I don't wear LuLu

OK. I know this post has nothing to do with anything, but it’s my blog and I will write whatever is on my mind. And right now, I am getting sick of guys telling me I should buy some “Lulu” clothing because it is “sooo comfortable.” Over the past year this topic has come up more times than I care to discuss and, even worse, is it usually sparks a heated debate when I say I refuse to buy or wear it. I have a ton of respect for the company, the quality of the garments

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MyDeere Touch ?

I seem to have a problem focusing on one technology tool at a time. Today I have been looking at two amazing technology tools coming out in 2011 by Ford and John Deere. Again, my mind has wondered about combining these two into one amazing super command center that I can only dream about.

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This may seem like a hypocritical blog posting coming from a REALTOR(R); however, I am also a farmer and I am often asked how much of my real estate business is composed of selling agricultural farm land. The answer to this question, in all honesty, is it is very little. In fact, less than five per cent of my business income is "farm land.”  There are several reasons for this, and that is what I am discussing today.

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Otterbox Defender Review iPhone 4

Running a real estate business along with my farm requires carrying my technology with me all the time. This is not much of a problem when I am wearing a suit doing my real estate business; however, work on the farm requires a slightly different approach. As much as we can say the cost of technology is dropping, being an early adopter comes at a cost – the new $800 iPhone 4 is a perfect example.


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Fit Tips from the Farm

Well another year is nearly over and for myself, like many, January is always a good time to review goals –both business and personal – and set new ones for a new year. One popular area for review is often fitness and health, yet is also the most commonly broke New Year’s resolution. Those of you who know me know that I have a Physical Education degree from the University of Alberta and take my health very seriously; however, we all have room to improve and share in ways to support meeting our goals. It was not long ago that I let my fitness slide over a five-year period and still struggle to find ways to balance it into my schedule.

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When I first started farming with my dad I was still in University. The Internet was nothing more than a novelty and life on the farm was pretty simple. Every morning dad would swing by the farm, pick me up like clockwork at 6:45 a.m., and we would head to town for coffee before starting work for the day.

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OK. I know this seems like a random comparison between three Apple products, but it is a question that I have been asked now at least a dozen times in the last week of carrying both the 11” Air along with my iPad and, of course, my iPhone. So I have decided to write a post on the pros, cons, and roles of each device as it relates to me. I am not choosing one over the other; I am just posting my views since the addition of my new 11" MacBook Air about three weeks ago.


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Top 3 Tech Tools at Harvest

There is a lot of preparation leading up to harvest, but one area that is often overlooked is connectivity in the combine. This year I am especially excited with the release of the iPad. In the past I have been connected with my MacBook Air and my cell phone, but this year my iPad and (if I can ever get my hands on) an iPhone 4 will be my tools of choice. Being connected while in the combine has been crucial to running my real estate business, and I have tried just about every gadget, Bluetooth device and tool on the market. This blog is about some of my must-haves for the 2010 harvest.

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Harvest Journal Post #1


Well after weeks of waiting for the rain, frost, fog, and generally miserable weather to break, we are now having some sun and heat.  Now, the standing crops have yet to cure fully and the swaths are a little tough yet; however, the forecast is good and the overall is a bit more optimistic

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Often I like to get really ridiculous and think of how the world would work if farm implement dealers hired 20-year-old tech minds from Silicone Valley to run their parts counters. This blog is the result of those thoughts.

Like all farmers, over the years I have seen my fair share of breakdowns. We all know breakdowns are just as much a part of farming as the process of growing. Interestingly, how we deal with breakdowns has not changed much, even though our communication tools have drastically improved.

Occasionally, I apply my random tech mind to my farming world and how it might look if all my implement dealers hired 20-something tech minds from the Silicone Valley to work with their parts managers and mechanics. The result of these thoughts are the content of this blog.

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It has been a while since I have posted a rant; however, this is a topic that has been bothering me for many years. The point of this blog page is to voice my opinions and views as I see them. So, today I will be tackling the practice of assigned sales people by companies. I would like to think I know a thing or two about sales, having built a successful real estate business and brokerage as a result of my attention to changes in customer preferences.

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Clever Marketing by Ford

I was at my local Ford dealer for an oil change today and I noticed a piece of marketing that I thought was so interesting I had to buy it.  I am a devout student of marketing and it seems in this age of information few things capture my attention (yes Old Spice man you did) and today a hat oddly enough did.

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