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I spent this morning running errands for my boss’ wife. He got tired of her involving him in this stuff and so he sat down at a meeting and put a deck of cards on the table. Then he told four of the people at the table to draw a card. I drew the high card and found out what I had won was the right to be her lackey. It really is not that bad, right now I am leaving this Toronto party bus company. She sent me there to try to negotiate their price down on renting two of their vehicles. I do not really understand what that is going to be used for, since this is a wedding party for the boss’ second daughter. I do know that this is going to be a tremendously expensive thing. Obviously the boss is really quite wealthy, but this is a whole lot of money. If it were me, then I would tell him to give me a couple hundred thousand dollars that this would cost and we could have the wedding on a beach some place warm.

At any rate the big reason that the boss picked me was that I used to be in hotel management. That is going to be one of the really big things they have to deal with. So the next thing for me is to figure out which wedding venue to use, with this mostly based on the ability to deliver a lot of things. The cost of the food is apparently not relevant, even though that is a really major item when you price out a wedding. Instead they want to make certain that everything is done perfectly. The mother of the bride has been to a lot of weddings and says the worst thing is if the food isn’t well prepared.

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Of all the problems that can occur in your plumbing system, none have the potential to be as costly as a good, old fashioned leak. Big or little, fast or slow, leaks cause millions of dollars in damage every year. Plumbing leaks come in two varieties, water supply leaks and drain leaks. Although water supply leaks can do more damage faster, a leak of any kind should not be ignored. Just look at the Grand Canyon to see what water can do. Of course, always call a professional for drain cleaning in Bergen County if the leak is outside your knowledge or control.

Drain leaks most often occur around toilet drains, tub or shower drains, and under cabinets. They often show up as a spot on the ceiling below. If you see a water spot on your ceiling, check directly above for a leak. If you find nothing there check under all the fixtures and in every vanity. Often water will run across a ceiling and show up in a seam or low spot. It’s a good idea to check under all your cabinets periodically for leaks. If you find a problem you can often correct a small leak by just tightening the slip joint connections in the piping. If you have leaking metal p-traps you can probably change them to PVC for less than the price of a happy meal.

Another common plumbing problem is leaks from individual fixtures. These vary from refrigerator water filter leaks to leaking kitchen faucets. Most of the time there are individual fixture stops, or valves, which turn the water off to that fixture only. If so, this allows you to stop the water leak and still have water to the rest of the house. When you are checking under your cabinets pay careful attention to the stops and to the supply lines going to your faucets. These are prime places for leaks. Use your hands to feel for water on these since it is often hard to see a very small leak.

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Obviously you can spend as little or as much as you want on a wedding, but we have a lot of difficult decisions to make if we want to have a decent sized wedding that is not going to put us in the poor house. You start out by looking at the various wedding venues and what they are going to be able to provide. For instance it is a lot simpler if you have your wedding at a big hotel and they can take care of a lot of the things that you need. In particular you would be able to get them to put together a menu and feed the guests at the wedding reception. That is going to be a big part of the budget obviously. You can spend as much as you want to feed the guests, but it is usual for it to run something like fifty dollars per person, In fact the big thing is the number of wedding guests that you have to feed and provide drinks for. That is going to be one of the big budget items and we are trying to figure out what the minimum number is that we are going to be able to invite. It is going to be over a hundred people, probably something up around a hundred and thirty the way that it looks right now. If that is the case, then you are looking at something over six thousand dollars just for the food. If you have beer and liquor that is going to be a big expense as well, but we figure that it is something we can just opt out of. A lot of people are going to expect you to spring to help them get loaded, but we can just say we are afraid of getting sued if someone gets drunk and does something dumb.

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