The classics transcend time

I go out with friends regularly.  We need to stay in touch, stay active. One of my friends is partial to country. I go more to talk and have fun with her than the music. Malcolm Young of AC/DC had just passed away. The band wanted to play tribute to AC/DC and actually did a pretty good job of Dirty Deeds. The country band then said, “Ok, now back to country”. And the crowd roared NO!

So many of us grew up listening to AC/DC. They based their music on the soul of rock and roll, gospel, jazz, rhythm and blues. They loved to play. It has heart and soul. That’s how you connect with more than just a generation.

I love the simplicity, how they put their backs, passion, power into their music. Rock N Roll Train was their most recent that comes to mind for the simplicity. Our lives are already complicated enough, simple is so nice, easy on the ears. And you have to get up and move to it, you can’t just sit still!

This prompted a little googling into the history of rock. And although you can’t trust the internet, you look in enough places, go onto a couple YouTube videos and note dates, you can hear how it started. After World War II new, small groups started up. You can hear the mix of jazz, swing, rhythm and blues. My 15 year old son remarked it sounded like jazz, was tapping his foot. These were the first rock songs.

Thank you, AC/DC, for all you do, for your influence. Thank you to tribute bands. Let’s keep rock and roll alive.

AC/DC Malcolm Young’s death

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First live model horse show

I walked through the door and I was 10 years old again, only these weren’t so much toys anymore as they were works of art. They’ve become a whole new level, one in which collectors and those who do antiquing might appreciate. Indeed, one model belongs to a collection which is being liquidated by an antiquing firm. Illness forces things you don’t want to do.

The creations, equipment…the variety. The drive to look as real as possible, everything in miniature. And yet, there were other related fantasy creations. Looking into the attached store you could see more expansion on horse related artwork. You could see the many directions each creation could go in for decoration. There were models painted in abnormal colors – blue, purple. One was a clear plastic. I found myself loving the unusual colors. Duns, roans and the more splashy the paints and Appaloosas were, the better.

I’m grateful for another model enthusiast I found through my youngest daughter’s friend because I’m already spending money on another hobby, singing. How can I turn this so it might pay for itself? She mentioned a number of ways. You might not be the best painter, you might not have the space, equipment or capital to invest in making your own models. But maybe you can make some accessories. The miniature saddles and bridles or “tack” are intricate in detail. I can see how you might start with a wooden saddle tree and work with scraps of leather. For the performance horses, there’s jumps to be made, poles for pole bending, trail obstacles. And the scenes you might see horses in every day. There were two stable scenes, a draft horse in stocks and a horse getting a bath. A horse that was the color of clay. An Appaloosas I called calico. A rearing animal whose ears seemed lost in his flying mane. Several models I had copies of here. It was wonderful to see the company that I used for awards, Hodges, was still around and it seems their variety has just exploded.

Finally, there are worse addictions. The addiction to being a collector is still there. It really hadn’t been touched since 1990. Of my old collection, maybe a third to a quarter of them had been destroyed. Some that had been remade had fallen apart. Paint destroyed by mold. Between two trips across the nation and being put in an unfinished basement, I’m happy some survived. So it didn’t take much encouragement to pick up not just one but two new models. One is sentimental. The other I almost didn’t take a second look at. I picked it up, thought, “Oh, that garbagy…” Wait a minute. Looked at it. I have a creation in mind and although it’s not the perfect model, it’s close enough to at least start something.

 

This bears repeating as many times as necessary

It might be time for the media to be knocked down a peg or two. Journalists might need to find different work if their job requires them pitting one American against another for any kind of “gain”.

I watched live video of Irma hitting Florida. I don’t know if it was a reporter or a police officer but the person thought to focus on an American flag for several minutes in the storm.

We are all Americans. There’s something to be said about our recent natural disasters – they’ve brought us together again. The 24 hour news cycles need to be filled with something and it’s torn us apart. Not everything that appears to be progress actually is. Americans helping each other, regardless of your background, are what we are. Why do we need media to tear us apart when we do just fine without them?

God bless America. We will rebuild, always.

USA – do we want to keep it?

I started this in my head a dozen times, not sure what direction this was going to go in. I saw on the news about the Nazi rally and just started to see and hear screaming online. Then heard about a person driving into the crowd. Last I knew I think there were three deaths. I made the mistake of just wondering what the other side to this story was. You aren’t supposed to do that. I’d happen to glance at other news stories here and there, more important statues dedicated to the US founding that were being considered for the chopping block. My mom called, upset by the defacing. I looked a little, enough so I was pretty upset and just stayed off my normal news places. Yes, the defacing has happened more than once. The point is it shouldn’t happen at all. My parents are still alive and part of The Greatest Generation. When they speak about these kinds of things, they grew up knowing government isn’t to be trusted and what it can do. They lived during a time of war. When my mom pulled out a history book my dad said tongue in cheek, “Better put that away, it’ll get burned!” The attempt to erase history takes a couple forms, one of which is physically removing a historical statue. The logical conclusion of the statues coming down and for the reasons they’re coming down is that the United States needs to be destroyed.

Laugh. Never happen, you’re crazy!

Am I?

Think about it. The Constitution was written by slave owners, imperfect white men, so anything connected with them should be destroyed. ANYthing. Kids have been taught for years that the US is bad for a number of reasons. So it stands to reason that this awful place needs to be destroyed.

It’s also a way to get rid of Trump. People that didn’t vote for him and can’t deal with him being in power are doing everything they can to unseat him. The process in which he was elected simply cannot stand, it must be changed. There’s also a section of Washington, DC that doesn’t want to lose their jobs. They live off tax money and don’t want to end that gravy train.

But what’s going to happen if say the Washington Memorial, the Statue of Liberty and the place where the Constitution is stored is bombed, destroyed? Let’s push that envelope. I’ve said that we’re in another civil war for a couple years now. Some has come to firearms and killing the other person. It has torn apart friends and family. The first civil war was never declared, it just…happened. Another civil war can happen.

There are a lot of Americans that still believe in the United States. I’m not going to into why we’re different from so many countries on the earth. Anybody willing to open a history book that hasn’t yet been burned or rewritten needs to read about our history, how we came to be. Those who founded this country lost everything. Families. Homes. Careers. Integrity. Scandal after scandal was written about them so they had to defend themselves or go into hiding. Basically shut up and go away. Sound familiar? If you can find something written about the most barbaric countries and what they do to their people, read that. If. Because governments hate it when you know certain things and will cloud as much as possible with propaganda. ANY government, including ours. This is why it is so important the government is kept in check because power is seductive. KEEP IT SMALL or it will grow just like it has. Government isn’t going to limit itself, the people who put this government into power, us, need to keep it from getting into everything, which has happened.

Some people have gone there, if the United States is destroyed. It’s mind boggling, so many things we use or take for granted today might not be there. What would we use as currency, since without money we can’t buy food, shelter? Paper money, coins might be worthless. It has pictures of those slave owners on it so we can’t use it. There’s more than one reason our currency can’t be used anymore. Do we have a gold standard? Would it still be there? What’s left of any civility we have left now will be gone. Cities will burn. Things that happen during war will show up.

I can’t say for certain but I don’t doubt a founding father might have said something like, “We have our republic – if we can keep it”. A government that is big enough to give you everything you want is big enough to take everything you have.

Robo calls

I get them on my work phone.  My disabled husband gets them on his old flip phone.  If I plugged in on my landline I’d get them on that.   My husband bought it thinking he was going to use the landline and since he’s hard of hearing, the ringer is loud.  I can’t have that going off while working.  So yes, it even affects people who work phones for a living.

 

I suppose a person could be vindictive and could say something like, “How does it feel?”  It would be appropriate if I operated the same way.  I don’t.  There are legal telemarketing hours to work in and you need to watch your time zones, among many other laws governing what I do.  I have a hard time with that now because the people I contact can have an eastern time area code and be located on the other coast without my knowing.

 

I worked at one place in the southwest years ago that wasn’t all that bad.  We sold newspapers coast to coast on an autodialer that would connect you when the call was live.  I did pretty well with the northeasterners, not so good with those on the west coast.  Two completely different cultures.  This was in the ‘90’s though, when there might have still been some respect for the person on the other line.  Companies might not have been pinching marketing pennies so hard.

 

I wonder if the rise of these is due to not respecting your neighbor because there is no self respect? Only caring about the dollar?  But without money, a company and the jobs it provides can’t exist.   Without respecting yourself, you can’t respect your neighbor.  I can understand the company trying to find the best way to market a product or service and dealing with a budget.  I can understand the product or service might be an impulse purchase so the plan is just to “hammer” people.  Did they have the budget to put toward a market analysis?  Or did they try to do that and it blew up in their face?  Because you market to everybody, you market to nobody.  And this is aimed toward private industry.  The scams are another subject entirely.  People who do scams by nature will not obey laws.  They only care about themselves.

 

Looking back at an old post, I wonder if boiler rooms exist anymore.  It’s less expensive to put machines to work dialing and maybe pay telecommuters pennies on the dollar.  And I can well understand that the Do Not Call list is useless since it takes nothing to get around it.  I believe that list was started by the government.  If tax dollars are going to it, shut it down.  It’s worthless.

 

How would a private industry benefit from this problem?  Because while it’s all well and good that government attempts to do something, that’s all it usually winds up being is an attempt and still another of many roads for our tax dollars to uselessly travel.  One company has sprung up that probably just needs to be expanded on:  Nomorobo.  Provide a service to keep these down.  I can hear the argument of “I shouldn’t have to pay to keep these away”.  Well, the marketing industry is always evolving.  The phone is still the best way to reach people.  And scams don’t care so no government law will affect them.  Or at least it may take 10-20 years to shut somebody down and by that time 20,000 more have sprung up.  Necessity is the mother of invention.

 

Screening your calls works well.  I understand completely when people call me back after listening to my message.  I’ve had countless people tell me they won’t pick up initially.  But my market is a lot more respectful of each other.  Or should that matter?

 

A commenter in an article mentioned about making something like Nomorobo a part of normal phone service.  Another commenter mentioned about having a phone with a call blocking button.  Still another wondered about disrupting profits enough (hit them in the wallet) so they’re overwhelmed.  The first two I think are more doable.  There needs to be incentive for both the phone company and Nomorobo though to encourage a match.  Why should they get together?  Since companies are motivated by profit, a deal would need to be made.  If a company can’t profit, they can’t exist. Yes, it might be a good idea but we all still need to put food on our table and a roof over our heads and nice thoughts alone might not get that job done.   Since most of what government gets involved in winds up not working, I REALLY don’t want them to make the first move.  But that unfortunately might be where the movement starts.  People complain about “corporate welfare”.  Is that really bad when it’s something useful like this?

 

Somethings to think about.

https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/blog/telemarketer-3-rise-robocalls

 

Why would a company deliberately encourage a “boiler room” atmosphere?

I know not everybody has heard that term “boiler room”. It’s an appropriate term. A boiler under enough heat or pressure explodes. The same thing that happens with a machine happens with a person. You’re pushed to make sales, appointments etc. Pushed to object the person on the other end off the phone, not listening to “no”. At the end of your shift you’ve developed a headache because management needs x amount of “yeses” daily. Although yes, sales and marketing is a numbers game, how those numbers are handled is often based on the nature of the business.

There’s a couple reasons for that atmosphere. The nature of the business is one. The product or service, the demographics. In order to be profitable, to make enough money to afford to keep the lights on, space rental and pay employees, a certain number of connections need to say “yes”. Hopefully the business will grow. Impulse purchases, services maybe the toughest for me anyway. I’m very relationship oriented. Impulse is the shortest cycle. Properly present the idea, people grab it. Or not. Next. Depending on results, recraft the message or presentation. Impulse purchases, services tend to be less expensive. Less thought is used going into the transaction. It’s not as big a deal if the product or service doesn’t work for that person. The longer sales cycle, the higher the price, the more companies and individuals might need to engage in dialogue. Consult budgeting and ROI. The call, the communication is handled differently. As a general rule, in my experience, the higher the income, the more polite the rejection is. It’s important, even though you’ve been rejected, to not leave a bad taste in the mouth of the person rejecting you. Be open to future dialogue. The company’s product, service or employees may change and you treating them with respect is huge PR. This may also result in a future referral.

Another reason for the boiler room atmosphere is budgetary. A company may not be able to afford to pay their employees well. May not be able to offer benefits. So people are burned out, looking for results/money first. I’ve experienced this many times both outside and inside the home. Yes, you can burn out working from home.

Management can also be a reason, although that can tie into the nature of the business. People of all ages and incomes can have attitudes, can be difficult to work with. I’ve dealt with boiler room managers. There is a finite length of time they can be dealt with. They operate from a different point of view and there may be nothing you can do about it except to watch for yourself. Through my career I’ve learned to hold up a mirror or put the problem where it belongs should I need to. This, more often than not, has been toward the end of that job. Those whose rank or pay that is higher than mine may resent that I knew an answer to a problem that s/he should have known so I’m shown the door.

The boiler room atmosphere is great teacher on a couple levels. You learn what you can deal with – and what you can’t.

I expect the boiler rooms still exist although I haven’t been in one for a long time. The increasing need for sales being as much customer service may decrease their existence.

“Everybody lies, especially over the phone”

You’ll miss out on a lot of leads/sales/appts with that cynical attitude.  If you believe people are basically good as opposed to assuming they’re all ignoring you, you’ll go a lot farther.  I used to blow people’s minds at one of my call centers.  It was a newspaper sales place back when newspapers still were one of the ways people learned of their news.  It was nationwide.  I did better on the northeast than in CA.  I would be told to call back at x time to reach the proper person.  I did it, and my sales blew people away.  One fellow employee asked, “How do you do that?”  I explained simply that I was told to call back at x time, so I did.  The employee was incredulous that I believed the person on the other end.  They aren’t always lying to get you off the phone.  Sometimes the proper person really isn’t there.     I’m thinking, why not give it a try?  The worst that could happen is I actually do get voicemail.