Well, it rained again this week so now we’ve had two storms since the Kennedy Era so we’re still suffering under drought conditions, according to our local TV meteorologist/playmate Misty Showers. What’s it going to take to get the talking heads on TV to stop saying this monsoon is having no effect on the drought? It rained so hard I had to swim to my car to get the case of water I had to buy at Costco because I’m only allowed to use water on odd Thursdays of even months…or something like that. It rained so hard at times that animals were starting to pair up and look for Noah but the water police will give me a ticket if I try and wash my dog. So, the question is, how much is enough? It’s moderately irritating that I needed a snorkel just to get to my mail box and when I get my head above water, have you tell me it’s not doing any good. It’s even more irritating when my water bill is in the mail.
While I am generally reluctant to blame politicians even though everything is their fault, this is really their fault. We have what are regarded as the best drainage systems in the world and although occasionally they are overwhelmed with water and you need a raft to get your Prius across Sunset Blvd, they quickly rebound and drain any excess so we don’t have any standing water for long and certainly none that is around long enough to attract malaria-ridden mosquitoes. It’s not like we’re living in Louisiana.
California leads the nation in water projects and some are structural marvels but, once again, we’re having trouble seeing the big picture. My government is not saving water. They expect me to shower with friends and, at the same time, they take money out of my pocket to send Picasso out with a stencil and a can of spray paint to put, “Don’t Pollute. Drains to Ocean” on every storm drain. The worst part of the sign is they put a picture of a dolphin on it so I think I’m killing Flipper if I hose down my driveway. Thanks for the guilt trip. And why does it drain to the ocean? The ocean is already full of water. Stop sending my good water to the ocean and save it. Here’s the solution…make all those drains that go to the ocean turn toward the nearest treatment plant and save the rainwater. Guess what? Drought over. You can use all that money you’re stealing from me with your CRV charges to build it. Yes, I call it stealing because my government knows full well I’m willing to use my recycling container at home but I’m way too lazy to carry an empty bottle out of the house. So they charge me for not bringing something back; it’s like the library fine from hell. The CRV charges have spawned a cottage industry. I see people wearing more layers than an onion diving into gas station trash cans, dumpsters, park trash barrels looking for bottles. They’re like the dorks with metal detectors at the beach…or the bears at Yosemite. 21st century dumpster-diving has become so popular I heard USC is going to offer it as a major next year. Mostly for the football team.
Now, you won’t find anyone lining up to see our two state senators climb into a bathtub together but it would at least mean they understood the problem…and it would make a great Christmas card.
It’s not really that different in business. We have hundreds of bottles and they come empty and IMC will go to great lengths for our employees and their families, our clients and customers and everyone with whom we have a relationship. We’ll continue to treat our customers professionally and get your orders to you…on time and on budget. You can move through our catalog from category to category and find many products that will accent your client’s event and we’ll get you what you want even if we have some suggestions on how to make it more rewarding. We’ll even send you samples. We want to help you make sense of your client’s request so we offer choices between new products and classic items so they can make presentations memorable. And IMC cares that your order is correct so we keep lots of products around that are suitable for your events but we’ll let you decide what works best for you and jump in to help you with decisions about products and decorations. The 2015 catalog will be here any day and it includes tons of new items from our collections and existing brands and several retail brands that are new to the promotional products industry. Go to the Catalog page of the IMC website and put your order in and we’ll get them to you. 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. And all of our new items are visible in the section of our website. The 2015 IMC catalog will again be available virtually at Zoomcatalog.com if you’re tired of fighting paper catalogs. 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. Since introducing Waterford® Writing Instruments and MoMA years ago, IMC has presented more than 45 retail brands from global suppliers to enhance the selections you can offer your clients. See great ideas and items from Fred & Friends, Paperthinks, Nina Ricci and Orangebag. We invite you to browse any of our 2,500+ products on the 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…do you have anything bottled up?