Making a good catfish is important, but finding good buyers is a must!

As I said on my website for saving ideas on economies of business ideas, as well as in many of my previous letters, I got a unique insight into the agriculture business, as I did here in Nigeria. Especially I moved to Lagos very much, visiting various farms in places like Iyana Ipaya, Egboda, Oho, Gbagada and beyond Lagos, rather in Acute-Ogun.

During my interaction with farm owners, I usually ask the same questions about the operating practices used, the farm performance, the costs incurred, and so on. My goal is always to find out how effective and profitable the individual operations are. Again and again, I found that most of these farm owners are just focused on what they are doing in the same mechanical way as they have always done. Little or no effort is being made to spend some time thinking about how to work more efficiently – especially in order to reduce the time, effort, money and labor needed to produce and sell the same output within the the production cycle.

But times are tough. Business is difficult. Costs have increased. To continue to win, today it has become all the more necessary for every business to explore ways to reduce operating costs, even when they maintain or perhaps increase their output. That is why IDEs – NEW IDEAS – about how to better manage the business, MUST be regularly searched and explored in practice, in order to improve the way we work to make business work better.

But there is something even more convincing: SALE. This is the ultimate goal of the business enterprise, which, if not actively pursued, could lead to a possible death. Until you receive the PAYMENT for your product or service, you have NOT made a profit business! And this applies to every business. I had to say this at the risk of saying the obvious because it seems so many business owners often forget this important FACT.

Indeed, many people seem to be dealing with their business by focusing more on the implementation of technical aspects related to production and saving little thought about the part that is being sold. Yet, if you do not have customers ready and ready to split up with CASH to get your product or service, ALL your technical, manufacturing knowledge and skills are nothing! Your bank account will be empty !!

This is a message that has to be inserted into the heads of many owners of catfish farms (and other companies) here. I have repeatedly contacted people who seemed more interested in TESTING my knowledge of "catching" catfish or breaking eggs rather than listening to my practical ideas, such as how to hold the daphnia in glass tanks for eating potato souls instead of wasting time / labor to look for dirty water pools on different streets, harvesting the wild daphnia from – or even worse – feeding fry potatoes exclusively with expensive artemia.

I often wonder if it seems to them that today almost nobody – even the uneducated – can be taught independently to practice practically all aspects of breeding and raising catfish for commercial production. Is not it obvious the speed at which seminars, tutorials and VCDs that teach the subject abound in different places (with advertisements appearing in the media as newspapers, etc.)?

The truth is that we have a lot of people who are involved in the production of catfish in different ways at different levels of work today. The problem, however, is that very few, if any, do so by following any proven or proven standard operating procedure that ensures consistent production of a quality product. The worse however, and which is the point of this written message, is the almost total lack of attention to developing reliable strategies for BEST Buyers for Ready-To-Sell Socks, Whether Small, Young or Tabular.

The latter explains why in my discussions with many owners they usually complain that they are disappointed with the many exploitative proposals made by market women who come to buy the crop from them. The fairy tales they told me about how these greedy traders take advantage of the farmers' need to extract the "ready" fish from the lakes, buy them at very low prices (and later sell at maximum profit) are hearts. tattooing.

Every time I was told about this problem, I responded by telling farmers to take personal action to find BEST buyers so that these dealers DO NOT feel that farmers have no alternative. This is where farmers need to use skills related to critical thinking. The farmer should think about how to find other people who will want to produce fish, and who will be willing to pay for what's worth!

In case you are wondering how the farmer will achieve this, I suggest some ideas based on my personal experience and observations.

For the size of the table ready for sale catfish: The farmer will have to search for beer houses, restaurants and bars, hotels, motels, entertainment venues, event organizers, etc., which may need regular or periodic delivery of catfish in large quantities at good prices. Such buyers are more likely to offer rewarding prices than married women. In fact, they will offer better prices – I say this because I am aware of the prices that some of them buy from the farmers who supply them.

The challenge is for you, as a farmer, to invest a reasonable time and effort into finding and approaching them with an attractive offer. As a result, this relationship will be mutually beneficial: they receive bulk purchase of quality socks at affordable prices. You get reliable, timely and regular sales outlets for your sourcing SALES prices that allow you to stay in business in the long run.

Such thinking will allow you to find better retail outlets if you decide to do so.

You would ask yourself questions like this: Who else would or could use this catfish other than those I am already doing? The answer will direct you to providing more potentially encouraging retail outlets for your business.

You see, if you do NOT PREPARE and actively recruit potential customers to buy catfish, to the extent that you can always sell whatever you produce at a bargain price, your business will suffer. I have seen farms with impressive looking catfish, but no idea how to find enough buyers for them. And the owners just sat there – they complain unconvincingly!

Quite often, these owners attend training and learn how to extend the fish successfully. But their trainers (who know they know!) Would "forgot" to advise them how to sell their produce !! Enthusiastic startup companies would begin to accept that buyers would drop in enough volume to clear the lakes during harvest. When this does not happen, they are forced to spend money on eating mature fish – an inevitable increase in their production costs.

My argument is that these farmers had to start looking – and notifying – potential buyers for a few months before the fish became a harvest. In this way, they could even make some of the willing buyers reserve the fish in advance.

Business that does NOT make DIE sales. The production (or retailing) of good products and services is good, but much more is the effort you have put in finding LEGAL buyers for them that will pay you profitable. In essence, I ask you not to stop preparing for the fact that you know how to make a good product or deliver a great service. Spend a BETTER QUALITY TIP on how to find people who will pay you to get your good product or great service. If you fail to do at least this, you risk not succeeding financially in this business!

Keep in mind that the approach I described above is what I've been using successfully for years to drive sales of my own products and services. It is based on the understanding based on my experience that a good customer is better than ten (10) miserable and / or exploitative. It can be applied to any business with equally effective impact. Call me at 234-803-302-1263 if you want to learn more about how you can use this approach or strategy to find the BEST customers for your business.

Travel Planning in the US – Places to Visit

We had talked about going down to Marathon, Florida, Keys, all summer while we were working on the golf course. At the end of the golf season, we decided to get to Florida Keyes in Jones, a small compact car that was fairly new. When we finished the day, we would be out on Saturday morning, two days later. Well, Saturday came and it was time to go, we packed all the necessary equipment, including golf clubs, into a car that was quite full of time when we left. I remember it was the end of December, there was not much snow on the ground, so driving to the border crossing was pretty nice without any problems. We arrived at the border and waited a few minutes for the rest of the cars, and then proceeded to register and drive. The customs are not very busy during the morning, so we did not waste much time while we were there. The weather began to become softer as we drifted south, which was good considering that Ottawa was minus ten. We stopped overnight at the Travel Lodge in Harrisburg, PA, asleep early and woke up early enough to get back on the way to Florida. We crossed the border to Florida near dinner and decided to stop in a good restaurant for a good steak and a potato dinner, everybody busy is a good bet.

After dinner, we discussed the thought of driving until we reached our destination, another six hundred miles, giving or taking a few. Well, we had walked and decided to go for that, we drove until we got to the marathon house. Florida smells of oranges everywhere you travel, and of course the scent of the ocean is always present in the air. The golf courses look every ten miles on the highway, this is definitely a golf destination. I like palms, probably because I always see maple and elm everywhere in Ontario. We drove straight to Marathon and arrived at the driveway in the house around five in the morning and we continued to find somewhere to sleep for the day. We woke up at dinner with the sound of steak, grill frying, the smell was a big alarm clock that made us hungry. We unpacked our stuff from the car and went to the restaurants for breakfast after dinner, and we both eat a lot, because we like the food and eat on different kinds of dinners is our favorite activity when we are on vacation. There are many small diving shops that we also visited after dinner, which have a very interesting variety of treasures such as gold coins that you can buy for yourself or as gifts.

We got up the next day after we slept until noon. My daddy friends said we had to go out and do some fishing just for the pleasure of it, we agreed and helped him pack the delivery boat and go fishing a little. Every time you visit the keys, make sure you go fishing, this is a great experience if you have never caught fish before in the ocean, you never know what you will catch. any person who owns a boat must have. We mainly caught mackerel, which is good fish for eating, quite delicious. After about two hours, the wind began to rise and the waves grew to size as they were running down the sides of the fourteen-foot-long boat and not so large. The weather became much worse and we were quickly in the middle of a storm, the whole event happened so fast that I was very surprised and scared. We turned the boat around, headed back to the shore, and prayed that we would come back alive. The ocean is not the best place when a bad storm occurs, it throws you away as you are not there. When we got back to shore, I had enough fishing for the rest of the trip. Go tomorrow to golf and stay away from the water. We looked for a good place to eat and celebrate, still alive, we sat at The Green's Sam Sneads tavern, what a great restaurant, excellent food and first-class service. Dinner was spent talking about the whole fishing trip and the experiences of everyone else, as well as all the good details. We all slept well that night after the excitement of the wonderful fishing trip, maybe we'll do it again in 10 years.

The next morning we left early to find a golf course in the area where we can just walk and play. As we drove around we found two par three courses, but we searched for the full eighteen golf holes. Just as we thought we found a course in a police car, he came to us. At that moment we were moving pretty slowly so we could talk to him in his car as we drove together. He said he was looking for a white Dodge Neon from Ontario, and mentioned our last names to see if he was the one he was looking for, of course we replied that he really had the right people he was looking for. Then the policeman told me that I had to call home for a terrible incident that had happened. We immediately turned and walked back to the house so I could call home to find out what was going on. It turned out that my mother had died because of a heart attack in the workplace the officer said, I was confused because she said it was an accident. I had to go home and take care of the funeral, then I went back to meet my friend at Myrtle Beach at the end of the week.

I flew back to Myrtle Beach and met my friend at the hotel where we made reservations a few months ago. A very nice hotel, Coral Sands has everything you need and want, and it's lunch, so we went and ate and then played golf for the rest of the day at the Legends Golf Course, there are four golf courses here and all courses are great. The Wid Wing resort and golf complex has six courses and each is nicer than the other. If you ever have the chance to play Wid Wing, this is one of the best you can ask in golf resorts, we decided to play here until the end of the week. The weather was excellent for the rest of the trip, we had all the golf we could do at the time we had there before we had to leave. We left Sunday after our last golf, we were tired but filled and we'll come back again soon. The backward movement was going well, we stopped overnight in the middle of the Travel Lodge Road in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The next morning we came early and got on the road without any delays, some snow rained and we started climbing as we drove north. It was a few hours and we were in the middle of a snowstorm near Waterton, New York. We had to stop at lunch and wait for the storm that was so bad that he could not see fifty feet in front of you on the highway. We were almost twice out of the way because of the blown snow, just a few minutes before we stopped for a truck for the rest of the day. We checked in motel Six overnight, a good place to stay because rooms are clean and prices are reasonable. We slept quickly and got up the next morning to get home without any stops or disruptions. I was so happy to come back home, I thought we would never come back. Sometimes vacations have some surprises that make it unforgettable, it is definitely one of these trips.

Plan to Eliminate Easy Error

The purpose of this brief, easy-to-follow article is to share a simple, safe, and effective bed treatment plan that really works for me and will work for you and everyone who cares to be infected with blood-sucking Bed Bug colonies. Better news is that it is non-toxic and also effective against other unwanted smaller personal pests that are attracted or transferred to our beds, such as scabies, mites and lice.

Since it was banned, DDT is no longer available because it potentially killed and hurt more than just mistakes. In his absence there is a real shortage of effective pesticides to kill bed bugs.

The use of other toxic pesticides is particularly discouraged for use on or around beds or crèches. Use an environmentally friendly non-toxic spray for active nests and wherever you believe Bed Bugs are.

The strategy for eliminating an environmentally friendly Bed Bed is simple, but it must be applied diligently to release them. They are hiding well, fed sporadically, Bed Bugs travel between flats and luggage and have become more resistant to standard hazardous pesticides.

1) Carefully inspect the habitable premises on a routine basis, especially in and around the sleeping areas.

2) Spray environmentally friendly non-toxic enzymes to eliminate Bed Bug daily for at least three weeks under and around each bed (to interrupt the reproduction cycle).

3) Use environmentally friendly sleeping bags for bedding.

4) Be prepared with anti-Bed Bud when traveling.

Where Should You Look For Beg Errors? The short answer is everywhere! The long answer is that they can be found in and around the mattress, spring box, bed frame, headboard, leg board, chest, night stands, watches, computers, wallpaper, base. Look for brown glasses on the mattress. This may be dry blood or faecal matter. Also look for dried skins that appear during the bedtime.

From eco-friendly friendly non-toxic sprays that kill bed bugs to contact the best are FDA (g.r.a.s.), which means that all content is "Generally Recognized as Safe". You have to be stubborn.

If Bed Bugs are nesting in your bed, it's a good idea to use a friendly mattress, springs and pillow cases that are laboratory tested for Bed Bugs. Mattresses and spring boxes can be semi-permanently enclosed in special eco-friendly bed mats. Once installed, check the enclosures to make sure they are not damaged; if any holes or tears are found, seal them completely with a permanent tape. All the bugs caught in these sealed bags will eventually die. Continue to spray cladding surfaces. The easiest and best eco-friendly product Bed Bed encasement can now be found online. Many of the commercially available bedclothes are not proof of Bed Bug.

Get rid of the beds by cleaning the fully infected rooms and then the entire residence. Cut the bedding and thoroughly spray the mist of non-toxic eco-friendly solution on every inch of all pillows, mattresses and frames. Allow to dry. Separate and invert the mattress while spraying springs, top, side and bottom.

Continue to spray a non-toxic, environmentally-friendly solution daily around the main parts of your bed for at least three weeks. Also spray the floor and walls on a daily basis. Colonies for bugs can multiply in cracks, cracks, walls (be careful with electric shock!), Picture frames, old or used furniture, luggage and more.

After three weeks, continue to spray the bed surfaces when changing the bed. Always use the hot water setting (preferably with bleach when possible) when washing sheets and pillowcases. The implementation of heavier blankets and comforters through the cycle of a hot dryer without washing (between professional cleaning) is also a very good idea.

Clean contaminated surfaces with a hard brush moistened with an eco-friendly solution to replace and destroy the eggs and use a powerful vacuum to remove as many bugs as possible from cracks and cracks. Removing the bed frame may reveal additional sites to hide bugs. Remove the drawers from the desks and dressers and turn the furniture if possible to check and clean all the hiding places.

To prevent the bed from getting on the bed, pull the bed frame out of the wall, fold the sheets and blankets so that they do not touch the floor, and place the feet of the frame in plates or glasses of mineral oil and add an environmentally friendly life. solution.

Carefully check every piece of home furniture. Look for Bed Bugs, Eggs and Skins. Check the furniture for holes or tears in the fabric. If you find someone, Bed Bugs can be so deep in the furniture that you never treat them effectively.

Regularly clean the living rooms with a vacuum from a bag so you can safely dispose of them after sealing. Wash all your clothes and sheets in hot water and store them in heavy plastic bags for garbage. Resistance is the key.

Seal and seal all the holes where the pipes and cables penetrate the walls and floors and fill cracks around the boards and pour cornices to further reduce bedbug nesting. Because beds and other pests can spread through cracks and holes in walls, ceilings, and floors, it is wise for apartment owners / condominiums to seek cooperation with neighbors and management to test and encourage the treatment of neighboring apartments on the same floor , as well as directly above and below.

Do not panic. Although Bed Bugs can be annoying, they can fight safely and successfully if you adopt a well-thought-out strategy using non-toxic eco-friendly enzymes.

Be vigilant.

Every time you stay in a hotel or motel, peel off the sheets and look at the corners of the mattress. If possible, look behind the board for signs of errors. Do not put your luggage on the bed or leave it on the floor near the bed. Take with you a safe spray with a non-toxic environmental lifestyle. Spray your bags before repacking your clothes.

Environmentally safe safe non-toxic enzymes can also be used in bathing water to soak it, if you have scabies or ticks in all areas of your body, it is completely safe but keep it out of your sight. You can also add it to the washing machine to clean your clothes from many personal pests.

Each bed only needs one full blood meal to develop to the next stage of development, and they can easily wait months between eating options. Under ideal conditions, adult bugs can survive for over one year between meals. In this way, infected homes have to be aggressively managed to eliminate Bed Bugs in an eco-friendly way.

This information will help you more effectively and safely identify confirmed or suspected Bed Bug infections. This article is published to help homeowners, property managers and tenants with environmentally safe non-toxic methods that are appropriate for identifying and effectively eliminating Bed Bugs.

The best way to spend your vacation – holiday apartments in Santa Barbara

As every passenger knows, life can be unpredictable, uncertain, and full of challenges. Life can be slow and without warning to move faster. In order to do better with all these ups and downs, it becomes necessary to make a very well-deserved rest. You have to invent a good plan for a relaxed vacation and just relax. Allow me to offer an excellent offer: you can rent an ocean vacation in the charming seaside town of Santa Barbara. There you can relax on the beach and enjoy the tranquility and tranquility of the moment. The area of ​​Santa Barbara is one of the most beautiful holiday destinations. With a perfectly planned vacation in Santa Barbara's holiday apartments, you will surely forget all the stormy customs and life challenges … for at least a bit.

Holiday Apartments in Santa Barbara are a great way to spend time in California's Central Coast. Santa Barbara is about 80 miles northwest of Los Angeles, along the Pacific coast. With towering Santa Ynez mountains behind the city, the sunrise to sunset views are always impressive. Santa Barbara is called the "American Riviera" due to the climate of the Mediterranean Sea. The city is easily accessible with its location only an hour northwest of Los Angeles. You always know when you arrive in Santa Barbara, as most of the architecture is designed and crafted in a beautiful Spanish colonial style filled with hundreds of beautiful, red terracotta roofs throughout the city. To preserve this image, the city does not allow any billboards and has the strictest guidelines on the signs companies can use. Exactly to the north of the city, and directly to the east and in close proximity to the beautiful Santa Barbara Mission, is a hill known locally as the Riviera. The hill, accessible by the onset of the car in the early 20th century, is now built with some of the most expensive homes with fantastic views of the Pacific Ocean and the city.

Santa Barbara has many historical sights, including the El Presidio State Historic Park, the Natural History Museum, the Santa Barbara Mission, and the Stow House & Maritime Museum. If you really want to enjoy this historic city, you need to rent a holiday rental in Santa Barbara. As there is sunshine throughout the year, you can enjoy your Santa Barbara vacation at any time of the year. Do you plan to spend your next vacation in this beautiful place? Then choose our Santa Barbara vacation rental today. But be sure to explore the nearby location if you find holiday homes in Santa Barbara full or too expensive. I'm talking about the bizarre maritime town of Carpinteria, just 12 miles south of Santa Barbara. One of the finest Carpinteria vacation rental facilities is one of the few private sand buildings all over the Santa Barbara area: Carpinteria Shores Oceanfront Vacation Rentals.

You can find privacy and spectacular views somewhere else. , but nothing compares with Carpinteria Shores. Each room enjoys views of the glorious Pacific Ocean. Each unit offers a patio or balcony as a private viewpoint. Right in front of your door, the Pacific Ocean has the best behavior, with gentle surfing, making it ideal for family fun. You can find affordable accommodation somewhere else but you will not meet our value. Choose from a range of prices for our individually owned and decorated apartments that sleep up to six comfortably. Everything is included, except for linen, which we will gladly provide on request. You can be confident in your home away from home because Carpinteria Shores is carefully managed by capable professionals and is just 12 miles south of Santa Barbara. You can find the perfect place to stay. , anywhere except for Carpinteria Shores Vacation Rentals. There is accommodation in every price range, from cheap motels to bed and breakfast.

Enjoy the natural beauty of the surrounding environment in the camp with all the amenities of the beings we have come to enjoy and expect. Returning to the simple things in life that really make us happy. It is possible only for holiday properties of Carpinteria.

4-star and 5-star resorts on a 2-star budget

My family and I vacation 2 to 3 weeks a year and you have to do this on a relatively limited budget as I'm sure many of you. We are able to spend around $ 1500- $ 2000 per trip, so spending $ 100 + per night on accommodation can not be solved. One of the ways we found that the cost of accommodation is low will be the presentation of time. We lose about half a day of our holiday and presentations are usually a little unpleasant, but we save the cost of motels. We usually stay in budget rooms that are clean and have all the basics, but without their imagination they are 4 or 5 stars. Do not misunderstand me, they are not thrown into cockroaches, but we've always dreamed of staying in the 4 & 5 star resorts we've attended at presentations.

What if I told you I found a luxury travel membership that allows you to stay at these 4 and 5 star resorts for just $ 298 a week for my whole family? Well, I have, and their name is Global Resorts Network. That was the answer to our prayers, finally, to stay in the 4 and 5 star resorts with a budget that we can afford. The Global Resorts Network now enables the average tourist to travel around the world and see places we have never thought of. One-week stay in 4 and 5-star resorts costs its members $ 298- $ 699 for the whole family (not per person). Resorts that face world-class golf courses, breathtaking mountain views or beautiful ocean views, many of which are only accessible in other ways by buying time. We have the flexibility to relax at any time of the year, even during the peak seasons, with no restrictions or eclipse dates.

The global network of resorts compared to the purchase of temporary use or other luxury travel memberships is very affordable. They offer packages ranging from $ 1495 for gold membership of 3 years and $ 2995 for platinum membership throughout their lives. Platinum membership is fully transferable for a $ 75 fee, so it can be passed on to a family member just like a timeshare. Gold membership allows 3 weeks of travel a year, while platinum membership offers unlimited holiday weeks per year. Another great benefit is that there are no annual fees or contributions related to the purchase of this luxury travel membership.

"Chez Slah" joins the best restaurants in North Africa

Food is an essential part of Tunisia's life; Tunisians like to eat. A catalog of restaurants in Tunisia would have filled a substantial book. I recently asked some of my Tunisian friends and some frequent American visitors to Tunisia if we could agree on the best restaurant in Tunisia. Of course, we could not agree, but I was not surprised at how many voices (more than 20 votes) Chez Slah, a fine dining venue hidden in a small 14-bit street, Pierre de Coubertin near the city center. You'll probably need a good taxi driver to find it.

Like most of North Africa's high-tech dishes, cooking at the Chez Slah has deep French roots and focuses mainly on seafood and simply prepared dishes from poultry and lambs, but what determines Chez Slah it is also a careful care with which the chef personally selects fish on the coastal markets every day. It's art, and to do it, you need experience and great skill.

Most of the inhabitants of Chez Slah are permanent residents of the city, with a small number of well-informed visitors from the city. Here you will not encounter any of the tours of tourist boats or occasional tourists. Some have heard that they think that dinner here is equivalent to an invitation for the very elegant private home of a member of the upper bark. Tunisois elite. This is the best Tunisian dining room that is enjoyed by Tunisians with the best taste.

I usually start eating here with a nice Chardonnay, because I know that the waiter will soon bring bread and a plate of olives and tomato paste, much of this world, though you might think that someone can endure that. I think they have to make the tomato paste themselves. Always looks better with white wine. For my main dish I often had an appetizer with grill shrimp and then any fresh fish that the waiter specially recommends to me, as soon as blush, is also on the grill. He came with a simple one oranges, prepared in animal fats in French way, not vegetable oil. I guess it's harder for the heart, but yeah, you live only once, and I miss the way we're used to oranges in the days before everyone became so healthy.

The fish and the potatoes were as fresh as I ever tried. Very simple kitchen, but elegantly prepared with great attention to detail. Food is unpretentious, but so good! I think there is something else I always find admiration for Chez Slah It's hard to put my finger on and that's her indefinable quality as part of Tunisia's long past, perhaps reflecting the city, as it would seem a century ago.

Chez Slah is different from the more expensive and more atmospheric restaurants in the more famous parts of the city, such as those around the glamorous La Marsa and the magnificent new hotels (although the food can be quite good, albeit more continental). I always look to review other clients Chez Slahmostly emigrants and wealthy members of Tunisian society. This is a place that was largely unseen by newcomers.

Make sure to make a reservation before coming Chez Slah, as regulars often come several times a week to patronize this unique and precious stone. I once appeared without reservation and was only admitted for a timely cancellation while I was waiting for a taxi to take me somewhere else, probably expensive and not so good. You can book a table by calling +216 71 258 588.

Please fix the disability system!

This is to inform the people of our country of the nightmares they face when you become disabled by your fault. I can not tell the stories of everyone, so I can only share my story, although there's a lot like mine; all who come with their own circumstances but with similar results when trying to get disability benefits.

I am a 38-year-old single mother of two children. At one time, I considered myself to have survived the terrible childhood of emotional neglect, physical and sexual abuse, and a terribly wrong system of foster care. My whole life had to struggle to achieve every goal, and in most cases, if I achieved a goal, I could barely succeed. It was not because of lack of experience, but rather my emotional state at the time I reached maturity was broken at best. I was broken by my parents, the foster care system and the agency that allowed me to be adopted by a woman who does not hesitate to break me in the most cruel and personal way we can imagine. Now, I just exist, struggling like I've never fought before just dealing with a day or sometimes even an hour.

Immediately after high school, I tried to graduate from college, but I failed and dropped out after a year. Then I enrolled in the army, taking up a job as a flight manager. Due to my emotional problems and the lack of ability to maintain self-control, I was forced to get the liberation from the army. I just married and had two children, but I did not succeed in being a woman and a mother, and eventually I lost my husband and my two children to another woman.

I came out of the deep end, I had two more children – my children now – but their fathers are absent because of my poor choices. I am in danger of losing these children as well, due to their lack of ability to care for them in the way they deserve, and to my growing mental instability.

I managed to keep one job for ten years and that was a great job. Unfortunately, I was struggling with a major depression for years, and I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and some other mental problems in 2005. Then I had to give up my job, but I tried to work, which failed when my health made me miss too many days at work, and I was fired on my son's birthday after just three months of work. I was evicted a month before I was fired from the home we had lived for ten years because I could not pay rent anymore and lost my first new car – a car I worked very hard for. We have lived in a motel since then and have fallen three months back on this rent.

In the last two years, I was quite useless. My children missed a lot of school, and last year they were so late that we had to go to court, and my daughter actually failed in her assessment, which she repeats this year. We received some help through DHR, but it turned out to be the proverbial help. However, we do much better this school year, although we still have some improvements, but we are working on it.

Thanks to a very caring close friend from the family, we escape from homelessness, though this danger is still annoyed by a close distance because this friend can not continue to pay us, nor do I want anyone to bear our weight. I've been working since I was 17, and I've always looked after myself, except for the two years when I was married.

In general, my life has collapsed before my eyes. Everything I've worked for, both materially and personally, has disappeared. Most of my life I have consulted and excluded because I know that my mind has so many questions that it is not in my ability to fix it myself – no longer. The damage done to me as a child is still strong and, together with the bipolar disorder, continues to hamper my ability to function close to what a normal person would do. Everyday I wanted this not to be, but it is.

My whole life fights. I struggled with the foster care system, an extremely insulting adoptive mother, my husband, my problems caused by the unwise and cruel choices and actions of others, and we are now fighting the system of people with disabilities for a small monthly check for which I have worked hard for half of your life.

We apply for disability, we immediately reject, file a complaint, and wait for months and years. When we finally learn that we are approved, we have to wait even longer for a small amount of money, while our lawyers are often paid fast. Meanwhile, we deal with our illnesses by trying to keep our families together; we lose our jobs, our homes, our property, and sometimes our lives while we wait.

No one can predict disease and many of us can not take jobs that would give us the opportunity to save enough money to go on for years. Most people have a salary for salary and when this salary suddenly disappears because of things we can not control, we suffer in many ways. We feel plenty of emotions when faced with a life-changing illness and have to deal with the system of people with disabilities: fear, frustration, anger, disgust, sadness when our lives, as we know, disappeared.

I was told I was approved, but I'm still waiting for something to come in to pay rent, buy a lot of clothes for my kids, buy a new toothbrush more than once a year, buy toilet paper, buy a second pair jeans.

At one point I could do all this – when I managed to work and take care of myself and my family. This is no longer an opportunity for me. My choice is to work, but my mind and body refuse to agree with my desire to continue to be a contributing, self-sufficient and productive member of this country.

Please those who are able to make a difference to repair the system of people with disabilities so that people do not lose everything as we have been. Please correct the system because one day you may be in our shoes and this is a long, painful and very difficult walk that I would not want a soul in this world.

Sedona Schnabel's sculptor: Susan Cleave

"I'm sure art is God-given talent and if you leave yourself open, the creative power comes– Susan Cleave

I have always admired the monument of Sedona Schnell, standing at the entrance of Sedona Public Library. The statue, a 10-foot-high bronze, depicts Sedona, who walks forward with an extended left hand, offering a basket of apples while her face smiles lightly, as if welcoming you with her name, Sedona. This offering gesture is a symbol of Sedona's reputation as a charming housewife. In fact, she and her husband grew apples, and their home doubled as a bed and breakfast, welcoming tired tourists. The fine lines and contours of the statue are skillfully combined with a graceful soft movement that enlivens it. When I learned that Susan Cleave was the artist, I wanted to meet the woman's pioneer woman sculptor.

Susan Kliewer spends time sculpting at Mountain Trails Galleries in Tlaquepaque ( She invited me to join her in the art gallery for our interview. Upon my arrival, she was working on a small horse statue of legendary Bill Buffalo.

Her friendly and hearty smile made me feel at home. I also received recognition for her deep knowledge and respect for Navajo as well as for Hopi's cultures and her passion for the history of Southwestern America as a whole.

Combined with life in the country and constant contact with Navajo culture, her works include detailed research, something she has done for about 30 years. For this reason her masterpieces accurately reflect the traditional American historical background that she lived in her lively bronze.

In addition to the statue of Sedona Schnebly, Kliewer has carved two water fountains in natural size: one marks Sinagua People and the other depicts Hopi Water Maiden. Kliewer enjoys these monumental projects and expects to create more in the near future.

Susan Cleave was born in Orange County, California. Her grandparents were farmers there before she became overcrowded. Although Kliewer is a talented sculptor, her first artistic passion is painting. She begins to paint at the age of 10 and decides she wants to be an artist. As an interesting note, her father, Elmer Osterman (California Fire Prevention Coordinator) is the creator of today's popular Smokey the Bear icon, based on the true story of a bear stuck in a fire. Not surprisingly, her artistic talent works in the family.

It was in 1968 when she and her ex-husband read about Sedona in an article published in Arizona Motorways and planned camping with their three children. They came to Sedona for the first time on Memorial Day and immediately fell in love with the area. Kliewer and her family have decided to move from California and have purchased the Mobile Lodge in Oak Creek and have ruled it as a mobile home for about four years.

One day, a California neighbor proposed to run another kind of business – a commercial outlet in the Marble Canyon. It was a remote location near the border between Arizona and Utah, and although she hesitated, Susan now realizes that this is a very important move in her life: "It was a great thing for me. I did not want to leave Sedona. so much, but I'm really glad we did it because of all the new experiences that I would not have otherwise.

Over the next five years, Kliewer learned how to run a restaurant, a motel, a gas station, a post office, and, of course, a commercial point. We met all the people who went down to the Rafting Canyon … so we had very nice, very interesting guests all summer. There was no television or electronic stuff. , but a lot of music and singing at night, she remembers, smiling.

In his spare time, Susan continued to paint and deal with portraits. She is inspired by her love and interest in Southwestern cultures. In fact, her son married a Navajo girl, and since then her ties to Navajo have grown stronger. Her friends and grandchildren from Navajo were examples for many of her bronze figures.

After her unforgettable years in the commercial post, Kliewer decided to return to Sedona: "I wanted a more normal life for my children, they had to go to school for 40 miles in any direction … It was really hard for them to get one hour by bus every day. "

Back in Sedona, Kliewer worked as manager of Oaxaca Restaurant in Uptown Sedona. But when the restaurant was sold, the new owners ruled the restaurant itself and worked as a waitress. She remembers that it was very difficult for her, as she was divorcing and trying to make a living; Kliewer then applied for a job at the local foundry. Although it was rejected at first, because it was "a man's job," she insisted, and she became the first woman in the city who had ever had such a job: "If I did not, I would not be sculpting today. "she says.

But let's let Susan tell us the rest of his story.

MS-B: I understand that you started painting earlier than a sculpture. How did you start a sculpture? Do you have a mentor?

S.K.: Like … in the foundry we worked with very popular artists. I worked there for about ten years, I became friendly with many sculptors and they taught me how to do things and reveal little secrets.

Also, most of the boys who worked in the foundry were NAU sculpture students in Flagstaff and they were all really in art and sculpture. Being around them was also an experience. During the coffee break we talked about art.

The owner of the foundry was also very nice and let us leave our stuff after work. So, little by little, I sculpted. I worked closely with famous sculptors such as John Hampton, Joe Baker and Buck McCain. They helped me a lot, especially Joe Bieller. He looked at my pieces and criticized them for me. He was a friend and together we worked on many pieces. It was a great education, though I did not even realize it at the time. I thought myself to be an artist. I've always painted. When I lived in the commercial post, I made many Indian portraits. So I sculpt the portraits of people a little bit. Those different positions that I came up with reason, I think. The days of the trade post, casting days and all the other experiences helped me do what I did … and it was always fun.

M.S-B: Still drawing?

S.K.: Still on a regular basis. At least once a week. For example, my husband Jeff and I just came back from a trip along the California coast where all the time we were painting outdoors. We paint together and use oil on canvas. Jeff has been painting for two years and he loves him. It's hard to paint outside because the light is changing quickly. You have to work very fast. We got up, we painted in the morning and also in the afternoon. It's exhaustive because you have to work so fast, but it's really fun. I have some pictures in the art gallery of Sedona Center for Arts if you want to see them. The Sedona Art Center is a great place, many workshops and exhibits. When I just moved here, I went to the artistic barn for classes with watercolors and met with other artists and teachers that way. This was a great help to me in many ways.

When I was working in the foundry, I wanted to cut it, but I did not know how to build the frame, the fittings and that kept me back. When I became really serious about the sculpture, the boys who worked in the foundry encouraged me to join the NAU. It's called Anatomy for Sculptors. We had to remove the muscles from the clay. We made the whole body a semester, then the head. It was a really good class in anatomy, it helped me get started. It was a really important step.

MC-B: How did the project of sculpting the statue of Sedona come to you?

S.K.: This project was sponsored by the Red Rock Arts Council, the group that sponsors the Sculpture Walk of Sedona. They organized a contest with Sedona Snebl as an object of a bronze monument. People entered the competition and submitted models (small handmade models) to show how their Sedona will look. Then, on the Sculpture Walk, they had a jury, of course, people chosen to vote for the best job. I was so excited when I won because it was really a great thing for me and I was chosen among eight finalists.

M.S-B: How did you make your sculpture of the face of Sedona Schnebly so similar to her?

S.K.: Well … I borrowed some photos of Sedona from her family. They were very happy about it, so it was good. He helped me a lot to meet my great-granddaughter, Lisa Schnebli, who is a really nice man. She has written a children's book about Sedona. She was modeling for me, and everyone in her family thought she looked like her grandmother. So it was a group effort. I dug Sedona into the Sedona Arts Center in their main gallery for about eight months. In the summer, many people came to greet me and watch me work. The statue is 10 feet high. I had to climb the ladder to work on it. It was fun.

MS-B: Can you explain to me what are the different stages in the process of bronzing?

S.K.: When you start a sculpture, you must first make the frame, the fittings. Made of aluminum wire and galvanized water pipe. Provides support for clay. Then you put clay on it and just work inside out. I use clay on an oil base that will not dry out. When you finish the piece, take it to the foundry and make the mold. Sometimes artists prefer to make their own at home, but I would prefer to do it so that I can concentrate on my creativity.

The original clay is painted with layers of silicone rubber to obtain mold. Each tire layer has to dry for 24 hours. The average mold takes two weeks.

To make the bronze casting, the foundry paint hot wax in the rubber form. This is done in coats, while the wax is about a quarter inch thick. When the wax is cooled, the mold is separated and the wax is removed.

Then is the slurry, a silicon dioxide solution. The wax is immersed in suspension and de-dusting with quartz sand and allowed to dry. This process is repeated every day for eight days. The result is a ceramic wax coating. It is placed in a furnace and heated to melt the wax. Next comes the bronze pouring. The shell is put upside down in a box of sand, and molten bronze is poured into the shell. Once cooled, the ceramic shell is cut and sanded. Then you have to do metalworking, welding and grinding so that the bronze is cut. The application of colors is the next, and this is called patina. This is done by burning bronze with a burner while applying oxidizing chemicals. This is the final step, and it is an important part that gives bronze its coloring. It's really complicated. It takes about six weeks to complete all these steps. Each step should be done with care for the finished bronze to be perfect.

M.S-B: Thank you, Susan, for the time spent and for this amazing learning.


You do not always get what you want

Do not always get what you want, but do you get what you need? While pre-fishing for a tournament at the Bull Shoals Lake in Missouri, we had some of the strangest things happening to us in three days out there than on any other lake we've ever been before or after.

Now do not get me wrong, we love Missouri, but this tournament and the things that happened were a nightmare. We started driving from Delaware in 1998 (we decided to go in March to fish) and stopped at a Ohio gas station without having so much experience with our trailer and new truck and the excitement of the World Grand Bass Championship appears soon, for a moment blurred my perception, and we trimmed the side of the pumps and pulled out the wheel, and the whole fender had to be removed. We arrived in some cabins near Bul Shoals, and low and here the water was down, I mean really Far! We checked and dropped the boat. The mud was so soft that we stuck to the snow. It was frozen all the time, but we did the best of it. The next morning at 36 degrees and a good wind we left the lodge at 8am. The engine runs for about 45 seconds and drops off! We started it again, several times in the next 2 hours, but finally, 100 spouts and later burst.

Then and then we decided we'd fish before we left! We used the new MinnKota Trojan that we just got a week ago and we maneuver slowly to the nearest point. We started to catch some really nice hybrids and some big ones, and we really started to develop a model for this area, and the trolling of the engine broke and the smoke came out! It was completely broken.

We drove the bassboat to the marina where we were staying, and told him what had happened. The local tournament was out and was already more than 100 yards, but he said I'd give you my trolling bike so you can still go. "We thank him and went to the port where he said it was. This is a motor for mounting the trancess with about 28 kilograms of thrust! Not exactly the standard price at the Rock or Bull Shoals in March, with nitro, but we had decided. a little more fish and the trolling engine he gave us not only broke but actually broke into the shaft was mess! We paid for the trolling engine, got out of the cabin (as Snow began again) and started 15 hours back home. We had hunted about 4 hours after 7 days! We stopped at a motel on the way back and my brother said, "I bet there is someone there to fix a bike," "look at all the boats in the plot." We went into the parking lot as we registered, two older gentlemen stood up my ng and my brother say, "Do you know anything about motor boats?" The man says, "Did you do it?", I've fixed bikes all my life, I took off the motorcycle cover and let it run after less than 10 minutes, I jumped from the nose to the concrete and broke my ankle.

Many hours later, after the hospital, we went out again, determined to catch somewhere and catch something at this point. We put the boat and started to jiggle the jig docks. I went into what felt like the World Bass of the second flip. He pulled so hard that I was shaking, a few minutes later landed 20 pounds of carp!

After a few words I began to laugh and my brother Kurt. We have created and started throwing again at the docks. A few minutes later he put the hook on a monster. Beautiful 25-pound carp! We loaded the boat and returned home. Sometimes it's time to quit. We went back to these lakes and had very great experiences in the Midwest. My brother even won a tournament or two, and he was Big Bass World Champ / De in 1999 and 2001, but this week in March 1998 was one of those you never forget.

Budget trip for martial arts karate tournaments

Once martial artists and coaches decide to follow one of the great karate chains like NASA or NBL, it will soon be clear that participation in this sport can be very expensive. Many years ago I attended a seminar run by Charlie Lee, and he said the only major difference between many national and local competitors is that nationals have travel means. I was in both circuits of NBL and NASKA. I have also been involved in international competitions abroad, so I learned a few tricks over the years to help save some common costs related to competition.

Competition fees

Most karate tournaments offer some savings through pre-registrations. Since many promoters have recently added online signup opportunities, pre-registration is quick. Of course, there is a risk of losing your entire fee if it does not appear for the event for some reason. Even if you are committed to attending certain tournaments, other circumstances may prevent you from going. For example, I have missed tournaments due to cancellations due to bad weather. It is also possible for flights to be delayed or omitted for reasons beyond your control. Of course, unexpected emergency situations at home can always cause the trip to be canceled. So, although one can save good money over a year through pre-registration for all events, it's a risk to take.


Most tournament promoters also produce special room rates for certain tournament hotels. These special rates usually range from around $ 100 to $ 125, which are pretty good, given that most event hotels are the largest major chains such as Hyatt, Sheraton, Hilton, and so on. savings are possible at check-in. Almost never stayed in event hotels. Instead, I'll do research to find hotels that are close. The map maker on the Yahoo site is great for that. Just go to Yahoo and click on "Cards". Then enter the address and the city of the hotel. Search for other hotels nearby and the site will show you where they are on the map, and how far they are from the hotel. I also use travel sites like Travelocity and Expedia to check other nearby hotels. Many hotels are often much cheaper, especially those with a lower level of quality. In addition to travel websites, I would check room rates directly with Choice Hotels (Holiday Inn, Days Inn and Motel 6) through their websites. Rooms in these chains are not as luxurious as those in large hotels but are clean and comfortable. They are not the bottom of the barrel, as some independent motels. Prices may be 50% lower than the tournament prices in the hotel's event. My average room rate is about $ 50 and often includes a complimentary breakfast that is rarely available in hotels.

Many low-priced hotels are in close proximity to the tournaments. Even if the hotel is not within walking distance, a small taxi is usually worth saving a room. I even stayed at the airport hotels and then used the hotel's free transfers both at the venue and at the hotel for events. Of course, all this is not as convenient as staying at the hotel, but if you want to plan a little ahead, it's possible to save good savings. Of course, for events in which I extend my stay for holiday purposes, rent a car will allow me to stay where I want.

Another way to cut half of your hotel costs is to leave immediately after the competition ends. You will miss the evening shows, but if you do not mind, you will have to spend only one night and not two. For one year, one-off night trips can bring significant savings.


Driving will be the most economical way to travel to tournaments, but if the places are too far away, flying will be the most realistic way to get there. Trains can also be explored. As far as flights are concerned, you can wait for the sale of seats to buy tickets. Another strategy is to fly or exit from different airports that are close to the city of the event. There may be significant cost savings if you want to use alternative airports. Some cities have more than one large airport in the region. Alternative airports can reduce travel costs for competitors who also have to cross the US-Canada border. Canadians traveling to US airports on the other side of the border can save up to 50% sometimes for flights. Travelers have to join all loyalty programs but try to stay with one or two major airlines if possible. Points are added together, which may result in future free flights. Of course, hotel reservation points, rental cars and credit card use also help.


As I already mentioned, I try to use free transfers from the hotel when I can. If my hotel does not have a free shuttle service and is close to the hotel, I would sometimes take the free shuttle to the event and then walk to the hotel. I often use the hotel's shuttle to get back to the airport. Just go to the hotel lobby to look like a guest and no one should question the use of the shuttle.

Many cities where large tournaments are held have very efficient and safe transit systems at the airport. For example, instead of paying for taxis or airport transfers that you are charging, take a local bus or a subway train for about $ 1.5, it will take me to the tournament just as easily.

As you can see, there are different ways to get rid of the total cost of traveling with karate tournaments. You just have to do your research on every trip. As far as nutrition is concerned, you can always get foolish for a very reasonable price for these Chinese buffets found almost everywhere.