Optimistic as a Survivor...

As we hurtle toward the end of August, the odd weather continues. It seems to rain every day now and, as much as it pains me to say it, I kind of wish we’d get a dry week or two. It takes a lot of rain for me to start wishing it would quit, but we’re about there now.

In addition to the abundance of rainfall, which I still prefer to a drought every time, this past Saturday saw a long-standing weather record fall. In Mobile, the nearest town of any size from here, the high temperature was 78 degrees. That stands as a record low high for August 17th in Mobile, Alabama. If we’re going to set weather records in August, this is the kind I like. Cool weather in August might not be as big a deal as winning the lottery, but it’s definitely up there pretty close.

As I mentioned in my last commentary, we had the SNA trade show in Atlanta last week for the first time in 5 or 6 years. Like most people, I went with a distinct feeling of uncertainty, but it turned out pretty well. It is a much smaller show than it used to be, like most of them are now, but it was fairly well attended. And maybe more importantly, there was a good bit of optimism amongst the conventioneers. I have no way of knowing how to quantify optimism, although I’m sure somebody must know. After all, we seem to see another consumer outlook poll every other day. But overall there was a feeling among the folks I visited with that things are slowly on the mend.

I have waffled as I write this whether or not to tell the following story – just as I waffled before the show about whether or not put up a certain political sign in my booth. Nobody has ever accused me of being all that smart, but I didn’t fall off the turnip truck just yesterday either. I know that, as a salesman, you never venture into the realm of politics, just as it’s considered wise not to discuss religion or politics with people you don’t know very well. Oddly enough, I have never been all that bashful about discussing either topic. You have probably figured out by now that I have a firmly held opinion concerning just about everything, whether it’s an informed one or not.

At any rate, I had a sign made a month or so ago just for SNA. A picture of it is attached. I was thinking about how difficult it has been just to keep the doors open for the last five years and thought it would be funny, sort of, to base it on the Survivor show. I’ve never watched it, but I’ve seen bits and pieces and I know what the logo looks like. To a certain degree I’m proud of myself. I haven’t the slightest bit of creativity in me and the sign pretty well hit the mark.

At the risk of sounding cliché, I have some good friends who lean to the left when it comes to politics. I have no problem with this set of circumstances; they have just as much right to their opinions, wrong as they may be, as I do. And luckily, none of them seemed to be too terribly offended by my sign. It was meant to be funny in the first place. Sort of.

Likewise, I hope you are not offended by my stroke of artistic mediocrity either. I had a couple of folks stop by the booth to tell me they were supporters of the President, although I’m sure there were others who just didn’t say anything. 

If you are offended I sincerely apologize from the bottom of my heart. I was just trying to be funny. Sort of. (If you would like to see the logo, send me an email and I can send it to you - CLICK HERE for my email address)

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