Tyler Jorgenson

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Disappointed

I just read this article on Michael Phelps. I am truly disappointed. We need great role models today and they are getting harder to find.

In a public apology Phelps said:

I am sorry. I promise my fans and the public it will not happen again

I wonder how his endorsements will weather this little storm.

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Today’s Job Market

With unemployment up and the job market weak I knew that I would get a lot of responses to a recent post on Craigslist. We are looking for somebody that is tech savvy, detail oriented and sees things through to the end. Since every applicant lists at least one of those as their strengths I wrote the add to self filter. Here’s what I wrote:

“We are currently looking for another Assistant. The qualified assistant must be very task oriented, a planner, able to work in chaos and be skilled in the MS Suite and general computing. Applicants with experience in Finance, Real Estate, Mortgage Origination and/or telemarketing are desired.

To be considered please follow these guidelines closely (If your email does not meet these guidelines your application will not be considered complete):

1. Submit a resume in PDF format via email

2. In the email you send state why you feel you are perfect for the job

3. Include your cell phone number and times you can be reached

6. Point out what is wrong with this list, and include a photo of yourself

4. Include the date you can begin working (we need somebody immediately)

5. Please state in the email your favorite ice cream flavor

Following these application guidelines will help us weed out applicants. We will schedule interviews promptly.”

In 24 hours I have had 20 resumes sent over and only 5 of them have hit each of the 6 points. For the record, I don’t care if the applicant actually sends a photo or tells me their favorite ice cream flavor as long as they acknowledge that they read that part of the instructions.

Last time I posted a similar listing only 15% of the applicants got everything right. I guess things are looking up.

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Optimism

Don’t let the world get you down.

The world is full of people wanting you to have a bad day. Don’t let them.

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Another Earthquake

It may be time to re-take the quiz I posted early 2008.

Post your score in the comments. Don’t be shy.

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Bureaucracy

Sometimes you just have to take a stand.

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Unprofessional Photographer

It seems that many people I know are taking up photography as a business. I have no interest in doing so, but I do love to take pictures. We were visiting Wrightwood a while back with the Blumes and I shot this picture. I call it The Craiger.


Click on the pic to see it full size. You know you want to.

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Goodbye to my Treo

Dear John… I mean Treo,

I know we’ve both felt this for sometime. The disconnect between us has been growing for a couple of years now. We’ve both tried to work on our relationship. When our relationship first struggled with the 600 we went to counseling and I upgraded to the 650, again a while later when I upgraded to the 680. I know that give and take is needed in any relationship, so I have been patiently giving knowing that time is needed for personal growth and product development. Most recently it has seemed like there just wasn’t enough battery life in our time together. You wouldn’t call when you said you would and I just couldn’t count on you to get turned on no matter how hard I tried to push your buttons. I know many couples face this and work through it, so I feel I must tell you that there is another device in my life now. One that listens to me, whose buttons are far more simpler to push and responds so much more intuitively to my every touch. I know that it’s hard to put blame on anybody here, and just know that it’s not you… it’s me. I wanted more in a relationship…

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Wait for it

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The Office – On a Lighter Note

This show is hilarious.

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Wipeout Strikeout

Thanks to all of you who tuned in tonight to watch me WIPEOUT last night. Unfortunately the editors took no mercy on me and much of my efforts were left on the cutting room floor, along with my pride and my chance at the $50,000 prize.

Here are a few shots from when I was in the show, and a 4minute video/slide show for those of you die hard Tyler fans (my Mom).

The good news is that although I didn’t win any money I did get a funky throat infection that helped me lose some weight. My now healthier and leaner body is worth $50,000 no question.

The show is available to watch on ABC.com. My episode is week 6, season 1.

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Wild Ride! At the Epicenter

So I just got an E-Ticket ride while sitting at my desk working. There was an earthquake 11:42pm with the Epicenter less than 2 miles from me. I’m in the tallest building in all of the Chino Valley (a monsterous 4 floors) and am on the top floor in the corner. I had to dodge a couple of my tribal masks, but all is well.


These not so subtle reminders come now and again to remind us of all that we have.

P.S. I’m on WIPEOUT tonight at 8pm on ABC. :)

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When being prudent is going too far

I came across this interesting website that sells very unique pieces of furniture. Take a look at this fantastic Entertainment Center:


Notice anything unique? The unit is designed so that the main piece can be used as your coffin once you kick the bucket. I guess if you have one of these there is one last thing to worry about in the will. Don’t worry, if your dearly beloved feels left out all you need to do is purchase this sofa:

Although I love the idea of getting multiple uses out of something, this is just going a tad too far in my humble opinion. Although, I actually sort of like the look of the sofa.

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To all who come to this happy place – welcome.

Happy Birthday Disneyland.

I think I still have this pin from when I was 10

At the risk of being utterly lame, I am doing a post about Disneyland. Why? In addition to it being the site of the upcoming 5k let me tell you a few reasons why I still love Disneyland.

1. Tanya agreed to marry me when I proposed at Disneyland . (It’s a great story, but she can tell it if she likes)
2. The only photo I know of with my Maternal Grandfather was after a trip to Disneyland when I was almost 2, and all of the kids are wearing Disney shirts. It’s an image easy to recall from years of looking at the photo.
3. My kids love the place. They seem to really love Toon Town right now.
4. I love how excited Tanya and Taylor get at the end of the night to get a Churro.
5. The Jungle Cruise

I really enjoy the spirit that went in to creating Disneyland, as evidenced in the dedication by Walt Disney.

Dedication

To all who come to this happy place – welcome. Disneyland is your land. Here age relives fond memories of the past and here youth may savor the challenge and promise of the future. Disneyland is dedicated to the ideals, the dreams, and the hard facts that have created America… with the hope that it will be a source of joy and inspiration to all the world. Thank you.

What is your best memory of/at Disneyland?

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My Brand New Mercedes Benz

A few months ago when the economy really started getting bad and the housing troubles had really spread a few partners and I launched TD Financial. We have a lot of vision for where the company is going but right now we are focusing on note modifications and other ways of assisting homeowners remain homeowners.

In reflecting on my post on gas prices the other day I thought about getting an diesel vehicle and running it on WVO (waste vegatable oil). I was on Craigslist the other night and found the car I wanted. I emailed the ad poster and asked if perchance he would be in need of my services and would he be willing to trade the Mercedes. Long story short, here’s my new ride.

I know, I know. You can be jealous. By the way, if any of you have left over vegatable oil after cooking french fries, floutas, etc just let me know. I get about 30 miles to the gallon on that stuff now.

Edit:Here’s a cool snippet about what I’ll be running this on.“Biodiesel is the only alternative fuel to have fully completed the health effects testing requirements of the Clean Air Act. The use of biodiesel in a conventional diesel engine results in substantial reduction of unburned hydrocarbons, carbon monoxide, and particulate matter compared to emissions from diesel fuel. In addition, the exhaust emissions of sulfur oxides and sulfates (major components of acid rain) from biodiesel are essentially eliminated compared to diesel.” Source: Biodiesel.org
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One of my favorite holidays

I love the 4th of July. Yes, I love the celebration of the independence of our Nation as I am a true patriot, but really I just love fireworks.

I was hanging out with my good friend and neighbor Craig and although I totally overstayed my welcome (sorry guys) we did have some fun with fireworks they brought back from the Valley of Fire in Nevada as well as shot his wrist rocket. Nothing like some juvenile fun after a long day at the office.

I wouldn’t have blogged about this otherwise but Sara jokingly asked if I’d already blogged the firework since apparently I mobile blog a bit. The video is pretty fun, but I turned it off before we noticed the ground was smoking which was great.

I’m looking forward to lots of fun pyrotechnically enhanced July 4th celebrations… so let me know if you have the goods and we’ll come to your place. I’ll bring hot dogs and a lighter.

P.S. Craig is an Architect and does great work… if you need any plans worked up or know of somebody let me know and I’ll get you in touch.

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Housing bust got you down?

Maybe you just need to find some closet space?

Here’s the story:

“A homeless woman who sneaked into a man’s house and lived undetected in his closet for a year was arrested in Japan after he became suspicious when food mysteriously began disappearing.

Police found the 58-year-old woman Thursday hiding in the top compartment of the man’s closet and arrested her for trespassing, police spokesman Hiroki Itakura from southern Kasuya town said Friday.

The resident of the home installed security cameras that transmitted images to his mobile phone after becoming puzzled by food disappearing from his kitchen over the past several months.

One of the cameras captured someone moving inside his home Thursday after he had left, and he called police believing it was a burglar. However, when they arrived they found the door locked and all windows closed.

‘We searched the house … checking everywhere someone could possibly hide,’ Itakura said. ‘When we slid open the shelf closet, there she was, nervously curled up on her side.’

The woman told police she had no place to live and first sneaked into the man’s house about a year ago when he left it unlocked.

She had moved a mattress into the small closet space and even took showers, Itakura said, calling the woman ‘neat and clean.'”

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