Fear of Water Damage Bountiful

Every Downtown Frame Up Blog reader fears the prospect of water damage Bountiful resulting from an unexpected flood. They quite rationally fear this prospect because they own property that can be damaged (and damaged quite severely mind you) by water should it come in contact with water. As is well known whether a structure is made of wood or metal it can still be damaged by water. This is because wood can rot and become moldy once it has become water logged. Moreover, metal can rust through the process of oxidization once it comes in contact with water.


The sword of Damacles that is the prospect of water damage hangs precariously over the head of every property owner. We all must accept the fact that we can not take our property with us into the afterlife. In this respect can it truly be said that we own anything? The answer to this question of course is beyond the scope of a three hundred word article. Putting that aside we still must make our own way in this world and making our way in the world requires us to protect what is ours while we still hold breath in our lungs.

And so we proceed forth with bravery and faith. We are brave in the face of every danger this world can throw our way. We have faith that some how it will all work out in the end. Call it divine providence or call it blind luck if you wish. The truth is that some people traverse their journey through mortality unscathed whilst others (think of Job for example) have more than their fair share dumped upon them from above. None of this is under our control and we must learn to accept this somewhat uneasy state of affairs.

Make it Your New Years Resolution to Join Scentsy

untitledDowntown Frame up recommends its readers to join Scentsy in the year 2017. Despite the fact that multi level marketing strategies (sometimes called pyramid schemes) can be challenging for some of the independent sales consultants they employ, many independent sales consultants absolutely thrive in this environment and go on to make a great deal of money in the process.

The basic strategy is simple. There are two basic ways that an independent sales consultant can earn money in this process. The first is through actual sales to customers. This is often accomplished by holding Scentsy parties where the independent sales consultant will invite friends, neighbors or co-workers to attend and experience Scentsy products first hand.

Recruit New Sales Consultants to Join Scentsy

However, the second and far more lucrative method for an independent sales consultant to earn money through Scentsy is to recruit new independent sales consultants. According to the rules of a multi level marketing strategy, any independent sales consultant who recruits a new independent sales consultant will recieve a commission. These commissions can start to add up into serious money after those newly recruited independent sales consultants recruit new independent sales consultants because at that point another commission is earned. This process continues on making the people higher up the pyramid more and more money.

The reason why multi level marketing or pyramid schemes tend to get a bad reputation is that not everyone thrives in this environment. According to simple mathematics the number of new recruits needed to keep the pyramid going eventally exceeds the entire population of the earth after a few generations of recruiting. All that said, there can be no denying that some people actually do make a lot of money in the process but it definitely requires a great deal of effort and hustle.

Effective Preparation With The ASVAB Practice Test

It is well established that the best way to prepare for the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (or ASVAB) is to take the ASVAB practice test. By taking the practice test the candidate for enlistment in the U. S. Armed Services will become familiar with the test format as well as which subject areas on the test will require additional study. Performing well on the ASVAB is a crucial step to enter any branch of the U. S. Armed Services be it the U. S. Army, the U. S. Navy, the U. S. Marines Corps, the U. S. Air Force, the U. S. Coast Guard or the U. S. National Guard.

Effective Preparation With The ASVAB Practice Test

The Armed Service Vocational Aptitude Battery is designed to assess two criteria. First, the ASVAB is designed to assess whether a candidate for enlistment is qualified to enlist in the U. S. Armed Services. Second, the ASVAB is designed to assess which occupation within the U. S. Armed Services best fits the candidate’s personal skill set. It is for these two reasons that it is very important that the candidate for enlistment properly prepare for the ASVAB and perform well when taking the actual examination.

The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery tests ten distinct subject areas. These subject areas include the following:

  • General Science (GS) which includes 16 questions in 8 minutes
  • Arithmetic Reasoning (AR) which includes 16 questions in 39 minutes
  • Word Knowledge (WK) which includes 16 questions in 8 minutes
  • Paragraph Comprehension (PC) which includes 11 questions in 22 minutes
  • Mathematics Knowledge (MK) which includes 16 questions in 20 minutes
  • Electronics Information (EI) which includes 16 questions in 8 minutes
  • Automotive and Shop Information (AS) which includes 11 questions in 7 minutes
  • Mechanical Comprehension (MC) which includes 16 questions in 20 minutes
  • Assembling Objects (AO) which includes 16 questions in 16 minutes
  • Verbal Expression (VE) which includes (WK)+(PC)

The Fabulous Choices in Weber State Housing

One of the tremendous perks of being a Weber State University student is the opportunity to avail yourself of the wonderful choices that exist within the university of Weber State housing. Among the many, many, many choices that exist are (1) the Weber State University dormitories, (2) off campus housing with private residents and (3) off campus housing in an apartment complex. Making the decision as to where to live is not one of the least important decisions a potential Weber State student can make during his or her academic career. This is fundamentally true because the implications which naturally follow from whatever decision is made will be extremely impactful.

Weber State Housing Choices

Another very important choice for a Weber State University student to make is whether or not to have a room mate. The choice of a room mate is very important. There are certain advantages and disadvantages associated with whatever decision is made. For example if a Weber State University student chooses to have a room mate he or she will most likely spend less money than he or she otherwise would have, however he or she will have to learn to live with another person. This other person may or may not share the Weber State University students proclivities.

On the other hand, should the Weber State University student choose not to have a room mate a whole slew of other implications will naturally follow. For example a Weber State University student without a room mate will most likely spend more money than a Weber State University student who has chosen to live with a room mate. However, the Weber State University student who chooses not to have a room mate will naturally have a greater amount of privacy which is in turn naturally amenable to studying which is a student’s primary activity.

Travel in London Circa 1843

In Charles Dickens’ novella “A Christmas Carol” the protagonist Mr. Ebenezer Scrooge’s main mode of transportation seems to be his ability to walk. There is no scene in either the written text or in any of the movie adaptations that I have seen where he happens to be a passenger in an automobile powered by an internal combustion engine. Certainly in the London, England circa 1843 in which he lived this invention was not yet a commonplace. There were occasions where he rode in a horse drawn carriage. Obviously the point of all this is to say that there is absolutely no possibility that Mr. Scrooge would find himself in a car accident and less possibility still that he would find himself sitting in the lobby of an auto body repair Salt Lake City shop.

Another reason why Mr. Scrooge would never be in the position to find himself in the lobby of an auto body repair Salt Lake City shop is because he was physically located in London, England. The distance between London, England and Salt Lake City, Utah is approximately 4,858 miles. Accordingly, there is no logical reason why Mr. Scrooge would find himself in an auto body repair shop located in Salt Lake City, Utah as the result of a car accident he experienced in London, England. Obviously, he would seek out an auto body repair shop in London under those circumstances.

Now, it also bears mentioning that Mr. Scrooge probably would not suffer the accident in the first place. The most obvious reason for this prediction is not only because he was never a passenger in an automobile powered by an internal combustion engine, but also because the horse drawn vehicles in which he was a passenger were powered by horses. This is to say that the vehicle is powered by a self aware engine that is capable to a certain extent of avoiding accidents in the first place.

How Texas License to Carry Interrupts Scrooge’s Christmas Lesson

When the holiday period of the year rolls around my thoughts always turn to “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens. This year, given the uptick in violence the United States of America has experienced, particularly in the area of gun violence, unfortunately my thoughts turn to what would be the reaction of the average citizen in the event of a nocturnal home invasion of the type experienced by Ebenezer Scrooge. Now, it is very true that Mr. Scrooge lived in London, England circa 1843 and not Austin, Texas circa 2016. So it is not unsurprising that Mr. Scrooge did not possess a Texas license to carry a firearm.

One has to wonder however, how might Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” be different if Mr. Scrooge did possess a Texas license to carry a firearm. I am fairly certain that the Ghost of Jacob Marley would have received a couple of shots to the head or torso. Of course when Mr. Marley visited Mr. Scrooge his body was non corporeal. As such the hypothetical bullets discharged from Mr. Scrooge’s fire arm would likely have no effect on the specter himself. The walls of the room behind Mr. Marley and any other objects that happened to be placed behind his spectral body would probably be damaged by the gun fire. Moreover, the neighbors would probably call the police to investigate.

If all this transpired the plot of “A Christmas Carol” would probably have ended quite differently. If the police were to arrive at Mr. Scrooge’s residence later that night the subsequent visits by the three ghosts would probably have been interrupted. Now if those visits were interrupted by a police investigation one has to wonder whether the lessons they intended to impart upon Mr. Scrooge would have ever been imparted and without those lessons Mr. Scrooge would have probably forever missed his opportunity to reform.


Mr. Scrooge’s Policy Regarding Signs and Banners

Scrooge and Marley employed the use of signs and banners to convey the name of their firm in Charles Dickens’ novella “A Christmas Carol.” The sign itself according to the story read “Scrooge and Marley” and Mr. Scrooge refused to remove the name Marley even seven years after Mr. Marley died. “Time will erase it at no cost to us,” Mr. Scrooge said in the TNT movie version staring Patrick Stewart playing the role of Ebenezer Scrooge. I do not recall if he uttered this line in the actual book itself but it is an apt line either way because it adequately demonstrates Mr. Scrooges dispassion and stinginess at the same time.

During the course of the story Mr. Scrooge undergoes a transformation. It begins with the visit of his dead ex-partner Jacob Marley on Christmas Eve. Jacob Marley arrives to warn Scrooge that he must change his ways in order to avoid the fate that he (Jacob Marley) was enduring. Specifically, he lived a spectral and fettered existence roaming the earth with regret. Jacob Marley also warned Mr. Scrooge that he would receive three additional visitors that night. They were to be (1) The Ghost of Christmas Past, (2) The Ghost of Christmas Present, and (3) The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come.

Each ghostly visitor had a different lesson for Mr. Scrooge to learn. The Ghost of Christmas Past showed Mr. Scrooge the events in his life that caused him to become the man he became. The Ghost of Christmas Present showed Mr. Scrooge all the love and joy he was missing as a result of his present state. The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come showed Mr. Scrooge the sad and frightening future consequences he would endure as a result of not changing his ways. The story does not discuss whether Mr. Scrooge changed his policy regarding signs and banners after his experiences on Christmas Eve.

SEO Salt Lake City Circa 1843

It goes without saying that the main character named Ebenezer Scrooge in Charles Dickens’ novella “A Christmas Carol” had no need for a business providing SEO Salt Lake City services. The reasons for this should be obvious to any Down Town Frame Up reader. First of all, during the time period “A Christmas Carol” takes place (i.e., 1843) the internet did not yet exist. Accordingly, there were no websites and as such there was no need to optimize the non existent content that would have been found on the non existent internet. Furthermore, the character Ebenezer Scrooge lived in London, England. Because of this, even if the internet did exist at the time and his business had a website in need of search engine optimization he would probably look to hire an SEO company located in London rather than Salt Lake City.

All that being said, let us proceed assuming that the internet did exist in London, England circa 1843 and Ebenezer Scrooge was in fact looking to hire a company providing SEO Salt Lake City services to help his business. What then? Well, the first item to consider is the answer to the question, what exactly was the product or service that Scrooge provided? The answer to this question is as murky as the fog blanketing London on the Christmas Eve in which the story takes place. His business is described as a counting house and we know that both Mr. Scrooge as well as his clerk Bob Cratchit spend the bulk of their time writing in ledgers. Conceivably, Scrooge is some kind of money lender although we never see him transacting any loans in the story itself. The ledger writing is presumably to keep track of the money loaned out but it remains unclear why this information required all the re-writing we see going on in the story.

Scrooge and the ASVAB

armed-forces-logoIn Stave One of Charles Dickens’ novella “A Christmas Carol” Mr. Scrooge is visited by his dead ex-business partner Jacob Marley on Christmas Eve. During their meeting Scrooge asks Marley, “why do spirits walk the earth and why do they come to me?”  To which Marley responds, “It is required of every man … that the spirit within him should walk abroad among his fellowmen … and if that spirit goes not forth in life, it is condemned to do so after death.

This requirement bears certain similarities to the requirement that every candidate for enlistment in the U. S. Armed Services must take the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery. This requirement also requires that the candidate properly prepare for the ASVAB typically by taking multiple versions of the ASVAB practice test.

Jacob Marley’s description of the afterlife suggests that Hell within the context of the story exists within the material world and not in a separate location.  Marley’s ghost goes on to explain that he “wears the chains [he] forged in life.”  Each link was forged from all of his sins of commission and omission.  Interestingly, he also says he is permitted only a little time to converse with Scrooge suggesting that his punishment is being directly supervised by some other entity.

Scrooge does not understand why Marley deserves punishment because he was a good man of business.  Nor does Scrooge contemplate taking the ASVAB practice test. This makes perfect sense as there is nothing in the story that would indicate that he is contemplating joining the U. S. Armed Services. Finally he reveals his purpose to Scrooge.  Jacob Marley’s purpose is to help Scrooge escape his fate.  This begs the question why Marley was not given the same chance to escape his fate?  Was there no other ghost who felt compassion for Marley?  Does Scrooge live within a solipsistic universe?

Wearing a Cap of Materialism Low Upon a Brow of Spiritual Light

Would you so soon put out, with worldly hands, the light I give? Is it not enough that you are one of those whose passions made this cap, and force me through whole trains of years to wear it low upon my brow!

This question was asked of Mr. Scrooge by the Ghost of Christmas Past in Stave Two of Charles Dickens’ novella “A Christmas Carol.” In the scene where this utterance was uttered Mr. Scrooge had returned home, had his encounter with the Ghost of Jacob Marley (his former business partner who died seven Christmas Eves hence) and had gone to sleep. As the Ghost of Jacob Marley foretold to Mr. Scrooge, he would be visited by three ghosts. The Ghost of Christmas Past is the first of these three ghosts.

Now, it should be noted that neither the Ghost of Christmas Past nor the Ghost of Jacob Marley commented on the cleanliness of Mr. Scrooge’s living quarters. The book I believe does make reference to a house cleaner (who was probably not employed through a maid service Salt Lake City given that the story takes place in London, England circa 1843) so one may assume that his living quarters were in some state of tidiness.

The Ghost of Christmas Past is of course speaking of a spiritual light. To extend the metaphor, when the Ghost of Christmas Past is referencing the cap that it has been forced to wear low upon its brow it is speaking of the materialistic concerns of the ego which have the effect of obscuring the spirit which is truth. Now, it is certainly true that Mr. Scrooge did not hire a maid service Salt Lake City to clean his living quarters. We can safely rule that out as an impossibility given the limitations of travel and expense in the time period in which these events transpire.