Posted tagged ‘John Kreuzer’

We’ve Hit 1,000,000!!!!

April 15, 2011

1 million page views! How does that even happen?????

Thanks to everyone who comes by and reads this stuff. It amazes me how many people come here on a daily basis, read what I have to write and care enough to leave their thoughts/comments.

Really…I’m not that interesting 🙂

Here’s to reaching 2 million in 2012!

Thank You! 1,000,000 Times. Thank You!

April 14, 2011

As I’m writing this post, Kreuzer’s Korner currently stands at 999,450 page views. Absolutely amazing!

When I started the blog, I never thought I’d hit 1,000 or even 10,000. For some reason, after the first couple months, people started to stop by. The amount of readers seemed to grow daily.

Now, to be sitting 500 page views from 1 million? I’m speechless! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

I’m glad that everyone has found a place to come…to read…to have a discussion. For the most part…we’ve kept it clean 🙂

Whether it’s been Casey/Caylee Anthony, music, sports, politics, world news…I hope that I’ve been able to bring some information into your lives! Yeah…sometimes the stories aren’t earth shattering…but it’s been stuff that I’ve been interested in 🙂

So…here’s to the next 1 million page views!!!

Casey Anthony, Family, Politics and More…

March 13, 2009

Hey everyone. I’ve had some time to think recently. I’ve had a great time writing this blog for, wow it’s been over 9 months now. I can’t believe how many people have actually stopped by to read the stories that I put up everyday. Somewhere in the neighborhood of 425,000 people have read and I appreciate each and every one of you.

I’m writing this post today because I’ve decided that I’m going to be taking a bit of a break, of sorts, and I’m going to be cutting back a bit on the number of stories I put up each day. I typically post a bunch early in the morning and in the evening. Sometimes you can easily see 15-20 posts a day! But, I’ve found that I want to spend more of this time with my family, my kids and my wife. They’re my life and after spending 8-10 hours a day working, I just don’t have the time to devote to writing so many blog posts.

More than likely, I’ll drop down to 2-3 posts a day, if that. Some days there may be more but, I’m just tired. It happens to us all I’m sure!

I’ve spoken to a couple of you personally over the past couple of days via email to let you know that this is something I’ve been meaning to do for a long time. Sometimes, we spend too much time online and not with our love ones. I’ve had the chance to spend all day today with my daughter and it has been SOOO much fun. I’ve had a few issues to deal with on the site here that I just finally had to take care of. I was losing a bit of control of what was being written in terms of comments and I was losing the people who were my daily readers. The ones who kept the discussions going and these people are the ones who I write for because they love the discussion and sometimes the back and forth of opinions. But they were the ones who always kept things tactful and decent. That has always been my goal of this site. To make this a place where anyone would feel comfortable.

For the past few weeks, I don’t think everyone felt comfortable anymore, and I apologize for this. I’ve been so busy that I just haven’t had the time to monitor the discussions to be sure that everyone was respecting the “rules” that I have. Well I can tell you that things should be much better moving forward. Who knows, maybe after a little while I’ll get back to posting more often 🙂

But for now, you’ll still see posts, just not as frequent. I’ll still be following politics, sports, music, the Casey Anthony trial and more. But I spend enough time at work everyday working on a computer. I don’t need to spend the rest of the day/night on it as well 🙂

Thanks for everyone’s support, stopping by, leaving comments and (for the most part) being respectful to the site. I hope that you’ll continue to stop by and say hello. You’ve got my email address, so feel free to drop me a line or check the blogroll for my other pages (MySpace, Facebook, Twitter).

As for now, it’s time to put the kids to bed. Gotta love em!

Have a great weekend!!!

John “The Roaddawg” Kreuzer

TIME Magazine Article (I’m In It)

February 19, 2009

We’re in the print issue dated March 2 and should be in stores soon!!! Kate Winslet is on the cover, just FYI!

UPDATE: I’m on the COVER too in a small picture in the top right corner next to the March 2, 2009 date 🙂

But if you want a peek, the article is available online now.

Its a brief 2-3 paragraph mention near the end of the article but it’s still great to be a part of an article in TIME Magazine.

I’ve got a link to it below and the full text of the article and an “OK” picture of us (no kids though) 🙂

I love the “worried” look on my face! The only thing I wish could have been included in this article is how much my in-laws were a help to us. I feel as though the section is too slanted to how we helped them when in reality, we helped each other. They were very instrumental in making things work and I don’t want to come across as looking as though we supported them. This is not the case. We supported each other 🙂

Now we can be as famous as Casey Anthony! Without the drama that comes with it of course!!

Credit: Mark Richards

Credit: Mark Richards

From TIME:

Jennifer Bliss was no fledgling lawyer when she moved back in with her parents. At 39, she had burned through her retirement funds after losing her law-firm job in July 2007. She gave the bank the keys to the home she was unable to sell in Grand Rapids, Mich., and last November, she packed up her two Great Danes and moved about 60 miles, to Lansing, to live with her mother and stepfather. “This has been awful,” says Bliss, who has sent out some 600 résumés nationwide looking for legal work or a managerial position in another field. “I went to law school to have a solid profession so that I wouldn’t wind up in a situation like this.”

The term boomerang children used to refer to young adults moving back in with their parents, but the recession is forcing people in their 30s and 40s and older–often with a spouse and kids in tow–to bunk in with the ‘rents until they regain their financial footing. Since the recession began in December 2007, the U.S. has lost 3.6 million jobs. An AARP survey released in May found that more than a third of retirees have had to help a child pay bills in the past year. And the number of multigenerational households has increased from 5 million in 2000 to 6.2 million in 2008, according to AARP. Cramped quarters, wounded pride and general anxiety about the global economic crisis do not the most pleasant living situation make. But there are ways to ease the transition.

Talk about expectations. And be sure to discuss one another’s needs up front, says Brian Carpenter, a psychology professor at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo. Failure to do so can lead to a lot of friction. That’s what happened when Michael Gallagher, 40, moved in with his mother in Los Angeles in October 2007 after he was downsized from his job as an audio engineer. “When he came home to live, I was thinking ‘family,’ and he was thinking ‘roommate,'” says BJ Gallagher, 59, an author and a video producer. “I would feel bad when he wouldn’t say hello when he walked in the door.” At the same time, her son felt she was checking up on him and “lurking” around, she says. “We both ended up disappointed and annoyed until we discussed it and dealt with it.”

Donna Butts, executive director of Generations United, an intergenerational advocacy group based in Washington, says it’s a good idea to create an approximate timetable for achieving specific goals (à la “get a job,” “move out”).

Build in privacy. If possible, everyone should have at least some space of his or her own. For instance, when Michael Gallagher took over the part of his mother’s house that she had been using as an office, she moved her computer and video equipment into a much smaller room adjoining her bedroom. “We each needed our own space. There was no way around that,” BJ says of the rearranging she did to accommodate her son.

Share household expenses. Pay parents rent, or help with bills, and take over chores like mowing the lawn. “This way, everyone is helping in some way, and no one feels taken advantage of,” says Elizabeth Carll, a psychologist in Huntington, N.Y., who is an expert on dealing with stress. Bliss does all the cooking and cleaning. Michael Gallagher buys his own food, and beyond that, his mother says, he has “paid in trade” by persuading her to have the hip replacement she had needed for a while and by taking care of her postsurgery.

Grandparents rule. In late 2006, John Kreuzer, 30, and his wife moved from Portland, Ore., into his in-laws’ house in San Jose, Calif., because he got a p.r. job in Silicon Valley. They decided to keep staying there–with their two little kids–because Kreuzer’s father-in-law was laid off. As the job market got tighter, it just made sense for everyone to share living expenses in such a high-cost area, Kreuzer says.

Along the way, there have been differences of opinion when it comes to child-rearing. Kreuzer has explained to his children that they must abide by their grandparents’ rules, e.g., no roughhousing indoors. “My in-laws really help out with the kids while my wife and I are working,” he says. “I know that once we move out, my children will miss their time together with Grandma and Pop-Pop.”

Once we move out? That brings up one last point.

Be realistic. The economy has to turn around someday, and in the meantime, rents are falling.

In March, Kreuzer and his family are moving into a nearby town house with rent so cheap, he can continue to help his in-laws pay their monthly bills.

Michael Gallagher also found a killer deal on a rental. He moved out of his mom’s place in November, but she has yet to rearrange her stuff. “I’m not moving anything back just yet,” she says. “With this awful economy, he could boomerang right back in here.”

Time Magazine: Friday, February 20…Get It!!!

February 12, 2009

I finally got word that the TIME Magazine article featuring my family and I will be on newsstands Friday, February 20.

Not sure how long the article is, how much of it we’re in, or if they’re gonna use the photos they took. I’ll know when everyone else does!

As most of you know, the story is about how families have come together during tough economic times to help each other out.

For two years, my wife, two children and I lived together with my in laws. My father in law has been going through a difficult time since he was laid off and although we had hoped to move out after only a few short months, it just made more sense for us to continue living together. We all got along (pretty well) and my in laws got to see their grandchildren every day. I know they loved that 🙂

I hope it’s a good story. I hope that there’s nothing negative. Now I have to sweat it out until then to read it 🙂

We’re gonna have our fifteen minutes of fame! Much less time than the whole Casey/Caylee Anthony story, that’s for sure!

Pick up a copy if you want to read! I’ll post the story here when it comes out.

Customs and Courtesies Around the World

December 29, 2008

Time to take a break from Caylee and Casey Anthony and other stories I’ve been writing about in the past few months to highlight this article from MSNBC which I’m included in 🙂

From MSNBC:

When President Bush ducked a pair of shoes thrown by an Iraqi reporter during a recent press conference in Baghdad, he called it “one of the most weird moments” of his presidency. Anyone familiar with Iraqi culture knew immediately, though, that hurling shoes at someone wasn’t just weird — in Iraq it’s a sign of contempt.

The “shoe incident” reminded PR account executive John Kreuzer of the “peace sign incident” and a lesson he learned back in 1992. While visiting Australia, former president George H.W. Bush flashed a peace sign with his palm facing inward. That gesture, Kreuzer’s junior-high-school history teacher explained in class the next day, “actually means the same thing as giving the middle finger in many countries. He intended to give the normal two-fingered peace sign but made the mistake of giving it backwards.”

So what’s important to know as we trek around the world? We asked experienced travelers for their advice about traditions that can open doors and keep you out of trouble.

Meet and greet
Samantha Brown, host of the Travel Channel’s “Passport to Great Weekends,” has noticed that in France and Latin America especially, people treat their stores and shops as if they are their personal homes,” so she urges travelers to make a special point of greeting shop owners when entering a store and saying goodbye on the way out. She admits that doing this in France at first seemed strange to her, “since in NYC the unspoken rules are ‘You don’t acknowledge me, I don’t acknowledge you.’” But when she tried making the extra effort, she discovered that “shop owners responded. Sometimes they’d even go out of their way by speaking in English to help me.”

Terms, tipping and nose-blowing
When planning a trip in the Australian Outback, “Remember that the term ‘highway’ in Australia might not refer to a high-speed, high-capacity road” says guidebook author Laine Cunningham. “It can mean anything from a freeway to a two-lane road with crumbling edges that cuts through extremely remote territory. Always carry extra fuel, water and spare tires.” And once you get somewhere, “Tipping is not done Down Under … unless they hear your American accent,” she adds. “The exception is taxi drivers, who also don’t receive tips from locals but are notorious for pressuring Americans for tips.”

On a trip to Mexico, management consultant Lisa Koss was reprimanded for putting change onto the counter for a purchase. A Mexican colleague told her that it was considered disrespectful to mindlessly “pay the countertop” instead of putting the change into the person’s hand and making eye contact. “By giving the money more intentionally, you are acknowledging the person while making a transaction,” says Koss.

Heading to Nepal? Leon Logothetis, host of the Fox Reality TV show “Amazing Adventures of a Nobody,” says that it’s a sign of respect to take off your shoes when you enter a temple or someone’s home. “Also, it seems that blowing your nose in public is not approved of,” he says.

For more on the meaning of gestures in other countries, global culture trainer Peggy Hazard swears by the books in Roger Axtell’s “Do’s and Taboos” series and warns travelers to pay careful attention to what they do with their hands. “Direct hand gestures and individual fingers have vastly different meanings all over the world and can even be construed as offensive,” says Hazard. “The OK sign of circling the thumb and index finger doesn’t always mean ‘OK.’ It’s considered vulgar in Brazil and Germany and means ‘worthless’ in France.”

Is that a yes or a no?
Sometimes you don’t even need to say or do much of anything to get into trouble in another country. Strategic foreign policy consultant Charles Francis says he had a hard time remembering that “unlike the rest of the world, Bulgarians shake their heads from side to side to indicate ‘yes’ and use an up and down movement when they’re saying ‘no.’”

While having dinner with his daughter one evening at a quaint little restaurant in rustic Dimitrovgrad, Francis got his yes’s and no’s mixed up. “My daughter had to help poor old dad home after I mistakenly shook my head “no” (which in Bulgarian means “yes”) when the young lady in the restaurant asked if I wanted another bottle of wine.”

More tips from around the globe
Staff members of the public TV program “Worldfocus” not only want you to stay up to date on current affairs, they want you to be mindful of your travel manners.

A few other tips when globetrotting:

  • “Don‘t pull your hand away if an Arab businessman walking with you takes your hand and holds it as you go. It’s a sign of friendship,” assistant producer Mohammad Al-Kassim, a Palestinian from Jerusalem, advises.
  • In Asia, “When taking stuff from others, use both of your hands. And when sitting, sit still. Don’t shake your feet or rest your feet on the chair,” says assistant producer Hsin-Yin Lee, who is from Taiwan.
  • When eating in Europe, remember that “it’s very rude to put a piece of bread on your plate. Leave it on the table beside the plate. Also remember to break the bread with your hands and not with a knife,” notes production assistant Illaria Mignatti, who is from Milan.
  • In Russia, it’s taboo to give an even number of flowers, warns researcher Christine Kiernan. “Always buy odd numbers. Bunches of even-numbered flowers are for funerals.”
  • Mind your words, author and foreign language expert Mark Frobose warns, because they often don’t mean what you think. “In Spanish, ‘embarazada’ does not mean ‘embarrassed,’ it means ‘pregnant.’” he explains. “And ‘constipado’ means ‘stuffy nose.’”

The lesson learned? Before setting out to visit a foreign country, it’s a good idea to study up on the traditions and customs of that land. That goes for presidents as well as travelers without spokespeople to explain any unintended gestures.

Harriet Baskas writes msnbc.com’s popular weekly column, The Well-Mannered Traveler. She is the author of the “Stuck at the Airport” blog, a contributor to National Public Radio and a columnist for USATODAY.com.

Kreuzer’s Korner Now On Twitter

November 9, 2008

I signed up for a Twitter account a while back so everyone can follow posts on the site.

Here’s the link.

Enjoy!