I am extremely gratified that my business–First Impressions Video–has been acknowledged as one of Thumbtack’s “Best of 2015” award recipients in the videography category! Thanks to my loyal customers for your continued support. ‪#‎TTBestOf2015‬

Got Video? Give me a call or drop me a line…great video doesn’t have to break the bank! Check out my business website here.

New Thumbtack 2015 Cert

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I had the privilege of growing up with parents who expected us to speak properly. They knew–even though neither finished college–that command of the language would be the key to our success. And they were right: all six of us have done well and we have Steve and Glenna to thank for it.

Yesterday, I got a WordPress ‘recommendation’ from another blogger who wrote an incredible essay on texting, asking the provocative question, “Is Texting Ruining our Language?” Well…let’s start with the observation that the word ‘texting’ didn’t even exist 10 years ago. We can thank smartphones, Twitter and other short-form messaging apps for that! But back to the essay, Kate Wiles wrote an awesome piece about it, which you can read here. It’s a bit long, but well worth the read.

Enjoy! At the end, you, too, may well be SMH!

I am SO GLAD I’m not in the airline business any more! Another merger about to be finalized…can someone PLEASE tell me how the CUSTOMER benefits from this? The customer?!? WHAT A CONCEPT!!!



Easily, about 4 or 5 times a month, I get an email from someone I “know.” “Know” is in quotation marks because the sender is actually someone other than the person I really do know, but their email address or account has been hijacked by a scammer. The suspect email usually has very little copy and always has a link in the body of the message. First, if you are the recipient of the message, don’t–repeat, DO NOT–click the link! Any one of a number of bad things can happen and it’s just not worth it. Second, look at the sender’s address. If it’s something other than the usual address, that’s the clue that the address has been ripped-off.

Here is an article that provides additional information: http://www.pcworld.com/article/2927993/what-to-do-when-your-email-address-sends-spam.html. Scammers have way too much time on their hands, and there are a bazillion of ’em out there. Our accounts have been ‘jacked, so even if you’re tech-savvy, it can happen to you. All you can do is guard against it and take the necessary remedies and precautions when it does.

Good luck!

Greetings, everyone crazy enough to read my blog! And for those that do–or have–I apologize that I haven’t posted in over a half year. My video business keeps me plenty busy these days and I write a blog there, too, so that’s where all my content’s been going.

That said, I want to acknowledge another accomplished writer in the household: my wife–also known as “The Fetching Mrs. Wall.” She just published a post on her blog, “The Feral Cat Blog” that really speaks to the madness that seems to permeate all of society right now–and it’s really both disgusting and disillusioning as to where we are as a country and where we might be heading. I invite you to have a read and if you like it, please comment either here or on her blog. If you disagree, please be civil…we have enough incivility to go around.



Hi, everyone! Here comes a rant, so tune out now if you don’t want to read it! Still here? OK, then…see if this sounds familiar: You answer your business line (or worse, your cell phone). It’s a “robo-call” from your own area code. The recorded message goes into a spiel warning that “your Google listing has not been claimed,” but as the business owner, you KNOW you’ve claimed it! You’re invited to “press 1 for important information,” along with (of course) a “special offer.” And you also have the option to “press 2 (or sometimes 9)” to be “removed from our list.” Have you heard this before? Bet you have!

Now here’s where it gets interesting (or aggravating…take your choice)! I had a minute or two to kill, so I called the number back, intending to admonish whoever had the guts to answer the call, since they allegedly represented Google, and Google should damn well know that I had claimed my business listing! And the response to my callback? “The number you dialed is not in service….” Really??  Well SOMEONE CALLED FROM THAT NUMBER!!!

My point to all this: Having worked at several companies that sell digital marketing services of all types, I know how this works. I’d like to think that over the years, the managements of these companies would have cleaned up this circus act—especially the part about representing Google (they don’t!). It just seems that the old “churn ‘em and burn ‘em” tactics are still alive and well and all the legitimate companies offering SEO, SEM, PPC, and other services, are getting a collective “black eye” as a result. I don’t have a beef with anyone working for a living, and these call centers provide thousands of jobs, but please don’t insult us business owners with information you know isn’t true!

In the meantime, I continue to Shake My Head on behalf of the companies out there that strive to do it right! Oh, and for the record, I pressed 2 AND 9!


Anyone still naive enough to think we have ANY privacy left just needs to look at this infographic. As I’ve said before, the internet is the world’s biggest innovation AND its biggest curse!! There is also an interactive version, which you can see here.




What are your thoughts regarding privacy? Do we really have it any more?

Despite this unsettling observation, be sure to have a safe and Happy New Year!



Infographic source: Business Insider & InformationIsBeautiful.net