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January 9, 2005

Home Inspection Checklist

Young people and even a few older people are the primary folks who fuel the entry-level existing home market. When a person moves from the first home they purchased to their second home, the person who buys their first home is often buying for the first time.

Houses can have all sorts of visible and not-so-visible defects and flaws. If you have little experience looking at houses, then it might help you to have a home inspection checklist that will help you identify defects.

A home inspection checklist can save you tens of thousands of dollars by quickly forcing you to look beyond all of the fresh paint, the nice furnishings and the intoxicating aroma of apple pie wafting from the oven.

I just compiled a 100+ item Home Inspection Checklist that will help you seee defects before you call in a professional inspector. Think about it for a moment. Doesn't it make sense to eliminate a house from contention before you spend nearly $400.00 on a professional home inspection? Oh, I forgot to tell you, my home inspection checklist is an Instant Download product! You get it the moment your credit is approved!

Posted by Tim Carter at 12:59 PM

January 8, 2005

Iraq Suicide Bombers

At first blush it might be hard to think any good at all could come from the devastation left after the smoke clears minutes after a suicide bomber in Iraq or other nation pulls the trigger or pushes the button.

But when you stop and think about it from a long-term biological point of view, great good is done. So long as the idiot suicide bomber didn't make a deposit at the local sperm or egg bank, the person has permanently removed him/herself from the gene pool. This is a good thing!

I realize those innocent people who die in each blast are also removed from the human genome pool, and they may have made enormously good contributions to the improvement of the species, but we have to focus on the good. I also hope that each day there are fewer of these zealots who think that killing other innocent people is an acceptable way to further their casue.

While we are at it, tell me, why do these people wear hoods all of the time? Isn't that cowardly? If they are such great warriors and heros, don't they want other terrorists in the future to know who they are?

Author's Notes: January 9, 2005 9:07 a.m. ET

The last paragraph above dealing with hoods and cowardice was written in the most sarcastic tone as I could muster at the time. But some visitors to this blog didn't pick up on that. Many of us already know the terrorists are cowards - that is why they cover their faces. They know if we recognized them the full might and power of the US Military Machine would bear down upon them so swiftly and with such force that they would think they were in the high-speed lane on the expressway leading to Allah.

It goes without saying that many of those killed by the Iraq suicide bombers are service men and woman from the United States and other allied forces. We all know a gapping emotional wound that heals with an ugly scar is displayed by all loved ones who are left behind. If you know these people and can help them, do so.

Posted by Tim Carter at 3:39 PM

January 2, 2005

The First Bottled Water

When I was growing up many years ago Clorox liquid bleach came in one gallon white plastic bottles. My wonderful mother used Clorox in our laundry.

Anyway, the empty Clorox bottles were never thrown away. Mom would rinse them out really well and would fill them with water. I am talking lots of bottles of water under our old double-basin concrete utility sink in the basement.

Mom was in the bottled water business but didn't know it! I would ask her, "Mom, what is that water for?" She would answer, "If the water main breaks outside, we are all set. We will have water to do things." It sounded like a great idea at the time.

But I never ever remember us having to break into the bottled water stash. In fact as I grew older, it became a little joke around in our family and still is. Mom took the heat and never got angry. If given the chance and there was a need to use it, I imagine I would have been put on severe rations for my endless mocking of the Be Prepared Plan.

But of course the bigger issue is that I had that billion dollar future industry right in front of me the entire time and was asleep at the wheel.

Posted by Tim Carter at 8:52 PM

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