Monday, January 31, 2011

Weekly Fun Facts

Now that I am feeling much more human, we are back on schedule for our weekly fun facts. As we have had in the past, these are fun facts gathered all over the place so that once you have them, you can amaze your friends with your depth and breadth of useless trivia. Hopefully some of these fun facts will cause you to stop and think, and then grin to yourself. Enjoy:

For all of you who may use Colgate toothpaste, did you know that they faced a huge marketing obstacle while trying to sell their toothpaste brand in Spanish speaking countries? Colgate translates into the command, "go hang yourself". There are probably some children out there, when asked to brush their teeth, would probably hang themselves rather than brush their teeth...

Did you know that large kangaroos cover ore than 30 feet with each jump? Remind me not to aggravate a large kangaroo, I most likely can't run as fast as they can jump...and I do know they can box...

How many diets have you tried? Since we have entered another new year, there are many people looking for new ways to lose weight. Here is a different way to burn consume one tenth (0.1) when you lick a stamp. The problem with this statistic is that the majority of stamps now come essentially pre-licked... so perhaps if we try to lick an already sticky stamp, we burn more calories??? I'm not going to try that...

Did you know that Dragon boat racing is the 8th most popular sport in the world? Have you ever seen Dragon boat racing? Where do they find the dragons? (only kidding...)

For those of you who need your math fix - Pi has been calculated to over 2,260,321,363 digits... and I don't have a calculator with that many decimal points...nuts...

There are more plastic lawn flamingos in the United States than there are real ones... that I believe, have you been to Florida lately?

Did you know that the short phrases of organ music played at baseball games are called a tucket?

Some of us "older" folk remember the term Dungarees. How many of you young-en's out there know that Dungarees is another word for Denim (aka blue jeans, Levis...)

Now for some more animal trivia - Beavers can hold their breath for 45 minutes under water...don't know why they would do that if they only live in streams?

The average speed of a housefly is 4.5 mph, now that explains why I still can't squish those little buggers....

Thinking back on Flamingos...did you know they are pink because they eat shrimp? So...if I eat that much shrimp, will I be pink too??? ewwwww.....

Lastly for this week, did you know that all porcupines float in water? I pity the porcupines that got thrown into water to be a part of THAT study.

Hopefully you had fun with this week's edition of Weekly Fun Facts. Have fun amazing your friends, family and coworkers with this useless, but enjoyable trivia.

Until tomorrow...

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Business Inspiration

I never thought I would get Business Inspiration from a motorcycling magazine, but it just goes to show you that when your mind is in an inquiring mode, you can find inspiration almost anywhere. There are many times, when working your small business that you may find that you have lost your inspiration. Times are tough, the daily grind gets in the way, bills rear their ugly heads and you wonder...why am I in business for myself??? It is times like that when you should have a source of inspirational articles or inspiring people to look towards.

This week I found business inspiration in the most unusual place, the American Motorcyclist Magazine, specifically the February 2010 issue. Please don't get me wrong, this is a great magazine, fun to read, loads of good articles, but in this issue one article in particular really resonated with me. The article was about Bob "Hurricane" Hanna who is a member of the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame. People who earn any sports Hall of Fame are people who I am interested in learning more about, but I was particularly enthralled with the interview in the February 2010 issue.

Bob Hannah was a motocross racer who won seven AMA National Championships along with a bunch of other championships. He raced pro for 15 years and then when he retired, did not just go back into the motocross sport as a coach. He started his own aviation company, Bob Hannah Aviation. What was most interesting about Bob Hannah was not that he started his own company, but more importantly, his views on life and on business.

When he was racing motocross, he was known for his single-mindedness on winning. He made sure he was as fit as was absolutely possible, always looking for ways to be in better shape than any of the competition and he never gave less than his all to training and competition. Bob Hannah carried that competitive attitude through to his business and has not compromised anything.

He believes in doing what he wants to do, daily. He states, "Yesterday is over. There's only today and tomorrow. And I'm always thinking of tomorrow." How many times do we lose sight of our tomorrows when we are struggling with our businesses today? As when he was racing motorcycles and then planes, he practiced for all contingencies, including equipment malfunctions. We need to remember to do that for our business also, nothing will ever go as planned but with proper planning, we can overcome unexpected problems.

Bob Hannah believes that if you are even partially good at what you do, with the right training, planning and effort, you stand a pretty good chance to succeed. You don't always have to have the raw talent to succeed, just the absolute desire to succeed. He never considered himself talented, but with a lot of practice and training he learned how to do things and succeed at them. Bob Hannah has no regrets, he has done what he wanted, he dedicates 100% of himself to the particular task. Even as he is working on one task, he continues to look ahead to the next one and the next day.

We should all take an assessment of where we are in business and perhaps we can use some of Bob Hannah's wisdom to help renew our business inspiration.

Until tomorrow...

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Finally on the mend

Well, today was the first day that I felt like a human being. No more water-hose called a nose, my coughing is getting under control and sneezing is a thing of the past. Now that my head is not so stuffed up, I discovered that all that stuff that I blew out also blew out ideas for the upcoming blogs...

The good news is that once I plow through all the back-logged e-mails and messages, I should have re-located my list of desired blog topics so you won't be entertained anymore with my woes of a cold... The great news is that I managed to get through this cold in record time. I came down with bad cold symptoms Saturday night, and the majority of the discomfort was gone most of today. Usually colds for me would last at least 10 days.... I would attribute my greatly improved healing time to the stem cell nutritional products I have been taking regularly.

If you have questions regarding the stem cell nutritionals, please feel free to visit my website at These products have worked wonders in me, especially during this cold and flu season. I can tell you that the people I am consulting for are amazed at how fast I recovered from this cold. They have been sick before me and are still dealing with the illness....

Tomorrow we will be back in full swing regarding "normal" blog topics...if you have any idea what my "normal" blog topic is, please let me know... Perhaps we will do another Millionaire focus, we haven't had one of those for quite a few weeks....

Tune in tomorrow for what the topic will be...the anticipation is building...

Until tomorrow...

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Runny Noses Here I Come

Well, here it is, yet another day and I wish I could just attach a tissue box to my nose. I think that would be easier than cutting my nose from my face, which is also a very interesting thought right now. I have gotten past the sneezing that I was enjoying all last evening, so now I can kind-of see. Now my nose has decided to create a marathon of it's own and it has been running since this afternoon.

I would love to chat with you all more, but I never learned how to type with only one hand. I have always been a touch-typist, my mother would allow nothing less, so I cannot just type with one finger. Right now, my hands are occupied with tissues, trying to stem the race my nose has embarked upon.

So, I wave a quick good-night to one and all so that I can better attend to the running of the nose.... With luck tomorrow the race will be over and I can get back to the Internet and all the fun that entails..

Until tomorrow...

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

You are not being ignored

Hi everyone, just wanted to let you know that you are not being ignored. I have a ripping cold and have spent late this afternoon sneezing my fool head off. If I am not careful, I will be typing with my nose...

As soon as I can get this cold somewhat under control (after working all day...) I will be back online providing you with your weekly fun facts updates (right now, I can't even see straight after the sneezing fits...) and various comments.

Have a great week and hopefully you will be able to avoid this year's cold. I count myself luck to have caught this cold only once...before I started taking my Stem cell nutritional products, I would catch several colds a year.

Until my cold subsides...even just a little bit...

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Three most important intangibles that you never want to lose

There are many things I do not want to lose. I don't want to lose my car keys, I don't want to lose my wallet, but there are three very important intangibles that I never want to lose. The three most important intangibles that you never want to lose are your friendships, your time and your health.

Me In Time

These are some very important intangibles that I never want to lose. One of the most important intangible items is Friendship. You can't put your finger on the intangible concept of friendship, except to poke your friends. No matter how busy or stressed you may become, you do not want to lose the friendship of the people you really care about. This intangible can be very difficult to hang onto, especially if you are in the traditional job environment. Many people are worried about losing their jobs and unfortunately the stress involved with that worry can easily flow into your personal life and affect your friendships. Losing friendships due to overwork and stress can and will make your life even more unhappy and stressful.

The key here is to trust your friends. if you are feeling stressed, let them know, and if they are really good friends, they will let you know if you are becoming difficult to deal with. True friends will understand your stresses, and will work with you to help mitigate them. These are the friendships that you definitely do not want to lose.

Another intangible that you never want to lose is time. I realize that this sounds trite, but how much more time are we all working? Because of our stresses at work and the companies are downsizing people but not tasks, we tend to get sucked into the idea that we must spend more of our valuable time at the office in order to maintain the status quo of a job. The problem with that theory is that you may be able to retain your job, but you lose your most precious resource, time. You have now limited your personal time even more and that could easily affect your friendships. Time is an intangible that once lost, you can never regain.

When working at a traditional job, you are trading your time for their money. If your company requests, or even demands that you give more of your most valuable resource, time, to them without an equivalent return of money, then you need to start making some hard decisions. Your time is very valuable. If you give it to your current company, then there is that much less time for you to spend with your family and friends. Despite all the jokes, time is finite, once gone, you cannot retrieve any time.

The last very important intangible item I never want to lose is my health. If you lose your health, then you won't have the time to spend working on your friendships. Health can be affected by stress and overwork. All three of these intangibles tie together, if you are having problems maintaining your friendships because you don't have the time to spend with friends and family, you can get so stressed out that your health is adversely affected. You have to learn how to balance your finite amount of time with your health, friendships and work. This is not an easy balancing act, but is critical to your overall personal success.

Of the three intangibles that have been covered tonight, I believe that time is the most valuable intangible that you really cannot afford to lose. It is important to learn efficient ways to manage your time so that you continue to spend quality time with your family and friends. Quality time does not mean sleeping at your friend's house, but being awake to honestly listen to their troubles. You need the time to spend with your spouse or significant other so that they do not feel like you take them for granted. You also need time to spend with your children, because once they are grown (time again...) you cannot regain or repeat their childhood.

If you feel that your current job is sucking your time dry and not leaving any quality time for you to spend with the important people in your life, you may want to consider finding alternate sources of income. Again, at first blush, you will think that if you don't have time now, how can you spend what little time is left on an additional income stream. In actuality, if you do not invest a little extra time up front, then you will never have the ability to spend more time with your loved ones. Even more importantly, if possible, try to find an additional source of income that the whole family can participate in. You will then be all working together and most likely having fun doing it. You are now spending your time doing two very important things at once; earning an extra income and spending quality time with your friends, family and loved ones.

If you need ideas for additional income streams, check out our website at We offer several different types of income streams. If what we have to offer does not "float your boat" we may know where else you can look so that you can find that perfect second income which will ultimately allow you to spend more quality time in pursuit of other intangible things that are very important to you. All you have to do is to ask, we will be more than willing to assist you in your search.

Until tomorrow...

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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Brief notes for the evening

I only have brief notes for the evening today. You guys will probably not be interested in all the work I did these last two evenings on initial public offerings (I.P.O.'s) and Private Stock Offerings. As a result of all the research I have done, my brain is truly fried and I cannot be very imaginative and interesting tonight.

My brain is funny like that, if I am doing hard-core research, it is very difficult to transition to fun, light-hearted banter. You are not being ignored, I just don't want to put you all to sleep with all this relatively boring, technical stuff.

On the other hand, if you are interested in learning about IPO's and Private stock offerings, please let me know and I will post some of my research here. I am more than willing to share, just not sure what the interest level is for that stuff.

For those of you wondering WHY I have been researching IPO's and such, we are exploring possibilities with Wink Energy, Inc. I will divulge more regarding Wink as the time gets closer.

So, tonight is VERY short because my brain is mushy. You all most likely have had the mushy brain syndrome, so I wish you all a good night as I allow my brain to re-gel...

Until tomorrow...

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

This weeks Fun Facts

Well, granted, it is not Monday, but here is your weekly installment of Fun Facts. Life has been just a tad hectic here, so I have ended up running out of time before getting the blogs updated. You are not forgotten, my engine just ran out of steam last week. I think I have the engines fully stoked this week, so we should be on a better and more consistent track this week at least...

Since we are now more than half-way though the first month of the year and all of our holiday bills are piling up, I thought it would be fun to post some fun facts and quotes related to money...every one's favorite subject:

Have you noticed that success always occurs in private, and failure in full view?

Also that no one is listening until you make a mistake? (this happens to me often...)

For every action, there is an equal and opposite criticism...

Experience is something you don't get until just after you need it...(boy, don't I know THAT one...)

A fool and his money are soon partying...

If you think nobody cares about you, try missing a couple of payments...

Have you noticed that bills travel through the mail at twice the speed of checks?

If you have to borrow money, borrow money from pessimists - they don't expect it back...

If you have three quarters, four dimes, and four pennies you have $1.19. You also have the largest amount of money in coins without being able to make change for a dollar.... (and you care because???)

Dilbert's Theorem on Salary states that engineers and scientists can never earn as much salary as business executives and sales people. This theorem can now be supported by a mathematical equation based on the following two postulates:

Postulate 1: Knowledge is Power
Postulate 2: Time is Money

As every engineer knows:

Work / Time = Power

Since Knowledge = Power
Time = Money
we then have

Work/Money = Knowledge

Solving for Money we end up with:

Work/ Knowledge = Money

Thus as Knowledge approaches zero, Money approaches infinity regardless of the amount of work done.

Therefore, the less you know, the More you Make.

How many of you took to collecting the "new" state quarters when they came out? Did you know that the government has been banking on the fact that we Americans will collect the state quarters instead of spending them?

Did you know that silver coins changed from silver to the sandwich we have now in 1965? Did you know that these coins no longer contain any silver in them at all? They are now made of a composition of three layers of metal fused together, known as a "Clad". The outer layers of the clad are the same alloy used to make nickles and the core is copper.

Did you know that in 1982 the penny composition changed from copper to copper-plated zinc?

Did you know that the average life expectancy of your one-dollar bill is just under 18 months (or less if your bills are high...)? Also you can fold a dollar bill 8,000 times before it tears...I am not going to test that statistic, but if you are curious, give it a shot...

Now you have some fun money facts to entertain your friends (and enemies) this week. Happy tormenting.

Until tomorrow...

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Who is Stressed Out?

Who is Stressed out? In today's current times, stress has become a word that is used often. The key is to determine if you are stressed out in a good way or in a bad way.

Now why in the world would anyone consider being "stressed-out" lately? Not that there is so much going on in the world today to get stressed over, is there??? Stressed-out is a state of mind. Some people stress over the littlest things, others need a mountain to fall on them before they become stressed out.

Me personally, I am stressed-out, but you could call it a very good stressed out. I am happily maintaining Hawgwash, LLC, along with keeping the social networking side of the business interesting. I have also picked up a consulting job during the "off" season and that has taken a good bite out of my time. Add to that the work involved in getting a new company off the ground, and yeah, you could say I am stressed out...

Stess is a matter of how you handle multiple tasks. The key to handling stress is deciding what is important and what is not important, and therefore not worth your time. I know this sounds over-simplified, but really, once you start looking at all the tasks at hand and deciding which ones are critical and which ones can be delayed, life does get less stressful.

The key to managing stress is learning how to prioritize and efficiently manage your time. You could run around like crazy, trying to get everything done, but then by the end of the day, you are exhausted, and still didn't get everything done you wanted to. If you are able to prioritize and then not do the stuff that is a time waster and really doesn't help you to achieve your goals, then your stress levels should be greatly reduced. Get rid of the stuff that is more busy work than productive work. Just because the house needs dusting, doesn't mean you should forgo sleep to get it done. Those dust bunnies will be there the next day.

If you don't take care of yourself, nobody else will. Therefore it is critical to know when you are truly getting stressed-out versus just being busy. Remember there is good stress and bad stress. Good stress is different for each person, but good stress will drive you get go past your comfort zone and accomplish things you didn't think you could do. Bad stress will upset your stomach, will affect your health and could turn you into a growling person. If you feel yourself slipping into that type of stress, take a brief inventory and find what extra tasks you are currently doing that don't really need to be completed now. You may be amazed at the little tasks that have filled up your plate that are now making you crazy.

So, to answer the question, yes, I am stressed out, but it is a good, productive stressed out. I continue to take stock of all the tasks I do, and am continually learning how to reassess tasks and redistribute as necessary.

Until tomorrow...

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Monday, January 10, 2011

Yet another installment of Weekly Fun Facts

Welcome to yet another installment of Weekly Fun Facts. Tonight I am working on the fun facts in between time-outs during the Tostidos Bowl... It is challenging to pay attention to the game and try to find fun facts...but I will succeed... So, let's have some fun...

Did you know the only domestic animal not mentioned in the Bible is the cat?

The ferret was domesticated more than 500 years before the house cat...don't remember seeing ferrets in the Bible...will have to check on that one... ;-)

Did you know the female ferret is referred to as a "jill"?

Today's cattle are descended from two different species: wild aurochs (they popoulated Asia, North Africa and Europe) and eotragus - antelope-like Asian animals.

A Holstein's spots (a breed of cow) are like fingerprints - no two cows have the same pattern of spots.

In honor of football season - did you know that it takes 3,000 cows to supply the NFL with enough leather for a year's supply of footballs?

If you are looking to lose weight, do not drink Reindeer has more fat than cow milk.

Looking at averages, more people fear spiders more than death...

Did you know that all polar bears are left-handed? Now the next time you go to the zoo, you too will look to verify this useless, but fun fact.

Speaking of polar bears, did you know that their fur is actually not white but clear? Their hair is hollow and acts like fiber-optics, directing sunlight to their skin to warm them.

Since the only visible part of a polar bear that is not white is their nose, when they want to completely camouflage themselves during a hunt, they will cover their black noses with their paws. (...and I thought it was because someone was stinky...)

Did you know that it is a misdemeanor to kill or threaten a butterfly? This is noted in City Ordinance Number 352 in Pacific Grove, California. What I want to know do the police know that you threatened a butterfly??? Do they file a police report? Also, what happens if a butterfly splats on your windshield? Are you in trouble???

More fun legal facts...All swans and all sturgeons in England are the property of the Queen. Messing around with either the swans or sturgeons (not the Queen) is taken as quite a serious offense...

Other than humans, black lemurs are the only primates that may have blue eyes...

Goats eyes have rectangular pupils...have you ever looked into the eyes of a goat...pretty weird...

The pupils of an octopus eye is rectangular too...

On a business angle... do you know the oldest business in the United States of America? Ok, get your minds out of the gutter... the oldest business in the United States is the cymbal company, Zildjian, which was founded in Constantinople in 1623.

Well, that should keep you giggling for another week. Hopefully this installment of Weekly Fun Facts has helped to make your Monday a little more tolerable.

Until tomorrow...

Friday, January 7, 2011

Why should I look at a home-based business?

Why should I look at a home-based business? I just heard on the news today that businesses (specifically in the Phoenix, AZ area) are not quick to hire anyone and for those positions that are open, instead of looking for someone who can be either molded or can create the job, they are looking for someone who will fit into a pre-determined box they call a specific job task. If the candidates resume does not fit within the box, the employer will not even call the job-seeker in for an interview. Because there are so many people looking for work and there are much fewer jobs available, employers have the luxury of picking and choosing candidates. Not only can they choose the specific qualifications of each candidate, but employers are also able to define what they want to pay for that particular skill-set.

Please don't get me wrong. Working for someone else is not a bad thing, it is just not something that most people will do if they want to become financially independent. I have yet to meet one person who worked for a company or organization and became wealthy just from working for that organization. Your wealthy workers were those who found other uses for the money they earned. These people took the money that they worked hard for and then started making that money work for them. By the end of their working time with an employer, their money was making money and they had no more need for trading their time for someone else's money. That is why many people, when coming upon retirement age, find that they cannot retire when they wanted and live the life they had dreamed.

The key here is to find something to do with that little extra money you keep putting aside. Putting your money in a bank savings account is good, but the interest earned on that money is minuscule compared to what you could earn with other investments. I am not about to give any of you investment advice on where to put your money, but am here to suggest that you start looking for additional ways to earn an income. Going back to the job situation again, even if you are gainfully employed, there is no guarantee that tomorrow your current company will let you go, either due to down-sizing or other issues. In today's work environment, companies are looking very hard at their bottom line and may decide to let go of their higher salaried people because they can obtain the same skill-set for less money because there are so many unemployed people out there.

By starting to get your money to work for you, you will free yourself up from the "rat-race" of trying to make a buck - trading your valuable time for their money. Once you start having your money work for you instead of you working for your money, you are starting on the road towards financial freedom. Eventually, it is entirely possible that your money will be earning enough that you won't have to worry about working for anybody else. That is the true form of financial freedom.

So, as you continue to save a little bit here and a little bit there from your regular 'job', think about how you are going to get your money to work for you. You may decide to try your hand in stocks and bonds, or you may try real estate, or there are some very profitable home based business out there that can also become self-perpetuating. Be sure that the money you do start to invest is something that you can afford to lose if the investment does not pan out. As we have discussed in prior Millionaire Focus articles, many of those millionaires have put money into investments and lost the investment. But, they kept looking for other investments to get into. They continued to find ways to make the money work for them, not the other way around.

If you are interested in some home-based business opportunities, please check out our website. We also have some ideas for starting your own waterless car cleaning business if that is what interests you. If you would like to discuss other investment ideas, we are here to talk to if you want to bounce some ideas around. No matter what you decide, find something you love that will also help your money to grow at a faster rate than you would find in basic bank savings and CD accounts. These are some reasons why you should look at a home-based business.

Until tomorrow...

Thursday, January 6, 2011

How I Fight Cabin Fever on Rainy Days

It is hard for me to get bored in almost any situation. There is always something to do, or something to think about, or something to read. Heck, I may even break out my old sewing and repair all those buttons that have fallen off all those blouses... There is no end to entertainment at my home...

Rain Storm Along the Front Range and Pike's Peak

It is relatively easy for me to remain entertained when either snowed in (very rare in the Phoenix, AZ area) or rained in. I have two dogs that are an endless source of entertainment. Even when they are sleeping, they are entertaining. If they aren't doing anything in particular, it is a great time for me to "mess" with them, either by tickling the hair between their toes or by tickling their ears.

Eventually, when they get tired of my tormenting, they will get up, give me a very dirty look, and stalk off to another, quieter, place to sleep. Once I have exhausted all attempts to harass the dogs, I finally turn my attention to the mountain of books I have in the study. I am an eclectic reader at best and have books on almost everything, ranging from philosophy to science, to Accounting, to murder mysteries, to classic literature. Once I start reading a book, for me it is like watching a movie, I don't put the book down until my eyes want to come out of my head. I can easily sit for hours reading a good book. I have been known to sit for a whole weekend, just reading and ultimately finishing a good book.

If I am still stuck in the house during a prolonged rain, I would then go to the computer and see what news and events I can find. I may end up chatting with other friends on-line, but more likely, I will sit down and work, since running my own home-based business does take a good bit of work (paperwork...). I will even look at the website and see what I can re-design or re-write or even create new. There is always something to work on if I was in the frame of mind to work instead of being entertained. I almost love long rainy weekends, that way I can spend some of the dreary time sleeping, and then the rest catching up on all the stuff I don't like to do in the house when the days are beautiful.

As you can see, it is hard for me to be bored, even when stuck in my own home for any prolonged period of time. There is always something to be done and I believe if you are bored, when snowed in or rained in, then you are not looking honestly enough at your surroundings. There are tons of things you can do to remain entertained (and I NEVER once mentioned watching movies on TV...when all else fails...)

Until tomorrow...

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Wednesday, January 5, 2011

What I'm Looking Forward to in 2011

There are so many expectations started each time a new year rolls around, it is hard to not get disappointed when many of your hopes and expectations do not come to fruition. The key to a successful new year is to take personal responsibility for how your year will progress and to not create unrealistic plans for the new year. Plan your year and then follow your plan. By doing that, you will have a very good new year.

I am looking forward to a lot this new year. I have NOT made any significant New Year's Resolutions, and the one I did make I will not make public. Since I am taking personal responsibility for my resolutions, I do not want you all to be watching what I do. This is my personal odyssey and I need to stay focused and stick to the task.

With regards to what else I am looking forward to this year, well, where do I start. We are currently preparing to launch a brand new company in the next 60 days, and I can't wait to get that up and going. No, this is not going to be an MLM opportunity, but it is an innovative product and we are expecting sales to go through the roof once the actual product hits the store shelves.

This new product is the next generation in energy supplement, and you will have to wait a little bit more before I can tell you EXACTLY what this product is. We have been testing this product in the field and have a select group of people preparing to sell this product to your local stores. I am sooo excited about this product...I can tell you this, the product name is Wink Zing, and it will be offered by Wink Energy Inc.

This product will be a blast to offer to the public, and we already have buyers eagerly waiting for our first run to come out so they can begin putting it on the shelves. Once the product hit's the market, I will be able to tell you more and let you know where you can purchase your own Wink Zing...

Beyond that, I still expect Hawgwash, LLC to remain profitable in 2011 and hopefully continue doubling sales year over year. Because of the pending launch of Wink, I have yet to nail down our rally schedule, but once we lock down dates and locations, I will post the updated schedule on our website (

Hopefully you all are also expecting an improved year this year. That is not to say that last year was bad, but you would always want an improvement over prior years. Take care and enjoy your new year.

Until tomorrow...

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Tuesday, January 4, 2011

What do YOU want out of 2011?

Isn't that the question of the day lately...What do YOU want out of 2011? How many people have you talked to that have stated AGAIN their New Year's Resolutions? How many of those resolutions were essentially the same as last year's resolutions? Can we all get out of this "Resolution rut"?

Instead of making a "New Year's Resolution" why don't we just decide to make one small change in our life that we are COMMITTED to doing for 365 days? If we can keep our promise for 90 days, we have definitely started a new and pretty solid habit. To say you want to lose weight in the new year, is almost similar to saying that I would love to not age this new year. PLEASE...we all (at least the majority of us) would like to lose that extra pound or two (or 5 or 10...), but if we don't make a commitment and don't have a defined and ACHIEVABLE plan of attack, that resolution will be nothing more than a wish that will most likely not happen again this year.

This year I resolve not to make any resolutions. I have looked at my life and am focused on making one small, but important change. This change is not huge, but it will have very positive effects in the coming year, if I stay focused and committed to instituting the change. If I keep the desired change small and manageable, and more importantly, measurable, then my chances of success become much higher. I am not even going to tell people what that small change will be because I do not expect them to help me stay focused on that change.

It is my personal responsibility to institute the change, and I should not rely on others to keep me to task. If I need to rely on others to keep my resolutions, then I did not really commit to that particular life change. We should not expect others to help us with our resolutions. Our resolutions are ours alone, and it is our personal responsibility to remain committed and focused. This way, any failure is nobody else's fault except our own. We should not place blame on anyone else for us not achieving our resolution. If you feel the need to blame others for you not achieving your goals, then the goals you defined were wrong. The concept of personal goals is exactly that, PERSONAL. Do not place blame where it does not belong. Enlisting the help of others may be nice, but again, you should have made a personal commitment to the change you wanted, and all the outside help in the world will not help if you are not strongly committed. Essentially, if you make a commitment to change an aspect of your life and you expect others to help you keep that commitment, do not expect to achieve your goals. Your friends and family cannot do what you need to do, they can only offer support. You are the one who must make the particular sacrifice or change.

You should be the one pulling towards that goal, others may help occasionally for moral support, but you are the one who is responsible for your own success.

So, here is to your continued success in 2011, whatever you choose to do.

Until tomorrow...

Monday, January 3, 2011

Weekly (Weakly) Fun Facts

Well, HOWDY to one and all. HAPPY NEW YEAR. Bet you are more than a little bit tired of hearing and stating that phrase... Well, we are now into day 3 of the New Year and for me personally, I don't see much of a change from last year. Hopefully this year will be an improvement over last year, but so far, 3 days into it...I don't see it...

Anyway, so much for criticizing the new year, let's get into the weekly fun facts for the New Year. I have looked for particularly fun facts this time, just to get the year off on a good foot:

In this winter season, we don't see too may hummingbirds, but I thought this fact was interesting: hummingbirds weigh less than a penny...

Hummingbirds are the only animals that can fly backwards...

And you thought pigeons were big- the bones of a pigeon weigh less than it's feathers...

We have quite a number of quails here in Arizona. Bet you didn't know what the name of their "topknot" was called... try a Hmuh... don't even know how to pronounce that one...

For those of you living near alligator infested waters, this bit of trivia could be useful...(if you have the time to measure...) - the distance between an alligator's eyes, in inches is directly proportional to the length of the alligator in feet. Now, I ask you this, who, when face-to-face with an alligator, will take the time to measure the distance between the alligator's eyes in order to determine how long that sucker is? If I came face-to-face with an alligator, I guarantee I will not break out the tape measure...

For those of you who love to stare danger in the eyes - the poisonous copperehead snake smells like fresh cut cucumbers. Now who, in their right mind, will go sniffing a snake to see if it smells good???

For those of you who may have had a lobster dinner lately, did you know that it takes a lobster approximately seven years to grow to be a pound? So, if you think your dinner was a bit skimpy, think of how long that lobster had to be around first....they had a lot of work to do to get that big...

A flea expert is called a pullicologist..

Fleas have changed history. More human deaths have been attributed to fleas than all the wars ever fought. As carriers of bubonic plague, fleas were responsible for killing 1/3rd of the population of Europe in the 14th century.

Now, for those of you who are not terribly interested in animal fun facts... no piece of paper can be folded more than 7 times. Let me know if you succeeded....I didn't...

One in every four Americans has appeared on television...

For you poker players out there - the king of hearts is the only king without a mustache.

The 57 on the Heinz ketchup bottle represnts the number of varieties of PICKLES the company once had...(so much for thinking it represented the number of tomatoes used in the ketchup...nuts...)

This last piece of trivia for this week is priceless - Walt Disney was afraid of mice... Go figure

Have a wonderful week, I will strive to post more regularly this week, was super busy last week and just didn't have the 'oomph' to post nightly. Hope you enjoyed your Weekly (Weakly) Fun Facts this first week of the new year...

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