I had occasion to, once again, visit my local emergency room. I’m fine by the way…thanks for asking. The fact that your concern for my well-being is less than dripping with sincerity is not going unnoticed. But, unlike many of you, I grasp the concept of emergency and I know my minor issue is going to take a back seat to the construction worker who comes in with his thumb stuck in his lunchbox…especially if his buddy comes in later carrying the lunchbox. So I don’t mind waiting my turn. The cute little soccer player with the lime green neon jersey and her nose pointing at her ear can go in front of me. I get it…they don’t take reservations and this isn’t the drive-thru lane at Starbucks. Certain ailments, injuries and diseases so right to the front of the line, just like the fake handicapped people at Disneyland. Everybody gets triaged and my kidney stone is flying Coach in the First Class world of heart attacks, detached limbs and knife wounds.
Last night my only question was…when did the ER become the place to go when the bars close because my last few visits have been populated with people whose premier talent seems to be the ability to be over served? Last night I was treated to the slurring sounds of some guy shouting that his civil rights were being violated…while he was throwing up on his shoes. What I really don’t understand is that our local hospital is in the middle of a huge residential area surrounded by houses and a catholic girl’s school. There’s not a bar within 10 miles of the place. I can barely find the hospital and I’m sober. I just can’t figure out how drunks find it. Well, the ones that are brought in by the police I can understand a little. Cops have GPS. The ones they bring in are the ones chained to their beds trying to pull their IV out with their teeth. The problem with the old ones is that their teeth slide out before the IV. I know alcohol makes you stupid but some of these people are so dumb, they must have been drinking away brain cells since birth. If you come into an emergency room with your head bleeding because you attempted suicide by drinking a fifth of vodka, taking a handful of your Grandpa’s nitroglycerin pills and repeatedly banging your head against the wall thinking you can make the nitro explode, you probably have not been nominated for the Nobel Prize in chemistry. If, after downing your last shot, you stumbled outside and thought now would be a good time to try mountain biking, Harvard is probably not on your list of places to go. This particular evening I was surrounded by people who somehow found their way here from their favorite watering hole, plus I had a nurse who looked a lot like W.C. Fields, so she didn’t engender me with much confidence. I guess I’m just past the point in my life when I have to swing by the emergency room to have my stomach pumped on my way home, or a B12 shot in the morning. I’m more likely to need to swing by a drugstore for a roll of Tums.
It’s not really that different in business. IMC has hundreds of items that come in multiple colors and with rush options if you’re in an emergency situation. We will work together with you to quickly handle your emergency and we’ll do everything in our power to strengthen your relationship with your customer, which is just what you need in a business relationship in the promotional products industry. Most of our items are suitable for any event and we have decorating methods that will dress them up. Visit the IMC website to see our new brands and new items from our collections and our 2013 Holiday Flyer. You can download the flyer or we’ll send you some, and you can see all the new items in the
section of our website. The IMC catalog is also virtual on Zoomcatalog.com if you’re tired of fighting paper catalogs land it can be viewed nicely with your laptop, iPad, tablet or phone. We can help your clients celebrate retirements, milestones, anniversaries, shows or launches and keep the celebration foremost in their minds. From crystal awards and designer pens for anniversaries, retirements, speaker or holiday gifting to pens and keychains for product launches, giveaways and thank-you gifts. We know your clients test you with price, delivery and detailed logos so we know what we can do with our products and how you can use or market them. IMC has products to make you look and feel good and we continuously bring 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. IMC is a recognized leader in the introduction of new retail brands to the promotional product industry and has multiple design awards from both ASI and PPAI. Our in-house family of decorators will transform your selection into a promotional product that will enhance your end-user’s event or ceremony. We treat every order with a practiced professionalism so the things that happen will be what you expect from an award-winning supplier. As well as continuously expanding the available product in our 6 Collections, IMC continues our industry-leading practice of bringing new retail brands to the promotional products industry. Since introducing Waterford® Writing Instruments and MoMA years ago, IMC has presented more than 35 retail brands from global suppliers to enhance the selections you can offer your clients. These include world renowned designers like Cerruti and the unique offerings from Stewart/Stand® and Finelife. We invite you to browse any of our 2,500+ 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 every event, show, convention, corporate store and company program that will keep your client looking to you for new ideas. What do you think? Let us know with a comment here or on Facebook or Twitter. IMC wants to know…is this really an emergency?