I'm a degree'd accountant but I've spent the last 28 years as a commercial property manager (19 years) before selling out to be a facility manager (for just one tenant but several locations) for the last 9 years. Why the career change? I was an auditor and later an accountant but in dead end positions when I started dating a young lady whose father was in the commercial real estate industry (thank you Sheri!) who said I had the personality to be a property manager. I have to be careful how I share this story as that young lady is not my wife....8^)
Customize Matchbox vehicles (and a few Hot Wheels but most have out over-sized wheels and inaccurate dimensions..... Collect give minor league hockey giveaways (bobble heads, trading cards)...mostly ECHL, but some AHL Die hard Bullwinkle fan!! ...and stepfather to three rescue K9's. A 7 year old Jack Russell/Sheltie (Turner), a 3 year old Australian Shepherd/Pekanese mix (Miss Bear) and a 4 year old pure bred Australian Shepherd (Jamie).
1993 Dodge Stealth. Nothing makes an insurance agent cringe than writing a policy on one of these to a single, male, under 30 driver....even with a spotless record. (25% surcharge for the SE and RT (due to the 24V engine) and my carrier wouldn't one for the RT Turbo for ANY age driver). Always had the sensible car before this (but kept the Dodge Rampage as a second car as the hatch was only about ten inches deep). Front wheel drive so it was great in the snow. Even the base model had enough to break it into triple digits (common sense went out the window and took it up to 130 mph). Getting married and having kids made me re-home it as now i needed something with a usable backseat. Wife hated it as we pulled into a parking space on day and view out the passenger side window was the 16" wheels on a Ford F250 4x4. Bought it with 13,xxx miles and sold it with 110,xxx
Be careful using a local auction house. 1) Two in my area charge a commission of 40%!! 2) I recently bought a lot where the auction house just lumped models together from an estate without doing any research. One lot of 20 (costing me a little over $3/ea) yielded a sealed Jo-Han Maverick and another lot of 40 built (costing me less than $2/each) yielded a 70 MPC Cyclone and a 74 Impala.
I've been waiting two plus months DD214 (military discharge paperwork) from the VA to see if my father qualifies for a veteran's nursing home. In digging through his files I actually found it! He enlisted right out of high school in 1955 (four months too late to qualify under Korea) and was discharged in 1963 (six months too soon to qualify under Vietnam). Although he has proof of deployment in Berlin during construction of the Wall, that doesn't count as 'hostile' territory.
My father has dementia and needs to be in a memory care unit
My oldest son was in the 3rd or 4th grade and I was an assistant coach in what was a little league for basketball. They played an away game at a city where they took it much more serious than we did. They were running the score up on us and my kids were not having fun......until I pulled our team over and told them "you get five fouls....go use four!" Those fast breaks, run-n-gun and fancy lay ups stopped pretty quickly when bodies started flying.
No one got hurt and now eight years later my wife still gives me grief over it. My sons friends still laugh about it.
I was in the KHL terminal of the Detroit airport when they came on the speaker asking for volunteers to be bumped as the flight to England was overbooked and overweight! Say whaaaaatttt??? I had to call the wife and waited for the announcement to repeat as I wanted a witness to this one. If I was to be on that plane, I would have preferred just knowing 'overbooked'....didn't need to know the second part of that announcement!
I make the occasional pilgrimage to the only small hobby store in the area, but they are 90% trains. Otherwise, I buy at shows or off the internet.
Why? Because the Big Box store check out is the only employee interaction I've had during the entire trip! No, I don't have your frequent shopper card No, I don't want to sign up for it or to be on your mailing list No, I'm not in your system and I will not give you my phone number No, I don't want to donate a dollar to whatever cause you believe in this week No, I don't need batteries for my purchase today since I bought a Hot Wheel and a video game No, I won't be putting this on my store name credit card (I have this weird thing called C-A-S-H) I'd just like to make my purchase and get outta here!!!