We had a wonderful end-of-summer and retirement luncheon yesterday although we once again celebrated the end of summer on a day when the temperature was in triple figures…and that was in Celsius. I’m pretty sure my salmon was cooked on the sidewalk because it sure tasted like it and I’ve always been curious to know how they get the skin so rubbery. I may have been hallucinating in the heat but I looked at some of the chicken on plates and I was certain it was moving but, it may have just still been alive and running from Colonel Sanders. The other offering for lunch was something they called tri-tip but it was sliced and I’m convinced they only sliced it so we wouldn’t see the claws. I almost forgot to mention we have a vegetarian, someone who has lost her grip on our food chain, so she had a bowl of something that looked like paper mache but they had splashed some green and orange here and there so it had some color…and in the shimmering heat that was rising off the tables, it almost looked like an oasis. The lunch began with a salad and it was clear my lettuce had just given up. There wasn’t enough crunch to even stab it with a fork as it lay limp and flat on my plate like a Dali painting and I had to slide my fork under it like I was operating a fork lift just to get it to my mouth. The meal was ended with a chocolate sundae and it was served in a coffee cup which seemed unusual but by the time I got mine, it had turned into hot chocolate so it was now an appropriate vessel.
We have tended to move the end-of-summer luncheon later and later in the year, apparently shooting for a time when the heat has broken but we continue to miss the mark since yesterday if felt like we were dining in a sweat lodge in Yuma. It’s so hot here even Mike Huckabee seems cool and while we’re all wearing different fabrics…believe me…we’re all wearing “sweat” pants. HR is already talking about next year and moving the end-of-summer lunch to Halloween.
Following lunch there was a round of speeches honoring our fallen leader or otherwise wishing him well in his march toward death…or a 55+ raisin ranch in Indio. I’m sure some of the speakers were serious, well, not me of course, because he is well-liked, respected and a credit to the industry. He has been our style leader for many years although as I look around the offices, it doesn’t seem to have worked on anyone but me. He has been the epitome of savoir faire, esprit de corps, coup de gras, etes vous enceinte, je ne sais quoi or any other foolish French idiom that may come to mind and we did our best to wish him well as we melted into the carpet. The only thing in the room that wasn’t melting was the fine gold watch he received, which has a very convenient second hand…so he can count the time he has left.
It’s not really that different in business. All or our IMC items will stand the test of time, they won’t melt, are beautifully packaged and we can show you ways to use and market them to your clients. 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. 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 Fred & Friends, Stewart/Stand, Cerruti 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 Twitter. IMC wants to know…is it hot or just me?