It doesn’t feel like a Tuesday. We had a great family weekend. All 4 of us went up to the lake house for the weekend. Sarah stayed in the city. She loves having time off. I think it’s helping her study better. We baked cookies, went swimming. We did a little shopping. The most fun was Church on Sunday morning. Everyone loves having my boys. I think my boys are loving all of the attention. I like that they pray over the babies and children so they will have a blessed week. My Church community is the best. Being Catholic has been hard but not because of other Church members. I mostly struggle with some of the outdated beliefs. There are just things I don’t agree or abide with.
My wife is also a lifelong Catholic so she knows how tough it can be. She is also an attorney and deals with the bad things all day in court. I’m proud of the work she does but it worries me because I know she is face to face with some very bad people. It makes me nervous. She has the same issues I have with the Catholic faith. It has led to hours and hours of discussion about beliefs and morals. We have also made some really good friends with other Church members who struggle as well. It’s refreshing to hear what they think and it makes me feel not so bad for going against the traditions.
My wife and I have decided to take the boys to Italy near the end of the year. We want to visit the Vatican and attend one of the ceremonies they will hold. I have done that a few times and would love to see the Pope again. I was with Drew and his family the last time we saw him. It was a huge day in my life. I felt so humbled and happy being near him. He really is a great man. I look up to him a lot. His way of teaching means a lot to me.
I have cut back on my travels. This year I want to do 1 day trip per week. That way I can be home a lot more. My day trips seem to take longer than I anticipate and I end up missing dinner with my boys. My wife also has had an issue with it and after much compromise for both of our work schedules I agreed to 1 day. So far it’s okay. This means I’m sending others out to the places that I normally visit myself. Which isn’t so bad in this year of transition.
We finally opened our office in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Lindsay has been working on this deal for over a year. With a lot of the casinos struggling there she is trying to buy in small percentages so we can build on them over the next 10 to 20 years. She presented everyone with a casino idea to build, run, and own our very own casino. She said if we put all of our assets into it now the costs won’t be that much as it may be in the next decade. She has a great idea but that is a tremendous amount of money. She said she plans to grow her pot investments up enough where she can set aside $4 million bi-annually just for this project. I asked her exactly how much has she made in her pot investments and she just laughs. It has to be a lot more than I think. No one else knows either. We all try to guess but she refuses to share. I think that’s great and it also explains the car lot she now has parked at her house. She keeps buying vehicles and houses. I think she now has 4 houses in Las Vegas and 2 in Los Angeles. She says she’s buying cheap, fixing them up and sitting on them until the market booms and she can sell them all off for a big profit. She’s also really into buying guns. That part worries me. She already had a few laying around the house. I talked to her about leaving guns and so much cash around but she told me to stop worrying so much.
This year I will be traveling to the following places for work:
Grand Island, Nebraska
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Las Vegas, Nevada
Salt Lake City, Utah
Los Angeles, California
Dubai, United Emirates
New York City, New York
Atlantic City, New Jersey
These are were all of my offices are at. We have no plans to expand anywhere else this year. We all agree to focus on each office and build them up. Other than Las Vegas and Chicago most of my offices are 6 to 8 employees each. We want to expand that so we can build the businesses up. I’m also trying to help our reputation for being corporate real estate raiders. We aren’t in the business to buy buildings to piece meal them out. That’s not at all what we do. But we are well known for getting the buildings we want for the price we want. That hasn’t gone unnoticed and it’s causing a little bit of an issue. The good news is we have a solid community service record in each city and we work very well with the businesses we buy and take over. My only interest is to keep business going and growing. I’m not interested in taking it apart and selling off the pieces. We only do that if the owner wants to shut things down or is in so much debt it’s not a reality to keep things open.
I love what I do but it’s a lot to remember. I’m trying to balance raising my boys and being married. I have failed in some areas but I’m working to fix it. I do communicate very well. I have gotten better at being home earlier. That was something that was a big issue early on. And I heard about it Lol My wife is not shy. Especially when I screw up. She lets me know that it’s not cool and not okay and to shape up. So funny. I listen and then she’s happy.
Let me see what else do I want to talk about? Oh my book sales are going well. I have increased the prices now that I’m printing it using Amazon for the paperbacks. I also updated the Kindle versions and can’t wait to see the profits climb. I’ve had a very steady year of book sales. Which has been great. I do donate all of my profits to 2 organizations that help people in or escaping polygamy. They appreciate the support and have updated me monthly with how they spend my donations. It makes me feel like I’m making a big difference. I like helping.
I’m glad that most of the negative things has stopped. It can be tough to ignore people that are nameless, faceless assholes. But after a few months of trying to defend and argue I found that ignoring them completely made them eventually go away. I only have 3 full time stalkers now. All 3 use Twitter like they get paid to harass me daily. I think they are pathetic and obviously have no real life. Why they choose to spend so much time talking about me and my life is beyond me. But I also know it shows how much they do not feel loved in their own lives. It also shows they have no real friends. They spend the day sending out nasty tweets about me without knowing one real thing about my life. I’m glad I have gotten most of the trolls suspended and removed. Lindsay has always been very vigilant to take care of me. She does it because she has always been a loyal friend. I appreciate everything she has done and pray that one day everyone just leaves me alone so I can raise my boys, enjoy time with my wife, and live the great, happy life I have going.
Things have been amazing. 2017 is going to be a great year! I hope you all enjoy this short week. We are going out of town Friday night. We are taking the boys and Sarah. She wants to go with us. I can’t wait to tell you guys about our trip. It’s going to be a lot of fun!