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February 14th is Valentine’s Day, and Valentine’s Day is all about love. We write poems about love, sing songs about love, go to movies about love – but what is love? Here are some kids with their own unique perspective:
· I’m in favor of love as long as it doesn’t happen when The Simpsons is on TV. (Anita, age 6)
· If falling in love is anything like learning how to spell, I don’t want to do it. It takes too long. (Leo, age 7)
· It gives me a headache to think about that stuff. I’m just a kid. I don’t need that kind of trouble. (Kenny, age 7)
· I think you’re supposed to get shot with an arrow or something, but the rest of it isn’t supposed to be so painful. (Robbie, age 8)
· Be a good kisser. It might make your wife forget that you never take out the trash. (Randy, age 8)
· Don’t forget your wife’s name...that will mess up the love. (Roger, age 8)
· One way is to take the girl out to eat. Make sure it’s something she likes to eat. French fries usually works for me. (Bart, age 9)
· Once I’m done with kindergarten, I’m going to find me a wife. (Tom, age 5)
· Lovers will just be staring at each other and their food will get cold. Normal people care more about the food. (Susan, age 8)
· It’s like an avalanche where you have to run for your life. (Roger, age 9)
May your Valentine’s Day be filled with love and humor!
Olexa's Cafe in Mountain Brook Village serves a wonderful lunch including grilled sandwiches, soups, quiche, and salads with decadent desserts Monday through Saturday from 10am to 4pm.
Diane Olexa has been in business for 14 years specializing in catering and bridal cakes and expanded in 2004 opening a cafe where she serves her warm buttercreme cakes daily.
People "come for cake but stay for lunch" she has been told. Her wedding cakes won the Grand Prize for Best in Taste, Creativity and Presentation in the 2006 Wedding Cake Competition in Birmingham, Alabama. So, you know it tastes as good as it looks... maybe better!
Her cafe is also a great venue for bridal luncheons, rehearsal dinners and private and corporate gatherings in the evening.
Olexa's will also cater to all kinds of events formal or informal does not matter. If need be she "can do as much or as little as needed - including delivery, set up, and table decorations to restocking, serving, and clean up."
"Diane's unique style and flair for creativity and elegance is one of her signature trademarks."
On February 8, 9, and 10th the World of Wheels will be at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex (BJCC).
Some of this years special apperances will be from Vinnie Dimartino from OCC, Orange County Choppers who will be there on Saturday between 1:00-4:00 and 7:00-9:00, Lightning McQueen will be there all three days, and the Hero's Truck which is a tribute to all of our servicemen, who we all know are great heros. AND these are just some of the special guests. (The World of Wheels website has the entire list.)
Hours of Operation are:
Friday: 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday: 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sunday: 12:00 noon - 7:00 pm
Prices for Admission will be $15 for adults, ages 6-11 will be $5, and children 5 and under are FREE. With these prices, it's a great way to have some family fun and make some memories together.
In 1997 Alabama joined placed itself on the map of automakers when
their first Mercedes M-Class came off the line. Since then Alabama's
Vance Mercedes-Benz plant has been manufacturing the R-Class, M-Class
and GL-Class vehicles.
Merecedes made an announcement at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
plans to introduce its first hybrid vehicle in 2009 - a version of the
M-Class sport utility that is assembled at the German automaker's
Alabama factory in Vance."
According to Mercedes, they should begin hitting the market in 2009. This new hybrid model will have "a V-6 gasoline engine and two electric motors — that will generate 340 horsepower and get about 31 miles per gallon." This will also be Mercedes' first gas-electric vehicle.
is located about half way between Birmingham and Tuscaloosa and can be
found within a hour drive of town. A few years ago I took the tour and
was amazed at what Mercedes is doing there and what Alabama is a part
I remembered reading some time ago about the need to disclose. Now, as a real estate consultant I know that this is important and ethical. But what do we disclose?
For starters, I know that we need to disclose anything we know about the conditions of the house especially those that have to do with health and safety. I think these are no-brainers.
A few months ago though I heard someone say that one should even disclose if a house is haunted. Haunted? Really? Are hauntings even real? (I am not trying to stir up a conversation about this, so let's not go there.)
All of these memories came back to me today when I heard the story below, and I ask myself...
Do we have to disclose UFO sightings too? Just something to think about...
Let me note that I am not suggesting that anything be withheld from potential buyers. I was just pointing out that there could be a lot of things we need to think about when we disclose even things we may not think are big deals.
Do you sometimes hear a negative attitude coming out of your mouth, and wish it weren’t so?
anything be done about a negative attitude? In other words, can you
change? Of course you can. If you’re in need of a New Attitude for
the New Year, here are some thoughts to keep in mind:
• Attitudes are not something we’re born with – they’re created, which means they can be recreated as well.
Attitudes are infectious. Try spending time around people who have
good attitudes and who make you feel good. When you’re around a
positive person you feel energized – not drained.
Start your day on a positive note. It might feel phony at first, but
it will become second nature if you keep at it. Change your clock
radio to upbeat music instead of the news, give someone a small
compliment as soon as you get to work, perform a random act of kindness
for someone you know – or a complete stranger.
• Greet people like you’re genuinely happy to see them – and then think of reasons why you are genuinely happy to see them.
Instead of heading straight for defensive mode and expecting the worst
out of others, reverse the process and try expecting the best out of
Don’t be so hard on yourself. Throw your perfectionism out. It won’t
do you a bit of good since you’re essentially setting yourself up for
failure. Repeat after me: No one is perfect.
I guess the Mortgage Meltdown of 2007 has filtered its way down to the
American Dialect Society. Who, according to the article, was "founded in 1889, comprises linguists, grammarians, historians and scholars, among others. The society began choosing words of the year in 1990 for fun, not in an official capacity to induct words into the English language."
who did Subprime beat out for this award? How about, "Facebook,"
"green," "Googleganger" and "waterboarding." Some of those seem a bit
more significant, but as influential right now? Who knows...
Something I found interesting was that according to Closenow.com, Subprime means "Credit with higher risk characteristics, such as bankruptcy or collection accounts." But, if you break apart, according to Wayne Glowka, the "prefix
"sub" translates roughly to "below the standard," while "prime" means
something close to "the best." So, according to Glowka, the word really
means "far below the best."
With that in mind, let's just say that I hope the subprime mortgage mess of 2007 doesn't bring us a subprime 2008.
have begun having some contact with several of the Birmingham Area
Non-profits. Birmingham and its surrounding areas have a tremendous
amount of them. A lot of hard work goes in to sustaining them and funding them so that their "mission" can be accomplished.
I know this because I have seen so many of you in action, have spoken
to a number of founders and volunteers, and because I began my "working
life" at an inner-city non-profit here in the Birmingham area.
For this, I applaud each and every one of them.
Over these next few weeks, I will be spotlighting a couple of them, and
I feel compelled to continue this as a regular part of both of our
As part of this spotlight, I will give you the opportunity to share your "mission," what your are
trying to accomplish, ways you can be contacted, and ways one might be
able to contribute whether it be by time or any other means.
So, here's the invitation Birmingham Area Non Profits,
please either contact me via email or via a comment on this blog. I
will look forward to talking to, meeting, and sharing your vision.
both know that Birmingham and its surrounding areas are very generous
in their time and resources. Sometimes, though, they just don't know
where to focus their efforts. My goal, by doing this, is to put our
some arrows that will point the way to a place where they can have a
shared vision and a shared purpose. When this happens, great things are
sure to follow.
Hopefully, through a combined effort, we can bring more attention and support to what you are trying to accomplish.
I wish you all great success and accomplishment throughout this new year and beyond!