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Attribution WILL be enforced.
It was uncharacteristically warm on New Year’s Day and as such we ended up in Hampton (as in the beach) for some lunch. I invariably take the scenic route to Hampton — i.e., following the ocean — than the fast (and tolled) I-95. This means I have to go through Rye and ‘Brit Bits‘ is in Rye. And, of course, I had to stop.
It was, being New Year’s, closed. And this was the WINTER display. Very different to what they usually have in the Summer. That is UNDERSTANDABLE.
Other than the 1930s (methinks) MG in the showroom there was, for a change, nothing tempting. But, I was impressed by the prices.
My 1968 British Racing Green MGB, stickered and registered, appears to have appreciated quite a bit. Which was always the expectation.
I am still glad I stopped. Will have to go again in the Summer.
Given my collection I don’t turn too green at ‘Brit Bits’ any longer.
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When we lived in Gilford (2002 — 2007) going to this church for the Christmas Eve service became a cherished tradition — though I am a lifelong heathen. We stopped going when we moved to Alton. Well, we rectified that today. First time back in eleven-years methinks.
It was good. It is a nice, friendly, non-judgmental church — and we even met some folks we knew from way back.
Despite being a heathen I don’t mind going to church. I have probably been to church nearly as much as many Christians. I like the architecture, the trappings, the ceremonial elements and above all the music. The music did not disappoint today. There was a rendition of “O, Holy Night” by a soloist, Karen Jordan, that was exceptional. WOW. It was worth going just for that.
So, set us up for Christmas.
I just wished I had room in our Nissan Quest ‘van’ for another. I would have taken a second one too.
We have a large storage space above our ‘triple’ garage (and it must be a triple since it houses three British cars). I went up there around Thanksgiving to start bringing down Christmas stuff and was horrified to discover that we had five or six unused bikes up there. I realized that there must be plenty around, locally, who would love to have one of them, I wasn’t going to keep them any longer on the vague assumption that one of us will, someday, get around to using them. There is another bike in the garage that I very occasionally ride just for the fun.
So, I set about trying to find out how I could donate bikes. Wasn’t easy! Finally it transpired that ‘Goodwill‘, in Concord, was the best bet. They even have a program that they ‘restore’ the bikes and give them to deserving adults who need transport. Bingo. I was all in favor.
I just did not have the chance to take a bike down to Goodwill till today. Once it was loaded into the Quest somebody checked its price on eBay. Heck, no! Nope. I was not going to be swayed. It is Christmas.
It felt good. The lady who picked it up at Goodwill said: “somebody will be very happy with this”. Well, probably not as happy I was to donate.
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By Lucy Reed Of Gigmine.co
Most of us have been conditioned to think of work as something we do on behalf of someone else. We’re also taught to define success as how well we perform in those circumstances and whether the work we do pleases an employer. Unfortunately, for many people, that’s an artificial and restrictive way to spend 40 hours or more a week. And pleasing an employer is a subjective matter — you can meet the objectives of your position and still not satisfy a supervisor who has specific ideas about how you should work, how you should dress, and how you should interact with others. If that describes your situation, or if you just want to make a change and try something new, the gig economy could be just what the doctor ordered.
The Gig Economy
For a prospective contractor/freelancer, the gig economy is an opportunity to make a fresh start doing something you enjoy. If you’re not sure if it’s a viable alternative, consider that 57 million Americans are involved in the gig economy in some capacity. That’s roughly one-third of the country’s entire workforce, and those numbers are growing.
In other words, America’s gig economy is booming. It’s a good time to make the transition if you’ve had enough of the traditional, eight-to-five grinder because a growing number of companies have embraced the benefits of engaging experienced professionals on an ad hoc basis. However, it’s not like switching jobs — there are things you need to know to make it work.
Go with What You Know
Offer a service you know well and enjoy doing. For example, if you’re a writer or a designer, it’s probably not a great idea to start a landscaping business or become a financial consultant unless you have a background in those areas. The beauty of the gig economy is that you can take on work you want to do and work hours you want to work, so it’s a welcome change from being vulnerable to a demanding supervisor. Think about the niche you can create for yourself by offering a service in which you excel. The more you can specialize and differentiate yourself from competitors, the more you’ll stand out to potential clients.
Open for Business
You’ll need to let everyone know you’re open for business and make clear what you offer. Create profiles on freelance sites like Upwork that pair giggers with suitable opportunities. If you don’t already have a website, you’ll need one that’s professional and engaging. Remember, this will be your online identity, so consider having it done by a professional website designer.
Post samples of past work and provide a description of what you do and how you can help potential clients. Let former clients and colleagues know that you’re going into business as a contractor — they may be able to hook you up with work opportunities.
Entering the gig economy means you’re on your own — no one’s going to stand over your shoulder and ask about your progress. Getting work done on time and according to your customer’s expectations is on you, so make sure you’re organized. Set up a dedicated work area with minimal distractions. Make it a relaxing space with green houseplants and calming artwork. And keep the screens (TV, gaming consoles, etc.) in another part of the house.
Set firm work hours by determining which hours work best for you, though it may sometimes be necessary to work specific hours if a client needs something completed within a set timeframe. Being a successful gigger depends to a large extent on self-discipline and being motivated to get your work done well and on schedule. Once you’ve completed an assignment for a company, be sure to follow up and stay in touch so they know you’re still available and interested.
Gig-based work offers a degree of freedom and flexibility that can be incredibly liberating, especially if you’re used to being tied to a cubicle eight hours a day. However, it’s not a license to steal — you’re still responsible for pleasing your clients, and retaining them (and getting others) will depend on how well you perform.
Wow. It is true. I happened to see this ‘post’, on my Google News feed earlier today. When I was next in front of the TV I tried it out. Yes, they are free. STRANGE. Couldn’t find a Christmas theme. Closest was a ‘White Winter’. So, have that now. See below. Enjoy.
Search on ‘Roku’.
These are my friends at HRM USA — the place at which I have been buying ALL my many activity trackers for the last year. Given that they discovered that I blog they had asked whether I would do some reviews for them. I was glad to oblige. So, here is one. I have done more.