Tony’s Take on: MintVine


MintVine – How ALL Survey Sites should work!

First the “Cowboy Star” Rating:

4.5 stars from TxCowboyDancer

I know that I’m wordy… …so if all you need is the stars
then here’s the link to sign up with MintVine

However, if you want more info then keep reading.  :-)

Fair warning:  this review is long because

(1) it is my first review of a survey site and I wanted to talk about “what makes a good survey site” and

(2) I’ve never said anything in all my life using five words when five hundred would do.  So brace yerself Effie, it’s gonna be a bumpy (but fun and weird) ride!  LOL

MintVine is almost The “Gold Standard”
in “What I want in a Survey Site”

Mintvine-LogoLet’s face it.  I’m doing online surveys for the money.  Not for fun.  Not to “improve products” not to better mankind…  I live on a small pension plus whatever I can scrape together through half-a-dozen different means, including taking online surveys.

Don’t misunderstand me.  I’m not just randomly clicking answers, I actually do read the questions and try to do a “good job” by answering honestly, but when all is said and done, I wouldn’t do it if I wasn’t PAID for my time.

So, like any other “job” that is “just a job” — I’m in it for the money so  just give me the CASH

When I first started doing “surveys” online to make a little bit of money, I didn’t know much of anything about anything so I had pretty low expectations.

But now, after doing it for a while, and having learned “in the school of hard knocks” as it were,  there are certain things that I look for in a “good” survey site.  And things which you should look for too.  So, pull up a chair grasshopper and learn from Master Yoda, ahem Tony.  “Master Tony”  — and you folks in the back can stop laughing like, uhm now!

For the record: MintVine does almost ALL of the things on my “Ideal Survey Site Checklist”!  And they do them well.

I know that I’m wordy… …so if you’ve got enough info already
then here’s the link to sign up with MintVine

Low Payout Threshold

This is why MintVine gets 4.5 stars instead of 5 stars.  The MintVine payout threshold is $10.

Which is pretty darn good when Read the rest of this entry

Good Customer Service is a rare thing and should be applauded…


…so I want to brag on a local company who did more than the right thing!

I just had the most awesome experience and I want to share it with you because service like this is so rare and when it happens the story should be shouted from the rooftops.

The bottom line:

I highly recommend City Mattress Factory (http://www.citymattressfactory.com/)  They are located at 900 Haltom Road, Fort Worth, TX 76117

Here’s why:

Futon

This is the frame that I’m getting. Called “Southwest” I’m getting it in “Mocha” which is basically what they call “black” LOL

I live on a very small income consisting of my monthly TMRS pension check and whatever money I can make by picking up odd jobs here and there.

To give you a perspective, a tank of gas is a major outlay.  No kidding, no exaggeration.  At the end of the month there is usually under $10 in my checking account and I get real creative with the food budget all month long to make ends meet.

So…buying furniture is not something that is normally in the budget.  However, two weeks ago, when I sold a PA sound system, I decided to use the windfall and replace my queen sized mattress and box springs with a Loveseat sized futon with ottoman.

Having a futon makes a lot more sense for me than a regular bed because, due to my sleep apnea, I sleep sitting up and have to use a bunch of pillows to keep me upright.  A futon with an ottoman fixes that problem. Also because I rent a room from my best friend.  Most of the time I’m in my bedroom, which fuctions as my “home office” and my “living room” as well.

The futon will serve as both sitting and sleeping where a bed is just for sleeping.  A bed takes up so much space and is only used 8 hours out of every 24.  A futon will take up much less space during the day, is more useful more of the time both during the day and during the night.

So I started Read the rest of this entry

Time to De-clutter — and ignore the screaming heart strings…


Making Confetti…

The current working pile and the bag o confettii

The current working pile and the bag o confetti

I’m 52 years old.  And we live in a paper society.  I’ll pause while you do the math…  dum de dumm..

Did I mention that I hate filing? dum de dum….  [finger twiddling]

Ok… got the picture?

Ah yes, boxes and boxes of unsorted papers that represent the “history of my life”

Every time I’ve ever begun to tackle this now Herculean task of going through it, sorting, filing, and THROWING AWAY and SHREDDING IT!!!! two awful words pop into my head…

Yeah, but….  followed by their evil twins  “What if…”

Yeah, but

… this is part of my life…

… this proved that I existed…

… OMG I had forgotten all about this…

and

What if…

… I need this someday…

… I become so rich and famous that one day a big library will want all my papers because they will provide a window into my life that some graduate student one day will Read the rest of this entry

Dance Swag for Sale – Dallas Dance Festival Shirt


Dallas Dance Festival “Logo” Tee Shirt

I’m de-cluttering my life.

000_0460 - Version 2And I’m getting rid of all the “Dance Swag” from the events I’ve attended which have been sitting in my closet collecting dust…

This is the second in a series of posts over the next couple weeks; all this stuff is “prizes” or “souvenirs” or “participant” gifts given to the competitors at various dance events.

Dallas Dance Festival is the largest UCWDC event outside of Worlds.  It is often referred to as the “Dress Rehersal for Worlds”

Dallas Dance Festival – Dallas, TX
a UCWDC Event
United Country Western Dance Council

  • 100% cotton
  • “Dallas” with a star printed on the front left breast of the shirt
  • DDF logo on back.
  • Pre-shrunk
  • The label says XL but this shirt looks smaller to me than an XL. Here are the measurements:
    • Sleeve length is 10″
    • Length of the shirt measured from the center back at the bottom of the collar to the bottom edge of the shirt is 31″
    • Shoulder width measured from seam to seam across the shoulders is: 23″

Never worn — essentially brand new. Read the rest of this entry

Dance Swag for Sale – Big D Bash T-shirt


Big D Bash “Flapper” Tee Shirt

I’m de-cluttering my life.

Big D Bash Flapper T-shirtAnd I’m getting rid of all the “Dance Swag” from the events I’ve attended which have been sitting in my closet collecting dust…

This is the first in a series of posts over the next couple weeks; all this stuff is “prizes” or “souvenirs” or “participant” gifts given to the competitors at various dance events.

Big D Bash is a Line Dance Event held each year in Dallas, TX — It is a UCWDC Event (United Country Western Dance Council)

  • 100% cotton
  • Black
  • “Big D Bash” with scroll work printed on the front left breast of the shirt
  • On the back of the shirt there is an awesome design: Large Red Silhouette of the state of Texas with the head of a “Flapper Chick” from the 1920s and the words “Big D Bash” superimposed in front of the State outline.
  • Pre-shrunk
  • The label says XL but this shirt looks smaller to me than an XL. Here are the measurements:
    • Sleeve length is 19″
    • Length of the shirt measured from the center back at the bottom of the collar to the bottom edge of the shirt is 29″
    • Shoulder width measured from seam to seam across the shoulders is: 22″

Never worn — essentially brand new. Read the rest of this entry

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