It Was My Turn to Do Something Nice for My Friend

My best friend had been having a tough time for a few years. She kept me up to date on everything going on in her life, and I did my best to contact her to check on her as well. One of her children passed away from cancer. Soon after, her husband divorced her. She became depressed. I was worried about her being alone. One night, I decided to look apartments for rent in Newport News with the brief thought of moving to live closer to her. I am not married and have no kids, so I knew that it would be fairly easy for me to get up and move closer to give her a helping hand. I wanted to mull the possibility over in my mind for awhile before talking to her about it.

I met my best friend in the military. We hit it off as soon as we met one another in basic training. We have done our best to stay in touch ever since then, even though we moved to separate states after we were discharged from the military. Most people wouldn’t understand how two friends could stay so close with only the phone and email, but we did it quite easily. She has helped me through many things in life, so I felt that it was my turn to give back to her. I loved the city where she lives, and I knew there are a lot of jobs there. So, I knew it wouldn’t be too hard to make the move to where she is.

When I talked to my friend about it, she was excited about it. We discussed getting an apartment together, and that is what we did in the end. I’ve been living with her for 6 months now, and things are going really good. Having me around to support her has been a big help for her as well.

Texas is Big and So is Our New Apartment in Fort Worth

We moved from one of the smallest states to one of the biggest. I had no idea just how big Texas was until we looked for apartments for rent in Fort Worth TX. I wanted to not have a big commute to work, but I did not want to live smack dab in the middle of an urban area like we used to. When we were checking out an apartment, I asked the person showing it to us if there was a certain type of store in Texas. Well, the closest one was farther away than the distance across the state where we were moving from. When you see the size of Texas on a map, it just does not sink in until you actually visit.

You know how they say everything is bigger in Texas? Well, the apartments for rent in Fort Worth TX sure are. Read More »

Moving into the City to Be Closer to Work

When I first moved to Dallas about five years ago, I bought a house in the suburbs and didn’t give much thought to the commute. Now I’m looking for Dallas luxury apartments in uptown because the commute has turned into a nightmare. The economy in Texas has grown so much that we’re getting people from all over the country moving down here looking for work. It’s really become noticeable in the last couple of years as the traffic has increased to the point where the commute just isn’t worth it. I needed to find a place closer to work so I can save a couple of hours a day.

Fortunately, not only did I find a great place to live, but it’s also very close to my place of employment. Read More »

Running Our Own Business is a Nice Feeling to Have

I started a business in our garage. We were never parking the car in it anyway. I got an idea for a product to make. It only required some basic raw materials and a few seconds to manufacture each item. It is just a small plastic item. I could not stand to outsource it to be made by a foreign manufacturer, and the quantity was too small to involve local plastics manufacturers. It was a hobby at first, then it became a part time then full time income. I hired my wife and use a pay stub maker to keep track of her checks. There is a great incentive in taxes to have an employee. Though it is weird when the employee is your spouse.

My pay is taken from the profits. I have to pay all of my Social Security and Medicare tax, plus I have no unemployment or worker’s compensation insurance unless I decide to pay into it. For my wife, since she is an employee, all of that is deducted and/or partially paid by my business. The business has to pay half of her Social Security and Medicare tax. Read More »

A Very Large and Private Apartment

I considered whether I wanted to buy a house or just rent an apartment now that I knew I would be in the area for quite a few years. I had been living in a small studio apartment for nearly a year to see if my position would turn full time, and I was ready to move into something bigger. I did an online search for apartments Alamo Heights to see what was available, and that is how I found the Niche Apartments. I looked at the different floor plans there, and I really liked what I saw with one of the one bedroom units.

The actual apartment is shaped quite odd, but it was extremely appealing to me because it made the rooms much bigger. When you walk in the front door, you can go left or right. If you make a right, you will go into what is called a Flex Room on their floor plan. For me, I just call it my home office. If you make a left at the entryway, it takes you to the rest of the apartment. Read More »

Real Enjoyment in a Virtual Cafe

I remember the good old days of games when things were much simpler. You would pay for a game and that would be it. There would be no more downloadable content, or micro transactions, or anything that would try to nickel and dime people out of more money. Occasionally I get hooked on the new generation of games, but they just have things that annoy me, like having to use real money to get in game money when the game makes it hard to acquire the money. Some people pay the money, but I just use my cafe cheat and save my cash for something else.

It’s a shame that the game I’ve been playing has a flaw as bad as micro transactions, because other than that, it would be a perfect game. Read More »

Our First Apartment As Husband and Wife

My husband and I thought we were going to live in a house once we were married, but we were not able to find anything that was nice. Sure, there were a lot of nice places, but the rent was astronomical on them. We decided to look at apartments in Hattiesburg MS, figuring that we could live in one just until we were able to save up a nice down payment on a home. When we came across the website for Breckenridge Park apartments, we knew that we had found what would become our first home together.

These apartments are nothing like I imagined. They are actually quite nice, and they are very roomy too. Read More »

Like Most Other Gun Owners, I Am Responsible

I have been shooting since I was four. I started out with a .22 Long Rifle. It was a single-shot, and I would shoot cans at a local dumpsite with my dad. I progressed to a pump-action rifle. Then I began to shoot an officer’s model revolver in the same caliber. My first time shooting a shotgun was when I worked up the courage to shoot a 28 gauge. I was afraid of the kick. Seems silly now, but I was young. Now I like a good old 12 gauge pump. The first gun I bought started the gun accessories purchases. You cannot really just buy a gun without some sort of accessories.

I bought a .357 Magnum revolver. The first accessory was a shoulder holster for it. That was back in the 1980s, and I had a permit to carry a gun as well as being armed on the job. The next gun I bought was a 9mm pistol. Read More »