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Is car ownership going away?

The door might be closing on the value of owning an older car outright. I know this is not groundbreaking,  but the cost of ownership of even cheaper cars has gone way up, I wondered if it was even worth it to own a car at all. 

I recently went looking to buy an older cheap car, something with the value $2000-$5000 dollars. What most consider a to b used car. Me personally, I don’t care what I drive. I love cars don’t get me wrong. I was out looking to pay cash for a good running car for cheap. There was a time even recently that you could find a cheap beater and slap some liability insurance, and save some real money in car payments. Actually most finally experts recommend you only buying the car you can afford to pay cash for.

I found a car I feel like that would work, I called Farmers Insurance Agent and was shocked to find rates $240 a month with a clean driving history.

This was a real shocker, I was already overpaying for my last car I had to get rid of it, I was in a weird spot with the car, the car ran fine.. but the A/C went out and I live in Las Vegas. So here I was paying $160 a mouth just about 10% of the actual value of the car with working A/C and maybe cost is upwards of 20%+ without. 

And $240 a month for car insurance alone that is $2880 a year.  

Have we reached a point where owning older used cars is no longer worth it? Is it better to go with services like Lyft and Uber and with fill-in of the occasional rental cars and public transportation? have we gotten to a point where it’s  more cost effective to forgo car ownership altogether? I would like to look at the cost carefully and find out. 

Cost annually to own a $5000 used car – Car Insurance $2880, gas 1 tank a week $540, registration & Taxes $125, Car repairs & maintenance $600 Total – $4125.00 That amounts to 340 a month. On a car you own.

Cost annually to keep a financed car – Car Payment $6000 Car Insurance $2880, gas 1 tank a week $540, registration & Taxes $600, Car repairs & maintenance $400 Total  $000 That amounts to 000 a month. On a car you are making payments on.

 

Growing up Asher Part 2 – Why I played poker.

Harry’ll do it. I know it. He doesn’t know how to fail. –Armageddon (1998)

Many people have no idea how I got started playing poker. Well I am about to tell you. When I came back to California from Oklahoma from my Aunt’s Thelma house I was in fact homeless. I was about 16 years old, I went north of Los Angles to to live in a place called Simi Valley CA, to live near my girl friend at the time. After moving there about 5 years later would become my first wife and I would have my daughter Mercedes. The only money I had to start my life was the ring I stole from my Aunt Thelma and what I made working at the chicken plant in Arkansas and picking blue berries while I was in Oklahoma.

My parents made it clear I was not welcome home, but this is not the story my Mother and Father would tell people that would ask questions. Their side of the story was I was out of control, hard to handle, actually they really didn’t know what to think. My Parents called it “tough love” but I think it was my sick parents way of trying to control me, allowing me to fail, the result of really having no parenting skills and gross misunderstanding of the Bible. I think my parents though I would fail and they would gain control by submission because this is how my Father was raised. They were wrong.

My Father Ray Asher and Mother Joy Asher are both control freaks I gained a better understanding of this recently after spending time with Ray, him throwing a fit when I would not give into his “plan” of going to church instead of love and support. I don’t give-in period so I left and and family life has returned to the brokenness.

Though out my life I have almost never have had a “real job”. I have built homes, owned a few construction companies, waited tables in a string part time jobs. My ex wife Kimberly and I figured it out one day, I don’t think I have had a job for longer than 90 days in my whole life. We also figured out from about the age 16 that up until about the age 38 I bet I have not gone longer than 90 days without gambling or Playing Poker. The last two years, I have really been less interested and only returning to try to end my liquidity struggles. I think the biggest reason I have not had a job is from PTSD brought on from the relationship with my father. I am very sensitive person, with a very thick armor and armed with vicious cynicism. I have a complete disregard of who I offend, and criticism is like explosive gas and fuels desire to go harder.

Poker became a staple of my life very early on. I took a few odd jobs as a kid looked at my check at the end of the week (*about $125.00- $160.00) in the late 80’s and early 90’s I could tell I was fucked if I didn’t do something, and my fate awaited me home back with the fucking crazy Christians and what my parents don’t know until now, is I was going to die before ever darkening the door of that statuary of lies.

I am not confused of how I got here I have many people to thank for helping me in my life, people that I looked up to, people that backed me in my business ventures *including poker. These people truly believed in me, that is how I have been so successful. Without these people I would be no one, and honestly I really owe any success that I have or had to them.

The most important people on this list is really two people.

My cousin Robert that took me surfing at the age 10, I will never forget everything he has taught me. I can remember him towing me with his leash of his surfboard because I was not strong enough to get passed the waves in large surf. I live to surf to this day 30 years later, something my father would mockme “you cant take your girl friend on a date with a surf board” Robert taught me more about life than anyone will ever know. Little fun fact is my father hated Robert. Robert can’t read or write and misspells his own name. Robert and my Father are more alike that my father would ever admit. Robert graduated high school but cant read or write, and my father at age 67 cant write a legible sentence and never graduated high school, I think has at one point got his GED, but not sure. Ofcourse I have no idea if that has anything todo with how my father feels about Robert. But in my opinion I think it does.

The other person is my Grandfather Tom Gameson a businessman a Pastor from Orange County now passed away, he is a wonderful shrewd businessman and someone I model my life after to this day. One day Ray *my Father proudly blurted out your grandfather is a adulterer and cheated on your grandmother. I thought to myself, what is this sick fuck thinking? My Grandfather was very successful owed apartment complexes, one of the largest pest control companies in Orange County. I thought to myself, I am more like my grandfather than my father. And honestly, the passing of TC Gameson was the end of the road for my family, I feel like it was my grand parents that really held the family together.

Third on this list is my second ex-wife Kimberly Asher, to this day one of my biggest supporters. I may owe her everything. Something most people don’t know, If I die my network of websites will goto her. Even in-spite of our separation, I know for a fact she will do the right thing. And if nothing else, she will be repaid and able to have her day in the sun. Robert and Kimberly will be the benefactors of any fortune I can manage as repayment.

The next would have to be my next door neighbor Steve Long, Steve once told me that I will teach you something that you can take with you for the rest of your life. Steve was a master carpenter, I worked for Steve for one summer and I went on to be a master carpenter myself, I love to build things and I have owned 3 construction companies. And I bet I have made upwards of a million dollars with what Steve has taught me. I am a artist, and I look at carpentry as art and enjoy it very much.

The next is a very special person, Will Porter.

I let my best friend in the whole world down, I am almost ashamed to admit it. A father figure to me, someone I really have looked up to, someone who has really showed me grace, love, compassion and has help Kimberly and I out of some really tough spots. Will Porter has help me so much it would be difficult to really show my gratitude for how much it really has meant to me.  To list what Will has done for not-only Me but Kimberly too would be a post in itself.

Last and far from least is Jeff McCune, Jeff is a prodigy writer. His ability to write really inspires me. I now feel writing will be what takes me anywhere I want togo in life. To be able to write is a gift by itself.

The only thing my Father has taught me is tobe angry, and that has tobe the most damaging trait you can show a person. Show me an angry person I show you a fearful poorly spoken scared coward.

What has stood the test of time, and has had the largest impact on my life and what still remains to this day is gambling. Faithful friend. My friend Einstein say’s “gambling is a friend always available to kick it”.

I am in fact a loser. What started as pass the deck lowball game in the gritty LA casinos has lasted 24 years. I played exclusively poker but over the last 5 years that has morphed into destructive gambling out of frustration. Things have changed, I have changed, the poker has changed. At one time I could be described as a prolific rock, I have a very strong grasp on the game an I have remained in the game for a span of time that would be hard to match. Any one that truly knows me, knows the level of skill I bring. Gambling has taught me a lot about life, I could say I am here because of gambling, I could also say I would have never made it here, without gambling.

I am not someone who cant wait or cant control myself, and rushes off to carelessly gamble my money. I am a opportunist, shot taker, gambling has been a staple, a hustle, a goto for capital, emergency funds, diapers, car payments, almost anything you can think of. I think Jack in the movie Titanic said it best. “When you got nothing, you have nothing to lose.”  ironically my life may-have played out the same, winning a ticket to a damned ship. But I can honestly tell you gambling has taken something from me.

This is how I got started playing poker, poker is how I was able to avoid going home to the crazy Christians. I was able to take my small income from the odd jobs and parlay that to finance my life style.

Then I got married, had kids, and the bills would come due, and my wife and I would work hard, we would come short. No real fault of our own, landlords are tough, we were just stupid kids. Happens to anyone and everyone everyday, my mom and dad called it tough love, I just figured we had nothing to lose.

My Childhood Part 1 – I will never talk to you again.

Recently turning 40, these mile stones I like to take time to reflect back on my life and more than anything my blog has offered a makeshift therapy and I love to write. It is not easy to put oneself out there in the public eye and am not a “big blogger” by any stretch, but I am going to do my best to share my experience of being a child and maybe in some twisted way this will help someone. The following stories are my opinions and as I remember my childhood, but I am one fucked up person so you never know what is going to roll outta my mouth. <when someone say’s this, you know it’s going to be good. This is a very complex story to tell, it will be a challenge for me to being a very shitty writer. I feel my creative ideas and art have taken me further in mylife than anything, and my experiences are what has made me the person I am today.

Why did I decide to write this? I feel that many people are effected by another person’s actions and not sure how to deal with the feelings and I want to share my story. I am not ashamed but rather inspired by my experiences. So I decided to start writing my heart out! I already had about 600 pages of notes in journal I keep about my childhood this helps me understand my feelings, but lately I have  been in the desert with my creativity and not exactly sure how I wanted to tell my story, and the FUCKING light is on. Right now I am ass-hole and elbows! It’s good tobe back!

I was texting with my Father, it felt good to tell him how I feel. But when someone hurts you and wants to be back in your life, they need you to forgive and forget. I am not capable of that, instead what has happen to me is a reminder that triggers a protective response. When I confronted my father with his actions, my Father said that “he don’t remember”. Personally. I don’t think he has forgotten anything. None-the-less let them read.

So I hope you enjoy the story of me.

I was born in 1973 to Joy May Asher and Marvin Ray Asher now known as Rev. Ray Asher & Rev. Joy Asher currently Pastor Joy Whittington. Now divorced my father travels the road, and my mother Joy Whittington is remarried. Until recently I have not talked to my Mother or Father or brothers or anyone in my family in a very long time.

The estimated time frame out we have out of contact with my parents. Father 6-7 years, Mother 6-7 years, middle brother 10+ years, youngest brother 6-7 years. I also have a stretch before that of no contact with my family before this that is about 5-7 years-ish. And recently I have had a re-meeting with my Father, and my status with my Mother is I am 100% unwilling to ever talk to her ever again. Throughout my adult life I have been in contact with my family members in a very limited capacity

When someone says “I am not going to talk to you ever again” I don’t think anyone truly understands what that really means. What I think it means when someone says this, is that person wants control of their life back. This becomes very curious when this is your immediate family. I consider myself to be a strong person, a very strong person, but no man is a island. I think like most people, everyone needs to connect with their family and getting older I was feeling this way too. People like to say, whatever don’t kill you makes you stronger, well.. this may kill me, and that’s ok too.

Let’s meet the sperm donors!

My father Marvin Ray Asher a Vietnam Vet and Pastor, spent about 30 years working for the government.

My mother Joy May Asher aka Joy Whittington and known as Joy Gameson is a home maker and Pastor, but I like to think of her as the “worlds worst gold digger.”

I am the oldest of 3 brothers, who will remain nameless for their protection. Each of us have dealt with our childhoods in our own way.

My opinion on Christianity is a very slanted. I think it is fun to tell you about this before I dive into the story, mostly so that you can get a understanding how I am telling my story. I think Christians and Evangelicals are a special kind of criminal piece of shit. Anyone that is willing to prey on people in the “Name of God” is very hard for me to stomach. And yes, in my opinion my parents fall directly into this. Oh, remarkably I am feeling better already. More Coming Soon.

9/11 Memorial Museum & Ground Zero Museum Workshop: A Modern Day David & Goliath

My recent trip to NYC landed me in a small yet poignant 9/11 Museum that sits in the shadow of the future museum being built at Ground Zero. Yes, tucked away on the 2nd floor of a commercial building is the highly rated 9/11 Museum known as the “Ground Zero Museum Workshop” in NYC’s Meatpacking District – as it watches the sun slowly rise on a superpower called the “9/11 Memorial & Museum” in lower Manhattan at the former World Trade Center site.

At the helm of the Museum Workshop, known worldwide as the “Biggest LITTLE Museum in New York” is Gary Suson, 32, who served as the Official Photographer at Ground Zero for the Uniformed Firefighter’s Association. Appointed by former UFA Manhattan Trustee Rudy Sanfilippo and overseen by former FDNY Chief of Department Daniel Nigro, Suson spent seven months, 19 hours per day documenting every possible scenario that could play out on a daily basis at Ground Zero for no pay and ordered to keep his existence a secret to all media. After falling ill in 2002 with pulmonary injury and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, he was designated as disabled by the US Department of Justice 9/11 Victim’s Compensation Fund. Suson, fearing a shortened life, took some of his funds and opened the tiny museum. I spoke with him for a few minutes. “I wanted to make sure the stories would be preserved in case anything ever happened to me,“ says Suson. In just a few years the museum has gained a cult-like following after rising to the #1 Most Highest Rated Attraction in NYC in the Summer of 2011 on Trip Advisor. “We never thought we’d make it to #1 and beat out all the behemoths” says Suson. “I simply wanted to share the stories and our experiences at Ground Zero with the masses. The response was incredible. People have a need to know.” In Biblical terms, Gary Suson is David. Enter Goliath.

The 9/11 Memorial & Museum is a billion dollar, 800lb. gorilla with super-sized individual salaries that are larger than the highest grossing year that Ground Zero Museum Workshop has on record. There are many advantages to a large museum while at the same time some cons, the foremost being the lack of “personal attention” that say, the Museum Workshop can offer. Slated to open in the Spring of 2014, the 9/11 Memorial has been in talks to secure Mr. Suson’s image collection, dubbed “Rare Photos” by the New York Times. With the international following that Suson’s notorious images have, it stands to reason that the Memorial Museum would want to gobble up anything and everything standing in it’s path to ultimate success. That includes Gary Suson, an FDNY Honorary Battalion Chief and one of only two photographer’s in the world with unfettered access to Ground Zero in 2001-2. Photographer Joel Meyerowitz also had access to the WTC site but focused his lens on the landscaping changes of Ground Zero. Suson ‘lived’ at the World Trade Center site for half a year, in the process becoming close with the FDNY recovery teams and supervisors, leading to his being granted permission to shoot the most sensitive of moments. When asked about his talks with the Memorial, Suson kept quiet, saying the negotiations were of  ”a private nature.”

I am under the impression that the future 9/11 Memorial Museum may lack the personal touch that Suson’s Museum Workshop has: there supposedly will be no audio tours and very few chairs, designed for “speed” in shuffling the millions of guests in and out at light speed. Anything less would probably cause a traffic jam as well as frustrated lines of would-be visitors awaiting a chance to see the “Last Beam” – the “WTC Cross” – and the survivor’s staircase. These big-ticket artifacts will certainly be a draw for gawkers looking to see iconic items of the “Recovery.” Up in the Meatpacking District, Gary Suson’s Museum is held together with scotch tape, a small budget and a lot of heart. Far removed from Ground Zero, it doesn’t have the advantage of “being there” at the WTC site. With a total staff of just 5 very energetic and passionate ladies, daily tours max out at 28 guests with two to three tours per day. According to Suson, who was given a private, underground tour of the 9/11 Memorial Museum, “Our museum is roughly the size of the ladies bathroom at the Memorial.” Ground Zero Museum Workshop does boast the largest piece of World Trade Center window glass in existence, on loan to the Museum from a loyal WTC Recovery worker. Also on display is a small piece of American Airline’s flight 11, also on loan. The other small artifacts on display are ones that actually appear in Suson’s images and were removed with permission of a supervisory officer, FDNY Lt. Brian Bonsignore of the GPS Unit. What will ultimately separate the two museums is the personal touch and intimacy, or lack thereof. In terms of the 9/11 experience, will visitors want a cliché, large, commercial museum space and prefer the extra elbow room and sheer size or will they prefer a tiny museum with an attentive staff and less “wow” factor? Says Suson, “We are prepared for the worst. If there is a demand for our museum to stay open in 2014, then so be it.” So far in fiscal year 2013, Suson is unsalaried at GZMW. What extra money they get each month, they donate to the FDNY Foundation for the Children of Fallen Firefighters and to the Firefighter Ralph Geidel Fund, paying off the dental work of a cancer stricken firefighter who lost most his teeth from chemo. Ground Zero Museum Workshop has the support of numerous 9/11 families. Retired FDNY Lt. Paul Geidel was at GZMW the day I was there, visiting from Las Vegas. Mr. Geidel lost his son, firefighter Gary Geidel of FDNY Rescue-1 on 9/11. Says Geidel about Suson’s museum, “It’s a beautiful and tastefully designed museum that preserves the memory of those lost while educating the public about our Recovery work at Ground Zero. Mr. Suson’s museum has helped my other son Ralph out with his post-cancer medical bills and my family is most appreciative. I see no reason why the two museums can’t co-exist.” Suson authored the Barnes & Noble photography book, “Requiem: Images of Ground Zero” which he uses in part to raise money for charity. The book is currently sold at the 9/11 Memorial and neighboring St. Paul’s Chapel.

With the vast and diverse image collection that Suson possesses, along with his following, it stands to reason the 9/11 Memorial could make a small fortune on merchandising by gobbling him up. The Wall Street-like salaries of those in charge at the 9/11 Memorial has been called into question by the New York media, as well as the fact that all monies brought in will not go to charity but instead towards running the Memorial. In all fairness, the salaries being commanded by the folks at 911MM are the same as other large Museums around the USA. A small controversy has also formed over the $25 suggested admission fees at the 9/11 Memorial, which Suson’s Museum already charges for a two-hour guided tour.  Says Suson, “Our museum and their museum are private ventures. Neither is the “Official Museum” in theory. If you don’t charge an admission fee, the Museum cannot sustain itself as a place of education & remembrance and will close. It’s simple. The act of remembering those lost on 9/11 costs money. It’s either that or we close the doors and forget. I always stand in amazement when someone claims that charging $25 per person is making money off of 9/11. No, its not making money off of 9/11 – that is a grade school mentality – but rather it is making sure people don’t forget. Museums are a public service and all businesses, whether for profit or non-profit cost money to operate. If you don’t charge admission, you close. Period.” When asked what he thinks of the Memorial Museum, Suson stated, “From what I have seen it is wonderfully designed, a class act and will be well received. In my estimates, it will be the busiest museum in the world.” Time will tell if GZMW can sustain the opening of a gargantuan museum. In the most humble of ways, David (Gary Suson) is not looking to slay Goliath (9/11 Memorial), but rather simply co-exist in the same Big Apple with him and possibly even collaborate. The two museums joining talents makes sense if the goal is to tell the full and accurate story of Ground Zero. See both Museums at www.911Memorial.org and www.groundzeromuseumworkshop.com

The Craigslist personals email harvest season is over! [How to harvest email addresses on Craigslist personals]

A job I had recently was working with a guy that would buy harvested email contacts for singles looking on Craigslist. I would get paid $1.75 for every good email lead and $3.00 of every phone number I could produce. This is one of my highest earning adcopy producers. This one produced over 80,000 leads

Thank you for reading my post… before you start to read my post, a reader from my last creative dating post commented to me – “it might help to point out that I make a living as a creative writer.” Now that I have moved to a small town in Insert town here, this mightbe even more of an issue. Because even more people may not get my brand of humor. Other feedback that I have received, is that women are intimated to respond to posting like this. But more than anything I am looking to meet new friends and if something amazing happens that would be very cool. I have a really unique creative personality, I am a very low pressure guy, I too am looking for someone special. Thanks for taking the time to read. enjoy my posting

Here I go again with another dating fucking sucks post again…

I am now convinced every sick-mutherfucker on earth surfs the craigslist personals, I was hanging at a friends house and went to Craigslist on her computer (*not really being nosy)  and I could see that the singles area on Craigslist link has been visited. Then it hit me!!! Everyone in the world is a sick-fucker just like myself. Craigslist is how everyone meets, but no-one ever wants to admit-it, this is so fucking gross. By posting ourselves online we have all been reduced to lawn equipment.

I know normal people read these online dating listings also… Because I was normal once, I can remember about 15 years ago reading the newspaper at Mc Donald’s, while I am eating my Mc Pile of shit. I love the classified section, I’m not really sure what it is. But being a little older everything has changed, forget the stupid sports.I personally love to read the used cars, free pets, rideshare, missed connections… but my point is, even before abruptly becoming single again, I would read the singles thread on craigslist, what a fascinating category… Someone throwing caution to the wind, post a ad in hopes of landing a date, it seems so crazy when you think about it. But what is sad, from my limited dating experience it seems the older we get the less likely we are to really find someone normal.

The response I am trying to trigger is the “normal one” that is – perhaps a normal person surfing this and think to herself, …”is this fucking shit even real?” No, we have reduced ourselves to lawn equipment… 🙂

So how would I describe myself? Mr toad’s wild ride – white, 6”4’, fit, late 30’s I don’t fuck on the first night, that would be considered risky behavior. If my post shocks you, run away! I don’t want your acceptance, I want someone looking for something special, someone looking to uncover a true experience, someone unique. At first you might find I am hard to talk to, I am closed off and very shy when you first meet me.

Other fun-Facts about myself

  • I have all my teeth
  • good head of hair
  • I have blue eyes
  • I am tall
  • I am here in Insert town here, taking care of my 88 year old grandma
  • I dont own a TV, but I have 4 computers
  • I have written 3 books
  • I love love love animals and plants
  • you should not feed me milk
  • I don’t play video games
  • I piss on the seat like most guys
  • I don’t like horror movies, whadda fake bull shit
  • I love to hold hands
  • I like to be ran at least an hour a day
  • I have not had a job in 15 years
  • I have a criminal history  <-I’m proud of that
  • I am 40
  • My kids are over 18
  • I might cook you dinner, have some coffee, stay up till 4 am, and sleep all day.
  • I have 13 years of education, over and above high school.
  • I don’t drink, love a little pot
  • *se habla espanol, but I am not Mexican
  • I love to take baths, because I get dizzy when I jerk-off standing up
  • AND yes! I really make a living as a semi-well known writer, I’m not rich, but I am rich in spirit.

*The picture thing is so uncomfortable, now that I have moved to this small town in Insert town here, I can’t post a photo of myself because not only am I afraid of being recognized on the street, I am worried my friends will find it on craigslist and post my dating ad on facebook, then everyone will know I too am looking for new lawn equipment and this is already humiliating enough.

Just a fun fact: it seems nurses like to use the CL personal service.

If you don’t send a picture of yourself, I will not reply. If you don’t want to send a picture first, then get yourown posting. And besides, if you send me an email trying to bait me into talking to you without a pic, then that would mean you are getting what you want and I can’t allow that to happen.  🙂 If you have a comment, rude or nice I will always politely respond. Thank you for reading and have a safe journey in life

Make sure to get your full head in-front of the shotgun.. thank you for calling!

Craigslist recently implemented changes that prohibited you from directly getting the email address from a response.


I sold my eBay sellers account on eBay

I sold my eBay sellers account on eBay. Susan a friend of mine at the time had this idea.

To make a website along the lines of my blog and post/sell items garage sale style kinda-like eBay. At the time I thought that was a ridiculously bad idea; little did I know or could fully understand the true genius behind this and how good of an idea this really was.

About a year before that I had more or less quit selling on eBay (about 5-6 years ago) but my friends Jeff and Susan were still selling on eBay and going very strong. I would checkout what they were doing and thought to myself, how are they making any money? I thought to myself eBay had really jumped the shark.

So recently (2013) when I sold a few items I had laying around the house and the cost to do this was upwards of 25% plus Paypal fees I knew my eBay sellers account usefulness was over. So I decided to sell my eBay sellers account.

I had already been familiar with people selling eBay and Paypal accounts from the website PayPal sucks. Dealing with eBay and PayPal for over 12 plus years I have had some interesting experiences and some priceless information that has helped me in my personal web business. eBay is only a website and comes up with some wild resolutions,  so if your going to sell on eBay then you are at the mercy of their terms and condition’s.

My experience with eBay has been when it comes down to-it eBay rules whatever favors their position; so you need to be prepared for the worst in any situation. Because you don’t know who your dealing with and quite frankly neither does eBay. I guess the only thing I can say in defense of eBay, they really have no playbook for dealing with millions of transactions in a free-trade environment.

I may have been one of the few sellers to see eBay at it’s best and it’s worst. eBay started to implement changes that really started to hurt sellers. The Power Seller exodus and start a website> http://www.powersellersunite.com/ Unfavorable terms, high fees, feedback restrictions made seller run for the hills.

These days the research I uncovered is that sellers now have to really jump over hurdles to sell online witch really seems silly, because anyone can start selling online with their own website for like $10 dollar investment and no barrier, and completely bypass eBay. I think people forget after-all eBay and Paypal are really only a website that started by selling Beanie Baby’s, without sellers and buyers, they have nothing.

Because my account was started 12 years ago and I had 100% positive feedback with 475 consumer reviews  I had establish myself for such along time I had no limits on my sellers account.

Why I sold so cheap – I sold my eBay sellers account for $1500 to (*I know this is cheap) a guy that had a good establish history. I had many offers on my eBay account, my PayPal account and even my Bank account! I had offers up to 3000+ but mostly from people with 10 feedback, or low or bad feedback, this was a concern for me. I didn’t want for this transaction togo bad on me. The info I had on selling my eBay sellers account was only what I could find published on the web and viewing what past sellers accounts sold for and that was poor at best. So I had no clue how this would turnout.

My Account SOLD! It really stated to hit me when it sold, holyshit! I put my hart and soul into my account, over the years I did my best to be a good eBayer. My motto was: I never wanted to take someones money, if they were not happy. Besides, I personally never wanted to pay for something that was miss-represented. Buying online is hard enough, alot goes into buying, mailing and waiting for the item. So I got the payment and the first thing I did was run to the bank and take out the maximum amount of money I could from my Paypal account. I started looking at my account, and stated to get worried, besides this was all my work. I have not updated my info in some time, after dealing with eBay it just became to big of risk giving them too much info, just was too much exposure, my credit card had expired, the address was 4 years old so I really had no exposure. My biggest fear was eBay shuts it down, the guy does a charge back and I am out the account, the money and left holding my dick.

What would I have done different? Because the buyer is buying my sellers account I would say the buyer has to pay the final value fee for the auction for the seller’s account. eBay has really become a different market, you can no longer sell things with thin margins.

So what happened? The transaction really went flawlessly, I was flat amazed, the seller and I got on the phone in a 3 way call with eBay support, and they made the transfer. The eBay phone support had no issue with the transfer

My review of Sprint service

About 4 days ago, I got a new EVO slider from Sprint. These touch screen phones are beyond me and I gotta tell ya… I am not really impressed with the consumer experience up to this point. However, what is interesting about this story is… My wife and I have been Sprint customers for about seven years! But after going though the entire consumer experience, I think I can shed a little light on this whole “Sprint’s unlimited bull-shit.” and “We’re cheaper than the other guy.”

I went to Radio Shack to get my phone, the guy at Radio Shack was not very helpful. So today, I called sprint to get the low-down on what I got myself into. What I found out was very-very interesting.

I found out, I have the unlimited 450 plan. I asked the Sprint rep, so everything is “unlimited?” The Sprint support said (I am quoting him) “Well…it’s not technically unlimited.” The first thing that popped into my mind, how fucking misleading is this?

I know what you are thinking… is all this foul language necessary? I think it is…

Ok, wait… it gets better!! I get transferred to the retention department because after four days and all these silly fees I am ready to quit Sprint.

I have a question? Why is it so hard for companies to just be straightforward with their pricing? I am really sick of these companies smearing their lies and misleading advertisements all over God’s creation. In the meantime, your getting horse fucked for a two year contract.

As promised, it gets even stranger. The Sprint operator proceeds tell me that there is a $5 a month fee, for a what they call a “spending limit fee.” are you fucking serious? If your hell-bent on fucking your customers with hidden cost, at least have the decency to come up with a better name.

I picked Sprint, for it’s competitive rates, but clearly I didn’t make the right choice. I told the Sprint phone rep, I think it is time for an IPhone. What was really funny, the idiot phone rep wittingly blurts-out, “At&t charges a fee for its data service!” One company calls it a “data charge”, the other calls it “spending limit fee”. I look at junk fees all the same, they are deceitful and misleading ways to build-in hidden cost.

Motel 6 soap – what the $%#*@ is that smell!!

I love Motel 6 but I hate the soap!

I love Motel 6, low cost, more or less a safe place an I think I even seen somewhere “they leave the light on for you”! What more could you want? How about some soap that doesn’t leave you smelling like a dead fucker after a hot shower!

So why in the fuck would I care to write something as silly as this? Well… I’ll tell ya. When you think of the amount of soap that motel 6 goes though every year, you can’t but help thinking to yourself that there is a million dollar opportunity sitting right in front of your face. How has this simple staple been over-looked for so long? I have always thought of Motel 6 as Greyhounds red headed step brother, really catering to the travelers and more transit crowed but can Motel 6 really afford to not have nice smelling soap chips?

And you wanna know the biggest upside of it all? The people that will be pocketing the soap, “your product” to take it home and use it. That’s right, millions of people taking your product home. Because that is what almost every person that stays in a motel does, take the soap! I am clear on the cost behind this sliver of cleanliness, but I have to think even at a loss, the implications of people using your product like this are something to think about.

Personally, I’d rather roll around wood chips to knock any odor off my body and smell like pine. Not to mention feel great, even after pulling the splinters out of my ass with pliers rather than to even apply any of the tiny square things Motel 6 refers to as soap. The best part is that you are so proud to place in their “wonderful Jacuzzis” , give me a break!

I don’t believe even a full time hooker would wash any crevice of her body with Motel 6 soap after a thirty minute fuck.  She would prefer to smell like old sweaty ass, balls and rough sex for a day, rather than to smell like the wonderful scent (not too sure what the scent even is) of a Motel 6 bar of soap.  Hell, she may even rather put herself through the pain and suffering of going through a drive thru car wash just for the glory and the scent of good smelling soap instead of that hardened bar of shit you call soap.

Yeah,  they will leave the light on for you; pay the expense of wasting energy then to actually save energy and money.  How about turning the fucking light off and wait until a person gets there to rent the room! Hey! There’s a bright fucking idea!  How’s that for a light on!!?? No Pun intended, but you would  think you Motel 6 corporate soap geniuses would have come up with that and save money to actually buy some decent soap.

Think, travel sizes of Axe, his and her hotness, hell maybe even some dial at this point. I am certainly willing to work with you in finding a great and cost effective way to cleanse your guests, if you are willing. We understand you aren’t the Hilton Resorts however, we would like to avoid chaffing from an unclean groin area, if at all possible. Simply hygiene is easy when the right tools and resources are available.

Clean up your act Motel 6! – That one was free! But the next one is going to cost ya!

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Late night dinner at the Bellagio Las Vegas

One of my favorite places in Las Vegas is the Bellagio’s Conservatory & Botanical Garden. It is spectacular what the Bellagio does, and it is all 100 % free. The other thing that is so cool about this, is that the Bellagio cafe is adjacent to garden viewing area and it makes for a very nice dinner for under 100 bucks!

One late night I thought I would go out for a little dinner and some cool pics.

Fish are friends not food. (free money making idea, for UNDER one thousand bucks!)

I though it was about time for a new money making idea! This is a money making idea I really like. I call this idea “Fish are friends not food”

The idea summery
You will go on Craigslist and buy used fish tanks and fish supplies. You can find used fish tank supplies for almost nothing, manly because they are heavy and difficult to manage and there is a very limited market for used fish tanks.

Then you will make up some marketing materials and cold call business like Doctors and Dentist offices to place the tanks in for a small fee of $100.00 a month, and as a part of the deal you will come once a month to clean and maintain the fish tank. And all they have to do, just put a pinch of food in the tank everyday, and let their guest that visit the office enjoy!

And if you want to make this even more compelling project, you can tie all this to a some-sort of good cause, and maybe call it “Fish are friends not food”, fish rescue project. And get yourself a small sticker for the front of the tank so people can read about the cause, then maybe you could donate 10% of your earnings to a good cause like the surf riders foundation.

Start-up cost for this idea is under $1000.00

Earning potential of this idea – You place 100 tanks in offices, you could make upwards of $10,000.00 a month.

Need some change in your life?

I have been a little dry on content lately because of the many changes in my life. I was sitting on the couch tonight trying to figure out what to write about, this is what came out.

I can’t think of anything scarier in life than a little change. Some people can’t handle change, but change is something we all go through. We change many times in our lives. We change when we reach puberty, we change when we become 21 and over; we change when we hit 40. We make many changes, some welcome it and some do not. Change always brings more changes. For example, if you lose weight. You will need to change your clothes.

Change is also very powerful tool because if you know how to make changes in your own life, the change can  empower you to accomplish small to great things What do you want to change? — Scott R. Asher

There are many people that feel changes are hard, however changes are easy. Let me change your mind… There is a Proverb in the Bible Song of Solomon 2:15 that talks about the small foxes that spoil the vine. My interpretation of this is – even something as small as a fox can spoil the whole vine. So even small and simple changes can bring about massive overhaul in your life.

How do you get started?

It is simple because once you start to change, change will happen all around you. Because change always attracts more change and change is ready when you are.

Some “Bug” facts about change

Are you ready for your change?

Need change, but you can’t? I have good news! You can make changes anytime you want, because it is up  to you to do it. Become successful at making changes. Start with something small, something you can change and have success. You never know what you might change…

I have gone though many changes in my own life. One thing I can say for sure, when you start making positive changes in your life, it is hard to stop. — Scott R Asher

Let me encourage you to make a small change today; you never know what might happen.

“The key to change… is to let go of fear.” – Rosanne Cash

My experience with WordPress Member – membership plugin

This is a 100% non-paid review for WordPress membership plugins. I had been working on some of my clients WordPress websites, and I purchased WordPress Member  plugin for the Authorize.net gateway.

The WordPress website was currently using WordPress’s eMember  plug-in and I was very impressed up to this point, but the client wanted to add Authorize.net payment gateway to their website. So we decided to switch to the WordPress Member plugin

So back to what happened, I was switching membership plugins from the WordPress eMember to the WordPress Member and I could not for the life of me get WordPress Member plugin working. The problem was that I was getting a white screen anytime I went to login to the WordPress CMS or update the changes I made to the plugin or refresh the page. And the way WordPress Member plugin was made, there was nothing I could even do to troubleshoot the problem – the WP Member plugin code was encrypted.

The other thing I didn’t particularly care for was the poor technical support offered for the WP Member plugin. From what I could tell, WP-Member was trying to charge for support of their own plugin, which in my opinion was just crazy.

The price for the plugin was $29.99, I am not sure it was worth much more than that.

Most of the support I found for the WordPress Member white screen issue was online and was telling me to deactivate plugins one-by-one in an attempt to find the problem plugin. But the problem plugin was in fact the WordPress Member membership plugin. My guess was the WordPress Member worked poorly in a shared hosting environment or I could of had some theme conflicts. But one thing is for-sure, once I got rid of the WP Member plugin, my problem was gone.

The WordPress Member plugin was crap. I never got the plugin working, so we just decided to stay with the eMember plugin. I have yet to get a reply from the developer or technical support on the “white screen” issues I was having. The good news is my client is going to stay with WordPress eMember, and add the Authorize.net WordPress plugin.

I found a solution for membership websites looking to easily add the Authorize.net payment gateway to their membership website, check it out http://www.danielwatrous.com/authorizenet-for-wordpress

Does ChexSystems even matter anymore?

For some reason ChexSystems seems to be slipping out of the picture. I have opened 2 checking accounts recently (last 3 months) and from what I can tell, less banks are using the chexSystems bank account verification system. Then the other day a buddy of mine tells me about a new thing banks are using called Early Warning Systems or (EWS)

So who is EWS?  creditinfocenter.com says: Early Warning Services is a limited liability company owned by Bank of America, BB&T Corporation, JPMorgan Chase, Wachovia, and Wells Fargo. From their website describing services to financial institutions.

I think – because banks are now charging $10 a month for bank/checking accounts, the dynamics have changed and banks are opening at risk accounts.

I also was reading, that complaints filed with ChexSystems, are also filed with EWS, I am not sure that is %100 true.