City to Cut Jobs

January 14, 2009

In this economy everyone is taking a hit, except the top dogs.  In the City Manager of Folsom new proposal many area of importance to the residents are being cut.  However, the city manager himself, the highest paid city manager outside of Sacramento in the county and several others, is feeling no pain.  His salary of over $212,000 dollars, twice that of similar sized city, Auburn is not being cut.  Nor is the assistant city manager who also makes more than the city of Auburns manager.  There are cuts to the police department, but not to the Chiefs salary, same with the fire department.  I find it interesting the Parks and Recreations Department can bare the brunt of the entire city budget problem.  Our kids don’t need nice places to play, or organized sports, as long as the big guys can still get their money.  I am not against ”The Man” as much as it might seem, but I do question why they boast one thing and do the other.  Do they think the people of Folsom are too stupid to see that they are still getting their share while we as citizens of the city get the shaft/  It is our tax dollars that pay the bills, but the things we hold dear to us in our community take the wrath.  The new budget has not yet been passed but it will be reviewed for the final council meeting of the month.  You can read the dumbed down unclear version on the Folsom Telegraph website, and make the call for yourself.  Who needs a liberty or Zoo?  We have a city manager driving a Bentley.

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Wild Weekend

January 12, 2009

The playoff were pretty unexpected this weekend.  With three underdogs winning on the road.  The only favorite to win was the Steelers:.  This mean the only pick I got right was the Steelers:, Ouch!  Well with the NFC coming down to two u3nlikely finalist I am rooting for the Cards:, and the AFC is the Steelers: to loose.  In my fantasy league I am still alive with two players left to score me some points.  Right now I am in the playoff money but I sit in third.  The team above me in second has no one left playing however, so I should be able to take his spot away.  There are still teams below me with more players than I have left.  I don’t know how it will play out but for now, GO CARDS;.

Playoff this Weekend

January 9, 2009

Hello everyone,

The NFL Playoffs are on again this weekend.  While I know longer care who wins, I have some fantasy players going and will be watching the games.  Cyndi is working at the Sutter Club all day Saturday and will have the games on in the afternoon for all of you who are looking for some place fun to go watch the game.  I am picking the Panther’s of the Cards, the Titans over the Ravens, the Steelers over the Chargers, and the Giants over the (Curse words). 

Hope to see some of you at the club for the games.

Waiting for Excitement

January 8, 2009

It is that time of year.  All the big holidays are over and the football season is in the Playoffs.  Baseball is still months away, and the Kings are horrible.  So there really isn’t much to do.  Work has been slow both in the mortgage business and in the right of way stuff, but thing will be looking up next month.  I guess the next big things to happen in my life will be my birthday on the 15th of March, and the Sutter Street Spring Crafts Fair.  I am not sure what the date is for the fair yet but I will let you know.  This year I am being told I am turning 30, I don’t believe them but that is what they tell me.  I am planning on going to my brother in-law’s poker tournament the Friday before my birthday to have a little fun with him.  I am not good at poker so I am sure I am no threat to his crown.  I have not gotten to play golf in a long time, some because of the weather, and some because of money.  I would really like to play soon or at least get to the driving range.  It is supposed to be nice this weekend so maybe that will work. 

 

New Year

January 2, 2009

Welcome to 2009.  Cyndi and I had our normal New Year’s eve and day.  We has a little fun early on New Year’s Eve and then went home.  Cyndi made steak and scallops for dinner and I went to sleep long before midnight.  I know “What a party animal.”  Cyndi did stay up until midnight and woke me up to say Happy New Year.  New Year’s Day Cyndi had to work but when she got off we had the traditional Black Eyed Pees and watched TV.  This year is going to be a new time for us.  With mortgages being as they are I have to spend more time finding other things to do.  Working in the Right of Way business has been productive and I am hopeful it can continue.  I know many people are having a tough time in this ecconomy and finding new things to do is hard.  I am very lucky to have a supportive wife with a good job that can help me through this time.  I feel that the corner is about to turn and that we will all have a better year this year as to last.

Football is Over

December 31, 2008

Well I had a horrible football year.  The Cowboys lost out on the playoffs, so the year is over for me.  OH well, Better luck next year.  I did take third in our local eliminator pool.  I did not win the whole thing thanks to the Lions, Rams, and Chiefs.  One of my close friends won the pool and I hope she got her new Coach purse. with her winning.  That’s right a girl won. I hope everyone had a good Christmas.  Cyndi and I had a great time and a lot of fun.  When I get the chance I will put up some pictures but for now this will have to do.  Have a great New Year!

Christmas Wishes

December 15, 2008

I thonalought I would let you all know what I wish for for Christmas. 

Wish  #1 I want the Cowboys to make the playoffs.

Wish #2 I want to make sure the Family we have adopted here at Avalar get’s their Christmas and love it. 

Wish  #3 I wish for my wife Cyndi to like her Christmas presents this year and use them. (She always says she like them but then I never see them again)

Wish #4 I wish for a recovery in the economy next year and the Mortgage market to re-surge

Wish #5 I wish to win the lottery.  🙂

Last but not least

Wish #6 I wish for all my Family and friends to have a bright and wonderful Christmas and enjoy and hon nor those they love.

Catching up

December 12, 2008

It has been a while sense I have been able to Blog.  I have been working at both the Real Estate office and with my Father on Right of Way things.  Working with my Dad has been great.  I have been learning a lot about Right of Way and data.  We have been updating the line sheets for one of his clients and it is not really exciting work but it is nice and consistent.  I have been splitting my time between my Dad’s office and the Avalar office.  Mortgage business has been slow and almost impossible.  So it is a good thing my Dad needed some help. 

Cyndi and I have been trying to figure out what we can get people for Christmas.  This year will be a late Christmas for us, so we are trying to be creative. 

The Christmas Fare in Folsom was last weekend and it was very busy for the street.  I don’t think there were too many people buying anything but they were out looking.  I feel bad for my friends on the street.  They are having a down year.  I know everyone is, but Christmas is when these shops make their money to get them through the year.  Mark Snyder at the house of Jade told me this has been their worst fall sense they opened 32 years ago.  Mark is a good friend and my partner in the Fantasy Football league with the Coaches.  On that subject we had a good year so far and finished first in the league record wise.  We are hoping for a win this weekend and a trip to our super bowl next week. 

Christmas is about giving, and this year is a time when many people are in need.  Avalar has joined the “Adopt a Family” program with the Twin Lakes Food Bank. We are looking forward to helping one family in Folsom enjoy their Christmas. 

I will try to get back to the blog more often thank you to those who read. 

 

Thanksgiving Was Great!

December 4, 2008

Cyndi and I had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  We went to her mom Sue’s house as we normally do but this year we had a bit bigger crowed.  My momo and Step dad Rory were there as well as Cyndi”s uncle. Aunt and Cussin.  It was a perfect. The turkey’s came out great and everyone had a good time.  I was happy that the Cowboys win big over Seatle.  The best part of the day is typically when I call my Uncle Jack in Texas to talk Cowboys and find out how Aunt Joyce is doing, however this time I did not get a hold of him and just had to leave a mesage.  Oh well, if that is the only thing that goes wrong I guess you can say that is pretty good.

Trying something new

November 21, 2008

The real estate mortgage business has been slow.  I have been helping out the realtors in our offices manage their files for a little extra money; at least the real estate business in our office has been strong.  Real estate is going well and many buyers are taking advantage of the market.  Most however are dong FHA loans which we do not do in our company.  That has led me to look for other options to help my wife pay the bills.  Recently my Dad, Jerry Westerman, has been looking for ways for me to help him increase his business. 

My dad is a right of way consultant.  This means he does everything a company or government body needs in order to gain the easements needed for a project that crosses other properties.  Sometimes the business may have to buy the property and sometimes they just need permission to work on it.  I have been helping him the last two days with a pipeline that has been around for a long time to update the records of property owners and parcels that the line crosses.  This is so when the company needs to check the line or work on it they know who to contact.  It has been fun learning a new business and I am hopeful that I can find others ways to help my dad and maybe make it easier for him to take on larger projects.  In a lot of ways it is similar to real estate, after all we are looking at ownership and either acquiring the property or getting an easement/permission to cross it.  I am still active in the real estate field, but if I can make a little more money and learn a new trade while we are slow, I think it is the best thing to do.  It has been rather exciting the last two days.  I like to learn and new things always inspire me.  Thank Dad; I am looking forward to the opportunity.