Happy Holidays?

By Jan Bergemann

Published December 27, 2013


I hope you all survived the feasts that were served without bigger stomach aches. I know it’s always tempting to eat too much of all the good food – and desserts – but who can withstand these temptations? Let’s hope your tummy feels fine when you read this!


Let’s say you survived the first part of the holidays without bigger “damage” caused by overeating, will you be one of the folks flooding the stores in order to exchange all the “gifts” you didn’t like? The media made sure that you know what it takes to return all the gifts you want to get rid off.


Is that what these holidays are all about? Gifts and Food?


I still remember the times when the family got together to celebrate Christmas, without being bombarded weeks ahead by ads trying to talk you into buying gifts and food. Yes, the kids got some presents under the Christmas tree – and so did the adults. But nothing compared to what is going on today! What we see today is all about buying gifts – the more expensive the better -- and food! What happened to the nice family get-together?


Make sure you survive as well part two of the holidays: NEW YEAR! More great food – and very often: A lot more alcohol! The ads to buy booze are already flooding our TV screens.


Don’t fall for it – and don’t start 2014 with tummy ache and a serious hang-over!
I wish you all a HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014!

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Jan Bergemann

Jan Bergemann is president of Cyber Citizens For Justice, Florida's largest state-wide property owners' advocacy group. CCFJ works on legislation to help owners living in community associations. He moved to Florida in

1995 - hoping to retire. He moved into a HOA, where the developer cheated the homeowners and used the association dues for his own purposes. End of retirement!


CCFJ was born in the year 2000, when some owners met in Tallahassee - finding out that power is only in numbers. Bergemann was a member of Governor Jeb Bush's HOA Task force in 2003/2004.


The organization has two websites to inform interested Florida homeowners and condo owners:

News Website: http://www.ccfj.net/.

Educational Website: http://www.ccfjfoundation.net/.

We think that only owners can really represent owners, since all service providers surely have a different interest! We are trying to create owner-friendly laws, but the best laws are useless without enforcement. And enforcement is totally lacking in Florida !

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