Gold Crosses For Christmas

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Every year during Christmas season, we get so busy , we shop for our Christmas presents usually last minute.  This year however, I found a place that sells  gold cross  for all my church friends for Christmas and since they are so reasonable in prices, I’ve decided to buy more than just a few because my nieces and nephews could use one as well.  So a bar of chocolate and these lovely gold crosses for every single one.

It Was Freezing Cold

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I’m so glad we didn’t have our Christmas decor up yet during the Xmas parade this year.  It was freezing cold !  i feel bad for the children out there in the cold watching the parade go by for 30 mins.  We did this once in the city because they said the city’s parade was better but it wasn’t worth it at all , waiting in the cold.  it was crazy!

My kid was sitting up in the windows watching the parade and keeping warm , i’m so glad she didn’t ask to go out.  So from now on , we ain’t decorating the store’s windows till after the parade. hahah!  we win!

$2000 A PoP???!!??

Candy Cane Lane Logo

Really?  $2000 a pop?  for candy canes on downtown streets?  I sometimes wonder where they get their quotes from?  I checked with a supplier of ours in Canada and the highest end candy cane for this kind of project is like $500 – I was quoted.  The town seems to get the highest bids in everything they want to bring into town.  I wonder if they have checked with our local gift stores to get them to use their connections for stuff like that.  The people in charge really need to get in touch with the right people to get the right prices or learn to negotiate.

We Are Rebels This Year !

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 Yup! we are christmas rebels this Christmas !  hehe!!  we haven’t had our windows decorated at the store yet !  not because we don’t want to but because I had been sick and that kept me from doing what I want to do this year.  But not to worry, we will have the decor up by December 1st I promised.

It’s Been A Year ……..

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It’s been about a year now since our last help left and even though we missed the extra time that we get to do things for ourselves and go to the city, it hasn’t been too bad for us.  One thing for sure is we did save a lot of money and also no longer stress with having to keep anyone happy or worried that the customer/s may be offended in any ways.

Fortunately, for us, we did get help after our last help left and this help is a lot more knowledgeable and friendly as well.  It’s hard to find good help, so when a friend say he would come help us, we definitely wouldn’t refused.

First Busy November

Novembers are usually very slow for us , well until the fishermen goes out for their lobster fishing and then we will all get busy.  But this year, everyone is busy, it’s not just us but everyone.  I’m very happy indeed to see that all businesses are doing well and hope that it will continue for the small businesses on Main Street.

And we have been selling a lot of Pokemon cards of late – I can’t believe it !  and Yugi – Oh too!  it’s awesome!  seeing that people are supporting our local business more.

Chambers Of Commerce

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In our 15 years in business, we’ve never joined the chambers of commerce in town.  Why?  we really didn’t feel a need to because it’s a bunch of elite people gathering around and drinking and eating and doing a lot of volunteering work that we don’t have the time for.  Of course, joining the chambers also requires a membership fees and I don’t quite understand why they never approached us till we were very established.

The boss and I are usually working on our own, and don’t have the time to mingle and gossip or do any volunteering work for the town.  Sure we want to support the town with any upgrades and improvements but basically we just want to make an honest living.  And you know the boss, he has no time for small talk because if he had time, he rather go home and play some video games or watch a movie.  So there you have it, we just want to make an honest living and the rest, we just like our privacy.

White Collar Crime

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I’ve been in Canada for more than 10 yrs now and I’m about to believe that there must be no White collar crime division in Canada or none in this small town?  therefore, the judges around here don’t know how to sentence these white collar criminals?  since there were no precedents to go refer to?

Thus far, I’ve seen 2 cases in which both are let off so easily but if it were ordinary people who’ve committed these crimes, will they have the same outcome?  Could it really be that they have good lawyers or they have “connections” ?  Both had so clearly cheated the tax payer tons of money but their excuses were?  I shouldn’t have done it ????!!!!???  WOW!!!!  truly amazing the excuse !!!

The sentence is to be 1000 hours of community service ???!!!???  wow!! no jail time ?????  and no criminal record as well???  WOW!!!!

All I have to say is – it’s pretty awesome to be a white collar criminal in Canada eh?  the consequences are so minimal , I have to learn to be a crook too but have to be a white collar one with connections I guess.

A Thankless Job?

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Our poor mayor is on news again, and once again not in good light.  *sigh*.  she mentioned in a local radio interview about knowing all about being a thankless job – the cabbies and I believed she is also sympathizing herself as hers seems to be a thankless job at that moment.  With all the berating she had been getting since the news came out on Chronicle Herald and as far as Quebec I heard, I guess she is feeling the heat.

 There is lots of speculation about why the local Mayor would say something like that about the local cabbies and yes, they are offended and not only the cabbie are offended, the entire town seems to be offended too.   But lets step back and see and dissect what the Mayor said – is there any truth in what she said?  or is it just one local B & B’s owner experience?

To be honest, there are some truth in what the Mayor had said but I think she shouldn’t have said it in public or in a national paper.  Or should have put it in a nicer way?  But seriously, the only problem I have with our local cabbies is the smoke smell in the cabs but they are not to be blamed because the passengers are mostly the ones who wants to smoke?  because the cab drivers whom have serviced me never did smoke once during my ride.  As for being unsightly, I really don’t think so to be honest.  And if you really wanna get somewhere , you probably wouldn’t care what the cabbies look like, you just want to get to destination.  That’s my experience in a foreign place.

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This is the local transport in Bangkok , Thailand and these are the better looking ones and we all took the tuk tuk everywhere when we were in Thailand.  Didn’t matter what the driver looked like, we just wanted to get from one place to another cheap. And we loved the tuk tuk, it was so fast and although dirty most times, we enjoyed our ride.

When I first arrived in Nova Scotia, the boss and I wanted to take a cab from the city to the Casino, the cabby told us he didn’t know where the casino is *slap forehead*.  I guess it’s because it was only around the corner, so he didn’t want to take us (we found out later).  Now that was a worst image to tourist/s don’t you think?  at least our cabbies knows every place and everywhere.

It is a thankless job for most people and the cabbies are just trying to make the best of their situation, but the Mayor isn’t completely wrong but she should have chose her words properly.

Guitar Amps Sale

We used to take in a lot of amps for sale at the store but because it takes up too much space, the boss didn’t want to carry them anymore.  Plus used amps can be quite tricky to re-sell, with various problems that we may not have encountered when we first purchase it.  These days, when anyone comes into the store and wants to get an amp, we ask them to order it  here  directly because the prices are great with many sale prices and they have full warranty for all their items and they ship to Canada as well.  What I liked best is their awesome inventory, you can get just about anything from this site.

Weekender In The Vault With The Mayor

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Love our Mayor and knowing that she was on the local news doing a talk show, I had wanted very much to listen to her and talks about the revitalizing of the down town and also questions on the ferry from here to Portland.  Like everyone in town, we too are concern and want to be “in” the loop even though we are very busy running our own business.  But like I said, we love our Mayor and know that she is doing her darnedest even though we don’t see her often and if we do in a restaurant, she is too busy doing her own thing.

The first part and first caller to the radio show was none other than someone who have had been talking bad about anything the town councils had been doing, so as soon as the Mayor found out who he was, you can hear the disdain in her voice.  But can you blame her?  I can’t , I won’t be too happy either if someone keeps thrashing me.  I think she answered his questions quite well and quite diplomatically and refused to go down to his level and for that you have to give her lots of credit.  She composed herself very quickly after he was cut off by the host in a timely manner and fashion.

I tried listening to the rest of the interview but it was hard to decipher what the questions were because the radio behind the callers were turned on too loud I think.  But I’m going to try listening to it again tomorrow and update on my thoughts but the boss who was also listening in to the vault, and remarked that it was nothing that we haven’t heard after the interview.  So I’m going to see what was really said before commenting.

Dancing For A Fund Raiser

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This summer we were invited by the Marriot Group for a fund raiser and dancing is involved. Lucky for me, I’ve taken some basic dance lessons when I was living in Asia because every now and then, we needed to attend cocktails thrown by the hotel.  Of course, my dance lessons were unlike those in  santa monica dance studios  where they gave professional instructions to groups or private lessons.  But for now, it will have to do.

I’m glad I didn’t embarrass myself or PB but I would loved to pick up some tips from a professional dance studio if i can in the near future.  As you all know I love wining and dining so much and I foresee that it will come in very handy for me.  At some point in our life, we will have to teach our kid how to dance for her first prom and also when she gets married as well plus dancing is a good form of exercise, now to convince PB to go with me.

The Cops Gave Up?

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So I read this morning from the owners who lost their whole collection of jewelry that the cops are giving up because they don’t have any lead to the break and enter in town.  Wow!  what more can i say about the cops here  after reading that?  But one can’t really expect much since we got broken in a few times and even with footage, they can’t come up with nothing.  I’m sure not all the cops that we know are so incompetent but some I have to say are not the sharpest tool in the shed.

Music Warehouse

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Sometimes, when  our supplier don’t have the musical instrument that we need at the store, we look for it at this music warehouse that has almost everything that one can think of.  We tell everyone that we know to also  order now  if they want a good deal for any vintage or mic , guitars as they are having a store wide saving sales.

Sure they are in the States but they do ship to Canada as well, so we are in luck and I think shipping is free around USA and if it is to Canada, I know it is not too expensive either for we’ve ordered from there ourselves.  While other stores may not share this kind of info with their customers, we do because if we don’t have it why not redirect them to the right places to get what they need right?  no need to be selfish about it as far as we are concern.

False Friends

cats1I’m sure we all have one of those, it’s quite unfortunate for us, we have a few of these people around us and we try to avoid them as best as we can.  But they know where to get us when they need something from us and the boss has one such friend too.  You never see him and he tries to sabotage you anytime he gets, he conveniently forgets that he owes us money and that he stole from the store.

Anyhow, he is without a job for a long time now and had asked the boss if we had a job for him.  Of course, the boss didn’t tell me but I’m sneaky like that and found out and almost screamed out ” OF COURSE NOT! ”  I will hire the dog, cat and mouse but nope I will never hire you!  No wonder he was so nice to us when we met him at the mall !  holy moly !  some people have no shame do they?

NOT HIRING !

Someone wrote to the boss not too long ago from Alberta and said that she was coming home and looking for a job.  She wanted to know if the boss remembers her and if we had a job even if it is part-time.

The boss said that he definitely remembered her because she left without returning 2 new movies of ours.  And of course, he ain’t hiring her but to be professional, he just told her no, we ain’t hiring and that was it. There are times that we want to say so much to these people, I wonder if they have amnesia or they think we do?  People who ripped us off don’t get a 2nd chance.  Sorry folks!

Corporate Functions

The boss and I were invited to a corporate event recently by an advertiser of mine and they should have hired the  dj in charlotte nc   instead of having a live band.  They had a theme for the corporate event and that we loved very much.  Food and wine were plenty , lots of lucky draw and door prizes for everyone but when it came to the end of the night, we wanted to let down our hair and boogie the night away but they had a live band instead.

Sure they played a lot of nice songs but not the latest though and a lot of the people who were attending the event were not so old people.  So if you ever have a corporate event, I strongly suggest a dj instead of a live band.  Live bands are so yesterday!

Summer Update

Well, it had been a busy summer for us even though we didn’t see much tourist from the boat coming into our store but we did see tourists from around Canada in the store.  Some are those who’ve gone away and came back to visit and some are those who are just traveling into this province for the first time from another part of Canada.

Overall, we’ve had a great summer and with summer help from Jeff, it was really good.  We took time off and we were able to bring the kid to various places during the summer holidays.

The boss was able to take time off to go on his motor bike and so did the kid this year.  This year, I also saw the town more vibrant than it had been for a long time.  I see more good years ahead.

Fake People

cats1What are fake people?  I can spot them from a mile away.  I think I’ve become kinda of expert when it comes to fake people after working in the hotel industry for 15 years and another 5 years with a Spanish Telecommunication company, where people tend to be fake with you when they want you to do something from them or when they know that you are someone in Management and what you say or think can make or break them.  I don’t know if you’ve met with people like that?  but I’ve.

And at this age of mine going 50 in a few months, I tend to be less tolerant when it comes to people like that.  Folks like that only wants to manipulate you and if you are of not much use to them, they tend to steer clear of you too.   I think i’ve already wasted too much time with people like that in my life, so this year, I’ve decided that i no longer have patience for people like that.

So yes, these days , i rather not entertaining people who are fake , even the town councilors, there are some I don’t talk to and also some pizza guy that had accused me of trying to run his business down or teachers or my kid who went crazy over my blogs or a chicken shit neighbor who also went crazy about my blog.  And of course, ex – employees or  just in general fake people around me.

Nope, no time or energy to play pretend, so I’m gonna be honest with a lot of people from now on and ignore those that I don’t want to tolerate anymore and have no patience for.

To Do Or Not To Do

Town Planning Dept looking at map with parks and green spaces. 'Ok! Let's eat our greens'So I saw the live feed of the town’s meeting recently and wonder why the councils are wasting their time on certain issues.  The monthly meeting went on and on and things had been discussed to no end.  Sometimes, I wonder why they are wasting so much time and energy on something so non- important.

So what if a few people are bitching about something, if the councils see fit to do something for the good of the town, like having music in center town , so be it.   And yes, the parking issue again !!!  OMG!!  tourist ain’t gonna stop coming to town just because they have to pay for parking.  We go to halifax and pay a lot for parking and we still go there everytime we get a chance.

I think the councilmen should concentrate on how to bring more tourist/s to town and keep them in town and build more infrastructure as well as attracting more industries to come into town and not just bringing shopping giants to town.  And think of ways to keep more young people into town.

Certain issues are just not worth getting into again and again.  Just do what is right by the people and be able to justify what you are doing and transparency is important in this town.