Friday, September 23, 2011

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Unexplainable, Inexcusable
No one has been able to explain to me why young men and women serve in the U.S. Military for 20 years, risking their lives protecting freedom, and only get 50% of their pay. While Politicians hold their political positions in the safe confines of the capital, protected by these same men and women, and receive full pay retirement after serving one term. It just does not make any sense.

On Fox news they learned that the staffers of Congress family members are exempt from having to pay back student loans. This will get national attention if other news networks will broadcast it. When you add this to the below, just where will all of it stop?

35 States file lawsuit against the Federal Government

Governors of 35 states have filed suit against the Federal Government for imposing unlawful burdens upon them. It only takes 38 (of the 50) States to convene a Constitutional Convention.

This will take less than thirty seconds to read. If you agree, please pass it on.

This is an idea that we should address.

For too long we have been too complacent about the workings of Congress. Many citizens had no idea that members of Congress could retire with the same pay after only one term, that they specifically exempted themselves from many of the laws they have passed (such as being exempt from any fear of prosecution for sexual harassment) while ordinary citizens must live under those laws. The latest is to exempt themselves from the Healthcare Reform... in all of its forms. Somehow, that doesn't seem logical. We do not have an elite that is above the law. I truly don't care if they are Democrat, Republican, Independent or whatever. The self-serving must stop.

If each person that receives this will post it on their wall, in three days, most people in The United States of America will have the message.. This is one proposal that really should be passed around.

Proposed 28th Amendment to the United States Constitution: "Congress shall make no law that applies to the citizens of the United States that does not apply equally to the Senators and/or Representatives; and, Congress shall make no law that applies to the Senators and/or Representatives that does not apply equally to the citizens of the United States .."

Now, what are you going to do about it? Read and delete, or work for reform? Share on the wall of EVERY congressman, representative, governor, the white house!!!!! Pass it around!!! Make calls, send fax's and email's...............

— with Veterans Freedom, Desertstorm Veterans, Steven Sonich, Bob Veteran and Veterans


Cinthia Wilkinson

Wednesday, September 21, 2011


Closed Mouth Don’t Get Fed

I’m the king of this line.  How many face book updates have you seen of mine asking you to view this blog.  I don’t do it to be obnoxious.  I do it to remind people that I’m out there.  Hopefully something from my blog will help them in their day, month, or even life.  I get a lot of submissions from people that I learn a lot from.  That’s my goal here.  Not only to say what is on my brain at the second, but to learn from others whom are 10X more educated than I. 
90% of things, good or bad, that I received in life I’ve asked for.  Kids are the best at this.  I swear if I could be allowed to put 5 youngsters in my offices under the age of 5, and it was perfectly legal and ethical, I would.  They are the best at getting adults to do something.  What’s their key.  Persistence!  It’s the ol mom, mom, mom, mom, mom, until you crack and cave to their desires.  I love it.  Fellas your girlfriends/partners are the best at this also.  I swear my Miss Brittany could be as successful as Warren Buffet if she would sell everyone like she sells me.  I fold like origami to that girls wants/needs. 
Im not saying being obnoxious.  That can be a bit of a turn off.  Just put it out there every once and a while to let people know your hungry and you want to be fed.  About once a month I remind my boss that I want his job.  Not to threaten him, but when the opportunity knocks I would appreciate a shot at the title. 
So next time you see someone get what you wanted ask yourself; did I go ask for it or just assume that they knew I wanted it?  I know you would love to hate that guy that took your promotion, but all he/she did was asked to get fed.
Don’t Go Hungry! 

Hope everyone has a blessed day and please share my blog on your facebook/twitter!

See that little plug in italics at the end J

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Perception is Reality

Whether you like it or not, perception is reality.  Example:  Put some racist line on face book and see how those 400 friends that you haven’t seen in ten years will perceive you.  It’s a social experiment!  Try it…..  No not really.  Don’t do it. 
It’s unfortunate now days that everyone likes to judge and honestly be judged.  I like to push the envelope when it comes to walking on eggshells.  Ask my mother and my sister.  Sometimes they think I might have Asperger Syndrome or tourettes.
  I’m in the business industry where every step you make is judged.  The step they’re  looking for the most is the one where you trip and fall. Lets say you run a successful business that employees over 500 fine citizens.  That’s 500 families you are helping exist in this world the way they want to live.  Your numbers increase year over year for 10 years.  The stockholders look at you like you’re the best thing since the Smartphone/ sliced bread for you ol timers.  Now let’s say one night you go out, get intoxicated, and send risqué photos to your twitter account.  Oh snap!! 10 years down the tube.  All that hard work you put in is for nada.  Just over one moment of stupidity.  Is this the reality of who this person really is for those that know them closely.  Nope, but it is now.  Your stockholders are mad; your executivess look at you like you’re the plague in order to protect their own career.  I’ve seen it happen.  Take Bernie Madoff.  The devil of the finance world right?  People worshiped him for decades over the returns he made for them.  He wasn’t hated until he got caught.  Then every person that knew exactly what he was doing the whole time treated him as if he were a leper.  50 billion dollars folks.  Your naive to think that he was the only one that knew about this scheme.   
As far as yourself.  Keep that nose clean, but also know that people make mistakes that can be forgiven.  Before you put them up there on that cross, bear in mind someday you’ll sin too.  Perception is not always reality.  How many times have you hired a person off their resume only to find out they have 15 people buried in their basement.  I’ve seen it a hundred times. 
Have a great day everyone.  Help others, help yourself, and don’t forget even the most perfect employees’ make mistakes!

Exception to the rule where you reputation can be ruined and you make millions!!!!
Paris Hilton
Kim Kardashian and now her sisters!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Five Red Wines Under A Dime!
Personal favorite in college!
Didn't drink a wine other than this for a year!
Pino,Cab, Merlot, You can't go wrong with this brand!
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Thanks for reading!!
Picture This

Wanted to do a short blog for who I consider to be, well a kick ass friend of mine.  The lady has more talent in her fingernail than I do in my whole body.  I’m speaking of no other than world recognized, international wedding photographer, Dawn Shields.

This type of photography can’t be taught.  You either have it or you don’t.  Kinda like my ego J  This family women not only runs her own photography empire, manages a blog, and now to add to her achievements, a successful bridal magazine.  It’s nice to know, in the business of weddings, there’s someone out there that’s going to shoot you straight.  Your not going to feel like a Carney at the fair sold ya on a photography package.  She’s not the one that’s going to cram in 300 weddings a year.  Seems like the ones that do, quality seems to take a backseat to profits.  Don’t get me wrong she’s a great business woman, but she does it via customer service. 
You go to her. You’re going to get that personal touch that your wedding deserves.  I could write for days about her on this blog, but her work speaks for itself.  Check it out for yourself @
http://www.dawnshields.com/
Riding Filthy……Rich

Did a little research.  Realizing perception is everything, I was kind of interested to see what these CEO’s drive around there employees.  Seems like the more successful they are the cheaper the car the drive.  Here’s a short list

Reference:

  • Bill Gates drives a '99 Porsche 911 Cabrio. He's also got a rare Porsche 959, for which he got President Clinton to sign a law legalizing it for road use. Now that's some serious clout, but with $50 billion at his disposal and a taste for Stuttgart's finest, wouldn't a Carrera GT or a new 911 Turbo have found a way into his garage?
  • Billionaire investor Warren Buffett drives a Lincoln Town Car Signature Series, complete with landau roof.
  • IKEA founder Ingvar Kamprad has a '93 Volvo 240 GL, but prefers taking the bus. Seriously. And he uses his senior-citizen's card, too.
  • Like his pal Bill, Mircosoft co-founder Paul Allen has a Porsche 959 (how original), but drives around Washington State mostly in an '88 Mazda B-Series pickup.
  • Saudi Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Alsaud, meanwhile, has got the Infiniti FX45, Hummer H1, Volvo XC90, Rolls Royce Phantom and Daewoo Matiz in his garage. Two of each, so that his entourage can follow in identical wheels. (If the Daewoo seems out of place, it's because the prince is part owner of the company.)
  • Michael Dell (whose name is probably emblazoned on the computer you're using to read this) alternates between a 2004 Porsche Boxster and a 2005 Hummer H2.
  • Larry "the Oracle" Ellison has got wheels with some style: a pair of new Bentley Continentals, a GT coupe and a Flying Spur sedan. (They go well with his fighter jet and America's Cup racing yacht.)
  • Jim Walton, owner of Wal-Mart, has for a garage what you'll probably find at the local used car lot: a 2002 Dodge Dakota, '99 Chevy Silverado, '98 Mitsubishi Montero Sport and 2000 Acura Integra, all available at everyday low prices. (His '59 Cadillac is probably a sweet ride, though.)
  • Jim's sister Alice Walton walked after killing a woman in '89 behind the wheel of a Porsche. Now she drives an F-150 King Ranch pickup. (More carefully, we hope.)
  • Like his colleagues Bill and Paul, Steven Ballmer made his billions at Microsoft, but he stays true to his Motown roots at the wheel of a '98 Lincoln Continental.
Working at Wal-Mart in my younger years prompted me to write this.  I used to work at the very first Wal-Mart ever.  Store #1 In Rogers, Arkansas. Mr. Sam Walton himself would drop by, in a beat to hell pickup, just to see how the employees treated him.  Taka a look at an Ol’Roy dogfood bag. That was Sam and the way he was all the time.  So next time you want to pull out that black card American express, drive up in a lambo, etc.  Throttle back and try to be on the same playing field as your customers and employees.  Save your flashiness for your out of town trips.

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Risk+Risk+Risk / Failures x Rewards = Success

This might come as a surprise to you, but I’ve had a million little business ventures I’ve dabbled with in my goals towards success. Am I successful yet?  Not even close.  I have all these ideas and I live by a philosophy of not being afraid of failure.  A lot of people look as failing as the end of the world.  Seriously?  I’ve failed more times than the Buffalo Bills in a Super Bowl game.  It’s what growing experiences I’ve taken from the situations to add to my formula toward success.  The trick to failing is minimizing your losses and taking something good from it.  In any new venture your going to need to ease into it.  Make small mistakes early to avoid big mistakes down the road. 

For instance you want to dabble in this new ice cream by the ounce trend, but don’t know if it’s going to sell in your town.  Well, you don’t go out there and open 20 stores right away.  Maybe just open one or two in prime areas and see if there is interest.  If it’s not successful in the prime retail spots, it’s probably not going to survive in less traveled areas.  Ease into it.

Sure, you’re going to have doubters out there that will watch from the sidelines and knock you down about your failures.  These people can’t even spell risk.  Let em hate.  These are the people that will be paying your bills down the road. Going damn! I wish I would have believed in that crazy entrepreneur.  This being their failure with no risk.  I guess the risk was not believing.

In summary have fun with business.  You have an idea.  Go with it.  Just minimize your risk and maximize the rewards.  When the haters come along and try to attach themselves to your coattails now that they see your succeeding; humbly hand them an application and say don’t call us we’ll call you.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Konichiwa Travelers

Only one word comes to my mind when it comes to describing the Japanese people. That’s pride.  If you love to travel and want to see one of the most excepting cultures in the world, visit Japan.

Give you a little background about myself.  I came out of high school clueless on what I was going to do with my life.  Knowing that I wanted to get a college education and I needed the funds to do so, I joined the United States Navy.  My first and only tour took me to the beautiful country of Japan.

Talk about shell shocked.  I had just turned 18 when I was dropped off in the most clueless situation I had ever encountered.  Narita, Japans airport.  Not speaking a lick of Japanese and feeling like Chris Farley on the Japanese game show skit on snl,  I started to ask people in the area if they could help me.  Luckily for me the Japanese learn English at a young age.  Every one of them noticed I was in distress and was more than willing to help me. 

Now I’m not here to tell you about my Navy experience in Japan.  I’ll do that in another blog.  I just wanted to show you that we have a lot to learn from this culture.  Sure we’ve had our differences in the past, but this is definitely a country you have to visit before god decides he want you in his army. 

Places to visit in Japan
Kamakura:  For temples, large Buddha’s, and deep history of the Japanese culture.
Akiabara:  One word….. Electronics
Roppongi:  Party like a rock star until the break of dawn and  If you choose to continue it on into the day.
Shinjuku:  People watching, big city, tons of people, and Google the busiest crosswalk in the world and you’ll get an idea.
Harajuku:  Tokyo’s fashion district.
Nagano: Winter sports and where the 1998 Olympics was held
Sapparo:  Ice festival

These are just a few to touch on.  Do your research.  These people will welcome you with open arms.  They would love to learn just as much about our culture as we do there’s.  While you’re over there turn on one of there Japanese TV stations.  You talk about a lot of enjoyment.  You don’t even have to know the language to get hours of entertainment. Also step into one of the small pubs that are sure to be near your hotel.  Sometimes they only have one or two seats in them.  Usually a husband and wife will be serving you drinks.  If they know enough English, you’ll laugh and enjoy your whole evening.  In the meantime also making friends for life.

Any questions about travel to Japan please ask in the comments and Ill be glad to help you.  Thanks for reading and please share with your friends.  
Rope a Dope?
He’s no dope!

Being a big sports fan I would like to take some time out this morning to talk about the fight this weekend.  Even if you’re not a big sports/boxing fan I’m sure you’ll take something out of this from a business stand-point.

I know you probably think that everything I look at in life is from a business stand-point.  Not true.  This blog is though.  If you need personal advice I’m not your man.  That’s a psychiatrist job. Plus I have more issues than sports illustrated to be giving life advice. 

Now down to business.  Floyd “Money Man” Mayweather.  If you’re a boxing fan you either love him or hate him.  From a business stand-point, this man is worth his weight in plutonium.  The guy makes, for himself, 70 million dollars for stepping foot into that ring.  70 million!!! Snap!  You think he does that being the nice guy, by being humble, and peaceful.  Like he says “I’m in the hurt business.”  Personally the only guy I’ve seen bring that much money in a fight and be a nice guy is Oscar De Le Hoya.  Now you’ll argue that Sugar Ray Leonard made it as a nice guy.  Yes he did.  Not 70million dollars nice though. 

You ask, How’s Floyd make so much money and so many people hate him?  Folks… There has to be a villain in entertainment/sports.  It works for the Oakland Raiders and it’s what works for him.  He knows people will tune in to hopefully watch him receive his first loss.  He’s cocky, arrogant, and his personal life is more jacked up than the US government’s checkbook.  All this in mind, you’re going to watch his next fight.  He’s created that. 

As far as the controversial fight over the weekend vs. Ortiz., It is what it is.  Honestly, yes it was an unsportsmanlike like shot. It wasn’t technically a rule breaker though. I don’t want to ruin the outcome of the fight.  So, go to YouTube to see what the “Sucker Punch” looks like.   Ortiz better thank his lucky stars Mayweather did what he did.  Ortiz Is pretty much guaranteed another rematch with Mayweather and will bring him personally a load of money.  Ortiz was losing the fight and if he would have lost in a normal fashion, there would be no second fight.  Mayweather did the smart thing by creating a second fight with a weaker opponent.  If you had the chance to create a situation where you step into the ring, with a guaranteed win for 70million, you know you would do the same thing.  So, next time you judge someone by their business practices, step back.  Take a look and see if they are just creating hype, drama, or just planting a seed to create a great business opportunity.  As long as it’s ethical I see no problem with it. 

In summary this loud mouthed, arrogant, smart, conditioned, entertaining fighter is one of the few things keeping boxing relevant.  MMA is on its back doorstep about to take over its house.  If it hasn’t done it already.

Good Day everyone.  Please leave your thoughts and comments in the comment section.  Please share this on your Facebook/ twitter and get some really good discussion started. 
Thanks again!

Saturday, September 17, 2011

“So, I know theres no I in team, but there ain’t no we either.”  Lol!  Love that commercial.  I know we preach that there’s no individual in a team.  This is a very agreeable statement, but “there ain’t no we either” is also a very true statement.  Not in a negative way in any way, shape, or form.  There’s nothing  wrong with an “I CAN” attitude.  I believe without it, there is no team.  At some point someone on your team is going to say I can’t.   You need to be the one to step up and say I CAN!  If no one says I CAN then WE CAN'T do anything. 

I have a problem with the word can’t. Not only the fact that it’s a negative word, but to get deep on ya, it shouldn’t even exist.  Technically can’t can be done, but someone or thing chooses not to.  It’s a choice.  Now don’t get me wrong I understand that can’t has to exist in the world.  I know I can’t create gold bars out out my own saliva.  So, yes can’t has to exist.  I don’t see a need for it in the business world.  It’s a cancerous word.  Especially when it comes to customers.  You think when a customer asks you to do something and you say you can’t; there thinking “Well they can’t physically do this” or  “Jerks! They choose not to do it."  Ill go with B for 500 Trabek.  You find a way to make it happen or get someone who “CAN”!

So, next time you say you can’t, it better pertain to waving your arms and flying to the moon.  Because in business if you can’t give me a call I CAN!

 

FootNote:  This doesn’t mean you have to do everything on your own.                

                    Get others involved.  As long as you make it happen and the

                    Customers happy, your #winning.


The Hangover

Ugh feeling a little rugh today.  As I mentioned I was going up Kansas City for Faisals citizenship.  Wow that was a humbling experience. Of course we had to celebrate afterwards with some sweet dance moves and cocktails.  It’s the American way.   In Faisals case,  it took him seven years to achieve his citizenship.  I won’t say exactly how much it cost him, but he spent over 20k.  Intro-vision technologies, where he’s employed, was a big part of making that happen for him.  Now that’s a company to not only work for, but to do business with. 

Business owners here’s a word of advice. TAKE CARE OF YOUR EMPLOYEES.  Something I’ve learned in business is that if you’re not nice to your employees they won’t be nice to your customers.  They are your investment.  So why would you beat them down to where they can’t mentally and physicallyperform.  If you have any questions in your head whether or not you’re treating your employees right or not…. YOUR NOT!  They’re people too.  I used to be that guy that “brow beats” people, but I’m smart enough to know that when something isn’t working you change it.  It’s not going to make you work any better by getting treated in a negative way.  So, why do you think it’s going to work on them?  Your business is guaranteed to fail.  Now I’m not saying don’t put the hammer down when it’s necessary by any means.  If you do it everyday people become numb to it.  It’s not effective at all.  It’s like giving you wife flowers everyday.  Eventually it not a sweet gesture anymore.  It’s routine

.  So, next time you tell someone your worthless, lazy, dumb, etc, look in a mirror.  You’re the one keeping them employed at your business.  Therefore you’re all of the above. 

On another note if anyone would like to drop by my business with a bloody mary in hand.  I would be forever in your debt.  This hangover is killing me…. But I’m still gonna kick this days keister. 
When's the last time you downloaded an old track of Sinatra on Itunes?  Any chance your ipod or giant stash of burned cds in your car have any Elvis jams on them?  If you're anything like the majority of our generation, you probably couldn't be bothered to listen to anything that wasn't created by a computer.  In a world where hip hop, techno and teeny bopper-pop rules the radio, I find it impossible to forget where all this music started; where it all began.  Do you really think Eminem would even exist if it weren't for the revolutionary visions of icons like Bobby Darin or Johnny Cash?  

Albert Einstein was convinced that in so many words, music was the key to the universe.  I seriously doubt he was bangin' out to The Black Eyed Peas when he shared this wonderful thought. Fortunately though, there are still old school guys out there keeping our society grounded.  Michael Buble put a spell on our planet's ears with his mesmerizing voice.  But we all know he didn't become famous singing his originals right?  Absolutely not.  He was discovered on Star Search singing "Mack The Knife" by Bobby Darin.  And now, all of his 'hit' albums are strictly remakes of 50 year old tunes made famous by the likes of, Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy, Bobby, Bing Crosby and Nat King Cole.  Don't get me wrong, he's got a couple decent originals like "Home", "Lost" and "Everything".

So many people ask me, "why are you so dead-set on singing old Jazz standards?"  My response: "That kind of music requires talent."  No synthesizers or computers were altering any vocal techniques back then. Those were just pure, beautiful, well-trained, voices.  Now, T-Pain, Chris Brown and Timbaland have got people fooled.  We're obsessed with these 'fake voices'.  I can appreciate that our tastes change and our cultures evolve.  But how far can music continue to evolve until no human beings are required at all?  Not even a guitar or a drummer would be needed if we only chose to listen to Trance, House, Dubstep or Techno.  I love playing The House Of Blues because every band is made up of raw talent with bloody fingers and sweaty brows.  Hoarse vocals and shaky knees.  Am I looking to get famous? Not at all.  My vision of success is simply being able to work steadily and travel, doing what I love;  performing live.  Performing music where people can hear and understand every lyric I'm swoonin' their way.  

I am embarrassed to admit this; but I did watch the final (and ONLY the final) episode of America's Got Talent.  (I'm extremely anti-reality TV).  The four finalists included three large groups and one solo guy.  This one guy against a bunch of large groups and teams.  What was his talent, you ask?  He was a crooner!  He sings old tunes in the old style of Frank and the Rat Pack.  The winner ended up being that gentleman from West Virginia.  At one point he was homeless and washing cars, now he's a million dollars richer and will have a show in Vegas.  At first, I can't lie, I was totally jealous.  I hate reality TV and for this guy to make it big singing the stuff I sing, off of a whim on a TV show, when I've been at this for years made me a tad sour.  But then I realized something.  There's still hope. Hope for our generation.  This lone, homely, humble, shy, man was able to capture the entire audience of America singing the exact same tunes I belt out every week.  Do I want to be rich and famous? No.  Truthfully, I would settle for having my bills paid, paycheck to paycheck and traveling the world playing lounges til I'm dead.  I'll never retire.  But I'll tell you one thing: you think it's easier to get work as a musician singing the same poppy crap the radio's over-play every day?  Or to go after a piece of the Buble pie?  Not a lot of competition there; and I like those odds.  Now get off your damn computer and go listen to some real music.  I know you've got a favorite Elvis Presley song...everybody does.  

Cheers,

BR

Thursday, September 15, 2011

"The making of a new American"

As of tomorrow, besides every child that’s born, we will have another American to add to our numbers.  Im headed up to KC to watch my brother/best-friend Faisal take his oath to become a citizen.  I super stoked not only for him, but to see how the whole process goes.  I’m sure Ill have a great blog to put together when I get back, but in the meantime I will fishing through my emails of submissions to post to the blog.  Please email me your videos, ideas, motivational rants, funny stories, etc to reynoldswrapping@mail.com

In the meantime here’s a video of my Boston Terrier/Pot Belly Pig saying hello!
                            
                                        The very first pure American Dog
Around the office we love to share our Chuck Norris lines and even make a few up ourselves.  Enjoy!!  Feel free to add you liners in the comments.

Around the office Chuck Norris Liners

Chuck Norris can’t have a heart attack.  Nothing dares to attack Chuck Norris!

The boogie man checks under his bed for Chuck Norris!

Chuck Norris is 1/8th Indian.  Nothing to do with his geneology.  He ate an Indian!

Chuck Norris doesn’t go hunting.  He goes killing!

There is no theory of evolution.  Just creatures Chuck Norris has allowed to live.
Wake and Hate

So, I come into work this morning to see a writer for MSN hating on Car Salesman.  This is exactly one of the reasons that I started this blog.  It’s seems there are more haters in this world writing articles than educated.  For some reason they feel when they report the negative on something they are “Educating the Public.”  Here’s the link. Read it and then Ill educate you on each of her hate rants.   http://money.msn.com/saving-money/5-things-car-salesmen-will-not-say-weston.aspx?gt1=33026
First of all here’s a disclaimer, unlike her I will admit I do have somewhat of a buyess opinion being in the car business.  With that said Im an honest man and will deffinatley tell you the negative and the positive on the subject. 

Laughable.  I wasn’t aware that the general public wasn't educated enough to know that car businesses make a profit.  Consider yourself informed. Kinda the purpose for being in business. If there is a certain vehicle that is not moving as well as others, manufacturers do pay dealerships an incentive to help move that unit.  Anyone knows in sales that money motivates and if you tell me im going to make more by selling this rather than that; What do you think I m going to try to sell.  Also we don’t necessarily have to keep that “incentive as profit.”  A lot of times we use that money to sell the car at a cheaper price as an “incentive” to the customer. 

2.) Sticker shock is built into this deal.
First of all, I would have no problem with telling a customer this statement.  Buying a car is a beautiful thing.  Negotiating is not something you can do on everything you buy.  Try it at Wal-Mart.  Not gonna happen.  So yes we do have to make room for negotiation.  I know folks!  This is really some mind boggling stuff.    Kinda seems as if the lady ,that wrote this article, pretty much assumes the general public are imbeciles.

3.) You’ll get a better deal through the internet. 
Is this true?  Well on this one I can say she’s right.  We do price our vehicles at a very slim profit margin on the internet to get your business in here.  You think were going to overprice our vehicle at huge profit margins online just so you can go to our competitors site and see that its cheaper.  Not Likely.  Another brain buster lady!

4.) Knock yourself out of negotiating price;  I’ve got plenty of other ways to skin you.
SKIN YOU?  Is this lady for real.  With the use of the internet now a days, price is not what sells products anymore.  It’s service.  You can get a good price anywhere.  So, the term SKIN is not a term used in the office unless my co-workers are speaking of their fresh kill on opening day of deer season.  Here’s some info.  Will we take a loss on a vehicle to gain a customer?  Yes!  Studies have shown that an average customer value over their life period is $350,000.  So, if I can retain that customer for life eventually I will make a profit from their business.  Another factor is that by selling them a car there’s a 90% chance they will be servicing it here.  Oil changes, tire, etc.  Sorry to disappoint ya folks, but we profit here also.  As far as the financing of a vehicle goes, yes we make money there also.  Banks will pay us flat fees to do business with them.  A lot of times we will make some money off the interest rate, but in this case most of the time we get for you a better rate than what your bank is giving you.  You save money and we make a little more money.  What’s wrong with that?

5.)The great deal we advertised; you won’t get it.
Now this statement is totally false and illegal.  Has this lady ever hear of the BBB or the Attorney General.  If we advertise it and it’s still available, you will get that deal bottom line.

In closing before you share your opinion you might want to educate yourself a little more on that subject. As for this lady; well I love the fact that she has to wake up every morning, be miserable, and think of a hate article to write that day to save the world.  If ignorance is bliss… this lady has it on tap!

 Please put your opinions in the comments and please share this blog on your twitter and facebook.
            

            Della Getting Her Super Soaker On!!
Social Spaghetti

Twitter, facebook, foursquare, ustream, and the list goes on. So many to choose from and update. Just to make people like myself ,that work 13 hours a day, feel as if they have friends.  I’ve personally liked this blogging kick I’ve been on.  It’s an outlet that lets your own personality come out and not only be judged by the witty one-liner that popped into your head.  On twitter this morning I follow @epictweets.  She has some classic one liners. This morning she tweeted “facebooks kinda like jail.  You sit around and waste time, write on walls, and get poked by people you don’t know.”  Great stuff!! A lot of truth in humor there. Honestly,  I don’t have a personal relationship with a quarter of the people on my twitter, facebook, etc.  Its just an outlet and a tool for me to network and get to meet people from all walks of life.  Its amazing what people will share on their social network.  You get to meet their kids, parents, pets, etc.  Hell, you’ve seen the power of social spagehetti help over throw a country. (EGYPT).  Airing your laundry and pics are great, but social networking has become a very powerful advertising tool.    People are starting to view their social networks more than they watch television, live events, etc.  How many times have you been to a movie, game, etc. and have seen a person a row ahead of you updating their social network.  If you don’t see that this is a great opportunity for advertising put the crack pipe down, take the blinders off, and adapt.  Business will always be constantly be changing due to the fact people have the attention span of a nat.  So, if you don’t adapt someone else will and take your business.  So have fun with it, make new friends, but make sure when you’re eating that social spaghetti you leave some room for dessert... BUSINESS 

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Reynolds Wrapping: The Diva Martini

Reynolds Wrapping: The Diva Martini

The Diva Martini

Drink of the Evening
"Long day calls for a cocktail"
Another calorie watcher ladies!!
Check back for instructional video!!

The Diva



1 oz. Raspberry Vodka

3 oz. Diet Sprite

Splash Pineapple Juice

Pour ingredients into a tumbler filled with crushed ice. Garnish with a slice of fresh lime

Della Greeting the Neighbors

Should be illegal to be this dumb


“Should be illegal to be this dumb”

Just received a great submission from a police officer  out of Arkansas.  First of all I want to thank him for the submission and secondly thank him for his service.  On that not he was kind enough to take time out of his day to  share a great story with me and I want to share it with the Reynolds Wrapping Viewers.

I was on the way to the county jail doing my normal routine.  I noticed a vehicle in front of me almost side swipe a car.  Being a police officer I kind of have to take notice of these infractions.  So, I continued to follow the vehicle that was driving erratically.  I don’t think she realized she was in the good ol USA, because she utilized both sides of the road.  Mainly the left.  In my mind I though hey I’ll give her the benefit of the doubt and assume  that she just maybe had moved over from Japan, Europe, or any other country that drives on the opposite side as we do.  I contacted dispatch and advised the situation and location of the infraction.  Waiting for another unit to arrive and assist me, I kept her in my line of sites.  I would have pulled her over right then, but I already had a perpetrator in the back of the squad car.  (Thing about being a cop is that no matter how bad the economy is, my jobs secure.) 

As I continue to follow her I take notice that she’s going right towards the jail and eventually pulls into the P.D. parking lot.  Which actually is going to make my job a hell of a lot easier. I step out of my squad car, secure the perpetrator in the back, and ask to see her drivers license.  She hands me her license and tells me she’s there to see a friend.  I thought in my mind, “Oh you’ll be seeing her real soon alright.” I took notice that she was wound up like Richard Simmons sweating to the oldies.  Little problem here in the Midwest we like to call Meth.(It's a drug like speed made from everything under the kitchen sink.) 

 I walked nicely over to her and informed her that I would personally be taking her directly to see her friend.  I asked her kindly to slip on these high-fashioned silver bracelets and Ill lead the way.  The happy ending to this story is that she got to see her friend.  Probably a little closer and longer than to her liking though. This is one for the record books.  Another criminal we can add to the list of Americas Dumbest Criminals.

Submission by Wes Hart 
Thanks again Wes for your service and your submission.  I’m sure well be seeing a lot more submissions from this patriot.  There's never a shortage of dumb criminals. Wes Is one of the best officers out there.  So I’m sure he'll be arresting a ton of them!

Zombies in the Workplace (Revised)

You’ve seen them before. One leg dragging, both eyes fighting for a direction to look, and there speech sounds of something out of a foreign film. Effort is the last thing on their mind. Then, as if charged by a lightning bolt, they pounce for that first bite on an unsuspecting soul for that easy kill. Leaving the carcass to rot once they have that one moment of gratification. Justifying there existence by this one kill. It’s always a brutish sight and you are left in a daze wondering how in the hell you let this corpse take your precious customer. Even more what kind of damage these feigns are having on your business and the employees they work with. One of them is too many. They must be eradicated when spotted. ZombieEmployees is what I’m talking about.

In business terms, the ZombieEmployees are ones that are just out there to grab a sale and not make a customer for life. They latch on for just that one bite. Never looking back after the sale is made for future or referral business. Your business can not survive with these types of employees. With no repeat business, there is no business.

On the surface, it seems to be a “no brainer, Grab that shotgun, aim, and pull the trigger. Hitting the Zombie right between the eyes and dropping them where they stand. Not leaving any chance for them to infect your other employees with this disease. You as a manager should take a tally every month on how many Zombies you eradicate. If not, you’ll have a full staff of these freaks. The only thing on the horizon for your business is failure.


The ideal situation would be not to even hire these ZombieEmployees. It’s not always that easy. They’re very crafty. They speak and present themselves very well. Once they make it past your HR Manger it all changes. They’re out for blood. You need to train your HR department on how to spot these Zombies. Here’s the best tip on finding a ZombieEmployee. They talk a great game, but when you look at their actual performance on paper; it’s all “lip service.”

So be careful. Keep an eye out. ZombieEmployee will always be filling out applications and sneaking through your H.R. department. Just make sure they’re winding up on your competitors mouse pad and not yours.

Dellas Watering Hole

Quitting Not in this Mans Vocab


Lately it seems like every time I log in to Facebook, someone is either pregnant or getting married. Having kids or getting divorced. I always thought, growing up, that having a big family was for the birds and that I would be happiest as a bachelor for life. But as I get closer to thirty, I feel that little part of my 'grinch-green' heart begin to tug at me. It says, "Hey man, you're not getting any younger! It's time to stop being selfish and settle down for once!" Is it selfish to follow your dreams? To pursue your passion? At what point is one suppose to give up and settle down?

By my 26th birthday I had lived in 7 states and several major cities, including New York City and recently Los Angeles. When I was 12 years old my mom convinced me to audition for a local theater company in Columbia, Missouri by the name Columbia Entertainment Company. I considered myself an athlete because I played pee-wee football every year....but who was I kidding. Walking on to that stage, I was instantly in love. I was enamored with the attention and the ability to transform yourself or pretend to be someone else. Not only that but people would stand up and clap for you when you were finished?! Amazing! I have pursued music and acting ever since. I've been out west for almost two years now and I have to admit, it doesn't get easier. Unfortunately, I was hit with a harsh reality that the cliche, "it's not what you know, it's who you know" is very, very true. The hardest part about being a 'performing artist' is the constant fear of rejection; living with a never-ending insecurity that you're not good enough or that you never know where your next meal is coming from. Being from the mid west, the media and society makes life in Hollywood look so, totally glamorous. Guess what? It's quite the opposite. Between the cost of living, the politics and the fake personalities you deal with on a daily basis, it is far from a beautiful lifestyle. It's a daily networking battle, marketing every second, trying to get your name out there.

I attended a performing arts school in NYC after high school, thinking it would catapult me into success. While it does look good on a resume, the "Hollywood types" in LA could really care a less. It's such a reality TV world out there now. And again, if your last name doesn't ring a bell like Jake or Maggie Gyllenhaal's parents or Scott Caan's dad, you’re at the bottom of a very long waiting list. The question is: do you have the patience to wait? To be honest, I was afraid for the longest time of ever venturing out west. People told me for years that I should just drop everything and do it or that I wasn't getting any younger. They were right. I am considered to be in my 'older years' in the modeling world for sure.

On one hand, I do have the urge to settle for a steady paycheck and start a family. Mow the yard and pay a mortgage. But the biggest part of me still refuses to leave any rock unturned. I don't want to be laying on my 'death bed' wondering "what if". A lot of folks squirm at the idea of such instability but the truth is: I like my life. I like not punching a clock. I like being my own boss and making my own schedule. And although this sounds crazy, it's kind of exciting not knowing when my next paycheck is coming. It makes the battle so much more fulfilling when you finally land a gig and head to the bank, knowing that you're a survivor in the craziest city on the planet.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Thankyou Japan!!

I want to personally thank all of the support for the blog I'm getting out of Japan.  I loved living in Tokyo and would love to make it back there someday

Sara Evans

Footage I shot at a Rascal Flatts Concert of Sara Evans...

Eifel Tower Lighting Up

The Proposal

The Proposal
          If your one of my face book friends then you already know I’m a cheese ball when it comes to loving my Miss Brittany. Found my best-friend and life partner in crime. On that note, I want to share my proposal story with ya.
         Brittany and I were planning a trip to Paris. Now knowing that Brittany loves romance and fairytales ,and honestly I'm probably not the most romantic guy, but I figured proposing in Paris should at least get me to our 10th anniversary. Now we were off to the airport. The whole time im sweating bullets knowing that one of these amateur agents are going to search my bag and blow my cover by showing the ring. As my bag went through the x-ray machine the gentleman looked at me and I politely scoured back with the you blow my cover you die look. So, he kindly smiled and I moved on my way. We get to Paris and started enjoying the sites and history. This whole time Brittany has no clue the bomb I'm going to drop on her. Long story short, the third day of vacation we are taking in the sites and I mention that we should hang out by the Eiffel tower that night and drink some wine. So, we walked everywhere to find a bottle of wine to consume. Finally we found a small convenient store and made the purchase. The ring was in my suit coat pocket. As Brittany walked out of the store, I pulled out the ring and showed it to the clerk.. He said something to me in French, which I hope was nice, and winked at me. Understand we had been walking all day. So Brittany says why we don’t just call it a night. I look at her and try not to blow my top from the tension of holding in this secret for the three days on the trip. I told her we were drinking wine by the Eiffel tower and that's all there is to it. We head to the Eiffel tower to find a spot to sit and drink. Well I’m thinking of a strategy of how I’m going to pull this off. I made a decision in my mind that I was going to find an English speaking person to take our picture by the tower. At that time I would pop the question. Finally I spotted some Brits sitting and enjoying a game of cards while drinking wine. I walk over to them and whisper that I’m about to propose to my girlfriend and if they would be so kind to take a picture when I do it. I walk back to Brittany and tell her that were going to get our pic taken in front of the tower and these kind Brits were going to take it. So stand up for the pic and I look at Miss Brittany and start giving my schpeal. She's not paying attention to me and says quit talking they're trying to take a pic. I look at her like she’s nuts and state that honey you need to listen to me. She continues how we need to hurry so they can take the pic. Finally I just dropped to my knee so she could get a clue of what I was attempting to do. She finally realized. She was stunned. She didn't even look at the ring. I had to shove the ring in her face. She said yes, fortunately. It was perfect timing. From 10pm until midnight at the strike of the hour the Eifel Tower lights up like a million flashing stars. It started flashing during the proposal. The lawn was full of people clapping and the moment will always be treasured by us both.
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