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  1. Not directly related to the links, but something to consider-The majority of my professional friends did some negotiating when they joined their company/group. The highest paid (for her field) is the most agressive woman I have ever met. The others got what they settled for. I am not trying to stereotype women, but many were much more timid when it came time to make demands. Now, they will pretty much always be paid less then many of their male associates, despite doing the same job.
  2. I don't know all the details (an R.N. friend told me) but RLS is a created use for existing medication that's become outdated. I believe the medication has been on the market for about twenty years and has always been used to treat symptoms of Parkinsons (?) or some nervous system disorder. Medications have come a long in that field and this one wasn't selling enough. Suddenly its manufacturer was advertising a cure to a disease doctors had never heard of. I am not saying that these symptoms don't exist, just be cautious before you start taking medicaitons for this.
  3. I said in my first post that I wasn't sold on the idea, just that what he did was impressive. I know how a lot of these scams work, and it didn't seem to be happening. This man knew names, not inititals-names-and he knew them on his first try. He didn't fish for people to answer him he went around the room in order, one at a time. Listening to the tapes after revealed nothing to indicate anyone led him to say anything. I was a last minute guest and the only name he knew was the hosts. Maybe he was watching subtle changes in behavior or breathing of people he hadn't spoken to yet, and no one noticed. Maybe when he said the name "joe" he noticed someone else sit up straight and rememebred to bring up Joe when he talked to them. Maybe when he said dead parent he noticed how many eyebrows in the room perked up. Maybe if he asked me, instead of Nicole if a big white rat meant anything to me (it still doesn't), I would have found something in my memory to associate it with. Although if he then directly asked me if my Father died in a motorcycle accident when a sleeping driver crossed the median, I would not have been tricked into saying yes. I get how these things work, this man knew too many unique stories about too many people. Stories that meant nothing to other people in the room. And I believe him. Hey, maybe its cause I want to. A lot of people heard those tapes and were blown away...people that think the whole idea is just plain silly. None of them, including two women who had graduate psychology degrees could ever say "this is how he got this...did you notice when, ....". I know I sound silly to most of the people reading this. All I can say is, you weren't there.
  4. I just wanted to add that the questions he asked, that he wanted yes or no answers to were not vague. Nothing like, do you have a tall dead relative with a "b" in their name, or anthing like that. He spoke to one person at a time and he said things like "I keep seeing a giant white Rat, does that mean anything to you?" The woman he was talking to had a pet rat as a little girl that slept in bed with her every night. He then asked her if her Father died in a motorcycle accident on a rural road when the other car's driver had fallen asleep and crossed the lanes. Yup. Then he asked her if she had a young daughter who constantly talked to the fireplace? Yup. He told her the daughter could see him. Or, to another guest-I keep seeing a bridge and car accident...did you lose a relative in an accident on a bridge. She said no. He wouldn't let it go, suggesting that a relative jumped from a bridge, she said no. He kept it up for a bit insisting there was a questionable fatal accident on a bridge, then let it go when she kept saying no. The woman he was talking to lost her Father when he crashed his car into the base of a bridge. No one knows if it was accidental. There was six people there, He was there for two hours, and the whole thing went like that. Maybe I am naive. Just doesn't seem like anyone's body language gave him this info.
  5. I went to a party with one (he appeared on some Lifetime show shortly after) because a paying guest bailed out at the last minute. He was very clear in the beginning that he wanted yes and no answers basically nothing to lead him into anything. I knew the other people there pretty well, and I will say the info he was coming up with was pretty impressive. He didn't claim to see the future only to "talk to dead people". One woman left in a huff then later admitted that the "man in the cowboy hat from tennessee" he wouldn't stop asking her about was some old lover no one knew about. Nothing about this woman says Tennessee or cowboy hats. He looked at me and told me about my horseback riding career, my Father death, mom's new boyfriend (by name) and the fact that he was from somewhere far away (France), and I could go on. Tons of stuff like that for everyone who attended. I don't know if he was a "psychic", a really good detective (I doubt it, I was a last minute guest no myspace page or anything like that for anyone) or super psychologist; but it was entertaining to say the least. Listening to the tapes later was cool too.
  6. I saw that! I actually found sample plans online, and the closest match was for someone opening up a home-based pet photography business It seems to be a good guide though. The work availibilty thing is an issue I didn't think of, thanks.
  7. Ok, maybe I didn't make my point clear. I am not trying to make lots of money, or Hollywood movies. Someone wants to help me, and they want to see a business plan. So forget the mainstream media question. I am trying to demonstrate how I would spend the money and what I would bring in, under usual circumstances. If anyone else has useful information about expenses, income, varying rates at different dropzones, etc. it would be appreciated.
  8. I thoght I made it clear that I have a job with health insurance that I am not giving up. If someone wanted to give you a bunch of money to jump or do anything you really wanted to do, and all they wanted was a business plan, you'd find a way to write one too. I am not trying to step on any toes and have no illusions that next year (or any year) I will be "making it big" or stealing jobs that other people actually earned. A friend didn't just see a commercial with a skydiver and and then approach me trying to give me money he could get a huge return on. We were talking about wild dreams. I told him mine was to spend my life skydiving. The money described in the post above, which is close to what I was thinking isn't much to him. Not getting it back won't break him and he knows it. I've known him for years, and he's a genuine guy. He also wants the plan so it forces me to take a little bit of time to learn some very basic things about business, so that I don't blow all the money because I have no idea how to spend it properly. Your opinions have been helpful, thanks.
  9. A friend of mine, who also happens to be wealthy, has agreed to finance/invest in my pursuing a skydive/photography career. And he wants a business plan . Something I know nothing about. Quick background, I have a very limited number of jumps. I have gone uncurrent numerous times due to my unwillingness to spend everything I have on -well, anything. I love to jump and obsess about it daily, love to take photographs, seem to have good instincts and need a life that is exhilirating and challenging or I lose interest immediately. The investor understands that the first year (minimum) will be spent developing my skills ( and having fun doing it!) and there will be no income. I will be packing to help pay my rent, I work 25 hours a week bartending and have full health coverage and the ability to move anywhere there is a TGI Fridays and keep this insurance and basic income. He is willing to put up the rest for training, gear, equipment, software, etc. I have made it clear that my goals are to be happy and to make a living, and that i will most likely never make any substantial money doing this. He, however knows people who make movies, commercials etc and thinks that maybe someday something bigger could happen. If it does, he wants a piece of it. And frankly, I feel inspired and want to try. Can anyone direct me to helpful information? This would include, average income and costs to photographer for tandem, student and advanced video, stats including how many people made their first jump in 2001-2006 compared to the 1990s, stats on how often a skydiving scene appears anywhere in mainstream media....Also things like how often camera and software technology becomes obsolete or needing replacement, etc. I know how my dropzone works, but how use of editing equipment is regulated at other dropzones, the best places to find useful training, etc.? A general idea of costs from A to Z... I am not asking people to research for me, I am just asking for direction to things that can be included in this plan. I hope to head down to Florida by January or February to get current again and begin intensive training, probably with SDU, and to return to the northeast for the summer to jump. PS-would this be better in the general forum? Thanks!
  10. Melatonin. It can be be purchased in any pharmacy type store and is a horomone that the body produces naturally to help you stay asleep. Whenever possible, it should be given before the source of anxiety is presented to your pet. If you have questions, ask ypur vet.