Google Fiber to Leawood, KS

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the google fiber rabbitWe 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
  • Independence, MO
  • Lenexa, 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.

The future is now, why on Earth would you delay?

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When will Overland Park, KS finally vote to bring Google Fiber to residents?

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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.

google fiber rollout map

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.

Why?

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:

Enjoy the weekend!

- Joe

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Taking the Leap of Faith, part 1

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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”.

Taking a leap of faith.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.”

 

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Skin Care by MedCosmetic “The finest Medical Aesthetics clinic in Kansas City and the Midwest”

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Skin Care by MedCosmetic

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!"Beauty, inside and out"

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!

  1. Receive $50 OFF any laser treatment w/ MyJoeCard* (good for any laser treatment of $90 or more, cannot be combined with other offers, call for details), Expires 6/28/13.
  2. Save $50 off Medi-Weightloss: Receive $50 OFF your First Visit to Medi-Weightloss Clinics® w/ MyJoeCard* (cannot be combined w/ other offers, call for details), Expires 6/28/13.
  3. 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?

  1. Quality,
  2. Effective treatments, and
  3. 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:

  1. Botox & Dysport
  2. Facials & Chemical Peels
  3. HydraFacial MD
  4. Laser Hair Removal
  5. Active FX Laser
  6. Venus Microlaser Peel
  7. Aura & Lyra Laser
  8. Dermal Fillers
  9. Body Contouring/VelaShape II
  10. Reveal® Imager, and more

Location: Kansas City

Serving Kansas City from their first floor offices at the SE corner of I-453 & Roe. Address is 4550 W. 109th Street, Suite 130 in Overland Park, KS – MedCosmetic is an integrated part of Mirabile M.D. Beauty, Health and Wellness.

Beauty, Botox, Health & Wellness at I-435 & Roe

Mirabile M.D.’s approach is to treat the whole person – inside as outside. Providing Botox and other leading medical aesthetics treatments, Mirabile M.D. also offers patients a synergistic approach to weight loss, bio-identical hormone therapy and gynecological treatment. We understand that depression, hormone deficiency, migraines or weight issues can be as debilitating as acne, unsightly hair growth, rosacea or wrinkles.

“Your one-stop shop for total wellness.”

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.

Beauty, Health & Wellness913-888-7546

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!).

 

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Infinite Light (New Poem from June 5, 2013)

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Infinite Light

what fools we are
Infinite Light is our power source - we need to spread light - it is our function.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 placement

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

Joe Wooldridge
June 5th, 2013 @ 3:28am.

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Defining the Future – Kansas City’s Opportunity

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Dear People and Companies of the World,

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 . . .

New Kansas City, New Austin soon.

What will we call that place on the slopes? New Provo sounds nice!

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.

Ford, Chevy, Sony, Microsoft, Apple and Small Businesses – there are new ‘roads’ being built for your products and services. Get off your laurels – the time to act is now – and ever now.

Kansas City Areas Eligible for Google Fiber (as of 05/08/2013).

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).

I LOVE Ree, she calls me 'Josefus'!
I LOVE Ree, she calls me ‘Josefus’!

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.

– Joe

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Alee (New Poem from May 1, 2013)

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Alee

At times in my mind
So perfectly locked away – so freeLove never dies, it sails at night
Free from sailing and crying
From flailing and worry
The slight tinnitus rings
Like a billion faint nano-locusts

Times of inner peace amid global turmoil
God is present, biding, tending
Lending a loving hand
Guiding this ship captain through
Rocks, reefs, mortal enemies, and Djinni
Nailing whitecaps at full sail

Alee I sit in my mind
Pondering the mundane, the obtuse
The infinite, and the unlikely
Nascently seeking uncharted waters
Beauteous mermaids and angels
To break the heart of darkness

Shattered so strongly sending fifty million
Diamond splinters raining upward and outward
To light the infinite sky
With reminders of Love’s courage
To show that someone cared so much
A universe, born of fury, chasing forever away

Joseph Wooldridge
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 @11:54am.

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“Move Over Rover” – Google Fiber Is Coming To Olathe, Kansas!

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Google Fiber has announced that Olathe, KS is on the slate to receive Google Fiber’s 1,000Mbs Internet Service. We Love it!

Google Fiber Olathe MyJoeCard

We are very excited that Google Fiber will be coming to Olathe, KS! Seriously, 100 Times faster than normal broadband Internet service is hard to fathom – we can easily imagine 2x faster or even 10x faster . . . . At the absolutely excellent rates Google Fiber is being offered at – there is NO REASON why someone shouldn’t be jumping-up-and-down excited to choose one of the packages they are offering.

Now you can get the new Google Fiber MyJoeCards. They are available at some of the newer CardCenters (like All Tech Electric & Contracting or Villa Medici Apartments).

As well you can order 1, 2, 5, 10, 25, 50 or 100 and we will mail them directly to you. Let us know if you are having a special event for your neighborhood as well.

To order online click here.

We are very excited that Google Fiber will be coming to Olathe, KS! Seriously, 100 Times faster than normal broadband Internet service is hard to fathom – we can easily imagine 2x faster or even 10x faster . . . . At the absolutely excellent rates Google Fiber is being offered at – there is NO REASON why someone shouldn’t be jumping-up-and-down excited to choose one of the packages they are offering.

Check out Google Fiber online here: google.com/fiber

See Google Fiber at MyJoeCard by clicking here.

If you are very interested in Google Fiber, you should inquire about being an ‘Ambassador’ or ‘Advocate’ for your area or neighborhood. Visit this page: https://fiber.google.com/tell/ to access flyers to pass out for your neighborhood and more info on helping champion a very exciting and worthy cause.

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Google Fiber’s First Neighborhood Launch Party in Kansas City on September 29th, 2012. With Fur and Joe.

I can’t think of many things more exciting than having the World’s most amazing Internet Service across all areas of greater Kansas City . . . and then the rest of the United States.

Beautiful stuff. Historic events.

Have a great weekend!

Joe

 

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An Alleluia Dressed In Black (New Poem from March 2, 2013)

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An Alleluia Dressed In Blackjulie ann palmer, kristen lamourie, joan severance, sabrina gibson

Hey dynamite, lightly-tousled Angel-sprite
Did you levitate the night?
Elegance saunters, subtle swagger
I want to know about this river
When it runs so fierce a current
And lays aside cool eddying pools.

Sent from mountains far away
After falling from the sky
Nourishing gift from Heaven
– prayed for, danced for
Dressed in thunder
Heralded by lightning skies.

Delicate pearls of life
Driven by myriad winds
– to awaken
– to remember
– to send doubt running . . .
A torrent.

An Alleluia dressed in black,
Washing away the drought of fears,
Pattering on the roof of the mind,
Melodies to the surrounded, easily
The most gorgeous thing I have ever seen.

Joseph Wooldridge
Saturday, March 2nd, 2013 @2:55am.

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Who to call with an electrical problem? In Overland Park (and JoCo) it’s an easy decision 24/7.

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I’ve picked up my horn. Not the French Horn, but the Bullhorn.

It is tough to find competent, experienced contractors that are also honest with needed repairs and reasonable in price. I mean, we all have to keep the lights on in business – so to speak – but it is nice to find a hard-working pro that comes out and meets you face-to-face for an estimate and who has a genuine interest in solving your problem to your satisfaction.

Our choice of electricians in Overland Park, KS is (drum roll please):

All Tech Electric & Contacting LLC

6400 W. 110th St.
Overland Park, KS 66211 **Get MyJoeCard Here**

913-963-1116
Hours: 24/7 *Emergency Electrical Repair Service*

Electrician near Kansas City - 24 hours a day

They’ve also got a pretty sweet deal going with www.myjoecard.com:

Save $25 off 1st Service w/ MyJoeCard!

The rest of the ‘blurb’ at the website hits the main points:

  1. Call a quality, experienced electrician (30+ years) that will personally meet you for any consultation and estimates, and supervise every project on site.
  2. No extra charge for evening or weekend service.
  3. Punctual, Professional, Honest and Reliable.
  4. Licensed, Bonded & Insured.
  5. Call 24/7.
  6. Emergency service available in Kansas City.
  7. No job too small!

All Tech Electric and Contracting in Overland Park, KS (Video)

All Tech’s personnel of Master Electricians are top-notch, friendly, professional and very social. If you check their Facebook page, you’re likely to end up at a local commerce/business shindig with pizza, strawberries and the world’s best chocolate cookies (guilty!).

Their excellent location near College Blvd and Nall ensures quick service to surrounding areas in Leawood, Overland Park, Prairie Village, Lenexa and Kansas City.

All-Tech Electric & Contacting provides both residential and commercial services in the greater Kansas City area. Expect accurate diagnoses of electrical problems, and performance of quality work for all electrical repair service (I.e. switches, outlets, service panels, upgrading of electrical wiring, GFCI, emergency backup generators, etc.). With that service you also receive a 1 Year Parts Warranty.

A team of licensed master electricians handles all projects and service calls. Want to know more about how their team repairs switches / outlets, ensures safety and protection, solves electrical service panel issues and performs wiring upgrades? Visit their site at: www.kansas-electrician.com.

Don’t forget to mention MyJoeCard for your $25 off 1st Service special!

– Joe

 

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The world as I see it, from Austin, TX to Kansas City