A Little History on “Labor Day”

Labor Day is a U.S. national holiday held the first Monday every September. Unlike most U.S. holidays, it is a strange celebration without rituals, except for shopping and barbecuing. For most people it simply marks the last weekend of summer and the start of the school year.

The holiday’s founders in the late 1800s envisioned something very different from what the day has become. The founders were looking for two things: a means of unifying union workers and a reduction in work time.

History of Labor Day

The first Labor Day occurred in 1882 in New York City under the direction of that city’s Central Labor Union.

In the 1800s, unions covered only a small fraction of workers and were balkanized and relatively weak. The goal of organizations like the Central Labor Union and more modern-day counterparts like the AFL-CIO was to bring many small unions together to achieve a critical mass and power. The organizers of the first Labor Day were interested in creating an event that brought different types of workers together to meet each other and recognize their common interests.

However, the organizers had a large problem: No government or company recognized the first Monday in September as a day off work. The issue was solved temporarily by declaring a one-day strike in the city. All striking workers were expected to march in a parade and then eat and drink at a giant picnic afterwards.

The New York Tribune’s reporter covering the event felt the entire day was like one long political barbecue, with “rather dull speeches.”

Why was Labor Day invented?

Labor Day came about because workers felt they were spending too many hours and days on the job.

In the 1830s, manufacturing workers were putting in 70-hour weeks on average. Sixty years later, in 1890, hours of work had dropped, although the average manufacturing worker still toiled in a factory 60 hours a week.

These long working hours caused many union organizers to focus on winning a shorter eight-hour work day. They also focused on getting workers more days off, such as the Labor Day holiday, and reducing the workweek to just six days.

These early organizers clearly won since the most recent data show that the average person working in manufacturing is employed for a bit over 40 hours a week and most people work only five days a week.

Surprisingly, many politicians and business owners were actually in favor of giving workers more time off. That’s because workers who had no free time were not able to spend their wages on traveling, entertainment or dining out.

As the U.S. economy expanded beyond farming and basic manufacturing in the late 1800s and early 1900s, it became important for businesses to find consumers interested in buying the products and services being produced in ever greater amounts. Shortening the work week was one way of turning the working class into the consuming class.

Common misconceptions

The common misconception is that since Labor Day is a national holiday, everyone gets the day off. Nothing could be further from the truth.

While the first Labor Day was created by striking, the idea of a special holiday for workers was easy for politicians to support. It was easy because proclaiming a holiday, like Mother’s Day, costs legislators nothing and benefits them by currying favor with voters. In 1887, Oregon, Colorado, Massachusetts, New York and New Jersey all declared a special legal holiday in September to celebrate workers.

Within 12 years, half the states in the country recognized Labor Day as a holiday. It became a national holiday in June 1894 when President Grover Cleveland signed the Labor Day bill into law. While most people interpreted this as recognizing the day as a national vacation, Congress’ proclamation covers only federal employees. It is up to each state to declare its own legal holidays.

Moreover, proclaiming any day an official holiday means little, as an official holiday does not require private employers and even some government agencies to give their workers the day off. Many stores are open on Labor Day. Essential government services in protection and transportation continue to function, and even less essential programs like national parks are open. Because not everyone is given time off on Labor Day, union workers as recently as the 1930s were being urged to stage one-day strikes if their employer refused to give them the day off.

In the president’s annual Labor Day declaration last year, Obama encouraged Americans “to observe this day with appropriate programs, ceremonies and activities that honor the contributions and resilience of working Americans.”

The proclamation, however, does not officially declare that anyone gets time off.

Controversy: Militants and founders

Today most people in the U.S. think of Labor Day as a noncontroversial holiday.

There is no family drama like at Thanksgiving, no religious issues like at Christmas. However, 100 years ago there was controversy.

The first controversy that people fought over was how militant workers should act on a day designed to honor workers. Communist, Marxist and socialist members of the trade union movement supported May 1 as an international day of demonstrations, street protests and even violence, which continues even today.

More moderate trade union members, however, advocated for a September Labor Day of parades and picnics. In the U.S., picnics, instead of street protests, won the day.

There is also dispute over who suggested the idea. The earliest history from the mid-1930s credits Peter J. McGuire, who founded the New York City Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners, in 1881 with suggesting a date that would fall “nearly midway between the Fourth of July and Thanksgiving” that “would publicly show the strength and esprit de corps of the trade and labor organizations.”

Later scholarship from the early 1970s makes an excellent case that Matthew Maguire, a representative from the Machinists Union, actually was the founder of Labor Day. However, because Matthew Maguire was seen as too radical, the more moderate Peter McGuire was given the credit.

Who actually came up with the idea will likely never be known, but you can vote online here to express your view.

Have we lost the spirit of Labor Day?

Today Labor Day is no longer about trade unionists marching down the street with banners and their tools of trade. Instead, it is a confused holiday with no associated rituals.

The original holiday was meant to handle a problem of long working hours and no time off. Although the battle over these issues would seem to have been won long ago, this issue is starting to come back with a vengeance, not for manufacturing workers but for highly skilled white-collar workers, many of whom are constantly connected to work.

If you work all the time and never really take a vacation, start a new ritual that honors the original spirit of Labor Day. Give yourself the day off. Don’t go in to work. Shut off your phone, computer and other electronic devices connecting you to your daily grind. Then go to a barbecue, like the original participants did over a century ago, and celebrate having at least one day off from work during the year!

Points to Ponder on flying on a Private Aircraft This Holiday Season!

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Flying on commercial airlines during the holiday season can be thrilling and exciting… but highly stressful. One of the best ways to help reduce stress is by flying by private aircraft charters. Flying private, whether on a light jet for a shorter distance, or on heavy jet like a Gulfstream, has many advantages. People who fly charter flights find that doing so enables them to enjoy a faster, more comfortable trip with easy access to superior service and impressive safety records… not to mention no security lines, long delays and crowded airports. See the list below for the reasons you’ll want to fly by private jet this holiday season.

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No Need to Wait on Long Lines

A private jet means just that: private. Flying private means only a limited number of passengers will be flying on the airplane — and they’ll be your friends and family! Fewer people boarding aircraft means less time spent waiting on the ground during endless lines while lugging around heavy items as airline officials spend time processing hundreds of passengers. The beauty of private travel and excellent service means you can be onboard your aircraft as soon as minutes after arrival to the airport.

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Access to More Airports

Another advantage of flying privately is access to more airports all over the country and all over the world. Many smaller airplanes can land in smaller airports that are often overlooked or not served at all by the larger air carriers. Heading to Sun Valley, Idaho from Santa Ana, California? Easily doable via private jet charter.

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Shorter Flights

A private jet can often land in a smaller airport that is closer to the passenger’s planned eventual destination. This allows many passengers to land more closely to their desired city or town and allows them to save time and effort getting from one place to another.

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Flexible Scheduling

Flying on a private plane often allows passengers the opportunity to enjoy a more flexible flight time. Flight times can be adjusted as needed by airline staffers in order to account for factors such as a passenger arriving late or the need to leave quickly to catch a business meeting. Weather permitting, private aircraft crews leave depart on your schedule.

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Better Service

Flying on private jet allows people access to better service while in the air. No need to flag down a flight attendant as she attends to the needs of ten other passengers at the same time. Companies like ours take care of your VIP catering, ground transportation, and all of your special requests.

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Roomier Seats

Flying standard airplanes often means being crammed into very tiny seats with limited legroom and close proximity to strangers for hours. No so when flying a private jet. Private jets have seats, and even beds in some planes, that are roomy and comfortable. This helps passengers arrive at their overall destination relaxed and happy once they get there.

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An Excellent Safety Record

Private jets have an excellent safety record.

There are certain standards of operational excellence that flight departments around the world look to achieve.  Many aviation industry audits provide you with varying degrees of operating standards along a wide spectrum.

Catering at Flight Level 450

For those who have never flown private, imagining what it’s like on board the cabin can be entertaining. Images of champagne and caviar on a silver platter might come to mind – but is that what it’s actually like?

The truth is when flying by private jet, you have endless options for what you can choose to eat. Requests can vary as much as the itinerary of the flight, and you can get pretty much anything your heart (or taste buds) desire.

While some customers request extravagant and complex menus, most private jet passengers choose simpler dishes – both options will be of high quality, regardless.

So what exactly do most private jet customers request for food on board? We take a look:

COLD MEAT PLATTER & ANTIPASTI

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A platter of cheese and cured meats is often served on a small jet or short flight. This is typically served with fresh bread and sometimes with other cold antipasti or salad dishes.

SUSHI

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A platter of freshly-prepared sushi is a very popular choice with clients from all over the world. While sushi can be provided by our preferred caterers, many clients have a favorite sushi restaurant where we can also source their favorite dishes from.

SMOKED SALMON

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Smoked salmon is a popular choice, as it works for any time of day. Whether for breakfast with scrambled eggs, with bread and salads for lunch, or served as a starter on a longer flight – it’s quite the versatile bite.

GRILLED OR ROAST CHICKEN

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Grilled chicken is a very popular choice on medium range flights as a lunch option, often served with salad. Roast chicken or a stuffed breast of chicken is also popular as a hot dining option on longer flights.

PIZZA

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Perhaps surprisingly, many of our customer request pizza to eat during the flight. Sometimes this will be freshly prepared by the caterer, or if the customer has a specific favorite pizza restaurant, we’ll arrange a delivery to the aircraft.

CROISSANTS & PASTRIES

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Breakfast is often served outbound on a day return business aviation flight. Warm croissants are our most requested breakfast item, sometimes served alone, but more often as part of a continental selection alongside other pastries and fruit.

CHAMPAGNE

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At least one of the stereotypes is true! Champagne is the most-requested drink for private jet flights. Though bottled water, soda, juices are standard on most flights, champagne is always a favorite.

FRESH FRUIT PLATTER

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Fresh fruit is a popular choice for flights at any time of day. This is usually served as a beautifully-arranged plate, with a selection of fruits such as mixed berries, pineapple, melon, kiwi, or mango. But we’ll often adapt this to the client’s preferences or to avoid allergies.

These, are some of the favorites that many of my clients chose to have on their flights. Either the short hops, or flights across the country.

It really is alot of fun ordering food in the NE, and having my crew pick up Pastrami sandwiches for my clients, when in New York.

Or in Seattle, getting the Fresh Salmon and Bagels for the early morning departure.

Will talk in another story about the catering companies that I have used in different parts of the country.

August, 2019, is Almost Over…

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August is a great time to round up your summer marketing efforts to prepare and plan for the fall. But without any major holidays, a lot of business owners struggle trying to figure out what to write about on their blog and what to post on social media. If you need some ideas for your marketing, social media, and blog content, here are a few answers! Take a look at some fresh ideas to round out your summer marketing in August!

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1. Optimize Your Google My Business Profile

Your Google My Business profile appears in Google Maps search results as well as local results for regular Google searches. It’s also the Knowledge Panel that displays on the right-hand side of a results page when someone searches your business. Make sure your Google My Business profile is optimized for August with:

  • Summer-themed Google posts
  • Questions and answers about relevant topics (Do you serve dairy-free ice cream?)
  • Updated summer hours
  • Photos of your summer-themed or seasonal products/services
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2. Family Fun Month

August signifies the last few weeks of summer before children return to school. Encourage family relationship building by promoting family activities throughout the month of August that are related to your business. Hold special family-appropriate events at your business throughout the month to support families spending fun time together. If you maintain a blog, compile a list of ideas for local family-friendly places to bond.

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3. National Golf Month

Improve business relations by inviting clients to the course to play a round of golf. Golf is a notoriously great way to connect and create potential business leads for any industry. Golf is a sport that can be fun for any skill set, so regardless of your level of expertise, it can be an enjoyable time.

This is a perfect holiday for fitness establishments as they can use it to motivate their members to get outside and get active. One idea to take advantage of this national holiday is to give away free branded golf accessories, like golf balls or tees. Not only does this indirectly advertise your business when customers use them, but it’s a nice way to give back to your customers with a useful gift.

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4. Simplify Your Life Week (August 1st-7th)

The beginning of fall is a hectic time with the start of a new school year. Simplify Your Life Week is a perfect time to get your business organized for the upcoming chaos. For starters, use this time to get your business in check and your workplace organized in preparation for fall. In addition, there are a variety of businesses that would benefit from promoting their services during the time.

In particular, interior designers and personal organizers should promote this time to their clients. Send out an email newsletter with your top organizing tips, or write a blogpost doing the same. Another way to take advantage of this week is to post on social media a daily organizing tip. Encourage your clients to step back and take a look around them, so they won’t be overwhelmed and bogged down later on (like when back to school season is underway.)

4. Friendship Day (August 2nd)

One of the best ways to find business is from your current customers! Take advantage of their raving reviews and referrals on National Friendship Day. Hold a promotion for customers that bring in their friends on this day. Offer incentives to both parties for participating, whether it’s a discount or a freebie, anything offer is enticing.

5. National Relaxation Day (August 15th)

Spas and salons can use this holiday to offer special beauty treatment deals to unwind from daily stress. Other types of businesses can offer special relaxing promotions on this day as well. For example, restaurants can give out free drinks, while fitness centers can hold special yoga and meditation classes. If you work at a spa or yoga center, partner up with other companies to arrange for a day of in-office relaxation. This will help you improve the reach of your company and get new clients!

Although you can take advantage of this day to engage customers, it’s also important to allow your staff to relax as well. Close up shop early after promoting relaxation to allow employees to enjoy some hard-earned rest.

Motivate your social media followers to take a step back from the daily chaos and take some time to themselves as well. Whether this means using your services or not, customers will appreciate the personal approach in encouraging taking time to rest.

6. World Humanitarian Day (August 19th)

The purpose of World Humanitarian Day is to recognize those that lost their lives working for humanitarian causes. Use this day to not only donate your time or money to an important charity, but to encourage your customers to do the same. Pay it forward to your local community, and share with your customers how they can contribute as well. Post on social media about your favorite cause and why it’s important to you. The day is all about giving back, so there’s no limit to your effort.

7. Senior Citizens Day (August 21st)

While some businesses offer year-round discounts to senior citizens, senior citizens deserve their own special day. Honor the older folks with discounted or free services, they deserve it! Contact local senior centers and find out if you can sponsor an event or stop by with catering or manicures to brighten up someone’s day.  It’s important to remember that when marketing for an event targeted at this demographic, try to stick to offline marketing, as most senior citizens don’t use social media. (Or check out our post on How to Market to an Older Demographic)

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8. State Fair Season

Many state fairs are held in August, stretching through the early fall. These are a great way to market your business and services by setting up a booth. Thousands of people flock to state fairs, sometimes from across the country! If your state fair is coming up soon, find out how you can make an appearance.

While there are many fairs taking place in August (Alaska, Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming), many are scheduled later on for the fall so use this time instead to get on the list of vendors and plan your approach.

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9. Plan for Labor Day

Start gearing up for Labor Day toward the end of the month. Labor Day is a big end-of-summer holiday that many businesses take advantage of. It’s important to participate in the frenzy with sales during this time. Start marketing for your specific promotions at the end of August to increase excitement and ensure that everyone knows to support your business then.

Need help creating promotions for Labor Day? Try running an Instagram giveaway or contest promoting an in-store special or new product.

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10. Back to School

Like Labor Day, Back to School sales are an American tradition. Even if you think your business isn’t directly student- or school-related, there are still plenty of ways to get in on the action. For example, salons can offer special deals for back to school haircuts. Of course, this time is especially crucial for childcare centers or extracurricular academic institutions to prepare for the start of the year. Businesses offering after school activities can offer early bird registration for their classes.

It’s important to remember not to exclude parents in your marketing efforts. Although a new school year is a big and exciting change for children, their parents are affected in the change of schedule as well. Once kids are back in school, parents have more time for themselves during the day. Salons and spas can offer deals on beauty treatments parents might need after a long summer with the kids. Personal trainers or fitness centers can offer discount packages on their exercise services. Healthcare businesses, like dentists or nutritionists, can promote healthy lunch ideas.

One way to engage parents is to reach out to current customers who might have been busy over the summer and offer them a returning client special. This is a great way to show customer appreciation and retain existing customers.

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A Random, Funny Thought

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I was laying in bed last night looking up at the stars in the sky when I thought to myself

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Where the heck is my ceiling?!?!

Why Everyone Should Own a Pick Up Truck! :)

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One of the defining things about our homeland is the popularity of pickup trucks compared to other countries, especially in Europe and Asia. This love for pickup trucks is not just a perception but fact backed up by real sales numbers. According to Kelly Blue Book, full-size trucks made up 15% of the sales in 2017 while the top three spots for the most vehicles sold here in 2017 are occupied by trucks. At position three is the Ram with 500,723 cars sold, at position two is the Chevrolet Silverado with 585,564 units sold and at the top position with a considerable margin is the Ford F-Series with 896,764 units sold. More important still is the fact that each of these pickup trucks all recorded growth in sales from the previous year while other car segments recorded dips in sales.

Of the millions buying pickup trucks, a good number is men. In a world largely appreciating the advantages of a small car, the pickup truck has retained its attraction as a solid and useful option. Regardless of trade, location, and preferences of an individual, owning a pickup truck has become something to look forward to and even expected of any man. Though a number of them have yet to appreciate its important role, there is no doubt, any man could benefit from having a pickup truck parked in the driveway. Here are a number of reasons why everyone should own a pickup at least once in his life.

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Men love tools and toys and they do not come better or more complete than a pickup. A pickup completes your tool collection, providing storage and means to easily ferry your other tools. In itself it is the perfect tool to solve a number of problems. Whether you are looking for a farm workhorse or an instrument to ferry items at a construction site and anything in between, you can rely on your truck to complete it all with minimum fuss. All the tools you will need for the task can be accommodated in different capacities, something not even an SUV can provide with great range.

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One major worry for all car buyers is the value they get from their car. As a person, being able to get the most for your money is a quality to build and owning a truck provides you that in multiple ways.

Firstly, trucks are affordable in their base models and even when you start racking up the options, each offers a distinct quality that is worth the money. More than that, you get a vehicle that can serve diverse needs at a cost that is a bargain compared to deals offered by SUVs, sedans and compact cars.

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If you are a person who truly loves cars, then a trip on a muddy and uneven track or road is something you look forward to. The rough and tumble is where you can truly tell if your machine will last and suit your demands. Even if you do not fancy terrains such as riverbeds, sand, mud gravel and other off-roading surfaces, necessity can still get you in such a situation and you want to be well prepared and not stuck with a sedan in snow or having to cancel your trips, especially with your family because of the condition of the terrain. There is nothing as thrilling as beating the rough and tumble conditions nature can offer.

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Some cars come with pretty demanding maintenance schedules or simply lack any challenge that makes the maintenance process fun. With a pickup truck, there is a lot you can do on your own with only the manual to follow. The whole cleaning process, along with fitting new parts and options is simple in the sense that it does not call for much technical knowledge in the application, but is also challenging enough to land on your top DIY projects list. Much of the upgrading can be done over time and you will derive fun with cost-effective hacks for improving your truck.

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Visibility can be a serious challenge in most cars especially in busy traffic or around corners. Most cars limit one to just a few meters while SUVs with stronger roof frames end up hampering visibility. Besides, knowing the positioning of other road users is much more comfortable when they can see without much straining, the road beneath them and the margins on both sides.

A pickup truck, with its size and height, offers you increased visibility than any other car even while on a busy road you can easily see over the cars ahead and behind you. This allows you to have better anticipation and aids an easier driving experience.

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While in the hauling department a pickup is largely used for work, it is in the towing of stuff where adventure is had.

Whether you are looking for a reliable way to move the camping van, tow your boat to the river, pull a stuck car or move around with a trailer for extra storage capacity, a pickup is always ready.

As usual, the towing capacity differs across the range of the different segments and car makers. Again the Honda Ridgeline has the least capacity having 5000 pounds while at the other end of the spectrum is the Ford F-350 with the largest towing capacity of 21,000 pounds.

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The one thing modern cars seem to struggle with is providing all the necessary and fancy amenities while still providing you with enough space to enjoy all that. It is always like you have to compromise something; it could be the leg room the driver’s cabin, the middle, rear passenger seat, the boot and where a luxurious option provides the needed space, you pay with head and leg room and sometimes it even hurts just sitting there.

Thankfully, the interior of trucks is roomier than what you even get in SUVs and at a fraction of the price of all these cars. There is hardly any sacrifice of compromise on space and you can pack the whole family in along with pets and toys.

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Ultimately, there is a manly image and ego to think about. Just like women find the guy in the truck attractive, so does the rest of society.

A man in a truck is deemed more in control than the show off in a loud sports cars and more capable of handling things than the guy in a sedan or even worse the guy in a compact hybrid car.

Every guy needs such an impression every once in a while, so getting a pickup will show that you can handle responsibility and know how to take care of things. Of course, it will only work if your truck is clean and well maintained.

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he biggest perk that comes with owning a truck is the satisfaction it brings. Getting a truck and customizing it to your needs and preferences is an achievement that every man should experience. There is the fun part of going for adventures as well as modifying it and there is also the sense of confidence it provides knowing that you are ready for any transport challenge that may happen. The happiness of lying in the bed of the truck with your date or effortlessly getting your family or friends to a campsite is only known by people who have owned a truck.

So, what are you waiting for!? Go out and buy that Truck Today! 🙂

The Reasons to Use a Private Jet

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There are many reasons to use private jets. The main general reasons that we hear most often are listed below. The specific pros and cons of the different forms of private aircraft travel are discussed in our articles on each travel type.

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  • Time saving – this is one of the most significant reasons for using private aircraft. Depending on your program you can have an aircraft ready in just a few hours. You can arrive at the airport just minutes before your scheduled departure time, fly directly to your destination (without any layovers), make productive use of your time onboard, avoid overnight stays (saving hotel $ as well as time), avoid waiting in lines at the airport, land at over 5,000 airports in the US and so be closer to your destination. All of this can provide significant savings in both productive time and in dollars. Productivity – the time savings above provide significantly more productive time, both onboard and before and after your flight. You and your staff can make the most of the travel time to talk business or work with customers, suppliers or partners.
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  • Convenience – There are over 5,000 airports in the US that private planes can use (vs 500 airports for larger commercial aircraft). This means you can often land closer to your true destination. In the summer of 2006 the ban on liquids caused all sorts of inconveniences for people flying commercially, but private flyers avoided all this. Private planes also mean that you can travel with your special belongings such as instruments, sports gear, product samples or bring your pet in the cabin.
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  • Flexibility – Planes can be available at a few hours notice and can wait for you if you’re running late. It’s even possible to change flight plans in mid flight if necessary.
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  • Quality of service – Private planes provide luxury furnishings, plenty of space, individualized attention, and your preferred food and drinks can be ordered ahead of time.
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  • Family time – spend more time with your friends and family by reducing travel time and not having to spend as many overnights away from home.
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  • Privacy – you can hold meetings and make productive use of your time, without being over heard. Your overall travel will also be far less visible when you’re on a private plane, so helping preserve the secrecy around important negotiations or deals.
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  • Reduced stress – without the lines, waiting, lost luggage, transfers, delay concerns or security issues of commercial flights you’ll be a lot more relaxed.
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  • Image – a private plane projects a well run, efficient, successful individual or organization, that values time and can afford private air travel.

How do I charter a plane? Determining the best way to book a private aircraft is easier than most travelers may think. While certain details are required when chartering a plane vs. what’s needed when purchasing a ticket from a commercial airline operator, the booking process itself is fairly similar. Charter plane operators offer custom-tailored services and personal attention which lends to an enhanced traveling and booking experience.

There are multiple ways to Charter a Private Jet Aircraft. You can locate an operator in your area, a company who owns the aircraft, or, you can google and find a broker who will locate an aircraft for your particular trip.

Now is the time to check it out…

MOUNT RUSHMORE – A PLACE I WOULD LIKE TO VISIT

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Mount Rushmore National Memorial is a large-scale mountain sculpture by artist Gutzon Borglum. The figures of America’s most prominent U.S. presidents–George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt—represent 150 years of American history.

The Memorial is located near Keystone in the Black Hills of South Dakota, roughly 30 miles from Rapid City.

Each year, approximately three million tourists from all over the world visit Mount Rushmore to experience this patriotic site. Today, the wonder of the mountain reverberates through every visitor. The four “great faces” of the presidents tower 5,725 feet above sea level and are scaled to men who would stand 465 feet tall.

There are many amenities at the site including  the Mount Rushmore Audio Tour, Lincoln Borglum Visitor Center & Museum, the Presidential Trail, Youth Exploration Area, Sculptor’s Studio, a parking garage with R.V. parking, pet exercise areas, , the Carvers Café, Memorial Ice Cream Shop, Gift Shop and the Mount Rushmore Bookstores.

Construction.  There are some exciting upgrades coming to Mount Rushmore National Memorial. The enhancements will address deferred maintenance, visitor safety and accessibility to the memorial. Please note that the memorial is OPEN during construction. There are lots of things to see and do while construction is going on at Mount Rushmore. Below is a TOP 10 LIST OF THINGS TO DO AT MOUNT RUSHMORE.

Viewing Mount Rushmore Still Possible During Construction Project.  While the visitor center is unavailable during the construction project, you are still able to view Mount Rushmore from many areas throughout the memorial. Ask a park ranger in the Information Center for current information.

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DIRECTIONS: 

Visitors traveling on I-90 should exit at Rapid City and follow Highway 16 southwest to Keystone and then Highway 244 to Mount Rushmore. Visitors coming from the south should follow Highway 385 north to Highway 244, which is the road leading to the memorial.

History

HOURS: 

March 8 – October 31:
5:00 am – 11:00 pm

November 1 – March 12:
5:00 am to 11:00 pm

Mount Rushmore National Memorial facilities are open year-round, seven days a week, with December 25th being the exception.

FEES: 

You will not have to pay an entrance fee to visit Mount Rushmore National Monument, but there are parking fees.

Current Parking Fees (2019)

  • Cars, Motorcycles & RVs – $10 (Parking fee is for private passenger vehicles, valid for one year from date of purchase).
  • Seniors, 62 and older – $5 (Parking fee is for private passenger vehicles, valid for one year from date of purchase).
  • Active Duty Military – FREE (Parking fee is for private passenger vehicles, valid for one year from date of purchase).
  • Commercial Tour Bus – $50 (Valid for 24 hours from the time of purchase).
  • School Bus – $25 (Valid for 24 hours from the time of purchase).

The National Park Annual Park Pass, Federal interagency, military, senior and access passes are not accepted as Federal funding was not used in the building of the parking garage.

1. LOVE LIFE 2. DO GOOD 3. LIVE WELL

About 2 years before I started this website (around 2015), I was going through a spiritual phase I guess you could call it. (Still kinda am in this phase).  I was trying to figure out the purpose of my life, (What is my purpose here on earth)?  what I wanted to do, be, and how I wanted to contribute. I had a lot of thoughts flowing through my mind about what sort of life I wanted to create and experience and came up with a short phrase to remind me what is truly important to me and that’s how, “Love Life. Do Good. Live Well.” came to be. This is my interpretation.

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Love Life

In essence, to me this means to love everything around me, people, nature, moments, experiences, spirituality, and so on. It’s about realizing that life is a gift. It’s about cherishing the relationships and bonds that I have with the people in my life. It’s about remembering that life would be pretty lame without them. It’s about loving myself for who I am and seeing enough in myself to follow my dreams.

It’s often easy to forget these things with all of the challenges and stress that goes on in everyday life but if you’ve ever had the experience of seeing a loved one going through their final days, you may realize that most of the little things people fuss about isn’t all that significant in the whole grand scheme of things and even the little moments of happiness can mean the world to you.

Something as simple as flying a kite at the park can suddenly be one of the cherished memories you have that can bring you to tears. It’s about remembering that our time here is limited and not to waste too much of it doing pointless things. We only live once so we gotta make this life count.

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Do Good

This basically means to give back. Whether it’s donating time, money, sharing my knowledge or anything else, as long as I’m making some positive impact, then I feel like I’m doing something to contribute to the world no matter how small.

You may be in a position where giving is tough. Whether you don’t have much money or much time, giving isn’t always an easy thing to do. If you’re in this situation, then work hard on improving your life and putting yourself in a better position to help others. Some people just do enough to help themselves and that’s fine. However, if you ever have the urge to do so, consider reaching beyond your own needs. The feeling of making a positive impact on someone’s life is just amazing.

Doing good doesn’t have to be anything big either. It could be anything from creating music that others will enjoy to making videos that put a smile on people’s face to running a marathon for some cause to inspiring people to giving some of your time to making a small donation to your favorite charity.

It’s also a reminder to just be kind to people. Sure, we all have our differences but who’s to say that if you grew up in the other person’s shoes that you wouldn’t end up being the same way? Although the media makes this world look like a crap hole, I believe that there are way more good people than bad people in this world.

If you strip away the outer layer, you’ll find that most of us want the same things. We want to be loved, be accepted, feel secure, and know that our existence matters to someone.

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Live Well

To me, this means to live a healthy as well as a financially successful life. You could have lots of money but if your health isn’t great, you’ll have a hard time enjoying life. If you have great health but no money, you’ll be working all day just to pay the bills.

I realize that money isn’t everything but people with money can do a lot more in terms of inspiring and helping others than people who are flat out broke and are solely focused on making ends meet.

Imagine being in a position where money wasn’t an issue. Think about how much more you can do with an extra 40 hours a week. You could do what you have a passion for. You could learn new skills. You could travel and explore new places, meet new people, and create moments that will last a life time.

Being in a position where you work because you want to instead of working because you have to will make life a lot more enjoyable.

Taking care of your health shouldn’t be something you start doing only after your doctor tells you some bad news. Another piece of junk food isn’t going to harm you. Another cigarette isn’t going to kill you. Not exercising today won’t matter much to your health. However, doing these things each day over a certain amount of time will destroy your health.

It takes some discipline but would you rather be 54 and healthy or living each day in pain, having tubes hooked up to you, and feeling bad for being a burden on your loved ones?

Love Life. Do Good. Live Well. – These are the words that remind me each day of what’s truly important to me.

Until next time…

Love Life. Do Good. Live Well.

Just Some Random Thoughts

Keep It Simple

In every second

With every breath

Universes expand and collapse

Endless opportunities open up

And disappear

The countless choices we have

But don’t see

Vanish with the blink of our eye

Due to the trodden paths of our own perception

Our soul

Suffocated

In seas of limiting beliefs

Fears

Of the judgement of others

And Expectations that burden us

Our own creative force

Drained

But it’s a choice

That everyone faces

Every single moment

Choose to be the creator

Or be a victim

It is up to you

It’s a jump

Trust is the safety net

And bliss the prize