Honor: West Coast Jewelers – Interfanatic Customer Spotlight

West Coast Jewelers, for our Customer Spotlight on Honor, an Interfanatic Quality

If you honor and serve the people who work for you, they will honor and serve you.

Mary Kay Ash

Another week, another week closer to honorable leadership?

This quote speaks to me because I was raised around this philosophy. I grew up in a family business with thousands of incredibly appreciated workers.

All business must be honorable if it is to survive, thrive, and do well for the community around it.

This week, we’re helping a new business launch. And I guarantee you that in their line of work, they would go nowhere fast were they not honorable.

Honor: An Interfanatic Quality

When you work with honor, people know they can depend on you. Trust comes from doing deals with honor.

There’s no reason to go into business if you refuse to hold your honor and that of your customers in esteem.

Hopefully, that’s why we’re here after over 20 years. We always treat our customers with honor. I know our customers appreciate the work we do.

West Coast Jewelers – Bringing Business with Honor

The cash for gold business is not one known for honor. But Firas Sayegh and his family business are determined to raise the bar on their competition.

“West Coast Jewelers pay for gold like coin dealers pay: the most.”

It’s a difficult thing to open any business. But the thing about West Coast Jewelers is that they have a very clear unique selling proposition. They do custom jewelry for beauty, and also for investment.

Everyone knows that taking scrap gold to a cash for gold place is the best way to lose money. They pay the least – sometimes a criminally small amount – for gold. Jewelers pay the next most, and coin shops pay the most. As West Coast Jewelers works with bullion dealers, they’re almost like a coin dealer who does jewelry. They pay for gold like coin dealers pay.

But the most important thing Firas brings to his business is his honor. And he knows this. You don’t get far in the gold and jewelry business cheating people. Not ever, but especially in the age of social media. Firas Sayegh and West Coast Jewelers are transparent and embrace social media, like so many young entrepreneurs. The people of West Coast Jewelers deal in honor.

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Interfanatic: Dealing in Honor

We’re here by the grace of God to help you by doing what we do best. And we do it for you honestly, with honor.

This week’s image:
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Honor, an Interfanatic Quality. Interfanatic Digital Marketing founder Ryan Delane takes or creates every image you see in our social feed.
Honor, an Interfanatic Quality. Interfanatic Digital Marketing founder Ryan Delane takes or creates every image you see in our social feed.

I remember watching Steven Tyler talk about the way he wanted to honor his fans. It’s not the same thing as honoring your workers, but it seems like the right message. You have to truly honor your fans with truth, hard work to create excellent results. We got to go see Aerosmith in concert last year in Vegas, and man what a show. It was a wonderful experience, and I felt honored to be there, and honored by the Aerosmith troupe.

Black Lives Matter.

So let’s talk a bit more about honor. Integrity. Making good choices.

I’ve quoted it before and it bears repeating:

“Still a man hears what he wants to hear and disregards the rest.”

The Boxer, Simon & Garfunkel

I just read an interesting article written by Brad Raffensberger, the Replican Georgia Secretary of State, in USA Today. His piece is entitled, “My family voted for Trump. He threw us under the bus anyway.”

To which every Biden voter (Republican, Democrat, and otherwise) replies: “You’re just getting this?” I know, I know.

But here’s the issue. The important, probably respectable person – to the bitter end – ignored what everyone was saying.

Because he was hearing what he wanted to hear.

He was lulled into believing, trusting. Because he was hearing what he wanted to hear. He ignored what he didn’t want to hear. To his own detriment. And he only realized it after it was too late. He helped to fix the problem for some, but only after he had worked to exacerbate it by voting for Trump.

He realized, only too late, that the guy he had been listening to, believing, and entrusting with the leadership of these United States, had no integrity. Everybody not drinking the Kool-aid knew this. But this respectable person didn’t. Because he only trusted information sources he liked.

And of course – this is a very slippery slope. Should we listen to sources we don’t like? Won’t we all then become flat-earthers who know aliens built the pyramids?

As always, the information brokers hold incredible control. In our Internet revolution age, it’s increasingly difficult to sort the wheat from the chaff.

Will Raffensberger now revisit all that he listened to and re-examine his decision making process to make sure it doesn’t happen again? I hope he does. I hope he does. It’s not crazy left wing libtards that are Anti-Trump, as Trump would have you believe. It’s everyone who realized Trump is a phony snake oil salesmen peddling chaos and misinformation – who know he can’t be trusted with the Presidency of the United States – who are Anti-Trump.

This is America.

We must remain diligent in the way we seek information. We must hold all levels accountable to the truth. Whether they wear blue, red, green or any other color.

Justice: Masters Historic Racing – Interfanatic Customer Spotlight

Masters Racing Series, for our Customer Spotlight on Justice, an Interfanatic Quality

Justice is always violent to the party offending, for every man is innocent in his own eyes.

Daniel Defoe

Another week, another week closer to the justice of democracy?

As many readers know, I often make significant effort to use this space highlight the words of people we have not heard enough. The wise words of women and people of color. There are billions of quotes from motivational speakers and old dead white dudes. And those quotes have plenty of wisdom. But I’m always looking to bring a fresh perspective – perhaps one that’s not heard enough.

But this week, as I try to understand these people I respect, I went back to an old dead white dude. I know that many people I disagree with, people whom I respect, will more easily listen to a white guy. And that’s why I lend my voice here – I have absolutely privilege and it’s my task to use it for myself – and for people that do not.

Justice is always violent for the part offending. Every man is innocent in his own eyes. That’s why justice is so important! Every man innocent in their own eyes must be shown the light.

There are standards. Standards in running a country, standards in running a business. Justice is imperative, as is the administration of justice.

It takes a certain amount of audacity and never-quit to start and successfully run a business. This is my common ground with you. You have information sources you trust, and I have information sources I trust. There is overlap, but that overlap is not complete.

We often believe what we want to hear. That’s just human nature.

This week, as every week for five years, we’re faced with information sources that continue to diverge in their messaging.

But in the end, we must have a bedrock that we trust for justice to be served, or nothing is trustworthy.

(I hear the conspiracy theorists giggle in glee: “you thought anything was trustworthy?!?!?”)

Yes, I believe the Earth is roughly a sphere. Do we agree on that?

Finding that common ground for justice, living up to it and administering it is the foundation for any organization that enforces rules. I think of the Masters Racing Series, based in the UK, as a foundation for justice in historic motorsports.

Justice: An Interfanatic Quality

We have to have a common ground from which to work. That’s how any transaction works – business or simple fairness.

Otherwise, how do we measure justice against injustice?

We work hard to ensure our customers get what they pay for – oftentimes more. But in the end, when we do work, we have to be compensated justly. We want our customers to be happy, so we work for that. And our customers appreciate us to keep coming back.

Masters Historic Racing – Administrators of Justice

Some years ago, Masters Historic Racing requested help with their digital footprint. Knowing Ron Maydon as I do, I jumped at the chance! He’s a great businessman. A successful one that knows justice and value. And we have a common love for historic cars.

“Years on, and Masters Racing Series is a continued success. Because [Maydon] knew how to handle justice, and he brings that to his business.”

He was building the Masters Racing Series, a “casual,” gentleman’s sporting competition series. As with all competition, its administrators must clearly lay out justice.

As a successful entrepreneur, he understood that business justice – fairness – comes from treating your customers right, and their response in kind.

Years on, and his experiment is a continued success. Because he knew how to handle justice, and he brings that to his business at Masters Racing Series.

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If that sounded like gibberish, my apologies! When we prepare a Situation Report, we sit down with a business owner, find out what’s important to their business, and then use our professional expertise to determine how well their website is working. When we prepare an SEO Situation Report, we help a business owner find out how easy it is for customers to find their website.

Our year-round monitoring takes this to the next step. We check in monthly to see how results change based on the work we do. It’s a great way to measure ROI. That’s what we’re here for – to make sure you’re making more money as a result of the work we do for you.

Want to know if the money you’re spending with us is working? Want to be sure we’re doing our part to bring your dollars justice? We’ll help you find out, honestly and transparently.

Interfanatic: Ensuring Justice

We wouldn’t be here after over 20 years if our customers didn’t feel we were doing them right. Of course, there are always ways we can improve. We’re set on finding them and implementing them, so we constantly do a better job for you.

This week’s image:
Interfanatic‘s founder, Ryan Delane, takes or creates every image you see in our social feed.

Justice, an Interfanatic Quality. Interfanatic Digital Marketing founder Ryan Delane takes or creates every image you see in our social feed.
Justice, an Interfanatic Quality. Interfanatic Digital Marketing founder Ryan Delane takes or creates every image you see in our social feed.

Justice is the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. I remember looking out upon a gray day, and as the sun broke through the clouds outside my window, a beautiful array of color spread before mine eyes, reminding me that there was still more beauty in the world.

Black Lives Matter.

This is America.

Humor: Fairmont Butte Motorsports Park – Interfanatic Customer Spotlight

Fairmont Butte Motorsports Park, for our Customer Spotlight on Humor, an Interfanatic Quality

When humor goes, there goes civilization.

Erma Bombeck

A week later, and things are much as expected. That’s why it’s a great time to have a sense of humor.

I have to keep going back to these people I deeply respect, despite their decision to continue to throw our country into chaos.

After talking with a few this week, it seems it’s not serious. “Yeah, he’s terrible, I’m not sad he lost.” Others echo: “Yeah, let’s just make sure the votes get counted fairly.”

I think everyone can get behind that. Of course everyone wants the legal votes counted and the illegal ones discarded. Even if it doesn’t go their way, that’s what everyone wants.

So, back to the sense of humor: Erma Bombeck. She’s a funny lady! And if we can’t have a laugh with each other, at each other, what’s the point?

That’s certainly how Tom Malloy handled his business after a ridiculous ten-year battle that netted him a ton of money. Because he was able to approach the problem with a sense of humor, in the end it worked out for him.

And that’s what we all have to try to do – it’s only temporary, we just need to laugh once in a while.

Humor: An Interfanatic Quality

Can we have a laugh together? If we can, we’re on the right track. If we cannot, it’s gonna be a long slog.

When I can – without breaking the professional barrier – I try to bring humor into things. It can make the project go so much better!

As was the case with Fairmont Butte Motorsports Park. The assertion was that race cars, from miles away, would kill poppies. Sure.

You have to laugh, right? So that’s what we do.

Fairmont Butte Motorsports Park – In the End, A Good Giggle

Tom laid plans for a beautiful facility. In the end, environmentalists created so much red tape, and so many problems, the project was abandoned. For a massive profit. That’s what’s funny.

And please don’t take this the wrong way – our environment, our Earth, is in trouble. And that’s no laughing matter. Tom works hard in his other businesses to protect Mother Earth. But race cars kill poppies? That’s just funny. Sure, if they drive over them. But if they’re miles away, the sound of a race car will not kill any poppy.

We created a beautiful website for the project. We were there, to watch the project progress. I remember even going to a couple of county hearings about the project. And we watched it all fade away.

Tom is a great proponent for motorsports and motorsports history, as his family is deeply rooted in the Los Angeles motor racing story. He was excited to carry on that tradition. And he did and does, but not through FBMP.

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Getting hacked is not fun. It’s not funny. We’ve been there before, and I’m sure we’ll be there again. No matter what you do, if the hacker wants in badly enough – it’s like any other kind of criminal – they’ll find a way in.

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Interfanatic: Keeping Humor

Why don’t you and I have a laugh? We can talk business, too. And that can be very serious. But let’s not remember to keep things enjoyable with a good joke or two.

This week’s image:
Interfanatic‘s founder, Ryan Delane, takes or creates every image you see in our social feed.

Humor, an Interfanatic Quality. Interfanatic Digital Marketing founder Ryan Delane takes or creates every image you see in our social feed.
Humor, an Interfanatic Quality. Interfanatic Digital Marketing founder Ryan Delane takes or creates every image you see in our social feed.

I was driving home the other day after a very long day with a client. And I saw this – what seemed to me to be a light at the end of the tunnel. That’s what humor is – it can light the way during even the most stressful of times. And, I’m reminded of just what a pretty place I live in.

Black Lives Matter.

When we’re divided, commonality reminds us that we’re similar. What better way to remind ourselves of our similarities than to share a laugh.

Even when things are incredibly stressful, and people are dying – especially then we need a light.

The only way we’re going to understand each other is if we talk. It’s good to drop the hyperbole. The problem is that hyperbole has become real here, even though some people are insistent everything is a hoax. 230,000 Americans have died, and that’s no joke. 130,000+ have died because of a lack of leadership.

But hopefully, when this is all said and done, we can say, “ah, thank God that’s over.”

The question is, what will we have learned?

Our nation is divided. The people that voted for Trump do not understand the repercussions of his presidency to people not like them.

How do we make them understand? Communication. Demonstration. (Not demonstrating, I mean showing – though there’s certainly nothing wrong with demonstrating. Especially if we can get the hate out and do it peacefully, leading to real conversations and understanding.)

If Trump voters understood how dire things were for people not like them, they would care. They would prioritize that. I have no doubt about that.

But they don’t. We need to fix that. Could a brilliantly executed joke help?

The problem as I see it is far too many conservatives are taking all of this way too lightly. It’s almost as if, now that the election has happened, “well, I didn’t want that guy anyway.” I’ve heard this multiple times.

Yet, you voted for him.

Yet, you voted for him.

You voted for division. Do you understand that?

No. Clearly, you do not understand that your actions had seriously negative implications for others. Clearly, you do not understand that he killed over 100,000 Americans before their time. Because if you did understand that, you would not have voted for him. You’re a good person.

You voted for a lack of leadership. Do you understand that?

You voted for more rancor. Do you understand what that does to us as a people? You’ve seen the results for five years, and you wanted more…

Clearly, Trump conservatives don’t see these issues as a problem – for themselves. So they laugh this shit off, “yeah, I voted for him but I’m not sad he’s gone.” I’ve heard this multiple times. It’s a problem.

Just because you’re not negatively effected, and perhaps you’re even positively impacted in a slight way, does not mean that’s the way to go. That’s a very self-centered approach to life. We have to look out for each other – all of us. No matter our color, religion, we are all in this together.

We have to set boundaries. We have to set standards. Blatant lying, acceptance of hurtful attitudes and people is unacceptable. Nobody is perfect, but ignoring major problems is a slippery slope. For all of us.

So, we all need to talk to gain understanding.

Maybe we can do it over a laugh.

This is America.

Goodness: Smoll – Interfanatic Customer Spotlight

Smoll, for our Customer Spotlight on Goodness, an Interfanatic Quality

The roots of all goodness lie in the soil of appreciation for goodness.

His Holiness, Dalai Lama XIV

As we sit, America is in tumult, reaping exactly what she sowed. It’s a lot to take in.

So let’s take a moment to appreciate goodness. There is innate goodness in all people. Some people choose to celebrate that, while some people choose to focus on our differences.

The Dalai Lama, despite his life’s journey, chooses to give us a positive nugget in this week’s quote. The roots of goodness come in the appreciation of goodness. Apparently, the corollary is also true; when goodness is lost, we have to deal with the roots of discontent, which lie in appreciation of discontent.

Right now, we have more people interested in us hearing that we can’t tell them what to do than we have people interested in speaking for the greater good. When you assert your liberty over someone else’s, the result is oppression of the other. That’s not real liberty.

Appreciating the good of others begins the growth of all goodness. And that’s what Smoll does.

Smoll appreciates the goodness of great small businesses around our country. It celebrates that goodness. It makes itself a root for goodness and appreciation for good small business.

Goodness: An Interfanatic Quality

At the end of the day, I choose to take or reject a client based on their goodness. I have a tough client right now. Extremely difficult to communicate with. But I knew that going in, and I decided to take on the project because I believe him to be a good person. I appreciate the goodness and in this case I’ll work with that despite otherwise intense difficulties.

That’s not the case with Smoll – they’re great to work with! And I think much of that comes from the innate goodness they work toward.

But, we know what it’s like to work with difficult clients and we know what it’s like to work with great ones. We always prioritize being great to work with because that’s how good things happen.

Smoll, Celebrating the Good of Local, Small Businesses

Where do you go when you need something? You go where you know. You go where you trust. Often, what you know, what you trust is a big chain. It’s the McDonald’s model. When I’m in Shanghai, I know with certainty that a McDonald’s is not the best hamburger I can get. Shanghai is filled with excellent restaurants, with even some that have hamburgers, and surely a couple that make great hamburgers. But if I don’t feel like seeking out that restaurant, when I want a burger quick and I see McDonald’s on the corner, that’s where I go. (Not me literally; I’m the type to seek out the burger if that’s what I want. But…) You know what to expect. Probably a reasonably inexpensive Big Mac and you have a pretty good idea of what it will taste like.

Then, there’s Yelp. Yelp is extortion. Often, I see small business beholden to Yelp for their shady business practices. When people go to Yelp, it’s to air grievances much more often than it is to share praise. And being beholden to Yelp is expensive. Unless you have an excellent system and process in place to ensure a good working relationship with your customers, you’re likely to get bad reviews that soil the good ones.

So that’s why there’s Smoll. It’s designed around celebrating and helping to promote the great small businesses in your community. It features special businesses from every community around the United States so that you can find businesses you’ll want to work with that you may not know about. Maybe they don’t do Yelp and maybe you haven’t heard of them. But there’s a great, hardworking team at that local small business you would really enjoy working with.

And that’s why we work with Smoll. That’s exactly what we want and what we want to do: celebrate the goodness in our local communities and small businesses.

Interfanatic: Finding and Celebrating Goodness

Let’s take a moment to find the goodness in each other – the common ground we can agree upon. We should not focus on our differences. Let’s appreciate the goodness in each of our perspectives.

This week’s image:
Interfanatic‘s founder, Ryan Delane, takes or creates every image you see in our social feed.

Goodness, an Interfanatic Quality. Interfanatic Digital Marketing founder Ryan Delane takes or creates every image you see in our social feed.
Goodness, an Interfanatic Quality. Interfanatic Digital Marketing founder Ryan Delane takes or creates every image you see in our social feed.

The purity of sunflowers – that’s some righteous goodness. My wifey bought these for our table and I couldn’t help but revel in their beauty and splash of color. It’s nice to have beautiful things around to remind you of goodness.

Black Lives Matter.

The world is on pins and needles as our democracy is called into question. Trump voters got exactly what they want – they asked for hatred and discontent and we’re all getting it.

So how did we get here, with almost 50% of the voting public preferring insanity?

First of all, I have to say this again, it’s very important: a significant number of the people I respect most voted for this idiot. That does not make them idiots. His presidency has brought about and opened up bigotry in some I didn’t expect. And that’s extremely upsetting. But the vast majority voted for him on his record, not his character.

One thing almost all of us can agree on is that this dude is a piece of shit. There is nobody that really knows him that likes him. His character is pathetic.

But, this is what we gotta understand: his character was not elected. And that’s actually kind of okay.

I think that’s really important to point out. We need to come together with understanding and love for each other, no matter what happens. My judge of character is not so poor that I should dismiss these people I know as heathens or anarchists – though clearly there is some heathen and anarchist in them to allow this.

For too long, the left and center-left has failed to listen to our other brothers. We’ve made the problem so excruciating for them that we’ve landed here.

Yes, some of these people are racists. My view is that we’re all on a spectrum; we’re all racists to some degree. The degree of the Trump voters’ racism is probably in general higher than the degree of the average liberal. This is because the average conservative voter is more racist. Maybe not a lot, but generally, definitely, some. There are definitely racist liberals.

This comes back to the self-centered nature of the modern conservative. And I don’t mean that necessarily in a bad way. A self-centered nature is, to some degree, a requirement of business success. A requirement of all success, really. We have to believe in ourselves.

However, the modern conservative prioritizes the self and those like themselves above the good of the many and the good of those not like themselves. I hold this truth to be self-evident.

It is the fevered pitch of the media – on both sides – that pits us against each other. If we were happy to hear each other in normal terms, C-Span’s ratings would be off the charts. They are not. To make money, any news organization must sell advertising. To sell advertising, you must have viewers and readers. What bleeds leads. To get eyes, you have to be spectacular.

Enter this giant orange POS Donald Trump. He bleeds, so he leads. The news organizations – ALL OF THEM – have never sold so much advertising.

And, as Simon and Garfunkel put it presciently in 1965: “Still a man hears what he wants to hear and disregards the rest.”

FINALLY, there was somebody telling them what they wanted to hear. At least a little part of them. That little part of them felt loved.

Another characteristic of the modern conservative is the need to be heard – the need to tell us that “We can’t tell you what to do.” Liberty, right? Hey man, that’s straight up American right there. Hard to fault that.

But the priority is for that message to be heard over doing what’s right for the greater good.

And here comes a schmuck that is speaking their language! (And, please, I’m not saying they’re schmucks – they’re good people. They just had a part of them that had been itching to get out scratched – and it felt good!)

I need conservatives to understand that liberals do not want to kill babies.

And, I need liberals to understand that conservatives do not want to kill black people.

I need black people to understand that Mexicans are not the problem.

And, I need people of Mexican or Latina American origin to understand that illegal immigrants are not the problem.

ALL of these things ARE indeed a problem. A very small part. But because it can be easily sensationalized, these trigger points lead in hyperbole. The 1% that are the problem are made to look like 50% of the problem.

So that’s how we got to Trump. Our Democracy is threatened. Our country is at odds, where half hate the other half. Of course we don’t hate each other, it’s just that we don’t understand each other because it’s become impossible to effectively communicate.

And that, my good friend, rests squarely on Donald Trump. He is a sower of ill will, an anarchist, a hater of the establishment. Which is what people love about him. He inflames people as he ignites them.

Just like Hitler.

Please don’t look away, dear reader. So many times in the past, this comparison has been made in hyperbole. I’m not trying to be the same problem I just described in the news media.

We have studies history lest we repeat it. WE’RE REPEATING IT.

And just like AH, the reason DT rose to power is that he ignites people – and he’s effective. Or, at least there’s a perception that he’s effective.

He’s not. Not really. But let’s dig into that.

About 20-30% of the progress he claims is outright bullshit. I mean, completely manufactured. Only the hardcore right wingnuts will argue this. About 20-30% of the progress he claims is substantial exaggeration. Which is fine, he’s a politician. And don’t tell me he’s not because he spent at least as much time on the campaign trail or golf course as he did governing – this is undisputed fact. And if you choose to dispute it, we’re talking minutia. Get over it and hear me out. The dude is a politician.

The remainder, 40-60% IS progress. He actually achieved quite a bit – but not for America. He achieved quite a bit for the conservatives, which we’re finding out is about half of the population.

“If he had ran on record and shut up, it would have been a slam dunk.”

This realization only hit many conservatives with Amy Coney Barrett. And when it hit, it changed the vote by 20% or more, I’d hold. Without the death of Ruth Bader Ginsberg (God rest her soul), DT loses in a landslide. Also, without COVID-19, DT wins a second term.

So let’s look at those accomplishments:

He packed the court.
It’s so funny to me that the conservatives are so concerned with liberals packing the court while they have a 6-3 majority. The Supreme Court was never supposed to work this way. Of course given the chance liberals and centrists will pack the court to even things out. Conservatives disingenuously packed the court. Every action has an equal and opposite reaction. That’s how our democracy is supposed to work!

Packing the courts with a conservative majority is an accomplishment for conservatives. It alienates everyone else – everyone not like conservatives. If conservatives prioritized people not like themselves, they would understand that a conservative majority in the courts is a threat to liberty. They don’t. Conservative liberty is liberty for conservatives, not liberty for everyone. Liberal liberty is for everyone, and conservatives feel they’re treat upon. They’re not, but that’s how they feel as their power isn’t absolute.

Would Hillary Clinton have done this? No. I think she would have tried to pick centrist judges and after some fighting, the Senate would have approved.

This not an accomplishment. This one falls in the pseudo accomplishment. He helped some people and hurt some people, and then he put his name on it. The idiot shouted loudly how bad NAFTA was and shouted loudly how he fixed it and he knows if he shouts long enough and loud enough some people will believe him. He didn’t accomplish much of anything.

Would Hillary Clinton have done this? Possibly. She probably wouldn’t have changed the name, and she probably would have gone about it in a different way.

Repeal and Replace Obamacare
The Republicans had six years to come up with legislation to fill a major Trump campaign promise. They fumbled. He touts the individual mandate as an accomplishment. It’s not because he failed to repeal and replace Obamacare with something better. And now, we’re potentially forced into a position of needing social-democratic medical system. Come up with something better, we’re all all ears. There was no accomplishment here. Obamacare was a major accomplishment that got everyone to work together towards fixing a broken system. It was not a permanent fix; nor was it ever going to be. It was a start. Breaking the fix to the broken system accomplishes nothing. Getting hospitals, doctors, insurers and patients to work together in a mutually beneficial system outside of social-democratic medicine is a huge accomplishment. Breaking stuff is not. Come up with something better.

Would Hillary Clinton have done this? I don’t think so. She would have tried to fix it rather than break it.

Religious Liberty
This is one that’s obviously false. Liberty for people of one religion that oppresses the religion of other people is not real liberty. He lead with a Muslim ban.

There is no greater religious liberty in this country. We’re closer to having a state mandated religion – which is incredible because this douchebag is so clearly atheist. He believes in the religion of himself, and that’s it.

Again, pretty much everyone agrees this dude is bad news. He’s an asshole. But that doesn’t mean that everyone who voted for him is an asshole. Some – a lot – are actually really good people. They’re able to overlook his complete vacancy of character.

(I’m not. I do not want my children growing up in his world; where the shit he does is normalized. And the fact that he got elected in the first place speaks to the desperate need his voters face to overlook his character to get what they want. Scary, but true. And we all brought us here.)

I digress.

Would Hillary Clinton have done this? No.

Conservative Values
Yeah, this one is clearly a major failure for all conservatives. Any president who can get away with saying he grabs women by the pussy does not represent traditional American values. This pos has no morality and he leads by example, showing our children that morality has no place in American values. So this one is the opposite of progress.

Would Hillary Clinton have done this? No.

Middle East Deal
No matter what you think or where you are, this is monumental. This is a huge win for Trump. If he wasn’t such an asshole, it would be widely celebrated.

Would Hillary Clinton have done this? Possibly, but probably not. It took an outsider to get this done. I’ll freely admit that my understanding of the details here are not significant, so I could be very wrong on all of this. For me, this is Trump’s keystone (and probably only) accomplishment.

This should probably be a big deal, too. I don’t know that ISIS is out for good, but they certainly lost power and land during Trump’s administration.

Would Hillary Clinton have done this? Absolutely.

Trump keeps telling everyone that he got our NATO allies to pay more. Our NATO allies have been paying more each year for years. He’s taking credit for somebody else’s deal. He’s ruined our relationship with our closest allies.

Would Hillary Clinton have done this? Without question, yes. And we’d have a better relationship with every one of our allies.

China Trade Deal
Trump likes everyone to know what a bad deal we’ve had with China. Things have gotten worse with China. He’s a lot of talk and little to no action here. Just like USMCA, he helped some people and hurt others. Our trade deficit is worse than it ever has been.

Would Hillary Clinton have done this? She probably would have made similar or better progress. It’s possible she would not have made progress, but it’s entirely possible that she would have.

Trump likes to brag about the pre-COVID economy. Most of the spurred economy was the result of Obama and Biden’s eight years of work. And COVID did happen, so Trump has left the economy substantially worse than he found it. This is despite a massive tax cut for corporations and ultra wealthy that made the stock market do so well. The economy, for most Americans, sucks.

Would Hillary Clinton have done this? The economy under Hilary Clinton would be substantially better for more Americans than it is now, but not as good for the wealthiest Americans (but still pretty damned good.)

Border Wall
Here we have one of Trump’s famous “Trump Cries Wolf” problems. There actually is a substantial issue at our border right now. But, because he’s a racist piece of shit, nobody believes him. Do we have a border wall spanning the country? No. Did Mexico pay for it? Despite protestations about USMCA, no Mexico did not pay for it.

Would Hillary Clinton have done this? Actually, she might have accomplished exactly the same thing, but she wouldn’t have tried to make a big deal out of it.

This is the defining part of Trump’s tenure in office. He killed 100,000 people before their time. Can you imagine if Obama had? He would have been executed. But because the piece of shit is an old white guy, not a black guy, not a woman, he gets a by? This is insane. Pure insanity. The conservative take as I understand it is that this would have happened to anybody. And look, in my mind – as I’ve been saying – he’s killed 100,000+ people. Not 230,000. I think 100,000 were probably inevitable. New York was prime for a major problem. But everything after the rates in New York slowed down was preventable. This is where Trump fucked up. Instead of coming out strong, providing leadership everyone could get behind, he tried to save his beloved stock market. And look here right now, I’m not quoting other people. I watched the motherfucker do it. I watched his conferences, I listened to all of his words as they happened. He fucked us majorly with his dithering bullshit. And in the process, he killed over 100,000 people before their time.

Would Hillary Clinton have done this? No. I think 100,000 would still have died under Clinton. Perhaps fewer because she would not have disbanded the Obama/Biden office to handle these things. She would have shut down travel to China early, and she would not have been labeled a xenophobe because she doesn’t have an inflammatory racist past. (I’m sure she’s not perfect, but she sure is hell is not Trump.) Nobody would have questioned her. Some people would have said she was racist, probably, sure. But everyone called Trump a racist xenophobe not because he shut down travel to and from China, but because he’s a racist xenophobe. And going back to my spectrum, the people that voted for him are a little bit more than average, too.

Now, for everyone saying that Hillary Clinton is the devil incarnate (the same people that are saying Kamala Harris is the devil incarnate, natch), I know now why you do that. It’s because you’re a conservative, and on the spectrum of misogyny, you sit higher than the average bear. If the Trump administration has laid one thing bare, it’s that conservatives are at least slightly more misogynist and racist than liberals. Some way more than others. Some less than others. But on the whole, the Republican war machine that hated Obama’s legislation hated a lot of it clearly because he was black. On the whole, the Republican war machine that hated Hillary Clinton hated her because she’s a woman. That part is obvious now. There’s no hiding from it; it’s clearly on display.

But that doesn’t mean that conservatives are misogynists and racists. Not really, not more than the rest of us. But there is a part, and Trump brought it all out into the open. There are white supremacists everywhere.

If you’re a conservative, I’m not calling you a white supremacist. I’m not calling you a misogynist. If you’re a liberal, you could definitely be a white supremacist. If you’re a liberal, you could definitely be a misogynist. But white supremacists and misogynists are almost all conservative. See the difference? If you’re a conservative, you are in the party of white supremacists and misogynists. If you’re not okay with that, it’s time for a new party. The Republican party is broken. Trump is more Libertarian than he is Republican; always has been.

(And believe me, the Democratic party is not exactly hunky dory either!)

And look, there’s a huge difference between a Socialist Democracy and a Socialist state. Liberals: just like there’s a huge difference between a Fascist Democracy and a Fascist state. Luckily for us, at worse we’re in the middle of a fascist democracy. It has retained enough check and balance so far to prevent the spiral into Nazi Germany.

But it’s closer than it ever has been.

This is America.

To prevent the fall of democracy, we need to begin talking with each other. Don’t like what I wrote? Talk to me. Tell me about it. Don’t post it somewhere else out of context and talk shit. Man up, show some balls and let’s have a civilized conversation.

Ignore the inflammatory baboon. He is not the way forward, no matter what happens.

America, we need to talk. All of us. That’s what real democracy is.

Tranquility: The Penny Lady® – Interfanatic Customer Spotlight

The Penny Lady®, for our Customer Spotlight on Tranquility, an Interfanatic Quality

From tranquility emerges power and strength.

C. Joybell C.

Unfortunately, things are not as severe as they’ll get. Remembering family, we’re in for tumultuous times, not tranquil ones.

If we could relax, perhaps we could improve things. But we can’t. Everything continues to get worse. And it will keep going that way, it seems. There is no tranquility when things continue to get worse because there cannot be. We must push forward to improve.

It would be a lovely thing to return to some semblance of tranquility. But that won’t happen. The same people who were insistent upon throwing us into chaos four years ago appear to have done it again. Last time, only 100,000 people died before their time (and growing.) What will it be this time?

We now know the cost of 100,000 lives. It is a tax cut for the ultra-wealthy. It is further dependence on foreign governments as we continue to go further and further into debt. Apparently, 100,000 American lives aren’t worth that much. Apparently, a strong and independent America isn’t worth that much, so long as the wealthy continue to get wealthier.

So when we seek respite in tranquility, it’s not going to be there. We continue to be weakened.

Our adversaries are winning. So much winning.

But when I think of tranquility, I think of the cool calm of Charmy Harker, The Penny Lady®.

Tranquility: An Interfanatic Quality

At a given coin show, it can be very irritating to be coin dealer. I’ve been on both sides of the table, and I know how wonderful customers can be – and what a pain in the neck. And I’ve been both! I’ve been both a great customer and a pain in the neck. So I know what I’m talking about.

Charmy is great. She will happily discuss coins with you, but she doesn’t suffer fools. She has a very clinical manner with people she feels is wasting her time, but she’s also a terribly warm person when you get to know her and do business with her regularly.

At the end of the day, her tranquil manner is what is required to maintain sanity and decorum. Some find her fantastic, but I’ve heard that some find her cold. She’s not cold. Charmy is awesome. She’s a coin show veteran. She knows her stuff. And she works with all kinds of great customers – big spenders and small fish alike. She just loves coins and loves sharing her love of coins.

And she’s a great client. 2020 has been okay for some and horrific for others. Through it all, she keeps an even keel and things rolling, sensibly. In a tranquil way.

You know what a great time is, to a coin collector? Checking out Charmy’s site. Her coins are beautiful. It’s relaxing to review the collectible coins on her website and just enjoy them. You can look at her collection (not for sale) or see the beautiful coins she has on offer. For a coin collector, it’s all a good, peaceful time.

For me, it’s fun to look at both. I’m not actively collecting anything right now, but I very much enjoy viewing her coins, and do so regularly.

The Penny Lady®, A Tranquil Repose for Collectors Online

When collectors go to ThePennyLady.com, they’re looking for collectible small cents. Charmy specializes in Indian Cents, but she always has plenty of Flying Eagle Cents and Lincoln Cents (some call them “wheat pennies”) for your enjoyment.

If you don’t know anything about collecting coins, there are a couple of things you need to understand:

#1) Condition is everything.

You can have a Lincoln wheat cent in your pocket that to the untrained eye looks like one of Charmy’s very expensive examples. Maybe the year is not the same or the mint mark is different, or maybe it even looks exactly the same to you. The chances of you having a $500 coin in your pocket are lottery-chances slim. Of course it’s possible, but your penny has to be spectacular or spectacularly rare (odds are worse for you than one in a billion) for it to be worth money. And what looks perfect to you may not at all be perfect to an expert who eats, drinks, and breathes coins.

#2) Certification helps.

All of Charmy’s coins have been expertly certified to be what she says they are. Not only does she know what she’s looking at, she’s had an expert panel review the coins and independently come up with a condition description. This expert panel belongs to what we call a Third-Party Grading company. All they do – and I mean all – is sit and look at coins all day long to determine their condition. And their condition, combined with the other characteristics of the coin – the date, mint mark, and error or or other outside factors – determine the pricing. They look at literally tens of thousands of collectible coins per day.

And even then, many of the coins Charmy deals in are even more special, so they’re more valuable than the available price guides. She knows this because she’s spent years as a dealer going to coin shows. She spends her life buying and selling coins. So she knows what they’re really worth to a collector – sometimes better then the price guides say.

I haven’t geeked out on coins in too long. So let’s have a look at a few of my favorites on her site right now.

Look, there are hundreds of coins for sale on her site. So look for yourself. I picked these out from the home page to highlight because they are to my taste.

All photographs are Charmy’s. She retains copyrights, et cetera.

1942 Lincoln Wheat in 5 RB

1942 1C Lincoln Wheat Cent PCGS MS65RB Toned

This is a pretty coin. This is a relatively common coin. There are literally billions of 1942 cents worth no more than $0.01. But this one, even as “rare coins” go, is relatively common in the grade of Mint State 65 Red-Brown. There are many much nicer coins. And they’re all more expensive than this one.

What I like about this one is it doesn’t look common. It has interesting color (we call it toning). The obverse, or head’s side has iridescent pinks and oranges, and the reverse is heavily iridescent yellow-green. This is just not a coin you see every day. And it’s a cool coin, and it can be yours for under a couple hundred dollars.

1858/7 Flying Eagle in 58

1858/7 1C Flying Eagle Cent (S-1 Strong) PCGS AU58 CAC

This is a really cool coin. It’s got a really cool price, too. I used to prowl eBay for unnoticed raw 8/7s. It’s not an easy thing to do – there are lots of collectors doing the same. What’s cool about this coin is, …well, where do I start? First, it’s a Flying Eagle. The mint only made these for a couple of years (three if you count the king 1856). It’s a neat design. While this coin doesn’t ooze eye appeal, it’s still a solid coin because it has all of the diagnotistics of the 8/7 in full view. And it’s a friendly grade of Almost Uncirculated 58, meaning the graders see it as very close to mint state, uncirculated. Philadelphia Mint struck this coin weakly, which is why to some it looks worn. But it’s not. And it’s got the CAC green bean that means not only did the experts look it over and determine it was a 58, more experts reviewed the experts’ work and affirmed they were right.

1890 Indian Cent in 5 Brown

1890 1C Indian Cent NGC MS65BN Toned

I love me some purple pennies. I had one years ago that I sold and I still kick myself for it. This one is kinda like the ’42 Wheat – an 1890 Indian is a relatively common coin. Mint State 65 is a great grade – it’s the bottom of what some call “gem”. MS 65 is the lowest grade you want if you want (and can afford) a “nice” uncirc coin. Don’t get me wrong, there are “nice” 62s and “nice” 68s, but in general, 65 is a great collector grade. And this coin is PRETTY. I’d love to see it in hand, with the flashes of mint red coming through blue and purple hues.

“And if you’re in need of a new hobby during quarantine, drag out the old box o’ coins from the attic and start learning about them.”

See, this, for me, is tranquility. I can’t afford any of these coins right now, but I can afford to window shop online. For a coin geek, that’s as relaxing as listening to Clair de Lune.

And if you’re in need of a new hobby during quarantine, drag out the old box o’ coins from the attic and start learning about them. They’re a window into the past; a vessel of art and time.

It would be my pleasure to discuss coins with you any time. So long as I’m not too busy getting stressed out with work.

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Even ol’ Trumpkin got hacked. Which just proves that if the crooks want to get in badly enough, they’ll find a way to get past the lock.

There’s really nothing anybody can do to keep a determined hacker out. But we can do the basics to keep most out. Just like your house: if you leave the door unlocked and you live in a neighborhood where such action is not advised, you’re inviting the hoodlems. But if you at least lock your door, would-be thieves are more likely to move on to the next place to see if they forgot. You’re better off locking your door.

What we do, it’s a little bit more than that. It’s not full-proof, but it’s practical and it works almost all the time. We’ve been through getting hacked. We’ve learned the hard way. So we apply those lessons learned and our customers are much, much safer than they used to be.

Interfanatic: Keeping it Tranquilo

Let’s all just chill. Don’t let the orange motormouth angrifier get under your skin. Wouldn’t it be a much nicer place if we could just ignore him because everything he says is unimportant again?

This week’s image:
Interfanatic‘s founder, Ryan Delane, takes or creates every image you see in our social feed.

Tranquility, an Interfanatic Quality. Interfanatic Digital Marketing founder Ryan Delane takes or creates every image you see in our social feed.
Tranquility, an Interfanatic Quality. Interfanatic Digital Marketing founder Ryan Delane takes or creates every image you see in our social feed.

I did what was right. I voted. In doing so, I expressed my opinion, I flexed what little muscle I have. Was it enough? Probably not. I could have done more.

Also, I gotta mention, the ’31-D that was on Charmy’s site, the one I used for this week’s social – it’s already gone. I hope you’re the lucky new owner!

Black Lives Matter.

The monkey (DT) gets us all worked up. He pits us against each other. Almost everyone is in agreement that he’s a piece of shit. But, the people that vote for him are willing to live with the 100,000+ people that he killed, the angry, racist tirades, the “everyone else is crazy and against me”, the constant lying, the absolute horrible example he sets to their children and grandchildren, because they like what he does.

It’s crazy to me, but that’s how it is. So we may be stuck with him. That idiot Nate Silver is trying to mislead us again by telling us there’s a 12% chance he’ll win. Trump is going to win. I’ve spent the day trying to come to terms with that and the shit show that the next four years will be.

And all the while, black people are dying for no good reason, Mexicans will continue to be “murderers and criminals” in the eyes of many bigots, the descendants of Chinese who happen to live here are to blame for COVID-19, and “religious liberty” will be the continued promotion of one religion and the oppression of every other – especially Muslims because every single one of the three billion Muslims on planet earth is a terrorists who can’t be trusted into these United States.

We’re so caught up in knowing that “you can’t tell me what to do!” that we’re destroying the fabric of our nation for the benefit of billionaires and our nation’s adversaries. So be it. America is filled with idiots and bigots more intent on expressing their opinion than tending to the common good. And – I can’t stress this enough – not every person voting for Trump is an idiot. In fact, many of the people voting for him are people I have trusted and respect most. Which makes me really question everything. Is it because we’re not heard enough? In the age of 24-hour infotainment and the din of social media, our own voices are drowned out behind those most obnoxious getting the attention and envy?

Trump says “libtards hate America”. No, you make me hate America because you bring out our worst. I’m not liberal or a libtard. I’m an average, middle-of-the-road American, and you’ve destroyed our country and my faith in it.

This is America.

To the next four years; may he not kill all of us.

Family: Del-Jen, Inc. – Interfanatic Customer Spotlight

Del-Jen, Inc. for our Customer Spotlight on Family, an Interfanatic Quality

Families are like fudge – mostly sweet with a few nuts.

Les Dawson

Let’s take a break from the severity of it all to recognize the importance of family.

This is a near-unique time in American history. We have siblings pitted against each other, and parents against children, for the first time in 165 years. The Civil War centered on divisive issues and it split families. And this president has somehow failed, with all of his “charisma” and “charm” to unite the country, and has in fact divided it more than ever.

Protests go on daily in every major city and many minor cities in America. Racial issues have been brought to the forefront of national attentions again (definitely a good, if painful thing) after repeatedly failed attempts to minimize the issue by some in authority.

Les Dawson’s own family suffers a mighty schism if the tabloids are right (though not a political one – one around – you guessed it – money.)

But family will always be there for you, even if you don’t always agree. It’s one of the cores of our humanity that we can rely on our family, even if they’re nutty, or salty, or somehow otherwise remind you of fudge.

I think of my own family’s business: Del-Jen, Inc. It was truly a business built on and around family.

Family: An Interfanatic Quality

Perhaps because I was raised around business and one that treated its people like family, I treat our customers as family.

At its height, some of my fondest memories are of my father, my mother, both of my sisters, and both of my brothers-in-law all working at Del-Jen. That’s a lot of family. But the company had over 4,000 employees, and we did our level best to treat them all like family.

A lot of that was longevity. We’ve been working with the Smith family to sell books for over 20 years, something like Del-Jen, Inc.’s contract at Los Angeles Air Force Base, which lasted over thirty years. That was something my father is proud of, and I take pride in working with Carroll Smith’s family for over 20 years. Government contractors tend to outlast web design companies, so for me it’s even more important.

I remember being 12 or something, welcoming employees to a new contract that we won. I handed out their ID badges to Del-Jen’s new employees. These were folks that had worked at their location for years, but were nervous about their new bosses, unsure what would change and what would stay the same. They were real people with real issues, just trying to work in a way that was good for them. I did my best to quell their fears with a smile, but what did I know, and what could I do?

Often, I welcome new companies into our fold – into our family – with the same kind of reassurance. We’re here, we’ve been here, and we’ll continue to be here. “You’ve got us on your side now. Welcome! We’re here to help.”

Del-Jen, Inc. – A Global Family of 4,000

Del-Jen, Inc. (DJI) was a large company, working with United States government agencies all over the world. But everywhere you saw DJI employees, you saw one famous common denominator – the Del-Jen hat.

I still see Del-Jen hats out in the wild from time to time.

The other common denominator was a smile. Most always – and this definitely comes from my sheltered, nepotism influenced perspective – the Del-Jen people I met and saw were wearing a smile. Hopefully it was because they were genuinely happy and not because they wanted to put on a brave face in front of the boss’ son. But, I do remember seeing lots of smiles.

Years ago, Del-Jen needed a new website. …I could say we, but it was really I (there was no “we” yet), created a new one for them. Not long after, that website went away as Del-Jen, Inc. was brought into Fluor Corporation.

“Years ago, Del-Jen needed a new website…. Not long after, that new website went away as Del-Jen, Inc. was brought into Fluor Corporation.”

It was an incredible opportunity to produce a great website for Del-Jen, Inc.

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So now, we have to update every website regularly – to stay ahead of the hackers and to keep the website content fresh and at the top of the SERPs.

And if you’re not doing these things, your search performance is hurting and you WILL be attacked by hackers. Even doing everything doesn’t make your site 100% safe. But locking the door is surely better than leaving the window open.

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Interfanatic: Bringing together our Fam

No matter what happens, we all need to listen more. Because in the end, we’re all brothers and sisters. We’re all family. We need to all be here for each other, especially when we disagree.

This week’s image:
Interfanatic‘s founder, Ryan Delane, takes or creates every image you see in our social feed.

Family, an Interfanatic Quality. Interfanatic Digital Marketing founder Ryan Delane takes or creates every image you see in our social feed.
Family, an Interfanatic Quality. Interfanatic Digital Marketing founder Ryan Delane takes or creates every image you see in our social feed.

This was my birthday cake from this year. It is a chocolate cake shaped and decorated like Darth Vader. Come on, that is awesome. Created by my family – my mother. Does it get any better than this? If you have to think about it, you’re wrong. No, it does not get any better than this.

Black Lives Matter.

Let me be clear: I hope Donald Trump does not subject this country to another four years of his wrath. Another four years of “everyone else is crazy and I’m perfect.” Another four years of “everyone is wrong but me.”

But if he does – and even if he doesn’t – we have to understand how we got here. Yes, he lost the popular vote by 2M in 2016, but that still means that millions of people voted for him. Whether they genuinely believed him, still believed in him, or can finally admit they got hornswoggled – by him or the Ruskies, he is what millions wanted.

And not all of those millions are KKK. Millions of those are conservative voices that feel their religion is being oppressed, or their business is being taken, because everyone else not like them is taking over.

Of course, I don’t see it that way. But there is power in alarmism. There is power in sameness. Change inspires fear, and having a black President was apparently too much for this country to handle.

Many just wanted somebody different. Which is funny, because that’s exactly what Barack Obama was in 2008 – he was not part of the political machine. Then he became the President and became the political machine everyone who disagreed with him loved to hate. Was it because he was black? Unequivocally. Absolutely. No question. But did we understand that in 2016? Not really.

Now we do. Black Lives Matter and that’s frightening to a lot of white folks who see their country changing. They see Mexicans (or as DT likes to put it, “murderers and rapists”), Asians, and people not of the same color as white Europeans (again, as DT likes to put it, “shithole countries”), and they’re frightened. They’re losing their power.

Sorry Yunghee, I love your chocolate opera cake but it’s no my Mimi cake. We can learn from each other.

So, we need to come together to show them that they’re not losing their power. That diversity can be a source of strength. That difference can be the spice of life. Not so spicy that it makes your mouth burn, but spicy enough to make your mouth hum.

We need to remind them 3 billion Muslims live in peace and are not terrorists, requiring that we ban them from coming to our country. That each country in the Asian continent is filled with colorful culture that, in many cases, is thousands of years older than ours, and has something to teach us.

Not that we have to lose ourselves. But that it’s okay to be different.

As Americans, our individualism powers us. But our individualism doesn’t have to look the same in order for it to be power for our people and for our country.

Our police don’t hate us. They hate people that harm us. And, yes, of course, there are a few that hate us. But on the whole we need to get to know them, to not be afraid of them, and for them to not be afraid of us.

This is America.

Our differences can make us stronger.

Strength: CyberTran International – Interfanatic Customer Spotlight

CyberTran International for our Customer Spotlight on Strength, an Interfanatic Quality

Strong convictions precede great actions.

Louisa May Alcott

Some days, just getting through the day feels like an act of great strength. Of course, all things are relative.

I quote Alcott with some reservation. She is, of course, an incredibly accomplished person. But as a person of some Irish heritage, promoting the ideas of an anti-Irish person is concerning. In this case, her clear, simple idea is one worth promoting.

I join the chorus asking you to get out and vote. Take what power you have and use your strength to exercise your will. Every vote counts. Every vote for what you believe in cancels out a vote for that which you oppose.

Add your effort to that of those who oppose you, and that of those who agree with you, to do your part in the movement in the direction you prefer.

CyberTran is a strong organization, built on strong people working together to what they see as a better future.

Strength: An Interfanatic Quality

There are times we sit back and listen to our clients. There are times we make recommendations. And there are times we stand up to our clients, in an effort to show them a better way forward. The client, ultimately is the boss. But it is our job to guide them away from the pitfalls. When we deal with strong clients, it is sometimes necessary to use strength to push back.

(Definitely not in CyberTran’s case – at least not yet!)

We apply our strengths wisely. Sometimes, we have to choose our battles. We go to work for our clients, whether they get it or not.

In the end, we use our strength to move our clients toward their objectives. The way I see it, that’s what they hired us to do.

Every business has its weaknesses and its strengths. Use our strengths to augment your own and minimize your weaknesses. You focus on what you’re good at and we’ll focus on what we’re good at. So long as we’re pushing forward together, with excellent communication, we’ll use our power to help you get where you want to go.

CyberTran – The Strength to Make a Better Way Forward

When CyberTran came to us looking for help with their website, we of course jumped at the chance. They’re a great organization with some incredibly smart people working to do great things. We use our strengths to fill in where they have needs.

The body of people that make up CyberTran is their strength. The people behind CyberTran have collectively centuries of experience and wisdom. If they had a weak point when they contacted us, it was that they didn’t have website experts.

That’s where we stepped in.

It is our great pleasure to work with CyberTran to our strengths – to help them where they need it so they can focus on augmenting the strengths they have in place to make the world a better place.

“It is our great pleasure to work with CyberTran… to help them as they augment the strengths they have in place to make the world a better place.”

We enjoy managing the CyberTran website and helping them move forward.

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Interfanatic: Staying Strong

We love coming up with creative solutions. We love helping our customers succeed by using our strengths to improve their business. We’ve been doing this for 20 years, and we’ll keep doing it, with conviction, with humility, and with strength.

This week’s image:
Interfanatic‘s founder, Ryan Delane, takes or creates every image you see in our social feed.

Strength, an Interfanatic Quality. Interfanatic Digital Marketing founder Ryan Delane takes or creates every image you see in our social feed.
Strength, an Interfanatic Quality. Interfanatic Digital Marketing founder Ryan Delane takes or creates every image you see in our social feed.

My wife and I love this tree. It’s just massive. It’s been here for a very long time and if that trunk does not display resilience and strength, nothing does. I took this on one of our many neighborhood walks, on yet another lovely day. It’s so easy to enjoy these things for me. And I know it’s not easy for others, so I’m pleased to share the good I can during these complicated times.

Black Lives Matter.

The news cycle is vicious. One day’s tragedy is forgotten so quickly with the short attention span theater that is our daily lives.

This is why I come back to using your strength to do what you can. Not using your strength is forfeiting your right, privilege, and power. If you’re not educated enough to make a good decision, go educate yourself. Thoroughly, carefully – as completely as you can. This right we sometimes dismiss is the right that many before us died for. Don’t take it lightly, use it proudly to make the world a better place.

Please vote. Early. As soon as you’re fully educated on the pros and cons. Don’t dismiss this opportunity to bring peace back to so many peoples’ lives.

The country literally burns around us. Hundreds of thousands are suffering and dying. It wasn’t like that over four years ago, at least not in the immediate vicinity. This is our opportunity to make things better. The ultra-wealthy are ultra-wealthier and people who had a marginal future before now have a worse one.

And if you disagree with me, if you feel things were better four years ago than they are now, vote.

But for the goodness of humanity, please think it through. Don’t react. Examine. Study both sides. Listen to people you don’t normally listen to. Distinguish reality from the endless stream of information being thrown at you. Consider.

This is America.

When you’re ready, vote.

Endurance: Ron Guth / German Coins – Interfanatic Customer Spotlight

Ron Guth for our Customer Spotlight on Endurance, an Interfanatic Quality

The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress.

Frederick Douglass

Endurance: how much will we endure? How much must we endure when we are divided? It’s much easier to endure collectively, when everyone feels the same way.

Douglass, serving in congress just a couple of generations removed from the revolutionary war, had a different take on enduring tyrants. He was born when many revolutionaries were still influential. Jefferson and Adams died when he was 9 years old.

Jefferson had abolished the international slave trade, but slave trade within the United States was still somehow a thing in the 1830s as Douglass came up in these United States. So he knew all about tyrants and oppression and enduring bad situations.

Now, I’m going to shift to a better kind of endurance. I’m talking about the kind that Ron Guth embodies. As a successful professional numismatist at the top of his game for many years, he has endured as an author, a researcher, and a leader in the field.

Endruance in business is not easy, but he has managed it.

Endurance: An Interfanatic Quality

There are not many businesses in our realm that have lasted 20 years. Some of the difficulty enduring has to do with people, some of it has to do with competition, but most of it has to do with the same stuff that makes all business difficult.

We push through, to find a way when things are difficult.

Many projects are not as simple as they seem. They start out simple, but scope creep and technical complexities often interfere. Then, when you add in inconsistent labor, you can have a real problem on your hands.

It’s so much easier to trust us – we’ll take care of the difficult parts. Even if it takes time, we’ll make it work.

Another guy who makes it work: Ron Guth. He’s been in his business for decades. Guth has seen the highs, he been through the lows. He’s written plenty of books about it, too.

But through it all, he obviously endures. And what’s really special about Guth is that he endures in such a way that everyone likes him. That’s definitely not always the case in numismatics.

GermanCoins – Enduring at the Top of Google SERPS

GermanCoins.com – it’s a bit risky of me to bring it up. It’s tough for some people. German history goes back at least a thousand years, but a decade or two in the mid-20th century still dominates many peoples’ minds. Yes, there are nazi coins on GermanCoins.com. That’s because they’re part of the numismatic history of the country – a numismatic history that is mostly beautiful, complicated, and way longer than two decades. Of course, this single chapter makes many people uncomfortable. As it should.

So, if it makes you uncomfortable, look at everything else. Don’t focus on it. There are incredible, exquisite, beautiful coins from Germany that have nothing to do with it. And yes, there is a market for Nazi coins, so ignoring that history, while perhaps more comfortable, is in a way irresponsible. We can’t forget that history, though we don’t exactly want to celebrate it. We just have to remember, and try to prevent it from happening again.

Hint: it’s not working.

But perhaps the greatest task ahead of us back when we took over GermanCoins.com is that because of its endurance, its longevity, it had dominated the top of the search results. Before we took over, it was starting to fall down. We stepped in to help.

Try it: do a google search for “german coins.”

In an ever more competitive field, we’re doing our job.

“The results speak for themselves: In an ever more competitive field, we’re doing our job.”

As always, we approached this task as if it were our own. And we built a great website that works for Guth.

Digital Endurance Interfanatic Web Site Design & Branding

We told you last week that we love building websites. We do. But part of the fun is building a design that will stand the test of time. Being a part of great design, something elegant that outlasts trends – that’s the good stuff right there.

Enduring design and branding are tough. But it’s the kind of task we roll up our sleeves and dive into.

If you want great design or branding, we’re here for that.

Interfanatic and a Enduring

When you’ve been around as long as we have, you see a thing or two. You know what works and what doesn’t. You know how to see projects through to completion.

It is our pleasure to help you endure as we have.

This week’s image:
Interfanatic‘s founder, Ryan Delane, takes or creates every image you see in our social feed.

Endurance, an Interfanatic Quality. Interfanatic Digital Marketing founder Ryan Delane takes or creates every image you see in our social feed.
Endurance, an Interfanatic Quality. Interfanatic Digital Marketing founder Ryan Delane takes or creates every image you see in our social feed.

Talk about design that endures! Have a go at this beauty. That right there is the heinee of a Buick Special. And it is lovely. I took this image at the El Segundo Driving Museum.

Black Lives Matter.

Here we go again! Some racist idiot cop in Texas killed a man who was walking away from him after stopping an altercation.

This is why Douglass’ quote is so prescient during these times.

Most members of the police force did not get into their jobs to oppress our society. Most officers of the police became officers to help others. But when you have a bad apple like this come up EVERY WEEK, it’s really hard to see the good trees through seems to be a forest.

So yeah, violent protests will result. Because peaceful ones don’t work. And the tyrants are reaching the limits of the oppressed.

When is promotion of one the oppression of the other?

Changing directions a bit: our current president, who lost the popular vote by two million votes, famously calls himself the “best” for religious freedom. His first act in office was to ban people from traveling to this country based on their religion alone.

So what does he mean by “religious freedom”? Clearly, he doesn’t mean actual freedom for people with religions. And yet he and his fans consistently tout him as a champion of religious freedom. He tried to stop 3 BILLION PEOPLE from traveling to this country based on their religion. This is the opposite of religious freedom. That’s fully 25 – 30% of the world population that he tried to oppress, and he tries to call it “liberty”. And it’s bizarre to me, but there are many people who actually agree with him.

(Most do not. Many people who trusted him before are no longer blinded by the single reason they chose to give him a chance long ago, whatever that was. Most now realize it was a huge mistake.)

But seriously, what planet is he on?

He’s on the one where the religion of his party, Protestantism, gets more freedom at the expense of everyone else’s religion.

So I ask again, when is promotion of the one the oppression of the other? Always?

It doesn’t have to be. It comes back to perceptions and attitudes. More liberal mindsets believe that promotion of all does not have to be the oppression of some. More conservative mindsets hold that promotion of all is oppression of all. But where, really, is the line?

Can we promote one thing and not oppress another?

Well, for one thing, we don’t have to ban 3 billion people from traveling. And if you don’t agree with abortion, that’s okay – you can do that. But you have to be understanding that other people have a different perspective, and their rights are as valid as yours.

Just like you have a right to live as a free person and be black. Other people have a different perspective, but promotion of one does not have to be oppression of another. An even playing field is not oppression.

This is America.

We must out-endure the tyrants to keep an even playing field for the promotion of all good people, no matter their religion – or the color of their skin.

Love: Endless Health Medical Clinic – Interfanatic Customer Spotlight

Endless Health Medical Clinic for our Customer Spotlight on Love, an Interfanatic Quality

“Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

– The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The full quote is even more beautiful:
“Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

There’s a lot of hatred right now. It’s spurred on by many people, but most importantly, it’s brought about by one very important person.

Hate is an easy, quick emotion. Weak leaders play with it to gain power because their incapable of garnering power properly, deservedly.

And when there’s anguish, as there is when 200,000 or 1,000,000 people die before their time, hatred comes even quicker. Everyone wants to assign blame so they can make sense of this ludicrous world.

But Dr. King reminds us to stay the course – to stick with love. It’s a more powerful and better emotion. Good comes of love. It’s also harder.

We celebrate love this week because it drives everything we do. Of course, we love our families, so we want to enjoy more joyful times with them. We love our work, so we want to do more of it. And we love our customers because they make all this possible.

Love: An Interfanatic Quality

In work, it’s easy to get frustrated and blameful – and even hateful. Of course, this is not the best way forward. We’re all just people, we all want roughly the same things, we’re all made of roughly the same stuff. So if we can learn what makes each other tick, we can find that beauty and learn to love it.

It’s more productive and happier that way.

We try to establish a real connection with our customers from early on so we can see if we’ll click. Can we find things in common that we enjoy, that we love? Will our relationship grow and flourish for decades? This is the ideal situation, after all.

That’s why when I think of love and spreading love, lately my mind is drawn to Dr. Raphael Argueta. He runs a couple of urgent care clinics in Torrance, California and in Camarillo. But also, he’s working on building something even greater. We can’t get into it, but trust me, it’s the most loving act a doctor could manage!

Dr. Argueta brings love to his work every day, just like we do. He wants to help people, just like we do. And he wants to have a long-term relationship with them and help them be healthier for longer, and save them money – just like we do.

So keep an eye out for news of Dr. Argueta. He’s a good doctor doing good things. We’re proud to be associated with him.

Endless Health Medical Clinic – Love bringing Happier Life

I can’t really talk about the Endless Health Medical Clinic, but we got to work on that project with the good Doctor.

He had a beautiful vision and he needed that expressed in a way that would be engaging and drive activity. He came to us, and after a great deal of work and getting to know him, we narrowed in on the right keywords, the right ideas, and the right format to produce outstanding content.

“We approached this task as if it were our own. A great deal of work went into 700 words of expression, and the result is beautiful.”

We approached this task as if it were our own. A great deal of work went into 700 words of expression, and the result is beautiful. It’s a beautiful child which was made with love – love from Dr. Argueta, who had the idea, and love from us, who want to get that idea out in front of as many good people as possible.

Make it Rain with Love with our Interfanatic The Works Web Site Production⁠

We love building great websites. We love working on websites. It’s just what we do. We’ve been at it for over two decades, so we’ve figured out a thing or two.

It’s a beautiful thing to get up every day loving work – wanting to do it. And that’s where we are. So that’s what we do.

It’s not easy to build a great website. Anybody can build a website, just like anybody can make a movie and anybody can build a car. But do you want anybody making your life story into a move, or anybody to build you a car?

If you love your business, take on the tasks which you excel, and trust the right professionals to handle the tasks which you do not. We excel at websites. And we’re available to help.

We’ll build you a great website.

Interfanatic and a Loving

When you love what you do, you do it better. When you don’t love what you do, you and your task suffer. We love websites, so let us help you excel with our professional acumen.

We’d love to help.

This week’s image:
Interfanatic‘s founder, Ryan Delane, takes or creates every image you see in our social feed.

Love, an Interfanatic Quality. Interfanatic Digital Marketing founder Ryan Delane takes or creates every image you see in our social feed.
Love, an Interfanatic Quality. Interfanatic Digital Marketing founder Ryan Delane takes or creates every image you see in our social feed.

Usually, I take a moment when we celebrate love to make it about my wifey. But today, I make it about the only girl my wife could ever be jealous of – my girlfriend of 26 years: Tink. You can see over her bonnet in this picture, taken near the PV Golf Club returning from a “car guy” event. We were in our train of “The Three Green Guys”, three BRG cars that hit local events together when we’re able. Tinkerbell is a lovely old dear and I love her very much. I’m taking care of her for now, and it’s a great privilege. We’ve been through a lot together.

Black Lives Matter.

Another week, more horrible news. Our brainless leader really told a supremacist group to “stand by” on tv, like he was a general ordering his hoodlems.

There was, of course, more. Blaming everyone else but himself for the world burning around him. Trying to take credit for things he didn’t do. Lying through his teeth about everything. He was like the perfect racing driver, making up excuses in case he loses.

In case he loses. It’s astonishing to me that there is a possibility he might win. How myopic must you be at this point?

He basically said, “if I win, the election was fair, but if I don’t, it was RIGGED, it’s a HOAX and EVERYONE IS AGAINST POOR POOR ME.”

This is America.

And what a sad situation we’ve gotten ourselves into. The only way through it is through love. We’re tempted by hatred because that’s all we hear from the current leadership. “I love this people (as I backstab them.) I love this country (as I kill more Americans than in the last four wars combined.)”

The real problem is he’s doing exactly as he’s asked.

We have to collectively ask for – demand – better.

Sincerity: Rolling Hills Dental Group – Interfanatic Customer Spotlight

Rolling Hills Dental Group for our Customer Spotlight on Sincerity, an Interfanatic Quality

“By being natural and sincere, one often can create revolutions without having sought them.”

Christian Dior

The revolutions Dior speaks of are obviously revolutions of fashion. But what we’re witnessing today is a deeper, social revolution.

Black Lives Matter is natural and sincere. However, it is a sought revolution.

Sincerity comes from the deepest place in our hearts. Its expression is the most genuine form of us. (After all, if it weren’t, it wouldn’t be sincere.)

That’s why it’s so important – it’s fundamental.

And we celebrate it because that’s how we handle our business. Our actions come from the deepest parts of us. We want to do things right.

Sincerity: An Interfanatic Quality

When things are going right, sincerity keeps them going right. When things are going wrong, sincerity helps understanding. A lot of life is in-between, and sincerity helps there, too.

Whenever you begin a new project, it needs to come from your heart. It needs to come from love, passion, and your keen mind. You have to be ready to work for it and put other things aside. A new project requires absolute sincerity.

Many new businesses begin with sincerity, and many fail despite sincerity. Sincerity alone is not enough. But without it, failure is your destiny. You must have a sincere desire to make it happen.

Which reminds me of Rolling Hills Dental Group, a cosmetic dentistry facility on the Palos Verdes peninsula.

When people look at you smile, you don’t want them to be distracted. By that bit of parsley or that snaggletooth or that uncomfortable gap. So, you go to Rolling Hills Dental Group so they can make your smile undistracting from your lovely face.

They make your smile gorgeous by taking you into their hearts and working from sincerity.

Rolling Hills Dental Group – Sincerity brought to Life

Rolling Hills Dental Group came to us some years ago with needs to update their site. That’s how many of our relationships begin – some simple updates to a website. And we love doing that. If that’s all that’s needed, that’s what we do. If more is needed, we can help our customers understand that cost / benefit and we do what makes sense.

But they came to us with a simple requirement: update the information on the website. And they came to us with sincerity – the same sincerity they give their patients.

“…they came to us with sincerity – the same sincerity they give their patients.”

The staff at Rolling Hills Dental Group takes their task seriously. Of course they have their fun and are enjoyable to be around. But because sincerity is at the core of their purpose, they get their jobs done.

So, we updated their website. And we gave back the sincerity they brought to us through our work.

Sincerely Attacking Business – Keep It Simple with Interfanatic The Works Year Round Monthly Maintenance

Have us update your site for you. Or, as websites now require regular maintenance to keep the hackers away, have us update your website at least once per month with our Management services.

Websites are like gardens. They flourish when you tend to them regularly. Come up with some new content or an edit monthly, and after some time you’ll grow organic traffic significantly.

Google doesn’t like static sites as much as it likes ones that are regularly updated.

So, we can update your site, make sure the software is current, and do whatever posting you need every month. It’s a win-win.

Interfanatic and a Sincere Drive

When you take your business and marketing sincerely, everything goes better. We bring our sincerity to your business so you can handle whatever else needs your attention.

This week’s image:
Interfanatic‘s founder, Ryan Delane, takes or creates every image you see in our social feed.

Sincerity, an Interfanatic Quality. Interfanatic Digital Marketing founder Ryan Delane takes or creates every image you see in our social feed.
Sincerity, an Interfanatic Quality. Interfanatic Digital Marketing founder Ryan Delane takes or creates every image you see in our social feed.

At the end of the day, sincerity is what gives you the courage to handle the next.

Black Lives Matter.

“Do these people have sincerity in their hearts?”

I have to ask. Today, we found out that the murdered Breonna Taylor will receive no justice. Apparently, it’s okay in this America to be in your own home, minding your own business, and to get murdered.

Not that this is really a shock. The Grand Orange Git killed 200,000 people before their time with gross negligence and his blind supporters gladly throng around him like he’s the next coming.

It’s a frustrating day for anybody with half a brain. The police claim innocence. And surely, mistakes happen. They were being shot by a person who was defending his home. The whole thing is a horrible mistake. But involuntary manslaughter is still a crime for which all people must be convicted.

If you want law and order, you must lead by example.

Hold yourself and your actions above others and lead, do not shirk because you feel like it. YOU are not the victim. Breonna Taylor is.

This is the sincerity you must let penetrate your ears. This is the sincerity you must hear. Hear the dying breaths of a good woman who dedicated her life to helping others, not herself.

This is America.

This is a painful America. It’s so tempting to revolt, to take arms against a sea of troubles, and by opposing end them. We must bring love to our revolution – with sincerity, naturally.

But when shit like this happens, it’s tough.