Do You Feel a Breeze?

Donn James

So I’m sitting in the waiting room in my hospital gown with the lovely backless look while waiting for the results to see if they excised all the cancerous tissue out of my neck and I’m silently complaining about this perceived inconvenience to me. Although I don’t suffer fools gladly, I’m generally regarded as a patient man so I’m mildly surprised when I begin to wonder how long it will be until medicine begins using Dr. McCoy’s tricorder to wave across my body and cure my ills instead of the archaic use of needles and knives to whittle me like a totem pole.
I think our phobias about blood and our incredibly low tolerance for pain are the reason the greatest advances have been made in the field of medicine. When Ernie Epidural came along with his invention to help combat the pains of labor, women and, believe me, men rejoiced but I’m sure 150 years ago, before we invented those little cups of crushed ice, when women were wandering out to the fields to birth their annual children, many women were praying for someone to invent something to ease their pain because…the back 40 still needs a plowin’. These days I need a tetanus shot every 10 years or so and I much prefer it to the medieval practice of cutting up a pigeon and rubbing it over the affected part even if they only used volunteer pigeons. On a more personal note I have undergone multiple surgeries in the last 15 years on shoulders, knees, heart and neck, each time done through a single hole or vein, which is vastly superior to having them slice through my chiseled abs and being carved up like a Thanksgiving turkey.
The business of technology has perhaps surpassed even medicine in terms of leaps in the last 100 years and I think we can safely attribute that to the following 3 criteria.
1. Americans are better than every other country at whining.
2. We can, for all the good we do in the world, often be the champions of selfishness. All you have to do is watch somebody stop traffic to move 3 lanes over in the course of 50 yards to make the turn they want to make instead of just going to the next corner and making 2 right turns without bothering anyone.
3. Judging from personal experience and viewing my vast circle of friends I can verify that we are all inherently lazy so we expend more energy than we would like to find the few people not inherently lazy and make them invent something to make our lives easier…and we’re not afraid to throw bags of money at them to get them to do it.
This combined lack of effort by the inherently lazy and the inspired effort of the not so inherently lazy has given us computers the size of an aspirin, made the grueling task of mailing a letter obsolete and we are now so slothful that many Americans get mad when they have to push 1 to listen to the message in English. 75 years ago people waited all day in line for a bowl of soup and today people think it’s the end of the world if they have to wait 3 minutes for an ATM so our priorities may be a little skewed. I know high school kids who, if they have to wait more than a second for a song to download to their phone, start crying about being stuck in the 90s…and they weren’t even alive.
So, while we have made reality stars celebrities, I can text someone in Australia and wake them up so we all should agree it is the best of times and the worst of times.

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. If you find yourself in Long Beach for the great SAAC show in August, please stop by and see what’s new from IMC in booth 535. 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 have you invented?

 

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Is It Getting Warmer?

Donn James

If you’re reading this one of two things has most likely happened or not happened, depending on your point of view but, in perspective, both things could be good. A: If you are reading this under normal circumstances it means you have not yet been turned into a pile of ash by the nuclear weapon two bullies with the combined IQ of yoghurt are currently threatening our countries with. B: If you are reading this but most of us are piles of ash blowing in the wind along the Ventura Freeway, then Home Depot delivered your do-it-yourself bomb shelter on time…and you have great Wi-Fi. The world is currently being subjected to the posturing of our president and some kid who looks like the Korean version of the Pillsbury doughboy, poster children who should be on the cover of Immature Monthly as they wander around trying to decide who has the biggest shovel in the sandbox. Hopefully, this issue will be eventually decided by more rational thought, though none has been shown so far, as the rest of us look to the skies in horror every time we hear a strange sound. And our leader’s use of terms like rage, fury, locked and loaded do not give us the warm, fuzzy feeling of hot chocolate in front of a cozy fire since we’re busy checking our umbrella labels to see if they block radiation.
It’s times like these when I begin to wish that torture hadn’t gotten such a bad rap. Those fun-loving carefree days of waterboarding, kneecapping or fingernail removal have long since become only a fond memory to most of us as we hope the world continues to become a kinder, gentler place but there should be a place for a less violent form of torture. Gone are the joyful times when you could surf in Guantanamo Bay all day and still have time to set someone’s feet on fire long into the night. Someone once joked that if you made bad people do innocuous, mundane tasks, that would be torture for them yet our hands would be clean of the hysteria that surrounds torture and that got me to thinking about how it might work in this day and age.
To look back, I think we can all agree that World War II would have been a lot shorter and less damaging if we had kidnapped Hitler and made him sell deep-fried Snickers bars at county fairs all summer. We could then have sent him back to Germany where nobody would have listened to him because he smelled like vegetable oil and chocolate. Even earlier than that, Genghis Khan would have done a lot less raping and pillaging if someone had tied him up and made him sell iPhone cases at a kiosk in the mall. We finally took out Osama Bin Laden but imagine if we had him 15 years earlier and we made him be a wedding DJ and he had to play Katy Perry’s California Gurls over and over and over…and over. Imagine now if we could take this new kinder, gentler torture and render the current leaders in question. We could make Kim Jong-un work the sandwich line at Subway but every customer would order the foot-long tuna salad on toasted whole wheat with extra onions…and pepperoncini’s. How long do you think it would be before he slipped one of those plastic sandwich bags over his head and took a deep breath? And we could have The Donald do the one job for which he is perfectly suited and he would have to greet every customer by saying, “Hi, welcome to Wal-Mart.”

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. If you find yourself in Long Beach for the great SAAC show in August, please stop by and see what’s new from IMC in booth 535. We will also be in Texas at the HPPA Show in late August and you can find IMC in booth 440. 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 that a shooting star?

 

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Do You Have Any Spare Change?

Donn James

I like to think I’m a big supporter of small businesses in that I buy sandwiches at the local deli and I don’t send my shoes to Amazon to get new heels. That said, I do shop the big box stores as well because occasionally the local coffee shop wants $4 for a croissant but I can go to Costco and get 24 for $0.89 so while I want to support the Bean Scene, I can do rudimentary math…and your croissant is not worth $4 just because you give it to me with a smile.
Occasionally a small business will do something to make me wonder how they started, even make money or continue in business. We have a local coffee shop in a good-sized corner shopping area in our community and it is, by all accounts, a popular place with the moms and high schoolers in the area but it has changed hands several times over the years as it struggles to stay in business. Apparently the original owner didn’t understand the concept of a non-compete clause because this coffee shop is now about 10 giant steps from a Starbuck’s…with a drive-thru lane. That would be like a guy opening a toilet paper store next to Costco because you would automatically assume that guy had stopped taking his medication.
I suppose patronizing small businesses feels good because it’s generally a less businesslike atmosphere; more like visiting family that you like and less like being a number in some company’s profit stream. Every now and then though, it would be nice if Mom & Pop would remember they should at least pretend to be a business at times. I went to one such business the other day and I won’t mention the name because if I get sued, I have to talk to a lawyer and nobody wants that hell. Anyway, I just needed something small so I picked it out from among the homemade air fresheners and homemade beef jerky and went to the counter to pay and put a $20 on the counter only to be told by some fresh-faced, high school dropout that she couldn’t make change. I said something appropriately witty like, “That’s why you have a cash register. It will tell you how much change to give me and if it doesn’t…believe me, I can do the math.” This statement sailed several feet over her head and she said, “We can’t change the $20.” I will take this time to remind all of you that it’s a $20. It’s not like I dropped a gold bar on the counter…or some beaver pelts. What is she trying to tell me? Do I have too much money to shop here? Am I richer than I think? I have a hole in my sock that’s telling me otherwise. Is she expecting me to tell her just to charge me $18 for that roll of Lifesavers and have me walk out of there happy with $2? It’s a $20 and you’re treating it like I just put a stock certificate for 100 shares of Google on the counter. I know with Mom & Poppers your probably expected to stock the shelves whenever a new shipment of homemade wind chimes comes in and maybe you have to sweep up now and then, but your only real duty is to sell me, at a real value you’ve previously determined, whatever I want to buy…and give me my damned change. It’s a $20; I didn’t walk in and try and pay with a Jackson Pollock painting.
I’m at a loss to explain when a $20 became too much money because around here it will only pay for about 2 hours of parking and won’t even cover valet parking. Understanding the value of your products and having an adequate change drawer would seem to be integral in running a business, large or small, and the lack of same might indicate a lack of understanding of our monetary system. I expect the girl would have called the cops if I tried to pay with a $2 bill.

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. If you find yourself in Long Beach for the great SAAC show in August, please stop by and see what’s new from IMC in booth 535. 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 break a twenty?

 

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Bring Back Tip & Ted!

Donn James

We had an important vote in the Senate last night and for the most part it was the same partisan fare, although a few from the right crossed what is becoming quite a chasm to vote with the left so I’m glad my supply of birth control pills will remain, for now, uninterrupted. Other than last night the votes have been along party lines to the extent that there may as well be a river running down the middle of the Senate floor and many from both sides wish it was stocked with alligators.
There was a time when we were more bipartisan and while the good old days weren’t that good, this bipartisanship was better for America. There was a time when republican Tip O’Neill and democrat Ted Kennedy would get hammered on scotch and then hammer out a bill that was palatable to the majority of Americans and enough of the Senate would read the bill and take out the part where Tip and Ted decided to bomb Calgary on Thursday, probably knowing the bill wouldn’t pass with that in it. Everything of import to us, immigration reform, civil and women’s rights, national security was either founded or furthered with bipartisan support and we’re going to need more of it if they intend to get anything done. Right now we seem to be governed by one party who doesn’t know they won and another party which can’t believe they lost. One side is bullying to the extent they would be expelled from any public school in America and the other side is pouting so badly they will be alone at their birthday party. What may be even more disturbing for many of you is that if you look at all the individuals involved with an open mind, you would have to agree with me that the only ones making any sense at all are the women. Whether you are a fan of Warren, Harris or Gillibrand on one side of the aisle or Murkowski and Collins on the other side, these are the people bringing a rationale to the situations, probably because they’re used to breaking up fights between children which, coincidence or not, describes most of the men in the Senate where both sides appear to be in league with their respective lunatic fringes and not the majority of us.
But, having been around for a long time now, I can tell you it wasn’t always this way and this is an exercise in seeing how things are cyclical so none of us should be too quick to pat ourselves on the back. In the ‘50s the republican party demonized females in what they determined were male-based roles; I mean education was OK as long as it included ‘How to cook a pot roast and change a diaper’ but they did their best to keep women out of the work force with poorer pay, limited benefits, rampant sexism and harassment etc. As you can imagine, if you are too young to remember, this did not sit well with this burgeoning demographic and the democrats saw an opportunity to tap into this well of voters. To their credit, the democrats championed their cause and we are all the better for it as women began to advance in pay, benefits etc. to the point where it is still bad but better than it has ever been. But as it is too often with a good thing, the democrats took it one step too far and began to demonize women who opted to fill female-based roles. They intimated that stay-at-home equated with subservient and was less valuable than a working Mom and that promptly sent legions of their voters back to the other side.
What many in the Senate have lost sight of is that if there are two sides, logically there must be a middle so get together and find it for the majority of us; not just your CEO or your welfare recipient. In fact, if the CEO would take less in profit temporarily, you could put the welfare recipients to work for him and probably have even more profits.
Women can be wives, mothers, workers and soldiers but they don’t have to be any of those things. That’s called freedom and this is America. And equal pay should be a non-issue because you’re supposed to be paying for the job, not whether one of us is wearing a bra. And if you get the same pay for the same job, all it means to women is you no longer have first dibs on that seat in the lifeboat.

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…do we have to vote?

 

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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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