Friday, December 21, 2007
I'm all done with my shopping but if you need any last mnute ideas, this is from the ZEN HABITS WEBSITE:
If you’re like me, you’re always looking for ways to give cheap but meaningful gifts. Yes, I’m a cheapskate, but I’m a happy one.
I’ve always been into improving my life, and if I can help the loved ones in my life do the same, without spending a lot, I’m very happy.
Last week, I asked you guys for some suggestions for inexpensive gifts, and boy did you deliver. This week, I’m going to steal your answers for those who didn’t have the time to read them all — these are just my favorite ones, plus a couple of my own ideas. (Thank you, readers!) Read more »
Thursday, December 20, 2007
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
A family brag. Rachael, my oldest was the inspiration for the couple of blogs I update daily. She was successful as a server in Warsaw, successful in car sales as the sales person of the month, a couple years ago, and once again she has risen to the top. This email was names her as employee of the 4th quarter at her current job. Way to go! Again!
Congratulations go to Rachel Howard of our Ft. Wayne Branch….she was nominated by more than one person as being a “bright spot” to the entire H&S organization. Also, the ballot stated there was not just one instance where Rachel goes above and beyond, but she does this every day!!!! The customers love dealing with her and she has formed a strong relationship with Zimmer! She is always ready to learn more about our product-line and is always pursuing excellence!
Customer Service Manager
Haggard & Stocking
I cannot take credit for any of the following it came from an email from www.tazmedia.com:
Funny Tips –from many sources.
Twelve Days of Christmas Cost Cutting Program
To: All North Pole Staff
Date: December 12
Subject: Twelve Days of Christmas Cost Cutting Program
The North Pole's Season's Gift Distribution has missed budget this year. Internet shopping has diminished Santa's market share. Therefore, Corporate is herein outlining budget cutbacks. In the best interest of our shareholders, Corporate cannot not sit idly by and permit further erosion of margins.
Reduction in the reindeer will lessen airborne environmental emissions for which the North Pole has received unfavorable press (gas and solid waste).
A side note. Management denies, in the strongest possible language, the rumor that Rudolph's nose gets red, not from the cold, but from a ‘substance abuse issue.’ Calling Rudolph "a drunk who was into the sauce and never did pull his share of the load" was an unfortunate comment, made by one of Santa's helpers and taken out of context at a time of the year when they are known to be under 'executive stress'.
Effective immediately, the following economy measures are to take place in the "Twelve Days of Christmas" music subsidiary:
1) The partridge will be retained, but the pear tree, which never produced the budgeted cash crop, will be replaced by a plastic hanging plant, providing considerable savings in
2) The inappropriate romance of Two Turtle Doves during working hours simply could not be condoned. The positions are, therefore, eliminated;
3) The three French hens will re
4) The four calling birds will be replaced by an automated Voice Tracking system. A study is in the field to determine who the birds have been calling, how often and how long they talked;
5) Perhaps the most egregious expenditure, Five Golden Rings has been summarily ended. Maintaining a portfolio based commodity (“Bling”) could have negative implications for institutional investors;
6) The six geese-a-laying constitutes a luxury which can no longer be tolerated. It has long been felt that the production rate of one egg per goose per day was an example of the general decline in productivity.
7) The seven swans-a-swimming is obviously a number chosen in better times. The function is primarily decorative. Mechanical swans are on order.
8) As you know, the eight maids-a-milking concept has been under heavy EEOC scrutiny. A male/female balance in the workforce is being sought. Some of the maids consider this a dead-end job with no upward mobility. Automation of the process will solve all the above issues.
9) Nine ladies dancing will be phased out as these individuals achieve Boomer status and can no longer do the steps;
10) Ten Lords-a-leaping has been the subject of controversy. While there is nothing wrong with Lords leaping, ten of them is a bit much.
11) Eleven pipers piping and twelve drummers drumming is a simple case of the band getting too big.
Overall we can expect a substantial reduction in assorted personnel, fowl, animals and related expenses.
Deeper cuts may be necessary in the future to re
Taz’s Christmas Tip
When I was a kid, my Mom & Dad told me that they enjoyed watching us open gifts – more than we did receiving them. Then as a parent I understood they were right. Take note of that. For the next few days – forget about business; concentrate on the more important stuff like family and kids. Besides all the large “gifts” there are even better ones to give, in the next two weeks. As often as you can give some of the following “gifts” to family, friends, a couple kids, a stranger or someone very old. You can give them.
And like my Mom & Dad, you’ll feel as good, or better, than the recipient.
Finally, I’d ask you to, for just a moment, think about, and say a short prayer for those overseas who are keeping us safe this Christmas.
That’s what I think this is all about. Thank you for your friendship and kindness.
As I have been sending Christmas cards out to clients and friends, I have a stack of cards with a bible verse from Luke 2:11; also a stack that have Santa on the cover, plus a stack that has a gift wrap theme. All of them mention Christmas to one degree or another. As I select which card to mail to which person, I realize that there are some folks that are quiet with their beliefs, others are loud, and others I have no idea. There are a couple of folks that are Jewish. They'll get a Happy New Year card, eventually.
If you are reading this and waiting for your card from me and it doesn't arrive, forgive me please, my lousy handwriting can only address so many cards. And then the mail man has to try and decipher what I wrote!?!?!?
On this whole subject is this bit of news:
Happy Holidays' Or 'Merry Christmas'?
In its fourth annual survey, GiftBasketsDeluxe.com finds that 60% of holiday gift baskets were sent using the term "holidays" on the gift card as opposed to "Christmas." The company says it's a "stark reversal" of the previous three-year trend. The percentage preferring "holidays" was:
In 2004, 58%
In 2005, 43%
In 2006, 27%
In 2007, 60%
"The most surprising element of this test is the huge swing from last year," says Don Crowther, president of GiftBasketsDeluxe.com. "For something to more than double in one year indicates that a major factor has changed.
"Perhaps it is because of the election season (note that the previous high was in 2004, a national election year), or perhaps it is due to the increasing sensitivity to other cultures and their holiday celebrations."
On the other hand:
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Is there a directory or forum in your town for locals to find a local blog? Here in Fort Wayne, our local Public Radio station is doing a series on local blogging. The following is from Fort Wayne Observed:
Audio of Public Radio's Fort Wayne "blogosphere" story
WBOI FM broadcast Don Clemmer's story on the Fort Wayne blogosphere.
Jeannette Dillon and Don Clemmer have provided Fort Wayne Observed with an mp3 of the first broadcast segment from Northeast Indiana Public Radio.
You may listen to the segment by clicking here.
Click here to listen to the second part of Don Clemmer's story on the Fort Wayne blogosphere which was first broadcast on Northeast Indiana Public Radio.
From NIPR's introduction:
In part one of our two part series exploring Fort Wayne’s blogosphere we learned that Fort Wayne actually has one of the strongest blogospheres in the country. In part two, local bloggers discuss blog behavior, politics and the media.
New Generation Radio’s Don Clemmer reports for Northeast Indiana Public Radio.
Sunday, December 16, 2007
Amazon is selling something called a Kindle, which is supposed to take the place of printed books. I just checked their website and they are backordered, sold out at $400 a pop.
In the meantime my Sunday paper is still in the plastic bag in came in this morning and I have spent the last 45 minutes reading all the local blogs that I have listed to the right.
I read, I own books, I watch some TV, I listen to the radio, I get current information from the net, radio, & TV in that order. A Kindle? No way, are you Kindling Me?