The Daily EO: June 26th, 2012

A couple of days ago, I railed to my husband about something that was not politically correct.  On and on I went.   I knew I was in a safe environment and I knew if I said something that sounded biased and unsympathetic he would clarify with me.  It’s nice to talk with someone who knows you.  With whom you can explore differing points of view without causing offence.  I called my mom about the discussion to get her perspective, and after thinking and discussing all day, my opinion firmed up.

I do not think that Karen Klein should be getting money for being a sub-par bus monitor.  I think the children who tormented her, behaved badly.  I hope this is a kick in the pants to those who love these kids to intervene before the children become self-absorbed adults with no concept of considering the impacts of their actions on others.  And unfortunately, I’ve met some adults like that.  I don’t want more.

But what really pisses me off is that I didn’t share this opinion on this blog or in person or anywhere..  I was concerned about going in the face of public opinion.  Afterall, to date over $650,000 USD has been raised for her through micro-financing.  When people speak with their money, you know they actually mean it (or they are just rich and can afford to pay for “meaning”).   I didn’t think I totally understood the situation – I hadn’t even watched the entire video.  I also didn’t want to be caught up in the internet meme of the day, jumping on the bullying bandwagon so to speak.

Today, the Huffington Post published a editorial blog by Chris Kelly and he thought just like me.  Just like me!  Why the hell didn’t I say anything?

June 27th, 2012 Extra-Ordinary:  Keeping my opinion to mostly myself.  And that is very strange indeed.

The Daily EO: May 9th, 2012

I sign up for e-mails and surveys if there is something immediate in it for me.  If I am asked for my opinion on something I am not going to give it to you for free nor even the “chance to win”.  If you want me to tell you my opinion, I need something now.  (Um, except when my opinion is on my blog – what a deal you are getting!)  Some goes with my e-mail address.  Marketers, you want my e-mail address?  Then you better give me something for it.  Like AirMiles, or Petro Points, a Point of Sale discount, a cupcake, or something.

A while ago, I was shopping in Banana Republic.  They asked if I wanted my receipt on paper, or e-mailed to me.  As well, if I gave them my e-mail address, I would get 25% off my purchase today.  25%?  No thinking required.  Here is my e-mail address.  The girl told me that I would get some pretty good deals.   Sure, I would, honey.  At worse, I could just point them to the spam bucket.

This practice of POS discounts at the company that owns Banana Republic, The Gap and Old Navy eventually led to all three brands having my e-mail address.  I mean a discount is a discount – and I’m a sucker for a deal.   Last time I purchased something at Banana Republic, they gave me 40% to give them my e-mail address again.   Whaaa?

Well, I will tell you – that girl was right.  There isn’t a week that passes without me receiving an email from each of these retailers with a sale or discounted price.  And regularly it is 40% off regularly priced items, and free shipping over $50.

But there is a price for these crazy deals.   Today I received my 8th, 9th and 10th email from these companies this month (yes, 10 in 9 days!).  4 from Banana Republic, 3 from The Gap and 3 from Old Navy.  Seriously Guys, maybe you should focus on other marketing techniques?

May 9th, 2012 Extra-Ordinary:  Volume discounts from retailers.  And I mean volume.  Hope your inbox (and credit card)can take it.

Maintenance May Day 9:
Called my grandma (family).
Called my grandpa (family).
Sent a note to my Nurse Practitioner to thank him for my blood work (body/connection) and curing me.
Baked and delivered gluten-free/low calorie muffins to my friend who deserves them.  (connection).