a pawn and a king, …..I’ve been up and down, and over and out,…but I know one thing. Each time I fall the only thing,…is to get up and do it all over again! That’s life, that’s what all the people say,….”

In my 74 years and over 55 of being in various businesses I must say it worked phenomenally. Then the routine “execution” of all the plans and processes were subsequently integrated, adjusted, and made actionable.

That is what 95% of all the businesses I’ve ever been involved with NEED to do, but to do it you need a person to pull it all together and make sure all the cogs are working smoothly to insure it happens. It CANNOT be done on the strength of the players I’ve already discussed, ….there need to be an “Ombudsman” to insure it is being smoothly and effectively integrated and operating at all levels,…….guess who? MOI!!

I’ve filled all of those slots and owned several companies,…it’s all the same from the local Deli (I wonder if there are any left?) to General Electric. We just “lost” sight of the principles that make them work RIGHT!!

End of rant,…but my options are writing a blog (soon to be a podcast) or pushing carts in the super market parking lot until “the big one” gets me!


March 16, 2019

Posted by: guinness222 | March 11, 2019

Conversations at the Pub,…….

For the many years that I have Been a bartender at Fraternal Organizations, Weddings,Fund raisers, and at my own Country Western Club, and my Irish Pub, “The Emerald Rose”, I thought I’d heard it all,…..BUT I haven’t even scratched the surface when I chat with other fellow bartenders, or as is my hobby now in “in quasi retirement”, I never cease to be even more amazed. Just sitting at the bar with a “Pint o’ Guinness”, and my iPad!

So what about it? Well this past weekend my wife and I went to our local “Emerald Coast Theatre Company”, to see a limited engagement of a one woman play called ” Bad Dates”. To the summary, first it is OUTSTANDING, full of energy, action, AND the time flew by,….it hits all the buttons, for both men and women, and the “sassier” the actress the better the play. And I was still smiling after we got home, (and chuckling in my sleep), I”m sure.

The thought that struck me as we were walking to the car was, “Boy! Just like a confidential chat with the bartender’s and their patrons minds, (or lack thereof!) They see it all and they hear it all. You don’t have to write a word of fiction,…..just the real life observations of “the bartenders”. It is fact NOT fiction!!

The next day the concept was still rolling around in my head (kind of like a loose marble in the A/C ducts)! What if “IT WERE A ONE MAN SHOW TOO! Ooh-oh, I felt like an “evil” little thought invaded my head,……but a BIG smile broke out on my face, and the little voice in my head said “TRY IT!!”

FACT: as I am writing this idea, the two guys next to me, both construction workers are having a discussion with the bartender about the way their Fathers kept them on the straight and narrow, one guy made mention of a mistake he had made, and his Father wanted to discipline him so he would remember his mistake for a long time. So he put a 12″ piece of duct tape on his right arm, from the elbow down, and said “You think what you did was alright”, as the guy told him “I told him it was just a joke.”, and his Dad pulled the strip of Duct tape off his arm! It was when he was first beginning to grow hair on his forearm!! Everyone laughed at him, including himself. Lesson taught, Lesson earned,….FOREVER!!

I started thinking about the “staging” of the play. I wanted the Bartender to be the Primary actor , talking to the audience, but not disrupting the “customers” ( who are reduced to a “mumbling background” while the “Bartender” is speaking to the audience).

All it would take for staging is a typical bar lighting (but bright enough for the audience to see clearly) , and a “mike” on the bartender, that could be adjusted to an increased volume over the rest of the folks in the bar. When the bartender wanted to “talk to the audience” the floor behind the bar would raise the bartender up about 12″ to 18″ so he would be highly visible and a spotlight on him, and a diminished light level on the rest of the patrons and characters.

The play should focus on the bartender, his injected thoughts, his need to acquiesce to the patrons opinions and thought “preserve the peace, make drinks and manage the folks who have a tendency to get out of hand.

A whole act about handling the level of booze the patrons are consuming, the eccentricities of each, (since the Bartender has to know “how much” is enough for every one of the patrons,…..or the place gets “busted” for over serving, and the restaurant or bar as well as the bartender get fined or penalized for “over serving”.

A whole range of characters, stories and outcomes is a very fertile field upon which to “plant the seeds” of a great crop of “self written” variations to keep the play fresh and new for the audience.

Love to hear your comments,…..but I’ve already begun to write the first version of my play, called “Conversations at the Pub”!


March 11, 2019

Tom Corcoran a/k/a “Mr.Guinness”

Posted by: guinness222 | March 7, 2019

I love humor in politics!!

Last night my wife and I attended a meeting of the Walton County (FL) Republican Party. I joined several years ago but have a very difficult time of considering “local” politics nothing but a “yawner”, plus having followed them for DECADES in the New England area which we lived, (which included “Boston,Massachusetts”, the PHD of political shenanigans, and always memorable politicians. It’s the City which brought you “Tip” O’Neal, Speaker of the House, John F, Robert F, and Ted Kennedy, James Michael Curley (read the Biography which is a classic, entitled “The Last Hurrah”, Kevin White, former Mayor of Boston as well, and James Bulger, once President of the Massachusetts Senate and University of Massachusetts, as well as “Whitey” Bulger, the recently deceased head of the Apple Hill gang and murderer, as well as #1 on the FBI Most Wanted List for years!

But aside from Colorful characters, it was an education in how to buy a position, get a “favor”, and how to have everyone of your deceased relatives voting for decades to come! And where both the Apple Hillgang (Irish Mafia), and the infamous Raymond Patriaca, head of the Mafia Families and organization in New England was just as storied as Al Capone!

It took a lot of thinking and common sense to avoid the “easy money”, (and I firmly believe most of the time the only real “no-no” was drugs. It was relegated to the “blacks”, because of the danger of attention and notarization,….The way the gangster life should be, “insurance”, “local wagering”, making “book”, and running the “Numbers” (an interesting nickel, dime wagering scheme for housewives, tradesmen, and everybody! You had a dime you could bet “the Number”. Interestingly enough the mob figured aa way to publish the number in the daily papers with a slightly “suduko” way to find out if you won, and how much you won. Sounds “penny-ante” but it was simple, every butcher, corner store, cobbler and cleaners took the money, AND made the payouts, they took a cut from the collections as their “percentage” for doing it, and a “collector” would drop by and pick up the bet slips and the “cut” for the mob. It’s nickname was “The Nigger pool”, because they were the biggest betters, since they weren’t allowed at the track, or anywhere else where they could bet. “The numbers racket” still runs today, but it’s “small potatoes” compared to the rest of the “fund raising” schemes of the bad guys, and a “political hookup” was always helpful and could be arranged. Your Brother-in-law need a job, say the word and “make a donation”, POOF! A City career at $45-50 thousand a year AND benefits, and virtually impossible to be fired!

But I stray from last night. One of the reasons we went was that Ron Hart was the guest speaker, he has a syndicated column in 136 newspaper, write a lot of “tongue in cheek” and spicy comments etc. Look him up he’s well worth the read!

Politically he is a “Libertarian”, which is where I tend to lean anyhow. Libertarian is sort of a powerful “fringe” party that you never know exactly which way they are going, ie. Democratic, or Republican ,…..except it MUST be under the Strict interpretation of the United States Constitution and Bill of Rights, regardless. Both the Republican and Democratic Party tend “flex” the law to fit their ideology, as opposed to by the “Letter of the Law”. Check out Ron Paul Sr., as well as Ron Paul Jr. (currently a Senator in the Government from Kentucky.

But again I deviated. Libertarians are the “Wild Card” in most issues and love the position as it keeps their ideology alive. As a Rule they are VERY intelligent, “shoot straight”, and can be “spoilers” but in my humble opinion ” IMHO” for Facebook and Texting addicts, they are the only real THINKING folks we have, and can not be bought, coerced, or persuaded to go against their core beliefs.

But back to last night, Ron was there in jeans, plaid shirt and blue blazer in Sneakers. Now you understand what a Libertarian “looks like” (you walk the walk ad talk the talk,…..not “dress for success” and fitting in a “party mold”).

He spoke for about ten minutes, his notes in magic marker just scrawled on a bunch of white ruled paper, but it was not a “script”, just a few general comments. Then he called for questions,…..and everything he had to say had a little “hook” of humor in the comment of the answer. It was really like sitting in your living room with a few neighbors and a local neighbor having “cocktail” discussions.

And by the Way. Ron Lives here on the Emerald Coast as well, so as a “resident” here in on the “Emerald Coast” he really is a neighbor! Read More…

Posted by: guinness222 | March 4, 2019

Is the whole world going insane??? I’m seriously worried!

I’m living in a VERY bad movie!! All the sanity, purpose, and principles of the world are on a “whatever” basis!!

I feel, at 74 years young, that I am (as the Australians say “Stuffed”!) BUT WHY???

I am a believer in our Constitution, after volunteering for six years, OF MY LIFE, in our military, U.S, Navy to be specific, during the height of the Vietnam Nam War, Living within our laws, constitution, and the laws of the States we’ve chosen to live in since 1962, when I really became an “ADULT”. Growing up and trying to make good decisions, learning teamwork and being a “part” of something, learning to compete and lose, (humility, not participation trophies, are the things we need today!

But today it seems like nothing matters anymore, ….sure I was in the Navy for six years. I never questioned an order from a superior, or an officer, and for the most part followed the laws,except those relative to taxation, (which to me were flat ass wrong or usurious, specifically the payment thereof!! (Remember it was a “temporary” thing in 1913, to fund World War I,…..but strange about those “temporary” taxes, they are still there, gotten larger, far more complex than what the average man can comprehend,…..oh yeah! And GOD help you if you don’t file, or pay them! (Little known fact, it is not illegal NOT to pay your taxes, but it IS ILLEGAL not to FILE them!)

But I squared away with the “leeches” of the IRS in the early 2000’s and became a “good citizen”, (again) and depicted the fact but I still think it is still wrong and we are being continuously “raped and pillaged” by a “CAREER” cadre of true “un-Americans and leeches!! (So sue me!!)

Where did I learn my “responsibilities” for becoming an Adult? Three places, my parents, my schooling, and my time growing up and participating in “Team Activities!”

It was determined early on I was not an athlete, nor a future “professional”( ie. Doctor, Lawyer, or Financial Professional). I was always Robin Hood’s greatest fan and advocate. As I grew older it became apparent that it was a “them and us” environment, and the “overlords and Controllers” were indeed the enemy that would choke the life, spirit and every other aspect of our citizenry either out of them, and actually CHOKE them to death as well!!

I was just browsing the “web” and reading a New York Times article entitled, “Nursing Homes are closing across Rural America, Scattering residents!” It is the most depressing piece I’ve read in years!! Much like a “Rubic’s Cube”, …..only with NO possible solution!!

As I read on I found a reference to an article on Maine Nursing Homes,….well since I lived in Maine and New Hampshire for years, owned businesses there and was a supporter of it’s hard working older people! I NEVER REALIZED THE PROBLEM WAS that bad! Now I live here in the famed “American Elephant Burial Grounds” (FLORIDA) and I became very curious , so I followed the “tags” and got to the article.

That was even more depressing!! “Maine’s nursing homes have been fighting to survive since 2012!” Not depressed or scared yet, ….try this fact: Maine the oldest State in the Nation , is now home to 94 Nursing Homes, and Since 1995 the State has lost nearly 40 of them. !!!!! That’s 43% of the total! ALMOST HALF!!!

OK, now it’s really got my attention. Just looking at the fact that it’s Maine, let’s look at Maine for a minute. It is the first total “food basket” of our country, Vegetables, (Potatoes, but much more as well) Fishing, even to this day Cod, Haddock, Lobster, Clams, Scallops, not to mention all the fish like Tuna, and the people and conditions in which they did it!! (Watch the old 1937 Classic “Captains Courageous” with a young Spencer Tracy, or for you “young’uns”, “WICKED TUNA”.) Oh!, did I forget to mention all the vacation properties and “cottages” and the literally “HUNDREDS” of children’s Summer camps, and it’s rich History of American History, and suffering and sacrifice! (John Hancock actually had a warehouse in Kennebunkport where he had goods and managed them to maximize his advantage, collecting them and shipping them into Boston, when pricing was more favorable for him.)

Just the history alone justifies it as an “ageing” population, and the advancements that allowed these folks the ability to be the “edible” foundation of New England which allowed the early “Americans” to take on King George and the entire British Empire at their strongest to establish. Our own damn Country!

But let’s get back to reality. What’s next!

According to society it’s natural progression is “Euthanasia”! When WE can’t “afford” to take care of our own any more, ….(in spite of the facts that THEY were instrumental in developing that which allows us to BE older) , so the next step is to “help” them “Pass” when they meet certain “Criteria” adjudged to be “the reasonable length of life and usefulness”!!!!

I OBJECT,…..strongly and unequivocally!!!!

I am one of the “OLD FARTS”, you are deciding to render “PASSED“!! I’m not going to go on and verify or justify my existence to you, so relax!

What I am saying is consider this progression of “society” and tell me the outcome!!

In 1973 WE the PEOPLE allowed Wade vs Roe to stand in our Supreme Court as part of “The Law of the Land”. Since then over 54, 000, 000 abortions have been performed (legally), but to the accounting the illegal ones and the “extenuating circumstances” ,ie rape or anything else ( and recently we even allowed abortion up until the and INCLUDING the BIRTH of the baby!!) that could be “justified”,…that’s a bunch more!

Now as we stand, if we allow “euthanasia” to include “us” and to include LEGALLY those with mental deficiencies, those who are not the “blue eyed blond” prototypes that couples want, or what ever their desires want for genetic traits,…..well let’s also consider the other end of the spectrum! At what point do people start “losing their value to society”, and becoming “those needing to be allowed to “pass” quietly at what “your age, or someone, or some thing” decides, is the right “criteria allowing “US” to decide to let them cease to exist!

Is it the burden they pose, or the “medical” cost required to keep them alive, or simply an “expiration date” that has been reached?

So as a “Grandpa, a “Bamp”, or whatever I am called I am disgusted and DEMAND we return to our original roots, ….as GOD FEARING people!!

I don’t have any delusions that if I do not “pass away” in my sleep, it will be in the system….

Think about it, WHAT ABOUT YOU?


March 4, 2019

Tom Corcoran Age 74 !!


I have an OLD picture of myself at about three, possibly four years old, sitting on the third floor of my Grandmothers back porch in a Brick 3 story tenement in South Boston, 902 Broadway, to be precise. Funny how some things you never forget, even at 73 years old.

I’m sitting against the horizontal 2×4 used for the pickets, holding an old metal kids beach bucket, of the variety you take to the beach to build sand castles. Behind me you can see the backs of all the tenements behind us, and their old rope “clothesline’s”, filled with the wash of the day. The clothes will be put on that line with “clothes pins”and “blow-dry” in the breezes of the day in the warming sunshine, for a large part of the day. And then be replaced by more wet laundry from the washer, if you were lucky enough to have one, or “hand-wrung” from the big sink (“set-tub”) in the kitchen of our “triple decker”. There were no “laundry rooms”, nor “dryers around in the “Lace Curtain Irish” section” of “Southie” in those days.

It was called “lace curtain Irish” because it was primarily 90+% blue collar, working Irish immigrants section, just trying to become part of “The American Dream”. The Irish women knew how to “Tat”, which was the “art” of made lace. “Store bought” curtains were out of the realm of reality because they were too big a luxury, and too expensive, therefore the lace became the “material of choice” which was elegantly transformed into curtains. Since it was a “practical hobby” of generations and it was made to be a proud part of the entire new American/Irish culture. (Wonder how many women today can “Tat” lace, versus the “machines” that just crank it out like the old Shoe factories of New England used to make shoes, and fabric.

Oh, there were no “TV’s” or “Cable service” computers, internet, or “facebook” then either. So there was lots of time to reflect, just think, and read, if you knew how, even in those days at 3 or 4 years old living in the City, those were your options! We HAD to learn early, there was no ADD, no Ritlene, or “special ed” classes.

Today is Monday, here on “The Emerald Coast”, or the “Florida Panhandle”, or just plain “Destin area” , you’re choice, as I write this on my iPad, for my blog, at “” about 5am. The sun won’t be up for another hour, as I sit in the dining room of our 2000 square foot townhome, three bedrooms, a “loft area” of about 8’x16 foot, 2 car garage, living room, dining room, kitchen, laundry room and screened in back deck, overlooking a lagoon, about 30 feet wide that is a football field long and overflows into a big man made lake used for waterskiing and waterskiing training. Sound idyllic? Sure, the American dream you think, not a “cookie cutter” tract home, but a perfect, quiet place for my wife and I to retire to with our dear third cat , “Miss Kitty”,…….and wait to die!

But it is Florida, and there is just too much going on and too many species of wildlife to let a cat “go out” to play. We have regular Black Bear siteings in our little development, not to mention all the “feral” cats, coyotes, and other things. (The Bears know exactly when trash day is, how to open trash cans better than a lot of owners, and obviously scrounge up a morsel or two!)

We bought this place in 2000, after scrimping up a and borrowing $30,000 from my brother, which we haven’t yet been able to afford to payback, both my wife and I were working full time jobs, and additional part-time ones as well, and trying to meet the goal of just retiring here, when the time came.

The time has already come,….and going fast, and we haven’t been able to “achieve the goal” yet.

We have always been a determined couple, we’ve gone from renting a one-bedroom apartment on a four lane “Main Street” in Salem, Massachusetts after we got married, eventually moving to a small two bedroom apartment in Plymouth, Massachusetts (home of the Pilgrims of course, and a “rock” by the same name as the town.) Then we took the first “big Step” and bought a 150 year old Sea Captain’s house in Salem, Massachusetts. And we took the second floor apartment and had “renters” on the first floor. We worked our “tails” off for about five or so years, I had a full-time job, and went to Northshore Community College and after getting an Associates degree, moved on to Salem State College to major in History. I had always had part-time jobs as well. Working in the A&P Supermarket, or whatever I could find. Soon we went for “the Gold Ring” of a young couple with two children, our first single family home in neighboring Beverly, Massachusetts. My wife was working as well at at least one and in some cases two part time jobs, as we raised two beautiful kids, Shawn, now 50 years old, and Christine, now 49 years old. We swapped babysitting and work schedules as much as we could.

We found other couples our age, with kids the same ages as ours and hung out together. Next step was to try and secure “our futures” , One of our good friends was a UPS driver, (and he had to work damn hard for several years to even get the job!). Another friend in our new Beverly neighborhood was a “consultant” whose career just skyrocketing, his wife was a teacher of deaf children at a local school, or clinic. They eventually moved out of the neighborhood, on to international consulting, traveling all over the world. One summer his wife, mine and all the kids, (they had two as well) , went to Rochester, New York too visit her relatives while John, the consultant, and I stayed home for a week.

John had a major project to finish, getting published in a “Professional” technical publication, to move ahead in his career. His expertise was in Inventory management systems, and I worked for a large national retail chain who had just built a whole new building (six acres under the roof) and the longest “slick-rail” system of “racking” clothes at the time. (Kind of like the system at dry cleaners where they look at the ticket, push the button and the dry cleaning just goes round and round until your clean blazer, slacks, or dress comes around, but this one was in the neighborhood of ” 5 Miles” long! (We spent the evenings after work for the week sitting on my back deck drinking “Gennese Cream Ale” talking after work. So while the wives and kids were gone now we were writing a, now “classic” article on “how to select, hire, and direct a Consultant to design and manage a complete Inventory system”. I let him take all the credit for it,, and publish it under his name, because he was a friend who needed someone to “help out” with brainstorming, terms, and problem solving” as well as reviewing and help “authoring” the entire article. It worked GREAT, his career began taking off, and I was eventually the guy asked to all the Boston Red Sox games I could handle, including against the Yankees as his “other ticket” holder, when his success began to bear fruit!!

Anyhow I was itching to get into my own business, to make my mark, and try and expand life for my wife and family. We bought the house, a 3 bedroom, on a Cul de Sac in Beverly Farms in a kid friendly neighborhood, ( which we had put on a big addition, a huge deck, and an above ground pool, a family room, and a bunch of other “stuff”.) We bought the house originally for $32,000 in 1972, it was now 1982. I got a line, through one of my vendors who had a distribution company which sold First Aid supply’s and Safety equipment, he had learned that one of the other Distributors, who had the rights for Maine and New Hampshire, was in deep financial trouble and I asked him to see if he would entertain me buying his company out! A week later he called me at work and said that he would and would like to “chat”. We made connections via phone, after I sent the Franchiser my resume, and they made it clear they did NOT want to just “shut him down” as it would embarrass the company which was growing, ( like the proverbial weeds), but none of the “big boys” were interested in buying his distributor ship out, so by happen stance, I got the nod to try.

The Distributor we are talking about had three trucks, thought he was doing well enough and bought himself a brand new Lincoln Continental, and his lead Salesman a brand new Mustang convertible!! He didn’t have enough financial knowledge to know he was a month or two away from Bankruptcy! Not to lengthen this, but I negotiated and bought the entire company, inventory, receivables, fixed Assets, etc for $3,000 cash, (all I had, but I could bluff it for sure!) Closed his “office and warehouse” which cost him about $600 a month, rented a 3 three bedroom house with room to put the entire business in the basement, take in the every other week inventory deliveries, and allowed the sales/service staff to keep their vehicles at their home, which saved me money, and them time to come to the office to get their vehicle every day!

I went home and told the wife and kids we were moving to Southern Maine! Nobody was jumping up and down, but we still had to sell our house so I would have to commute to Maine, about 80 miles round trip, every day until we could sell the house, and make the move. Now I only had 30 days to pull it all together, and make it happen. My downside was easy, total embarrassment, and out $3,000! But I pulled it off!

We moved to Maine a month later after the first guy who wanted to look at the house, came in, didn’t even make a full tour of the house, never smiled, said a word, …nothing!!! Two hours later the Real Estate agent called me and said “He’ll take it.” I had left with him being a “”single guy, no family, engineering type, no way is he gonna buy our house!, ….Make me an offer!

So I asked the Real Estate Agent “what did he offer?” She replied “Twice your asking price!” I of course said “YES, YES, bring me a contract, any clauses in the offer” usually there is always the subject to bank approval, home inspection, etc. She said yes, and I remember thinking to myself “OK, here comes the hook!” “He will pay cash and wants to close on it by next Monday!” That’s it, I thought it was kind of strange right?

A week later we broom cleaned the house, the movers came, and we were gone.

It went very well, as the business prospered, I was able to grow it from 85th in the country to #6 in less than five years!! But that’s not the real point.

We wound up deciding to build a new house and I negotiate a deal with an old retired farmer for 2 acres of his pasture, off a dirt road for $7,000, paid at 7% simple interest, over 24 months!! After we finished paying it off on time, etc, I told my wife time to look to build, YOUR house, go looking for a design and builders. Okay?

It all worked out well, (again if I can figure out how to paste a picture in I will)

The American Dream come true, RIGHT? Sort of,…but life goes on, 7 years after we built the house I decided to move on and get another venture going. We had gone from $3,000 in sales a month in 1981 when I bought it, to just about $2,000,000 a year in 1990!

I give full credit for it all to God and my wife, maybe a little help from me as well.

I put the business up for sale in TWO parts, Maine Rights in one segment, New Hampshire Rights, in the second segment. My Attorney was high on it, giving me an “over the moon” that it would give us a future blanket to cover us. We had the business appraised, and it came back at a little under a million dollars per segment. So I put the New Hampshire segment on first asking, $1.1M, I made my Sales Manager who had been loyal and did a good job the offer to buy the New Hampshire segment first. He thought about it, for a day or two, came back and said “Ok, I’ll take it, let me call the bank.”

My attorney made out the Purchase and Sales agreement, and my partner handed me a check for the down payment and signed off on the deal and he then owned New Hampshire Distribution Rights, approved by the Corporate automatically because he had worked for me for almost 5 years as the Sales Manager and produced results!

The balance I allowed him to handle in monthly payments with a $100,000 final payment due in 5 years. Damn generous of me!

A Year later, I decided to put the Maine Distribution Rights, which I still controlled and ran, on the sales block. It took about a month of hemming and hawing and found a buyer in three months who agreed to a more complicated deal consisting of multiple notes over a five year period attached to his sales and each note paid over a 10 year period. This assured my wife and I with a guaranteed source of income over the next 15 years!! That increased each year! This guy was a graduate of The Wharton School of Business, with a major in Financing. How bad could that be!!

Answer: REALLY BAD FOR US!! About two years later, after being very reliable, and managing his business pretty well, (his daughter who had worked for me for about a year and was totally up to date on the Computer, paperwork “ebb and flow” of inventory, and payroll, and all the necessary office systems, his wife was also a full charge bookkeeper so I was pretty comfortable with what would ever happen,….

Oooops! No allowance for him having a fatal Stroke at the end of the second year. His wife just stopped paying us anything. I waited about six months before I even broached the subject at which time she told me that “She thought they overpaid originally, and was not going to pay another penny for it”. I gently reminded her that there was a final payment of $100, 000 and I would be glad to settle for that and forego the remaining monthly payments and was told “I said we aren’t paying you another penny!” (Kind of like negotiating with Nancy Pelosi!!) It was secured by a lien on the 40 acres they owned so it became a “pay me now or pay me later” deal,…..and I didn’t push her at all. About 5 years later her daughter called to tell me her mom moved to Florida and retired, and she and her husband had been given the land ,…but there was a lien in place, from me! I explained it all to her and she told me that I would have to take it up with her mother. I told her it had been over 12 years and I wanted to be paid.I told her to have her attorney call me. He did and told me they didn’t understand why the lien was there, I invited him to call my attorney, or make me an offer that I could take to sign off on the note! He called back in an hour and offered me half the $100, 000 to settle it out. I agreed he confirmed in writing, and I received my check for $50,000 in a week, THEN signed off on the lien, after the check was placed in my bank and collected.

I moved on, after I sold the business and developed a new concept. I’ll forgo the details, but we opened a Country Western “Dance Hall” on the first floor of a new multiple using a average bill of $5.00 per customer as the break even point. It was jammed for the first year, then the numbers showed the customers were spending an average of $1.50 per person and dancing their brains off on 1 cup of Coca-cola with a fruit salad in it, at my cost. My response,…a three dollar per head cover charge, they begrudgingly paid it and then changed from Coca-Cola to WATER!!!!. I warned then for months, and they counted the number of folks there and told me how “successful” it was and thought I was kidding!!

The buyer who bought the Maine portion the Maine of my previous company showed up one Friday night when it was really busy, and stuck a paper in my face and handed me a set of van keys, and said he was closing down and couldn’t pay me another payment or anything else, and all he had left was a five year old van with over 100,000 miles on it that he had title too!! There went our retirement cushion for the next fifteen years!! I closed up the Country Music club, and opened and Irish Pub in the smallest section of the space I rented, (over $15,000 Sq, Ft. on total space and less than 2,000 feet for the pub,…it was “quaint” aged and folks loved it, but even drinking them selves into oblivion, every night they couldn’t touch the overall cost of the rent I had to pay to keep the bill covered for the entire space, which was what we originally contracted for!!

That’s how we lost a total of almost $1.3 million, and were forced to declare both business and personal Bankruptcy!, We lost everything, our beautiful house, the ability to pay any more tuition for our last son for his senior year of high school, and then it was still not enough and they foreclosed on the mortgage and PRESTO!, we were homeless and stuck. God Bless one of my dart players who had rental properties and rented us a two bedroom townhouse for about $800 a month!

I played chauffeur to a guy who owned a cleaning company, but, who lost his license for a DUI, and it was a very good Cleaning company who we could not afford to pay for what we owed him for doing all cleaning in our “Pub”, and “Dance Club” for at least a year. He offered me a job chauffeuring him around when his license was taken for a year by the State, and another position as a “Cleaner” for him, which I took readily for the next six or eight months, working from 4 pm in the afternoon, through the entire night and until at least nine or 10 am the next morning driving him around as well as handling THREE commercial accounts and a six story building and it’s 12 tenants offices as well, over 20, 000 square feet of offices, 130 toilets and urinals, sinks and mirrors, and common area, all the door glass and lobbies, stairs and common areas! That was five days a week plus two weekend accounts, a factory and a four story retail store of Apple computers and accessories!! (I told you I was a worker, and believed in work is as a way to success)

So I know hard work, and “Paid my Dues”, plus the humiliations of a mortgage foreclosure, disruption of my entire family and ultimately eviction and foreclosure by the Sheriff!

We moved to Florida in 1996 and rented a small townhome and five years later, had enough to buy a brand new townhome that was bigger by the same developer in a new project he had going,…..and here we are now!

I worked selling computers, driving over 100 miles a day to and fro, living on a fold up camping cot at my Son’s house with him and his wife for a couple of months and then FINALLY after six months I was able to fly back up north, meet my wife , (who had moved in with a friend of ours whose husband had passed away a year prior. We jumped in her car, with the remainder of her clothes and headed for Florida.

Enough “Good ole adventures”, now today!!

I keep fighting the good battle with my wife, the kids are grown and all good for the most part, reputable citizens, except our youngest, who passed away in 2017 from Bacterial Meningitis , in Washington state leaving a wife and a 9 year old Grand-daughter and a 1 year old Grandson!!

All in all we are definitely a “hard working second generation of Irish immigrant family” doin’ the best we can in this great country. All immigrants don’t make it, but it takes blood, sweat and tears,……and by that I mean a lot of tears, sleepless nights, and fearlessly gambling on your ability to “make it happen”! When your whole family is at stake,…….you just DO IT!


March 1, 2019

Tom Corcoran

Posted by: guinness222 | February 27, 2019

……when did “batteries become HUMAN?????

“By lessening battery stress and monitoring battery health, doubling battery longevity is a reasonable expectation. Most phone batteries are rated at 500 charging cycles, but that can be increased to 1000. And battery life isn’t the only thing that can be improved. As a battery charges and recharges, it enlarges in size, gaining perhaps 10 percent in volume. Intelligent battery management can cut that swelling in half.”

Quoted from a tech -mail that had me rolling on the floor. The “implied” statement was that batteries have been exceeded by the demands we make on them!

After I finished laughing my butt off and quasi calmed down here’s a few thought from me, enjoy!

As a child virtually all toys had disclaimers on the package with the familiar note that “……Batteries not included!” OK so my parents clearly knew the situation. Said toy was useless unless it had batteries,….hence in today’s mindset, made the parents clearly liable in a class action suit if the child subsequently developed an inferiority complex or was evidenced with “damaging, or destructive behavior” or God forbid any violent act as a result of not being able to adequately “recreate” with the toy.

I’m sure the Ninth District Court of Appeals would find for the 7 year old child, through the “Twinkie” attorney, (and of course their “Pro Bono” staff )and at a minimum, order a lifetime ticket to Disneyland as well as all Park tickets without restriction, including meals and transportation!

Seriously is it MY responsible to “…lessen the stress” on a stupid battery,….and “…monitor the battery(s) health”! But the article says it’s “…a reasonable expectation.”

Furthermore it states that “….battery life isn’t the only thing that can be improved. As a battery charges and recharges, it enlarges in size, gaining perhaps 10% in volume.”

But just like the “batteries not included” warning , it adds, “intelligent battery management can cut that swelling in half!”

NOW to the interpretational factor! If the same article were on,…..let’s say sexual performance and equipment,….we maybe I could agree with it,…..but I don’t even know where to find a “”Battery Doctor”, now I could always ask my wife or a significant other to “monitor the battery health (and render an opinion ) on the “doubling battery longevity”to determine if it is in fact achieving it’s “reasonable expectation”!

Now every time you look at a battery in the future ask yourself, your wife, or “significant other” these questions;

1) if it’s too stressed how can I help it get back to the way it used to be ……

2) Can you “recharge it” enough to get it to to “enlarge in size, gaining perhaps 10% in volume”

HOWEVER BE CAREFUL as the article says, overcharging can occur, and will result in “intelligent battery management can cut the swelling in half!”

This should bring a smile to your face, and a laugh for the rest of your romantic life as well as your cell phone!!!

“The Battery Doctor”


February 27, 2019

Yesterday I celebrated my 74th birthday, and for the first time in my life I am “deathly” afraid as to whether my 75th (February 22, 2020) will ever occur, at least in the form I know it today!

The world today is the way it is,…..but my COUNTRY is just not, anymore!!!!

We used to have values, pride, and self esteem,…..but no more!

We used to be proud and respect and honor our country and it’s representative symbols, our flag, our pledge allegiance to it, and of course our elected officials, (which we of course could change at the next election if we found them inadequate to the task. BUT most importantly our PRIDE in THE PEOPLE of OUR COUNTRY!

But no more, it seems it is “NOT POLITICALLY RIGHT, NOT GLOBALLY RESPONSIBLE ENOUGH, NOT COMPASSIONATE enough, and more importantly we’re not a “part of the imaginary Global Village” we live in, as defined by ,…….OK, you tell me!!!!

I’ve been writing since I was 14 years old, ……am I any good? Who knows, BUT it is not only my CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT to write, ….but I’d do it anyway!! And if you try and stop me,…..well in the vernacular, “you best come “heavy”, as Uncle Junior in the Sopranos said. There is RIGHT, and there is WRONG, but we’ve lost that ability to discern that for ourselves and correct it!! Therefore we let the whimpering, non-productive parts of OUR COUNTRY tell us how bad we are as a “expletive” and a country,…That’s not my country, when our press decides who’s right or wrong and who we should vote for or not, AND HOW WE SHOULD THINK ABOUT EVERYTHING!!!

We are looking to “coronate”, not freely “ELECT “a leader. They want a leader for our country to hail their “equality for all and justice for everyone living! (Assuming that fetuses are not part of the “everyone” since the lie being told seems to be passing the threshold of if you say it often enough it becomes the accepted truth!!)

I see virtually no way we can avoid another CIVIL WAR as we currently stand! What has happened in 232+ years that created that kind of vitriol, and justification for stupidity? You and I don’t need to go over every grievance out there or any new and “imaginary” grievances which are replacing what flys in the face of common sense a concrete, real, and justified grievances. WE ARE HUMAN, WE ALL MAKE MISTAKES how about we work together on that,….not build and create more “crap” and reasons to be irrational and unable to come together?

When I say “CIVIL WAR”, I’m not talking about segregation and total prejudice ever, we’ve already crossed THAT bridge,…..or have we?

The Blacks in America gained freedom in 1864 with the declarations of Abraham Lincoln, it was further codified by the Civil Rights Act in 1965, and the truckloads of subsequent laws and regulations, not to mention the mandated elimination of the “subtle rules” and equal rights in education, at ALL levels on a more than equal footing of all applicants and candidates. We fostered and pushed for more government participation and urged “common consensus and sense” for the past 54 years!!

Now , there is a faction that has deemed “REPARATIONS” a “right”, and Socialism seems to be, THE solution, College Tuition should be free, healthcare should be free, a decided upon EVERYTHING, by the “collective”, and provided for by the government, or “anointed leader” of that government! to only is it stupid, but by which “yardstick” are you making that decision? Explain that to me please!

All I have is one question, “WHO’S GOING TO PAY FOR IT ALL??” The great country of RUSSIA tried it, and it has failed, virtually every other “third world” country has as well, and it still doesn’t work. We have provided TRILLIONS of American dollars since the dawn of the twentieth century, to virtually everyone who took the step to “the only RIGHT way to operate a country” ,…….and they have ALL failed. Today look at Venezuela, Cuba, and another place on earth!

First you tax the rich far more so they can be “equally responsible”, then you tax the business sector so they can be responsible, then you try and get aid from all the other great (?) socialist nations who are concerned for your plight ,…..and your back to square one where ALL the governments no longer work, leaders are gone, business people are gone, corporations are gone,……and your country is GONE!!!

At that point you are back to where we came from,…..TRIBES! And the only way they can survive is to rape, pillage and burn the land and natural resources, At some point a new born child will survive and grow to the point of concluding “WE CAN’T EXIST LIKE THIS, WE MUST SIT DOWN AND RESOLVE ALL THINGS SO ALL WILL SURVIVE!!

Boil it all down and we still have Fire, The Wheel, and Hunting and Farming!

Think about it,………what else is there!!


February 25,2019

Posted by: guinness222 | February 22, 2019

I enjoy music,……..BUT,…

How do I tell thee, let me count the ways,….I’ll just hit the top ones. If you agree, or have more, please let me know.

(CAVEAT: I love all kinds of music, but I’m sure to piss off a bunch of folks,… apologies,….but music, like women and fine wines, are a matter of taste, and timing!)

When I used to be in the nightclub and “Pub” business, and in the restaurant business, as well as being a successful businessman where my wife and I had open accounts at the best restaurants in the City, and were very supportive of the hard working owners, Chefs, wait folks and Bartenders, right down to the valet. Sounds like an “over-tipper”,….but we paid for services that were impeccably rendered,….and that is what TIPS are all about. (To Improve Professsional Service) Most of the above mentioned are extremely hard working people, wives, mothers, and skilled in their field and make relatively nothing, but the tips they get. Everybody should burn that little “tip guide” card in their wallet, or instead of moving the decimal point on your bill one place to the left, (10%) take one more step and DOUBLE it to 20%.

We all know money does not grow on trees, but I can tell you of instances I have watched, know the waitstaff well enough that they will tell me things like, “a twelve top” (twelve people at the table) and they leave a $6.00 tip on a bill of $325.00!

“Ok, shut up Tom, get to the point”, as my wife says,…..oh yeah, the music!

When I was in the business in the 80’s and 90’s background music was an important component. I allege that it is CRITICAL to the customer, client, diner, or anyone walking through the door to an establishment. It is also firmly attached to your menu, as the noisier and more raucous the music is, the more the client opinion is that it is tending to just being a “joint”. For example you go to a top seafood restaurant, the last thing you want to do is listen to Gladys Knight and the Pips, KISS!

Perhaps a “lower assault level” , would go better with your sautéed fresh Salmon with Beurre Blanc and a medley of fresh picked vegetables, particularly if you are charging $19.95 per plate!!

And I have to say, as a worker bee when I was younger and working in Boston proper, going out to lunch was where we went for “lunch”, on the cheap, and was an escape for 30 to 60 minutes, and would NEVER be a place to bring the wife or girl friend! LUNCH is not DINNER!!! And for most folks working in offices it is an escape where they want to have the little peace, quiet, and ‘down-time” before going “back to the grind for the rest of the day. (That’s why BARS do so well immediately after the closing time begins in the evening,…plus as a “quasi” or “professional” (ie. Banker, Attorney, Doctor, or business “wannabe”)

So why assault them? I’m not saying do “elevator music”, but a great deal of the “ambient” type music is perfect, not only do they fell more relaxed, but have “free” think time, not a chance to “sing-a-long” with Jimmy Buffet, The Rolling Stones, and a hundred more Night time club and dance joint places. Even after hours it is perfect to provide a “Frontal Lobotomy” from the past 8 hours of problems, situations, personnel problems and “Office Shit”!! (Sorry for the language, but I know whereof I speak!!)

Nothing is more exciting than sitting down to dinner at home and discussing bills, the need for more “take home” money, and new brakes on the Van to take the kids to Soccer, do the shopping and the OTHER side of your life.

If you live in a HEAVY tourist area, or God help you, a “Senior” or “Snowbird” area the music will serve to drive them away!! Yes Chicago, KISS, Grateful Dead, The Beach Boys, Jimmy Buffet, and that 60’s thru 80’s ilk, is the surest way to a) kill your lunch business, prevent your evening, “Dinner” business, AND categorize you as an OVERPRICED joint, or “BAR” if you serve alcoholic beverages, and angers the wife as you are “assumed”to be “out partying” not just having “lunch” or “waiting for the train, bus, car pool.

So what should be happening? My opinion, at lunch a “decompression chamber” to relax, re-think your afternoon work coming when you leave the Oasis, OR to think about your wife or significant other, and what they have put up with since you went to work this morning instead of helping feed the kids breakfast, walk the dog, talking nice to the cat, and kissing them good bye for the day! Lunch is your VALIUM to maintain sanity and the inevitable so you can go home at the end of the day , give her a kiss and say “Call Ginny to babysit and I’ll take you to dinner!

If you take her to one of those “previously great” background rock band places for dinner,….well trust me you are simply pouring gasoline on a smoldering fire. Even a champagne is not going to “chill” the fire,….but the background music WILL!!!

Anyway that’s my two cents worth, this is a very opinionated subject so please drop me a note by hitting the “comment” button below.

OH!! One last thought, I am reminded of the old expression which is so valid and really sums it all up ,……”Music soothes the savage beast!”.

You think AC/DC, the Grateful dead, the Beatles or The Rolling Stones will “Sooth the savage beast”?

Just saying!!


February 22, 2019

The simple answer the question deems an interpretation of the question posed.

Do YOU believe in God, his Son Jesus Christ, the “Holy Ghost”,…(Holy Spirit these days.)………The answer for me is a resounding YES!!!, I do!! You would have to be a total fool to say anything else! But I already PROUDLY, confessed to a FIRM, LIFELONG belief in GOD!

After that religion becomes Baskin-Robbins time , 28 Flavors,….which one do you want??

There are “rewards and penalties” to all of them, ……mostly created by MAN, and for man. One man’s “Holy Ghost”, is another man’s “Holy Spirit”, and another’s “Spirit”! (I know there are at least several heresy’s in that comment,….but, I was never shy!!

The “GOD” I know is more than just a “box checker”, a mere “score-keeper”, HE is a loving and caring God! WHY? You ask,….because he created all of us!!

But the better question posed is,……”What are WE?”, and more importantly “WHO do WE think we are?” It seems sometimes we are simply “coup”, (an old American Indian /French term for “souvenir’s ” of a courageous personal, win, or victory.)

But is that all we are in the scheme of life? A “coup” on the scoreboard of “souls”?

It causes me to re-think my own beliefs a lot. Not my belief in a GOD, or “THE” GOD per se, but the structures, and man made definitions of “THE” right religion.

I meditate twice a day, using Transcendental Meditation, and as the Catholic Philosopher Thomas Merton, once said, “What I wear is pants, what I do is live, and how I pray is breathe.” Makes a lot of sense to me!!

I use an electronic meditation timer, but not the final judge of when I start and when I stop, simply a “guideline” so I don’t “space out” or spend hours in a “trance-like” meditation mode, maybe later in life I will just “free-style” my meditations, but not right now.

Now it provides me the “discipline assist” to stay within a framework with the entire “outside” world in which I live as a human being,…..after all there are many times we’d all rather be somewhere else,… is NEVER easy.

Some folks are looking for a “GOD” who is an omnipotent being, others a “God” who is crutch, because all they know is here they are and in the end their going to die,….so “can you keep me from dying?”.

But who is GOD, ( or as a lot of folks today do is seek that GOD, primarily because of the lack of ANY knowledge of any real GOD”)? Let me explain briefly for you.

As I write this my Brother-in-law, who was a Roman Catholic “Alter Boy”, along with my little Brother, and assisted the Priest officiating at our wedding 53 years ago, is lying in a hospital, hooked up to a “ventilator”, and who suffered a heart attack during an”alcohol reduction flushing”, ” dry out”over a week and a half ago. Sadly he is almost in a vegetative state in less than five days!

In basic street terminology he is a “closet” drinker, who began to go “over the edge”. He had an episode of “atrial fibrillation” (where his heart just went crazy beating, much like holding the gas pedal to the floor of your car on a highway,…..the result is obviously going to be inevitable! ) . The common term for it is the “DT’s”, (Delirium Tremors). It ain’t a pretty sight, for anyone! When you totally withdraw a “user” from his method of “coping”, the body fights back, as hard as anything you’ve ever seen fighting back! It creates the “ultimate battle” where one party is demanding, but totally unable to reach a level of satisfaction. While the other party, (usually the relatives, friend and families) are scared to death of the “outcomes”.

In his case,….. he went totally over the edge, they had to restrain him, create an “alternative” nourishment system for him, (intravenously feeding and medicating him), and where it subsequently went to , “intubating” him which came his “lifeline” to the oxygen that he needed to live, because his lungs were fighting so hard the battle to breath was beginning to go the wrong way!

So there he lies as I write this, subsequent assessments indicated that there “appears” to be a degree of brain damage (ostensibly from the heart attack) and they are still trying to define the “level of impairment”. Today they advised his wife that it APPEARS a full recovery is not possible, and “palliative” care is imminent, and that means our inner worst fear of “warehousing” him in a nursing homes for the rest of their life.

Sometimes they soften the blow with the word, “Hospice”. I will admit I am more than a little ignorant of the “mechanics” of being in “hospice care”,….the one thing I know is that there is never an outcome other than “DEATH”, that I know of. The Doctors, the hospitals, and “everyone involved” has agreed it’s a “one way” service regardless of how long it takes.

I love my brother-in-law, but there is nothing I, or we CAN do at this point, the fact that we COULD have done things for him for a long time, it’s gone. Now all that we can do is pray for a miracle. Don’t tell me what we “shudder, coulda, or woulda” been able to do,……unless the “Patient” REALLY wants what you do,….it will never matter NOW!

If you simply “turn a blind eye”, or worst case “FORBID” the practice of drinking alcoholic beverages it never works. (I will do the research later for you another day,…but suffice it to say the success rate is practically worse than that of the Bubonic Plague of the smallpox that decimated the “new world” in the 1600-1700’s. It is really an illness that has been apparently for a long while. (But like everything else it was not really deemed a “disease” until the last century, and even then it was “understated”, people with the disease were deemed to be just “drunks”, alkies” or a lot of other derogatory terms. While you never really “die” of it, what it does is stress the other systems of your body until they simply “quit”!!

But back to GOD, HE’s still there, whoever or whatever you believe, but it’s not about YOU!! Get over it my friend!

God is a personal journey for each of us every day.

Just like you and millions of others, “I BELIEVE in GOD “, but as we both know, ….. it ain’t easy in this world today, the “folks” in it are “running amok”, they are educated sure, but also ignorant FOR sure!

“Having Faith” is more than just two words, it’s a “commitment to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, and an inner “belief” you must have in “THE GOD”!

Colloquially we simply say nothing, “life’s a bitch and then you die”, or I’m sorry!!

Be glad your still here and seriously, THINK about the entire scenario!

Thank you for reading this,…’s true!


February 19, 2019

Posted by: guinness222 | February 15, 2019

Want to know why the “construction” in this area is so shoddy?

Before every contractor on earth sues me,….there are some “good” contractors around,…..BUT, (and that’s the key to this column, the “why”!) , here is a copy of a local “recruiter ad” on the internet. Read it tell me what you think!

Code Enforcement Officer – TDC

Walton County, FL
Santa Rosa Beach, FL
$12.04 – $16.59 an hour

Job Description: Under the supervision of the Code Enforcement Manager; the Code Enforcement Officer for the Tourist Development Council (TDC), performs research, investigative, enforcement, and follow-up duties on violations of select Walton County Municipal Codes associated with the waterways, beaches, public beach accesses, and multi-use path of Walton County that are under the control/maintenance of the Walton County TDC. Job Responsibilities: 100.00% – The following statements describe the principal functions of this job and its scope of responsibility, but should not be considered an all-inclusive listing of work requirements. Individuals may perform other duties as assigned, including working in other functional areas to cover absences or relief, to equalize peak work periods or otherwise to balance the work load. 

~ Patrols the beach and related properties to ensure compliance with municipal codes, rules, regulations, guidelines, procedures, laws, statutes that regulate activities and behavior 

~ Gathers and records beach code enforcement activity data to central database. Investigates complaints submitted to Beach Code Enforcement Dept. Compiles case notes, pictures, and other records. Prepares case documentation for court cases 

~ Informs, negotiates and works with businesses (major resorts, individual beach activity operators, etc.), agencies (Florida State Park System, FDEP, DCA, etc.) and other county departments (Public Works, Planning, etc.) to assist in maintaining a successful beach activities program 

~ Assists other Public Safety agencies in regulating beach activities 

~ Assists in communicating with the public through presentations, speaking engagements, notices, etc. about the waterway and beach related municipal codes. 

~ Position serves as ambassador for the Beach Safety program and the South Walton Turtle Monitoring program 

~ Makes reports as necessary both orally and written to the TDC, BCC or their designee 

~ Operate a four-wheel drive vehicle/all-terrain vehicle on the beach in occasionally inclement weather 

~ Work flexible hours including holidays and weekends 

~ Adheres to work schedule and attendance requirements 

~ Performs other duties as necessary and may be required 
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Code Enforcement Officer – TDC – ~ Knowledge of Walton County beach related municipal codes 

~ Knowledge of equipment and facilities used in the Beach Code Enforcement program 

~ Knowledge of principles and practices of construction and maintenance of public buildings and facilities, real estate/planning/zoning community recreation needs and resources 

~ Ability to use computers and communication networks. Proficient in Microsoft Office software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access) 

~ Ability to make oral and written reports; maintain records, and distribute information in an orderly manner 

~ Ability to read a variety of records, reports, policies and procedures manuals, codes, professional journals, etc., in moderately complex technical terminology 

~ Ability to communicate with diverse groups of people 

~ Ability to establish and maintain effective, courteous working relationships with public officials, peers, other Divisions and departments as well as the general public 

~ Ability to possess the skills to build consensus among citizens and/or groups 

~ Ability to deal with confrontational situations with courtesy and a calm demeanor and perform under pressure when confronted with emergencies and frequent deadlines 

Qualifications, Training and Experience: REQUIRED:
~ One (1) year experience in code compliance or an enforcement related field 

~ Florida Association of Code Enforcement Officer Level 1 certification 


~ Ability to obtain Florida Association of Code Enforcement Officer Level 1 certification within one (1) year of permanent employment 

~ Valid driver”s license 

~ Prior experience with Beach Code Enforcement 
$12.04 – $16.59

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Guess what,….you can make more “flipping burgers”, or actually washing dishes!!!

So, if you drove to a Fast Food Drive-up for a burger or fries, how would you feel if the guy behind the window, with the silly paper hat was YOUR “Code Enforcement Officer” for your brand new “Vacation home” on the Emerald Coast” that you are paying $2.359,000.00?

Perhaps not today, but three years from now when the stucco, begins to “delaminates”, or when a routine inspection of your property shows you have sucked up almost half the water in the “Gulf of Mexico” because your walls are so porous or your home has three or four “heat pump” units and it’s still hotter than Hades and your thermostat ids hemorrhaging because it is simply not strong enough, and a simple test with an ultra-red detector, (FLIR) camera says your walls are located with water moisture because the insulation is inferior,throughout the entire house!!!!

For $12.45 an hour the Building Inspector gets paid,…..don’t be surprised!!

I rest my case!!!

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