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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

I'm the person who goes into a restaurant, sits down and patiently waits while the waitresses finish their visiting before taking my order.

I'm the person who goes into a department store and stands quietly while the clerks finish their little chit-chat.

I'm the person who drives into a service station and never blows the horn, but lets the attendant take his time.

You might say I'm the good guy or gal. But do you know who else I am?

I'm the customer who never comes back!

It amuses me to see business spending so much money every year to get me back---when I was there in the first place.

And all they needed to do was give me some service, and extend a little courtesy.

NOTE: This was in a newspaper many years ago (as you can tell by the "service station") and taken from the Grocers Journal of Southern California.

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ASHAIXIM 5/10/2012 10:24PM

    I used to babysit for a pharmacist who owned his own store. It closed and he put a nasty scathing note on the door about the disloyalty of the community. I went in his store ONCE. Dirty shelves, old expired food, cards that were covered in dust, and a lazy, slow snotty sales lady who had little time for actually waiting on the one customer she had (me). Yeah, the community was completely at fault for him closing.

Mind you, I am several of my friends will also (usually at a restaurant) and demand to see the manager at the end of the meal. Not to complain, but to let the manager know the stellar service that the wait person provided. I've even written in to fast food joints to tell them when I felt I got great service. In this world very few people ever get complemented when they do good so we like to make a point of making sure the person who should know does.

Comment edited on: 5/10/2012 10:27:12 PM

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USEITRLOSEIT 1/27/2012 6:50PM

    I LOOOVE THIS !! !! !! I feel and do the SAME thing ! ! !
GOOD JOB !!! LOVED IT ! emoticon

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GRANDMA624 1/26/2012 5:45AM

  So true. Just yesterday after waiting in the deli dept and listening to three employees talking about a TV show they watch the night before, I left.

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NPA4LOSS 1/25/2012 11:01AM

    emoticon I felt like I was reading about myself.

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EVWINGS 1/25/2012 10:09AM

    Thank you for posting this! Too often "Customer Service" does not matter any more because a lot of businesses would rather use call centers than live people to deal and then those companies that own the centers send the US jobs to foreign centers. It's all about bottom line according to what they say, but don't realize how much more they would have if they didn't cut jobs/service and treated customers as family and friends. That would practically guarantee higher profits. I hope I made sense.

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IDLETYME 1/25/2012 9:25AM

    That's true. They give no service but don't think we'll notice. WRONG!!!!!
A lot of businesses are closing some of their shops because of low customer count.
That should be a clue for the store managers! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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RSSSLHB 1/25/2012 8:31AM

    emoticon emoticonfor posting

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JOCALAT 1/25/2012 7:21AM

    How true you are.....Chris

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Day #12 & I am still here (Jan. Jumpstart Workout Challenge)

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Today is day #12 of this challenge. So far I am doing okay. I have to "adjust" some of the exercises because of my medical issues. Cardio consists of walking on my treadmill, walking with Leslie, or doing Nicole's Cardio Blast DVD.

How is everyone else doing on this challenge?

Spark on everyone!!

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    Great job for you! Sounds like you are adapting well. Wishing you all the success possible my friend!



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DGFOWLER 1/14/2012 10:01AM

    I'm also still going strong. Missed one day but did 3 hrs worth of heavy cleaning. Didn't have the energy after that but moving heavy furniture surely got my heart rate going. Congrats on doing such a fine job. Donna

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NPA4LOSS 1/13/2012 9:31PM

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LITTLEBJANET 1/12/2012 8:46AM

    I'm doing it! Some of the floor exercises are hard because of my knee replacements, but I do what I can. I'm on day 11. I think this challenge is good for us! (It "hurts so good!")

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Going Back In Time To April 8, 1864

Sunday, January 08, 2012

DH & I spent an enjoyable day yesterday in LA at the Mansfield Museum & site of a great Civil War battle. (We live in Texas right on the LA border so did not have too far to drive).

Looking at the rifles, cannons, uniforms, old letters to loved ones, etc. was interesting. I was surprised at the small size of the uniforms & boots. We were told that most soldiers were 5' 5' to 5' 6".

After a short film describing the battle, the museum staffer showed us a small box with medical instruments used for the soldiers wounds & discussed treatment, surgery for amputations, etc.

Many lives were lost, but the rebels pushed the Yankees back preventing them from coming into Texas at that time. This was the last great battle of the war.

We had beautiful weather, but were unable to walk the grounds & read all the plaques describing the battlefield as it was not paved & DH was in a wheelchair. If he gets the "scooter" that we have put in for, we will go back & go over the battlefield.

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DGFOWLER 1/14/2012 10:03AM

    Sound like an adventure. I enjoy history and should plan a trip like this over the summer. Thank you for sharing. Donna

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ROSIEJ1942 1/12/2012 3:41PM

    Sounds really great. So nice that you were able to go. My fingers crossed for the scooter as well..

We have Fort Mackinaw here in Michigan, when we were kids we went in for nothing, not anymore. Someday, I think I will take a run up and go see it as it is today. Maybe take my brother up again, we went uo about 3 yrs. ago, but, only stopped at the store that they have there. That is free to go in. :)

Thank you for sharing.

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IDLETYME 1/11/2012 2:57PM

    What a great trip. I'm so glad you got to go. Crossing my fingers for the new scooter for DH!

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NPA4LOSS 1/9/2012 10:18PM

    I was raised in East Texas and my parents so often took us to historical places. Fort Hays in Hays , Kansas has a set up of the barracks about the same time period and they are much smaller than what our soldiers of today would be comfortable in. What a great look at history!

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    What an awesome adventure! I love the re-enactment of history - it makes it so much easier to understand and enjoy! I do hope your hubby gets his scooter and that you have many fabulous adventures in the future!

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7356WILMA 1/8/2012 8:00AM

  Glad you were able to enjoy the history! It makes it even better when the weather is beautiful. Hope you get to go back soon and enjoy more of the grounds.

Thanks for sharing!!

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THE HOUSE OF PRAYER (From www.guideposts.com)

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Mysterious Ways: The House of Prayer

My son was dying and I needed comfort so badly.

By Wanda Priddy, Pearcy, Arkansas

All I learned about prayer I learned at 218 Maylott Street. That was where I grew up, raised by my grandma, Mama.

I would lie in bed at night listening to Mama pray for me. “Lord, let Wanda know you are always with her.” Those comforting words stayed with me after I moved out.

It was the comfort I desperately sought at my youngest son Ronnie’s hospital bedside. He was very ill and not expected to make it through the night.

If only someone would pray for Ronnie the way Mama used to pray for me, I thought, holding his hand.

That evening a nurse walked in, one I’d never seen before. I looked up into her gentle hazel eyes, her calm presence filling the room. “I felt I needed to come here,” she said. “Would it be all right if I pray for you?”

“Of course,” I said, surprised. No other nurse had offered to do that for us. It was exactly what I’d wanted!

“Lord, be with this family tonight. Let them know you are always with them,” she said. Her words soothed me just the way Mama’s prayers had all those years ago. Then she slipped out of the room. A little while later Ronnie passed away peacefully.

After Ronnie’s funeral, I wanted to find the nurse to thank her for the comfort she brought to me. But no one seemed to know who she was. I kept searching for months, to no avail.

One morning I ran into a friend at the little dollar store in my neighborhood. I told her about the nurse who had prayed for my son. A clerk standing nearby spoke up. “I couldn’t help but overhear,” she said. “The person you described sounds just like a lady who worked here before she became a nurse. I’ll get her number for you.”

Could it really be the same woman? The minute I got into my car, I dialed the number. A woman answered. I told her who I was, and asked if she was the one who had prayed with me.

“That was me,” she confirmed.

“Thank you for the comfort you gave me,” I said. “Where do you live? I’d love to send you a little something.”

“Two-eighteen Maylott Street,” she said.

I almost dropped the phone. Mama’s house—a house still full of prayer

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YELLOW09RED 1/6/2012 12:38PM

    Hi, I have read guide post for going on 14 years now. My dad sends it annually for my Christmas present.
Our Lord is wonderful.
Thank you for your blessings today by sending me new sneakers.

Debbie in Arl. Tx.

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GRANDMA624 1/5/2012 7:28PM

  Such a beautiful story. emoticon

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7356WILMA 1/4/2012 7:22PM

  What a lovely story!! I always loved guide post not sure why I quit getting it. Guess maybe I'll have to look at getting it again.

Thank you so much for sharing!!

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ELIZACG9 1/4/2012 7:00PM

    So beautiful and prayer is so important.....thank you. emoticon

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HARROWJET 1/4/2012 6:17PM

    what a lovely story. Thank you for sharing it.

Judy emoticon

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What A Way To Start The New Year!!

Sunday, January 01, 2012

We awoke at 2:30 AM to the alarm going off on the oxygen machine telling us the electricity was off. DH sleeps under oxygen for his COPD & I got up to come upstairs and get the portable unit which worked alright, but every 8 hours he needs electricity to use the nebulizer. Went out to the generator with flashlight & never could get it started. (Before trying the generator had to flip the big switch on the electric box, turn off the heating units upstairs & down, turn off the hot water heater, disconnect the computers & satellite, & get water in pots & bowls because we are on a community well & the water does not last long.) Went back to check on him several times (he, thankfully, had gone back to sleep), kept trying to pull the generator to come on with no luck, took the dog out & fed the cats.

Anyway, the lights came back on about 8:30.....YAY!! Now I am cooking my blackeye peas & cabbage for lunch and will start day #1 of my New Years Challenge this afternoon.

Will miss church as I am afraid I will go to sleep during the sermon. :)

Hope everyone has a good day!

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ROSEWCI 1/3/2012 7:12AM

    emoticon Happy New Year Deanna! emoticon

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IDLETYME 1/2/2012 9:01AM

    Now that you have all of the BAD stuff out of the way ---This will be a super new year for you!!!! All best wishes. emoticon emoticon

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    Perhaps if the year starts off so challenging, it can only get better?! I hope you have a wonderful new year! emoticon

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7356WILMA 1/1/2012 10:19PM

  What a way to start the day! Hope you get the generator thing figured out why it didn't start.

The black eyed peas and cabbage sounds good!!

Hope you didn't sleep thru getting to work on the Jump Start!!

We are doing it in 2012!!

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TXGRANDMA 1/1/2012 1:54PM

    So sorry you lost your power this morning! I know that had to be scary!

Do you think the black eyed peas and cabbage will make a difference? emoticon

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MISSYMOOSE71 1/1/2012 1:18PM

    Yikes, that is a rough start! I hope your year is smooth sailing from this point on! Let's kick January's butt!!

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