This month, I want to take some time to recount my time in Las Vegas on October 1 and 2. As you know, on October 1, 2017, a horrific event took place in Las Vegas. That night, 58 people lost their lives and nearly 500 people were injured. My heart goes out to everyone affected by this tragedy. Thankfully, my story ends well, but it wasn’t without its share of fear and uncertainty. Here is what I shared on Facebook on October 2: “We were all supposed to meet in the lobby of the Mirage at 8 p.m. I was looking everywhere for the valet ticket to drive 10 of us to dinner. I knew Gary, a friend, had given it to me, but I couldn’t find it. I got so frustrated with myself, then mad at myself. I was spoiling everyone’s good time. “By the time we were able to get the car, I was so mad at myself I didn’t want to go, so I stayed behind. It ended up being the longest night of my life. With my wife, Jennifer, being on lockdown at the MGM, I was blocks away, but I might as well have been around the world. “On one hand, I was comforted by the fact that she was with some of my best friends: Gary and Jennifer Deakyne, Brandon Baltz, Tom Edens Jr., Curt Brisco, her cousin Monica Peck, and her sister and brother-in-law, Paul and Liz Dasso. “On the other, I was alone, staring at four walls and a TV, watching the numbers rise. I felt helpless, fearful, and nauseous. If something happened to her and I was not there over a stupid valet ticket … no words. Finally my cousin Stephanie called, and I had someone I could talk and cry to. HEARTBROKEN IN LAS VEGAS
“I kept thinking that if I hadn’t lost the ticket, causing them to have to wait about 30 minutes, they would have been able to get back before all this went down. I was so thankful to end up back in my wife’s arms. I’ll never forget the moment she walked out and toward me, the embrace we shared, or the embrace with my friends. Thank You for bringing her back safe and sound.” The next day was tough as we played our first round in the Indiana Golf Association Pro-Am. I was tight and full of tension all day. After I hit my tee shot on the Par 3, 16th hole, I took a few steps toward the green and fell to my knees. I started sobbing and praying for peace. My teammates gathered around me, and we all embraced. I felt a little better just letting it out. After our final hole, I walked back to the clubhouse. It gave me time to breathe and reflect. I sat down halfway there by the putting green overlooking the desert, and I paused. I called my pastor, Chris Shore, and had a nice 15-minute chat, and he prayed over me. As I am back in the office today, I am already feeling a bit anxious. I am sure things will get back to normal, but healing takes time. Thanksgiving and Christmas are right around the corner as 2017 comes to an end. My hope is that you all had a great year, and you take time to cherish your family and friends this holiday season. “Yesterday’s the past, tomorrow’s the future, but today is a gift.” Live it to the fullest!
May God bless and keep you,
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NEW YEAR'S CELEBRATIONS FROM EVERY CORNER OF THE GLOBE
When you think of marquee New Year’s Eve parties, New York is probably what comes to mind. The Times Square ball drop has become an iconic moment that closes out the calendar, but it’s far from the only mega celebration. Let’s take a globe-trotting tour of some of the world’s biggest and best New Year’s Eve parties, time zone by time zone. Sydney, Australia Due to its location, Sydney is the first major city to close out one year and begin another. With this honor comes the dignified responsibility of getting the party started, and the city doesn’t hold back. The world’s largest fireworks display illuminates the Sydney Harbor Bridge and Sydney Opera House, drawing over 1 million visitors every year. On Bondi Beach, there’s also a dance party that would make a music festival blush. Hong Kong, China China’s most cosmopolitan city recreates the famed ball drop in its own Times Square shopping mall. From there, locals go to Victoria Harbor, partying on boats and the city’s many rooftop and terrace bars. The grand finale? A stunning pyrotechnic dragon slithering across the sky. Berlin, Germany Celebrations in this capital begin with a wacky tradition: the Berliner Silvesterlauf. It’s a race where runners deck themselves
Raspberry Hot Chocolate Tired of the dreary, gray winter weather? Is sounds like you could use a dash of sweet pink! Real raspberry puree gives this drink a much-needed burst of fruity delight, especially when you swap out the usual milk chocolate with creamy white chocolate. Toss a few raspberries on top, and you’re sure to be enchanted by the colors and the flavor. Check out the recipe at sugarhero.com/raspberry-white-hot-chocolate/. Frozen Hot Chocolate If your winter wonderland view is less than snowy, you might be craving a cooler hot chocolate beverage. It’s your standard hot chocolate recipe, but it replaces the pot and stove with some ice and a blender! Yes, you can still top it with whipped cream and sprinkles. Find the full recipe at centercutcook.com/frozen- hot-chocolate/. Whether you’re a casual cocoa drinker or a true chocolate connoisseur, there’s an incredible recipe waiting for you. The best part? You can keep trying different hot chocolates until you find your new favorite. out in their holiday best and flip pancakes as they run through the streets. When the sun sets, more than 1 million people gather at the Brandenburg Gate for a night of world-class bands and spectacular fireworks. Oh, and the after-parties last well into the morning. Reykjavik, Iceland This time of year, the world’s northernmost capital only gets four hours of sunlight, so residents love an excuse to go wild. Beginning around 4 p.m., bonfires light up the city, burning off the past year’s negative vibes. It only gets more festive from there. And there’s no better way to cure a New Year’s hangover than visiting one of Iceland’s picturesque hot springs. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Just before celebrations reach their apex in America, Brazil’s most famous city puts on a party like no other. Revelers dress up in white and go to Copacabana Beach for an all-night celebration. Boats filled with flowers are put out to sea to honor the oceanic goddess Yemanja. Music, dancing, fireworks, and an unrivaled atmosphere — Rio has it all. If you follow the new year from one end of the world to the other, you might be a little tired by the time 2018 hits our shores. Partying with the entire world, however, makes the effort worthwhile.
UNUSUAL HOT CHOCOLATE RECIPES TO ENJOY THIS HOLIDAY SEASON
’Tis the season for hot beverages! Sure, Americans love coffee all year long, but as the holidays roll around, hot chocolate sales boom. There’s something satisfying about sweet, rich chocolate topped with whipped cream and marshmallows. It’s a classic combination, but who says the classics can’t be updated? Broaden your hot chocolate horizons this holiday season with some truly unique recipes! Aztec Hot Chocolate
This spicy drink pays homage to those original chocoholics, the Aztecs. Cacao beans are native to Mesoamerica, and the ancient Aztec loved to grind the beans and serve them in a bitter, frothy liquid. In this recipe, dark chocolate, chili pepper, and cinnamon blend into a rich treat, but you’ll also have access to a couple ingredients the Aztecs didn’t have: sugar and milk. Learn how to make the perfect winter drink at theendlessmeal.com/spicy- aztec-hot-chocolate.
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IRS Offers Special Tax Breaks Many business owners know the IRS offers certain tax breaks for small businesses, but did you know there are special tax breaks you can take advantage of to reduce the cost of your next truck? Section 179 of the United States Internal Revenue Code (26 U.S.C. § 179) gives taxpayers the option to deduct the cost associated with certain types of property. Eligible property should be tangible, depreciable, personal property that was acquired for use in the active conduct of trade or business. This means trucks are applicable! Plus, in addition to standard depreciation on new trucks, bonus depreciation may also be available. 2017 Limitations For 2017, the maximum Section 179 deduction available is $500,000 on qualified equipment put into service in 2017. This may include new Isuzu commercial trucks, and bonus depreciation on new equipment may be available if put into service in 2017. Your Advantage (One well-equipped Isuzu diesel truck with 16-foot body) Equipment purchase: $75,000
First-year depreciation and write-off:
Potential tax savings this year: (Assuming a 35 percent tax rate x $75,000) $26,250 Equipment after-tax cost: (Excludes interest and interest deductions) $48,750
With such incredible savings, you’re left with the perfect opportunity to include a Priority Service Maintenance Program for about $5 per day, which covers all your scheduled preventive maintenance for up to five years and 200,000 miles. You may even want to include some additional equipment! It’s hard to go wrong. Your Transportation Consultant One benefit is that you don’t need to pay for the vehicle in cash or pull from your credit line. You have the option of financing or leasing the vehicle at very attractive rates, with little or no money out of your pocket, subject to credit approval. Keep in mind, this is not tax advice. Please talk with your accountant or tax specialist about Section 179 benefits and your specific tax situation. Let’s get together and discuss your transportation needs and see how our dealership and Isuzu commercial trucks fit your business.
ROASTED PARMESAN PESTO POTATOES
It only takes 3 ingredients to make these crispy, flavorful potatoes. They’re the perfect side dish for any meal.
2 pounds red potatoes, quartered 2 tablespoons basil pesto
Salt and pepper, to taste 3 tablespoons grated fresh Parmesan cheese
1. Preheat oven to 400 F. 2. In large bowl, combine potatoes and pesto. Toss to coat. Transfer potatoes to large baking sheet or shallow roasting pan. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Roast 20 minutes and remove from oven. 3. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese evenly over potatoes and put pan back in the oven. Roast for additional 10–15 minutes or until potatoes are tender and crispy. Remove from oven and serve warm. Recipe courtesy of TwoPeasAndTheirPod.com.
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Dollar Store Cleaning Products If you’ve ever ducked into the local dollar store to buy some Mylar balloons for your niece’s birthday party, you might have noticed the jugs and spray bottles plastered with the word “Awesome.” Surely, this knock-off soap can’t work as well as your brand-name products, right? You’d be surprised. Online reviewers sing Awesome’s praises, suggesting it should really be a higher price for how well it works. Just make sure you wear gloves when you use it. Detergent Pods You use too much soap in your washing machine and dishwasher. At least, that’s what the New York Times reported as the No. 1 complaint from repair people and appliance experts. Modern appliances are designed to use less water, and as soap becomes more concentrated, using too much can damage your machine. That’s what makes detergent pods so handy. They don’t look like they can clean all your dishes or an entire load of clothes, but they actually provide the perfect amount for modern machines. You save money on detergent and machine repair! 3 Cleaning ‘Rip-Offs’ That Actually Work
Foam Cleaning Blocks Anything with “magic” in the title sounds like a scam. For this reason, you may have avoided the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser and similar melamine foam products. But this is one case where the product lives up to its wild claims. Melamine foam
is abrasive and can break down and remove material from fine cracks and textures, making it an effective cleaner. It can be used to whiten sneakers, clean tub scum, and remove permanent marker from your fridge. Since the snake oil salesmen in the days of old first tricked trusting folks out of their hard-earned cash, consumers have wised up and are quick to write off perceived scams. Still, every now then you get lucky, and the cheap white sponge really does make the stove look like new. But you should still think twice before you say yes to gas station sushi.
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