Sunday, July 19, 2009

The Next Survivor Series!

Six married men will be dropped of on a desert island with 1 car and 4 kids each.

Each kid will play two sports and take either music or dance lessons.

There will be no access to fast food.

Each man must take care of his own kids, keep his assigned house clean, correct all homework, complete science projects, cook, clean, do laundry and basically run the household.

The men only have access to television when all the chores are done and the kids are asleep.

The men must shave their legs daily, and must always be in full makeup, which they must apply themselves.

They must attend all PTA meetings, clean up after their sick children at 3:00am, make an Indian hut model with six toothpicks, a tortilla and one marker and get a 4year old to eat their peas.

The kids will vote the men off the island, depending on their performance.

The last man wins ONLY if he has time to be intimate with his spouse at a moment's notice!

And the last man standing gets to play the game over and over again for the next 18 - 25 years, eventually earning him the right to be called MOTHER!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Its Summer in Arizona!

Its summer in Arizona. How do I know? well..
  • The birds are using potholders to pull worms from the ground
  • The trees are whistling for the dogs
  • The best parking place is determined by the amount of shade rather than the distance
  • Hot water now comes out of both taps
  • You can make 'instant' sun tea
  • You learn that a seat belt makes an excellent branding iron
  • The temperature drops below 95F (30C) and you feel a little 'chilly'
  • You discover that, in July, it really does only take two fingers to steer your car!
  • You burn yourself whist trying to open the car door
  • You break into a sweat when you walk outside at 6:30am
  • You realize that asphalt has a liquid state
  • The potatoes cook underground, so all you have to do is pull one up and add butter and salt.
  • Farmers feed the chickens crushed ice to keep them from laying boiled eggs.
  • The cows give evaporated milk!

But we still love our Arizona and wouldn't leave it for the world!

Twitter - The Power of Social Networking

Think of joining Twitter as going to a very large cocktail party by yourself. When you first walk into the room ( ie join twitter) you don't know anyone at all. So you start 'following' and chatting with a few people. Slowly your network grows. You find others who share the same interests as you and chat some more. If people want to find out more about you they can take a look at your twitter profile and read your bio or click through on your web address.

Think of it this way when you include links to your shop.. if you walked into a room and people shouted at you from all sides 'by me' our 'check me out', what would you do?

My success with Twitter has been to consider it a very large chat room. Its all about making the contacts. Once the contacts have been made then people will buy!

If you are just starting out, the following definitions might be of some help:

tweet - the act of posting something on twitter. This is the single most important thing that will affect whether or not twitter is right for you

followers - are people who read your tweets

following - are the people whos tweets you read

@username - a message directed to a specific person that can be seen by everyone

DM - direct message - these are completely private

What do I tweet about?

As was mentioned earlier, think of twitter as a large cocktail party. If you are at a party and the person next to you continued to tell you over and over how and where to buy their products, would you hang around very long? No, I didn't think so. On the other hand, if the only thing they told you was that they got up and had bacon and eggs, then went for a walk you wouldn't hang around much either. The key to twitter is to post things that are interesting to you or that you feel might be interesting to others. Did someone tell you a great joke? Post it! Did you find something really cool on the internet? then post that link.

Conversely, if someone posts something that you found interesting, then tell them! Its all about making contact. You may even want to follow their tweets!

How do you find people to follow? One of the best methods I've found is to use the 'search' function on the right sidebar. Pick a topic you are interested in. If you see someone who sounds interesting, follow them! If someone makes you laugh, send them an @message!

One very useful twitter Resource I've found is Twitter 101 for business

The power of twitter is there... just harness it to its full potential.

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