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Summer Trend — Micro Wristbands!

Someone once said “you can never be too thin.”  Fortunately, we’ve come to realize over the years that’s not quite true for people, but it’s still true for great-looking summer wristbands.

We’re all familiar with the standard half-inch wide wristband. But are you familiar with its chic cousin, the micro wristband? Micro bands are half the standard width, creating a great, modern look.

Micro bands feature your messaged silk screen printed onto the silicone wristband, so they’re great for just about any design. And they’re thin enough to wear more than one at a time.

Because micro wristbands are so fashionably thin, they catch the eye, in a good way. Your message or logo will stand out.

For more information, check out your favorite wristband supplier to find out how micro bands can promote your fundraising goals, organization, cause or business.

An Open Letter To Morning People

Dear Morning People:

We know you mean well.

Yes, you’re up and bouncing around, productive and ready to go at the drop of a snooze button. Yes, you’re alert and happy to be alive, a little songbird cheerfully twittering away in a happy little meadow. Yes, you want everyone to feel as great at 7 a.m. as you do. So you write articles about how wonderful it is to be a morning person, how to be more efficient, more productive, more energetic — how we can be morning people too.

For the love of caffeine, just freakin’ STOP.

Really, just stop. Not everyone is a morning person. Deal with it.

Some of us aren’t really awake until after at least the first cup — or pot, or 55-gallon drum — of coffee. Some of us take a couple of hours to get moving in the morning.

Personal safety tip — If you work with, or live with, someone who isn’t a morning person — DO NOT attempt to engage us in meaningful conversation until after we complete our morning coffee ritual. Trust me, we are not responsible for our actions prior to coffee intake.

And no, we don’t want to become morning people like you. We like our daily routine. We like waking up slowly and getting the day off to a gentle start — one that doesn’t involve someone trying to have a conversation with us for at least 30 minutes after we get out of bed.

Let us be for a little while in the morning, and pretty soon you’ll notice something. The closer it gets to noon, the more alert we become. We gradually get less grumpy, maybe even bordering on friendly.  Our energy levels rise. By afternoon, our productivity is peaking and we’re ready to take on the world.

By evening, when you’re winding down, we’re just getting wound up. When you’re ready to doze off on the couch, we’re ready to go out dancing. And while you’ve been incessantly telling us about the wonders of sunrises and new beginnings to the day, have you ever seen the magical possibilities that midnight can bring?

Contrary to popular belief, it’s not necessary to be a morning person to be successful. Plenty of us can, and do, maximize our potential in ways that don’t require us to be chipper and cheerful at some unearthly pre-breakfast hour.  So there’s no need to convert us to your schedule, thanks.

Just remember the cardinal rule: Give us some quiet time to wake up, and don’t get between us and the coffee maker. Ever.

Sincerely,

Night Owls

Friday, June 26, 2015

An extraordinary day.

A day in which this quote from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once again bears repeating

The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.

 

 

It Seemed Like A Good Idea At The Time

The German robbers’ plan was simple enough: The two of them would rob an open convenience store late at night, threatening the cashier with a pistol.

It didn’t quite work out that way. The shop assistant was having none of it.

Read the full story here,

Moral of the story: When vacuum cleaners are outlawed, only outlaws will have vacuum cleaners.

A Metaphysical Puzzle, Solved

It’s a universal truth that cats always land on their feet.

It’s also a universal truth that a slice of buttered toast, if dropped, will always land on the carpet butter-side down, yes?

So what happens if you tie a slice of buttered toast (buttered side up) to a cat (feet side down) and push them off a table?

Fortunately, science has the answer!

Answer Here:

A Couple of Reminders

Every once in a while, it’s good to be reminded of certain truths about life. Today, I was reminded of two such truths, presented here in the classic Car Talk numbering/lettering style:

A.)  It’s not worth your time to try to have a battle of wits with an unarmed opponent.

2.)  The probability of an old Saab 900 breaking down and leaving the driver stranded is directly proportional to the outdoor temperature. Blizzard = runs forever.  Florida in 90+ degrees = guaranteed shutdown in the supermarket parking lot. I tried to help the poor soul whose car refused to budge, but no luck.

Fortunately, I learned Lesson 2 some years ago, after two Saabs.  Otherwise, I might have been reminded of another certain truth — that my wife WILL kill me if I ever buy another one.

Embossed Wristbands

OK, we can all agree that debossed wristbands, the standard set by that famous yellow “Strong” one, are the rulers of the wristband world. They’re inexpensive, they’re popular and they promote your cause or organization in a straightforward manner.

But if you’re looking for something with a little more “pop” to make your message more visible, how about EMbossed wristbands? These great bands make your message or logo literally “stand out.”

Embossed wristbands are the reverse of debossed. Instead of being pressed into the surface of the silicone wristbands, the message, logo or graphic is raised above the surface, creating a 3-D print that’s highly visible and distinctive.

If you’re looking for something different for your next batch of custom wristbands, consider embossed bands. They’ll get your point across in a bold new way.

 

 

From Disco to…

… the operatic pretensions of Jim Steinman.  Musical taste back to normal.

Seriously though, (well, halfway), the disco phase of a couple of days ago was fun, but short-lived. Can’t stray too far from the guitars, bass and drums. And in Steinman’s case, strings, horns, pianos, organs and whatever else he throws into the mix..

Steinman, the production genius behind Meat Loaf, Bonnie Tyler, Pandora’s Box and others, is truly the successor to Phil Spector. Working with occasionally uncredited vocalists and who-knows-how-many instruments and overdubs, Steinman recreates the magnificence of Spector’s early-’60s Wall of Sound.

The result is a grand and glorious mishmash of histrionic lead vocals, pounding drums, snarling guitars and a tabernacle’s worth of backing vocals. Like Spector’s girl group 45s, the end product is a ridiculous, over-the-top noise that draws you in, then grabs you like a high-voltage line that you can’t let go. Simply wonderful.

Here’s an example of Spector at his finest, with the great Darlene Love singing lead:

He’s a Rebel

And here’s a Steinman classic, from the movie Streets of Fire, with Laurie Sargent singing lead and Holly Sherwood and Rory Dodd on backing vocals:

Nowhere Fast

Enjoy!

 

Charleston 6/18/15

Yet again, one man with a gun leaves good people dead.

There are no words that fit. Nothing that can express the depths of sorrow.

Somehow, some day, some way, this madness MUST end.

Talk is cheap. We need meaningful action to end gun violence in the United States.

 

I’m Getting Worried….

I’ve been on a disco music listening binge the last couple of days. I really hope that’s not an indication of something serious. I’d hate to end up back in the polyester pants and platform shoes of  my youth….

 

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