PrioritiesWritten by Dave Balch
Unfortunately, most of us need a little reminder every now and then about what is really important. Something will happen in our lives and we just sort of sit up, slap our foreheads stupidly, and say "DOH! Of course! I knew that, but I forgot that I knew that!"
The trouble is that we never know when that's going to happen and, when it does, it may be too late. If you lose a loved one in a tragic accident, how will you be able to say those things to them that you meant to say but never did?
My guess is that you probably don't have to think very hard to figure out your top priorities in life. Are you taking time, however short, to think about it? And are you acting accordingly, spending your time and financial resources where it matters most?
I just got a reminder of my own; my bride of 19 years was diagnosed with breast cancer. After we got news I felt two profound emotions: fear and gratitude. The fear, of course, was about what future held. The gratitude was for all time we have been able to spend together by working at home for over 20 years.
After her first surgery we learned that it had spread. When situation is dire, it's easy to drop things that used to be soooooooo important and focus on things that really are.
I was in parking lot of a local market and I saw a man and woman arguing about something. I thought about how their anger was probably over something that, in reality, just doesn't matter a hoot. Someday they, too, may get a sudden reminder and they will hopefully realize how unimportant and insignificant those types of arguments usually are.
Don't get ripped off at the pump.Written by Julius Simmons
DONĒT FILL UP WITHOUT READING THIS
We had to put out a fair amount of cash to get these secrets from some experienced gas attendants. This is vital information to all that drive. Iíll give you a few tricks that some gas attendants use to make extra money while at work. A few dollars here and there can pay for their lunch or gas money for day. These guys donít make very much so skimming is an option some dishonest workers use to supplement their income. Itís important to remember, most of these guys are just hardworking guys who want nothing more than an honest days work. Most look forward to helping customer in any way they can, but then there are others.
Scenario 1- A guy comes into gas station and fills a gas can for his lawn mower. Typical cans hold a gallon of gas, but most of time a person will simply ask for a dollar, itís a nice round figure. The gas attendant fills can, collects money, then either places nozzle on ground or hangs it on pump in an improper manner (If youíre looking itís easy to spot). The dollar already pumped doesnít reset until nozzle is properly hung up. When next car comes in they simply put pump in car and begin filling. Instead of amount starting from $0.00 it begins from $1.00, and you lose a dollar worth of gas. The best way to combat this is to get out of car and watch. If you canít; make sure attendant knows youíre looking at what heís doing. I guarantee you, he will reset pump.
Scenario 2- A customer goes in to buy some gas; attendant checks oil and tells them engine oil level is a quart low. Many times they will show customer oil dip stick and sure enough itís a quart low. This deception is done buy not sticking dip stick all way into tube. If stick is left about a quart short it will read a quart low. Then all that has to be done is, get a bottle from rack, pretend to twist off top and stick it inside a large funnel. After a few minutes remove funnel from engine and toss bottle into trash. After customer pays for service they believe that theyíve received and leaves, attendant retrieves bottle from trash, wipes it off and returns it to rack.