Do You Need Practice?

Donn James

Donn James

In what you may, or may not, believe is a decline in moral values over the last 40 years, more and more people seem to be living together outside the bounds of marriage and while many have asked my opinion, the simple truth is…I just don’t care. I don’t care if people do it for love or just to save money on rent, and I’m bright enough to know that every homesteading couple in a covered wagon crossing the plains 170 years ago didn’t have rings on their fingers so I don’t see it as a new issue. Also, most of them had babies before they got to Colorado, probably because Nebraska was so boring…when you weren’t being attacked by Indians…I mean Native Americans. These days, with everyone living together, young couples will never know the thrill of slinking out of a strange house under the cover of darkness without waking the parents. What is interesting to me is the cottage industry all this cohabiting has spawned and, for lack of a better term, I will call it “starter kids.”
In what appears to be a boon for the pet industry since this whole neuter or spay thing doesn’t seem to be taking off, every young couple I know has adopted a pet so they can practice at being a parent. My son and daughter-in-law-to-be adopted a retriever mix as a puppy and except for that whole tail thing, I think they would have had her in a diaper. She turned 1 yesterday and this is what they did to her…doesn’t she look happy? She even has a middle name and for her birthday they are taking her to Abercrombie & Beagle andcalliethey baked her a cake. They are finally weaning her off puppy food, all because it says so on the bushel of chow she goes through weekly. Apparently, puppies need to get all their nutrients so for the first year, she was only fed puppy chow, shoes and a couch. She is very well-behaved for the most part now but they have friends who have a lab whose only talent seems to be climbing onto tables to eat off my plate…with me.
I understand these young couples treating their pets like children because they’re still young enough to remember how they were treated but, while they don’t believe it, they’re still pets. It’s like that whole…extra pair of legs thing, slipped right by them. I would have thought the drinking out of the toilet would have tipped them off. I believe this will lead to other issues as they move on to having real babies and post a picture of their newborn lying on a training pad by the back door.
I really have no problems with young adults having starter kids but I don’t want them to mistake it for the real world and children because there are some glaring differences. See, living with children is kind of like living with bums…they never have any money, they want food and they’re always missing a shoe. Really, the best part when comparing a pet to a child is that when your dog is a teenager…it’s not going to hate you.

It’s not really that different in business. All of our IMC items are safe as gifts and we can show you  ways to use and market them and we offer them in many categories. IMC hopes you’re enjoying our new retail brands and products for the industry. With summer in bloom, our new designer sunglasses collection from Bobby Jones, Carmen Marc Valvo and Michael Stars might be just what you need. And we’ll continue to treat our customers professionally and get your orders to you…on time and on budget. 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. We also introduced new mid-year items this week at SAAC and we have a mid-year flyer. 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 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 Kikkerland, Areaware, Nina Ricci and Redwear. 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 TwitterIMC wants to know…how many legs to your children have?



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2 Responses to Do You Need Practice?

  1. Jaime Shine says:

    Always enjoy reading your posts, Donn; your wit and straightforward style are refreshing. And those Michael Stars shades! Who wouldn’t want those?! No children at the moment (former 4-legged variety have crossed over to the other side), but mine will always have 4 legs. I’ll stick with being the cool Aunt any day. 🙂

  2. IMC says:

    It’s always cooler to be the ‘cool Aunt.’

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