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N2Go – Progress Report for Entering Week 3

This will be a summary of my progress entering week 3 following training:

Rise of THE Machines!

I just started to panic, because, yesterday, I learned that my machines arrived at the warehouse on Friday, but I thought I had arranged for them to arrive around April 20th or so, since that was just a bit more than the reported manufacturing lead time!

I just lost 18 days of prep work! Not cool! =(
But, yea, for their efficiency! =O

Training Machine

I was planning on having a machine sent to our house so that we can work with it, but, sadly, it will not fit through our door. Now, I will have them ship one to our yoga studio whose door may be just large enough to fit in. I may have to see if I can have them deliver a machine sooner than later, so I can start to get things figured out, especially the product sizes -> tray issue (see below).

Tanya has not attended training yet, so this will also give her a chance to play with it. Hopefully, she can attend in May, before the summer hits.

The Dark Side of Planogram Planning

‘What is a planogram?’ you ask. A planogam is just the list of products you will use for each selection on a vending machine.

Starting out, planograms are a crap load of work, because, well I do not know anything yet. LOL! =O

Sample Planogram

Sample Planogram

Product Sizes for a Tray

When searching for products online they do not generally list the physical dimensions of the product which we need to know in order to know if the product will fit in a specific tray due to length, height, and depths limitation for each coil. So, as a way around that, I am trying to find out the correlation between an individual product’s weight (in ounces) and tray placement, even though each product will be different. I have asked on the N2Go Facebook Support Group for people to help me figure that out using a spreadsheet for my specific product list, but no one was willing to assist. =( Perhaps, they were busy filling their machines… again! =)  At this point I am just guessing and will be able to figure it out once we have a machine to work with.

Also, I am going to cut out a template in cardboard which has the 3 sizes for all 3 trays in one template so I can take it with me when I work on selecting with products on the go. This should take the speed up and take the guesswork out of the process when shopping IRL.

Lack of NEAT Support

What is NEAT (Air Vend)? It is the back-end management website which allows us to monitor and manage our vending machines.

NEAT contains a large database of products that have already been entered by previous operators over the years, so most everything we will want to add will already be in there. Unfortunately, because all of the products were all entered by hand, this has lead to an extreme lack of product entry standardization which is suuuuper annoying.

Some have ounces mentioned in the title which is really useful and some do not. Some have images of the individual product vertical, horizontal, or of the container case or multipack. Some do not have images at all and so on.

Data normalization is really needed. They really need to do some significant QA in there. Not doing so makes life more difficult, especially for us newbies.

I will put together some mock-ups for NEAT and send it to them so that the backend can be a lot more useful to everyone.

I think I will fill out my spreadsheet for product weight -> tray and share it to help save the people in my class some confusion when getting started. It will save a lot of work and guessing, which is what is really slowing me down right now. Grrrrrr!!!

Base Planogram

Currently, I am in the process of finishing my first base planogram so my mentor can comment/approve it and then start the machine placement process.

Tanya and I worked on choosing products for our base planogram using a rather shotgun approach where there is a little bit of everything in it so we can quickly find out what the location likes in short time. We started with the sample planograms that N2Go sent us as a reference. I am hoping to finish it this week for my call with my mentor on Monday.

We also need to get the product voting list for this done too. The voting list is a small list of like 20 other products (about 5 per tray) that clients can choose from to customize the products in their machine. We use this smaller list to get them thinking instead of inciting analysis paralysis by dropping a ginormous catalog of products on them.

Fit Pick Planogram

Once the first base planogram is done, I will also need to start a second planogram for schools using the Fit Pick list so they can have a machine with much healthier options, which I think is required by law.

Product Sources

Finding prices as low as my mentor says they should be has not been easy. I have a spreadsheet put together to try to track it, Perhaps he may have some sources that I have not found yet.

Aldis: ​I need to go to Aldis and check their products and pricing. They should have some of the lowest prices and healthiest products around. Great for client to have healthier options and better for my profit margin.

Locations

I am planning on hitting 3 locations to start:

  • high school
  • university and dorm
  • Seneca (manufacturing)

High School: I have heard that their food service manages their own vending machines, so I do not think I will get in there, but I can get my name in there and let them know I exist. Perhaps, even make a contact there too.

Local University and it’s Dorm:  I am looking forward to this, but I still need to do my research.

For both of the above, however, will be pretty much down to nothing once summer hits, so that is an issue – 3 months with next to no income, but it may be a may make sense for the long term, since schools tend to be highly profitable. =)

Seneca Manufacturing: We have a friend who works there and it sounds like they could use some well serviced and healthier vending machines.

After I check these, we shall see what the N2Go placement service shall find.

Other Stuff

Order Products:  I need to start ordering a bunch products to put in the machines and to use for gift baskets for my sales calls. I have gone to Walmart and did some price checking and bought some basket products and so I can have the UPC for the products I will be using, but that was no where near enough. Enough for some gift baskets only.

Warehouse Supplies:  We took the first batch of supplies to our warehouse yesterday. All we have left to take over are the metal racks and to assemble them so we can start to get our warehouse process started.

Logo: ​We are also almost close on finishing a logo.​

Tax Exemption: I have the WI tax exemption form filled out and have status with Amazon, Walmart, and Aldis. I have found a local wholesaler, but I do not think that their prices will be low enough.

WAMS: I am also on our state’s vendor/bidding list even though I do not think that will work for much. Our business did not really have a related code in it. We shall see if anything ever comes of it.

Post Naturals 2 Go Training Review

NOTE: This is not a paid review. No one paid me in any way for this review. I have, however, paid a crap load to start a new business with Natural 2 Go’s machines and their business model. I do not receive commission or anything like that, nor do I have a vested interest in anyone else’s success. This just my opinion because I want to post it for posterity.

If you have not read my previous article on how we got to this point then you may want to peruse it here: A New Beginning A New Franchise (N2Go).

Introduction

Naturals 2 Go Logo

Naturals 2 Go Logo

So, it is Monday – 2 days after returning from training in Richmond. Tanya was not able to make it due to our babysitting arrangements falling through, but I was still able to go. =( Hopefully, she will be able to go in April or May. We will see how it goes.

With this post I want to give a post-op following the 2.5 days of training to give my view of N2Go and the training experience for others who are considering N2Go (or anyone else who is silly enough to want know what is happening in my life). =)

Where did it leave me? Am I regretting it and wanting to run away screaming? Have I already made a million dollars? Do butterflies still drink turtle tears?

Well, let’s find out:

Expectations

My expectations for the training were many. I already run a few small businesses – yoga studio (10 yrs), my wife’s art (2+ years), and a super-small web hosting company (1+ years), but starting a business like this involves many things that are very different from anything that I currently do:

  • buying products
  • selling products
  • storing products
  • pricing products for sale
  • locating places to place machines
  • meetings to arrange machine placement
  • stocking machines
  • maintaining the machines
  • managing client relations
  • ways to grow the business
  • tax free vendor
  • and so much more.

I was definitely going to need to learn how to do all of those things and more to have a clue what I am doing and to have a chance at being successful.

Flight

My flight left a bit after lunch time, so I arrived at the airport in the late morning and had to wait around for a few hours until my flight left because Tanya needed the car and needed to be in the area for other important things like picking up the child from school and so on. The flight there was uneventful. I listened to music on my phone pretty much the whole time, although for one little stint I did some reading on my tablet (The Expanse: Caliban’s War).

Flight and Arrival

Just like their email said, once I got there, a hotel shuttle could pick me up and that is what happened. So, what came next was the first test: Was this all real? Did my money just vanish to fly-by-night organization? Was I naive and bilked of a small fortune left to drown in my own sorrow-drenched tears?

Arrival

After arriving at the hotel, my reservation and confirmation that I was apart of the VTI (Vend Tech International) group was confirmed. They even gave me a gift bag with various snacks in it that may be put in our machines, as well as the training schedule.This boded well. =)

I went up to my room. It was a hotel room. Nothing special… just a clean hotel room. I just needed a place to shower and sleep and that is it, and this would do nicely while I was trying to fill my brain with vending machine knowledge.

After I settled in, I went to see what other amenities there were. They had a restaurant/bar, a small pool, and a small workout area too. The pool floor was dirty and the water was a bit too cold for me (I do not like cold water) so I decided against that. I did, however, go ahead and did some cardio and a little bit of the free weights to get my stay started right.

Training

This part will be shorter than I would like, because I did not have a laptop and was not keen on taking notes on a tablet, but I will give you the important information to help you evaluate it.

Location

Naturals 2 Go machines @ training in Richmond, Va in Mar 2018

Naturals 2 Go machines @ training in Richmond, Va in Mar 2018

The training, conveniently, was being held on the first floor of the hotel we were staying which was great!

The first morning I went down and right there, vending m

achines were already stationed and opened for us to take a look at. This was another moment to validate that this was real and was a good investment. I took pictures and sent them to my wife to let her know they existed. I breathed a bit easier after that!

We also had assigned seats with our training materials already laid out for us too. I was put at the front of the class, of course, because I can be quite the troublemaker! =O =)

Trainers are Owners/Operators Too

N2Go Training Room - Mar 2018

N2Go Training Room – Mar 2018

For me, I think this is important. All of the trainers had their own vending machines and vending businesses too, so these were not just people that were towing the corporate line to pull in some Benjamins. They were speaking from their experience and also the valuable lessons from those who have made mistakes before them. They were not just dropping theoretical ideas on us. They were telling us what really works and were able to give us examples and anecdotes from their own experience.

There were 4 trainers:

Kevin Wright The Godfather – the lead trainer
Shaun Thomas The Shipper – the machine shipping dude
Gary Hawke The Fixer – the vending machine technician or orderer
Rob Pastor The Smooth Operator – a successful operator

The CEO is also an Owner/Operator

Now, this part is also kinda crazy. He owns and operates machines too. Now, if the CEO is doing it, then he really believes it. I was actually quite amazed with this.

I even had a chance to talk with him a little bit on the phone one morning when I arrived super early because woke up at like 3:30am and could not get back to sleep. This gave me ample time to do a quick workout and then go on up for breakfast.

Quality of Training

Naturals 2 Go Training Example (Mar 2018)

Naturals 2 Go Training Example (Mar 2018)

The training seemed to cover everything that I would expect and they gave great practical advice. We were able to get into the machines and see how they work and how to fill the machine, which will take some practice, especially the drinks. Pretty much all of my expectations were met.

They covered all of the needed topics, although, there is only so much you can learn in the classroom. With something like this, there is no greater teacher than actually going out and doing it. I think, at least with where I am at and with my experience, that it worked for me. I feel as prepared as I can be and I just need to go out there and do it. The training did, however, help to impart how much work there really was to this and there is a lot to running a business like this. The work was truly just beginning!! =O

Operator Support

Honestly, this may be the most important part of what you may want to evaluate – the support they give to their operators in running their business. It is significant and important not only to us as operators, but also to the company itself, because how well we do will affect how they make money – but not in a pyramid scheme sort of way.

With their franchise model they only make money off the sales of the machines, so it is in their best interest to help their operators to be as successful as they can so they can grow and buy more machines. They have a respectable business model that focuses on trying to have everybody win. If you succeed then they succeed too.

Here is a list of the things they do to support their operators and all of these are included in the purchase of your machines with no extra cost (unless otherwise noted):

  • Pre-Business Support
    • Locating service: There are 3 choices here to help you find places for your machines:
      • self location (gives a discount)
      • placement assistance (a core part of base package) -data is pulled from surveys, etc; cold calls are made for you and a meeting for placement is arranged; all you have to do is close the deal
      • placement agent (extra charge – a person comes down and arranges the machine placement for you; you may also ride along to observe and learn the process from an expert)
    • Shipping Service:
      • Self Placement:They can ship them to you and you can install the machines
      • White Glove: You can (for an extra charge) have the machines shipped to the location and installed for you. Although you still have to setup the machines yourself. They can’t run your business for you. =)
    • Training: Training, of course, is a big one.
  • Business Operation Support
    • Business Materials: business cards, flyers, business forms
    • Business Website: Domain and email setup. An easy to setup website with content already added. All you have to do is select a template, enter your business information and you are really to go. You will want to change the about page, though. (1st year is free; $15/month after)
    • Coaching and Mentoring: Following the training you are assigned a coach to help you and guide you along the process so you can be successful. This is great.
    • Facebook support Group: This will be great to get feedback and advice from other operators. There is no substitute for experience.
    • Insurance:1 year of fire and theft Insurance on machines.
    • Operator Site: They have a site which posts articles and training videos too that we can use to learn
    • Support Numbers: We are given the support numbers for the machine manufacturers, software support, and the various N2Go people we may need to ask questions of.

Conclusion

Prior to the training I felt I was a bit more prepared than most that were there, because I had 10 years of business experience already, and I am a web and technology person. But, even with that there was still a lot to learn, and still much more to learn. However, the training made me feel much more prepared and helped to to adjust and set my expectations appropriately.

Is it a get rich quick scheme? Definitely not.

Will money rain from the sky? Not unless you are super lucky and hard-working, and the vending machine gods smile upon you.

As Advertised on the Box?

So far, Naturals 2 go has been as it is advertised on the box (videos, website, and sales reps).

They all want you to succeed and they give all they can to help you along that path.

Postlude

Return Flight

The return flights were slightly eventful. My first flight arrived late due to a technical issue that needed to be fixed – an overhead bin was not closing. So that was late enough for me to be concerned about reaching my connecting flight. Fortunately, I got there in time to board properly.

Significant Credit Score Drop

Now, with the way we are paying for everything – new credit cards with a 12 months+ interest free period, this has affected my credit rating considerably. My credit rating has dropped over 150 pts over the last month – from 797 to 636. This is considerable and I will be curious to see how this will change as I pay them off over the next 2 or so years. Hopefully, we will not need to apply for any credit over the next year or three. =o

What we Accomplished on Sunday (Yesterday)

Here is the list of things we accomplished on Sunday:

  • went shopping for some warehouse supplies
  • rented a climate controlled storage unit (10×15) out of which to work from
  • bought a used corporate class printer from a friend and ​also ​purchased toner  for it
  • got GMail to be able to send and receive email from my business email address (this was a feat to accomplish)
  • emailed all of the members of my training class with the N2Go Facebook operators group and a link to my previous N2Go blog post

Our Next Steps

Next we need to:

  • check out potential suppliers and start figuring which products we want to start with and where to get them.
  • plan out which products will go in which slots
  • figure out how much to sell them for too
  • prepare for our coach call next Monday
  • setup our warehouse
  • prepare for the work in placing our machines

Wish us luck!

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Updates – New House, New Studio, and a Crawling Kid…

Someone asked what I am up to on Facebook – Hi Matt! – and I have not written much in quite a while about what is happening in my life so here’s a little catch up for everyone. I am sure that there is more than this, pills but this is all that I can remember for now.

Uliana

We will be celebrating her 1st birthday here in a little bit. She is a good little girl and officially started to crawl on Fathers Day! =) This is of course a mixed blessing. It is great that she is crawling, symptoms but that now means she has another method to find stuff to put in her mouth. =O

New House in Baraboo

We bought a second house in Baraboo which is twice the size (1300 sq ft) of our first house (700 sq ft). We closed on it on May 21, food and finished moving in on Friday and Saturday – June 18th and 19th. Two days ago we finally got Charter installed so now I have internet! Yea! I have moved up from a 768/128 DSL up to 8 meg Cable. Happy Days! =) Our first, fortunately, shall be rented by Tanya’s brother and his wife.

Baby sitters: We are looking for a few baby sitters in Baraboo that either occasional or fairly steady as options. We are set for now, but are looking for more baby sitting options.

New Yoga Studio

New Classes and New Studio: Tanya (and a few others) will be teaching Yoga out of our new house. We have a grand opening on Saturday, June 26 from 12:00pm to 5:00pm, with classes starting there on July 1. Classes will be free to all through the entire month of July, so come and bring your friends and family and give it a try. We have 18 classes scheduled for every one young and old. We have some children’s classes, beginners, intermediate, and advanced classes, as well as relaxation classes.

You can check our website for our new schedule and  more information. We also have an article about us and the new studio opening in the Baraboo News Republic too. We were quite nervous for this interview.

Candles: We are looking for any spare candles that you may have for some of our studio classes. Feel free to drop them by or let us know so we can pick them up.

Looking for Work…

Here, information pills I am aggregating all of the articles I have written for the Milwaukee Examiner as their Liberal Spiritual Examiner:

I am looking for part-time, tuberculosis
or short-term/contract work in the following areas:

  • Realtor – if you or someone your know is looking to
    • buy
    • sell
    • lease a property
    • or relocate
  • Web Development
    • website creation
    • usability consulting
    • accessibility consulting
    • basic computer repair
    • basic networking

I am a licensed Realtor working for First Weber in the Wisconsin Dells and am looking to work in the Baraboo/Dells area – Reedsburg will work as well.

I am available after 4:30pm each day from 5:00pm – 10;00pm Monday through Friday, as well as weekends. If you know of a position that might be suitable for me please let me know and I will follow up.

Looking for a Part-Time Certified Yoga Teacher for our Baraboo Classes

We are looking for a Certified Yoga Teacher to teach Tanya’s Baraboo classes for 2-4 months starting May – June’ish as she prepares to give birth to our daughter.

If you know of someone who may be interested and potentially qualified, treat please let us know, visit this site or feel free send then over to us. We are also looking for a teacher who might consider a longer term position with us, pathopsychology as well, as we look to expand.

We currently have classes on Monday and Wednesday nights as well as Saturday morning. Check out our full class schedule for more info. If you have any questions or suggestions please let us know

It’s All About You’s website is basically done..

I finished It’s All About You’s site for our Yoga Studio to-be. It took me one day to put the basic site together. A second day was used to tweak and play with the navigation. The third day was used to get some of the content out there.

There is still some work that needs to be done. It is definitely not perfect, medicine but it is working and it doesn’t look too bad. If you note any issues with it, dosage or if you have questions, comments or suggestions please let me know. This is my first real production site.

I should note, rather importantly, that the design is not of my own. Michael Lopresti of Lopresti Designs came up with the design and I coded it. He is working on porting it to the WordPress or Drupal CMS

First Weber Group Business Card

I know, cheap I know. You all have been waiting with bated breath to see it. =) OK, look so here’s my FWG business card.

First Weber Business Card

First Weber Business Card


First Weber Group, pestilence Realtors
James O’Neill
Realtor
Relocating? Buying? Selling?
Email: ONeillJ@FirstWeber.com

If you are looking for commercial or residential real estate in the Sauk
County area such as Baraboo, Wisconsin Dells, Lake Delton, Reedsburg let me know and I can help you out. I am also a LGBT+P friendly real estate agent.

New Yoga Classes in Baraboo

Tanya will be teaching classes on a month long trial basis at the old Baraboo News Republic Building in Baraboo. Classes will run from November 10 to December 6th. See our website (It’s All About You) for a full schedule.

Notes About Our First Yoga Dance Class Experience

We had our first Yoga Dance class at 19:00 (7:00pm) on Wednesday at room 35 in the Civic Center. We had 10 people partaking of the dancing and fun. For more information see our website: It’s All About You.

Release and Waiver Form

This also was our first time using the Release and Waiver Form that I have put together. I have realized that I need to rearrange so that it is more useful for our use.

December Schedule Change

For those of you keeping track of the Yoga Dance schedule there are some modifications to our schedule in December for 2 reasons: the first, order of course, sickness being the holidays; and the second being that Tanya will be be returning to the Kripalu Center to finish her Yoga Dance Teacher Training Certification.

The schedule will be adjusted as follows through December:

  • Dec. 3 (Wednesday)
  • Dec. 10 – no class
  • Dec 17 (Wednesday)
  • ?Dec 23 (Tuesday)?
  • ?Dec 30 (Tuesday)?

Yoga Dance Class

General Biography

James E. O'Neill IV

James E. O'Neill IV

I am married to THE beautiful Belarussian and we happily live in a small house in Wisconsin Dells, seek Wi. I am a Unitarian Universalist Centrist, cough and I attend the Free Congregation of Sauk County.

I support the issues of Separation of Church and State, Gay and Poly Rights, the International Fixed Calender, 24 Hour Clock, and the Metric System, Esperanto, Yoga, Evolutionary Creationism, as well as Globalization. Yes, I know… keep laughing. =) =P

Education and Training

I have graduated with honors from the Herzing College of Technology with a B.S. in Computer Information Systems and an A.S. in Computer Networking Technologies, as well as being a Certified Usability Analyst from Human Factors International.

I am working as web standards based developer dealing with such issues as Sematics, Separation of Layers, Validation and Validation. I am involved with Accessibility and Usability in addition to Web Standards.

I am a licensed Real Estate Agent in the state of Wisconsin and I work for the First Weber Group in the Wisconsin Dells.

Right after high school I enlisted in the Navy for 6 years and was stationed on the U.S.S. Enterprise as a Reactor Operator/Electronics Technician during the tail end of Desert Storm.

Travel

I have traveled around the world a little bit, both while in and out of the military, to the following countries: Spain, Italy, Israel, Greece, France, United Arab Emirates, Philippines, St. Martin N.A., Russia, Belarus, Czech Republic, Mexico, Canada, and Germany.

The most beautiful place that I have been is the Prague, Czech Republic – their buildings are exquisite. I hope to visit China, Japan, and Ireland some day. My wife and I both wan to visit Paris together.

I have take trips with friends and family to places around the United States like: Santa Barbara, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Grand Canayon, Niagara Falls, Hoover Dam, Bad Lands National Park, the Statue of Liberty, Saguaro National Park, Yellow Stone National Park, Disney Wold, Disney Land, Hershey Pennsylvania, and more.

Personal Profiles

Preferences

Hobbies

Computers, Web Development, Role Playing Games, Martial Arts, Traveling, and Micornationalism

Music

Primarily pop, rock, and 80’s Hair Metal.

Examples: Def Leppard, AC/DC, Poison, Kenny G, Jeff Healy, Pat Benetar, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Aerosmith, Creed, Evanescence, Nickleback, Guns and Roses, Metallica, Madonna, Pearl Jam, Queen, Scorpians, White Snake, Third Eye Blind, Goo Goo Dolls

Movies

Primarily Science Fiction and Action/Adventure

Examples: Robin Hood Prince of Thieves, 5th Element, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, Brotherhood of the Wolf, Matrix, Star Wars (IV, V, VI), Event Horizon, Wimbledon, Lord of the Rings, Clash of the Titans, Unbreakable, Spiderwick Chronicles, Ironman, Spiderman, Harry Potter

Television

The Shield, Friends, Sci Fi Channel, South Park, Heroes, Scrubs, Chuck, Doctor Who, Torchwood, Eli Stone

Books

Pleasure Reading

Primarily Science Fiction and Fantasy

Examples: Robots Trilogy (Issac Asimov), The Dark Elf Series (R.A. Salvatore), Star Wars Novels (Timothy Zahn), Sword Dancer Trilogy (Jennifer Robberson), Lord of the Rings (JRR Tolkien), Dungeons and Dragons as well as other RPG books

More Serious Books

I read books on real estate, investment, business manangement, religion, and civil rights.
For all of you out there who are looking for a dance party on a Wednesday night, and
Tanya will be teaching a Yoga Dance class on Wednesday nights starting Wednesday, October 29 at the Civic Center in Baraboo.

Yoga dance is a wonderful exercise freeing yourself from your inhibitions and allowing for self expression with others who are looking to leave their shells as well. This is a fun, energetic, and great time for people of all ages and abilities whether you are 2 or 62, so come on down and set yourself free with Yoga Dance .

Preregistrations welcome and encouraged.

See our website for more information.

More Yoga Studio and Business Progress…

We received the results that our LLC’s have been accepted which is good news. Now we are looking for places for Tanya to teach in Baraboo. We are planning on some Yoga classes as well as some Yoga Dance classes hopefully within the next 3 weeks.

I will try to keep our website updated with Tanya’s current schedule, women’s health especially her Baraboo classes.

Progress Towards Our Own Yoga Studio…

We have been quite busy here working towards setting up our own Yoga Studio. There is so much to do and so little time. The following is our progress report:

  • Business name selected Its All about You
  • Business Cards Ordered
  • Domain Purchased and site being worked on: www.ItsAllAboutYou-Studio.com
  • LLC’s arranged for. Hopefully, prothesis I will hear back this week.

There is still so much more to do. We are currently looking for places for Tanya to teach in the Baraboo area as we get things going until we can find a permanent home.

If you are interested in taking Yoga or if you know of a place that would be great for teaching Yoga please let us know.

Yoga Studio Update

Obama GOOD!

McCain BAD!

If you care about civil rights here is another reason to “Vote for Obama“:

Ultra-conservative Puritanical Religionist Republicans of Dooooom!

Civil Rights has a history, allergy (especially under Bush politics) of suffering and being violated horribly under a Republican regime – I am talking to you Patriot Act, to which the ACLU has had to fight hard to try and fix. Who knows how many innocent people’s lives have been wrecked with these horrible laws in effect. Will these people whose rights have been violated ever be compensated for their governments enforcement of these broken laws? No. They will receive a “My bad!” and then be left tot recover from having their life destroyed by an illegal law.

The next president will most likely have the chance to nominate 2 or 3 Supreme Court Judges. The McCain camp is against Gay Rights which is very strongly a civil rights issue which he is against from a puritanical and ultra-conservative (save me some votes) standpoint. This way of thinking is one of the greatest problems with the Republical Party – Conservative Christian Religionism is their hidden mantra.

McCain will appoint judges that will enforce a close-minded backwards-traditional mindset and in an attempt to crush all of cultural progress out of fear, as well as crushing our civil rights in the process.

I have been working slavishly for the past few months on a business plan for a Yoga Studio that Tanya and I want to start in the Baraboo area. Writing a business plan has been a lot of work and a lot of research, purchase
and, wow, does my head hurt. =) The hardest part of writing it is the financial projections. A lot of problem with this step is attempting to pull realistic numbers out of my but. I have not found a place where good statistics can be found for student attendance projections for Yoga Studio start-ups. On the plus side we have finally decided on a name for the studio. Yea!

We have found the perfect building, now it is just a matter of getting the financing for it. We are trying to find a way to raise a +/- $20,000 and then we can start our dream.

We may have to lease first and then take the time to either raise the money to purchase the building or show that our studio can be quite successful so that the banks do not have to worry about repayment.

If there is anyone out there that is interested in helping us or investing in a Yoga Studio let us know.

Tanya will be teaching Yoga in Madison on Mondays

Please take the time to fill out this short 7 question Yoga survey for me. This is will help Tanya and I in our bid to increase he Yoga business. I would also not be heartbroken if you emailed this to everyone in your address book! =)

Thanks everyone.

Tanya will start to teach Yoga in Madison on Mondays starting September, one Health
29 2008 at Body In Balance. On September 29 there will be 3 free classes given, cheap
one for each class at their normal times.

There will be 3 classes on Mondays:

  • Yoga Fundamentals (Beginners); 9:00am – 10:00am
  • Flow Yoga (Intermediate); 10:30am – 11:30am
  • Restorative Yoga (Mixed); 12:00pm – 1:00pm

If you know anyone who is around Madison at these times and they might be interested, please let them know. You can have them contact me for more information if they desire.

Short Yoga Survey

Please take the time to fill out this short 7 question Yoga survey for me. This is will help Tanya and I in our bid to increase he Yoga business. I would also not be heartbroken if you emailed this to everyone in your address book! =)

Thanks everyone.