Thursday, September 08, 2005
So, about two minutes ago I had to call up our printer and tell him that we are shopping out job around to other printers. Man, was that depressing. He has this sad guy voice. His words sound like they are being dragged over a cold empty parking lot.
He was in total shock and talked to me like I had just driven a steak into his chest. You see, he is getting married on the 1st and the hurricane makes the paper harder to get, in the face of all that, they wont up their pricing to us?
He was also upset that I didn’t tell him before I asked other printers for quotes. Now this, he made a big deal about. So, I asked him “Have there been wild rumours flying around the printer social circles that we will be changing printers? Have you heard through the pulp and paper vine that we are gonna leave you?”
He hadn’t, printers aren’t very social and like megalomaniac rock stars they loathe the success of others in the same business. It is their life’s goal to steal business from others. At my last job, the guy from the printer used to bring my boss expensive cigars. If anything went wrong he would come by personally to break the news.
Clearly this guy is not above guilt when it comes to keeping a client. Grasp every straw my friend.
In all honesty, I am not a hard nose businesswoman. Yes, I am all about the bottom line, but if I have to I cut this printer loose, I will feel bad. I will feel sad. I mean, the guy is getting married on the first.
On the up side it gives me the chance to send a really funny e-card. Congratulations on the wedding! And now for the bad news!
Wednesday, September 07, 2005
So, last night I was watching the CBC labour dispute news. They reported on Celine Dion’s breakdown on Larry King Live. It was killer. I laughed pretty hard. This morning my coworker pulled up the clip on the internet, http://www.crooksandliars.com/2005/09/04.html. I know she was being 100% sincere and I also know that she is expressing the same frustration felt by people all over North America – well, people other that those in US federal government - but my God did it make me laugh. Especially at the end when she is sobbing and Larry asks her to sing a song and she gets into performance mode, more than she already was. Killed me.
A couple days ago I was watching BBC news and the correspondent asked Kofi Annon if he was surprised that a superpower like the US could fall victim to this kind of disaster. He was surprised. I guess the thought that the great United States would bow to no power, not even a force of nature. I guess he meant that the US doesn’t experience extremes in weather like SE Asia, or the Caribbean but it came out funny.
I suppose he could have also meant that he didn’t expect to see such lawlessness among the population. I guess Kofi has never been to Louisiana. Law is a loose term in that state. I went to New Orleans and during the trip one of the locals told me not to trust the police to help you and for goodness sake, don’t find yourself alone with them. It was almost like the State’s lawlessness was a tourist attraction.
The poverty in those states (Alabama, Louisiana etc.) is of National Geographic proportion. The whole situation is a nightmare.
Monday, September 05, 2005
So, I am amazed the speed of entertainment and e-business. Take a look at this: http://www.cafepress.com/bushdoesntcare