Sunday, December 25, 2005

No matter what you call it, Happy Holiday

For the past few weeks some of the real do gooders and/or people who have nothing better to do in life have been bringing protest against the worlds largest retailer. It seems as though Wal Mart made a marketing decision to honor all of our holidays from Thanksgiving through New Years with a simple, "Happy Holidays" in stead of Merry Christmas, etc. Since we haven't had a real reason to protest anything recently it brought out all of the picket lines and protests against the retailer. For me, I say that is a bunch of bunk and if the people of this country want to really protest they will just not buy from Wal Mart and show them in their pocket book how they feel about this. I happen to like the catch all, "Happy Holiday" and commend the marketing folks of WM for offering this little tid bit. Not that I even shopped at WM for this season or even shop their very often. But I do respect what they have done for offering their retail products to the market place. After all it took a lot of our population to make them the number one. If their prices and products were not what they said they were then why buy from them. I always say the proof is in the pudding, and the past number one retailer in the US(Sears Roebuck) is a good example(some are asking, Sears who?). Wal Mart outdid them on all angles of retail presentation and earned the position of number one. Sears has been fighting back ever since, with a limited results. Do gooders, drop your signs and head to Sears, Target, K Mart, et., if you really want to protest. Otherwise, "Happy Holiday!!!"

The same advice holds for those that criticize World Triathlon Corporation and Ironman North America for the," for the profit" sins they supposingly committ. Again coming to the rescue of these two free enterprise, forward thinking USA Corporations, I challenge the athletes that sign up 12 months in advance for their races, if it so bad then don't sign up. For the life of me I can't understand the constant criticisms towards these companies when other for profits in the sport are never criticized, i.e. Cannondale, Trek,, Colorado Cyclists, Clif Bars, Tri All 3 Bike Boxes, Giro, Quintana Roo, etc., etc. The for profit aspect of any business gives it the opportunity to invest back into its' product, therefore offering the consumer a better product. From what I have seen over the years WTC and IMNA has done a lot for the triathlon world in giving back to the sport and ultimately having a better product. If nothing else it motivates the "other" non-M dot races to be better and offer quality to the triathlete consumer.

George Carlin for today, "I'm an outsider by chocie, but not truly. It's the unpleasantness of the system that keeps me out. I'd rather be in, in a good system. That's where my discontent comes from: being forced to choose to stay outside." From MG-this is really how I feel and George hit it on the head, even though it was quite serious for him. For example, right after that he said, "The human life span will be extended to 200 years, but the last 150 will be spent in unremitting pain and sadness."

Movies: Hot-King Kong(but long), Marginal if you like CNN type presentation-Syriana, BB(bad and boring)-Cheaper By the Dozen II(shame on you Steve Martin you are too good for this), Hot-Walk The Line(makes even great popcorn better), Hot-In Her Shoes(out for a while but worth seeing if you can find it). Hot and Hotter-Just watched when Harry Met Sally while on the trainer, that orgasim scene is classic) old and on DVD.

Marti and I are off to do a bicycle ride in the infamous Buffalo Springs Lake 70.3 canyons!



Blogger Doggiemom said...

Why is it, Greerman, that it takes someone with the level-headedness and grace of old age and wisdom...wait! I missed something - good looks - that you posses, to turn around even ol' picket-em-cuz-you-can Doggiemom to come 'round to yore way of logic?

True. Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, Merry New Years Eve, Happy Rabbit Day, whatever...we all know what we 're trying to do, don't we? We're just trying to be nice and thoughtful to one another.

Wal-Mart, like any other business entity, DOES need to consider as many of their customers as they can in every 'personal' observation they make as a corporation. I was once on the huge "Christmas" campaign, along with the majority of my seriously conservative friends and colleagues, make such damned good sense I can't think llke that anymore!

Damn you, Greer!

1:57 PM  
Blogger Doggiemom said...

When are you going to update your blog, buddy?

1:58 PM  

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