Friday, April 30, 2010
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
The original cost $4.50 per pair, today the 75th Anniversary model is selling for $90 if you can find a pair, let alone in your size.
The story goes that Paul Sperry, inspired by the way his cocker spaniel, Prince, deftly maneuvered across a frozen Connecticut pond, went home and created the Razor-Siping sole so humans could enjoy the same kind of traction. The sole's herringbone cuts would open and close as the foot flexed, allowing one to stay upright on such slippery surfaces as a boat's deck.
Which is why the company is celebrating their anniversary by bringing back a true classic: a collection featuring the slightly thicker out sole originally carved by Mr. Sperry, packed in replicas of the shoe boxes in which the shoes were first sold.
Click here for the official Sperry Top Sider site or click here to see what Valet issued on their blog.
Another great company that has affected the style of people celebrating an anniversary.
Monday, April 26, 2010
From computer screens to the big screen, the Museum of Modern Art and YouTube, office desks and bathroom mirrors, Post-it Notes have become ingrained in the way people communicate, organize and express themselves around the globe. With even bigger and bolder innovations on the horizon, there’s no telling where you may see Post-it Notes "sticking" next.
“The Post-it Brand has always been about making communication and organization easier,” said William Smith, vice president and general manager, 3M Office Supplies Division.
CLICK HERE TO READ THE COMPLETE ARTICLE.
One thing they did not think about when 3M invented the Post-it-Note, click here.
Saturday, April 24, 2010
Friday, April 23, 2010
Lisa Stewart with her One Million Dollar Club Award and a big smile. Well deserved and showing you can sell real estate in a down economy. Way to go Sister Mary Lisa! Andrew & Lisa of The Guanciale Group.
Andrew and family.
Thursday, April 22, 2010
The other day, someone at a store in our town read that a Methamphetamine lab had been found in an old farmhouse in the adjoining county and he asked me a rhetorical question, “Why didn’t we have a drug problem when you and I were growing up?”
I replied, I had a drug problem when I was young:
I was drug to church on Sunday morning. I was drug to church for weddings and funerals. I was drug to family reunions and community socials no matter the weather.
I was drug by my ears when I was disrespectful to adults. I was also drug to the woodshed when I disobeyed my parents, told a lie, brought home a bad report card, did not speak with respect, spoke ill of the teacher or the preacher, or if I didn’t put forth my best effort in everything that was asked of me.
I was drug to the kitchen sink to have my mouth washed out with soap if I uttered a profanity. I was drug out to pull weeds in mom’s garden and flower beds and cockleburs out of dad’s fields. I was drug to the homes of family, friends and neighbors to help out some poor soul who had no one to mow the yard, repair the clothesline, or chop some firewood, and, if my mother had even known that I took a single dime as a tip for this kindness, she would have drug me back to the woodshed.
Those drugs are still in my veins and they affect my behavior in everything I do, say or think. They are stronger than cocaine, crack, or heroin; and, if today’s children had this kind of drug problem, America would be a better place. God bless the parents who drugged us.
Thought this was interesting, thanks Steve!
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
A major reason why our court system is not exactly what it is suppose to be and a very slow process is because of politics entering the legal system.
Last year for three months I served as the Foreman for the Licking County, Ohio Grand Jury. One of our indictments was issued to a man who shop lifted merchandise from the Kroger store in Hebron, Ohio. After a try at detaining the criminal, an employee ran out into the parking lot where the criminal hit her with his car.
Slow process, almost a year latter he was convicted of his crime and sentenced to ten years. Within a week of his conviction, he attempted to stab a jail guard and quickly received another seven years. I am sure politics did not play a part of a year long process, but it would make sense that appointees are qualified and ready to go work without an upcoming election as in the Moyer replacement.
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Saturday, April 17, 2010
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
YESTERDAY I FOUND OUT ABOUT THE NEW ROBIN HOOD MOVIE TO BE RELEASED NEXT MONTH. I DON'T KNOW IF IT WAS PLANNED OR NOT, BUT IT MAY BE A GOOD LESSON THAT HE WAS A HERO AMONG THE DEPRESSED. WE NEED A ROBIN HOOD TODAY TO START THE CHARGE OF CHANGING OUR COUNTRY BACK TO THE WAY IT WAS DESIGNED ORIGINALLY, TO RALLY THE PEOPLE WHO OWN HOMES, HAVE JOBS, PAY FOR THEIR OWN HEALTH CARE AND DO NOT HAVE A PARK BENCH AS THEIR ADDRESS FOR VOTER REGISTRATION.
The reason for the photos to be reversed: I have a note of some one's birthday soon and I don't want to be teased about it in case the enemy would read this post.
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Monday, April 12, 2010
Friday, April 9, 2010
Thursday, April 8, 2010
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Procrastination, like a slow leak under an upstairs sink, can do major damage. But just like that slow leak, you can avoid the damage with regular "maintenance" of those tasks you're tempted to put off.
Get more information. Sometimes, procrastination is a result of too little information. When "I don't know where to start" is the problem, write down a list of questions related to the issue you've been putting off. This way you'll find out what you know and what you don't know, and if you need to consult someone else to help you find answers.
Do it or ditch it. When a lack of information isn't the problem, you may need a deadline to help you decide if the task is worth the mental stress of continuously putting it off. Is there a reason you're putting it off? Do you suspect the task is a waste of time to begin with? Pick a date to pull the trigger or let it pass. Repeating the cycle of planning, procrastination, and the subsequent guilt is counterproductive. Either you'll have the sweet relief of finishing the task, or you'll enjoy the lighter load of letting it go.
Don't sell out your long-term dreams for the short-term pleasure of putting off a little work. You can defeat procrastination today... so don't put it off until tomorrow.
Thank you to Oakley Signs for passing this along.
Monday, April 5, 2010
Excellent customer service excites me, especially when it is coming from a young person. If most adults started off early in life giving quality service, the business world would be a lot better off today.
As we walked in Saturday evening, our greeter walked us to our table and ask if we had been to Texas Roadhouse before. After saying yes, she asked if we had a good experience the last time. I am sure if we had said we had been disappointed an extra effort would have been made to make sure we finished happier than the last visit.
Now comes into play our waitress Allyce, she asked the same two questions again. I thought this was a great way to introduce herself and make us feel important. Allyce had a smile on her face during our entire visit, making sure my Diet Coke was filled to the brim and asking Mrs. Guanciale if she would like another Corona. When the Corona answer was no, Allyce asked if she would prefer a glass of water. She never slowed down checking up on us, she knew what it was all about, customer service. Customer service is hard to find, especially when you are serving dozens of people per hour, doing a line dance every 45 minutes and singing Happy Birthday a couple times per hour.
Allyce told me on this evening 19 servers, 15 people in the kitchen, two bartenders and three managers, were working. They all are working hard to make sure the next time I dine at the Texas Roadhouse, I will answer with a positive last visit experience.
Texas Roadhouse has not just won many customers through their customer service, but through their participation in our community. They are active members of the Licking County Chamber of Commerce and have provided food and funds to many charitable events throughout Licking County. They are not just a large company taking dollars away from the community, but giving back and out of all appearances due to quality customer service will be around for a long time.
Saturday, April 3, 2010
Lesson learned the expensive way, concrete driveways are attractive, but terrible to maintain.
Friday, April 2, 2010
The lure of birthstones
The basic human need to own and wear materials we deem "sacred" or special is what drives us to collect rocks and minerals. Perhaps this explains the lure of birthstones; how powerful it is to have our month of birth represented by a beautiful natural gemstone. We can own and display our special stone and feel embraced by its beauty. We hope you enjoy these facts, legends, and history behind each birthstone.
What's the difference between a mineral and a gem?
All birthstones are minerals, but why are some minerals considered gems? Interestingly, there is no geological definition for the word gem, because a gem is a human creation. Minerals are formed by geologic processes in rocks in their natural environment. When we excavate precious or semiprecious stones, cut, and polish them into specific shapes, they become gems. When a gem is set into metal to be worn on the body it becomes a jewel. Several key factors determine the value of a gem: To be considered worthy of jewelry, the mineral must have rarity, durability, attractiveness, size, and color.
Find your birthstone by clicking here.