So, today is Friday and I think that should be enough. Why does every day have to be something? Has America become so obsessed with the onion ring that we had to make next Monday, National Onion Ring Day? Did it save a life? Did we throw one into a lake to save a drowning Chihuahua? I’d like to talk to the guy who’s going around giving all the days stupid names. Prisons aren’t that crowded; we can make room for that guy. Today is National Flip-Flop Day and I don’t think we need it because we already have President’s Day. Most of us follow the Roman calendar and after doing almost no research, I can find no mention of the 18th of Quintilis being National Caviar Day. I think I’ll pass on the unborn fish appetizer. And if you can’t make plans because the 29th of July is National Lasagna Day, you’ve forgotten to take your medication.
You should just be happy it’s Friday but if you have the urge to run out and put on a pair of flip-flops to honor the day, please suppress it. Trust me; they’re not a good look for you. I don’t wear flip-flops because well…I’m an adult. I’m not a two-year old sitting in a sand box needing my diaper changed. I’m also not selling coconuts out of a push cart in downtown Honolulu. Besides, my enemies are many and I might have to break into a trot, and you can’t outrun a banana slug in flip-flops. Geez, just walking in them and you sound like you’re being spanked to a metronome beat. It’s like walking down the street wearing a couple of spatulas. So you can imagine how hard it is to sneak up on a zombie wearing flip-flops. I don’t wear flip-flops and I am speaking as someone with normal feet…by that I mean all my toes, only five on each foot (that’s standard issue if you didn’t know), face forward and I don’t have any webbing and none of my toes look like somebody stepped on a frog. If you can see your feet, I implore you to look down, shudder in horror and cover those puppies because it appears the last few million years of evolution have passed some of you by. And if you can’t see your feet, please err on the side of caution, do us all a favor and slip on some Keds because I don’t want to see your feet and immediately start humming the theme song from The Flintstone’s.
Flip-flops were invented by some guy who had a spare tire and a ball of twine and they were to be used as shower shoes, as if anyone without some serious OCD issues would wear shoes in the shower. If you’re so concerned that some exotic strain of bacteria, which you just washed off, is going to sneak back up your leg, you have problems flip-flops aren’t going to solve. Who are you…Achilles? And if you have an urge to slip on flip-flops over some socks, you need to turn off Madame Butterfly and slip into this century. Unless you’re making chocolate truffles in some mountain village in Switzerland, we don’t wear socks with sandals. And even then, that chocolate better be damned good.
It’s not really that different in business. Many of the IMC items are served with fine packaging and some are a la cart but all will be remembered forever and we offer them in many categories. IMC hopes you’re enjoying our new retail brands and products for the industry. New brands like Alessi, Areaware and our new designer sunglasses collection from Bobby Jones, Carmen Marc Valvo and Michael Stars are live on our website. And we’ll continue to treat our customers professionally and get your orders to you…on time and on budget. If you’re curious about click on the tab and see. You can thumb through our 2015 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. Go to the Catalog page of the IMC website and put your order in and we’ll get them to you. Let us know if you’d like 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. 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 2015 IMC catalog is live and 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 48 retail brands from global suppliers to enhance the selections you can offer your clients. See great ideas and items from Troika, Blunt, Stewart/Stand® and Clearaward. We invite you to browse any of our 2,300+ 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…I forget, what day is it?