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A Trip Up to the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway

by Rob Zwemmer

Inspiration For Today: Committee Comfort

by Rob Zwemmer

COMMITTEE COMFORT!

It has been said that "a camel is a horse created by a committee." You've probably witnessed the process yourself. You put any twelve decision-makers in a room together, and they can't seem to make a decision at all. Worse yet, they create something that is comfortable to all members - a camel of their own making.

Ghandi says numbers are the "delight of the timid." At some time or another, we all want the comfort of being surrounded by others with interests common to us. Maybe it's on sales meeting day when the discussion turns into a gripe session. Maybe it's in the break room, around the proverbial "water cooler," or in a training class we've just taken. Wherever the group meets, the results are often the same - a lack of action backed up by all the reasons that justify the inaction.

Ghandi also says the glory is "in fighting alone." Look around. Do you see one or two individuals who spend little of their time with the group? Sometimes called "loners," these are usually also the over-achievers, the top producers in life and business. They know where they're going and they don't need your approval to do it. The committee says they aren't "team players."

Being human, it is certainly normal to seek the comfort of others. In the case of those few individuals described as "the Valiant in spirit," however, their strength comes from their accomplishments. In each of us, there is also that "Valiant" spirit - the part of us that wants to strike out on our own. You can do that by resigning from the committees of your life. Elect yourself President and Chairman of the Board of your own future - and make it unanimous!

The History of "Standard Time"

by Unknown

Standard time in time zones was instituted in the U.S. and Canada by the railroads on November 18, 1883. Prior to that, time of day was a local matter, and most cities and towns used some form of local solar time, maintained by a well-known clock (on a church steeple, for example, or in a jeweler's window). The new standard time system was not immediately embraced by all.

The first man in the United States to sense the need for time standardization was an amateur astronomer, William Lambert, who as early as 1809 presented to Congress a recommendation for the establishment of time meridians. This was not adopted, nor was the initial suggestion of Charles Dowd of Saratoga Springs, N.Y., in 1870. Dowd revised his proposal in 1872, and it was adopted virtually unchanged by U.S. and Canadian railways eleven years later.

Detroit kept local time until 1900, when the City Council decreed that clocks should be put back 28 minutes to Central Standard Time. Half the city obeyed, the other half refused. After considerable debate, the decision was rescinded and the city reverted to sun time. Central Standard Time was adopted by city vote in 1905.

Although the railway systems in U.S. and Canada adopted standard time at noon on November 18, 1883, it was many years before such time was actually used by the people themselves.

The use of standard time gradually increased because of  obvious practical advantages for communication and travel. Standard time in time zones was established by U.S. law with the Standard Time Act of 1918, enacted on March 19. Congress adopted standard time zones based on those set up by the railroads, and gave the responsibility to make any changes in the time zones to the Interstate Commerce Commission, the only federal transportation regulatory agency at the time. When Congress created the Department of Transportation in 1966, it transferred the responsibility for the time laws to the new department.

Open Houses - Trick or Treat - Find Your Dream Home

by Rob Zwemmer

We're celebrating Halloween in a "spooktacular" way with Open Houses this weekend at a number of our spectacular homes now available! Come find your Dream Home...

Saturday, 11a-2p
51365 Via Sorrento
Mountain View Country Club
La Quinta

Saturday, 1-4p
75337 Spyglass Dr.
Desert Horizons Country Club
Indian Wells

Saturday, 1-4p
44970 Desert Horizons Dr.
Desert Horizons Country Club
Indian Wells

Sunday, 11a-2p
79815 Pecan Valley
PGA WEST
La Quinta

Sunday, 1-4p
75768 Vista del Rey
Desert Horizons Country Club
Indian Wells

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

La Quinta

Saturday 1-4p & Sunday 1-4p
75768  Vista Del Rey
Desert Horizons Dr.


Touring the Palm Springs Air Museum

by Rob Zwemmer

Inspiration For Today: Draw Your Own Map

by Rob Zwemmer

DRAW YOUR OWN MAP!
 
Imagine you've planned the trip of your dreams - say from North Carolina to Colorado. You've charted all the roads, have a fist full of maps just in case, and have your priorities straight in your mind. You get started on a beautiful sunny day, and begin enjoying the ride.
 
Late in the day, as you approach the Mississippi River, you drive straight into a bank of heavy fog. You turn on your lights, but still cannot see 10 feet ahead. Just because the highway is out of sight doesn't mean you've lost your way. Continuing on the path you've set for yourself, you soon break out into the sunshine again - still headed in the direction of your dreams.
 
In perspective, consider that the trip represents your life's goal - your first priority. Steering your vehicle down the highway hour by hour represents your efforts to reach your goal. The fog bank illustrates the momentary interruptions and obstacles encountered on your journey.
 
As day #2 begins, you find that you've come to an unexpected intersection - one that's not on your map. Confused, you pull over and examine the map closely. Stay to the right and you'll end up in Colorado. Take a left and you may arrive at an unanticipated, yet equally wonderful destination.
 
OK, let's cut to the chase! Sometimes your priorities change, don't they? Just as you think your goal is in sight, a new opportunity arises. Remember the saying that "life is a journey - not a destination"? What's exciting is that YOU are in control of the steering wheel, and whatever destination you choose is OK - so long as it's YOU who has made the choice.
 
Happy motoring!
DRAW YOUR OWN MAP! Imagine you've planned the trip of your dreams - say from North Carolina to Colorado. You've charted all the roads, have a fist full of maps just in case, and have your priorities straight in your mind. You get started on a beautiful sunny day, and begin enjoying the ride. Late in the day, as you approach the Mississippi River, you drive straight into a bank of heavy fog. You turn on your lights, but still cannot see 10 feet ahead. Just because the highway is out of sight doesn't mean you've lost your way. Continuing on the path you've set for yourself, you soon break out into the sunshine again - still headed in the direction of your dreams. In perspective, consider that the trip represents your life's goal - your first priority. Steering your vehicle down the highway hour by hour represents your efforts to reach your goal. The fog bank illustrates the momentary interruptions and obstacles encountered on your journey. As day #2 begins, you find that you've come to an unexpected intersection - one that's not on your map. Confused, you pull over and examine the map closely. Stay to the right and you'll end up in Colorado. Take a left and you may arrive at an unanticipated, yet equally wonderful destination. OK, let's cut to the chase! Sometimes your priorities change, don't they? Just as you think your goal is in sight, a new opportunity arises. Remember the saying that "life is a journey - not a destination"? What's exciting is that YOU are in control of the steering wheel, and whatever destination you choose is OK - so long as it's YOU who has made the choice. Happy motoring!

Waldorf Astoria Driving Experience

by Rob Zwemmer

 

Waldorf Astoria Driving Experience
Access performance, design and beauty at La Quinta Resort & Club. Our unforgettable driving experience takes you through some of the most scenic drives in Greater Palm Springs, all while behind the driver’s seat of some of the world’s best supercars: the Ferrari 458 Italia, the McLaren MP4-12C and the Porsche GT3. Reserve your scenic drive and choose between a morning, midday or afternoon session.
Available dates are:
October 16 – 18, 2015
October 23 – 25, 2015
November 13 – 15, 2015
December 4 – 6, 2015
Call 855.884.9315 to book by phone or inquire

Waldorf Astoria Driving Experience!

Access performance, design and beauty at La Quinta Resort & Club. Have an unforgettable driving experience that takes you through some of the most scenic drives in Greater Palm Springs, all while behind the driver’s seat of some of the world’s best supercars: the Ferrari 458 Italia, the McLaren MP4-12C and the Porsche GT3. Reserve your scenic drive and choose between a morning, midday or afternoon session.
Available dates are:

October 16 – 18, 2015
October 23 – 25, 2015
November 13 – 15, 2015
December 4 – 6, 2015

Call 855.884.9315 to book by phone or inquire

 

The Annual Golf Cart Parade

by Rob Zwemmer

It's an Annual Tradition - it's time for the Golf Cart Parade!

Grand Marshal: Robert “Bob” Gilliland:
California Aviation Hall of Fame Inductee and First Man to Fly the World’s Fastest and Highest Airplane – the SR-71 Blackbird and Palm Desert Resident

Sunday, October 25, 2015 – Parade begins at 1pm

Experience the spectacular color, pageantry and fun as scores of whimsically decorated golf carts and bands march down Palm Desert’s famous shop-’til-you-drop El Paseo, in the first major event of the season!

Video Presentation: History of the Coachella Valley

by Rob Zwemmer

Inspiration For Today: Don't Listen!

by Rob Zwemmer

DON'T LISTEN! Someone once said, "When I was in my twenties, I worried about what others thought of me. When I was in my forties, I didn't care what they thought of me, and when I was in my sixties, I realized they weren't thinking about me at all." Who hasn't had a parent or friend tell us "What will people think?"
 
How easy it is to let the influence of others govern our actions. By listening to others, then carrying out our lives to the tune they wish us to play, we are but puppets. One of "Aesop's Fables" addressed the same issue.
 
It told of an old man, a boy, and a donkey making their way down a hill. As the boy rode, while the old man led the donkey, they overheard a neighbor comment about the shame of making the old man walk. The next turn in the road saw both man and boy astride the donkey, and the next passer-by shook his head at the shame of putting such a load on the poor donkey. By the time the two reached the final turn in the road, they were seen carrying the donkey on a pole.
 
The message, of course, was that we should not live our lives to satisfy the expectations of others. It is up to us to set a clear direction for our own lives, and then follow that path to the exclusion of others.
 
It's really about choices, isn't it? We get to make our own choices in life. When we fail to do so, we have still made a choice - that being to let others make our choices for us. As the final days of the year approach, it's an excellent time to let your vision take hold, to set a bold new direction for your life in the coming year. Make some choices - no matter what "they" think!

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