ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

MAKE ME LAUGH
August 13th 1997 was South Park’s TV début on Comedy Central.   I’m less than impressed with South Park.

Foul language does not shock me. If you use it to my face, I won’t look at you with my mouth gaping open and my hand covering it – you will, however, get my UGLY look. Trust me, if I give it to you, you will know you are getting it!

People who choose to use foul language strike me as unimaginative, uncreative, uneducated, undignified and possess very little command over the English language. A truly funny person does not have to lean on that weary crutch to get laughs. The test of comedy is to leave out the offensive word. If the word is left out, is the joke still just as funny (or maybe even funnier)? Then why stoop to that level?  Comedians refer to this brash type of comedy as EDGY. I think it just STINKS.

There are a handful of comedians who have not caved under the pressure of those who choose to take EDGY AVENUE. Of course my mind goes back to the day of Minnie Pearl and Archie Campbell. Yes, I really liked Hee Haw, I admit it. But that was the kind of comedy that required some real talent. My favorite bit was when Archie told the story of Rindercella, but I like all the bedtime stories for adults.

A real comedian is one who knows their strengths and weaknesses. They capitalize on both because they rely on intellect. There is still an audience for the people who choose to take the high road and be funny without using foul language. It’s just not needed!

I’m thankful for comedians like Archie Campbell who used pure talent to make people laugh.

The words you say are either a gift to the recipient or they equal stinky, breath-stealing mildew. Words are important; they matter. I get that they have a “Constitutional right” to say what they want, but I wish comedians would just make me laugh without making me want to hurl. :-/

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NATIONAL BE HEARD DAY

TL 3-7 NATIONAL BE HEARD DAY

Listen up, small business owners, today is NATIONAL BE HEARD DAY!!!  Over 145,000,000 small businesses in the United States are struggling to break through the big-business dominated times.  These businesses need to be squeaky wheels – they need to be heard (and seen)!

Through creative marketing, good publicity tactics or strong visual appearance, you can make your business stand out from the rest.

Every cat looks like every other cat – or do they?  Remember Grumpy Cat?  I rest my case.

Created in 2006, this is an “unofficial” national holiday started by Business Mentor, Shannon Cherry.

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One afternoon I was waiting for my husband to get finished with a meeting.  We were staying at a lovely hotel with several little off-name boutiques made quaint little homes for themselves.  I decided to do a little shopping since I had some time to kill.

Stunning sterling silver jewelry and other assorted accessories tempted me as I walked into the first shop.  A very nice, older lady greeted me and let me know she’d be happy to help me.  I thanked her and continued browsing.  I noticed how neat and tidy everything looked.  I didn’t feel any pressure to buy anything and appreciated the shopping experience.

I walked to the next shop, expecting a similar shopping experience.  I was not greeted because the clerk was too busy texting someone.  That didn’t bother me all that much – I know sometimes life happens.  The shop was funky and gave me a strange vibe.  There were neon scarves hung this way and that, with no real order.  There was some sterling silver jewelry, but it was not neat nor tidy.  The merchandise looked as if people had come in and tried it on then slung it down anywhere.  It was a strange ambience and I left quickly.

There was a third store but I didn’t even go inside.

Am I being picky?  Well, maybe a little.  I’m the same way about antique shops.  Some of them are so spacious and things are neat and clean and tidy.  Others are so cramped, you really don’t know whether you dare touch anything for fear that the pile will fall down on you!

I’ll tell you a secret…  if the clerk is nice to me and wants to chat a bit, that makes up for a lot of other faults I may have concerning the shop.

Why do you read my blog?  It’s certainly not the content because my writing is not that interesting.  Maybe I’m the one who greets you every day.  Well, you’re the one that greets me too.  There are many days when I don’t see another person other than my husband.

I’ve tried to make this blog not only informative, fun and as real as possible, but attractive.  I want it to make some sort of sense to you, the reader.  To maintain a small business and hopefully help it become a big business, you need good people who care as much as you do about the business.  You need something to catch the eye as a person walks into your shop.  It above all needs to be clean and neatly arranged.  Something has to catch the eye, then the content keeps the interest and the price will hook the sale.

You may not have to pay a young person as much to work in your shop, but some of them would rather sit behind the counter texting than say hello to a customer or pick a scarf up off the floor.  It’s not a customer’s job to pick a scarf up.  I don’t know if the older lady had a vested interest in that shop or not, but I do know that she was pleasant and helpful to me, the customer.  True, I didn’t buy anything, but I remember the name of the shop and will go back if we stay at that hotel again.  She, and it, made a lasting impression.  🙂