Merriest Christmas To All

The Merriest Christmas and Happy New Year to all.  This has been the busiest and happiest year thus far for us here at the store.  Why?  because we are sold out of a lot of things and more stock coming in during the new year and we also am at our highest sale of all the years we’ve been in business.

We opened on Boxing Day – the real one and today Saturday and it is still as busy as yesterday.  Last nite we closed at 10.30pm and people were still spending money.  Holy moly !  we are so blessed by the people of this town and the surrounding areas.  15 yrs in business, really puts us in the map.  But we will continue to strive and bring in more stuff for the people/customers.  Next year we have more in plan.  Plus we do have Jeff to help us this year, we are so blessed.  Jeff is very knowledgeable and also genuinely happy to help the customers and never grouchy at all, so nice for a change.

 

People Helping People Around Town

I see many people helping out others who are less fortunate around town and we too want to help out.  One particular group would pair people together, no cash exchange to help out families and that to me is quite admirable.  There were two ladies who were on Main Street handing out stuff to keep people warm for the winter and a car company collecting winter clothing for children.  All very admirable I have to say and then of course, you see those who don’t really  need anything coming into the forum taking things from people who really needed them but what do you do?  you can’t call them out or you will be discriminating them.

I also saw a lady needing oil but the fuel bank wouldn’t do anything for her but thanks to some very generous people, the last I read, she had more than $400 worth of oil.  Hallelujah!  I don’t know who the lady is but I’m sure that would help her out for abit.

 Which comes down to the real reason why I wrote.  The organiser had called out the Mayor as well as the MLA for they had reply that they weren’t able to help.  On one hand I understand why they said no but on the other, $50 wouldn’t break them either.  But what is the protocol here for people who are calling out for help from the people who manages this town?  Do they have extra funds to help the people who are really in need?  or do they just have to turn a deaf ear or a blind eyes when help is really needed or worst dig into their own pocket to fund those in need?

It sure doesn’t seems a lot fair does it if they had to do that for everyone?  so what is the protocol?  one shouldn’t really blame the mayor or councilors if they are not that upbeat about digging into their own pockets because there are far too many people who are in need in this town.  But having said that, I have seen many people stepped up and help others.  Usually, I’ve noticed that these help comes from the less income folks but the elite, I haven’t seen lifted a finger to help.  Oh well, to each his own I guess.  Did we help?  yes, but we only did it anonymously.  We don’t need the credit , we just want to stay as low key as possible.

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.

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.

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!

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.

Donate/Sponsor Decent People

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Owning a store means that we are constantly asked to sponsor or donate to different people, organization or events and fund raisers.  But over the years, we’ve also developed a very thick skin and only donate to those who didn’t rip us off in any way.

Liked I say before, you can only ripped us off once and you will never get another cent from us.  So when we are asked to donate to an organization or raise funds for someone who works for that organization or whose parents ripped us off once, you will know that they will not get another penny from us.

Having said that , we donate generously to various causes in town, like the library, the YMCA, Red Cross and various orphanages around the world.  But once you or yours ripped us once, that’s it, you cannot ask for anything from us.  SORRY.

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.