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Daylight Savings Time?

 

I don't like Daylight Savings Time.

Thanks for letting me get that off my chest. Now, don’t forget to set your clocks ahead (“Spring Forward”) tonight.

Companionship

Max & Relaxin'

Max

“God’s earthly creation holds nothing better for the soul than a good and faithful dog.”

JR, 9-13-2011.

(If you were counting on a business or marketing application to today’s message…maybe you should relax once in a while. Get a dog. Spend some time with him.)

Productivity Getting In The Way

Cubs Game Interrupts Productivity Interrupts Cubs Game

Cubs Game Interrupts Productivity Interrupts Cubs Game

Actually, it’s the Chicago Cubs game. I’ve started on my Saturday errands and work around the house. BUT the Cubs game starts in just a little while, and I’ve got a lot to do yet. A list of personal and professional tasks await.

I hate when that happens. Well, I’ll just have to be productive for a few more minutes, and see what the day brings. GO CUBS GO! Have a great Saturday.

(BTW, that’s my photo, not some “Google Images” download.)

MMMM Food for Thought – Blessed

Blessed

Food For Thought

It’s (a little later than) Marketing Mercenary’s Monday Morning, and this is what I’m chewing on.

This afternoon, I was working in my home office. Looking past the top of my laptop, I can see out the window next to my desk. The view reaches across the short distance from the back yard to the farm field behind the house, then all the way to the back of the field, to the woods, over 1/4 of a mile away. Throughout most of the day, it’s been cloudy and drizzling rain. I was wishing for some sun!

Then, I remembered how I sat in a windowless video studio or basement office for the entire 17 years that I worked at a large local company. And, even though that job was more lucrative in many ways than being an independent marketing specialist…

I am blessed. I have the freedom that comes with being my own boss. The stress level is minimal in comparison. I am able to spend more time with my family. And I can look out the window, or go outdoors, any time I want.

Thank you, Dear Lord. Bring the sun in Your good time.

Priceless Preservation

Precious Memories

Memories are some of our most valuable possessions. Weddings, holidays, family vacations, reunions, birthdays, and many other special occasions are exactly that – special. Sometimes, we are fortunate enough to record these events and other great moments in our lives. And those recordings can be – as the popular MasterCard commercials would say – priceless.

VHS Tape Label

Our memories can last forever, but not on VHS!

“Uh oh,” you might be thinking. “This sounds like a sales pitch.” I guess I would be guilty as charged. After all, I used “the P word.” But I hope you’ll indulge me for a few moments. I’ll warn you, this is a 3-page article – pretty long by Internet standards. However, the  coming paragraphs could save some of your priceless memories from decay and destruction.

Decay and destruction?

The recommendation for long-term storage of VHS tapes is a maximum of 50% humidity and 70° Fahrenheit. Most folks store their VHS tape collection in the basement (higher humidity) or the attic (huge fluctuation in temperature). Even under archival conditions (25% humidity, 40° F), VHS tapes will last about 15 years before they begin to suffer serious degradation.

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Launch Announcement Day!

We heard some big news at the power circle-building session at Star Financial Bank this morning:

The LAUNCH of Rainmakers Kokomo After Hours (working title) will be Thursday, August 19, 5:30-7 P.M.! The Continental Ballroom in Kokomo will be the location for the monthly event. Mark it on your calendar now – you don’t want to miss the success stories that are already being shared. And you don’t want to miss your chance to help us create your success story! Sherry Rahl of Star Financial Bank, one of the area’s premier business professionals, is the chairperson of this event. Congratulations, Sherry!

Launch Announcment Day

Launch Announcement Day for the next Kokomo Rainmakers Event!

A Business-to-Business (B2B) power circle has been developing at our Thursday morning sessions. It’s off to a great start, and there’s still room for YOU if your business serves other businesses. This power circle will become the Action Board that guides the After Hours event, and shares leads and business among those that participate.

In addition, a Home Services power circle is still under construction (pun intended). If your business serves homeowners with regard to improving, maintaining, or selling your home, please join us! Among others, we are specifically seeking plumbers, landscaping installers, and painters. The Thursday morning sessions will continue at Star Financial Bank until the LAUNCH of the After Hours event.

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My favorite Christmas decoration

I can’t remember where I got it. Mom probably gave it to us when my wife and I got married. I entered it in an “Ugliest Christmas Ornament” contest once. It came in third.

It used to have a loop, for hanging on the tree. Now, it’s just a decoration. It’s about 2.5″ tall. I call it “Christmas Clown Alien” because it looks like a circus clown in a Christmas-colored space suit. I normally put him out with my Kwanzaa Santa. The rest of our Christmas decorations are very conventional.

Christmas Clown Alien“Christmas Clown Alien”

I hope that you and yours had a very Merry Christmas!