Personal – A Celebration Being Laid Off

Let's Celebrate two years of Clint being laid off from his 28 year oil & gas career!
04-May-2022 makes two years of being laid off!

I am crappy at posting new stuff here, lately. Been really busy learning marketing for my real estate business. It’s something I’ll never master, but I keep working on it.

I woke up yesterday and my wife reminded me that it was two years ago that I was laid off from Big Red, the Big H, the place where I spent twenty-eight years of my life working first with Baroid under Dresser, then, from 1998 to 2020, with Baroid under Halliburton.

I initially started working as a longshoreman at the Baroid dock in Fourchon, progressed to offshore engineering, got tired of the “offshore life”, and created a position for myself in the office. It’s kind of funny…I just started doing it, then they created the position for me. Then a year of slow down / bad times where I had to work offshore again, but when I came back, it was into a role to figure out how to monetize a piece of software. That turned into creating a whole new service offering for the company, allowing me to travel to places around the world that I would never have dreamed possible, (Aberdeen, Scotland was my favorite, with Calgary, Alberta & Quito, Ecuador tied for second), and meet people of many nationalities, who have become friends.

I rubbed elbows with dock workers and CEOs, had meetings with movers and shakers, and collaborated with some of the brightest minds in the world on problems, projects, and inventions.

These were the things that invigorated me. But…

(Seems like there is always a but…), I had gotten bored. I fought to promote automation and optimization as a profit center only to have it used as a loss leader to make sure that some other service that wasn’t able to sell a lot of jobs would be added to a project. It wasn’t fun anymore.

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My regional position was eliminated because regional management decided that they “…weren’t going to do that anymore.” This was discussed here. Because the Baroid regional manager did not want to lose me from the company, he asked Baroid management if there was another position they could offer me because he felt that it would be a good idea to keep me with the company. They found one, but it was a demotion. Working a fourteen day rotational job with thirteen hour shifts in Houston. I was given a choice between being laid off with a severance package or the position in Houston. I took Houston and regretted it.

Then the Covid lockdowns came. I began working from home, dreading the phone call telling me to return to Houston.

Next thing I know, I have a conference call scheduled with my manager and when I get on the call he introduces an HR person…”Due to market conditions and Covid…”.

I was sooooooo relieved! I got a decent severance package, plus, since it was only 04-May, almost sixty days of Insurance coverage.

So, this is why I celebrate 04 May. I think I will be referring to it as “Liberation Day” going forward.

Remember, if you have a real estate need, whether buying or selling, give me a call or shoot me an email. It doesn’t matter if you are outside of my area, I can connect you with a Rockstar Real Estate Agent!

Clint C. Galliano, REALTOR® 985.647.4479

Clint C. Galliano, a native of Lafourche Parish, has lived in the Houma-Thibodaux area for over 36 years and is currently a REALTOR® with Keller Williams Realty Bayou Partners in Houma, La. He has been involved with real estate investing since 2017 and hosts the local Real Estate Investment Association. Real Estate is his passion. Clint previously worked in drilling fluids and drilling fluids automation for 28 years. He lives in Bayou Blue with his wife and two daughters.

Personal – Top 10 Sales for Jan-2022

Congratulation to the agents who made the Top 10 for sales volume at our brokerage!

This is two months in a row that I am in this group. I am deeply honored to be here.

This is an amazing place to work and I really love the family atmosphere of the KW Bayou Partners Brokerage. It is so different than my previous career that I am constantly having to pinch myself to make sure I am not dreaming.

If you are thinking about a career in real estate, let’s talk.

Remember, if you have a real estate need, whether buying or selling, give me a call or shoot me an email. It doesn’t matter if you are outside of my area, I can connect you with a Rockstar Real Estate Agent!

Clint C. Galliano, REALTOR® 985.647.4479

Clint C. Galliano, a native of Lafourche Parish, has lived in the Houma-Thibodaux area for over 36 years and is currently a REALTOR® with Keller Williams Realty Bayou Partners in Houma, La. He has been involved with real estate investing since 2017 and hosts the local Real Estate Investment Association. Real Estate is his passion. Clint previously worked in drilling fluids and drilling fluids automation for 28 years. He lives in Bayou Blue with his wife and two daughters.

Personal – Top 10 Sales for Dec-2021

Keller Williams Realty Bayou Partners Top Ten Sales Production for December 2021.

Just a short article here to let y’all know that I was one of the top ten producers for December 2021 in our Brokerage.

This makes the second time in 2021 that I make that list. More to come in 2022.

Remember, if you have a real estate need, whether buying or selling, give me a call or shoot me an email. It doesn’t matter if you are outside of my area, I can connect you with a Rockstar Real Estate Agent!

Clint C. Galliano, REALTOR® 985.647.4479

Clint C. Galliano, a native of Lafourche Parish, has lived in the Houma-Thibodaux area for over 36 years and is currently a REALTOR® with Keller Williams Realty Bayou Partners in Houma, La. He has been involved with real estate investing since 2017 and hosts the local Real Estate Investment Association. Real Estate is his passion. Clint previously worked in drilling fluids and drilling fluids automation for 28 years. He lives in Bayou Blue with his wife and two daughters.

Personal – I Passed!

As I have stated in previous articles, since leaving the oilfield I intended to move more into real estate. Part of working towards that goal is to become a real estate agent.

I began attending an online Louisiana Real Estate Salesperson course and successfully completed it over the course of a month while taking a week vacation during the same time period.

I have now completed the next step required to become an agent by passing the state and national portions of the exam.

I will begin onboarding next week with a local office of a national franchise.

That’s all for now. I just wanted to let everyone know about my progress.

Personal Improvement – Learn Some New Skills During the Down Time

If you are like a lot of people, you find yourself with a bit of down time thanks to stay at home orders and social distancing keeping people from gathering. I am lucky enough to be able to work from home. With it being a 14 day on, 14 day off rotation, I have had time to add a few skills to my tool belt.


Add something useful to your arsenal that will help you in the future. Some examples are videoconferencing, livestreaming, CRM, Marketing.

Below are some of the things I worked on:

  • Livestreaming – I learned to use StreamYard to allow me to livestream up to six webcams and screen sharing to multiple locations like YouTube and Facebook. My last two posts have links to the videos. It is a nice platform with professional tools.
  • Videoconferencing – While I was pretty familiar with videoconferencing, I was not that familiar with Zoom. I was able to learn a bit about it.
  • CRM – I use HubSpot’s free option for CRM (Customer Relationship Management). Though I previously only used it to track email opens & reads. I learned to manage lists, forms, newsletters, and marketing emails with it. This is going to make managing my local REIA a little easier!
  • Writing an eBook – As part of digging around in my CRM and learning more about it, I ran across a service that helps you to put together an eBook from existing blog posts to use as a lead magnet. I didn’t like the output, so I decided to tackle the project in earnest from a different direction. Look for it in the near future. He working title is “A Small Business Startup Primer”

What types of skills have you added to your bag of tricks so far?

Let me know in the comments or email me directly.

Be safe and take care!

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Personal Improvement – ‘New Year, Totally New You’ May Not Be The Most Successful Approach

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Another new year!

One of the first trends I noticed for the new year were sarcastic memes about “New Year, New You”…it made me think about why these are popular.

This week we are going to discuss making changes for the new year. Comparing and contrasting the typical approach with what is more likely to be a more successful approach to making changes.

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A Totally New You for the New Year!

You realize there are things you don’t like in your life. You decide to change them. These thoughts usually seem to occur at the end of one year or the beginning of the next, hence the popularity of New Year’s Resolutions.

The common approach is to decide to change everything at once. This, in turn, sets you up for failure. Because the volume of things to change is large, it can be hard to figure out where to start in addition to being perceived, mentally, as a tedious task. Because of this, we tend to have little follow-through on these resolutions and end up abandoning them early on due to little demonstrable success.

These are some of the reasons why most people don’t keep up with their New Year’s Resolutions.

I once joined the gym, went on a diet, and decided I was going to get up at 06:00 every morning. This was many years ago…back when I was single. I went to the gym once, then never went back because I felt that if I didn’t get up early to go to the gym, there was no point in going. The diet didn’t even last that long. It was too much for me at the time.

There is a way to be successful at it and achieve your goals.

An additional thought on Resolutions – Many political bodies make resolutions all the time. Most are ignored. And we wonder why we have trouble keeping New Year’s Resolutions! Instead, choose Goals. Goals are attainable. #CandyForYourSubconcious

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The Incremental Approach

The end of the year is a good time to take stock of your life, but you don’t have to wait until then to decide on changes. You can decide on changes at any point. To paraphrase sage advice “The best time to change was in the past. The second-best time to change is NOW!”

The key to making successful changes is to make them incrementally. You don’t start out an exercise program by running 10 miles, doing 500 push-ups, and 20 suicide sets. Start with a small immediate goal. Get that to become routine, then expand it.

 

By making incremental changes and incorporating them into your routine, they become habit. By becoming habit, they are more likely to turn into permanent changes.

 

So, instead of joining the gym, going on a diet, and quitting smoking, in addition to taking karate, yoga, and crossfit classes, try one at a time. Build it into your routine. Let it become habit. THEN tackle the next goal.

New Year’s Goals

My New Year’s Goals are as follows:

Spend less time commuting – Since 2012, I commuted from Houma, La. To Lafayette, La. Roughly about a 215 mile roundtrip commute. At the end of last year, I proposed that I start working at the company facility in Houma. My supervisor and his supervisor both approved, so that goal is more or less accomplished.

Spend more time with my family – This will be facilitated by having eliminated my commute.

Do more exercise – Now that I have eliminated the commute, I joined the local Planet Fitness so I can get more exercise.

Find my “New Normal” – With all the changes to my health near the end of last year, I have not adjusted my “drive” to match my “bandwidth”. I am still trying get the medications adjusted and wrap my head around my limitations.

What are your Goals for this year?

 

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Hello 2019!: A 2018 Review

Good Bye 2018, Hello 2019! Happy New Year!  This more or less marks the first-year anniversary of this blog. We’ve covered a lot of territory between Automation, Personal & Business Finance, Real Estate Investing, & switching blog platforms and are looking forward to covering more, in addition to revisiting some topics from the past. And by “We”, I mean you, the readers, in addition to myself.

I’ll start off with a quick recap of the past year:

Combined Blog Stats

50 blog posts

8457 page views

2468 viewers

 

Combined Post Popularity

2018Top10Posts

 

Top Traffic Sources

LinkedIn

Facebook

Search Engines

WordPress

 

Audience

US

Germany

Canada

Poland

France

UK

Ukraine

Australia

Norway

Netherlands

 

I’m looking forward to getting back into the swing of things in 2019 and welcome suggestions for topics you would like to hear about. You can comment here or email me at clint.galliano@gmail.com.

 

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REI – Acquisition of Rental #3

This post is just a short update on REI. We had a deal drop in our lap.

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The Deal

We were not specifically looking to buy another property immediately. As detailed in a previous post, we were working on a deal earlier in the year, but it did not work out.

 

A member of the local REIA, who is also a realtor, has been looking out for properties I might be interested in. I had given her the specifics: three-bedroom, two-bath home on a slab foundation, preferably brick façade, in Thibodaux, in a decent neighborhood.

She had showed a couple of homes that were close, but not quite right for us, in addition to a mobile home park that was just too much for us to take on. (This was just prior to my surgery)

She contacted us with a property that fit our description exactly and told us the listing price, $144,500, and to make an offer. She indicated that the sellers were motivated. I looked it over and saw that we would be looking at a similar ROI to the property we bought last year with an offer of approximately $111,300. I did not think that the owners would accept that and they didn’t. They countered with $125,000 and we countered back with $112,451 cash sale with an end of month closing as a best offer. This would give us a ROI of just under 7%, based on a conservative analysis.

We fully expected things to end there. The sellers asked for the weekend to think about the offer, so we agreed.

On Monday, they accepted the offer (to our surprise) and we began the inspection period.

We set the closing date for the first Friday in December, as this was the soonest that the real estate attorney could complete the paperwork.

 

During the due diligence period, we determined that the only things needed were to change the locks, change an over-sized circuit breaker, and some minor cosmetic work.

 

Updated: We now have it listed for rent and are taking applications. The property was rented for January.

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Personal Improvement – Gratitude: I am Thankful

For those of you in the USA, I would like to wish you a belated Happy Thanksgiving. We celebrated it last week with a quiet day at home, spending time with family and adding final touches to the Christmas display so we could turn it on Thanksgiving Night.

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Gratitude

I am going to assume that a combination of it being Thanksgiving in the US and some smart marketing by  @ajjacobs for his new book “Thanks a Thousand – A Gratitude Journey” that made the topic of  gratitude continue to appear in my media consumption. From a podcast of Jacobs talking about his inspiration to write his latest book to memes on Facebook, both expressing gratitude and admonishing for expressing gratitude one day, then scrambling for doodads on Black Friday the next.

 

It got me thinking about how if you truly embrace the idea of gratitude, it helps to relieve stress and anxiety. Where @ajjacobs takes it to the extreme to thank everyone involved in his getting a single cup of coffee in the morning, you don’t have to be that exhaustive.

Be thankful for what you have. Or don’t have. But also remember to not use that as an excuse to stop pursuing your goals.

 

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What am I grateful for?

  • My Family. Without my family, I would not be who I am or where I am today. Specifically, my wife. She inspired me to strive to be greater. She inspired me.
  • My career. I have learned many things that have allowed me to grow outside of my job.
  • My health. Yes, I have medical issues, but I am luckier than a lot of people. As a benchmark, as morbid as it is, I have lived longer than my father and plan to live longer than my mother and grandparents did.
  • My friends. They make me laugh and encourage me.

 

What are you grateful for?

 

Please comment here on the blog about what you are grateful for. I would  like to know.

 

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REI – Rehabbing A Property: Flipping VS. Renting

Welcome back to me! I was out for the last few weeks due to a combination of work and getting post-surgery treatment for my thyroid.

Today, I am going to go over some differences and similarities between rehabbing a property to flip it and rehabbing a property to retain as a rental.

 

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Compare & Contrast

 

What is your “Plan A” for a property in a given situation? That is probably an easy question to answer if you only flip properties or if you only buy and hold them as rentals. Some investors do both.

Ultimately, you should already know what you want to do with your property. Then work on a “Plan B” and “Plan C”, just in case your Plan A doesn’t work out.

 

Compare

 

Whether rehabbing a property as a flip or as a rental, there are a lot of things that you would do the same in either case. Getting the main home systems in working order, such as plumbing, electrical, roof, HVAC, etc. You need these systems in working order and, with the exception of fixtures, don’t need a lot of variation between the two.

Structures should be stable, rooms may need to be added, and/or rearranged.

 

Contrast

 

Rentals

When rehabbing rentals, you want to keep things functional and not too expensive. Depending on the comparable quality of the neighborhood, you may go utilize a higher-end product in a higher-end neighborhood than you would in a lower-end neighborhood.

Especially if you have multiple rentals, you want to go for consistency to normalize your costs. Have a paint scheme, flooring style/type, appliance set, and plumbing & lighting fixtures as a standard so that time will not have to be wasted on trying to decide on colors & styles during rehab and turnovers. Your contractors or turnover specialists should already know what to use.

 

Flips

When flipping, you are attempting to renovate the property to a standard that will make someone want to buy the home to live in. With that in mind, you want to add finishing touches to a flip that you would not consider for a rental. This could include things like upgraded appliances, fancier light fixtures, premium paint schemes, and so on.

All of this assumes that you have the budget to achieve this and still make money on it.

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Plans B and C

I mentioned “Plan B” and “Plan C” above, so I just wanted to touch on that before wrapping things up. You should always have an exit plan. Or two. If you are planning to flip, be ready to rent or owner-finance. If you and planning to rent, be prepared to sell.

This is kind of second nature to me coming from the oil and gas industry. It has a direct physical basis, but can be applied metaphorically to pretty much anything.

Having an exit plan means not being stuck in harm’s way. When working on a drilling rig, this has life or death implications. Never put yourself in a corner where you cannot get out of the way of something.

I learned this the hard way when loading eleven and three-quarter-inch casing onto a boat when I first started out in the industry working as a roustabout.

For those of you who don’t know what casing is, it is the large-diameter pipe used to keep the wellbore pressure in and the formation pressures out when drilling and producing a well. Each forty-foot joint weighs approximately two thousand four hundred pounds.

The crane was set up to pick up four joints of casing at a time. Additionally, we were short-handed, so I would hook up the casing on the dock, then jump to the boat to help position it on the deck of the boat so it would stack properly for the ride out to the rig.

On one of the lifts, by the time I got onto the deck of the boat, the pipe was coming towards me and I did not want to be under ten thousand pounds of steel. I attempted to get outside the range of the swing of the crane, but realized that I had no more deck because we were loading onto the stern now.

I dropped down onto the deck, sitting, so that at least if the load dropped, the railing would help stop it from crushing me. I believe that maneuver startled the crane operator and he stopped the crane rotation, thus setting the load swinging like a pendulum. He immediately noticed this and started to drop the load as it got over the deck, but the casing had started to swing back towards the stern, where I was sitting.

The casing made contact with my left shoulder and chest. Luckily, it was only enough to bring out purple, yellow, and green bruises on me the next day, but no permanent damage.

 

The moral of the story? Have an exit plan that you can execute on.

 

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