Category Archives: Business

Made in China

Alas it got above freezing this afternoon which with the sun shining brightly which made the day feel almost tolerable.  I've been noticing some really bad driving lately by people who've likely forgotten that Winter is upon us, and there are, and will be more patches of ice in the future which will place reckless drivers in dangerous positions wi … continue reading

Onto the Stage

Likely I'm sounding redundant with once again speaking of how beautiful a day it was.  Just remember, the more days we have like this, the closer we are to Spring and the fewer cold one we'll have to endure this Winter.  One of my friends planted some carrots later than normally this Summer and mentioned today how he hopes he'll have carrots befo … continue reading

Stacked Decks

This is certainly going to be a September to remember with these endless days of heat.  Hopefully we will get the rain that's been forecasted.  North Iowa is exceptionally dry to where I'm sure the reason our trees are shedding their leaves so early is because of the lack of moisture.  The oak trees around town appear to be in very sad shape.  … continue reading

Growing Local Business

There were people walking about yesterday in our Historic Downtown inspecting some of the restored store fronts and lofts whom I believe were part of a Main Street Iowa tour and presentation.  When I received the notice some months ago regarding their being here, I was hoping I’d have time to participate and learn a few things, but as chance wou … continue reading

New Owners

First off tonight, I must mention a drastic price reduction I just received from the owner of 1029 - 12th St. NE here in Mason City.  He informed me today that he’ll be taking a new job far out of town next month and is now determined to have his home sold quickly.  It is now listed at $84,500 and as far as I’m concerned it should really crea … continue reading

Conducive Productivity

Off times people speak about their inability to get things done in a timely manner which of course many times creates cogs in the wheels of transactions where there are more people contributing their portion of duties. Projects requiring fragments of the whole being performed by others, subsequently become stuck waiting for someone else to complete … continue reading

Open Minded

The roller-coaster day I had today will be remembered for years to come. What I'm finding to be more the norm rather than the exception, are people who first of all, don't listen, and others who wait until something absolutely HAS TO be done before they complete a task.I think part of this growing problem is the interferences of social media and … continue reading

The Best Revenge

I know our times have changed and we have to deal with it, but I still can't get my mind wrapped around the way in which people can flip-flop with their intentions of doing something or not doing something. We all have been around those who are always in the state of using others. I'll never forget a client/customer of years ago who was buying and … continue reading

Candy Wrappers

Some days ago I had to do some personal business downtown so I thought I would quickly attend to it during part of my lunch hour. I must preface this by saying I was having a relatively busy day but not a bad day. I went into the establishment and discovered that one of my favorite customer service people was gone for the day. I personally know the … continue reading

Looking from the Outside In

Over the years in doing business in North Iowa, I have found that people who have done very little traveling as well as little in-depth reading, are more dismissive about changes in their lives as well as their communities. They seem to have the mindset of, “This is how it's been, this is how it is, and this is how it will be.” Scary isn't it? … continue reading