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Who Wins “Wife Of The Year” – I Do….. December 22, 2011

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I’m sneaky, and I know it….

I was trying to finish up Mr. D’s Christmas shopping yesterday.  What do you get the man who doesn’t need anything?  Frustrated, wracking my brain I turned to The Twitter.

Then I saw a tweet – Colts Tickets from Scott Wise.  I remember Mr. D saying he would like to go to a game this year (even though the Colts suck.)  Then the planning began….

I DM’ed Scott about the tickets, told him I wanted them and made arrangements to pick them up today.  Yesterday while all of this was going on I told Mr. D that Kameron’s school had a Washington D.C. meeting tomorrow night (just to make sure he didn’t have anything else going on – Mr. D is in charge of the Washington D.C. meetings.)  He put the meeting on the calendar, no questions asked, and my plan was in motion.  Surprise him with tickets, pre-game reservations made at Iaria’s – then him and Kameron are off to the game.  PERFECT!

Kameron and I went up to Scotty’s headquarters to pick up the tickets.  Mr. D mentioned that he was having lunch at Palomino this afternoon, so I knew exactly where he would be to surprise him with the tickets.  My intention was to pack his Colt’s shirt, jeans, a hat, and his comfy shoes and deliver those items and the tickets when he was finishing up lunch.  Sucker already wore his Colts shirt to work – one less thing to pack.

Kameron and I scoped out Palomino, found where he was sitting, and the sneak attack was on.

Slightly surprised to see us, Mr. D was very happy to see the tickets and hear of our reservation at Iaria’s.

Boom – I just got that – Wife Of The Year….

 

46 December 21, 2011

46 Days is all you got left before the Superbowl hits Indianapolis.

So what are you going to do “Business People?”

I’m mainly taking to restaurants.  I see all of you whining and bitching about how business is down on the news.

So what are you going to do?

I’ll tell you who isn’t whining and bitching, Scott Wise of “Scotty’s Brewhouse.”

“We’re in the business of forethought. You’re always trying to foresee, ‘What do I need?’ Multiply that by 1,000, and that is the Super Bowl.”

So if you’re thinking, wow, this might be a good time to create a Facebook Fan page, or gosh, maybe we should add that  Twitter account we’ve been talking about.  Do you want the truth?   You’re probably too late.

It’s so frustrating for me to see establishments that claim they need more business yet won’t embrace Social Media.  Are you “half -in” on Social Media and do a really bad job?  Did you have someone working for you and didn’t see the financial payoff after 3  months?  Right when the uphill battle was going to begin to be fun, and I mean a lot of fun, you quit. You’re going to do Social Media on your own, how’s that working out for you?  Ends up you don’t do it, or do it poorly, and the account created and nurtured lays stagnate.

So where does that leave you with the Super Bowl coming to town in 46 days?  PANIC is a word that comes to mind.

I just Googled “restaurants near Indianapolis, Indiana”

1.   St. Elmo Steak House (Your SEO Company needs a bonus.)

2.  Oceanaire (Really?)

3.  Rock Bottom ( Your SEO Company DEFINITELY deserves a bonus.)

4.  The Rathskeller

5.  Barcelona Tapas (Not even on my radar)

That’s the top 5, in Indy.  There are Gems, GEMS, I tell you that will not get visited because you haven’t put yourself “out there” as far as Social Media goes.

There are hotel rooms that cost $45.00 in Brownsburg that now cost $450.00 A NIGHT for the Super Bowl.  People are not going to spend a week here and just go to downtown establishments.  Get your voice heard, get customers in your door, get your place on the Super Bowl map!

Start yesterday.  Establish a presence on Facebook and Twitter.  Add your location to Yelp, 4Square, Urban Spoon, etc.  Now is not the time to be shy folks, it’s game time.

If you want some help, give me a call.

 

“Where The Red Fern Grows” December 14, 2011

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Teenage boys are funny things.

Kameron will still surprise me with a hug, or a kiss on the cheek, I even get “I love you Mom” every night.

Kameron will also surprise me with cheating on tests, mood swings that would rival any fifty year old woman with menopause, or just laying is his bed with big tears in his eyes for absolutely no reason.

So what’s the picture of the busted up book all about?

About four months ago Kameron was assigned “Where The Red Fern Grows” by Wilson Rawls.   His assignment was to read a few chapters and complete the questionnaire to make sure they read and comprehended it.  Of course, it was a battle every night, just to get him to read; then to fill out the questionnaire (in complete sentences.)  What I found was when he was doing other homework I could read the chapter(s) that were assigned, and it made it much easier for me to help him.  I felt like if I read it, I would know generally what part of the book the answer was, find it, and make him re-read the paragraph, pages, whatever.

Then I realized, I actually enjoyed the book.

It’s a short read of a young boy named Billy, his Grandpa, and his dogs; Old Dan and Little Ann.   I won’t spoil the book for you, but it’s tale of love and adventure with a little 6th grade appropriate suspense thrown in.

I remember when we were getting close to the end of the book and that Kameron would have a test coming up.  One day, he didn’t come home with the book or any questions.  He told me they had finished the book in school and that they were watching the movie.  I remember saying “really.. I wanted to see how the book ended.”  He told me about the ending of the book and the movie (again, I won’t spoil) but I was really surprised at how it ended.  I remember telling him “I would have like to have read it together, but I’m glad you liked the book.”  He just grinned and nodded his head.

Today, I went to his Christmas Concert at school.  We were driving home, I was on the phone, he was listening to the radio.  Once I finished my call, I asked if he had much homework.  I knew he would be late getting back from his 7:00 performance, and the last thing I want to do at 9:00 at night is homework.  I usually let him goof around for about an hour after school, just to let him unwind, then it’s straight to homework.

When we got in the door he started heading upstairs, I went into the kitchen and started going through the mail.  I didn’t realize that he had come back downstairs until he exclaimed “Mom!”

I turned around and he had this mischievous grin on his face, with something behind his back.  I thought; what is this?

He said very proudly “Mom, I have a present for you!”

Then he pulled the very damaged, taped up, tattered, copy of “Where The Red Fern Grows” from behind his back.

He said “I remembered that you didn’t get to finish the book Mom; so when my teacher said she has some left over, I knew you’d want one Mom.”

Damn kid, gets right at my heart.

I hugged him, and told him we would finish it together.  Very proud of himself; he basically strutted up the stairs.

No matter what gifts I get this year, that will be the one of the most memorable presents I’ve gotten in a long time.