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Turn the Heat Down, the Snowflakes Are Melting

  Tony Slade  |    Aug 2, 2019 2:08:40 PM  |    Thousand Oaks

In the good old days, when the sun came out in Great Britain, we headed for the beach, or the pub, or we sat in the garden, eating BBQ’d food and drank beer or wine, (or Pimm’s if you want to be very British) whilst taking in some rays.

The sun made us all very happy. But not anymore. It’s forbidden.

As temperatures appeared to rise around the globe last week, there were grim warnings from my home countries government in the UK. “Stay indoors between 11am and 4pm,” they wailed, “or you will all die. Die, I tell you, die!!”

Later they told them to check on our neighbors, because it’s certain a vicious smog would lodge in their throats and choke them all to death.

What used to be called “a lovely sunny day” is now seen as an Armageddon or Doomsday and could potentially be the end of mankind as we know it. 

The police told my fellow countrymen that in no uncertain circumstances should they jump into open air swimming pools, the sea, or rivers and when hundreds ignored this half-baked nonsense and turned up for a dip at a newly opened water park, it was immediately closed due to overcrowding of just 23 people.

I spoke to my parents, and they, like others had decided to head to the pub instead, but “Ohhhh Nooooo” screamed the authorities, “they mustn't do that”.

“Do not drink beer when the sun is shining or you will obviously self-combust”.

To the beach then? Nope not allowed. It’s too dangerous and if you drive, you will create more carbon dioxide.

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Yoga: My First and Only Experience of This Ancient Practice

  Tony Slade  |    Jul 5, 2019 1:57:14 PM  |    Thousand Oaks

Free up Your Time, Enjoy Your Life

I work quite hard during the week, I am up at 6am most mornings, sometimes earlier and I can often be caught sending an email or two in the morning amongst the chaos of getting our daughter ready for school or summer camp before we head to the office, where I will send some more emails. And then when I get home, I will send even more. It seems, I am always at a laptop or a computer.

We run a busy cleaning company and we cover a large area, from Camarillo down through the whole of the Conejo Valley and Malibu. So, our weekdays are hectic. Good hectic but nonetheless, hectic. We rarely find time to relax until the weekend, when we will make sure we spend time ensuring we do everything we can do as a family.

I have always been like this. I would try to work as hard as I can in the week and ensure I had time to relax at the weekend. Before I got married and we had our daughter, sometimes I was working 17-18 hour days and to top that, I was often having to drive 50 miles each way to work, depending on what site I was at that day.

I became so stressed that my wife suggested that I tried Yoga one weekend. My local gym had a class and I decided I would book myself into a class without researching if they were any good at it.

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Dont Ask Me, Im a Man

  Tony Slade  |    Jul 5, 2019 1:34:42 PM  |    Thousand Oaks

The problem is that most men, and I include myself in this, simply cannot concentrate on two things at once.

The headmistress of a school near where I grew up in London announced this week that when women go away, they treat their husbands like children, leaving lists explaining where the fridge is and what the children need for school.

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How to Avoid Paying $96,000

  Tony Slade  |    Jun 20, 2019 3:38:25 PM  |    Thousand Oaks

What Happens Without Car Insurance?

Imagine the results of crashing your expensive car forcefully into someone else's vehicle, consequently wrecking both of them, and being forced by law to pay the bill yourself. Follow through, and I'll show you how to avoid that in all aspects of your life.

In my former life back in the United Kingdom, I used to sell cars for a living. And because I was pretty good at it, I ended up running a few luxury dealerships for the company I worked for. With that, came some great perks like getting to drive some of the most luxurious or exotic sports cars as part of my salary.

Great, or so it would seem to most people, but it really wasn’t. I quickly got bored (or spoilt) by these cars that most people could only dream of sitting in, let alone driving. And besides, they weren’t mine. I couldn’t cash them in to pay my mortgage.

And what’s more, everybody I knew or met thought I was an expert on cars and would ask me their opinion on what they should buy, even though I really had no idea. I knew how to instill into my team how to give great customer service and I knew how to run a business that just happened to sell cars, I didn’t know what the best car to buy was. That’s what our sales team was for.

I always wanted to sell cars in the USA too, so around 10 years ago, I applied for a role at Galpin Motors in the San Fernando Valley and for a while, I really enjoyed it until the long grueling 12-hour days really took a hold. So I promptly gave that up.

Knowing that I worked in the car industry, whenever I was at a dinner, someone would always lean across the dinner table, usually when I was in mid-conversation and interrupt me to ask what car they should buy, I would always reply “an Aston Martin Vanquish”.

They’d then look a bit exasperated and explain they need something cheaper, so I’d recommend, “a 1985 Oldsmobile Calais”. This normally does the trick and they go back to talking about something that is more interesting, such as accountancy, insurance or ornithology.

However, at one dinner event, the man opposite really was quite insistent. He didn’t want an Aston martin or a 1985 Oldsmobile and demanded that I came up with another couple of alternatives. “A Bugatti Veyron or a Hyundai Accent,” I suggested, hoping that would end the discussion. But it didn’t.

“Come on,” he said, “I’m being serious.” So, I suggested he buy a Hummer and attempted to finish talking to the woman to my right.

“What car should I buy?” she immediately asked. I promptly got up, went to the lavatory and drank all of the restaurants bleach.

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My Secret for a Wonderful Life

  Tony Slade  |    Jun 17, 2019 10:44:08 AM  |    Thousand Oaks

How to Feel like You're 25, Forever.

Old age doesn’t arrive suddenly. You don’t wake up one Monday morning to find your knees have stopped working, your hair has turned pure white or dropped out and that you can’t remember where you put your spectacles. A bit like dusk or a receding forehead. It’s more of a gradual thing.

In my own head, I’m still 25. I can still go out with friends and enjoy a glass of beer or two without falling over. I can still eat my own body weight in steak and lobster at The Palm or the fresh fish from Dukes in Malibu and stay up socializing til late – I’m often the last to leave the party and it’s only when the hosts turn the lights off that I get the hint that it’s perhaps time to leave. But what’s more, I like doing these things.

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Enjoy Your Thousand Oaks Lifestyle

  Jonathan Teall  |    Jun 3, 2019 11:25:13 AM  |    Thousand Oaks

Thousand Oaks, CA is home to a seemingly unending supply of new experiences to try out, and beautiful things to see along the way. We're going to highlight a few of our local favorites. You're sure to find a new way to enjoy your free time this upcoming weekend. If you're too busy this to check out any of these recommendations, give our Thousand Oaks location a call and schedule out a time for your routine maid service. Our maids will provide an exceptional house cleaning service that allows you the time for some much deserved relaxation.

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