How I’m learning zip codes

Real estate.

And service scheduling.

For the past couple years, I’ve been interested in real estate investing. I haven’t purchased my first property yet, but I’m going to do it.

I’ve been looking on the MLS. I look on the maps to find where properties are located.

After a while, the zip codes start to look familiar. I get to know where a place might be located based on the zip code alone.

I’ve lived in Louisville most of my life, but I never knew much about the zip codes, except the ones I lived in.

For the past couple months, I’ve been working at Sonitrol. Recently, I’ve been in charge of scheduling service routes.

In order to get the most done each day that we can, it helps to have guys run to jobs that are close to one another.

I look at the addresses. Then I look at the maps and plan where the techs will go.

After a while, the zip codes start to look familiar. I get to know where a place might be located based on the zip code alone.

That’s how I’m learning zip codes, at least in Louisville.

An iPad from work

My boss gave me an iPad. It’s an iPad 2, not the latest or greatest, but it’s still an iPad.

When I first heard about them, I remember thinking they were a great solution looking for a problem to solve. I read that somewhere, and it made sense to me.

I’m not sure how I’ll actually use it: browsing online, watching Netflix. Since my computer’s been down, I’m sure I’ll use it more than I normally would have used it.

For work, I’m supposed to be toying with a program called Prezi. It’s a presentation software, like an updated type of PowerPoint. Having an iPad will help me learn to take advantage of more of Prezi’s features that are iPad specific.

Overall, I’m not sure how much I’ll use the iPad. I like that I got it, though. I like that my job is flexible enough to give me one without much fanfare.

My computer is down

Well, I’m still alive. It’s that my computer isn’t.

It was showing signs of old age, or more like a full life, but it finally conked out, of course, right as the Journaling John experiment took off.

I still kept at the experiment, mostly, by writing it down on paper. I haven’t had a chance to key it into a computer yet.

A lot’s happened over the past few months, but I haven’t written about it. I used to write every day. Now that my computer is down, I haven’t written in weeks. I’d like to get back to it.

Here, at least. Because I have been writing some, just in other places.

I got a job at a security company called Sonitrol of Louisville. I’ve been doing some blogging for them and helping with their web profiles. I enjoyed it. I need to write about that.

I was also working on that little book I promised like 10 years ago. The trouble with that now is that the newest copy is still on that dead computer of mine. I’m still working on how I’m going to get that back. I’m hoping to get that published online here soon. By soon, though, I guess I mean within the next few months.

Nothing feels completely soon right now.

Originally, I thought I’d call the book A Brief Guide To gods. I’ve changed the title since then. I’m going to keep the new name a surprise for now. Maybe that’ll help motivate me to get it written so you can see what it’s called.

Anyway, that’s all for now.

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