New Retail Strategy

lady with moneyRetail has always had catchy slogans to help train the masses of employees and customers they try to get to buy stuff.  I’m thinking:

  • “The Customer is Always Right”
  • “We sell for less”
  • “Where’s the beef?”

Well, I’m here to inform you that there’s a new strategy out there.  It must be due to the recent recession, so I’m calling it Recession Strategy 09 or RS09 for short.  It appears to be: “We pay you to shop here!”

Three examples from this past weekend:

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Being Michael Collins

If you’ve turned on the TV or radio in the last few days, you will have heard something about yesterday being the 40th anniversary of the 1969 Apollo moon landing.  This historic event made Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin household names and legends in their time.

But if you know much about the Apollo landing, you’ll know that there was a third guy who didn’t get to walk on the moon.  He stayed in the Command Module which orbited the moon while his colleagues landed and made history there.  His name, if you don’t know, was Michael Collins.

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Two Newlywed Lessons

catch-and-release-onlyYesterday, my wife and I finally removed a very large stressor from off our plate.  We gave a musical fireside for the youth of the church that I had committed us to a few months ago.

After writing, re-writing, practicing, stressing, melting-down, shutting down, booting back up, rehearsing, stressing, re-writing again, practicing more, it was the night before the fireside.  We were feeling mostly good about it, and decided to go to the grocery store to get some of the stuff we needed.

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Oh Bernie…

2009-02-21-MadoffPrison.edgeBernard Madoff arrived at federal prison yesterday to begin his 150 year sentence.

That means he’ll be released in 2139.

Somehow, I just don’t think the aged man will make it that long…

Maybe we should change how we punish our white collar criminals in this country…  Just think: how many of the most brilliant, creative minds are relegated to regimented recreation time, laundry duty, and Wopner/Jeopardy time?  Is the best use of their time allowing them to watch time pass by the nightly aging of Pat Sajak?  Perhaps we should sentence them to being hall monitors at elementary schools or something… I’m sure we could utilize their talents much more in society rather than letting them waste away behind bars.

I Believe…

I believe…

…that itches should be scratched.

…money is made to be spent on those you love and doing things you love.

…that days should not pass without a kind word.

…that blogging is climbing on the roof and shouting really loud.  You’d like to think someone is listening, but no one usually is.

…that work is the opposite of leisure, but should not be the opposite of pleasure.

…that a stick, a rock, and an imagination can take children much further than all the plastic in China.

…that love is as hard to hold as a moonbeam, and that you have to recapture it every day of your life.

…that laughter and smiles are the only remedy for sadness and stress.

…that this is my 500th post on

Let the celebration begin!