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Posted on 2007.04.16 at 22:00


snapper521 at 2007-04-20 04:36 (UTC) (Link)
Harmless? No. Any male who has a look/smile like that on his face makes me instantly distrust him because he makes me think he's trying to sell me something I'll never need. Like another hose extension for my vaccum. *laugh*
leonardii at 2007-04-20 14:38 (UTC) (Link)
Nah... I'm not a salesman. Never was, never will be. But I do have a business n Texas, so if you are ever in the area - I can show you how to make some easy money. Well, it's never that easy, but business is good. Check it out on my website: www.jessemiller.com.
snapper521 at 2007-04-22 03:43 (UTC) (Link)
Hmm... interesting. *think think*

So you basically do the same thing that Eric does. :-P

Another Sys Admin... for a girl who knows only enough about computers to function just a little bit.

Tomas calls it dangerous knowledge.

leonardii at 2007-04-23 17:57 (UTC) (Link)
Actually, I'm retired from the Sys-Admin business. I'm now a director for Ignite - the marketing arm for Stream Energy.

Stream Energy is an electric service provider. They buy their energy from the main people who generate electricity, then turn around and sell it to consumers (people like you and me who need to turn on our lights and provide power to our computers).

Basically, they're a middle man in the energy business. I get my cut by getting customers and getting more directors in order to get more customers. Nice plan. It saves people lots of money because Stream uses semi-entrepreneurs like myself to go out and find customers.

They don't have to pay for expensive salesmen and produce overpriced ridiculous TV advertisements. They're a top-5 tier company, so their customer service is OK... about as good as the others. No better, no worse. The really great thing is just that they can save you loads of money on your electric bill. That's the reason I jumped in on the deal. In Texas, the summer heat gets REALLY hot. Electric bills can be simply outrageously expensive. For us, we have two AC units, a large unit for the main part of the house (downstairs), and a smaller unit for the upper part of the house. Both units running in the summer heat tends to make my bill anything but small.

So - I make a few bucks as a director in this company and at the same time I get an exponentially lower electric bill! :)

My business website is:

Have a look see. Stream Energy is coming to different states other than Texas. Right now we're working on Georgia. But it's all about deregulation. Most states have ONE electric service provider - so the consumer doesn't have any choice. Now, in Texas, we can choose from many providers.

Some say deregulation is bad. Others say it's great. Either way - I know I'm paying a lower bill... so I'm on the side of "it's great!"

And since this business doesn't require me to work full time (or hardly work at all), I get to keep my focus on being a full time student. ;)
(Anonymous) at 2007-04-24 03:48 (UTC) (Link)


My family is kind of "odd". As Eric will tell you if you ask him about when I was ranting back in January or so... :-P

We are "serviced" by a company that only serves about 8 families.

It is an old flour mill which has been owned and operated by the same family for the last 100yrs or so. Maybe a bit less give or take.

Back around Christmas, we had some pretty high winds, and those winds caused some wires (old wires I might add) to rub together sending HUMUNGOUS power surges into our house. It turned out that we had to live without power for 5 days, because it was Christmas, and the company didn't want to deal with it.

My Dad has electrician training, so he knows about this stuff, (along with being a top notch mechanic) so he ended up going on and checking stuff out, but the "power company" was stupid so yeeeah.

We went through 12 small surge protector's and 10 large ones. (as big as you can buy from staples for your computers, phones etc... I forget how much voltage it can take, but... it's an un-believable amount.) At one point, our house was on fire because of the power surging into it... the protector fried, and the rug caught on fire.

My 13 yr old brother tried to go in to pull the protector away from the wall/unplug it etc... but couldn't because of the smoke envolved, so my other brother, (15) ran in and grabbed it, smoking and flaming and ran outside with it and threw it in the snow. Coughed for about 20 minutes, and couldn't see for quite awhile after that, but... he saved the house.

It turned out that what was wrong, was the transformer which is out there on the pole had gone bad - and the family who sells us our power didn't want to buy a new one... so my folks offered to buy it... on the condition we didn't have a bill for 4 months.

Since we have an average bill of $300 a month in the summer (lowest time)... they knew if they bought this that they would have paid for it within 4 months.

Winter bill between October and March, specifically Febuary, tops out around $700 a month because we have a lot of rabbits that require heat lamps, the water pumps all have to have heat lamps... etc...

We burn wood, so we don't use electric for heat thankfully, and there are other things we do to cut the bill, but... they have hiked prices and for the time being, we're stuck. We were considering solar power to suppliment what we buy from the mill, and also considering a wind-mill type thing. Not sure what my folks decided on.
leonardii at 2007-06-05 23:21 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Electricity

Well, if you live in Texas, and you have the option to choose your electric service provider, I can give you an excellent rate. This will truly save you significant money on your electric bill.

If you are in Georgia - we are going to be startup up there pretty soon, but it won't be in electricity, it will be in natural gas... which if you use I can give you an excellent rate on that too.

But I don't know where you are... so I'm not sure my company can help you.

But you've got an interesting story! :)
leonardii at 2007-06-05 21:36 (UTC) (Link)
Do you ever shop online? Did you check out my business venture of opening your own FREE shopping mall where you get discount prices on retailers across the globe - AND you get cash back on every purchase you make. It's a sweet deal.

Check it out. The website is:

If you want to join, you'll need my REF# 499015.

Get others to join, and you get a commission on what they purchase too. Nice little business venture - especially if you are like me. I buy nearly everything online. I have waiting in line, and online shopping is just so cool.

So, try it out. It's free and like I said, your purchases are discounted and you get cash back (at least 2%) on every purchase you make. Some retailers give you a higher percentage... like 5%, 25%, or even 100% for really special deals.

I cannot think of a single reason not to join this venture. Even if you buy one thing online... you will get money back. Nice deal, huh?

Let me know what you think. I want feedback and opinions.
snapper521 at 2007-07-06 00:11 (UTC) (Link)
I think you sound like a comercial Leon. :-P

Sorry it took so long to get back to you about this one. Come to find out -- my e-mail put it into the spam folder. :-P
ehowton at 2007-07-06 01:52 (UTC) (Link)
my e-mail put it into the spam folder.

That's because its spam.

That's what spam is.
leonardii at 2007-07-10 19:50 (UTC) (Link)
The spam folder. Well, that's probably where most people think it belongs. But I have a friends who are very skilled in the field of economics.

Soon, things are going to change in the way our economy works. The "warm" approach as it is called, to get yourself and your friends involved in a good business will someday (sooner or later) be the new way that people take control of their economics and quit letting large corporations pay their CEO millions of dollars just to flush the company down the toilet.

Yeah, I do quite a bit of shopping online. I hate standing in line, and there are some stores where I buy my goods that are just not available to drive to right down the street. Some don't even exist in this state... or even this country. But I like buying their goods. What's more, I get paid a percentage back on everything that I buy... so it's like shopping with a savings account. I ask people to just take a look - and they backfire against me and tell me to stop sending them information. OK, I got the message... but as a good friend, if he had a golden opportunity to share with me - I would at least listen. Not counteroffer him with reviews of "Just shut the hell up."

Ok - so I like making money. I find new and innovative ways to do it. Yes, it takes other people to get it rolling and therefore we *all* can start making money. But if it stops with just me... I'm stuck. Who else do I have to turn to except for my friends?

It's ok. I got the message. I'll find other avenues of approach. There are plenty of likeminded people like me who are sick of watching all my hard work go to some guy who sits in a golden office and looks down upon the little people with the regard of them as if they are his "personal" little bees in his own beehive and he is the Queen.

Anyway - thanks for responding. It's just nice to hear feedback, regardless if it is good or bad. At least I know my words are being read and reviewed! :)
leonardii at 2007-06-05 22:30 (UTC) (Link)
I'm not much of a salesman. And I really don't care for them myself.

So don't worry... I'll never try to sell you anything you don't need.

The only thing I'll try to sell you on is getting more knowledge. I like to get it and share it.
snapper521 at 2007-06-07 19:01 (UTC) (Link)


Yeah, it seems I have fallen into a good group of people when I became friends with Tomas G., and now Eric H.

You all require me to be intelligent and be constantly improving myself.

Like Tomas pushing me to go back to school and take Math and Computer classes. :-P Even though I've got a lot on my plate anyway...
leonardii at 2007-06-09 14:26 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Knowledge

Anybody pushing you to get into school - you can count as a *good* friend.

We know the consequences of not having an education, or not getting one sooner when it was easier to do.

You've got wit and brains. These attributes easily transfer over into the realm of studying.

Get into school. You will thank us all for it later down the road. I can promise you that. And I never make promises that I know that I cannot keep.
snapper521 at 2007-06-09 17:10 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Knowledge

Yeah. I know. :-)

Right now? Trying to get into the Medic program. But if I don't get in, I will go back to the Community College I just got out of, and take Math and other all around general help classes.
leonardii at 2007-06-14 23:32 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Knowledge

Just do something. I am of the opinion that college is always your best course. I took an EMT course in college - it was a 5 hour class and I made an 'A'. I could have easily went further and studied more paramedic type courses... but this was way back when I was in the army. I was just trying to study and get some basic classes done to get my AS degree. At the time I was in the army, if I went to college, they paid for 80% of the tuition. Not bad... I took 4 classes while I was in the army. They've all been a great help today because they transfered into my degree plan at my junior college... and I just graduated this semester with my AS degree! I am so happy. :)
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