Drum Sets

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We used to sell drums at our store, not the expensive ones and high ends ones like the  premier acoustic  but more like the starter drum set at $500 a piece.  But we don’t have them anymore – why?  because every kid and every adult that comes into the store would play with the one on display and scratch the hell out of the drums.  Some even go as far as trying to be pros on the drum set and others would let their kids do just about anything to destroy our drum set.

Sure it wasn’t a very expensive drum set but being a small business like ours, we cannot afford to sell scratchy or old stuff.  We ended up selling the display drum set for much lesser than we paid for it because of its condition.  So when the drum sets got sold, we didn’t bring in more and then everyone is currently asking if we do have drum sets.

So we tell them where they can order it and also explained to them that we really have no space to house and display drum sets and plus this site that we purchase all our music instruments has just about everything you need in a drum set.

The Day The Raccoon Came To Visit Downtown

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We all know that the raccoons are never in town with loads of traffic and people, sure we see them dead on the highway when they are trying to cross the road but never in my 15 years here did I ever see one in town.  Much less one that doesn’t wanna move after many hours.

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So perch on one of the buildings next to our store, he had been there for at least 5 hours now.  What could the raccoon in town means ?  I wonder – good sign or bad omen?  Well, I found nothing online , but the raccoon seems mild and wasn’t out to terrorize anyone , so that’s good.

What Happened To The Shoplifter?

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Not much yet – to be honest because it took us 30 mins to find the names of the shoplifter and her accomplices after it went viral but 3 weeks to get ahold of the cop who was in charge of our case.  So the ball is in their court right now and we are just waiting to hear back from them.  But we all had a good laugh when the video went viral and till last week when we were in the city, someone stopped and asked if we caught the shoplifter.  It was definitely worth it – getting the shoplifter on camera.

Story Of My Life At The Store

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Groupon 90 Minutes Visit To Town

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So I read yesterday about the Nova Star Cruises Groupon offer and after much reading on CBC news as well as Facebook, I have mixed feelings about the promotion.    To me , the marketing department of Nova Star Cruises or the person who went on Groupon to do this promo, didn’t word this promo too well.   If you read carefully, on the itinerary on the promotion, this is what it said and I quote :

On arrival in port, at 8 a.m., all passengers will be required to briefly disembark and go through Canadian customs, before immediately returning to the ship for a 9:30 a.m. departure and the 10-hour return voyage back to Portland.

I think this really doesn’t sit well on the people on our end, if you asked me.  Many concerned asked what can you do in 90 mins and what is the targeted visitors here?  And I’m fully aware of their concerns and where they are coming from.  I’m 50 yrs old and I know I won’t be spending $600 for a family of 3 to sit on the boat for this long , just for a 90 mins stopover.  That’s way too short for me and my family (but I’m talking about my family only).

 So lets just say they are targetting the older retired couples or single folks – would they really want to spend 20 hours to and fro from Maine to Yarmouth and spend another 90 minutes in Yarmouth and then go right back home?  I can’t speak for them , so I will ask some older – retired folks before I can tell you the answer.

Now what the town people are concerned about is , what would the 90 minutes in town benefit them and why do businesses want to be opened any earlier , except for those right by the ferry terminal.  There are just too many cons in this marketing strategy but of course that’s only my opinion and what do I know right? being a small business owner for only 16 yrs.

We have never done tourists business but I feel really bad for those who are waiting for the boat to come back and for them to bring in the tourists.  I feel for them .

New Sign For The Store

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I’m thinking of making a new sign to hang around the store , telling shoplifters that we will embarrass the hell outta them if they are caught.  Gonna show it to my friends from home and get their input before printing them out.  What do you think?

Poking The Hell Outta My Pokemon Cards

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This is what i feel like doing to the parents of the kid who came into my store and poked the hell outta my new pokemon cards/boxes and not doing a thing about it.   Some parents need to be disciplined for not disciplining their kids.

Usually, I would say something but since both parents were in the store right next to her, I didn’t want to say a thing but I should have and should have given the parents a piece of my mind.   The little girl had asked if we had a washroom in the store and I said no.  Had it been a good girl, it would have been different but since the kid was so ignorant and obnoxious like her parents.  I ain’t got no time washing someone else’s poop after they use the toilet.  No freaking way !

Little Task Lamps

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Our offices back home use to have these  littlite led  on our desks , in fact for all our desk.  Little did I know that musicians uses them often for their gigs and now that my daughter need one for her piano lessons as well, we went online in search of it for her.  We didn’t want to get her a normal lamp on top of her expensive piano , and her music teacher recommended this to us.  We will carry them in our store too if there is a demand for it in the future but for now, I will just have to order them online.

Commitment Or Devotion?

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As a small business owner, we have to pretty much run the business on our own unless you find someone trustworthy.  And in our 16 yrs in business, we have so far found a very good part-time but he already have a regular job but took pity on our situation, so comes every time he gets a chance.

There are many a times, whereby I get really upset because we never could go anywhere for a good long, relaxing holiday.  Even when we did have help before, we couldn’t really go for a holiday with a good conscience.  The boss doesn’t like to close the store for more than a day at a time and even if we did , he wouldn’t be too happy to spend time with us.

Is it devotion or commitment or stupidity?  one was told that one needed time for relaxation and time to rejuvenate but nope not him.  He doesn’t like to travel nor leave the store and if he could be at the store 24/7 , I think he might just do that.

It is definitely not easy to be a small business owner and more so with one who doesn’t seems to know how to relax.  Every other businesses that we know, knows how to close the store for a week or two but nope not him.  Even when I just had a baby, he still needed to open the store.  So if you are thinking that it is awesome to work for yourself, think again.  Or if you think that it is great to be the boss’s wife – it isn’t !  it suxs ! big time !

Furnishing My Cottage

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We’ve had our cottage for more than a year now , but have yet to furnish the inside.  As you can see, the outside looks pretty awesome but we had to repaint the inside as well and with weather that we had last year, it was quite impossible.  This year, we also have to do some foundation work in it and then off to  www.goodshomefurnishings.com  for some good furniture to furnish the cottage and prepare for the summer and awaiting for our guests to come and stay for the summer.   I seriously , cannot wait to furnish my cottage and call it our summer home as well as a guest house for our guest from all over the world.

Some Money We Don’t Wanna Earn

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Most people would take anyone’s money but not us.  Some customers are just not worth making any business with them.  It makes no sense when they’ve bought so many things from us and have had such a long relationship with us and yet can come back with the notebook and say things like it would electrocute them. Really?  mannn!!  I wanna smack that person, but I had a lot of customers at the store when the event takes place.  Of course, if you meddle with the wires, and tear off the tape that we used to keep you and anyone safe, you can get electrocuted if you are not careful and there was no need to be rude especially, if we had been so kind to him all the time.

You may be the customer, but no one should treat another human being this way.  So no we are not doing his business no more.  Thank you very much ! let someone else deal with his shit just not us.

Shitty Dog Owner/s

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So I went to get coffee and breakfast as soon as we opened the store and when I returned , guess what I saw somewhat near our store front?  DOG POOP  !!  yes !  all over the Main Street and had I not told a customer to be careful , he would have stepped on it and then bring it into our store.

Anyhow, the boss had to go out and picked up all the shitty poo because i can’t bend down to pick them up, but the above picture gave me the idea for this summer whereby a lot of shitty dog owners are gonna do the same thing, let their dogs poop everywhere on main street or wherever they want.  I hope that karma gets them , and they poop none stop till their butt hole feels like they have chilli padi on them constantly.

So chalk it is this summer, I shan’t pick up any poop and no one should , I will write a big sign like the above to warn ppl from stepping on it instead of picking them up for shitty dog owners.

Housing Problem For Lower Income Family

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My heart goes out to all the families who are affected again this time.  The last time people were put out the street were because of some crooked landlord who bought apartments and ran off with money they had gotten from the bank without doing anything for the apartments or paying their mortgages.

Now it’s because of safety issues from what I’ve read thus far.  The landlord said it’s the tenants fault and the tenant said it’s the landlord’s fault , so she said he said again.  But no matter who is responsible, no one should be kicked out of their home and left in the cold especially during winter and such short notice.  A week or two i read on facebook , that some folks are dealing with.

 I sincerely wished the town could step up and handle this problem seriously.

PS3 Clean Up

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Holy Moly !  no wonder the PS3 doesn’t wanna work !  this belongs to a customer of course, he didn’t buy it from us, probably brought it from the yard sale and brought it to us to clean it out.  Some people just smoke and have dusty houses i guess.

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But the boss don’t feel iikeee about it and will clean it up for them for a mere $20 !!!!  I wouldn’t go near it – that’s for sure.

Ice On SideWalk Problem

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Yes, we have a huge problem this year but wait a minute, it think it is every year but this year , it’s a little bit worst than previous.  I’ve heard and seen many people falling down and hurting themselves and some had a fracture hand and broken leg.

I feel really awful about it and had predicted that it would happen sooner or later.  Had this been the States, the town would have been sued.  The mayor said that they were doing their best , the business owners said they were doing their best to clean the sidewalks too but what about the carpark and the back alleys?  What about the schools?  yes, I’ve seen the school’s sidewalk very poorly done and snow piling so high, you can’t see the traffic coming.

Sure the snow removal folks are working really hard but something needs to be address here before more people get hurt or more accidents in the road.  I feel especially bad for the younger school kids, because they had to climb on top of the snow banks to get to their parents cars.

How can one prevent accidents?  can the town do more?

Proper Channels

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I’m writing this from memory, so don’t hate me if I get this wrong.  Sometime during Christmas I think, a group of kind hearted women was online to try and get another lady without oil for her furnace some money to put oil in.  The storm was coming and it was going to be a holiday weekend.  While I applaud all these kind and generous ladies, one had asked the mayor and the MIA for help.  Of course, the Mayor and the MLA replied and said that they can’t help personally and sent them off to the relevant people.  Unfortunately, those people were already approached before and they won’t help either.

While I can understand the frustration from this group of kind women folks, I can also understand why the Mayor and MLA said no to extend their personal help.  Firstly, I am sure this isn’t the first incident that the Mayor and MLA had been asked to help and on the other hand, what is the other side of the story of the woman needing oil for winter.

There is always 2 sides to a story and the right side, I’ve learned this a hard way and don’t jump into conclusion anymore.  These days, I help if I can and if I cannot I just shut the hell up.

Too Much Snow This Year !

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This picture says it all doesn’t it !  I rest my case !  but seriously, we have way too much snow this year.  I think we are just getting the times when we didn’t have a lot of snow.  Pay back time says Mr Winter !  hahahha!!!

Kudos To 100 Women’s Club

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Yes ! kudos to the 100 women club for taking the initiative and forking $100 quarterly to help a non – profit organization.  I wanted to join the club too but no one approached me about it so I decided to just continue doing my own charitable work that I’ve been doing for the last 25 yrs.

Even though we’ve been in business for 16 years to date, it still seems like we are still not included in a lot of stuff that we can be helpful for around town.  But that’s ok, because that means that we don’t have to entertain and can help the charity we want to help without the big boo haaas.   Low profile works best for the boss, so we will continue being as low profile as possible.  But kudos to the 100 women who have gotten together to help others.

UpTown Or Downtown

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Boat or No Boat

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So everyone in town and around is asking if we are getting the boat back this summer.  Hurry up , Nova Star !  we need you to start taking bookings that way the rumors will stop immediately.

Of course, I want the boat back!  we don’t see any tourists in our store but hey ! if it is good for the town, I’m all for it.  I’m happy that other businesses are doing well, it doesn’t have to be always about us or what benefit us only.  Why can’t the people see the big picture here.  So hurry up ! Nova Star !!!!  get your act together!