How do Meatheads learn how to type?

Football Team in a HuddleIt was 1984 – I was transitioning from the 10th to the 11th grade.

We were meatheads, quasi Jocks wanting to pay High School Football. In the small town I grew up in, Highschool was considered 11th and 12th grade only.

The lower school was called Mid High and was never to be confused with “High School”.

It was summertime two-a-days for football. We went at 0700hrs in the morning and returned to the gridiron at 1800hrs.

Two practices a day. Like two sessions in Hell – more like it. I grew up in Southern New Mexico – so hence the “hell” reference. As we heard, more often than not, “It’s a dry heat…” – Yes it was and it was horrible :)

We hadn’t picked our electives yet for the 11th grade. The assistant coach came to us “meatheads” and told all of us to take Typing with Ms. Smith as our elective in the 11th grade.

So us brainiacs sat around, after we heard the instructions, as we started to hydrate, and contemplated the coach’s request.

We opined it was an issue with increasing tactile feeling and dexterity. (being able to catch the ball, grab an opponent’s uniform and those types of things, better)

It wasn’t after my Senior year, and at the conclusion of my second year of typing class (advanced), that I figured it out.

The Coach was dating the typing instructor and she was sure to pass us Meatheads!

I learned a valuable skill and when I joined the LAPD in 1990 – many could not type. It would take 15+ years til the officers, who could type, were the majority.

Thanks Coach Williams and I’m glad you made the suggestion to us “meatheads”.

Signed MeatHead MacIvor

If you have solar panels you will need to clean it

When I was working LAPD I had a partner of mine who started a Solar Panel Cleaning Business. This man is upfront, honest and a hell of a hard worker.

It made sense to me due to solar panels needing the best/most light to function.

When you have hard water stains, dirt, dust, feces, and other types of “obstructions” in between your solar panels and the sun – you are losing money.

Losing money in the ‘payback’ to the power company. Losing money in the storage of your energy. You are simply losing money needlessly.

One thing I know for certain is that solar panels degrade over time. Of course, nothing lasts forever. Solar panels are expensive. Solar panels need to be serviced so they have the maximum light absorbing ability.

That is where Brian at Clean your Solar comes into play.

clean your solar Santa Clarita and Los Angeles

When our clients buy a new home that comes with solar – we introduce them to Brian.

When we have a real estate buyer who buys a home with solar panels already installed – we introduce them to Clean your Solar with Brian.

And When we have a client who installs solar panels – Brian is who we introduce them to so their solar keeps functioning at the highest level achievable.

Be safe – Let Brian know when you are ready to have your Solar Cleaned and he will take GREAT care of you as he has our friends, family and clients.

BEST photo framing Santa Clarita by the Framing Experts

Fast Frame photograph framing Santa ClaritaThe last time I had a photo framed it was after a Group LAPD Motor Officer Picture that was taken during the Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles in front of the Los Angeles Coliseum.

That photo – means a lot to me. So hence having it professionally mounted.

Recently my dad died. Well, by American standards, he should be called my father in law.

I have known him since 1991 – when I met and married his daughter, Paris…

For all intensive purposes I knew him better than my own biological father. I will tell you that the pain was not less than when I lost my biological dad back in 2004, that’s for sure.

Now would be the second time I would want a photo professionally mounted.

For my biological dad – my sisters, nor my mother, had his photo mounted by a professional – I wish they would have, but I was over 1000 miles away when the decision was made.

I have a box of photos which are degenerating that should be preserved and need to be. I can take pictures of them and have them saved on my computer or on the cloud. But to have them mounted would equate to them being able to be enjoyed in a tactile way by all my friends and family!

This time, I held all the cards and went to FastFrame in Valencia. I had not been inside before and after going through the event of the loss of my dad, I wish I had.

This is how clean his exit from this life was to the next. While he was in hospice in my home, while we all stood around his bedside, with our hands on him – he took his last breath at 1405hrs on New Year’s eve 2015…  Talk about A Postcard Exit – it was beautiful.

There is no way I was going to go to Costco or Walmart to buy a frame and do a self mounting job. Been there and done that with certificates I did not care about.

I’m talking about a photograph that I needed preserved for a long time. The presentation needs to be something that will be talked about, simple yet elegant. You can tell how much someone cared by the quality of the framing.

Randy and Rose Burzynski were on the receiving end of my request. As I walked in the door, they were both behind the counter and you know what?  They were really nice. Absolutely nice…

Strangely Nice. (that was from my lapd background)… But, their being nice was not made up. That is who I deduced they were by the end of our time together.

They asked all the right questions. They talked about their process with regard to the mounting. The spoke with me about options and they were able to show me how the “framed” photo would look after the mounting had been completed.

Ok – I’m sold. I know, you know, you can put your photos on an iphone – You can view them on an iPad – but there is nothing like holding a framed photograph in your hand. Remember when that was the only choice?  Call them – they are absolutely wonderful….

Fast Frame – Randy and Rose Marie Burzynski – They own the store and they are absolutely wonderful…

24204 Valencia Blvd, Valencia CA, 91355 – Fast Frame in Santa Clarita CA – 661-291-1325



I AM REMAX of Santa Clarita and REMAX of Valencia

We ARE REMAX of Santa Clarita and REMAX of ValenciaAn interesting thing happened to me on my way to the office this morning.

I received a phone call by the SEO coordinator with REMAX of Santa Clarita. I guess that is his title, actually I have never asked.

My Father in Law – whom I love, is dying of Leukemia. The newest events to befall that poor man have been a pelvic fracture in three places, a fractured upper arm and pneumonia.

I merely say this because before a call takes place, research should be done.

It’s kind of like those telemarketers that call me to advertise on their systems or to do SEO for me, but they mispronounce my name or the city in which I function with my real estate business.

Google Photos – Yes – we have uploaded thousands of photos over the past 12 years into various online platforms related to REMAX of Santa Clarita and REMAX of Valencia. FYI Mr. SEO – this is Tens of Thousands of Pages and growing!

Some share our main Brand – Paris911 and others are photos of Paris, homes, clients, foreclosures, and our REMAX of Santa Clarita and REMAX of Valencia offices.

Go SCV – SCV nest – MLS best – RE/MAX Blogs – I have many online resources to be of great assistance to our sellers and buyers of real estate.

The phone numbers? This is also something that I have written about and share on may different websites that I have built and write content on.

If you start searching for REMAX of Santa Clarita or REMAX of Valencia, click on mine or Paris’ Photo – then you will start seeing us more often.

If you are logged into Google – then it will be even more frequently. Google, after all of this time, equates Connor and Paris MacIvor with REMAX of Valencia and REMAX of Santa Clarita.

What can I tell ya?  Tens of Thousands of blog posts have been written, and the internet lives forever, nothing is truly deleted, even if I wanted to change it, I could not.

Kind of like one of those “not so flattering” photos that make their way around the WWW – literally at the speed of light!

I’m going to post up our Two REMAX of Santa Clarita and REMAX of Valencia Google Local Pages below with the google map embed codes.

Enjoy and please reach out to us when you are ready for our assistance.

REMAX of Valencia – 661-284-5427

REMAX of Santa Clarita – 661-284-5429

Carl don’t make fake photos with you and celebrities

LAPD Centurions and Carl the Briefcase

It did not take too long for Carl the Briefcase to start his antics again. Today he superimposed himself over the LAPD Centurion Baseball Team photo.

Well, at least he has good taste :)

I’m thinking the camera adds about 10 pounds to Carl the Briefcase – but nothing to his much slimmer counterpart – “Carls Junior”.

Have a great day and if you end up posing with Carl the Briefcase, whether you wanted to or not, I’m sorry…

I told Carl the Briefcase about running across the street without looking

I have explained to Carl the briefcase, more than once, Look both ways before you cross the street.

Carl the Briefcase, was just so excited to do something we do almost every day, which is showing real estate to residential buyers, that he forgot himself and completely ran across the street, without stopping and looking all ways and listening.

Another issue that came up was the fact that Carl the briefcase wasn’t thinking about Carl’s Junior. Who is holding onto him for dear life.

I explained to Carl that sometimes your eyes may deceive you. So not only should you look you should stop, look, and listen.

Carl the briefcase thinking he’s a musician

I’m not sure if Carl the Briefcase can handle the truth. 

Carl the briefcase was made with love!

That is not what he cannot handle. 

It’s the fact that I’m really not his biological father. 

As far as being able to play the piano, he doesn’t practice enough. 

If you want to be good at anything, you can but need to practice perfectly. 

Thanks to Carl’s Junior for hanging around so I could get this photo op!

Carl the Briefcase and His Bling

Accessorizing Carl the Briefcase

Accessorizing anything takes time and patience.

With Carl the Briefcase and his “bling” it was no different.

I knew that carabiners, and things to hold on other things, were necessary, so out to Sports Chalet I went.

I also obtained some items from Dicks Sporting goods and Walmart, but the accessories from Sports Chalet were higher quality – at least in the Carabiner / Climbing areas.

While I don’t mind cheap – it’s hard to find cheap things that don’t break over time and I’m not equipped to waste $$$. Therefore, I will spend a little more money now so I am able to buy right the first time.

We have a Few Carabiners – We have devices, that can hold keys, remove bottle caps and that is rated to 35 lbs. I have a Zip Line Carabiner as well. Don’t laugh – you may need a zip line carabiner – or at least – Carl the Briefcase and Carls Junior the Satchel might!

Carl the Briefcase and his beginnings

Carl the Briefcase came from a Cow

A Cow.

That was the beginning of Carl the Briefcase. By the looks of it – a pretty solid cow :)

Then the folks at Saddleback Leather in Texas got ahold of his hide, making the work of art I call both Carl The Briefcase and Carl’s Junior The Satchel.

If you want to know what it takes to make a fake Carl the Briefcase and his Sidekick, Carl’s Junior the Satchel, check out this Saddleback Video – Love this guy!

Remax of Santa Clarita. Each office independently owned and operated. 25101 The Old Road, Santa Clarita CA, 91381.
(661)284-5429. DRE info: Paris MacIvor (01256647) and Connor MacIvor (01238257)

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