Build something cool


Build something cool

There’s so much wisdom in that one statement, and it rings true in so many fields. Most commercial construction ventures are painstakingly planned out, from site location down to the most minute details. And yet, invariably, you’ll see every one of them run over budget, take longer than expected, and finish with unavoidable flaws or last-minute changes. That’s one reason why I’ll jump into something with less planning than that – because I know it’s going to run off the rails anyway. Going into something like this, you’ll already have a general idea of what you want to do. We knew we wanted another office, one that could host a sales crew, a property management wing, and possibly contain other suites that could be rented to suitable businesses.

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The Box


The Box

Octavious Deshon Lakes grew up in Buford, Georgia, and knew before he even graduated from Forest Park High School that we wanted to join the U.S. Army and serve his country.  “Tay”, as his friends called him, was a fitness enthusiast who’s big life goal was to one day open a gym with his fiancé Mabinty.  But, handling his goals in proper order, Tay enlisted in the U.S. Army in March of 2017 and was assigned to Fort Hood as a Combat Engineer in the 3rd Brigade. 

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Lt. Col. John A. Linnemann, USMC (retired) – 2018 Palm Springs “The Shameless Selfie Tour”, Part III


As we coast into our final day, the town of Palm Springs begins to change. Leading into Friday, the weekend travelers from L.A. and other coastal towns migrate to the desert for a couple of days away. Typically centered around R&R, this weekend will prove different with two major events happening simultaneously: The White Party, a gay dance festival, and Stagecoach, the country-western version of the Coachella Music Festival both have the local hotels booked solid and the sidewalk cafes bursting at the seams. The drink will flow and the music will play on into the night, and while great for them, my father and I will stay well away from the fray.

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Lt. Col. John A. Linnemann, USMC (retired) – 2018 Palm Springs “The Shameless Selfie Tour”, Part II


Palm Springs is a very beautiful place with not much to do unless you want to golf, hike, jog, ride bikes, swim, shop, visit the air museum, art galleries, tour the San Andreas Fault, play poker, eat amazing food, or just lay around the pool and sip cocktails. The “springs” part stems from groundwater that surfaces from the aquifer due to fissures caused by the San Andreas Fault, which runs just north of I-10. The area’s first (known) inhabitants were the Cahuilla Indian tribes (Agua Caliente, Morongo, and other branches), a very peaceful group that flourished in this area until railroads and disease-ridden blankets were introduced. Finally, in the mid-1800’s, the tribe was able to come to peaceful terms with early America and the area that is now Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Indio, and other beautiful towns were divided up like a checkerboard, with one square mile for the native tribes and one for the U.S. Government.

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