Archive - Apr 16, 2013

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Promotion

With snow still everywhere, we aren't selling a thing yet at the nursery. However, that allows me the time to promote. We had a lot of extra catalogs printed and I spent the day distributing 1,100 of them to 62 stops. I started in Winger, went to Erskine, McIntosh, Fosston, Bagley, then Bemidji. I stopped at banks, convenience stores, all medical establishments, dentists, and a couple of manufacturing plants. People are very friendly, even if they haven't heard of the nursery. They like to get a full-color gardening catalog. 

The younger the person who greets me, the more suspicious. The older, the more eager they are to get a catalog themselves. Ended up visiting with the cleaning lady at one hospital and she said she would put 20 catalogs in the employee lunchroom, which is really what you want. Another lady in Bemidji asked for 40 catalogs to distribute to everybody she knew. You don't get much better PR than that! 

Last weekend, we distributed about 1,000 catalogs at the Grand Forks Home show. The week before that, I distributed about 800 in the Crookston-Grand Forks area. 

I try to concentrate upon places who have employees who are well paid, as you might expect. 

 

Boston

Here is what we should do in response to the Boston bombing: Keep calm and carry on. Except for the police work involved with solving the crime, we should move on in a hurry. No flags at half staff. No maudlin displays of injured national pride. No fear. No increased security. Nothing. Move on. Carry on. More people died and were injured in car accidents yesterday. We don't lower the flags for them. Why is it that when something happens in one place that we freak out as a nation and then do exactliy what the terrorists want: go bumbling into the Mideast with 100,000 troops to try to find the perpetrator? Police work is the answer, not maudlin national mourning. 

This is one of those days where Facebook becames unbearable due to the endless postings of crying bald eagles and other such nationalistic syrup. All sympathies to those who suffered injuries, but they are the same sympathies I have for Mrs. Ellen Nelson who died in a car crash in Pensacola, FL, or Herbert Severson who had a massive stroke in Appleton, WI, or Shalaqua Jackson who died in a drive-by shooting in Chicago, or any other human being who died yesterday. There was tragedy all over!