Thanksgiving is nearly upon us and we are celebrating our 10th year of being in business and invite you to join us!
To join MyJoeCard at our 10 year celebration, call 913-271-2955 and mention this email.
In 2004, we launched www.myjoecard.com and began building a ‘Go Green’ and ‘Shop Local’ network of Kansas City area businesses. In the last decade we have grown to 100’s of business members and many tens of thousands of cardholders.
To celebrate, we are offering our best on marketing for Kansas City businesses!
We love Kansas City and we are grateful to grow and become a part of the community of greater Kansas City through partnering with local charities, non-profit organizations and also participating in many regional events with area businesses and attractions.
The Silicon Prairie has come a long way in the last 10 years. The KC online community has grown and blossomed tremendously. Where once we were just beginning to leave dial-up connections behind – we now are the envy of the World as Google Fiber has made us the starting point for their fiber-optic network delivering Gigabit Internet speeds!
We have a lot to be thankful for and we have decided to bundle together a package of our best and put it together at a better rate than we ever have before.
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Picking the winners and losers of week 12 in the NFL.
Last Week: 7-8. Season: 51-34 (60.00%).
Another Barn-Burner of a week in the NFL! Such parity! Such intruiging match-ups! Peyton Manning’s Prime-Time North American Tour of 2013 makes a stop in Foxborough, Mass where they get to play a wounded and dangerous Patriots team. Does Luck get lucky in the desert? Can KC rebound?
Let’s look at this week’s games.
New Orleans Saints at Atlanta Falcons (-2.5, -115)
In what is a lost season for Atlanta, the best they can hope for is to play spoiler versus the Saints. With a depleted roster, I don’t see that happening. I’ll go with the Saints. Saints 30, Falcons 23
Pittsburgh Steelers (-3) at Cleveland Browns
Pittsburgh woke up. Maybe it was the bumblebee unis, but whatever – it worked. I’ll roll with a rejuvenated Steelers squad on the road against a Cleveland team with too many issues. Steelers 21, Browns 10
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Detroit Lions (-3.5)
Detroit is hard to trust in non-marquee matchups. That said, they also play tough when their backs are against the wall. The Lions can’t afford to drop a game to this Bucs team. Gimme the home team. Lions 34, Bucaneers 21
Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay Packers (-4.5)
The Aaron Rodgers-less Packers are lacking punch. That said, I don’t think their QB situation is nearly as sad and desperate as that of the Vikings. The circus of incompetence can’t do much for morale in MN. Give me the Pack at Lambeau. Packers 20, Vikings 17 (OT)
San Diego Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs (-1)
Welcome back to Earth, Kansas City. The pressure is off. Just be yourself and go back to playing defense aggressively. The ghost of #58 seems to visit Arrowhead to lend a hand this year. Nothing against the Chargers – I just don’t think the Chiefs will lose a game at home this year to ANYONE. Chiefs 19, Chargers 14
Chicago Bears (-1) at St. Louis Rams
The Rams at home will be a tough win for Chicago. Which team will show up? The one that did everything NOT to win against Seattle? or the team that spanked Indy by a bundle? Chicago under Trestman is a consistent quality product that pulls through tough games. I’ll take the visiting Bears. Bears 28, Rams 20
Carolina Panthers at Miami Dolphins (-1.5)
This Carolina team is on a roll. The question is, can they maintain their focus against a Dolphins team in turmoil? Miami has proved to be dangerous with their backs against the wall – but Cam Newton is too much for the ‘fins. Panthers 38, Dolphins 27
New York Jets at Baltimore Ravens (-6)
I so want to pick the Jets to pull and upset here. They’re a win ugly team that pulls out the most unlikely victories. The Ravens have been playing very tough the last few weeks, but I think the Mr. Hyde Jets are going to steal one in Poe’s hometown. Jets 24, Ravens 20
Jacksonville Jaguars at Houston Texans (-10)
If Kubiak can’t let Case Keenum finish the game, then he may lose his job. Inserting Schaub is NOT the answer. I’m not saying Schaub isn’t good, I’m saying that Andre Johnson can’t HEAR HIM at the line of scrimmage because of the LOUD BOOING OF THE CROWD caused by Kubiak replacing Keenum with Schaub. C’mon Gary, let it go. Let the kid play. Texans 30, Jaguars 20
Indianapolis Colts at Arizona Cardinals (PK)
I don’t see the Luck getting lucky in the desert. There are many things great about Andrew Luck, but I must say he has been most fortuitous in many situations this year. Not this week. Not in the desert. The Cards are hitting stride with a focus on the postseason. Cardinals 24, Colts 21
Tennessee Titans at Oakland Raiders (-1)
Oakland is a team rising. The Titans are tough but lost. Although both teams are in turmoil at QB, Raider Nation thrives on this stuff. There is no ‘Titan Nation’. Gimme the dwellers of the Black Hole. Raiders 32, Titans 23
Dallas Cowboys at New York Giants (-2.5, -115)
Good God. Romo versus Eli in NYC. Do the overly-talented Dallas Cowboys roll into town and post a victory? Do the Giants stay on a roll? Hmmm. Cowboys 28, Giants 27
Denver Broncos at New England Patriots (-1.5)
Good Gravy. Manning-Brady in November. In Foxborough. An angry Pats team ready to smack down Manning. This game comes down to health and home field advantage. I’ll take New England in a huge upset. I don’t care if NE is favored – ANYONE beating the All-Madden Broncos of 2013 is an upset. Still . . . Patriots 45, Broncos 42 (OT)
Monday Night Game:
San Francisco 49ers (-1.5) at Washington Redskins
This tough, motivated 49ers team is playing for its postseason lives. On a Plane, on a Train, in the East, against the Least. I’ll take the beast. 49ers 27, Redskins 16
Picking the winners and losers of week 11 in the NFL.
Last Week: 9-5. Season: 44-26 (62.85%).
HUGE week in the NFL! The Chiefs finally square off against the Denver Mannings. The Eagles get a chance to show what they know, and many other noteworthy games.
On to the notes.
Indianapolis Colts (-1) at Tennessee Titans
Straight off you have a Titans team that got beat by the lowly Jaguars in week 10. Think it might have been a tough and emotional week for these guys? On the flipside, the Colts aren’t the same with Reggie Wayne. T-Rich isn’t explosive for the offense. A suddenly hot Rams team exposed the Colts as inconsistent at best last week in a 38-8 drubbing, In Indy! Look for the home team to exercise some demons this week. Titans 30, Colts 20
New York Jets at Buffalo Bills (-1.5)
The coin flip of the week. A case can be made for the Jets to win this one, but I don’t trust them. Too many recent snafus, headaches, heartaches, erratic decisions and butt fumbles for me to pick the Jets this week. The Bills team is on the rise, Manuel’s back and they are playing in Buffalo. Bills 16, Jets 10
Baltimore Ravens at Chicago Bears (PK)
Ravens are too erratic on the road. I’ll take Trestman’s Bears at Soldier Field in a November game. Bears 28, Ravens 21
Cleveland Browns at Cincinnati Bengals (-6)
Bounce-back week for Cincy in the battle of Ohio. Cleveland is nasty on D and pulls its wins out this year like a magic trick, but Cincy is nasty on D, explosive on O and playing at home. Bengals 34, Browns 23
Atlanta Falcons (-1) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Bucs finally put a scratch in the ‘W’ column last week against the Miami Black Eyes. It was only a matter of time (see their game in Seattle two weeks ago). Glennon, Revis, Schiano and the rest of the Buccaneers will get it together this week at home against a Falcons team that has gone adrift. Buccaneers 34, Falcons 30
Arizona Cardinals at Jacksonville Jaguars (PK)
Well, at least this isn’t on Monday Night Football this week. Cardinals 14, Panthers 13
Oakland Raiders at Houston Texans (-7.5)
Welcome Back, Kubiak. Case Keenum, J.J. Watt and the boys have missed you. I sense a very close one over a tough-minded Raiders team. RIP Todd Christensen. Texans 34, Raiders 31 (OT)
San Diego Chargers at Miami Dolphins (-3)
I know that west coast teams often have trouble flying back east for a game, but this Dolphins team is in turmoil and minus the left side of their offensive line. I expect a huge game from Philip Rivers. Gimme the Charge on the road. Chargers 38, Dolphins 21
Washington Redskins at Philadelphia Eagles (PK)
Has Chip Kelly re-adjusted to the adjustments made by the NFL? This game we figure out what Chip Kelly has figured out. Gimme the home team in a moment of truth. Philadelphia 42, Redskins 21
Detroit Lions at Pittsburgh Steelers (-3.5)
The Lions are roaring. Matt Stafford grew up against Dallas, and showed that in the victory last week at Chicago. Pittsburgh is tough at home, but are a shadow of their contender teams. I wonder what amazing thing Megatron will do this week? Lions 35, Steelers 24
Kansas City Chiefs at Denver Broncos (-7.5)
I agonized over this one for two weeks. It finally comes down to what I believe. I know this Chiefs team has been through the hottest of fires last year. The strongest steel of a team has been forged in Kansas City. It is passion, belief, mojo. It is winning nine weeks in a row. It is belief. I believe the Chiefs have some of the most amazing win-ugly luck ever simply because of the fact that they make their own luck through belief, preparation and effort. There is no fear. They already saw the worst that could happen last year. Manning is beat up, less mobile and is already hearing footsteps. Keep telling the Kansas City Chiefs that they can’t. They know better. Chiefs 31, Broncos 28
Minnesota Vikings at Seattle Seahawks (-6)
My upset of the week. The Seahawks are beatable at home (see the game versus the Bucs two weeks ago). The Vikings are looking to come to town and punch somebody in the mouth. Somewhere between a Jared Allen stamp and an Adrian Peterson cleat mark a Vikings victory will appear. Vikings 27, Seattle 20
San Francisco 49ers at New Orleans Saints (PK)
I like the 49ers team a lot. After a tough week 10 loss, they are playing for their playoff lives. I really have a hard time picking against the Saints in their ‘dome – but if the Jets can do it, the 49ers can do it better. Break out the paper bags. 49ers 38, Saints 34
Green Bay Packers at New York Giants (PK)
I don’t see a floundering and thin Packers team coming into NY and beating Eli Manning’s Giants. No way. Giants 42, Packers 10
Monday Night Game:
New England Patriots (-3) at Carolina Panthers
The bright lights on Monday Night Football finally have something to highlight. This Panthers team is H-O-T. Solid defense, solid personnel, freak-of-nature QB and confidence. Bill Belichick and Tom Brady have their hands full. I’ll take the Championship Quarterback on the Big Stage of MNF. Patriots 27, Panthers 21
I’ve always wanted to officially do this. So here goes:
New York Giants at Chicago Bears
Giants continue tailspin, Bears need a win to keep pace in Division. Bears 28, Giants 14
Cincinatti Bengals at Buffalo Bills
Bengals continue to flex and Bills rookie QB gets tough lesson. Bengals 31, Bills 17
Green Bay Packers at Baltimore Ravens
Green Bay will come in more motivated. Not sure which Ravens team will show up. Anyone got a coin to flip? Packers 35, Ravens 28
Detroit Lions at Cleveland Browns
An ugly game for Detroit with Megatron highly questionable to suit up. Cleveland seems to be getting the job done lately even though they traded T-Rich and their QB shuffle rolls on. I’ll take the home team. Browns 28, Lions 24
Carolina Panthers at Minnesota Vikings
I expect an emotion Vikings team delivering an excellent effort. Especially from ‘All Day’. Vikings 38, Panthers 21
St. Louis Rams at Houston Texans
Schaub gets well this week by thumping a snake-bit Rams team. Bradford continues to look confused. Texans 42, Rams 20
Oakland Raiders at Kansas City Chiefs
Chiefs finally get offense rolling and unwrap Dwayne Bowe this week. A dominating performance and a statement game by the Chiefs. All this in the middle of the World’s biggest BBQ party and LOUDEST NFL stadium (Sorry Seattle). Chiefs 44, Raiders 10
Pittsburg Steelers at New York Jets
The Ugly Bowl. I see Steelers rookie LaVeon Bell having a geat day against the J-E-T-S very tough defense. Steelers 24, Jets 20
Philadelphia Eagles at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Lots of question marks here. I believe the ego of Chip Kelly wills this victory. Eagles 31, Buccaneers 20
Jacksonville Jaguars at Denver Broncos
A 28-point spread? I’ll take the Jags and the points. I predict an actual game. Henne has a career day, ‘Sooner Magic’ makes an appearance in Denver and the Broncos look remarkably human. Denver still wins. Broncos 38, Jaguars 28
Tennessee Titans at Seattle Seahawks
Titans win by out-muscling the Seahawks. Seattle loses some mojo and a home game. Titans 23, Seahawks 20
New Orleans Saints at New England Patriots
New Orleans is going to do to the Pats what the Pats used to do to everyone else. Wilfork is missed. Saints 35, Patriots 14
Arizona Cardinals at San Francisco 49ers
Kaep has an injured foot. Cardinals smell blood. Cardinals 27, 49ers 20
Washington Redskins at Dallas Cowboys
Romo earns his money this week as the ‘Boys roll in Jerryville. Cowboys 41, Redskins 20
Monday Night Game:
Indianapolis Colts at San Diego Chargers
Andrew Luck is even better this year. T-Rich gets back on track. Bad news for the Chargers. Colts 34, Chargers 27
We have very exciting news for Leawood, KS residents: Monday night (August 19th, 2013), the City Council for Leawood, KS voted to bring Google Fiber to town. An announcement was made to this effect on the Google Fiber blog by Rachel Hack, Google Fiber Community Manager. This comes quickly after the recent announcement on August 5th that Google Fiber will be coming for Prairie Village, Kansas as well.
This is wonderful and exciting news!
In a previous post(7/26) about the need for the remaining communities in the greater Kansas City area to ‘get on board’, I lamented the delay of a handful of cities to approve Google Fiber. Now there are only a few more communities in the are to go, namely:
Overland Park, KS
Come on City Council members, please release your residents from ‘Technological Limbo’. Google Fiber is one of the most exciting things to ever happen to the greater KC area, and it isn’t fair to your residents to continue delaying the vote. Please put politics aside and place progress at the forefront.
From the ‘Late July Summertime Edition’ (MyJoeCard’s newsletter). Originally posted 7/26/2013 here.
Have you signed up for Google Fiber yet or pre-registered? It is a very exciting time to live in the Greater Kansas City Metropolitan area – as the Silicon Prairie is being established.
Unless you live or work in one of the areas that is noticeable NOT ON BOARD YET. I’m talking to you: Overland Park, Lenexa, Leawood, Independence and Prairie Village. As shown in the map below (thank you, Jenna), nearly EVERY CITY in the metro area has figured out how to get on board with one of the most exciting things to ever happen to the Greater Kansas City Metro area.
Next Saturday will mark the one year anniversary of an additional city in the metro area making an announcement that their community had reached an agreement with Google Fiber. Since then, over a dozen communities have joined in to expand the Silicon Prairie.
But not Overland Park, or Leawood, or Prairie Village, or Independence, or Lenexa.
This morning I spoke with Sean Reilly, the Public Information Officer at the City of Overland Park and he was able to share an approved status update of the situation: “The city has expressed its interest in Google offering its services to the residents and businesses of Overland Park, KS, and the city is continuing to pursue those services with enthusiasm.”.
Reilly also was able to share that if a new company were to be in the process of bringing services to the city of Overland Park – that there are protocols and non-disclosures that would be in place and therefore limiting and/or preventing release of any informational updates per said agreements.
My takeaway from this is that if Google is excited to roll-out the entire metro area, AND Overland Park, KS is enthusiastic about having Google Fiber provide its service to residents – then it is probably a matter of time (who knows what paperwork and red-tape gymnastics would be involved in getting something like this together).
Sean Reilly said he would welcome me sharing his contact information in my newsletter for residents that want to weigh in on Google Fiber coming to Overland Park, KS. So, to reach Sean Reilly – contact him by email at Sean.Reilly@opkansas.org or call his line at 913-895-6109.
If you are also excited to see Google Fiber be a part of your AS-YET-UNANNOUNCED city – PLEASE take a moment today and let your city officials know. If you live in one of the following communities – please take a moment and weigh in with a call, an email or both:
Founding a business of any kind requires many things of the person ‘crazy’ enough to ‘go for it’. It takes a lot of guts to jump out there and say “Okay World, I’m starting a business named _(x)_, and we will be providing _(y)_ to the _(z)_ market”.
I’ve decided to start a series of blog posts devoted to exploring the many things that go into starting your own business. There’s a lot to it.
First, I admire anyone that has the guts to take the ‘Leap of Faith’ and start their own business – it is an exciting and scary proposition. In addition to starting my own business, I have had the pleasure of consulting scores of new entrepreneurs/business owners (and potential ones) in nearly every industry for over nine years.
There are many things that entrepreneurs have in common across all industries, the foremost being that for every business that you see – there is a person(s) with a dream behind it. Once you fully realize and appreciate what it takes to manifest a dream, you can’t help but appreciate the journey that someone has undertaken. I believe everyone should start their own business at some point in life – even a smaller business – just for the experience.
There is magic there when someone endeavors to make their dreams a reality.
I will explore some of the elements and milestones that come with starting and building a business. From Goethe quotes and interviews with local business owners – to ‘crazy energy’ and ‘war rooms’.
When I jumped in and started my company, I did not have all of the answers, I was not able to build a business plan for investors, it was impossible – as there were no other businesses like www.myjoecard.com with a business model to use for comparison.
What I did have was passion, drive and vision. I KNEW that the business was going to work. I was ABSOLUTELY sure. Once I took stock of my experiences, expertise and resources (I.e. the rest of my life), I knew I could make it happen – the idea was so compelling that there was no way that I could keep myself from ‘going for it’.
Everyone comes up with ideas at different times in their life for new products, services, types of business, etc., but it is the ideas that are tremendously compelling that ‘snare’ you.
One thought I wrote in my journal:
“You can’t start out with all of the answers. You have to go out and earn them.”
A review of the Medical Aesthetics clinic at Mirabile M.D. Beauty, Health & Wellness.
Expertise is a wonderful thing, and more so as the product of a professional that has devoted themselves to not only completely understanding their line of work, products and services – but that has spent over a decade as an industry pioneer and leading expert in their field teaching other industry professionals. THAT is impressive in any industry. When it comes to the Medical industry? Wow!
Such is MedCosmetic by Mirabile M.D. Beauty, Health and Wellness – a new client that I am very excited to have as a member at www.myjoecard.com (anytime we get to add an industry leader and pioneer it is cause for celebration. Dr. Mirabile decided to celebrate by extending a few great offers through MyJoeCard.Com!
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Stop in today and get a Free MyJoeCard at our offices at I-435 & Roe! (see map below)
Meet Dr. James Mirabile
If you’re looking for a quality skin care clinic in Kansas City that treats just about every skin type or condition AND that offers the latest techniques in non-surgical skin care – then you should make an appointment with Mirabile M.D. MedCosmetic in Overland Park. Aesthetics Pioneer, Dr. James Mirabile is MedCosmetic’s founder (1999) and on-site Medical Director.
How good is Dr. Mirabile? What does this experience mean to you?
Effective treatments, and
Peace of mind.
Not only is Dr. Mirabile a local skin care industry leader, but also a noted expert on laser treatments – providing training for doctors and medical professionals on a national level. An invited lecturer and instructor, Dr. Mirabile is renowned for his expertise in the industry – overseeing the incorporation of non-surgical aesthetics into the practices of medical offices around the country.
At MedCosmetic you are welcomed into the most capable and caring of environments boasting an experienced and highly-trained staff (Registered Nurses and Licensed Aestheticians).
Medical Aesthetics (List of Services)
MedCosmetic takes pride in providing results-oriented treatment plans, offering a full suite of skin care services:
With a goal of providing patients with beauty, health and wellness, Mirabile M.D. understands the importance of other factors that affect clients (I.e. weight issues, hormone deficiency, depression, migraine headaches) – and how they can not only impact aesthetics challenges (I.e. wrinkles, rosacea, acne, et al.) but be debilitating in their own right.
If you are ready to experience the finest in Medical Aesthetics, then call Mirabile M.D. now to reserve time for a consultation.
I thought to include a couple of testimonials in this review (especially the links below to two of the video testimonials).
“Having a doctor on-site was really key in why I selected Mirabile M.D. MedCosmetic to do any procedures.” – Kelly Krehbiel, Kansas City
“I work with 20 year olds, my whole staff are in their 20’s and I always feel like the old man. Being a guy walking into a med spa I was a little nervous because I thought it might be a girly place, but I was really surprised that it was gender neutral and I felt really comfortable.” – Jerry Jackson, Kansas City
Please welcome MedCosmetic to our network. Mirabile M.D. Beauty, Health & Wellness is “Your one-stop shop for total wellness” and their Overland Park location (see map above) is a CardCenter for MyJoeCards! Please stop in and pick up a card for free (just ask!).
what fools we are little lamps of divinity
shining, outshining and dimming
blinking on for the first time
blinking out for the last
worried about the style of our shade
our function is to shine elegantly, exquisitely
and amplify our brightness unto the world
little fools that blink and worry
be glad for charge and connection
to The Almighty power-soul-source
our charge is given
our brightness to the world is our purpose
Young and old, big and small – the future is ready, are you? It spreads in the daring minds of pioneers. Architects of the future are now increasingly valued in the World – more than at any time in recent memory. Those minds are being encouraged and fed greater resources.
Resources to build, room to dream, frontiers to conquer, sails to set and horizons to eye.
It is happening.
Today, explorers and adventurers have the ‘royal ear’ and the New World is here once again. It is our same old World seen through transformative eyes . . .
Google is sending out the fearless, the bold, and are planting flags of the future in the Heart of America. A new product launching called Google Fiber – and running glass – fiber optic cable, to connect the World in ways in which we should have already been connected. As daring and bold as it is, what we are seeing is merely the groundwork for what is to come – people connecting, sharing, building new things – better things for a better tomorrow.
The only foes in this bright and exciting New World are those keepers of the old order – fat, complacent cats dining on old hoarded cheese. The Fiberbahn is being built, line-by-line, street-by-street, pole-by-pole, city-by-city, and mind-by-mind. When someone jumps in to build a better World, a better way – open your mind and wallet and get on board. Buy-in and build.
Enjoy being part of building and creating the new and improved – FOR REAL.
Don’t think 20% better, or twice as good . . . .
Think 100 Times – Faster, More Powerful. The old ISP and cable feudal lords know that the ‘gig is up’. Sad that someone entirely outside the industry had to come in and build a platform for the future – but there is much excitement, because a fiber-optic network is finally underway. The clamor for Google Fiber is resounding throughout our land – ask any city leader about the calls and emails that they get, saying “Can we get it? When can we get it??!”.
Indeed. Thank you, Google for having the vision and guts to begin building what will hopefully grow into a nationwide fiber-optic network. And thank you for choosing Kansas City as your first market.
The light is shining, the future is here – and it is double-parked . . . Let’s Go! Envision how our bright future will look and help build it.
There are no monsters in the uncharted waters. The Earth is not flat. The waters of the oceans don’t spill off the edge of the map into oblivion.
There are new vistas to behold, new ground to break – and it is all around you as far as you can see – wherever you are.
I see the pioneers of today building the World that they want to live in. Bob Bigelow is building a fleet for travel into space with plans for a lunar settlement and he is making progress. Ree Drummond, ‘The Pioneer Woman’ (and dear friend) has built a fairytale into a televised, and best-selling reality in Pawhuska, Oklahoma! I can’t wait to dine at her new restaurant that is in the works (from what a little bird told me).
Google is laying a fiber optic network which will transform the way we live in ways that we are just now starting to imagine – and providing tools and opportunity – necessary means for us, our children and the leaders of tomorrow in America – to employ.
Build the future, think of ONE HUNDRED TIMES . . . Bigger, Better, Stronger, Faster.
Be part of a New Renaissance of all communications, commerce, products, services and their exponential impact of their application.
Leave complacency behind – on the couch, in the cubicle. Re-think goals, dare to dream ‘What if?’ and put on your running shoes and join in.
I’ll see you on the frontier.
The world as I see it, from Austin, TX to Kansas City