Sunday, April 22, 2018

Make It Stop

Daily Draw: Druidcraft Tarot ~ 9 of Swords

What's keeping me awake?
America's trash.
The idea of disposable appliances.
Planned obsolescence.
Over packaging.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Offering

Daily Draw: Cathar Tarot ~ 6 of Coins/Wisdom

I know someone who is here as a shadow worker. His children are DACA residents. Smart, active in school and after school activities, so fun to be around.

I've offered him full freedom to use our garden space if he wants to grow fresh vegs for his family this year. I'm hoping to get to know him well enough so he understands we are here if he needs the help of a citizen.

I've been looking for a new sanctuary since we sold our farm up north. Maybe I'm the sanctuary. Why not, both our lines go back to immigrant status just four generations ago.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Fettle

Daily Draw: Cathar Tarot ~ Hermit/Grail Knight

A credent, who contemplates the passing of events, in order to create a credible myth to steer the rabble in a desired direction. To paraphrase Matthews...

I love the smell of a new word in the morning. To paraphrase Robert Duvall. I'm almost too late, credent is deemed both archaic as in giving credence,  and obsolete as in credible. Never mind, I've added it to my dictionary.  Give the hermit his due, he doesn't get around much and mostly composts old knowledge and myths.

I seem to be in fine fettle this  morning.Two yoga practices and seven miles of lawn mowing will do that to a person.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Wall of Print

Daily Draw: Cathar Tarot ~ Ace of Wands/Shields

I was a hairdresser for twenty years and was often impressed with the number of ways to work in the business and never touch hair. Some years back I was in real estate. On a whim, I looked up opportunities in the field outside of list and sell. Who knew??

A wall of print, yes, but I find the variety heartening...

Appraiser (residential): The median annual salary is $50,706 with a salary range usually between $41,795 and $58,572.
Appraiser (commercial): The median annual salary for an appraiser who works in the commercial sector is $94,104 with a range usually between $107,954 and $80,943.
Commercial leasing manager: The median annual salary is $105,330 with a range usually between $79,423 and $146,674.
Commercial real estate broker: The average annual salary is reported by payscale.com to be $64,501, but annual incomes in this field can vary dramatically, going as high as several million dollars per year, depending upon the annual closings. Total pay usually falls between $38,170 and $196,775.
Commercial real estate loan officer: The median annual salary nationally for a lower-level loan officer is $74,564 with a salary range between $64,454 and $85,995. A senior loan officer’s median salary is $129,743, The sale of just one multi-million dollar commercial property per year can generate over $63,000 in commission income alone.
Community development manager: The median annual salary range is $105,608 with a range typically between $91,128 and $121,918.
Compliance specialist: The median annual salary for an entry-level compliance specialist is $54,686 with the standard range between $48, 787 and $62,325. More senior compliance specialists average $68,657 to $92,096, with a median of $79,379.
Escrow officer: The median annual salary is $46,003 with a standard range between $37,230 and $55,797. Escrow company owners can earn several hundred thousand to well over a million dollars per year in income with enough steady escrow closing volume.
Foreclosure specialist: The median reported annual salary is $40,690, typically ranging between $34,222 and $48,754.
Land administration manager: The median annual salary is $153,980, typically ranging between $140,091 and $172,448.
Leasing consultant: The median salary nationally, early in a consultant’s career, is $28,703, typically ranging between $25,943 and $31,859.
Lease administrator: The median reported salary is $49,042 with incomes frequently ranging from $43,354 to $62,988.
Lease administration manager: The median annual salary is $70,111 with incomes frequently ranging between $59,348 and $92,049.
Mortgage collection manager: The median reported starting salary nationally is $76,567, typically ranging between $62,784 and $88,730.
Mortgage credit analyst (Level I – newer employee): The median salary is $51,182; the typical range is $42,286 to $59,726. For a senior mortgage credit analyst, the median annual salary is $62,931, typically ranging between $55,916 and $70,162.
Mortgage loan officer (Level I – starting level): The median annual salary is $40,225 for a newly employed loan officer with a typical range between $32,903 and $48,999. Median salary for a senior mortgage loan officer is $70,993.
Mortgage loan processor (Level I): The median annual entry-level salary is $35,369 with ranges between $31,919 and $39,981.
Mortgage loan processing manager: The median reported annual salary is $86,756 with most salaries ranging between $74,037 and $97,170.
Real estate attorney: The median reported salary is $136,204; the standard range is 118,764 to $150,966.
Real estate consultant: The median reported annual salary is $64,000 with a standard range between $46,000 and $110,000.
Property manager: The median annual salary is $91,701; the standard range is $79,618 to $105,511.
Residential property manager: The median reported annual salary is $55,591; the standard range is $48,430 to $62,761.
Retail real estate manager: The median annual salary is $119,424; standard range is $100,335 to $138,307.
Real estate zoning manager: The median annual salary is $106,149; standard range is $94,401 to $118,082.
Real estate sales agent: The average annual income for a real estate agent in the U.S. is $40,015, with a standard range of $39,090 to $50,898, but top producers can earn far more.
Real estate and relocation director: The average annual reported salary is $146,127 with a typical range of $124,257 to $181,802.
Title examiner: The reported annual salary is $39,320 with a standard range of $36,469 to $42,057.
Top mortgage loan servicing manager: The median annual salary is $146,601 with a typical range of $122,584 to $252,853.
Top commercial real estate executive: The median reported annual salary is $274,153 with a standard range of $235,548 and $337,424. The job functions can include overseeing a commercial real estate firm’s agents as well as planning and directing policies and objectives for the entire firm.
Top retail real estate executive: The median annual salary is $260,037; the standard range is $214,593 to $330,733.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Ha-ha

Daily Draw: Cathar Tarot ~  8 of Swords

Juice of the poppy.  A maesters first choice. And Hippocrates. And Rabâ-ša-Marduk. Pain. And opiates. Like horse and carriage. But which comes first?

I'm told prescription Oxycodone can run $50-80.00 a pill on the street. Crazy. A fentanyl tab is $5.00. Again. Crazy. I'm told employees in pot factories bring two gallons of milk to work and gulp it down in a shift just to be able to stand up straight and work. It is a funny old world. Funny sad, not funny ha-ha.

And the rest of us just drive on by, impervious to horse and carriage both.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Owning Ownership

Daily Draw: Cathar Tarot ~ 4 of Coins/Wisdom

Pulling all he owns, everywhere he goes. Doesn't look very happy. Stuff we dust, stuff we store, stuff we pack in closets and attic. Garages get converted, build-ons grow, shed are bought second houses are purchased.

Me me me mine mine mine. We stand in the stuff shop and try to think where we can put it. And even where to hide it. But won't it go nice with our other stuff! Eighteen years I've been conscientiously weeding. My nieces and nephews will do it all in three days.

Easy Peasy.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Rocking Or Even Keeled

Daily Draw: Cathar Tarot ~ 6 of Wands/Shield/Faith

Home and hearth; successfully even keeled. Credit well deserved.

As I understand it the Cathar basic tenets were "the good principle had created everything good, permanent, immutable; while the bad principle had created everything bad, temporary, perishable."

As Cathars gained adherents rapidly, Catholicism mounted another Crusade...: "Kill them all. God will know his own".

The whole concept leaves me flattened. But this card, showing one on one without conflict, is an answer never allowed to flourish. Pitifully, kill them all is the old men's response to rocking the boat, getting the little people wound up and thinking for themselves. My mind is so often boggled.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Innovation

Daily Draw: Cathar Tarot ~ 3 of Wands/Shields/Faith
Action, movement, discovery
Support, share, cooperate
Would that all our projects worked out this way.

One of my entrepreneurial wild hairs that passed the three week rule was Luggage To Go. It wasn't a big earner, but for first time travelers, particularly overseas. it passed the test of usefulness.

Rob shrugged, he was used to me having ideas. Not one other person was supportive, but I was used to that. I rented those four sets of luggage for about four years, until they got shabby.

It was fun listening to the potential travel plans going out, and fun to hear what the actual highlights had been coming back.  We need to remember the first thing is be our own support. Self doubt bombs a lot of interesting innovations.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Aesop, Boggled

Daily Draw: Shaman's Oracle ~ Dancer of Lies

I've ragged Rob unmercifully about a 600 pound bass story he told me when we were dating. I looked up the subject this morning and there has been groupers, halibut, and bass landed that size. Who knew? I made my apologies to Rob.

Do you remember the Aesop fable about the Little Boy Who Cried Wolf? The young shepherd made up wolf stories and when one did menace his herd no one believed him. The story made a deep impression on the child I was and has pretty much kept me honest.

We have a sitting president who opens his mouth and lies flow forth, even when lies serve no purpose whatsoever. The havoc of the long term consequences on impressionable minds boggles.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Always A War

Daily Draw: Shaman's Oracle ~ Spirit of Healing

The news this week is about how many people don't remember or have not heard of the Holocaust of 1933-1945 WWII. To that I would add the Korean War, Pol Pot, and the Vietnam War. I'm guessing it is more about families who weren't impacted who don't remember.

I remember Russia in Afghanistan, only because our news made great sport over never any progress and they finally just went home. Who is laughing now?
But I have no one associated with the Middle East mess so I know little about the losses there, it doesn't seem real.

On July 1,  1916, 19,240 troops died at Somme. In One day...
Sept. 17, 1862, 22, 717 troops were dead, wounded, missing in action at Antietam. There are one day totals even worse.

I'm trying to heal from the war zone that was mother. Perhaps we can't take it all in, or remember because it is more pain than we can process and bear.