Tuesday, August 30, 2016

More Sales Tactics

August 28, 2016

Bait and Switch may be an outdated sales tactic, but Planned Obsolescence obviously is not. 

How else do you explain plastic stove utensils, or white dishcloths?

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Beating the Egg White Myth

August 22, 2016

Once again I’ve disproved (as I have so many, many times) the myth that egg whites won’t whip properly if you get yolk in them. I got a big ol’ glop in there this time, but I spooned it out, and they beat up beautifully.

So if you automatically throw out your egg whites when you get some yolk in there, you really don’t need to. Otherwise, several poultry farmers could have retired on my bad egg-cracking.

You may not think this is post-worthy, but it’s my blog, and I’m bored, so what the heck.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

All Grown Up

August 1, 2016

There was a letter in “Dear Abby” in July from a woman who said that her grandmother constantly nagged her about not cleaning the bathroom every day. Abby agreed that deep-cleaning every day wasn’t necessary.

I think I might have added,

Unless your grandmother lives with you, why are you even arguing about it? Just say, “I hear you, Grandma,” or “Thanks for the input, Grandma,” and go on about your business.

It’s what grown-ups do.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Morning Gems

July 15, 2016

Did you ever notice how the dew sparkles when your back is to the sun? When I take off my glasses, it looks like thousands of little gems twinkling. It really perks up the morning walks.

And here’s a twofer: The higher the grass, the more sparkles you get. So if you’re looking for a way to make people smile—including yourself—let that grass get just a little higher.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Looking for Artwork? Buy Stamps.

August 9, 2016

If you’re looking for inexpensive but impressive artwork, check out the USPS website. We’ve been collecting canceled stamps for a church project, and I’m amazed at how beautiful some of them are. I like a lot of the sets, but National Parks and Views of Our Planets have some really stunning pictures.

Of course, it won’t be impressive when it’s hung on your wall, but you can carry it around with you just to give yourself a lift every now and then.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Bait and Switch is So Yesterday

July 31, 2016
When I was in school I learned about a sales tactic called “Bait and Switch.” A company would advertise a product at a low price; then when the customer came in, the salesman would plug a more advanced model for a much higher price. Sometimes the advertised item wouldn’t even be in stock.

That’s happened to me a number of times, most recently this morning. And judging by the remarks of a fellow customer, she’s experienced the phenomenon a number of times also.
I don’t think that retailers have caught up with today’s shoppers. These days when they whet our appetites for a must-have, and then can’t deliver, we won’t be content with a rain check, or a substitute. These days we have recourse.

It’s called Amazon.

Choosing the Right Candidate

August 2, 2016

I won’t lie; when I vote I usually say, “Please, Lord, let us pick the right person.”

A lot of candidates tout their faith as a selling point. Do they say that prayer, too? How do they feel if they don’t win?

Voting Help

August 2, 2016

A sign at the polling place has the handicapped graphic and says:

Curbside Voting Available
    Request Within

Monday, August 1, 2016

Maybe He Should Stay Away from the Movies

August 1, 2016

A Missouri man scared away a black bear that had wandered near his home; then he followed the bear into the woods and killed it as it sat in a ditch. The man said that he had seen the movie “The Revenant”, and was unnerved by it.

I’ll bet that a lot of hockey players are hoping this guy hasn’t watched the “Friday the 13th” movies.