Sleeping like a Bachelor!

So over the last week, my Wife was a bit under the weather…I slept in the spare room so she would have our comfortable bed to herself.

 

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From Google Images

I am not sure how many of my readers have been a bachelor but part of the bachelor joys is being lazy when it comes to getting the sheets back on the bed after washing, being able to sleep perpendicular on the bed and just flop down however you want.

 

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From Google Images

For those of you who are married, you are not familiar with these concepts because …well, you share the bed with your Wife or you allow your Husband to sleep in your bed. If it is a smaller double bed, you are close together and if one of you toss or turn a lot, good chance the other will wake up more….actually I just watched a “How I Met Your Mother” on Netflix where Lilly and Marshall had this very issue!

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From Google Images

I think I just realized that bachelors are little kids! (at heart and that is why being a bachelor was such a big GREAT part of my life, but Honey, I am very happy to be married now and want to stay that way!)

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From Google Images

My issue that night, I turned down the cover in the guest room. I put the top sheet (not the fitted one, think that was designed as a torture device for Renaissance house maids) on the bed and went to watch some TV. When I returned, “LOW AND BEHOLD, WHAT IS THIS?!?!”

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“FEE FI FO FUM! WHAT FUR BALLS ARE IN MY BED?!?!”

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And the whole night was not spent sleeping sideways, my Kitdies were more up in my business than normal!

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More late night playing and clawing up the bottom of the bed and walking across me…yes, I will never be a bachelor again. Never to sleep cattywampus diagonal across the bed.

So how do I tie this into insurance you ask? Simple, make sure you have HealthInsurance so you or your spouse are both able to be more healthy so you do not get sent off to the spare room with the Katz!

October 1st is when people 65+ can start selecting their plan for 2015 and November 15th is when those under 65 can apply for assistance paying for HealthCare and select plans.

Please use a professional! I was just reminiscing with someone the other day about some of the wins and losses from this past year and I can assure you none of the losses were people I worked with but mainly people who tried to do it alone.

Thank you for reading this far down and have a great day!
Dave
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Gift Basket of Kindness!

So I meet lots of people…and I only have a so so memory.

Last week on Facebook I was somehow tagged to Precious Treasures, a Local Woman Owned Oak Ridge Business. Turns out I knew Diane…just by her actual name, not by the company name (I am so easily confused) and we have known each other for a bit, good family, kind hearted.

Well Precious Treasures posted on Facebook Raw (a closed group, need ties to Oak Ridge TN, YEP! The Secret City…and if you do not know about it, then we are doing a good job keeping it a secret, now shush!)

This basket (you too can order custom baskets from Precious Treasures for gifts or giveaways)

Someone is getting something special soon.

Someone is getting something special soon.

And the group was all astir with suspicions (you know, Secret City, wondering who is getting a secret surprise basket)

Well it ended up being me! (Yes, I did a little happy dance!)

This was a whole family project and Diane even explained to me the meaning behind some of the items in the basket:

Written by the Daughter with neat handwriting

Written by the Daughter with neat handwriting

Before it got opened

Before it got opened

Little Dave and he is the right colors for the office! Picked out personally by the Inventory Manager. In sunlight he dances!

Little Dave and he is the right colors for the office! Picked out personally by the Inventory Manager. In sunlight he dances!

The Butterfly pen for my Wife! (Thanks for making me look good)

The Butterfly pen for my Wife!
(Thanks for making me look good)

The bear with balloons of happiness over my office opening!

The bear with balloons of happiness over my office opening!

Baxter, the local Kat, had to get in one shot as well. If you cannot read it, the cone says AWESOME! ...so Baxter claimed it as his...of course

Baxter, the local Kat, had to get in one shot as well. If you cannot read it, the cone says AWESOME! …so Baxter claimed it as his…of course

Remember random acts of kindness are appreciated and sometimes noticed and even sometimes Blogged about!

So support your Local Businesses and help keep money in the community!

Thank you for reading and have a wonderful day!
Dave

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Photo of new ad until I get the jpeg

The Stuff Legends are Made of (my ribbon cuttings)

Okay, okay, yes, my Wife and I are watching “How I Met Your Mother” on Netflix and we will give Barney a high five for being AWESOME!

And his powers of Ego and Denial are LEGENDARY! Plus we still have no idea what his actual job is even though we are into season 5.
(for you non Netflix watchers, I suggest it, funny, works great with my short attention span…OOH! SHINY!)

First let me say: Thank you to the staff of both Chambers for putting up with me in the days leading up to my Ribbon Cuttings (think crazy bride…yeah, that about describes me)

 

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From Google Images

Those of you who have been following my Blog for some time now know a few things about me:

I am involved in the community I offer insurance to
I network and try to help others grow their business (looking at sponsoring a Barrel Racer right now)
(technically I did to much cold calling in the 1990’s and do not want to even call internet leads)
I am a supporter of local businesses.
It is through my Chamber Memberships I have gotten a lot of publicity and been in the public eye

Dealing with politics
A) It is too late this year for me to get in on any political campaigns
B) I have no interest in politics
C) (probably the most important) I truly appreciate that you think I am honest and hard working enough to be of value to the community by serving in a local political office!

Back to my “Blog Subject Line”: Ribbon Cuttings

I work with a very progressive, forward thinking Insurance Agency which is how/why I am allowed to have a brick and mortar location to meet my clients at (301 Oak Ridge Turnpike, Suite E, Oak Ridge, TN 37830. Feel free to stop by)

In July (thankfully it had 5 weeks so I did not have much competition from regularly scheduled meetings) for my two….wait for it…..wait for it….Ribbon Cuttings!

Yes, I have been a member of the Anderson County Chamber of Commerce and the Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce, both since 2011!

Both are active in their community and they both serve different markets depending on what it is you, as a business owner need and the benefits they can offer you as a resident or consumer in the area.

Please click on their links to learn more!

Thank you all who attended and I have gotten to know over the years!

Thank you for reading this far down and have a wonderful day!

Dave
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Your Place or Mine?

What’s your sign?

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From Google Images

Your daddy must have been a thief, he stole some stars from the sky and put them in your eyes!

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From Google Images

So, your place or mine?

My place!

My place!

No, that last one is not my pick up line in a bar and I never used the others (but I heard them used all through the 80’s, 90’s and early 2000’s)

So, your place or mine?

Out side my place!

Out side my place!

It is a valid question today, particularly because I can now help you online and you never have to meet me face to face (yes, I will be your mysterious gentleman phone caller)

I am in sales, I have done mortgages and insurance most of my adult life. I am always going to some stranger’s house. Sometimes I wish I had not gone…OH WAIT! Now I have an office (301 Oak Ridgge Turnpike, Oak Ridge TN) I can meet clients there.

No more meeting at McDonald’s or Starbucks!

And yes, I have some TOTALLY AWESOMER Fair Trade, Organic coffee that is purchased trough a Local Woman Owned Company!  Malone’s Coffee Service if you need excellent coffee for your office, tell them “Dave sent me” (they also run new client specials)

TOTALLY AWESOMER coffee maker!

TOTALLY AWESOMER coffee maker!

Great coffee aside, I can still write many policies for my customers over the phone and online. One of the great things about my agency is we have embraced technology. My advertiser coined the term “You are so 21st century Dave”.  We do not have to meet face to face. You can be sitting in your pajamas …or naked if you prefer, no video camera please, on the phone and I can give you access to view my computer screen.

You can see everything I see, am explaining and you can even click on the “Submit” button!

Yes, my site is join.me/UrLocalAgent Go ahead, click the link and you will see my page with the photo from my Ribbon Cutting! When we both at there, you ask to join and then I admit you into the meeting. (yes, it is secure)

Saves me time, we do less chit chatting, you do not have to dust or clean (OOPS! that is my excuse for not wanting you to come over) and you still get great service!

I AM JOKING! My office is not that bad. From Google Images

I AM JOKING! My office is not that bad. From Google Images

I do have some product that need an ink signature but for the majority of my clients, I can help them online, in my office or I can come to their home. (Think Medicare products, red, white and blue card)

So while I just opened an Enrollment Center there on the Turnpike in Oak Ridge and I love people coming over, it your time is valuable, if gas is expensive, if you do not live near by, we, together, can embrace technology and be “so 21st Century”!

Blue and Green is ME!

Blue and Green is ME!

Thank you for reading and please call before stopping by, I am still out running appointments, not all my customers have computers.
Dave
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Wrong! More people screw up insurance than you think…unless you think most of them

Uh oh…one of the worst things that can happen is a family member dies and you thought they had insurance…and it is the wrong type.

Do not get me wrong, your bank offering you free $2,000 of insurance is great as long as you check out what type it is.

 

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From Google Images

I just had someone (with health issues) tell me they could get up to $300,000 of life insurance for $4-500 a year. I told them no, something was wrong.

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From Google Images

Long story short it was accident insurance. This person does not even walk up and down stairs, spend less than 30 minutes a week in a car. No, odds are the health condition they have will be the cause of their demise.

Accident insurance pays when you die in an accident, auto accident, slip and fall down the stairs and break your neck…starting to get the picture?

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From Google Images

It does not pay for a heart attack or if you come down with cancer or get dementia. That is why it is so inexpensive. If your loved one dies from sickness or illness, it does not matter if there was a MILLION DOLLARS of accident coverage, it is not an accident and you (aka the family) get nothing.

Funeral comes out of your pocket or put it on your credit card. Final medical bills…probate, sell the house, car, everything, on your dime!

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From Google Images

There is nothing wrong with having accident insurance, I have it. I also drove 22,000 ish miles a year. I play with a chainsaw and splitting maul on a regular basis. But I also have LIFE insurance. And if you are wondering, yes, I have all 3 types including the type they do not talk about on the radio.

In one of my trainings I recently heard 4 in 10 Americans have questions about life insurance, do they have  enough? how do you determine the right amount? and the right type?

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From Google Images

ANSWER: That is what I am a licensed professional to help people do!

Here is my number and picture, I am willing to help you understand and please be safe!
Dave

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I really need to get this updated to a jpeg from a pdf!

SNIPPING SUCCESS! (or Ribbon Cutting HURRAH!)

 

 

The way to tell if a Ribbon Cutting was a SUCCESS or not…by how many cookies are left! These particular cookies were from fellow Anderson Chamber of Commerce Member Nature’s Marketplace on the East side of Oak Ridge.
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The other way to tell the success of a ribbon cutting is I received 2 referrals and I know of at least 5 other transactions that will result in business for my attendees! That in my book is success!

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See my happiness over the stress being over…er…uh…the success of the Ribbon Cutting? Plus I have my green shades on that match my green wall!

Coffee was provided by a Local Woman Owned Business and long time best friend of my neighbors, Malone’s Coffee Service (and I have gotten VERY GOOD coffee, fair trade, organic, environmentally friendly) for 4 years.

Thank you to my Wife, Jessica for being here.

Thank you to everyone at the Anderson Chamber of Commerce (I am a Buy Local member if you need a card or want to know more about that program)

See the new office mascot? Accident  Squirrel! He runs in front of you car and while your auto insurance pays for your car to be fixed, who pays you for missed work? (I have a policy for that)

See the new office mascot? Accident Squirrel! He runs in front of you car and while your auto insurance pays for your car to be fixed, who pays you for missed work? (I have a policy for that)

Thank you to the 40ish people who showed up including 1 politician…do not know why they missed an event of someone somewhat involved in the community. But I do not think Anne is running this time and we always keep it non political conversations (thank you) so glad you made it.

I was a bit concerned the afternoon before…it was a bit cloudy

Just a LITTLE cloudy with a chance of sprinkles

Just a LITTLE cloudy with a chance of sprinkles

Sorry there are not more actual pictures but the Ribbon Cutting was late Thursday so the Anderson Chamber will be getting me more photos today which I will do some updates with.

And thank you to Baxter the Plaza Kitty who was happy to let himself in and just wonder through until it got a little dangerous for his tail.

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And thank you, all my readers for putting up with all my social media announcements, pictures and general ramblings about this coming up!

And while not least (they will help keep the office open!) Matt and Lauren and Melanie, New Agents or Agents in Training!

Now if I survive the one next Thursday, July 31st at 10am, I can get back to writing business!
Dave

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Photo of new ad until I get the jpeg

Scavenger Hunt (modified!)

Like free STUFF!?!?!

Well, starting Monday (and running for 30 days) the time has finally come! (for those of you reading teaser announcements on facebook for the last 2 weeks)

IT IS TIME!

IT IS TIME!

If you missed the other posts, I have gone “retail”, I am at 301 Oak Ridge Turnpike, Oak Ridge. An Enrollment Center for all things HealthCare and Life Insurance so you can deal with a LIVE person (you know like those signs “Live Dancers”, but we have “Live Licensed Certified Agents”) instead of some stranger over the telephone.

(And Live is much more interactive than dead)

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From Google Images

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For you tech savvy, here is the code for my July 24th Ribbon Cutting with the Anderson Chamber of Commerce!

Which is a nice segway into the SCAVENGER HUNT!

Normally a scavenger hunt is a bunch of people running all around town looking to take photos of things in the community and be the first to get back and win a prize.

Well, mine is a little more FREE STUFF! with some facebook likes and supporting businesses.

Simple Rules:
1) stop by my office and get SHADES! (because your future is so bright, warning there is a limited number)

3 fer! Kristin with Small Paws Bed and Breakfast and the Anderson Chamber!

3 fer! Kristin with Small Paws Bed and Breakfast and the Anderson Chamber!

2) take said photo and post it to my professional page, which you need to like.

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3) stop at 2 other businesses, take selfies with employee/manager and like and post to their facebook page

4) at end of 30 days, drawing for prizes…or maybe you will just get free stuff when you show up!

WWWWWHHHHEEEEEE!!!!!!!

Kim at Bristol Park Apartments has assured me of FREE COOKIES! (they are really good!)

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Angelique at Rainbow Florist

It is nice to have a personal Florist! Just call and WALAH! I have flowers!

It is nice to have a personal Florist! Just call and WALAH! I have flowers!

UPS Store in Oak Ridge

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Anderson County Chamber has free maps and other freebees for Anderson County

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Liz Rhule from Ross the Boss is a great young lady who cuts my do…doo? due? dew? Let’s go with hair since 2012!

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I had spoken with Angela at the Chunky Monkey! just East of 75 (quickly becoming a personal favorite place to stop) and I think they are going to be involved as well! Also a fellow Anderson County Chamber Member!

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blog chunkyLet me know your thoughts on social media Scavenger Hunting and go get photos!
Thank you and see you soon!
Dave

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