Thursday, October 25, 2012

Lists and the Future of Lists @

Lists are often personal and get us through the day. believes lists are to be shared and offers a infographic showing the Future of Lists.  After going to their website I am thinking about how to use this list sharing tool.  I would welcome comments on the potential usefulness of in your world.  Read more about lists and vision.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Business Growth in Dripping Springs North

In 2005 West Hill Center stood as the lone commercial site a half mile north of Fitzhugh Road.  Now it is part of a landmark business zone called Dripping Springs North. 

The chart shows these Ranch Road 12 businesses with offices in and next to West Hill Center.

Business Activity

R R 12    

West Hill Center
Offices & Meeting Space

West Hill Center Tenants

Werth Properties Management
Business Oversight

TerraScena Homes
Planning & Development

Hill Country Insurance
Farmers Insurance


Wellstorm Development
Monitoring Oil Wells Worldwide

Grande Equipment                
Global Heavy Equipment Broker

Commerial Buildings
Geschke Group
Architect (Building later)

Affinity Labs of TX (Coming April)
 Innovation-new products

Hagy Custom Homes
Builder:   Belvedere/ Sp. Oaks

Whisenant & Lyle
Water Drilling - Supplies:  45 yrs.

H & H Tile and Plaster
Pool Construction & Repair

Dripping Springs North            West Hill Center, 31900 Ranch Road 12, Dripping Springs, TX    

Sunday, April 1, 2012

The Seven Laws of the Advertising Universe

(Whence Cometh the Power of Ads to Work Magic)

An Excerpt from The Wizard of Ads by Roy H. Williams.

An Energy of Words has existed since the day He said, “Let there be light.” Learn how to use this energy. You are created in His image.

Masses of People are predictable, though an individual person is not. The exception does not disprove the rule.

Intellect and Emotion are partners who do not speak the same language. The intellect finds logic to justify what the emotions have decided. Win the hearts of the people, their minds will follow.

Time and Money are two sides of a single coin. No person gives you his money until he has first given you his time. Win the time of the people, their money will follow.

Sight and Sound function differently in the mind, with sound being the surer investment. Win the ears of the people, their eyes will follow.

Opportunity and Security are inversely proportionate. As one increases, the other must decrease. High returns are gained from low-risk strategies only through the passage of time. He who will cheat time must embrace the risk of failure.

Engage the Imagination, then take it where you will. Where the mind has repeatedly journeyed, the body will surely follow. People go only to places they have already been in their minds.

Learn more from our neighbors at the this 21st Century Business School--
Wizard Academy
16221 Crystal Hills Drive
Austin, TX78737

Monday, March 7, 2011

Reaching Out

One of our tenants at West Hill Center is going to Oman on Thursday to install software for monitoring oil wells.   Although, there is growth in this area West Hill is still 'out in the country" overlooking a 1700 acre ranch with goats and horses. I love having a company who does business internationally here. I find it remarkable and exciting that we are all more connected. Who would have dreamed of a world so networked together and full of possibilities when I grew up here 50 years ago. 
As a "Baby Boomer" who longed to join the Peace Corps in the 60's, but never did I have not lost that fascination with other cultures and finding ways to help the human family live better.
When I hear the news talking about Iran as a terrible force I think of my gentle friend from college days Mojataba Yazdi.  His family was in the rug business near Tehran and he was to return there after getting his degree in petroleum engineering.  I have not heard from him for many years, but have photos from my wedding.  There have been many examples in my life showing me that people everywhere have big hearts and seek to live good lives.
As John Lennon said, "Imagine all the people living life in Peace..."

Sunday, February 13, 2011


Rainwater?   Not everyone agrees on the use of Rainwater. Does it work to use this direct source of water?  The alternative here is to use groundwater or at a high cost run water for miles from Lake Travis where many human and animal activities occured before the journey through processes and pipes!! 

We believe in the value of rainwater harvesting.  The three commercial buildings that have been built next to West Hill Center all use or will use rainwater when completed.  Hays County, TX encourages the use of rainwater and more homes are depending on it as a superior natural source of water. 

I just read the following:  It looks like Los Angeles may soon require that people capture rainwater and do something responsible with it, rather than letting it run into storm drains.

From the Los Angeles Times:
Under the ordinance, builders would be required to use rainwater storage tanks, permeable pavement, infiltration swales or curb bump-outs to manage the water where it falls. Builders unable to manage 100% of a project's runoff on site would be required to pay a penalty of $13 a gallon of runoff not handled there -- a requirement the Building Industry Assn. has been fighting.

Look for more comments on rainwater soon.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Project 2010

At the beginning of the year on the large sign in front of West Hill Business Center below the tenant's signs I posted the phrase "PROJECT 2010. 

Only a few people have asked me about what it is and to tell the truth I could not say.  It was a knowing that this was the year that we would find a clear direction for the land we own around West Hill.  That direction is emerging.

Stay tuned for more details....


How do you spend energy, water and other resources?  Researchers are going to take a close look at real life.

DALLAS Dec. 3,  2010 (Reuters, Real Estate Center, AgNMore News) – As printed in the RECON newsletter from Texas A&M

A planned $150 million "urban living laboratory" — complete with apartments, office space and tenants — could help pave the way to more sustainable communities.

At least that's what the Texas A&M University System and Dallas-based Realty Appreciation have in mind with what a Reuters story describes as "a commercial and residential incubator where cutting-edge sensors will monitor data on everything from light bulbs to appliances and toilets."

"There's nothing like it in the world," Realty Appreciation's Director of Real Estate Kevin Rogers said in a presentation last month at Texas A&M University's Mays Business School.

The urban living laboratory will be on 73 acres at the Texas AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Dallas.
Johnson Controls is developing the technology platform that will collect data from every thermostat and faucet in the community for analysis. Rogers said the data will show "how people are utilizing these products, so we know how behavior affects the performance."

J.P. Hymel with Johnson Controls told Reuters the data will allow researchers to "study the process of building a green community — the design and construction — as well as the operation and management."

How many people could the 1.2 million-sf laboratory/community accommodate? In his presentation at Mays Business School, Rogers said it will provide apartment housing for 3,500 tenants, and it will have office space for 1,800 permanent, on-site jobs. That's in addition to the 150 research positions the project will require.

Companies such as General Electric, Philips Electronics, Owens Corning, LG Electronics and Kimberly-Clark have already agreed to donate products and appliances to the project. While they'll benefit by learning how their products are used and how effective they are, people who choose to live in the community could gain something from the arrangement as well.

For example, in addition to enjoying use of "smart" appliances donated by the corporate partners, Rogers said they might pay a reduced rent and 50 to 70 percent less in utilities. Work is expected to begin on the project late next year.
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