Saturday, July 25, 2009

The Amish And The Elevator

An Amish boy and his father were in a mall. They were amazed by almost everything they saw, but especially by two shiny, silver walls that could move apart and then slide back together again.

The boy asked, "What is this Father?"

The father (never having seen an elevator) responded, "Son, I have never seen anything like this in my life, I don't know what it is"

While the boy and his father were watching with amazement, a fat, old lady in a wheel chair moved up to the moving walls and pressed a button.

The walls opened and the lady rolled between them into a small room.

The walls closed and the boy and his father watched the small circular numbers above the walls light up sequentially. They continued to watch until it reached the last number and then the numbers began to light in the reverse order.

Finally the walls opened up again and a gorgeous 24-year-old blonde stepped out.

The father said quietly to his son....."Go get your mother."

Baroness Gabriella - What a horse!!

My great racing mate Peter Morley says this horse will be a winner... She’s the half sister to Baron Orczy who’s won 7 races and $175,000 for Belhus Racing, and they going to call her “Baroness Gabriella”.

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

OfficeWorks EXCEPTIONAL Customer Service

It does happen every now and again.

One Sunday I went to Officeworks in East Perth which is the only metro store that opens on Sunday to get workbooks printed for my Twitter for Business Workshop.

When I picked them up, there was the above postitnote attached to an extra workbook which said:


I did an extra copy [free] & bond
it with our new style bind
to see if you like it?


What's happening here?? Aren't staff supposed to "just do - don't think?"

Well done Sue and the ladies who do Sundays - you are champions.

Thursday, July 02, 2009

One challenge too many???

Challenges often appear from the most unusual situations and the last few weeks have certainly been that.

Most of you will know that I have had some battles with the Government over the test case under the new email marketing laws and the consequences have been the crushing of our businesses by the imposition of $5.5 million of fines.

Even after that sort of penalty, the Government wants to Bankrupt me, to prove a point I suppose. There has been no reduction in unsolicited emails, in fact many millions more a day have been sent since the law came into effect in 2004 - so go figure??

My partner in the business, Elaine has been recovering from a serious injury experienced in the Asian Tsunami. After 9 operations, and an enforced 6 month hospitalisation from June 3rd 2008 to mid January 2009 when she caught a "super bug" in hospital, which has meant many of the things that have usually been capably handled by her, have been done less than adequately by myself.

Elaine is back on deck and superbly handling the back end of The ThirstyFish program... but still requires 3 times a week intensive physio treatments - a big challenge from a short holiday in Thailand nearly 5 years ago.

All that I can take in my stride and get on with life... a series of challenges to make you stronger I believe. [well that's what I say to myself!!]

and then, out of the blue, ONE TO KNOCK YOU FOR SIX! well this was unexpected...

Joanne and I have been married for 34 years and I don't recall a day of sickness passed a common cold or a little flu in that time.

Well, after travelling to London to see our daughter Eric in May, she returned and went for a check up at the local GP and has been diagnosed with a rare form of breast cancer that is seriously life threatening and requires serious treatment.

So, a seemingly healthy, non smoking, non drinking, vibrant woman has to face to challenge of huge battle against breast cancer and I have been thrown into a support role which means for that 6 weeks from diagnosis to the first chemotherapy I have been attending to matters close to home.

Erica should arrive home from London soon, Matthew who is in the Middle East setting up our business there, is on his way home too.

The office situation has been resolved with Stacey and Tahya starting this Monday and doing everything possible to catch up with all the promises and commitments made to you and other loyal clients.

So, I apologise for not sharing my situation sooner and leaving you without an explanation but it could have gone a more drastic way.

I think we are back on track... and I will be doing my best to catch up and do more than we have promised for all of you.

Thanks you for the kind thoughts and best wishes. Joanne and I appreciate them.