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Long Distance Dedications

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long distance dedication

long distance dedication

Recently, my wife and I have been listening to Casey Kasem’s American Top 40 re-broadcasts on XM radio channel 7 on Saturday afternoons while we have lunch.  It is the 70’s channel so all of the shows are from the 1970’s.  It occurred to me that I could have some fun and offer long distance dedications of my own.  Here is my list using songs from the 1970’s.

To Politicians – Honesty by Billy Joel

To unreliable Weather forecasters – Right place, wrong time by Dr. John

To Baseball Umpires – Blinded by the light by Bruce Springsteen, made popular by Manfred Mann’s Earth Band

To Dominos Pizza – Sedan Delivery by Neil Young

To Justin Bieber – Go Away Little Girl by Donnie Osmond in 1971 originally written and released in 1962

To the Economy of Old – Wish you were here by Pink Floyd

To the next MLB pitcher to throw a no-hitter – The No No Song by Ringo Starr

To Politicians part two – Jive Talkin’ – The Bee Gees

To Casey Kasem – Thank you for being a friend by Andrew Gold (this was played on Casey’s final American top 40 show)

And finally to my wife…

Ain’t no sunshine by Bill Withers

This is a pretty good live version of this song.  Pay attention to the drummer.  He appears to have plenty of sunshine – perhaps his disposition was aided in some way.

Have a great week and as Casey always said; “Keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars.”

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June 24, 2013 at 8:01 am

More Questions That Need Answered

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I Need Answers

I Need Answers

Last year at about this time I had some questions that I needed answers for and this year I have some more.

  • Why don’t all doors have a light switch on it that automatically turns on a light like a refrigerator?  Perhaps an on/off/dimmer switch would be required so that you wouldn’t startle someone who was in the process of dozing off in their bedroom.  I think it would be especially neat for closets and would save many toes from painfully finding the corner of a piece of furniture late at night.  Is this too much to ask?
  • How hard is it really to put a man on the moon when so many other mundane things appear to be more difficult?   For example, see above.
  • Why do they call it dry cleaning?  Is it better than calling it chemical solvent cleaning of cloth and cloth based products?
  • What is the percentage of cars that have gloves in their glove box?  What is the percentage of cars that have documents such a registration card and proof of insurance in it?  My guess is that the number for gloves is a single digit number and for documents it is a two digit number greater than 80.  If so, why is it not called a document compartment?  Has glove usage drastically declined in the last 50 years?
  • When the top speed on a car was 15 miles an hour, was there a need for speed limits?
  • If all squares are rectangles what was Potsie on the TV show Happy Days?
  • Why is it called a grilled cheese sandwich when the cheese is melted and the bread is grilled?  Perhaps it should be called a cheese melt?  Have you ever grilled cheese?  It is not a thing of beauty and very messy.
  • Why is it called a bedroom and not a sleep room?  We call it a bathroom not a tub room?  I think we need consistency in our room naming convention.  Either name it after the object located in the room or the activity that takes place in it.

Have a great week as summer officially begins on Friday June 21st.

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June 17, 2013 at 8:16 am

Product Review – MLB.tv

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Play Ball!

Play Ball!

Anyone who is considering a subscription to MLB.tv I would recommend it.  Especially for someone who is a fan of a team that is not located in their area.  I recently purchased this service and am very pleased.  It has high-definition quality and the best part is I can watch my team from Pittsburgh for almost every game despite living in the Atlanta market.  This year there are 4 blackout dates due to being nationally/regionally televised.  When that happens I do not get that game but some other game since I am not in the Pittsburgh market.  Four dates out of 162 is not bad.  It is much better than zero out of 162.  I can also watch any other game that does not involve the Atlanta Braves.  If I want to see the Braves they are televised in the Atlanta market on regular TV.  The best part is it only costs about $10 per month.  For me it is the best $10 I have spent in a long time. 

In addition to watching live you can start watching the game at the beginning if you missed the first pitch and can watch any game throughout the year since they are archived.  You also have the flexibility to watch across different platforms with no additional charge.  The $10 per month includes watching on a smart TV, tablet, smart phone or computer.  I have already spent several nights falling asleep to the sounds of Vin Scully calling a Dodger game in his most eloquent style while listening on my iPad.

So far this year it has been awesome watching the Pirates, as they play remarkably well this year.  I have stuck with them since their last winning season and it would be fantastic to see them pull out of their historic nosedive and make the playoffs or at least have a winning record.  Perhaps I could have purchased this product 11 years ago when it first came out and the streak would have ended then?  I don’t even want to think about that.

Have a great week by catching a game involving your favorite team on MLB.tv

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June 10, 2013 at 8:02 am

Don’t Ruin The Secret Formula

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The Secret Formula

The Secret Formula

Note: Last week we celebrated Memorial Day; which is the unofficial beginning of summer.  As such, I will begin the summer schedule for my blog posts.   For those of you who are new to my blog I typically keep summer topics mostly non-business related.  This year it will be about the same but I think I will commit to having a business blog at the beginning of every month.  I may sprinkle in an extra business topic during the summer if an idea jumps out at me. I will resume my schedule of alternating between business and non-business topics on Labor Day.

Cost reductions are a good way to keep your price competitive or to increase the net profits from your business.  Today, I want to give an alternative view of cost reductions.  It is a warning to not take the cost reductions too far that it significantly changes your product or service.  But first I will tell a story that led me to writing this.  I moved into my house a little over 2 years ago and am disappointed about little things that make a big difference.  These little things are not present in my house and it can upset me at times.  Things like an abundance of light switches and electrical outlets as well as telephone jacks.   Telephone jacks may become obsolete soon as cell phones and VoIP will take over so maybe I can give my home builder a pass with that.  Overall I love my home but these little things create dissatisfaction and could be avoided with minimal cost.

Let’s get to the heart of the discussion.   I can understand why they put the minimum amount of light switches and electrical outlets – cost savings.  If you are a home builder of any scale you begin to think about taking those savings that “no one will miss” and multiplying it with the number of units you will build and you can see big dollar signs.  Please note that in the previous sentence I used units not homes to emphasize a point that they are missing.  It might be another unit to the builder; but it is your HOME.  

Even if you are not manufacturer with millions of dollars sales you can make changes in the way you deliver the “goods” but you must be sure the small savings doesn’t hurt you in the long run.  That home builder may start noticing that his referrals are going down and causing a drop in sales.  Perhaps the fact that these little things have been cut are drastically affecting satisfaction and by extension referrals.    For a home builder, a $300 savings on little things can be a mistake if even one sale is lost due to an unhappy customer.  Why lose the wow factor for $300? 

On a smaller scale even the small business can alienate their customers or potential customers by altering the secret formula.  Perhaps it is a change to an automated operator menu for your phone system versus a live person answering the phone.   In a sense you can take the old adage of measuring twice and cutting once and apply it to cost cutting in your business.  If you take the time to carefully consider all factors involved in the cost cutting and you still think it will be ok then make the change.  I advise that you closely monitor risk factors identified with the cut and if you see an unintended consequence of your cost reduction strategy revert back to the old way or modify the new one.

Have a great week finding cost reductions that won’t alter your “secret formula”

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June 3, 2013 at 8:02 am