Saturday, February 8, 2014

I Love My Old Kentucky Home!

This afternoon I took a break from the busy week and went with my husband and daughter to Grevey's Restaurant, a sports bar in Fairfax, Virginia. Named after its owner, Kevin Grevey, the bar reserves a room for fans of the University of Kentucky on days when the Wildcats play football and basketball games. That's because Kevin Grevey played basketball for the Cats in the 1970s.

The Cats played Ole Miss today, so we joined about 20 other fans to watch the game. I am happy to report that the Cats brought home the victory.


Thursday, February 6, 2014

Texas and Minnesota Women Stir Controversy Over Their Weight ... and Weight Loss

Mayra Rosales has lived big. Literally. Just 5 to 6 years ago she was one of the heaviest women in the world. As if that was not weight enough on her shoulders, Mayra was the chief suspect in the death of her young nephew. That's because Myra confessed to killing him. As it turns out, however, Mayra was merely trying to protect her sister. Mayra thought her days were numbered, so she hoped to relieve her abusive sister from being convicted of murder. In the end the truth prevailed.

I wrote about Myra almost two years ago. She was enormous, and the sight of her was more than most of us can fathom.

Myra has come a long way. Her weight loss has been dramatic, but even still she has a few pounds to shed. There was even a follow up television show about Myra and the long journey she has traveled.

In comparison, just two days ago NBC aired the finale of NBC's The Biggest Loser. (This is the only show on NBC I can bring myself to watch.) Those of us who regularly watch the BL series have seen some pretty amazing weight loss results in the contestants over the last ten years. But when Rachel Frederickson made her final reveal entry two nights ago, even the trainers were shocked.

Rachel, who hails from Minnesota, had dropped from 260 pounds to 105 pounds, for nearly a 60% loss. Audience and Internet immediately began to ask whether Rachel had gone overboard, to the point where she is no longer healthy by perhaps anorexic.

Rachel insists she is healthy. Now that she has won the $250,000 prize, perhaps she now can stop being so extreme and find some moderation in her eating and her exercise. She took home the grand prize of $250,000, so it's likely she won't be starving herself for long.


The Beginning is Paramount!

WOW! What a difference 48 hours can make! Only two days ago I was still clinging  to the phenomenon as my hope for the future. Things have changed though.

Last night I had my telephone call with Jared and with his supervisor, Shawn A. The call lasted 3 1/2 hours. And yes, I paid more money to learn more about Internet programs and money-making activities. The company they work for is Paramount Concepts in Orem, Utah. After a while, I lost track of how I got from Corey Gates last Friday to Paramount Concepts last night. I still cannot trace the path that got me to where I am.

Last night was not all smooth sailing though. What was predicted to be a 90-minute call grew to 300 because my husband, whom I adore, was very cautious and skeptical. They want to know that both parties to a marriage are on board, and I don' blame them for that. My husband was almost mute when the call started, to the point I was sure they were going to say "forget it" to me. But I know they exaggerate how many people call and interview and get rejected.

In the end, I signed up, and paid $14,600 for the tuition for the program. It's a lot -- the same amount as a semester at the University of Kentucky. But today I got my first of 20 mentor sessions scheduled (for Monday at 7:00 p.m.), and I have access to the website with videos to watch. I will be getting my own website designed for me, so I have to come up with a topic for my website. If you have any suggestions, let me know!

This video is of Tyson Ellis, my mentor. Quite obviously, he is a talented man!


My stepdaughter loves to draw, so there could be a chance for  additional mentoring if I play my cards right and work my backside off!


Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Episode 6: Is Corey Gates Catholic?

[Cue dramatic music...]

Tonight is when I was to tell my husband about my recent interest and monetary investment in Tube Cash Code. Since I have signed us up for a phone call tomorrow night, I figured I need to fill him in.

Were there emotions involved? Yes. Did I anticipate his reaction? Yes and no. I came home, and we sat down to talk. I knew that he would listen and that he would give me his honest assessment. I wanted that honesty. He is the love of my life and I trust him implicitly.

I began by explaining what II have been doing for the past week or so in terms of seriously searching for work-at-home opportunities. I did not need a body language expert to tell me that my husband's posture stiffened while I was explaining what tomorrow night's call is going to be about. His crossed arms were indicative of a defensive posture. He was not smiling. He was leaning AWAY from me. His lips were almost white as they pressed together. All of these were signs that things were not going well. I stopped and let him have his time.

There were no curse words. He reminded me of the Rich Dad seminar that I dragged him to a few years ago and how that never panned out, I told him that I still believe that the real estate market is a viable place to make money, but admittedly it is probably not a good fit for me. I am not a phone person who can do business that way. I was not confident enough to bargain people down on their products or services. I have learned a lot and believe differently now compared to then.

Any how, the conversation turned into an opportunity for me to sell myself. I cried, naturally, but only a few tears. It was not a sentimental brain wash where he had to give in. He was understanding of my need and desire to be my own boss, to get out from under an over all structure that has philosophical differences in belief from what I believe. I am tired of working for an agency that does not appreciate or value my skills and my contributions. I put in hours of work, overtime even, and I get nothing for it. If I am going to invest hours of overtime and invest myself in a business, I want to reap the benefits.

I hope and pray that my ship is about to come in under this Tube Cash Code system. I will work hard and follow the leads provided if they can convince me that there is a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

One last note for now. I went back and re-watched several Corey Gates videos, and the screenshot below has me really discombobulated. There is a statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary (BVM) on the credenza in the back ground. Is this Corey's house? If so, he MUST be Catholic. No Protestant (much less a Jew, Buddhist, or atheist) would dare have a statue of Mary in his house. If hoes he know what the statue means then it is most likely not his home. That raises concern and questions. If he IS Catholic, then he must have values (and Catholic guilt) to which I can appeal (and relate).

The plot thickens, so stay tuned. And bring on the hard work!


Part 5: Live-Person Contact with TCC Start-Up Specialist

Since I last wrote on Saturday, I have been a little frustrated with trying to get things going with Tubecashcode (which I am abbreviating TCC). I have watched more videos and re-watched previously-viewed videos. I've even looked at other websites promoting other systems. I still am intrigued by the TCC promises.

So finally this morning I got a call-back from the Start-Up Specialist assigned to me. His name was Jared Colwell, and he seemed pretty genuine and well-scripted. We spent 37 minutes on the phone, during which time he asked me questions about my job, income, and goals for the future. It was reminiscent of the Robert Kiyosaki program (Rich Dad) that I participated in a few years ago. And that leaves me with absolute certainty that I am going to have to invest some money into this before all is said and done, and sooner rather than later. But I have to be willing to invest money to make money. I know that going in. How much the asking price will be is the question. Jared said they are looking for people who are candidates for "testimonials," which leaves me wondering. (I'm sure that creating curiosity is what he and they want.)

So when I told Jared I am married, he said they need both my husband and me on a phone call to discuss our goals and to make sure he is on-board with my desire to work from home and devote time and energy (translated money) into this program. Now, unless my husband has been reading these blog posts--which is possible--he knows nothing about my latest jaunt into the quit-my-job-and-work-from-home arena. I will tell him tonight since I have set up a phone call for tomorrow night at 7:00 with Jared to speak again with both my husband and me.

Jared gave me homework for tonight. My husband and I are supposed to come up wth ur top 10 financial goals, 5 short term and 5 long term. Then we are to set a 5-year financial goal and a 10-year financial goal. And finally, think about what it will take to achieve those goals. I know the "trick" is to get us to really believe that it IS possible to get there -- which is a good thing in and of itself. But the investment of money is again what it's going to come down to. We have to set a realistic goal tonight and say this is how much we're willing to invest in it  -- and if it's beyond that we are not interested.

What we'd be paying for is a mentor, a coach if you will. The commitment of time initially will be 0 hours a week, which is doable for me on the evenings and on weekends. I just do not want to have to make phone calls to people. I'll do online stuff and run errands, but don't put me on the phone selling things. So, we'll know more tomorrow night after we talk to Jared and his supervisor, Rick. Until then, I have already completed my homework!

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Part 4 in My Tubecashcode Saga

So, after trying to log off of one of the tubecashcode websites that I had open, I was offered the 5 websites being set up and all that. I can understand that if I am going to have traffic driven to my website that I need a website. But should I do it on the site I am on which is not the one that I was on earlier? It's like trying to navigate a maze blindfolded.

I put the website purchase on hold for now. It will cost $259 for a 2-year hosting agreement. I know, Corey said he will never ask for more money. But it's not him asking, it is Hostzilla, the hosting site for my "future websites." Each one will cost me $259. But I am supposed to get all the design for free -- $10,000 worth of services. I don't know what I would put on ONE website, much less FIVE!

But I want to go through the tubecashcode training videos first and see if they tell me that I have to buy websites. I went through a different website to get to this video offer of web-hosting. And it is a video I have seen before -- within the last two days as I have been researching how to make money on the Internet and work from home. And that time it was not related to tubecashcode. (It all seems a bit incestuous.) If websites are really an intricate part of the program, then I am fine with that. But I already have one set up and paid for (, I just don't have any new content to put on it right now! Maybe I should move this blog to MY website... That's a thought.

So back on the flow of webpages after I registered, Corey tells me that I must move methodically and exactly through the steps he lays out in order to achieve the greatest success. I am directed to use a phone number on the screen to call a "start-up specialist" who will "hold your (my) hand." I just called the number and was told to leave a message and someone will call me back. I left a message and said that if it is after 10:00 p.m. Eastern time, wait until tomorrow and call me after noon Eastern time! It'll be Sunday, and I have Church in the morning, then grocery shopping. It's God's Day, after all, and I owe everything to Him!

I have a lot of email in my in-box due to all the market survey websites I signed up for. So I guess since I am on hold with tubecashcode until I get a call back to hold my hand, I will attend to some of those and maybe take a few surveys. Maybe I'll make 25 cents! The Saga Continues

Let me note up front that there has been absolutely no mention whatsoever of keeping anything secret with regard to these videos. Now, don't get me wrong. If I ever learn something substantive with regard to how this program works, I won't share it here. I'm not stupid enough to give away something that I paid for. But I am interested in stripping away the hype and letting people know the truth about a product that sounds to good to be true. After all, if it could do what the video depicts (stick a thumb drive in and earn $1000 in 40 minutes), it would be worth its weight in gold.

The $298 that I mentioned in the previous post is for a 5-step program that will quadruple what students could make. This software cost him an additional $405,000. That's $385,000 plus $405,000 (the latter being the product of . 45,000 for nine months spent on developers). Brian is the lead developer and we are introduced to him. He is using a (you guessed it) Mac computer, and he says he hates cameras.

Newbluefx flashes momentarily on the screen, so I an wondering if this is the name of the coding software?

Update - Corey says he went to see Peter (from the first video) in North Dakota. Hank-from-Colorado had selected Peter's name as the next recipient of Corey's benevolence. But then Corey was sidetracked by going to see Harris Schmidt about his $45,000,000 offer. [TROUBLESOME: Corey is still maintaining the charade that he is helping people for free and in 36 minutes. Drop the charade, Corey. You hooked me, now give it to me straight.] We then see a video of Peter and his wife. Before Corey's alleged visit they were destitute, just hours from their financial Armageddon. Then Corey visited them -- they are the third Chosen Ones. In their video they are giddy, and they say in four days they have paid off ALL their debt.

Argghh! Once again, I paused the Peter and wife video to write here, and when I went back it stopped playing and I had to click and click. I was then taken to a video of Corey saying stop, can you really pass up a chance to earn more money? Somehow I lost that video too. And I just got launched into another video of Corey asking for $179 for something, and he swears he will never EVER ask me for another penny. EVER. He insists. I don' even know what I am supposed to be buying. It's just that he makes it sound like I have to have this in addition to the $19 I already spent. I don't know if its the same thing I was supposed to spend $298 two videos ago.

Okay, its called a "pitch-in investment" for software to drive traffic to my site from the 5 most-visited websites on the web, and to get a lifetime of free upgrades. But I thought we did not have to have a website. What is on my website? So I am confused again. He promises that I will never again have to pay another penny. (Why am I reminded of Obama's promise that if you like your health insurance you an keep it?)

But I am staying optimistic. I am not looking for a free ride. I just wish I knew what all I was going to be asked to pay up front so I can know where the gravy train is going. Luckily he says its guaranteed and if I don;t get at least 100,000 visitors to my website in 60 days I get a refund and can keep the software. Again, that website that I don't know what will be on it.

I just paid another $179 for the 5-website traffic driver. My credit card bank rejected the transaction at first since I had just charged $19 to that same company. I got a fraud alert, so I had to go online and okay the transaction. I'm sure they are wondering what's up since the last time something like that happened it was a fraudulent use of my card in Indiana at two different gas stations. That time it WAS fraud, and it was one of the predecessor cards to the one I have now.

Another Corey-video has popped up on my screen, so I have a lot of watching to do!

WAIT! I just went back to a website called "" that I checked out this afternoon when I was checking out the veracity of the tube cash code and as I try to close it out (having already bought in) it offers me the tube cash code for $9!! What? I paid $19. I gave in too early! I need to get myself in the circle of people who pus this product! They make money selling the rain-maker! takes me to, so that's how I know this is a plant that is trying to look impartial. After all, the whole thing is that they show you ways to drive people to your website. It worked in this case and led to Genius!

Stay tuned for the next chapter. It's not that far away from being written!

Tube Cash Code Part 2

It's an hour or so later and I am back to report for the first time since signing up for tube cash code for $19. As soon as I sent my payment, a video came up with Corey welcoming me to the inner member circle and telling me that he has spent a lot more money since then developing new software. Below the video I can see an "upgrade now for $298" display.

I was only seconds into this video, and I wanted to check and see if I got an email in my box confirming my enrollment. But first I stopped to eat supper since I had not eaten since 10:00 a.m. First things first!

When I finished eating leftover Chinese food, I saw that I had received an email immediately after sending payment. It took me a few minutes to log in using the link in the email. I started in Firefox but I switched to Chrome -- it's the only browser they give you directions for to enable cookies. I actually already had them enabled, so I don't now why it made me go to settings and pretend to turn on the enable. But I did, and I got in. It took me to another video starring Corey. But since I already had a video in the queue from when I signed up in Firefox, I paused this video. So, I have the second video on hold while I go back to watch the first video.

I am maintaining an open mind. Hard work does not discourage me. I just want a system that works!

More to come...

Corey Gates Tube Cash Code: Real or Bogus?

I have not written in this blog in over a year. There was not much excitement in my life to write about. But that may have changed. Originally I started this blog several years ago in anticipation of starting a business at home. I was going to blog as I went step by step through setting up a home business selling cookies, and I called it Esquire Treats. Needless to say, that went nowhere. Then I blogged for a while on legal stories. That was okay for while, but I lost interest since no one ever commented or followed me. So I vacated Esquire Treats again.

Now, I am circling back to my original intent in starting this blog. I am growing more and more desperate to quit my job and work from home. Over the past three days and nights I have been online trying to figure out how people make money from the Internet by working at home. I have signed up for dozens of marketing survey websites and tried responding to hundreds of the surveys that they suggest for me based on my profile. I have given my private information out, including my cell phone number. It has rung several times, as I am sure the number gets sold repeatedly. Luckily, I do not have to answer if I don't want to. The surveys are so annoying as I spend time responding to the same questions a hundred times an hour, and I might earn a dollar or 75 cents for my efforts. Usually, though, it tells me I am not qualified for that survey. I must lead a boring life, or I just don't use the products or services that they are selling.

So when I stumbled across this video and other websites pushing the Corey Gates "tube cash code" system, I thought I would write about it from the start. The video is out there on the website, open to the general public, so it is not private. I am not revealing anything that anyone cannot see of their own volition. I have searched the search engines for info on this guy an his program, but cannot find anything negative about him or it. I think that's because his system involves controlling stuff on the Internet.

In the video I am watching right now, Corey is supposed to be flying across the country to surprise a woman in California to change her life and give her the mystery system he has developed. It might have been believable except that as he goes up to the front door to surprise this woman (Andrea), whom he explicitly said had no idea he was coming, there is a camera INSIDE HER HOUSE as she opens the door to him. The  woman's acting is not so good, either. Andrea and her 16-year-old Nick deliver their lines like amateur actors. Nick, age 16, even throws in a few swearwords!

Corey himself has a polished delivery, but he has practiced a lot, I am sure. In under a minute Corey inserts a thumb drive containing his code into her Mac laptop and sets up two accounts: one for Andrea and one for Nick (ostensibly to pay for his college), even though Nick is a minor. The daughter, Joy (she's named appropriately)  has a few lines to deliver also, but she doesn't merit an account of her own. Maybe because she's just a girl. Joy expresses her past fears and her new found joy that Corey has saved them and made them rich. Yes, Andrea makes $750 in the span of 36 minutes (time-lapsed on screen), and Nick makes close to that amount in his own account. Neither of them had even touched the computer after installation of the mystery code!

Next, Corey off to see Hank in Colorado, the next lucky schmuck whose name Andrea picked from a list that Corey showed her. Corey shares Hank's story while flying on the plane. Hank is unemployed and otherwise down and out, but his savior is on the way. Once again, he is supposed to be surprising the guy, but a camera is in the driveway as his hatchback Infiniti pulls into the driveway. Corey gets out and says, "Hey guys, are you ready to surprise Hank? He has no idea we're coming. I can't wait to see his face."  A second camera picks Corey up as he walks around the garage and approaches the front door. We hear a dog bark, then we see a large, gray-haired and bearded man open the front door. The camera-angle quickly flashes to an inside shot looking out at Corey (third camera?) as he introduces himself as just "Corey," and says he read Hank's email and flew down to see him.

Hank says he can't believe Corey is there to save him. Hank is cute, and he plays his part well. The pooch named Max (my dad's name) also plays his part well, not barking at the "stranger" as he enters the house. Dissolve to camera 4 as Hank leads Corey into the kitchen of what appears to be a lovely, impeccably furnished home. Hank doesn't seem to be hurting THAT bad for money. He explains that his son is laid off and is out looking for a job at that very moment. He leads Corey into the dining room, where camera 5 picks up on the action.

Hank explains that he was kicked to the curb recently by is employer, and that he never made a lot of money -- just enough to put is kids through college and buy his wife a flower or two here and there. Sweet. His son and daughter-in-law are supporting him, he explains, and he wishes he could carry his own weight. He wishes for a few thousand dollars a month to help out. Corey says he cannot promise a few thousand dollars a month, but he can show Hank how to make a few thousand dollars a DAY within the next 30 minutes. Hank gets his son's laptop (also a Macintosh), and Corey pulls out the magic wand (memory stick), quipping that he has "$385,000 in this stick."  This time when Hank says "I can just have it?" Corey responds, "Well, no, but we're gonna show you how to make money." Corey lets Hank put in his username and a password, then tells him that's it. No technical knowledge required.

While they are waiting the 30 minutes for the program to get started, they take the dog for a walk. After 40 minutes, Corey says they need to check on the progress of Hank's "campaign," and pulls out his phone. Then comes the less-than-believable scene where Corey holds the phone out and Hank punches in his password -- with a flourish. In the 40 minutes since they left the computer, Hank has purportedly made $1345.49, more than he makes in a "month of pension." Corey tells Hank that this income stream is permanent, and that he can share this with his kids and anyone he wants, and that it is free, a gift from him. Then he has Hank pick the name of the next person he going to go visit and help. Hank picks Peter Morris from South Dakota, and Corey says he is going to visit him today.

But back at Hank's house, Corey admits he is tired and that he going to crash in a local hotel and go see Peter tomorrow. He gives the camera crew the night off, and they thank him as they record him leaving in his own car. Six hours later (according to the words on a black screen insert) we see Corey at his Hilton hotel room in a robe with the Hilton label. He says there has been a change in plans and he points to a voice message on his hotel phone that went straight to voice mail.

Corey holds up his phone an plays the voice message. The voice identifies himself as Harris Schmidt from JVK Capital, and he is asking to meet with Corey ASAP in regards to the system he has developed. He offers to send their plane to get Corey and says that they are drafting the paperwork to expedite the transaction based upon an offer that they will make him that he will find "quite satisfactory." They offer him $45,000,000 to acquire his company. Call his secretary Danielle at 615-244-_782.

Corey goes on to explains that this guy who called is worth 3/4 of a billion dollars and invests in all kinds of businesses. He says he cannot reveal the guys name (I thought the caller said us his name was Harris Schmidt) because the guy would sue him. Corey says he has to go see what this is about, and invites us to come with him. Then he asks the camera crew if they have a small camera that they can put on his to record the meeting in secret. One guy says they have a glasses camera that he can wear.

 Cut to 8 a.m. the next day. Corey demonstrates the hidden camera in the glasses and we see what he is seeing, including the camera and the cameraman. Back on his private plane "Mr. Gates" is served coffee. He takes off and lands somewhere in the next few seconds. He is recorded coming off the plane and getting into a white Mercedes (?), and he then pulls up to a curb across from a high rise building and exits the car. (I forgot to mention the exciting background music that strikes up whenever there is no conversation going on.)

Inside the shiny building with the marble reflecting floors, we see Corey stroll confidently through the atrium, not looking for a directory or asking directions, but with knowledge of where he is going like he has been there a thousand times. A camera in the elevator picks up the action at this point and a third camera picks up Corey as he exits the elevator and heads to the office with the name of the firm on the window -- too small print to read from our distant angle. He knocks. Then as he enters the conference room to greet two men, his hidden glasses camera kicks in and we see from Corey's view point.

Mr. Schmidt shakes Corey's hand and introduces his business partner analyst Steve Robertson, who shakes Corey's hand as he looks into the camera-rigged glasses. Corey's first question is how Mr. Schmidt found him and got his number. They all sit down at the table, as a (non-hidden) camera in the hall records their actions inside the Conference Center. Schmidt says Corey has not been hiding and that they are not the only ones interested in his product so they are offering more than anyone else would offer. Corey admits he has been giving away his secret formula and Schmidt says it is crazy and Corey is insane. He says that Corey's desire to "give back:" is "cute."

Corey shows proof of what he makes from his system by showing his iPad with carts of daily income and monthly cumulatives in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. Schmidt reiterates the offer of $45,000,000. Corey would have to be a moron to not see that, if he can make $450,000 in 1 month, it would take him 100 months (8 years) to make $45,000,000 at that same rate. But Corey asks what Schmidt would do with the secret plan since he already has plenty of money. Schmidt tells him frankly that it is none of his business but goes on to say he would "ask $15,000 a pop  for it" as they sell it to corporations and wealthy people who want to make more money. He tells Corey that he has the "American dream" on the USB in his hand. Indeed, says Schmidt, they should ask $30,000 for the system.

As the conversation progresses, the would-be-buyer says that they would sell the little guy a stripped down version that doesn't really work and that requires them to buy upgrades. Schmidt offers to write the $45,000,000 check out that very minute. Feigning the need to make a phone call and to use the restroom, Corey exits the room and pauses in the hallway, leaning against the wall, either torn by the desire for wealth or in disgust at the greed displayed by the vulture in the conference room. Then, as he turns dramatically and heads rapidly for the elevator bank, the music rises to a crescendo.

Outside Corey crosses the street to his car and says to the camera that he is "pissed" at the men he has just encountered. It's because of people like that that others are not able to get their break online. Corey gives a monologue about the greed of men like Schmidt who want to rob the everyday Joe of the chance to make a buck. Our hero drives off in disgust and arrives back at his private plane.

[Ah-oh! My video has locked up and I am stuck with a shot of the stewardess waiting for Corey to re-board the plane, pouring what looks like weak lemonade into a tall wine glass. I waited five minutes and finally refreshed the page. That ended the video and took me to a "wait-a-minute-don't-leave" video of Corey in a tux, surrounded by balloons and party stuff, telling me he is giving me a "scholorship" (as it is misspelled on the website) and that his system will be 100% free -- which is what he already said in the video. Then he says that we agreed on the previous video that covering the "hard costs" is fair. That must have been in the part that I couldn't view because the video locked up at the end.

So now he says it is normally $49 but he will spot me $30 and pay me to take one of the 50 spots available and buy his product for only $19. It almost makes sense, especially with the 60 day guarantee period when I can return it and give up my spot. But he'll let me keep the "tube cash code." All this as long as I show him I have tried my very best.

I would have had a lot more respect (and patience) for the video if Corey had said that these were re-enactments or fictitious stories. Do I wish Corey would come to see me? Heck, if he made me rich, I would gladly let a cameraman into my house and pretend to be surprised!

I just read a bunch of critical, negative reviews of this program at So, with all that in mind, I am going to spend the $19.00 and purchase the program, just so I can document what I do to try and make this program work.  Here goes. Stay tuned....