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.

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.

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.

Ferry Tapped Out

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So I’ve been reading a lot about how the ferry is tapped out now because they’ve used the last of the $21 million in what the Nova Scotia government had planned to give them in support of the run from Portland, Maine to Yarmouth.  But wait a minute !  the $21 million was to be spread out for 7 years and 2 months into service, they’ve already finished using the money ?  Now , no matter which way you look at it, it doesn’t look right.

I don’t know how Nova Star used the money but as a taxpayer myself, I just don’t feel right at all.  If the government was giving this money to something that isn’t going to work at all, wouldn’t it be wiser to use it for something else more fruitful.  So was Dexter correct all along about the ferry?  very confusing and I for one wants the ferry to work without costing our taxpayer so much money.

If Nova Star or the Economic Development minster knew that they would need more money and years to make it work, why wasn’t this out in the open in the first place?  I totally, CONFUSED!  and I’m pretty sure a lot of people ain’t too happy about it. And for myself, I’m a lot confused more than anything.

Free Website For Entire Town

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Yes, looks like our local internet business is providing local businesses who doesn’t have a web presence free websites for an entire year.   Now that is very nice indeed.  I wonder if they are also paying for the domain name?  So I tested out the website builder and yes, the domain name is free if they are not already taken.

Well, it ain’t exactly free because you have to pay like $4.90 per month according to the web-builder for using it.  So that would be like $58.50 per year.  But what about the following year?  do they have to pay for domain name as well as having parked their website with Web.com?

Having wrote all the above, I know it is always good to have web presence for any business, so their intentions are good and I’m all for it as long as the small business owners read the fine prints.

I Forgive You ……

When you own a small business in a small town like we do for this many years, you tend to see a lot of kind of people and there are those who are so ignorant that they don’t even know that their actions were wrong.  Is it a character flaw or did he get knock on the head when he was young?

But now instead of getting angry with those who stole from us or who’ve ripped us and then turned around and call us names every time, they see us, I’m going to turn around and tell them – I forgive you because you were born an idiot.  I’m saying this not because I’m being vindictive but because there is no other way to explain why people would behave this way.

Foggy Business For Halloween

Saw some really cheap fog machine meant for events or Halloween on sale at  Musician’s Friend  and figured I should get them now, so that when we decorate our windows for Halloween, it would be the best Halloween window.  Crazy as it might seems right now, Halloween is the boss’s favorite holiday and I think he likes decorating creepy stuff and the fog machine would definitely be something we can use on the window and also on different events around the year.

PS :  They also have a snow flurry machine – hmmmm… thinking of  Christmas window decoration as well now. 

Senior Housing

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Senior Housing is quite popular in our little town because they not only include all the necessities for the senior folks like heat and water , they also include a in house Continuing Care Assistant that helps with the seniors.   I don’t know if they are using a  assisted living software system  to assist them with taking care of so many seniors but they definitely do a really good job and these senior housing are highly sorted.

I heard that there is an investment group coming to town and buying land just to build senior housing and I’m hearing good things about this group.  I’m pretty sure that they will be using some kind of software system to run the place even better than what we already have here.

Really Kid ! I Can See You !

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So I was alone in the store today and 2 kids came in to browse and as usual, when I’m alone in the store, I do have the security camera on my screen.  So one kid got a hold of a candy box and looked around for security cameras and he was looking really hard and wondering if our security cameras are working.  So I shouted out from behind and told the kid – I can see him to prevent him from even thinking of taking the box of candy.

Mannnn!  I don’t know what the hell these kids are thinking – and at the back of my mind, I just hope that I will bring up my kid better than those who are even thinking of stealing from us.  Just too sad – for these kids.  And nope, I never thought of stealing from a store when I was a kid, even though we didn’t have much when I was little.

The Audacity Of Some People !

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Yes!  this person is a thief and stole from us a few years ago and you would think that he would be ashamed of himself !! but nope!!  he isn’t at all, in fact, when he sees us, he would utter some obscenity while he is walking pass us even if there were kids around!   yes ! the audacity of some people, where I come from, we say that people like that got no father and mother to teach them.  And rightly so, else how would you explained the way they behave and treat other people.

Awesome Month At Store

It has been an amazing month at the store, we had been so busy not only with the store but with getting in new inventories.  The boss had been busy with the repairing of computers and laptops as well as attending to the customer.  We didn’t have much free time last month at all, so our plans to go to the city for a few days had to be shelved.

The boat is back with much excitement to the people in town, we’ve seen quite a few tourists but not from the States but from across Canada, like Vancouver and a family from Nunuvat !  The sun is also warming up now, and we’ve opened the door and left the screen door shut now.

As for the store hours, they remain the same and we continue to see that it has made little impact on us that we are closed on Sundays.  So we are good overall, I cannot say I miss the help we have at the store as the boss and I are able to handle everything on our own.  With the extra money that we are not spending now, I’m able to buy myself more designer bags muahahah!