2-Letter Word Problems

Donn James

A good portion of my day consists of repairing someone else’s version of the English language because the recent generation of education has blessed us with a multitude of people unable to spell the word kat cat, so I have, by default, become the Grammar Police. Oddly, I used to call myself a Grammar Nazi but the PC Nazis were concerned that I might offend the real Nazis…as if that’s possible. I have corrected the grammar of my children, co-workers, friends, students and athletes for as long as I can remember and yes, I know it’s irritating but it makes me smile and I take life’s little pleasures where I find them.
I do take comfort in knowing I have mellowed over the years though, as I no longer automatically delete family members who send texts with today’s bastardized version of shorthand and it’s been over a week since I killed anyone who pronounced the ‘t’ in often. This isn’t London in 1548. That said, if you are texting ‘B4’ I still assume you don’t know how to spell ‘before’ and if you are typing ‘cuz’ instead’ of ‘because,’ I weep for all mankind. The word is ‘be-cause’ so if you know how to spell it, you must think your time is too valuable to hit all seven letters but I implore you to get your ego in check, put your car in park or come to a complete stop and type all the damned letters be-cause we shouldn’t have to hire a translator to decipher a damned text message.
This all started because yesterday I heard someone say “on accident” and that is plainly oxymoronic and I’m hearing it with an alarming increase in frequency. You can do things ‘on purpose’ but things happen ‘by accident’ (that’s why we call them accidents) so pass it along because I don’t want to hear it again. You can’t have an intentional unintentional event. In the same vein, something I hear far too often these days is someone saying they were standing on line. Unless you’re standing in the middle of the freeway waiting to get clipped by a semi carrying a load of live chickens, you’re in line and not on line. And if you’re taken out by that semi, it just proves Darwin’s theory is working. In the English-speaking world, which excludes New York of course, you are in line so please get on board or…get on board.
I hear the ‘on line’ and ‘on accident’ most often from the younger generation and they become an easy target because they’re really not that bright in the first place but somebody either had to teach it or, at least, tacitly accept it without correcting them. I try but it’s getting harder and harder to talk to young people so I prefer to talk to babies. Someone once said it’s like talking to the same person but babies haven’t had time yet to think up dumb ideas.

 IMC has in excess of 2200 promotional products that will help you serve your client and we are adding new brand partners and products from our collections and our established retail brand partners. We believe IMC products speak for themselves and we can also show you ways to use and market them to your clients. Our products with decoration will have your customer coming back time and time again. Since introducing Waterford® Writing Instruments and MoMA years ago, IMC has presented more than 50 retail brands from global suppliers to enhance the selections you can offer your clients. You can also get a sneak peek at our 2017.5 offerings at the upcoming SAAC show if you visit IMC in Booth 535. We invite you to browse any of our 2,200+ products on the BRAND NEW IMC website to see items suitable for any occasion or event and pieces you can use to personalize your relationship with your clients. You can register as a distributor, track orders, upload art for virtual samples and even create your own flyers and catalogs of our products. The 2017 IMC catalog is available by request from the IMC website and is posted on the online services. We’ll continue to treat our clients professionally and get your orders to you…on time and on budget. You can also request our 2017 catalog using the catalog page of our website or download the PDF. We have products for every event and if your client has invented a holiday or celebration, we can also custom-make almost anything you can dream to make your client’s event all it can be. Take a look at our YouTube channel to see some videos showcasing popular products for some ideas on how to use them. We take our business relationship seriously and we want you to enjoy, give and receive our products and be able to use them every day. We look forward to working with you and we always have ideas to make our products work for your clients. The 2017 IMC catalog is also live and available virtually at Zoomcatalog.com and on our website if you’re tired of fighting paper catalogs and it can be viewed nicely with your laptop, iPad, tablet or phone. IMC is the recognized leader in the introduction of new retail brands to the promotional product industry and has multiple design awards from both ASI and PPAI. We have promotional products for every event, show, convention, corporate store and company program that will keep your client looking to you for new ideas. What do you say…can you spell that?

 

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Hey, I’m Participating Here!

Donn James

In this odd time for America I believe it’s important to take a stand and while I try to keep politics out of this column, occasionally I’ll let things slip so we have a reference point. I am almost universally at odds with the current ‘party of power’ but I certainly do not hold the left blameless for the state in which we find ourselves so I am sharing what I see as the problem. The right may do something any day that will end life as we know it instantly but the left has been slowly killing us over the last two generations with something called…the participation trophy.
I have now lived through the participation trophy generations and this crap has got to stop because we have now raised the most entitled, least driven generations to date and we are clearly embarrassing ourselves. Hell, William and Kate are working harder than we are and their Grandma is the damned Queen of England.
I would give a lot to be able to go back and have a spirited discussion with the idiot psychiatrist who fostered the participation trophy syndrome on us many years ago. Now, I would never call them the good old days but back in my day, if you sucked…well, you sucked. Since the 80s though we have been burdened with something foolishly designed so as to not damage a child’s self-esteem which has instead given us a generation with no self-esteem. We are at a crossroads my friends and the first step is to stop giving a ribbon to the kid who makes it out of the shallow end to the side of the pool because all we’re really saying is, “Congratulations for not drowning.” I’m certainly not advocating for a ‘survival of the fittest’ doctrine but it may be time to ask ourselves, “Just how badly do we need these people?” We have to stop giving awards to kids just because they show up and walk around the field looking at flowers because we find now it robs them of the drive to do more than just show up. Then they just show up for high school and college and are now just showing up for work, thinking that’s all that is required. It’s called ‘earnings’ for a reason. Then when they show up for unemployment benefits and are shocked when told they actually have to look for work. And then they complain because nobody ever made them look for anything until now.
This is the clarifying portion of the program as I tell you that while I am devoutly against the win at all cost mentality, you have to be living under a rock to not know almost everything in life is based on winning and losing and if you can’t live with that, you probably already live in a commune in Idaho. Even then you probably feel like a winner if you can get turnips to grow. We have told our children to do your best and that is all well and good but we have neglected to tell them that if your best is not good enough, your best needs to get better. If we continue this practice of rewarding losing with a ‘Better Luck Next Time’ medal, we’ll continue to have lots of people wearing that medal as they fill out an application to make french fries at McDonald’s.
With the exception of the last few ‘police actions’ we have never gone to war without trying to win. If we had, we’d be serving that tea to our English lords instead of fishing it out of Boston Harbor. And unless you need a big tax write-off, nobody gets in the stock market to lose money. The SF Giants are in last place right now but I guarantee they’re not trying to lose so they are a prime example of how your best needs to get better. You don’t go into court to lose and you don’t make that presentation to lose that account but make no mistake; almost everything we do is a battle and you had better be trying to win so I propose we start from the top down…if Hillary doesn’t get a participation trophy, nobody does. We need to tamper down the “if you had fun, you won” mentality because if you had fun…you had fun but you could still be a loser.

IMC has in excess of 2200 promotional products that will help you serve your client and we are adding new brand partners and products from our collections and our established retail brand partners. We believe IMC products speak for themselves and we can also show you ways to use and market them to your clients. Our products with decoration will have your customer coming back time and time again. Since introducing Waterford® Writing Instruments and MoMA years ago, IMC has presented more than 50 retail brands from global suppliers to enhance the selections you can offer your clients. You can also get a sneak peek at our 2017.5 offerings at the upcoming SAAC show if you visit IMC in Booth 535. We invite you to browse any of our 2,200+ products on the BRAND NEW IMC website to see items suitable for any occasion or event and pieces you can use to personalize your relationship with your clients. You can register as a distributor, track orders, upload art for virtual samples and even create your own flyers and catalogs of our products. The 2017 IMC catalog is available by request from the IMC website and is posted on the online services. We’ll continue to treat our clients professionally and get your orders to you…on time and on budget. You can also request our 2017 catalog using the catalog page of our website or download the PDF. We have products for every event and if your client has invented a holiday or celebration, we can also custom-make almost anything you can dream to make your client’s event all it can be. Take a look at our YouTube channel to see some videos showcasing popular products for some ideas on how to use them. We take our business relationship seriously and we want you to enjoy, give and receive our products and be able to use them every day. We look forward to working with you and we always have ideas to make our products work for your clients. The 2017 IMC catalog is also live and available virtually at Zoomcatalog.com and on our website if you’re tired of fighting paper catalogs and it can be viewed nicely with your laptop, iPad, tablet or phone. IMC is the recognized leader in the introduction of new retail brands to the promotional product industry and has multiple design awards from both ASI and PPAI. We have promotional products for every event, show, convention, corporate store and company program that will keep your client looking to you for new ideas. What do you say…what did you win today?

 

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Celebrate With a Bang!

Donn James

Well, I’m typing slowly today as while I only lost part of one finger Tuesday in an all too common M-80 mishap, the rest of my fingers are bandaged so I have to focus or it ends up looking like this…qeyhapnoicnephf! And then I’d have to tell people the f is silent. My daughter, proud holder of a psych degree she’s not using, might be the one to ask but I’d rather venture forward and guess as to why we celebrate with fireworks. Is it because America was forged in battle? Rockets red glare and all that? All we’ve done since we were kicked out of Europe 300 years ago is move west, destroying anything in our way. Great, let’s celebrate with a miniature bundle of TNT. Maybe we just like to see crap burn? I think we’re even baser than that. It’s one thing we can do that’s patently illegal that we rarely get into trouble for doing. All normal people are inside trying to keep their dogs from having a stroke and the cops are all busy at a DUI checkpoint outside a bar. So people with no lives are out in force trying to ruin yours and honestly, 9 or 8 or 7 times out of 10, no harm is done. Most of the brush fires started by illegal fireworks have now been doused and some of those areas were due to go up in smoke anyway as soon as some guy flicked his Marlboro out his car window on the way up the Camarillo grade. Sure, occasionally some guy will have to learn to write left-handed or wear a jaunty eye patch or that bottle rocket might change course and go through your neighbor’s window and burn his house down but many of you think that’s a small price to pay for all the fun you’re having. A little trip to the ER to fix the bullet hole in your foot is nothing to the people down the street firing guns in the air because the law doesn’t apply to them are too stupid to realize the one law that applies to everything is the law of gravity.
The real problem with the 4th this year is it really made it a screwy week. I came to the office Wednesday and it felt like Monday all day and I couldn’t get it straight until 9:00 PM and I realized I was watching Modern Family instead of Dancing with the Stars. It’s Friday already and I’m not sure I’m ready for the weekend yet. At the very least we need to do this more often so I can get better used to a 3-day work week. Maybe that’s what we all need. The 4th is on a Thursday in 2019 but I’m not sure I can wait 2 years to do this again. Since it appears our president will sign anything, I’m going to start lobbying republicans to slide a bill across his desk to change all our Monday holidays to Tuesday holidays in the hopes that this whole 4-day weekend thing will catch on. Plus, tomorrow I’ll probably be expected to do a lot of ‘Saturday’ things but my body will still think it’s Thursday so I’ll be lucky if I don’t end up pouring detergent into the garbage and bathing the cats.

IMC has in excess of 2200 promotional products that will help you serve your client and we are adding new brand partners and products from our collections and our established retail brand partners. We believe IMC products speak for themselves and we can also show you ways to use and market them to your clients. Our products with decoration will have your customer coming back time and time again. Since introducing Waterford® Writing Instruments and MoMA years ago, IMC has presented more than 50 retail brands from global suppliers to enhance the selections you can offer your clients. We invite you to browse any of our 2,200+ products on the BRAND NEW IMC website to see items suitable for any occasion or event and pieces you can use to personalize your relationship with your clients. You can register as a distributor, track orders, upload art for virtual samples and even create your own flyers and catalogs of our products. The 2017 IMC catalog is available by request from the IMC website and is posted on the online services. We’ll continue to treat our clients professionally and get your orders to you…on time and on budget. You can also request our 2017 catalog using the catalog page of our website or download the PDF. We have products for every event and if your client has invented a holiday or celebration, we can also custom-make almost anything you can dream to make your client’s event all it can be. Take a look at our YouTube channel to see some videos showcasing popular products for some ideas on how to use them. We take our business relationship seriously and we want you to enjoy, give and receive our products and be able to use them every day. We look forward to working with you and we always have ideas to make our products work for your clients. The 2017 IMC catalog is also live and available virtually at Zoomcatalog.com and on our website if you’re tired of fighting paper catalogs and it can be viewed nicely with your laptop, iPad, tablet or phone. IMC is the recognized leader in the introduction of new retail brands to the promotional product industry and has multiple design awards from both ASI and PPAI. We have promotional products for every event, show, convention, corporate store and company program that will keep your client looking to you for new ideas. What do you say…is today a holiday?

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Hey, Your Hair is on Fire!

Donn James

I want to wish everyone a happy 4th of July weekend and I thought I’d better do it now in case I come back Wednesday with fewer fingers than required to type. I can barely text now so if all of my fingers melt into a blob because I don’t let go of that M-80 in time, I’m going to have to get better at talking to Siri. Most of us have a four-day weekend coming up because we own or work for progressive, employee-first types of companies who realize that an occasional bonus day off results in better productivity in the long run. If you have to work Monday, your company probably didn’t make the list of Best Places to Work list for 2017.  And if you’re the boss of said company, I’d watch my back because unless your employees have to go through TSA to get to work, they’re probably armed. This extra day goes away next year when the 4th is on a Wednesday and even I won’t give anyone a 5-day weekend.
If you’re thinking of going somewhere with this mini-vacation time, I would rethink that. You certainly can’t go anywhere by car. If you leave now you’ll get there Sunday and have to leave Monday morning to get back to work by Wednesday, so I’m just going to try and find a spot in the house where I can reach the BBQ grill and the remote control…without leaving my chair. I expect I’ll see some fireworks since most of my neighborhood friends have taken the whole “fireworks are illegal” thing more as a random suggestion than as a law and that is why the cul de sac looks like a free fire zone in Baghdad on the 4th. I believe I have friends who get angry if they go out and spend $100 on fireworks and only one person loses a hand. I’ve determined it’s far too easy in California to go somewhere fireworks are legal and bring them back to communities where we’ve wisely made them illegal. I think we’ve just arrived at a point where my friends just don’t think the sanctioned fireworks displays at the golf course, mall or park are deadly enough. I guess it’s just a kind of, “Where’s the fun if everybody lives?” syndrome. And the danger level seems to rise exponentially every year; just like with extreme sports but I think it’s less than a glowing commentary on society that we seem to be hoping for an accident like a bottle rocket taking out your nephew or the cliff diver who mistimes the opening of his parachute so he ends up on the ground looking like an Denver omelet covered by a paper towel.
Ever since our ancestors who were still busy just trying to figure out the whole…walking upright thing when the tall hominoid was hit by lightning and the survivors realized he had discovered fire, we have had a peculiar fascination with fire. And that’s not always a good thing is we have one young man in the neighborhood who is never as happy as he is when he has an acetylene torch in his hands. However, sometime during the evening he will forget the fireworks are designed to go up and he will light several while they’re still lying down so when they go off, they’re shooting down the block like tracer bullets. Let me just say that shrapnel wounds are not uncommon as he lumbers around lighting anything that resembles a fuse. That’s all well and good until you find your shoelace on fire. As my mother used to rhyme, “It’s all fun and games until your cat goes up in flames.”
So please have a happy and safe 4th of July weekend but if you don’t and need help locating a missing finger, give me a call and I’ll come help look for it. I have a flashlight.

IMC has in excess of 2200 promotional products that will help you serve your client and we are adding new brand partners and products from our collections and our established retail brand partners. We believe IMC products speak for themselves and we can also show you ways to use and market them to your clients. Our products with decoration will have your customer coming back time and time again. Since introducing Waterford® Writing Instruments and MoMA years ago, IMC has presented more than 50 retail brands from global suppliers to enhance the selections you can offer your clients. We invite you to browse any of our 2,200+ products on the BRAND NEW IMC website to see items suitable for any occasion or event and pieces you can use to personalize your relationship with your clients. You can register as a distributor, track orders, upload art for virtual samples and even create your own flyers and catalogs of our products. The 2017 IMC catalog is available by request from the IMC website and is posted on the online services. We’ll continue to treat our clients professionally and get your orders to you…on time and on budget. You can also request our 2017 catalog using the catalog page of our website or download the PDF. We have products for every event and if your client has invented a holiday or celebration, we can also custom-make almost anything you can dream to make your client’s event all it can be. Take a look at our YouTube channel to see some videos showcasing popular products for some ideas on how to use them. We take our business relationship seriously and we want you to enjoy, give and receive our products and be able to use them every day. We look forward to working with you and we always have ideas to make our products work for your clients. The 2017 IMC catalog is also live and available virtually at Zoomcatalog.com and on our website if you’re tired of fighting paper catalogs and it can be viewed nicely with your laptop, iPad, tablet or phone. IMC is the recognized leader in the introduction of new retail brands to the promotional product industry and has multiple design awards from both ASI and PPAI. We have promotional products for every event, show, convention, corporate store and company program that will keep your client looking to you for new ideas. What do you say…can you have any fun being safe and sane?

 

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It’s 4:30, Is Dinner Ready?

Donn James

I have friends from Florida and while they couldn’t wait to get out of there, they still think it’s the place to send their parents. That said, from personal experiences and the news, I’ve come to believe that things happen in Florida that don’t happen anywhere in the other 49. Police raided a large Florida retirement community this morning and uncovered a drug operation that had what was described as an abundance of methamphetamine, weapons, ammo, cash and …stolen golf cart parts. Here in California we’re stealing Camry’s, Civics and Corvettes and chopping them up to send the parts around the world. In Florida they’re stealing golf carts and chopping them up to send them around the block. I understand that for many in Florida they are a necessity but here we pay more for mountain bikes than they do for a shopping cart with a battery and AM radio…even if the horn says…Aaoogah!
In many of those retirement communities your golf cart is your only link to the outside world so when 63 of them go missing within a couple of months, the old folks start to take notice. When you use a golf cart just to slide down the driveway to your mailbox, not having it around anymore seems like a crime so these old-timers are irate and asking for the death penalty. Now, while I believe if you live in one of those raisin ranch communities, you’re already on death row and just running through your appeals but if your golf cart is your only lifeline to the early bird dinner at Denny’s, I can see why they might be outraged.
But let’s get back to the alleged masterminds of this criminal enterprise as the questions mount. How did they think they wouldn’t be caught? The four arrested weigh about 112 each and look like they haven’t had a real meal since Christmas while every other old person around them looks they just waddled away from the table after polishing off a Grand Slam breakfast. They stood out like four meth addicts at a Santa Claus convention. In addition, I don’t believe illegal drug sales in a retirement community would be your ideal demographic as I can barely remember to take the drugs legally prescribed to me by a real doctor so how is some old guy supposed to remember that he’s out of meth? And why meth? I would think your target market would pay more dearly for blood pressure medication, nitroglycerin or the latest and greatest in stool softeners. Maybe they just watched a documentary on hiding in plain sight and thought, “That’s the ticket!” I just saw the mug shots of the four people arrested and I can promise you that none of them appears to be any threat to Einstein. Judging from the vacant stares on their fine police-produced portraits I would think they would have to form a committee just to spell, well…meth. And why do you decide to supplement your drug selling business with an illegal chop shop for golf carts? In a 55+ community in Florida I’m sure there’s a better market for hospital beds and tennis ball walkers. Granted, I guess they’re pretty easy to steal since most of them hardly even require a key. Even I can start any one I’ve ever seen in California with a paper clip. And how did they get away with it until now? Are they stealing them in the dead of night by disguising them as BBQs? Actually, during the day they could blend in with the rest of the shopping carts and strollers but it’s not your ideal getaway vehicle so you’d better be pretty sneaky since most of them don’t go faster than the speed of smell. I saw one in Florida once that was being tailed by a turtle and the golf cart driver kept waving his arm and screaming, “Go around!”
I’m sure within a couple of days they’re going to blame it all on the republicans for the cuts to Medicaid while the democrats shoot themselves in the feet again by calling for more stringent warning labels on golf carts.

IMC has in excess of 2200 promotional products that will help you serve your client and we are adding new brand partners and products from our collections and our established retail brand partners. We believe IMC products speak for themselves and we can also show you ways to use and market them to your clients. Our products with decoration will have your customer coming back time and time again. Since introducing Waterford® Writing Instruments and MoMA years ago, IMC has presented more than 50 retail brands from global suppliers to enhance the selections you can offer your clients. We invite you to browse any of our 2,200+ products on the BRAND NEW IMC website to see items suitable for any occasion or event and pieces you can use to personalize your relationship with your clients. You can register as a distributor, track orders, upload art for virtual samples and even create your own flyers and catalogs of our products. We welcome you to 2017 and wish you the best and we hope you had time to stop and visit IMC at the PPAI Las Vegas show. The 2017 IMC catalog is available by request from the IMC website and is posted on the online services. We’ll continue to treat our clients professionally and get your orders to you…on time and on budget. You can also request our 2017 catalog using the catalog page of our website or download the PDF. We have products for every event and if your client has invented a holiday or celebration, we can also custom-make almost anything you can dream to make your client’s event all it can be. Take a look at our YouTube channel to see some videos showcasing popular products for some ideas on how to use them. We take our business relationship seriously and we want you to enjoy, give and receive our products and be able to use them every day. We look forward to working with you and we always have ideas to make our products work for your clients. The 2017 IMC catalog is also live and available virtually at Zoomcatalog.com and on our website if you’re tired of fighting paper catalogs and it can be viewed nicely with your laptop, iPad, tablet or phone. IMC is the recognized leader in the introduction of new retail brands to the promotional product industry and has multiple design awards from both ASI and PPAI. We have promotional products for every event, show, convention, corporate store and company program that will keep your client looking to you for new ideas. What do you say…what’s on sale today?

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I Believe I’d Like a Nap

Donn James

Sunday is Father’s Day and I would like to wish all my fellow fathers a happy day doing whatever your family has decided will make you happy…which doesn’t make it that much different than the other 364 days. I’m all atwitter waiting to see what color tie I get and I know many of you are looking forward to opening that new 3-pack of boxers or tube socks. We have certainly developed plenty of lame holidays over the years (thanks Hallmark) but Father’s Day belongs near the top of the list as fathers are honored essentially for successfully doing the one thing we think about doing all of the time.
In America, I’ve been around longer than Father’s Day since it only became law in 1972 when Nixon signed the bill. Little did he know the furor caused by this bill would force him to resign in disgrace soon after. People around the country had been lobbying for it for about 100 years but congress, in their traditional lack of wisdom, thought it might become commercialized since every bill they pass becomes nothing more than an excuse for an offensive T-shirt. We already had every man in America rushing to the flower store on Mother’s Day so those in favor of a Father’s Day argued it was only fair for America to make every Mom rush to Home Depot and have them gift wrap a toilet plunger. They picked the 3rd Sunday in June only because June was the only month left without a holiday, basketball and hockey were over and it was beginning to get warm across most of the country and everyone knows…that’s when you need a good plunger.
The idea of Father’s Day has been around a lot longer than America as they used to celebrate it during the middle ages. They would wish the 15-year old fathers a happy Father’s Day as they left for the latest crusade because they knew they were either never going to see 16 or they were going to see the sun in Constantinople and never come back to London. Those that survived the crusade were the original deadbeat dads.
I guess I’ve received my share of ‘World’s Greatest Dad’ stuff over the years but the pessimist in me doesn’t make too much of it because I know my kids’ frame of reference is really quite limited. I suppose I speak for most fathers when I say that fatherhood is the best thing that ever happened to me regardless of all the times I wanted to leave one or all of my children stranded by the side of the road. I’ve tried to be there to get them where they needed to be, tried to teach them, mostly from my mistakes, and they’re now at the age where they’ve learned some of it and ignored most of it. I’ve forgotten to pick them up fewer times than most but it rarely rains here so it’s not like they were standing out in the cold and I’ve done my best to only embarrass them when it’s funny to me. My children have made me the father I am and as the old saying goes…I smile because I’m their father but I laugh because there is nothing they can do about it.
All I’ve really ever done in fatherhood is to make a concentrated effort not to turn into Ozzy Osbourne or Al Bundy. Anything I’ve done as a father in excess of that is just gravy…and probably accidental.

Happy Father’s Day!

IMC has in excess of 2200 promotional products that will help you serve your client and we are adding new brand partners and products from our collections and our established retail brand partners. We believe IMC products speak for themselves and we can also show you ways to use and market them to your clients. Our products with decoration will have your customer coming back time and time again. Since introducing Waterford® Writing Instruments and MoMA years ago, IMC has presented more than 50 retail brands from global suppliers to enhance the selections you can offer your clients. We invite you to browse any of our 2,200+ products on the BRAND NEW IMC website to see items suitable for any occasion or event and pieces you can use to personalize your relationship with your clients. You can register as a distributor, track orders, upload art for virtual samples and even create your own flyers and catalogs of our products. We welcome you to 2017 and wish you the best and we hope you had time to stop and visit IMC at the PPAI Las Vegas show. The 2017 IMC catalog is available by request from the IMC website and is posted on the online services. We’ll continue to treat our clients professionally and get your orders to you…on time and on budget. You can also request our 2017 catalog using the catalog page of our website or download the PDF. We have products for every event and if your client has invented a holiday or celebration, we can also custom-make almost anything you can dream to make your client’s event all it can be. Take a look at our YouTube channel to see some videos showcasing popular products for some ideas on how to use them. We take our business relationship seriously and we want you to enjoy, give and receive our products and be able to use them every day. We look forward to working with you and we always have ideas to make our products work for your clients. The 2017 IMC catalog is also live and available virtually at Zoomcatalog.com and on our website if you’re tired of fighting paper catalogs and it can be viewed nicely with your laptop, iPad, tablet or phone. IMC is the recognized leader in the introduction of new retail brands to the promotional product industry and has multiple design awards from both ASI and PPAI. We have promotional products for every event, show, convention, corporate store and company program that will keep your client looking to you for new ideas. What do you say…are you busy Sunday?

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Do I Know You?

Donn James

Over the last few years I have gotten better at using the calendars on my phone, iPad and computer and the reminder feature has been a Godsend because I have them set to remind me the day before and again 30 minutes before the event. I’ve found that with the 30 minute reminder I only forget half the things I’m supposed to do because my memory is just not what it used to be…or needs to be. In the past I would joke when someone would remind me that I forgot something and they would say, “How could you forget that?” I would reply that I can’t even remember breakfast and now…I can’t remember breakfast.
Like many of you I’ve talked about standing in the middle of the garage wondering why I’m there but I’ve taken steps to ease that burden and I now have a routine I run through my mind to trick me into remembering. I start with paper goods: paper towels, Kleenex, toilet tissue, party hats and if that doesn’t flip a light in my brain, I move on to garage refrigerator items: beer, water, watermelon, batteries, pudding pops and it’s usually during this segment I remember I’m supposed to be in the laundry room starting a load of wash. When this isn’t the case my next segment is pet products: dog food, cat food, dog treats, cat treats, stain removers or the hell that is cat litter. My final category, at least so far, is tools: do I need a hammer, screwdriver, table saw or toilet plunger? Finally, a light bulb goes off in my head and I realize I need a…light bulb.
I do want to mention a new phenomenon that has been occurring for me lately so you can commiserate or, at least have something to look forward to. Roughly about half the time now I will hear the microwave “ding” and I will have no idea what I’m cooking. Seriously, I will walk across the kitchen like I’m opening a present on my birthday, wondering what’s in the box. When I open the microwave I will have one of three thoughts; it will either be…Yay! That looks good or…Wow, I totally forgot we had that or…Now, why did I think that would be good right now.
There appears to be something to the belief that men invented instant replay because we already forgot what we just saw as I find myself rewinding more TV shows now and then but I choose to blame my hearing rather than my memory. I still have a great grasp of names and as a friendly, caring individual I find myself reminding others when they can’t remember a name but my problem is while I can remember their name, I can’t remember why I know them. Thankfully, they usually say something stupid and that helps me remember even though they’re someone I would love to forget.
Scientists say there is short-term and long-term memory loss but since I can remember going to McDonald’s when the sign said, “Over 37 Sold” but I can’t remember to tie my shoes, I’m guessing my problem is more short-term. So I went to this meeting about short-term memory loss but when I got there, we had all forgotten why we were there.
Regrettably, we don’t get to choose what we forget any more than we get to choose when we forget it so I rely on a prayer much like alcoholics rely on the Serenity prayer. As I age I call upon the wisdom of the Senility Prayer: God grant me the senility to forget the people I never liked, the good fortune to bump into the ones I do like, and the eyesight to know the difference.

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