January 16, 12 New product... Blue Skin. When we stopped in at the CRD Building Inspection Office in Victoria today, James Robertson taught us about a new product that we must put around the base of the rough opening of the window. It is a very soft and flexible peel and stick that goes onto the building paper after one sprays it with a primer that ensures good bonding.
January 19, 12 When painting with lacquer you cannot pour fresh lacquer into yesterdays paint tray, unless it has been washed clean with lacquer thinner. Fresh lacquer will soften yesterdays lacquer film on the tray and globs of lacquer will come up on your brush and roller… and it will not flow out level like the new lacquer does. Lesson learned the hard way.
January 20, 12 Today I learned that I need to clean up my workspace. Lesson One of my new Trading Program includes not only having the right computer with two monitors, high speed internet and a printer… but also a good workspace, a comfortable chair and a tidy desk. So, I have made a commitment today to get my office totally cleaned up and free of any clutter. Wish me good luck. I will have to be ruthless and just throw out most of the stuff I have been telling myself is important. Much of the stuff I put into files never gets looked at again anyway… so it might as well have been thrown out in the first place.
January 21, 12 What is the difference between a PROBLEM and a PREDICAMENT? A problem is something that has a solution… it is fixable. A predicament on the other hand is a dilemma and is not fixable. Chris Martenson Presentation
January 22, 12 Albert Bartlett, an academic, explains Exponential Growth. The Law of 70: At 7% growth it takes 10 years to double. At 10% interest it takes 7 years for money to double. Starting with just “1” in a generic graphic, if one doubles every year in ten years it is over 1000… the power of doubling.
Explanation of Exponential Growth
January 23, 12 If the word FOCUS was an acronym it would stand for Follow One Course Until Successful.
January 24, 12 “All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” -Walt Disney
Quite by luck when we boarded the ferry to Victoria this morning Chris Watson, the CRD Building Inspector was also boarding the ferry to go home to Pender, where he lives. He was the first inspector I showed my model to when he came over last April for an initial assessment of what I needed to do to get started on this project.
So I went over to Chris and asked him if he could spare a few minutes to look at some window details that I had in my truck. I had planned to take a small window and several sample wood trims to see James Robertson at the Victoria office this afternoon. After showing Chris what I thought James was looking for since my visit with him last week, I pulled out my design of how I really wanted to do it. There was a couple of ways to trim the exterior of the window frame with the same pieces. He looked at my idea and thought it could pass… but asked me to install one window with my preferred method and he would stop up take a look next Tuesday when he comes back to Mayne Island. He gave me his thoughts on how to improve it with things to watch out for… so I am hopeful that my original dream can be modified in a way to pass inspection. What I wanted to do was commonly done for years… but after the “Leaky Condo” problems here in BC, the Building Code went thru some serious changes and he just didn’t want me do all 36 windows wrong.
January 29, 12 “A Smile as Big as the Moon” is a Hallmark movie about a special education teacher, (John Corbett) his class and their journey through to the space camp. Just released for TV on January 29, 2012 this movie is an inspiration in how to bring out the best in children. In spite of being tired not only stayed awake for the whole thing, there were places I couldn’t hold back the tears. No trailer yet… http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2100380/
January 26, 12 I viewed a most impressive photo story on the Kintyre Trail in Scotland. The photos were just magnificent… and the country-side was quite spectacular. When I showed Shirley she immediately wanted to travel there and do the 87-mile hiking trail. It is a 7-8 day walk… not at all rugged, so us old fogies should be able to handle it. http://www.slideshare.net/sergeverbruggen/de-kintyre-scotland
It is fun to learn about neat places… and especially neat hiking or walking events with outstanding photo opportunities.
January 27, 12 Shirley called me to see a YouTube video on her computer… Michael Smith doing Psalm 139 by memory. Totally awesome! What an inspiration. One can do a lot worse than memorize large portions of scripture. Check this out at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mcXGq3IeImw
January 28, 12 Shirley keeps offering me to swap offices with her. My coach suggests giving considerations to Feng Shui… and not to sit with your back to the door… your money will go right out the door. I’ve seen Shirley sitting in my office trying to figure out to rearrange the furniture but it is really difficult to do with the shape of the room… a wall of windows and two doors.