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3rd time's a charm.. maybe

"A third casino in Eastern Connecticut would have "pronounced and immediate effects," according to a leading business group's 2004 report on business strategy."

Yep you heard it right. A third casino here in Connecticut. Right now Connecticut lays claim to the largest casino in the world, Foxwoods. I've been there several times. Carpets are usually dirty, but the buffet's good. I like Mohegan Sun much much better. Way cleaner, better shops. Better overall experience.

But seriously.. a third casino? Is Connecticut turning into Las Vegas all of a sudden? Sheesh.

I mean yeah, the casinos created lots of jobs, BUT (big BUT there), the majority of them are LOW PAYING jobs - something we DON'T need. Unofficially the median average income in this state per individual is $40,000 a year. Most jobs at the casinos start at $20,000 - half of the median average.

The plus: More jobs in this state, good thing. Before the casinos came around this state really wasn't doing too well in the employment department.

The minus: House and apartment prices going through the roof, no one can afford to live there with the small starter wages.

But like it or not, if a 3rd casino is coming, it's coming and there's no way to stop it. I'm just hoping the execution of this casino is done the right way - where it properly prepares for increased traffic congestion, housing needs and so on.. else it will turn the area into a big slum.

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Legalese

Being a college educated man (hold your applause), I am educated in many things. Two of which I know best, fortunately or unfortunately depending on your point of view are media law and customer contractural agreements. I have drafted and finalized several legal documents over the years, and one thing is for certain: I hate doing it. But it's unfortunately necessary or you'll get taken to the cleaners. Over the past few hours I've been drafting new versions of my legal documents for my up and coming biz.

Why do I write my own legal documents? Simply put, I think I do a better job at it. I've paid attorneys in the past to write stuff up for me, read it over and have found hole after hole after hole. To fix those holes you (of course) have to pay more to fix them. And it's not like you can just go shopping around for good contract writers. You have to pay for it every time. Ugh.

I think it's best if you learn to do it anyway, especially if you run your own biz. I mean yeah, there will be some things you'll need an attorney for every now and then, but, the majority of the time you won't. That's just my opinion.

The way I write legal documents is simple (in theory): I think of every single possible way a customer could screw me - and I mean every single conceivable way possible. Then I write to accommodate for it.

My favorites (just as a matter of it being interesting) are chance occurrences better known as "Acts of God". In every insurance contract you will see an Act of God clause. The Act of God clause basically means this: Say you're a house builder. If you build a house for someone, finish it, and lightning destroys it a day later, you're not liable if the clause exists in the original agreement. However, if you don't put that God clause in there, the person you built the house for can legally sue you for damages. Crazy but true. The homeowner could simply say "The builder should have checked the forecast."

Anyway I could talk about it all day - but I won't. (grin) So it's back to contract writing I go..

Errand runner

I got to run several errands today. Finally got to get to the BANK and get some cash which was absolutely necessary (grin). Also returned the Halo game to EBX at the Crystal Mall. I thought the game sucked so I went and got a refund. Did some other odds and ends too.

It's also getting colder outside. Brr.. It's not too bad, I can still go out in a t-shirt and coat and survive, but I can tell the colder weather is approaching. Eesh..