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Rick Gould
A Senior Executive Business Manager, typically in IT/IS arenas, but have with years of experience in general business and sales management. Trained and groomed in executive management including regular DOL/EEOC and applicable circuit and supreme court updates regarding employment law. Further trained in negotiations, and business and interpersonal communications, staff management, with budgeting and forecast modelling.
A Senior Executive Business Manager, typically in IT/IS arenas, but have with years of experience in general business and sales management. Trained and groomed in executive management including regular DOL/EEOC and applicable circuit and supreme court updates regarding employment law. Further trained in negotiations, and business and interpersonal communications, staff management, with budgeting and forecast modelling.
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Although I am a Buddhist monk, I am sceptical that prayers alone will achieve world peace. We need instead to be enthusiastic and self-confident in taking action.

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Sounds like fun. Wish I was on stage!

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Thanks Damian
I'm sure a lot of you know that I'm a juggler. It's a bit like being a policeman - you don't ever STOP being a juggler, even when you're not regularly performing.

Since we've moved to Canada, I've made a couple of attempts to use my skills and experience to make some money juggling. They haven't been wildly successful. A while back, someone at my kids' school suggested I perform at a local Community Christmas Party for free. I could hand out cards, drum up some business. I was reluctant, because it was time away from my family, entertaining someone else's kids, plus it was an inside gig, so no fireclubs. People love the fire....

Anyway, I went, I juggled, I was a hit, I handed out cards. I heard nothing until two days ago. A lady who had been at the party wanted me to come and perform at her school's fair in June. The date was free, so I asked her to send through details.

Her email said:
"What we are looking for:
 
1)  Your juggling act for a bunch of elementary school kids for about an hour (more if you like).
2)  Little or no cost to us as we are trying to fundraise for a playground:)
3)  We are also holding a raffle for a "community treasure chest" (this will be full of gift certificates from various businesses in the community) and it would be fabulous if you would donate a gift certificate for it.
4)  You can bring signage, cards, pamphlets, etc to have available for parents to take/look at."

So...They'd let me perform, for free (or a "little" cost) for an hour, and it would be great if I brought a prize too

And here's my reply:

"This is going to be a difficult email to write, so I hope you’ll bear with me.
 
I’ve been juggling for twenty six years now, and been working at fetes, parties and workshops since I was eighteen. Though it’s been a while since juggling was my main source of income, it has remained part of my contribution to the domestic finances. Since we moved to Canada, it’s been tricky for me to find regular work, so I’m running a business from home, applying for part time jobs and looking after my children. The juggling I do is additional. Right now, my business from home is picking up. It’s writing work, editing work, the type of work that increases if I do a good job and return things by the deadline.
 
To take time out of that work I have to charge an equivalent or greater amount. Getting ready for the school fair, traveling, performing and returning would take time that I could conceivably be using to earn around $180 in writing work without using my car.
 
I know this sounds like complaints, or, worse, extortion, but I’m not expecting you to suddenly come up with a huge amount of cash. I’d like to help out with the fair, but I simply can’t afford it, not for “little or no money”. I appreciate that I could hand out promotional material there, but that’s why I came to the Christmas party, and this is the only offer I’ve received as a result of that event (fun as it was). I’ve been doing this too long to continually cut out a fee for a charity event. I know times are tough for schools too – my own children attend a local school and I am often expected to perform at events there for no fee. It’s hard to say no to people, especially for good causes. It sounds greedy to say this is an economic decision. But that’s the reality I have to face.
 
I’m sorry that this isn’t the reply you wanted, and I hope your fair is a success. I also hope you can understand why I can’t come and perform."

What do you think? Was I out of line?
#moraldecisions #nomorefreestuff #juggling  

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Absolutely wonderful.
This is just amazing, and absolutely worth your time. I promise, it is worth your time.

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Thank You!
But I also need to ask for just a little bit more....

 A palette is great but us color blind folks need help in combining them.  For example what is a good foreground font color on which background.  I've taken great palettes and destroyed a web page with them ;)

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Further, that I would add, should focus on learning and learned material instead of attendance, time spent in a classroom.   Currently, even if you know the material but have not spent time in a classroom you cannot test, be evaluated in any other way to receive credit.
We need to understand the inadequacy of an educational system so slanted towards material values. The solution is not to give an occasional lecture, but to integrate ethics into the educational curriculum. To do this effectively requires a secular ethics, free of religious influence, based on common sense, a realistic view and scientific findings.

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Why Facebook is Blue
The Science of Colors in Marketing

If we take a look at what the major brands out there are using, a lot of their color choices become obvious. Clearly, every one of these companies is seeking to trigger a very specific emotion

Read More Here: bit.ly/brandingcolors
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Why Facebook is Blue
The Science of Colors in Marketing

If we take a look at what the major brands out there are using, a lot of their color choices become obvious. Clearly, every one of these companies is seeking to trigger a very specific emotion

Read More Here: bit.ly/brandingcolors
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Making Programming a little easier

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Love this and if you get a chance check out the mentioned review on the three wolves t-shirt.  (I have a different wolves t-shirt that caused my awareness of the fun).
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