I love my cell phone because it has Siri and I find in the normal course of a day she is a more intelligent conversationalist than most of the people I encounter. That said, I realize I don’t live in a vacuum so I make an effort not to disturb the lives around me but lately I find myself longing for the days when if you heard a one-sided conversation, you could look around and see a homeless person talking to someone who wasn’t there. Yesterday I’m standing in line at Starbucks and the lady behind me was on her phone for the entire time, from the line to ordering to pick-up. She even had the barista wait so she could finish what was apparently the only thought in her head. So, everyone’s irritated but none more so than I because I’m standing in a line, which I don’t like, to spend my money on a drink I don’t drink, which means I’m doing something nice for someone, and that flies in the face of my very nature. What I don’t understand is that people are usually talking about things they wouldn’t say in public if the person was standing right next to them but put a phone in their hand and they think they’re invisible. This may come as a surprise but I don’t care to know how happy you are that when your old boyfriend shot your new boyfriend, he only wounded him because you just found out you’re pregnant and are not sure who the father is. I’ve also been accosted lately by one-sided conversations in the grocery store and this has to cease. The only time you should be allowed to use the phone in a store is to call and find out what you’re forgetting because I’m always forgetting something. Or you could call 911 if you could remember the number. But when I’m reaching for a loaf of bread I don’t want to hear you telling someone who isn’t there, that your child is struggling and it’s all the teacher’s fault. Judging by the lack of courtesy you’re showing your fellow man, I’m much more likely to believe there may be a parenting problem at work here…or the last book your child opened was Green Eggs & Ham. And if you are so obtuse and self-centered as to think it’s OK to be on your phone or texting at the movies because it’s only the previews, you’re wrong. You have managed to ignore the very official cartoon guy who has told you to stop texting and silence your damned phone. Usually, you’re only telling someone (who doesn’t care) where you are and now all of us are wishing you were somewhere else. Here’s the deal…I’m either at the movies to watch the movie…or nap, and I don’t want to hear your fat thumbs bouncing around the keypad. And nowadays, since the light given off by the phone screens can be seen from outer space, you’re bothering everyone in the theater. You think you’re being quiet but we’re forced to watch what amounts to a Hollywood spotlight bounce around the ceiling as you try and tweet a picture. Not normally a fan of big government I might make an exception for cell phone abusers. The sentence would be that you lose your cell phone and instead are forced to use two soup cans and a really long string.
It’s not really that different in business. At IMC, we’ll take your call wherever you are but we hope you’re being courteous to your fellow man. We want you to take the time to call us and see what we can do for you and your clients’ needs. IMC is continuously bringing new brands and decorating options to the promotional product industry. These brands and options are developed with an eye toward the latest trends so we can continue to offer a wide realm of choices and options in both traditional and unusual promotional product categories. At the PPAI show closing today IMC won the 2012 Supplier Achievement Award for best Retail Branded Product. And we deal with some great distributors who have seen our finished product and are sharp enough to bring these new and exciting products to their clients. Our in-house family of decorators will turn your selection into a winner that will enhance your end-user’s event or ceremony. And IMC will take your order, deliver it on time, and on budget. We treat every order with a practiced professionalism so you won’t be left hanging around backstage because the things that happen will be what you expect from an award-winning supplier. As well as continuously expanding the product available in our 6 Collections, IMC continues our industry-leading practice of bringing new retail brands to the promotional products industry and we continue that practice in 2013. Since introducing Waterford® Writing Instruments and MoMA years ago, IMC has presented more than 30 retail brands from global suppliers to enhance the selections you can offer your clients. These include world renowned designers like Visconti and the unique offerings from Paperthinks and Nanda Home. We invite you to browse any of our 2,450+ products on the NEW IMC website to see items suitable for any occasion or event and pieces you can use to personalize your relationship with your clients. We have promotional products for award shows, conventions, events, corporate stores and company programs that will keep your client looking to you for new ideas. And we’re always happy to offer ideas and provide case histories. So whatever your party, cause, event, launch or letter, IMC has ideas and advice that will promote and support your client. We can make you shine with 6 IMC collections and 27 retail brands as we have unique and quality products for all occasions and events. What do you think? Let us know with a comment here or on Facebook or Twitter. IMC wants to know if you set your phone to vibrate.