Aunt Sadie’s Wit and Wisdom — Death to the old ways…

So, the other day, Mr. Backyard Poet and his wife were trenched deep in a conversation about the demise of what you call Brick and Mortar retail stores. That’s what they call a place where you have to go into to buy as compared to them places that you just do it on your computer or new smart ass telephones. She was a talking about how she liked to get all feely touchy with things that she bought. And there was kind of a little rouw a going on with some of the youngsters.

So it gets me to thinking as to how hard it probably is for them youngen’s to understand what we’re saying. I mean they have lived their entire lives in a different world than what those of us with a few miles under our belts was brought up in. They aint got no idea about some of the things we enjoyed in the old times. It aint just the retail stores, theys other things that have disappeared. Like Drive-In movie theatres, roller skating rinks, land line telephones, antennae TV, vinyl 45 records, face to face talking and sealing a deal with a good ole handshake. With no proper places to do your sparking, it aint no wonder kids now a days don’t get married any more.

So as to make a long story short, that’s just the way life is. You have to be able to change in order to adapt to new ways of doing things. It was that way with our parents, it is that way now with us and some day it will be that way for the kids. Imagine, someday they might hear, “Geeze grandpa, you mean you actually had to drive to a place to buy your food and then you had to cook it for yourself? What was it like to live in the Stone Age?”

So all we can do is to grasp ahold of what technology we can manage to understand and do our best with it. Cause one thing is certain, change waits for no one.

Till next time friends…

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The Future of Retail – A 100 Word Story

“Hello Mr. Brotherton, welcome to our store,” has been replaced by “Please make a selection from the following menu.”

Instead of feeling the fabric, checking to see how easily it wrinkles and finally taking it to the fitting room. I get, click here to add to your cart.

What once was, “That color looks good on you, have you seen these shirts, they’re on sale today.” Became, continue to checkout.

“Thank you for shopping, have a nice day,” is now, your order has been confirmed.

Soon it will be, we’ll send you what we want, just go back to sleep

The Rest of the Story Trump Economics….

 Lots of news spouting from the Trump mouthpieces recently. But are they the truth or another example of taking credit for other people’s work?
Let’s look at the facts, shall we.

Trump’s economy has created 1.7 million new jobs since he took office…TRUE.
The rest of the story you’re not supposed to look at too closely…
Let’s examine the same time frame (January to December) of each of the years since 2010.
2010 – 951, 000 new jobs
2011 – 1.839 Million new jobs
2012 – 1.54 Million new jobs
2013 – 2.044 Million new jobs
2014 – 2.553 Million new jobs
2015 – 2.24 Million new jobs
2016 – 1.959 Million new jobs
Source: The US Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Trump economic unemployment rate is at 4.1%…TRUE
The rest of the story, since 2010, when the unemployment rate hit a staggering 9.8%, it has been experiencing a gradual annual decrease since.
Let’s take a look at the December #’s for each year.
2010 – 9.3%
2011 – 8.5%
2012 – 7.9%
2013 – 6.7%
2014 – 5.6%
2015 – 5.0%
2016 – 4.7%

Stock Market tops 25,000…TRUE AGAIN.
But for the rest of the story; in this one I must give credit where credit is due.
Though the market has been rising steadily since 2009, it took a massive 23% jump with the news of Trumps election. Mostly due to big business riding on the wave of Trump’s promise of huge tax cuts for corporations. But who really is profiting from the stock market rise? The biggest winners; companies like Apple, McDonalds, and Boeing… all companies that rely heavily on overseas sales and have capitalized on the weakened US Dollar. In the case of Boeing, which has seen nearly 70% soar in shares, mainly is profiting from growing defense budget.
Let’s not forget the fact that only 21% of all households making $30000 or less can even afford to venture into the market. Most of those only with the 401k’s offered through their employment.
Who gains? Once again the rich get richer.

Now, we all know that it takes months, or even years, for an economic plan to show any signs of its effectiveness. So we will not know what the tax cut bill brings to the table for any of us. The question we must ask ourselves is though…Can we really rob Peter and expect to still pay Paul? I suppose, just because it hasn’t happened since the beginning of time, does not mean that it won’t. But, highly unlikely.

So the moral of this story remains. Just because someone said it is true… and we so desperately want it to be true…does not mean that it is true.
Always look for the rest of the story.

Happy Holidays

There seems to be a controversy among many of you, demanding that we put ‘Christ’ back in Christmas. I would like to attempt to explain difference between “Merry Christmas” and “Happy Holidays”.

Christmas is the act of honoring God and the birth of our Savior. It is about helping our fellow man in their time of need. If it is your intent to donate your purchases to charity or volunteering at your local shelter or even helping the elderly by providing some friendship, then I say to you, “Merry Christmas and May God Bless you.”

However, when you come through the checkout lane with your cart filled with decorations, candy and ornaments or you push and shove your fellow shoppers just to get to that one toy so you can give it to someone that doesn’t really need it, just so you can have some self-gratification on December 25th; then you my friend are celebrating the man-made HOLIDAY created for the soul purpose of profit. Quite the opposite of the Christmas spirit.

So please do not proclaim to the world that the people of retail are Devil worshippers or anti-American when they say to you, “Happy Holidays”.

Words are just words; it’s our actions that will bring Christ back to Christmas and it’s up to each of us to keep him in our hearts.

 

A Retail Life

Around my workplace there is a buzz about my book ‘The Incoherant Rambling of an Old Man’ and a few of my co-workers asked me if I could dedicate something to them. So here is my dedication to you, Anna Bannana, Jake, Lynn, and Kindra. This one is for you.  To the rest of the world…hope you enjoy it to.

This one’s for Jake because you suck in apparel
This one’s for Anna who’s just drifting along
This one’s for Lynn who Groots-out to Star Wars
This one’s for Kindra who just sings her own song

A Retail Life

I trudge through the side entrance

Past the wall of Pepsi products

Down the aisle between

Beauty aids and bedding

Passing stacks of toilet paper

As Seen on TV and Sporting goods

Deeper into the insatiable appetite

Of American consumerism

I enter through the door marked

DO NOT ENTER!

Climb the stairs to exchange my freedom

For a badge number and a pricing gun

To trade my free-will for numbness

I am now doomed to lurk up and down

These never ending corridors

Seeking, probing…Forever searching

For the end of the day