To promote my gutter cleaning and installation business, I hire a printer in Brisbane to make some magnets that could go on the refrigerator. Business cards are usually the go to method for business promotion in my area, but I wanted to do something that would stand out from everyone else who was looking for a spot in the millions of wallets of homeowners. I feel that the better way is to be on the minds of people every time they are about to get something to eat or drink. Every time they think about some delicious food, they’ll think of my business.
The magnets are rectangular magnets that are a little smaller than the average index card. When I hang magnets on my own refrigerator, I try to use something that has enough space to hold a large piece of paper without getting in the way. Sometimes my wife will want to hang reminders on the refrigerator, and sometimes we hang our son’s school work on it when he does a good job. We have even put up a calendar or two that will show any important events that are happening in the community.
Getting the magnets out to people was as simple as placing them in the mail boxes of each home. I drove around and put each magnet in one by one. I have a greater appreciation for what the postal workers have to do, because stopping at each house to deliver something can become a little tedious after an hour. If I had to do it all day and stop at multiple neighborhoods, I might have lost my mind. As I get more customers, I may do something in addition to sending out the magnets. A calendar at the beginning of the year would be a nice way for people to think about the business all year long.
Last month, I was able to get in touch with a company called Big 3 Media, and asked them to help me make a video. The video is going to be used as a promotional tool for a video game that would be coming in the fall. Although the video doesn’t have a realistic art style, I wanted to have the video make with real actors to get people into the mood that they are in the game when they are playing it. The video has a dramatic tone and gives viewers the feeling that they are all alone in space.
The video begins with a person jumping out of a space ship onto an unknown space station. The station is dark, and the person is exploring it using a special visor that can show them things that the normal human eye can’t. The person also has a small cannon mounted on their arm for offense. Not long after entering the station, creatures emerge and attack the person, causing them to fire the cannon in retaliation. The person defeats the creatures easily and showcases all of the abilities that it can do. At the end of a corridor, the person encounters a large creature that looks more threatening than any that came before it. The creature roars and the person raises the arm cannon. The cannon charges with a bright light as it prepares to fire and the video ends.
In order to create the video, a lot of special effects had to be used, as it would have been impossible to shoot the video in space. I was even able to take part in the commercial. The roar that the large creature makes is simply my voice after being altered by a computer. They told me to make a roar that sounded like a movie dinosaur.
I had to click here for more information when I was looking for my daughter’s middle school basketball game. I thought that we had a bye week and I was looking to see if I could find out who was going to be playing us the following week. There were a lot of people that were looking at the schedule to see if we could go to a party next week as most of the girls from the team were invited so we were all happy to see that there were no make up games scheduled for that week. I had a lot of friends that wanted to teach me the different things that I could do with the team’s mascot as I was designing one for them. I am a graphic designer and I have a lot of clients that are professional sports teams and doing mascots has sort of become my thing, although I do not know how or why.
I decided that we were going to have some fun looking at the different things that there were in the school to get some inspiration. They were the pirates and I had a color scheme that I knew would go with the whole mascot but since it was a brand new school I had to figure out what the school colors were going to be. I asked the principal and he told me that if I had a great mascot with two primary colors that were going to go great together that he would be happy to adopt them from my new mascot. Black and gold were the colors of the pirate and I was so glad that I was able to make a difference to her team and to her entire school and its future sports teams.
I am going to be retired before too long. It is going to be about a year and seven months from now. I have already bought a really nice Recreational Vehicle. It is not enormous like a lot of the ones you see and it does not cost as much money as a new car. It is something that is just about the right size for Jean and I to travel around. I went to this site and got a Direct TV package. If I was willing to pay a lot of money I could get an antenna which works while you are moving down the highway. However now it only works when you park the RV and you set up the dish so that it is directed towards the satellite up in orbit around the Earth. All of that was quite easy to figure out. I got the package for the house too and in theory the box in the RV only costs me 5 dollars per month above what the home package costs.
What is not easy to figure out is how you get a good or even a decent internet connection out on the Interstate Highway system. You can get Internet, from HughesNet which is the company which originally founded Direct TV. In fact Howard Hughes was one of the first private citizens or companies to put satellites in to orbit about fifty years ago. However their product has a lot of problems and it costs a lot of money. In theory you can get wireless. In North Carolina you have a company called Clear which seems to operate in all of the populated parts of the state. However I do not plan on staying in this state all of the time or even most of it.
Of course there is this site where they want you to cut off your cable and switch to Direct TV, http://www.cable-tv.com/. I have been looking at that as an option and of course if you look at it says that for 20 dollars a month you get something called a Select pack for a year, but you are signing up for two years. Like anything else the devil is in the details and if you read the fine print there is going to be a good reason why you would not do it. My Dad showed me that a long time when he was trying to teach me one of those sage lessons about life and so forth. He pointed at some offer and showed me the great big letters that said 20 dollars a month. He said that when you see one thing written in big letters it is supposed to look really good to you, but there is something you do not see that is not going to look as good if you took the time to take a real close look at it.
Of course my Dad had a Little magnifying glass and he got a yellow highlighter and showed me where the math really took you on that offer. It was supposed to be something that I remembered because obviously you are going to have a lot of chances to make mistakes big and small. The sayings go on and on about how you should look before you leap, which is obvious and it means the same thing when it comes to buying a car or any major financial decision. This is a big deal over time. Each month it is 20 dollars, but that adds up. It especially adds up if they start tacking on charges.
When I lived in New York, getting power to my house was extremely easy. It was that way because there was only one choice, unless I wanted to live off the grid. I am in no way capable of doing that, so I went with the power company that supplied the entire region with electricity. Moving to Texas was a culture shock in that regard. I had no idea that I would have a choice, and when I saw a link with just how many different providers I could choose from, I was even more surprised.
I had not even heard of most of the different companies listed on this site that gives details about all the different energy companies. I did not let that scare me off though. I am the type of person who likes having choices, so I was going to make sure that I researched all of my options so I could make the best choice possible. I was able to read about the deregulation process that happened in Texas over a decade ago, and then I read about the different companies. One might think that these companies are all the same, but the only similarity was that they provide energy.
They are different in their rates, their plans and their different packages. Some have been around for decades while others were formed after the deregulation happened. Some give back to the community, and some offer green alternatives. There are so many differences that it really did take me a while to learn about all of the companies so I could make the decision on which one was going to supply energy to my home. While there were a few that were a good match, only one was able to provide me with the peace of mind in knowing that I was supporting the right company by giving them my business.
My mom told me she would never get satellite TV because of the dish. I looked up and down the street on her block. It looked to me like most of her neighbors already had it. She just did not want the dish on her house for some reason. Well, I did not have a problem with it at my house. I contacted Direct TV in Aledo months ago. That is what got mom talking about it. She looked at my satellite bill I had setting out on the table. It is less than what she pays for cable. She likes it better than cable. However, she had all kinds of worries about a dish being on her roof.
She said it might cause a leak or attract lightning. Never mind that old TV antenna that is still up there on their roof! I called Direct TV in Aledo again and asked them if they could put the dish on a pole in the ground. Mom paid a few extra bucks for that type of install, but it worked for her. The dish is in her flower garden surrounded in the back by field grasses from South America and Black-Eyed Susan’s and Purple Coneflowers in the front. She wanted to “camouflage” the presence of the dish. The installer showed her not to block the line of sight by not planting things that were too tall in front of it.
Mom is happy now. She has a dish you can barely see in her yard, and she has all the channels that I have at my house. All it took was not having the dish put up on her roof. DirecTV does all kinds of non-standard installations. They have solutions for flat roofs, ground installs and pretty much any other place someone might need to put the actual satellite dish for one reason or another. Just ask them.