Food

Bum Steers-The Founder Movie

The Founder Movie

Showing you how Macca’s was founded, this movie was thoroughly enjoyable from my point of view. One of the two brothers who actually founded the first McDonald’s restaurant states in the film “There is a wolf in the hen house…& we let him in” That wolf goes on to claim he was The Founder & takes all the glory for the formula the two brothers worked so hard to perfect. In the defence of the wolf, Ray Kroc (played by Michael Keaton) he did work his ass off to elevate the chain from coast to coast with over 1600 restaurants founded and managed to overcome hurdles such as major financial struggles and unexpected costs such as running the huge walk in fridges to hold ice-cream and milk for the milkshakes.  Going from a door to door milkshake mixer salesman to lay the foundations of one of the worlds biggest corporations is inspiring, in my opinion. Ultimately Ray Kroc pulls the rug from under the real founders and even opens a Macca’s directly opposite the first ever, and makes the brothers take their own surname off the original.

Although at times I felt for the brothers I could not help but root for Ray Kroc to overcome adversity and grow the hell out of his dream. If there is one word to come out of this film it is ‘Persistence.’ In the film, The Founder, Ray is listening to a fictional recording called “Power of the Positive” by a fictional author named Dr. Clarence Floyd Nelson. It was created for the film specifically and there are no other references to it in other popular media. It states something along the lines of; Nothing in the world can replace the power of persistence. Talent wont… Genius wont… education wont, the world is full of educated fools. Persistence and determination alone are all powerful. That human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind. Other reviews were far from glowing but I really enjoyed this movie I will say 4 out of 5.

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Best Bum Steers-Masterminds Movie

Masterminds Movie

It is very hard to believe this is a true story. I have a strong feeling the Director/Producers, or who ever was in charge of this flick were using creative license to the max. That said it was an enjoyable, hysterical movie about a bunch of odd balls that pulled off the biggest heist in American history…17 MILLION DOLLARS.

The main character played by Zach Galifianakis the dude who plays Fat Jesus in The Hangover is an intelligent guy that does not seem to have a social skill in his body. Due to that fact and also his major crush on his co-worker gets roped into helping some unsavory characters rip off his workplace. Which happens to hold a sh%t tonne of money. I feel like this movie could have gone too silly if the likes of Adam Sandler and his cronies were in charge of making it. However in my opinion it was done well and if you feel like a knee slapping time on the couch and seeing loosely how the biggest heist in U.S. history went down check out ‘Masterminds

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Make Your Kid A Money Genius (Even If You’re…

Make Your Kid A Money Genius (Even If You’re Not) 

 

I am a firm believer that as a society we do not put enough emphasis on teaching our children about money. Towards the end of my high school I read Robert Kiyosaki’s book Rich Dad Poor Dad which for me then other than doing fake trading on the stock market in mathematics at school was the first insight into understanding how money can work. I recently listened to an interview by the author Beth Kobliner of “Make Your Kid A Money Genius (Even If You’re Not)” She talked about some basic tips that we can pass on to our children. I enjoyed her explanations in lamens terms and I wanted to share them with you.

What I found interesting was children as young as the age of 3 already have a basic understanding around money habits. By this age they can understand value,exchange, and how to make choices about money.

Everyone has some financial baggage and as parents it is important to go through basic financial principles and money basics with our children. From Age 3 start talking about “I have a job that helps us pay for food and petrol etc. We don’t need to talk about how much we make specifically or how much super we have,  or how Uncle Joe is tight and Aunty Joanne will just spend money on anything!

It is important to not lie to kids, if you are in a shop, do not say I have no money when they are demanding something, to then stop on the way home and buy petrol. Explain this is not what we came into the shop to buy today.

Frequently these days kids see us wiping cards more so than using cash. Use cash intentionally at times. Explain credit cards are like a loan, getting free money with interest. Explain it can be like paying $800 for a TV but paying the minimum repayments you’ll end up paying $1,100 for that product.

Unfortunately unlike when we were children savings accounts that existed are no longer around. As a child I had a savings passbook which I would go into the bank with my savings and the Teller would actually stamp your book although this isn’t available these days recommended even putting $100 a year into savings for the child. Another recommendation Beth Kobliner suggested to help them understand trading is to look at exchange traded funds or ETS which can be trading with as little as $100. This way they are still getting knowledge around trading actually using money. I remember when we did dummy trading in Maths I didn’t care when the Boardshorts Company I chose to invest in tanked as there was no ‘real’ financial interest.

Another part of the interview that I found interesting was around kids getting an allowance. There are over 2 dozen studies published on allowances and the consensus was it does not change their behavior. It was recommended that kids are not paid for chores that would be seen to be contributing around the house as a member of the family. However paying an allowance for jobs that would be considered going above and beyond for something that you would outsource perhaps to someone not in the family. An example was sorting large amounts of photos into files etc.

Be consistent with your children and money. If you tell them they will pay for that concert and then have them pulling heartstrings when they not saved saying “but all the other kids are going”. On that same note be realistic don’t expect them to buy presents for all their friends birthdays, buy phone credit and save for the concert.

If they loan money from you while you are out as a family and say they will pay you back, make them stay true to their word.

As they’re slightly older it is considered good to explain how insurance protects them from huge unexpected costs. At the same time go over how extended warranties on small products like appliances need to be weighed up whether they will actually benefit. Perhaps the product may be replaced before the extended warranty comes into play.

Before they enter the workforce explaining how some companies offer to match super contributions is like getting money for free and should be taken seriously. Research showed that male teens get talked to about investing & saving and girls get teased about buying make-up or clothes. The author recommended treating both sexes equally when it comes to educating on saving and money habits.

 

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“THE UNSTOPPABLE WOMAN OF PURPOSE “

“THE UNSTOPPABLE WOMAN OF PURPOSE “

My fiance has recently co-authored a book with 21 other successful women. I cannot express how proud I am of her achievement. On top of this book she has completed and soon to release her very own book as well as a bunch of other projects!
One of her larger projects to date was the Jaws Alert Mobile App, a global shark and wildlife notifications app which is community-based and free to download. Click on link to the Jaws Alert Facebook page
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This is A Woman’s Guide to Conquer Life & Business with clarity & Certainty (Vol.1)
The overall concept and intention for the Unstoppable Woman Anthology is to offer practical knowledge, expertise and wisdom from women experts and leaders, who are in experts and  leaders in full alignment with their purpose.
In this anthology, you will read their success stories and learn how these experts have conquered challenges and situations in life and business. In addition, this book (and workbook) will present turnaround strategies to equip women worldwide seeking guidance to conquer life with confidence and certainty in becoming an Unstoppable Woman of Purpose.

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Teens Hunger For Digital Media

Teens Hunger For Digital Media

I am going to take a brief plunge into Teens Hunger For Digital Media consumption today. What spurred me to do so was a visit to a friend’s house for dinner recently. It was after dinner we were all sitting around downstairs and I could hear a noise coming from upstairs. Which I described at the time as perhaps a video game or more particularly it sounded to me like a dinosaur game. My query to the other adults got some odd looks as I guess they could not hear it and the teenager that was downstairs with us at the time did not give me any information to work from. I left it, and the night went on, then when things went quiet again later I could hear the noise quite clearly again. I had been upstairs in between hearing the noise, to check on our toddler Keisha who was playing with Lego blocks. Although I did not notice at the time when hearing the noise again later I clicked that no computer games that I knew of were being played on the main TV upstairs. So when I ask the question again and one of the other teenagers living there was downstairs with us group of adults. I was finally relieved of my confusion for what was producing the confusing background noise. It turned out that it was a Skype call between a bunch of teenage friends, and that day just leave it running pretty much whenever they are home. The teenage resident went on to say that it even got left on at times when that sister resident wasn’t even home or had fallen asleep for the night. This blew my mind and made me ask if they had unlimited data.

Streaming aside, my thoughts went to the privacy side, of having homes all linked up through audio and visual at all hours of the day and night. I am showing my age here but it is such a vast difference from when I was a teenager and a majority of us didn’t even own a mobile phone.

Out of intrigue I did some research and interestingly enough kids of today actually watch more YouTube and Netflix than traditional TV.  Teens spent 65 percent of their time watching Netflix and YouTube, compared to just 26 percent of their time watching “traditional TV.” Although Netflix is clearly dominating teen viewing habits at 38 percent, according to a study by Piper Jaffray.

Amazon Prime membership has also grown among teens (although probably paid for by their parents) in each of the past five surveys, and Piper Jaffray now estimates that 51 percent of teens surveyed are now a member (or their parents are). Amazon Prime for those who do not know provides unlimited streaming of movies and TV shows with Prime Video, and the ability to borrow books from the Kindle store

Teens now spend up to nine hours a day on social platforms, while 30% of all time spent online is now allocated to social media interaction. And the majority of that time is on mobile – 60% of social media time spent is facilitated by a mobile device(socialmediatoday.com)

It is definitely a changing world and vastly different to when I was growing up. What’s your thoughts on our love of digital and social media? Please I would love to know your thoughts in the comments section. If you enjoyed this read, please feel free to share.

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Employment

My Cray Days

My Cray Days

During my teenage years I was lucky enough to often travel a few hours North of where we live to stay in a friends shack. Every school holidays we used to fill up their big F250 truck with clothes and supplies and venture up for two weeks of fishing, off road motorbike riding, shooting guns at targets and eating big cooked breakfasts every morning… and odd can of beer too!
As you could imagine we would excitedly look forward to these trips, and the fact that we were not staying in luxury accommodation added to the character of these trips.
Whilst out fishing off the boat I used to see numerous big cray fishing boats motor past with deckies (deck hands) wearing only board shorts in the warm weather, utilizing the water hammering through the deck hose to cool off.  I would envy them and always said to Dennis, the father of the friends we was staying with, “If a job ever came up, doing that, I wanted in!”
Sure enough, not long out of school and working in a hospitality job at a ‘Hard Rock Cafe’ style Diner called ‘Jimmy Deans Diner’ I got a phone call. A deckhand job had come up on a cray fishing boat but I needed to get my butt up there immediately. I can confidently say I did not know what I was getting myself into. My parents always supported me no matter what I desired to do and in that vein my father dropped everything and drove me 4 hours North to a location further up the coast to where we used to holiday. Similar style accommodation in that they were just sheet metal and wood shacks with no permanent services.  I remember finally finding the turn off to what would be my new bosses home. His name was Mick Foster and his wife, at the time, who was half his age was Vanessa. They were the only full timers in Sandy Bay. The other shacks were simply used for holidays, often by farmers that lived inland from there, & would sometimes fly in for the weekend on small helicopters.
Mick had taken the opportunity at the time, losing his Deckie, to pull all of the cray fishing pots out of the water and give them some TLC. That included fixing any battens that had snapped, replacing ropes and rubbing a steel brush over them to get rid of any build up algae. Looking back it was probably a good way to ease into what life was going to be like there, rather than getting straight into the fishing which was a 5 am starts, 7 days a week for 7 months. I was lucky enough to score my own shack several bays down from Mick & Vanessa’s. I was in Docs Bay and the only full timer also. The beach shack that I had been allowed to stay in was nowhere near as flash as Mick’s. I was in a one bedroom place which was run by a generator. I had no fridge, I had an ice box and used to buy massive blocks of ice in a hessian style bag, off the truck that would collect the catch each afternoon. I used to ride my push bike home with it slung over my shoulder, with melted cold water running down my backside. I had rain water however showering entailed using a bucket shower and to flush the toilet I would venture down to the ocean to fill a bucket of water to pour down the loo. I remember one afternoon venturing down to the water line with my bucket. On the trip back up to the shack with my bucket full of sea water, I heard laughing coming from one of the other shacks. Not realising I had company in the bay I had walked down not wearing any clothes!
After a few days of repairing the pots and getting acquainted with my new accommodation we got into the fishing. The bosses place was about 15 minutes away. Riding down their long limestone driveway, or entry to Sandy Bay, at 4:30am, their two dogs where well aware of my arrival & would bark constantly right up to Mick’s front door. Like clockwork he would instantly turn on all the lights, open the front door in his undies and get straight onto the task of turning on the kettle so I could make us coffee. After about 15 minutes of Mick chain smoking we would load up his rusted out ute and venture down to the waterline. Load up the dinghy with boxes of bait and jerry cans of fuel and motor out to the boat a couple hundred meters out in the middle of the bay. Once set up, we would head out to sea in the pitch black & I would start cutting mackerel in half getting ready to replace the bait that was in the pots from the previous day.
One of my fondest memories of doing this job was seeing every sunrise for 7 months straight after the madness of getting prepped for the day I would sit back for a brief moment before pulling the first line of pots. Appreciation for the light show over the land in front of me as we motored out to sea was inevitable. At that time of the day, especially in this region bring out all of the wildlife I remember copious amounts of birds flying around, turtles in the water dolphins, flying fish, you name it. This region really was inundated with huge amounts of wildlife.
It wasn’t just from above the waterline I would see the wildlife either. Having a scuba diver ticket is a prerequisite for a job as a deckhand on the cray boats. I had attained my ticket previously to ensure when the job came up I was ready to go. Every couple of weeks or so Mick would make me don an oxygen tank and work my way down the line (rope) to the bottom. I would dislodge pots that got stuck in a reefy hole and we were unable to winch to the surface. I thoroughly looked forward to this part of the job as I would get to see some of the sea life below the surface as well.

It also gave me an appreciation of Mick’s masterful skills to time the release of the pot at the surface. Getting it to fit within some of the tightest holes in the reef, right where all the crayfish live. One standout was an approximately 5 metre tall rough, pyramid shaped limestone formation with a hole straight down the centre similar to a volcano. Mick warned me before I went over the side of the boat that the hole down the middle may be too tight and dangerous. I should look at the bottom of this formation for a hole or cave to get access to the pot, untie the rope. Then proceed to go to the top of the pinnacle grab the line go back down the side of it and pull the pot out, re-tie for him to be able to winch to the surface. Sure enough true to his word, this is exactly what I needed to do. Getting in the cave at the bottom I could look up to the heaven’s and see the light shooting down the middle of the reef formation. The silhouette of many fish were clouding the light coming down to the sea bed. It truly was an amazing experience.

One time I did not want to jump over the side to retrieve a pot, actually I remember things getting heated between Mick and I because I refused to do so. Grumpy old Mick would not take no for an answer. The reason for my disobedience was, pulling up to the plotted position where the pot was stuck at the bottom we passed what is possibly the worst stench I have ever smelt in the air, it made the old abattoirs smell like roses! A huge turtle shell was floating on the surface and unfortunately something had eaten most it. Mick ended up winning. I backed over the side of the boat and proceeded my way down the rope to what seemed like the deepest, murkiest cray pot that was ever stuck. I can tell you that was the fastest I’ve ever dislodged a pot and got back up on deck.

During the season the fisheries department allowed big commercial boats to venture to the Abrolhos Islands for a two week period. The cray fish were in such numbers around these Islands that the fisherman and the crew make in 2 weeks what they would for the rest of the seven months season almost.

Unfortunately Mick’s boat was not large enough to journey this far. As an alternative we would travel 2 hours west of the mainland to the continental shelf where the ocean floor would just drop away too monumental depths. We tied on ropes that were triple the length that we usually ran. Each pots rope coiled on the deck, was the height of my waist.

The shelf was about 22 kilometres from the mainland and we were fishing in a 30 foot boat. We had to pick our days very carefully & go when the weather was perfect, and the surface would be like a sheet of glass. This was exciting times as we fished in the relative shallows for most of the rest of the season. One particular day, out deep, we grappled (hooked) the line & buoy to the boat winch and proceeded to bring the line in. I could see the pot deep down it was tiny & very slowly getting closer. I could see something circling and I excitedly said to Mick “there’s all fish circling the pot!” he replied “They are not fish mate!” The pot seemed to take forever to come upfrom the depths. As it got closer I realised Mick was not stiring me up. There were 8 large sharks slowly following the cray pot to the surface. I got more and more excited. These were blue sharks, an open water species often found in the deep waters around the world. The larger were 10 foot in length which excites you when you’re in the middle of the ocean & they are the third size of the boat you are in. I quickly realised however they were very mellow and as I threw the smelly old bait over the side it was not a situation of a feeding frenzy but more of a slow process of swimming past the old mackrell & inhaling it. As we would motor off to the next pots location the big sharks decended towards the depths and would do the same when we arrived at the next pot in that line. I felt very fortunate to have my SLR camera aboard. Mick who was normally a grouchy old man actually let his guard down long enough for me to try and snap some photos. He even gave me a great tip when I commented the photos probably wouldn’t turn out too well with the sharks being under the water. Mick probably being in this situation more times than I have had hot dinners instructed me to cut corner of one of the waxed bait boxes off and cut cross to stab one of the mackerel tales through. This ingenious tip enabled the heavy mackerel to float on the surface making the large sharks slightly breach on their side to get the food, setting up a fantastic photo opportunity. Unfortunately this was in the days before Digital SLR’s so I was shooting on film. My old Grandfathers hand-me-down camera had masking tape to secure it closed after the film was loaded. Unbeknown to me small amounts of light were getting into the camera so weeks later when I finally had the chance to process the film I was to find out the photos had not worked. At least I got to experience it and will keep the memories until my dying day.
Another memory which was quite a buzz  living up that way was having a buoy possibly 2 or 300 metres straight in front of my shack. At the bottom of this buoy was a hole in the reef. Once in the hole it opened into a cavern in all directions, just filled with crayfish. I could turn on a pot full of water on the gas cooker, throw on my snorkel and by the time I returned with a couple of crayfish the water had just began to boil. This was a real blessing especially as never my boss and Skipper Mick never relinquished a single cray the whole season.
I was recently reminded of these days and what was one of my one of my first jobs out of High School when I was deep in conversation with a gentleman, named Peter, that was buying a treadmill from me. He mentioned he was from a small town called Mingenew when we were on the discussion of Australian rules football. I was intrigued as he had played 400 + games in the region. The area he had spent most of his life was in similar vicinity to where I used to work on a fishing boat. The Gentleman’s brother had worked the cray or lobster industry since the mid seventies. This industry interestingly enough producers more millionaires in our state than any other industry, and his brother was no exception. A humorous part of that equation is that the Skippers making the millions of dollars do not necessarily look the part. Most have thick leather skin from the Australian sun, dress very casually and often drive rusty old cars due to all the salt in the air.
The stories these old Skippers could tell would blow most people’s minds. Peter mentioned one of the first boats his brother owned ended up capsizing leaving them stranded in the water 4 over 7 hours. The deckhand alerted Peter’s who was the skipper of the boat and Peter added that he was not allowed to skipper as he hadn’t worked up enough sea hours. The deckie’s warning went unheard and & they kept on pulling the cray or lobster pots. Not long after when coming to a halt the water that had been leaking into the hull rushed to the front of the boat. The water tipped the boat forward then rushed towards the rear of the boat instantly turning it on it’s end and beginning to sink. The deckie and skipper had no time to do anything other than jump off and cling to what they could to float. The Deckhand had cut his leg quite badly and had blood pouring out into the water making them all the more nervous. They were fishing 2 hours from the coast and luckily for them another boat had passed on its way in for the day and the deckhand on that boat alerted the skipper he had seen something in the water otherwise they would have been toast. He mentions stories of going from one of the Abrolhos Islands to another (Little Rat and Big Rat) for Sunday sessions. All the fishermen would get together and drink heavily and smoke heavily also.
 
Half way through the season I made friends with some other Deckies a few bays around from where I was staying. We often were finished fishing for the day by early afternoon. For fun we used to take the dinghy out and tow each other around skurfing (skiing with surfboards). The boys had big wacky backy trees growing at their shack, which introduced me to gardening and how to prune plants etc. Similar to the pre-requisite of having a dive ticket to get a job up there it seemed it was compulsory to drink Bundy Rum straight from the bottle also. This was an effort but I honed my skills in an attempt to fit in. I scored a puppy one day travelling to the closest town to cash my cheque. I left my wallet on top of a pinball machine in a gaming arcade filled with $1000 cash…no one had seen it when I went back!
The stories could go on all day!

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Business

NYC Taxi Medallions Worth Their Weight In Gold

NYC Taxi Medallions Worth Their Weight In Gold…well they used to be worth their weight in gold, up until a few years ago.

A medallion is required to operate a New York City yellow taxi cab, the only type of vehicle allowed to accept passengers who hail cabs on the street. Until the streets were flooded with independent operators like Uber & others, those medallions could sell for over one million dollars! Cabs have been reported to be around on the streets of New York since the late 19th century. By the 1930’s their numbers had slowly grown over the years to a whopping 30,000 zooming around the streets unregulated. In the late 30’s the city introduced the medallions costing $10. Since that era they experienced extraordinary growth of almost 8000 times their initial price at their peak.

The gentleman that owns the most medallions in the city Andrew Murstein has found a lot of green in yellow, reportedly owning at least 500. These days credit unions mainly own and lease out the medallions like LOMTO Federal Credit Union have 628 medallion loans totaling about $138 million. For decades, taxi medallions were among the safest financial bets around. Many New Yorkers got rich by purchasing a few and watching their value soar over the years.

A couple of years ago owners of New York City’s taxi “medallions” filed a lawsuit (PDF) against city regulators.  “With companies like Uber operating in the marketplace free of regulatory burdens… licensed taxicab drivers have left the taxicab industry in droves, choosing instead to drive for Uber,” The taxi drivers that have stayed are at risk of losing everything,  earning an average of only $22,000 per annum and having no chance of paying their loans.

In this current financial climate and the direction the world is heading traditional brick and mortar businesses and seemingly bullet proof investments are certainly not what they used to be. Affirming my personal feelings around working online and building my own personal brand. In doing this, being the absolute best version of myself and helping as many people as possible I feel security and freedom (eventually) that I would not get as simply an employee. The cab drivers of New York, New York are commendable, especially the ones that had the foresight and belief to invest in a medallion. However anything can happen. I feel very strongly in diversification and also personally have a love for the online platforms with billions of eyeballs looking to cure different pains. My personal focus is helping people be a healthier version of themselves. Lead generation and quality traffic, for ANY business niche & more recently I have a desire to share digital training and motivational content. With the latter you can help multitudes of people long after doing the work, by way of eBooks or audio visual content. From a business sense you can still see remuneration without the need to be on a call or at a meeting where you are swapping your time for money. Many connections of mine talk about a goal of, or are already coaching or consulting. Yes the money can be substantial, however again you are needed physically to be present. Similar to an employee you are trading your time for money, probably more money than a typical employee. If time freedom is the ultimate measure of success, digital products are the ducks nuts, for mine!

Different tiered products are an important part of the equation also. Apple’s products are a great example of having different price point offers. Purchasers may have bought a iPod years ago, next its the iPhone, time passes and an iPad is essential. Before you know it your investing in a flash desktop Mac because it all syncs up seamlessly and you just gotta have one…well O.K. maybe not, but you get the point. With different tiered products, purchasers may pay $7 for an eBook, then over time a course for hundreds, then a mastermind for thousands. The key is to provide 3 times the value minimum, compared with the price being paid.

Online is the future whether people like it or not. Give value, value, value non-stop, build brand ‘You’ and I guarantee you will go far, even long after all these corporations fall to the wayside!

 

Andrew Murstein (Mega Medallion Owner)

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Fitness

How quickly things can change!

I had a lesson on how quickly the winds of fortune can change today. Saturday’s are usually one of our busiest, if not our busiest day of the week. However saying that it is retail and you never know what can happen. So today we were actually having a quiet day. We had four staff on myself and three others including our Area Manager, that manages all of the stores and two other co-workers, all with several years of experience selling fitness equipment.

We have what you would describe as a coffee table at the very rear of our large shop with some knee-high padded stools around. All four of us had pulled up a pew. Our  Area Manager Tim was on his laptop working while our store manager Gavin and I were woofing into some barbecue chicken and salad sandwiches. I had only just finished constructing two sandwiches myself when my other work mate Brian, who is in his 60s, said “Ryan you’re up!” Referring to customers coming into the store. While I am an enthusiastic person most of the time, we had had a pretty quiet day up until then & had not long ago sat down early afternoon for lunch…let’s just say I wasn’t jumping out of my skin to serve. This was a pivotal point however where I realised how quickly things can change. The customers that I walk down to greet and who had got perhaps one third of their way into the store before I got to them, asked the question as I got close by “Are you Ryan?”  Which immediately put a smile on my face as I replied “yes I am.”

The couple, in their mid 50s explained that I had emailed them almost a month ago regarding an elliptical machine that I recommended and they were down from the country to secure one of the machines for themselves. While I was serving this couple I had gone up to the till to negotiate on price with the powers that be, when I was introduced to a lady that I believe to be with her granddaughter. I had been following up this lady for the last fortnight. My colleague had served for me while I was demonstrating the features on the elliptical machine. And in turn had sold an upright bike and put it under myself, which was uplifting. While I was wrapping up the with my couple from the country & had almost finished I just needed to process payment etc, a father and son that I’d served almost an hour earlier walked back in to purchase a treadmill that we have narrowed down to be the right piece of equipment.

I reflected immediately on how quickly the situation can change.  I admittedly sighed when I was first interrupted from my lunch.  Although these three sales are not going to break and records it was just a wake-up call for myself to keep the chin up and try not to let the environment affect me me because you never know what the universe may throw at you.  All customers in that little rush had been followed up at different points and I probably got disappointed during the process when they were not willing to purchase at the time or were not looking like coming in in the near future. However a good analogy is to look at it as filling a pipeline. Put the work in, and do the right thing, you never know when you may benefit from the fruits of your labour. I know I am not going to be able to remain upbeat at all times, I am only human, and we all have our moments. However reflecting on how quickly things can change can definitely help when having a down day or seeming like you have been dealt a bad hand.

Dad

Touring Penguin & Seal Islands

I actually had no idea what to expect. The tickets were bought for us as a gift from my sister Holly who works for the company who run the tours. We were very happy to hop on the glass bottomed boat and drift off into the aqua coloured bay, on a beautiful day. There was a slight breeze running from the south-west, which is a common occurrence in this region of the world. This time of year we have what we call The Fremantle Doctor. By roughly 11am or midday at the latest the breeze comes from the south off the ocean at very high speeds. The Doctor was light when we took off and luckily for us it didn’t really affect us, as the boat we were on was very stable and set up perfectly for when the ocean sweeps up from the windy conditions. Most of the canopy surrounding the boat had openings but you could tell they were well equipped for what nature presents as the versatility for opening and closing different sections of the canopy surrounding the glass bottomed boat was ideal.
Quite soon after we took off we headed for Seal Island which is situated to the right, or North of Penguin Island looking from the mainland . Seal Island as the name suggests is in inhabited by Sea Lions the tour guide or host on the boat mentioned how lucky we were to have an actual seal that had just bared a pup, and was nursing it on one of the secluded beaches separate to the other Sea Lions. It was explained to us that these seals are normally only found in colder climates like the Antarctic and we were very lucky to have this seal and its pup calling our Seal Island home for the time being. The others Sea Lions that we could easily see perhaps 20 or 30 m from the boat were all males lazy relaxing in the sun and we saw four males play fighting and being quite boisterous both in the water and on the shore. The females are pregnant for over 18 months and as soon as two weeks after they give birth they are pregnant again and out looking for food during pregnancy. The males have a good wicket and spend most of their life sleeping and laying about on the warm sand sunning themselves. If I come back I believe a Sea Lion would not be the worst reincarnation . After we spent time loitering around Seal Island we went back out into the bay and witnessed three dolphins hanging around a large,  2+ meter wingspan stingray. The dolphins have it wired, they hang around the large stingrays to get an easy feed. They were actually getting a sleep in at the same time. I had no idea but dolphins actually sleep with one eye open and one eye closed, they get short periods of sleep, (minutes at a time) approximately eight hours toatal during a 24 hour period. They do not fully shut off as they need to control their breathing. So we witnessed the dolphins cruising along slowly, bobbing like a cork at the surface of the ocean and it was explained to us that this was the way they slept. The host or MC on the boat was very informative, we got a schooling for the full 45 minutes.

After sometime hanging around the dolphins  we then headed to Penguin Island. Once on the island it is advised to keep to the boardwalks and just appreciate the nature around you. Penguin Island brags that it has no ground based predators like foxes,which I really enjoyed hearing. My father is a nature lover and during my life has been with many naturalists groups and being an avid photographer of wildlife has mentioned many times how destructive predators can be, especially the introduced kind. We saw fluffy little baby penguins, lizards, a variety of bird species with their young and enjoyed the lovely sunny weather that our region has to offer. I must say I truly felt very relaxed today as we really didn’t have much booked other than seeing the Penguins get fed, it was all about just appreciating the moment. We sat at a sheltered beach on the eastern side of the island away from the howling wind that had really picked up over the hours since we left the mainland. It was lovely to watch Keisha, our little four year old having a ball in the shallows, not having to wear floaties  as the water was dead still, super shallow and a beautiful aqua colour. For anyone living in this region that has not ventured over to Penguin Island or Seal Island, I highly recommend this! Especially if you have children, as I believe this is a great experience to get in touch with nature. I must say it doesn’t feel forced either, my stepdaughter Mikayla, who is 17, took an interest in the wildlife around her & enjoyed the day.
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Daddy & Daughter Adventure.

Daddy & Daughter Adventure. Our four year old daughter, Keisha and I went for a ride on our push bikes this afternoon. Not long after we ventured off we rode through some bush land. Keisha hopped off her bike & asked me to lift her high enough to grab leaves hanging from a tree to the side of the path we were on. After she grabbed a handful of leaves she requested we go & explore. The bush we were in was dry and brown, however about 50 meters away was plenty of paperbark trees in what would be described as swamp land. Keisha found fun in finding sticks everywhere & attempting to pick up as many as possible. Her attention then turned to whacking trees, baseball swing style, our little girl definitely has a boisterous side!

As we ventured further into the thick paperbark trees we came across some substantial bike jumps. This took me back to my youth seeing the methods used to build these structures up to something peaky enough to help get some serious hang time while jumping gaps or table tops to then sail smoothly down the other side. Keisha was happy to hoick boulders and sticks around the place while I admired the handy work that had gone into making these jumps. I also felt a feeling of restored faith that kids still get outdoors & not all of today’s youngsters are totally devoted to computer games and their mobile phone screens. We were strolling past the jump pictured above when we noticed a Kangaroo casually chomping on grass meters from us. The marsupial was not fazed by Keisha and I, & was happy to pose for a piccy or two. Short Video Shortly after a group of young lads turned up and explained the triumphs and frustrations experienced putting the jumps together and talked about how stoked they were to be at the start of their 6 weeks of Summer school holidays.

The boys were good value and happy to hang with us despite our obvious age difference. Only one boy had his BMX bike with him, and was fine for me to snap photos of him taking on the jumps. However his first attempt proved to rattle his confidence as he over shot the table top all together and ended up stacking it. It was quickly explained that the bike was not his, and his preference was Mountain Bikes, not the smaller frame he was riding. We moved some pellets to try and fix one of the jumps and I was prepping to get some action photos however the young bloke decided against it. It ended up being quite a cool little adventure for Keisha and I. Earlier in the day our little one went to a birthday party which had a mermaid swim up mid party in the Dolphin Quay Marina. I know she will sleep well tonight. Tomorrow we have a family trip Penguin Island off Safety Bay.

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