She was perfect in every sense of the word. 22 years ago, I was 15 years old and scared in a new High School. She was a Senior and lovingly confident. I say that not with a mature sense, but rather with a teenage, naÃ¯ve sense. She was remarkable and so confusing to me at the same time. My first crush wrapped up in a green sports jacket. We were in Choir together and just looking at her sing made me speechless. I didn't understand these new feelings I was having, even though they felt ooh, so right. I never spoke a word to her and her the same. She had a boyfriend and freshman didn't talk to upperclassman... it's just the way it was then. Little did I know she would soon become my first crush of my long, tumultuous teenage life. I soon began to want to go to the school just to see her sing and hopefully catch a glimpse of her outside of the Choir hallway. She was mysterious and yet so lovely... and as quickly as I grew accustomed to seeing her and crushing on her, was as quickly as she Graduated and left my life. Fast forward 22 years. These poems represent the account of a simple teenage love long ago and the subsequent meeting and attempt at a relationship years after the High School experience. The poems are presented here in a time line fashion as they were originally written. As the relationship progressed and eventually hit it's downturn, the Poems directly reflect this as well. We tried, and failed miserably... years of life had taken it's toll on our innocence and us in general. She still, to this day, is difficult for me to discuss... our relationship that failed years later took away my childhood innocence and robbed me of the first crush years prior. It's difficult to take sometimes and of course, forgetting about it isn't an option. I love her... always have and always will.Hope you enjoy this life retrospect of this special section to my life that I hold very close and dear to my heart.
The whole idea for this book was born out of frustration from my own horror stories with contractors, as well as everybody else's that I have learned about. Plenty of people have told me about a bad incident they have experienced with a contractor, which could have been avoided if the customer had been more informed. Trashing home improvement contractors is not the intention of this book. In the construction business, you have some good contractors as well as bad. The main goal of this book is to educate homeowners on some of the finer points of hiring a home improvement contractor. Ask the average homeowner what he or she knows about blueprints, building codes, or home improvement contracts, and I am sure you will not get a lot of answers. This would be similar to someone asking me-an electrician-about investment banking or bond trading. If you're not in the business, then how would you know? Whether I am buying a car or planning to travel, I always do my research prior to making a decision. There is no such thing as getting too much information. Home renovation guides are very popular and ubiquitous. What distinguishes my book from all the others is the amount of detailed information I provide on the do's and don't's as well as the strategies to use and the pitfalls to avoid when hiring a home improvement contractor. The readers of my book will become educated about the tools needed to successfully hire a contractor, while attempting to minimize the aggravation and disappointment that frequently accompanies a great number of home renovations. When a homeowner decides to renovate his or her home, he or she can always find plenty of books on home renovations. Most of these books detail a lot of information on the ideas and designs, with very few details on hiring and working with a contractor. Another popular source for hiring a contractor is through recommendations. Once again, you hire the contractor, and it is up to you to make sure that the contractor is doing everything that they are supposed to do. Working in the construction business as an electrician in New York for more than two decades, I have been involved in many facets of the business of industrial, commercial, and residential construction and renovation, ranging from private homes to office buildings, airports, hotels, and hospitals. My vast knowledge and experience in the construction industry and as a homeowner gives me this enormous opportunity to exhibit the tools necessary for homeowners to successfully hire a general contractor to renovate their home.
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