If a cluttered desk is the sign of a cluttered mind, of what, then, is an empty
desk a sign ? ? (Just asking…. Here's Your Sign….) Albert Einstein
Traverse this day like any other: one step at a time. Peace.

Some Mistakes Are Too Much Fun To Make Only Once.
I thought I wanted a career. Turns out I just wanted paychecks.

It's Not What You Gather, But What You Scatter That Tells What Kind
of Life You Have Lived.
Love What You Do: Do What You Love.

The New York Stock Exchange had its origins as a group of brokers met under
a tree on Wall Street. The date: May 17, 1792.

People who are happiest and most successful have one key thing in common:
If they take an emotional hit, they don't ball up in the fetal position and give up. Amanda Woerner
Closing a Credit Card Acount:
Did You Know ? 78% of Americans mistakenly think that closing a credit card
account harms their credit score ? NOT TRUE ! If it is paid off, it actually ex-
-pands your credit line. (Now You Know.) Better Homes & Gardens 3-2017
Google Buys An HTC Team:
Google is biting off a Big Piece of device manufacturer HTC for $1.1 Billion to
expand its efforts to build phones, speakers and other gadgets equipped with its
arsenal of digital services. It is buying the HTC engineering team that built the
Pixel smartphone for Google in a cash deal, the companies said in a joint state-
-ment. Google is also getting a non-exclusive license for Taiwan-based HTC's intellectual property to help support Pixel phones. About 2,000 HTC engineers
will be transferred to Google as part of the deal.
Over the past decade, Google had focused on giving away its Android operating
system to an array of device makers, including HTC, to ensure people would keep
using its ubiquitous search engine, email, maps, YouTube video service and other
software on smartphones and other pieces of hardware.
That changed last year when Google stamped its brand on a smartphone and inter-
-net connected speaker. HTC manufactured the Pixel phones that Google designed
last year, paving the way for this deal to unfold. Although Android powers about four out of every five smartphones and other mobile devices in the world, the soft-
-ware can be altered in ways that result in Google's services being de-emphasized
or left out completely from the pre-installed set of apps.
That fragmentation threatens to undercut Google's ability to increase the ad sales
that bring in most of the revenue to its parent, Alphabet.

(Now you know the rest of the story…..)
Houston Chronicle//Associated Press 9-22-2017 byline: Ryan Nakashima and
Michael Liedtke
Re-Building Houston After Harvey:
The number of homes damaged in Harris County alone is 121,915, with another
48,969 statewide is staggering; damage to public property is estimated at $439.4
Million, from cleaning to re-building, Houston and Texas is in Recovery Mode !
Consumer advocates say homeowners need to be careful about whom they hire,
whether for demolition or rebuilding, and should seek contractors who have long
years in business, strong ties to the community and track records of happy cus-
Houston Chronicle 9-10-2017 byline: LM Sixel
If we are to rebuild quickly we need undocumented immigrants. There is at least
at 1-4 chance that a Houston construction worker will not have the proper papers
to be here, according to a Pew Research study of Houston's workforce earlier
this year. There is an estimated 575,000 people living in Houston who entered
the country illegally; hard-working people trying to live the American Dream.
Deporting them is bad economics. If more than a quarter of Houston's construc-
-tion workers were deported, re-building Houston would take a very long time.
Undocumented workers make up 5.1% of the U.S. workforce, and deporting them
would send the economy into recession from lost productivity, and send inflation
soaring because of the subsequent spike in labor costs, according to a study last
year by Moody's Analytics, a financial analysis firm.
Let's dispense with the myth that undocumented workers take jobs from American
citizens. Before Hurricane Harvey struck, the National Assn of Home Builders re-
-ported a 75% labor and sub-contractor shortage in carpentry, which pays $20 an
hour or more. About 70% of construction companies say they cannot find enough
workers, according to a survey last month by the Associated General Contractors
of America.
Undocumented workers have flocked to disaster zones for generations, ready to
work long days and sleep four to a single hotel room so they can make extra cash.
Cowardly politicians, who are quick to cast scorn but never address illegal immi-
-gration, traditionally turn a blind eye to accelerate recovery.
In New Orleans, a quarter of Katrina reconstruction workers were undocumented,
which created a bigger problem with wage theft. Since people in the country il-
-legally have little recourse, unscrupulous contractors lowballed bids and then paid
undocumented workers less than prevailing wages or simply did not pay them at all. (Those scum-ball contractors should be jailed ! Wage theft is a Crime.)
Nationwide, there are 6.2 Million job openings, the most since 2001. The U.S.
unemployment rate is near a 16-year low. Houston area unemployment rate is
5.1%. Re-construction in Houston cannot wait until apprenticeship programs and
community colleges train fast-food workers to re-wire or hang drywall.
Even the most conservative Houston homeowners won't ask for proof that repair
workers are in the country legally; because our nation as a whole, we value skilled,
affordable labor, more than their political principles. (Amen to that and more..)
Houston Chronicle 9-10-2017 byline: Chris Tomlinson
Movie Theatre to Open:
Xscape Theatres, a movie theater chain based in Indiana, has purchased a site
in the Conroe area for its First Texas Location ! The company purchased 8 acres
near the northeast corner of FM 1488 and Old Conroe Road just north of The
Woodlands, according to Newcor Commercial Real Estate.
The 52,000-sq.ft. movie theatre will have 12 screens with seating capacity for
1,530 people. Opening is targeted in early 2018. (Happy New Year ? !)
Houston Chronicle Wire Reports 9-12-2017
Between Jobs Ministry:
The Spring-based Northwest Bible Church created Between Jobs Ministry 23 years ago; a small group that helped the church's unemployed members transition back into the workforce. Today, the group has grown to include job seekers who are not formal members of the congregation, including many residents of Spring and Klein, NWBC pastor Roy Farmer said.
The organization has help place more than 13,000 people in a wide variety of industries, including oil and gas, retail and manufacturing. The Christian-based
group provides free job-hunting assistance for the nearly 400 job seekers who attend the ministry's five-hour seminar every Wednesday. The weekly session covers topics such as networking, financial planning and tips on dressing for work. 'We teach God first, your family second and work third,' said pastor Roy Farmer . 'We teach them how to be helpers.'
Northwest Bible Church, 281-376-1110, 5503 Fellowship Ln. Spring, TX.77379. Community Impact Newspaper 12-2015
Job Search Program : John Wesley United Methodist Church, 5830 Bermuda
Dunes, Houston. Near Champions. Joel Bates: 281-444-5757, Bob Gillespie:
281-537-2606. Church office: 281-444-2112. Program is 7 weeks. No Charge.
AARP Foundation Services: WorkSearch Initiative, AARP Benefits Outreach Program, this and more are available to you and me. 1-888-our--aarp or visit: to learn more.
AARP's New Work & Jobs Website: .
Free: Senior Living and Care Guide for Houston area. 1-800-820-3013.
Retirement & Assisted Living Communities, products and services. Map.

Taking Care of Business: Coming …. and Going……..

Too Much of a Good Thing in Texas ?
Texas produces more energy than we know what to do with, and some electricity
generators say that could cause serious problems in the future. From fossil fuels to
renewable sources, the state has an embarrassment of riches. The huge energy sur-
-pluses drive electricity prices so low that most of Texas' coal-fired power plants
are losing money, nuclear power is struggling, and new wind farms will be hard to
finance when tax credits expire in 2020, according to experts who spoke at the Texas Renewable Energy Summit in Austin last week.
Cheap gas means cheap electricity, but not high profits for generators. There is excess generation capacity for most of the year, which means natural gas gener-
-ators compete for market share by bidding very low prices into the wholesale electricity market. Low margins on low prices mean low profits. Prices are so low that only two out of Texas' 15 coal-fired power plants are making enough money to cover costs.
Texas is also rich in wind, which is how the state became the nation's largest wind
energy producer. Thanks to the federal production tax credit, Texas went from al-
-most no wind energy in 2000 to 20 gigawatts in 2017, enough to power 14 Million
homes. Wind generates about 15% of the state's electricity.
Texas led the nation in doing away with government-regulated monopolies and introducing less-regulated competition. That has led to some of the lowest power
prices in the country and a boom in industrial construction. The state should Not
abandon its faith in the competitive market by fixing the game to protect incum-
-bents. Driving out the old and inefficient is what the market is all about, and we
should welcome the creative destruction created by our enormous energy potential.
Houston Chronicle 9-24-2017 byline: Chris Tomlinson
MORE: Automakers this summer touted plans to offer more electric vehicles, with Mercedes-Benz announcing it will spend $1Billion to add a battery factory to its plant in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Ford is investing $4.5 Billion in electric vehicle pro-
-duction, VW has promised 30 electrified models, and Volvo plans to go all electric
or hybrid by 2019. Even Porsche will offer a battery-powered sports sedan called
Mission E in 2020.
Automakers expect to sell 20 Million all-electric vehicles in 2030, according to con
-servative estimates, prompting questions: Where are the raw materials coming
from to make all those batteries ? ? Thinking about battery demand requires a
whole new vocabular