Archive for October, 2012

Rodriguez and Two Way Radios

Monday, October 8th, 2012

Hi Friends,

The TV show “60 Minutes” is on Sunday nights, usually just after a football game. It is the spontaneous rave of TV because you never really know when it is going to be on.

Last night we were channel surfing and came upon “60 Minutes.” The story we caught was “Rodriguez the Sugar Man.” Rodriguez is Sixto Rodriguez and is a Detroit, Michigan folksinger that was born in 1942.

Rodriguez recorded a couple of albums back in the late sixties that were commercial flops. The music was cheered by critics but the albums did not sell. So Rodriguez spends the next 40 years working as a day laborer. He manages to get a degree in philosophy and have a family but he never rises above poverty.

Meanwhile in South Africa, Rodriguez and his music are more popular than the Beatles. People in South Africa believe a rumor that Rodriguez has been dead for years. They believe he committed suicide by setting himself on fire while on stage during a concert. He is a folk hero. Everyone knows and loves his music. His albums are selling like crazy in South Africa but Rodriguez is clueless to his popularity and hasn’t receive a penny for the record sales.

Twenty five years go by and some of Rodriguez’s fans learn he is still alive and invite him to South Africa to perform. When he arrives he believes someone important must be at the airport because there is a limousine. He is shocked to learn the limo is for him. He is even more shocked when thousands rather than dozens show up for his performance. He didn’t realize they considered his appearance not just a surprise but a miracle. He was the sound track of their lives. He is Lazarus.

Meanwhile in Sweden there is a young filmmaker looking for a story to make his first film. His name is Malik Bendjelloul. He hears about Rodriguez and without any resources he begins making a movie using only his cell phone as a camera.

Could this story get any more bizarre. Yes! The Sundance Film Festival chooses the film for an award and now the film is being considered for an Academy Award. (Even though the film is currently being shown it is only 90% complete according to Malik.)

Meanwhile back in Detroit Rodriguez is still as humble as ever claiming poverty doesn’t equal a lack of dignity. What a story!

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Best Wishes,

Manzie R Lawfer

Business Two Way Radios – Tater Tots

Saturday, October 6th, 2012

Hi Friends,

My friends John and Charlie came to visit for the afternoon recently. John was in Miami shopping for a food truck, Charlie was along for the ride.

John retired a year or two ago and now he is looking for another adventure. He has seen food trucks featured on TV and it captured his imagination.

Food truck have been around a long time but more recently they have become more fashionable and far more gourmet. The old food trucks stood guard outside factories. They dispensed egg salad sandwiches and bags of corn chips. The new wave of food trucks feature gourmet treats that are unavailable any where else.

The new food trucks are stationed outside offices where discerning lunch goers choose between the redfish tacos or the ground lamb kabobs. It is not just convenience that brings the customers it is the unique offerings.

John told me about a food truck in Los Angeles that features adult tater tots. ‘Adult tater tots’ conjures up images that do not seem kin to the potato but these are just extraordinarily good tater tots. Probably too good to waste on immature taste buds.

John told me that the guy with the tater tot truck sells out everyday. At some point during the lunch rush this guy steps outside the truck and announces to a crowd of hungry office workers, “I’m sorry folks but we have sold out of tater tots.”

This is the best part, instead of being mad and declaring that they will never come back to this guy’s truck, they walk away determined to show up earlier tomorrow.

Since John told me this story I have been experimenting with tater tot recipes. I don’t want to sell them I just want to try them and Los Angeles is a long ride from Naples.

Here’s what I think is amazing: Someone took an ordinary thing and made it extraordinary. So extraordinary that people line up to buy. So extraordinary it inspires others to pursue their passion and dreams. That’s the terrific thing about entrepreneurship. You can take your passion and make your dreams come true.

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Best Wishes,

Manzie R Lawfer

Two Way Radios Are Multi-Purpose

Friday, October 5th, 2012

Hi Friends,

 

Clock radios are cool. First you have the clock. Then you have the radio. The clock tells you the precise time while you are enjoying some tunes. Even better the clock radio can be adjusted to wake you up every morning with music. It can even lull you to sleep with soft music and then turn itself off automatically.

I like devices that serve multiply purposes. The toaster oven not only toasts but it can bake and broil.  Mr. Coffee has a coffee pot with a built in clock. The clock is used mostly for automatic percolation at a specific time in the future (usually just before you get up in the morning). You can determine the time with this Mr. Coffee but it is not a true multi-purpose because the clock is mostly to support the auto brew feature.

Some years ago televisions, radios and record and tape players were bundled together. This didn’t work out as well as one would hope. Inevitably one of the component would stop working. Once it gets in your head that the tape player or radio isn’t working it drives you crazy. There was some relief because this was before TV repairmen went the way of the Dodo bird. There was a sense of satisfaction knowing help was on the way or simply that help could be summoned.

The Swiss Army Knife is the holy grail of multi-purposed devices. There is a mystique surrounding the Swiss Army Knife. There is a mystique surrounding the Swiss Army. Do the Swiss have an army? Is their only weaponry the knife?

Pontiac (gone now) had the Aztec. The Aztec was perhaps the ugliest vehicle ever built. Uniquely the Aztec could be converted into a camper, a station wagon, a chuck wagon, a one lane bowling alley, a circus tent and so on.

Two way radios can be used to open or close switches, activate a solenoids, open gates, send preprogrammed messages and many other tasks. Two way radios are a multi-purpose tool but two way radios are best used to improve safety, efficiency and productivity.

Let us help you find the best two way radios for your application. Doing business with 2 Way Radio Express is easy.

Best Wishes,

Manzie R Lawfer

Ants and Two Way Radios

Thursday, October 4th, 2012

Hi Friends,

Ants are very collaborative. The hierarchy of ants includes one queen, a bunch of patrol ants, even more foraging ants and more nest maintenance ants than any one would care to think about. The queen lives for 15 to 20 years of age while the other ants collectively known as worker ants live for just a year or two. The queen ant only mates once but continues to lay eggs for her whole life.

The most remarkable part is how much work ants get done. They build and maintain huge nests. The find, deliver and distribute there own food supply (unlike roaches that just stagger around looking for anything they can find to eat).

Ants owe their accomplishments to the collaborative nature of their activities. Each ant has a job but depends on the other ants for assistance. Did you know a group of ants can pick up and carry a toothpick around like a trophy? Ants are cool.

Ants remind me of a ‘best ball golf scramble.’  “The Scramble” is a great way for golfers of various abilities to participate in a tournament. Usually players are divided into foursomes. Each foursome competes against the other foursomes. It is a team competition.

In a scramble, each player tees off on each hole. The best of the tee shots is selected and all players in that foursome play their second shot from that spot. The best of the second shots is selected. Then all the players in that foursome play their third shot from that spot, and so on until the ball is holed.

Now here is the part that is fascinating: any foursome, comprised of 4 terrible golfers, might break the course record for low score. Let me say that again: 4 guys that when playing under conventional rules don’t expect to individually break 100 are able to score at par or below when they play as a team and choose best ball on each shot.

This is perhaps the greatest testimonial for team work since the ant. In basketball they say “good  teams beat great players every time.”

Using two way radios captures this same collaborative effort of accomplishment. Two way radios foster team work and working together. I bet your business could benefit from more collaboration. Let us help you find the best 2 way radios for your application. Doing business with 2 Way Radio Express is easy.

Best Wishes,

Manzie R Lawfer

Oktoberfest of 2 Way Radios

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012

Hi Friends,

This is the time of year Oktoberfest images are featured on Google, Yahoo, Bing and the other search engines. Big mugs of beer are carried by a buxom blonde in a low cut blouse, pigtails and suspenders. There are a thousand people in the tent screaming German songs. Her sister is close behind with a tray full of snitzel, weiner bratapus and an equally low cut blouse. I love the Germans. I love mugs of beer. I love the sisters. German is not my native tongue. The Germans make good stuff. Vdubs forever!

In 2009 Henry Louis Gates Jr. was arrest by Cambridge policeman Sgt. James Crowley. Henry Louis Gates Jr. is an ancestry expert. He has a TV show on PBS and is a best selling author. Gates returned home after a trip to China were he was researching Yo-Yo Ma’s ancestry. Gates found his front door jammed shut and with the help of his driver tried to force it open. A neighbor reported their activity to the police as a potential burglary in progress. Sgt. Crowley was dispatched to the home and arrested Gates ultimately charging him with disorderly conduct.

A couple of days go by and President Obama gets wind of the story and proclaims Sgt. Crowley and his police buddies to be stupid and possibly racist. All the charges on Gates are dropped but there is a big outcry by the public regarding the President’s remarks.

President Obama apologizes and invites Gates and Crowley to the White House to have a beer and smooth things over. Vice President Joe Biden is even invited to the White House Lawn event that is being touted as the Beer Summit. “Beer Summit”  when compared to Oktoberfest could not be more misleading. No big mugs of beer, no buxom blonde, no low cut blouse, not even her sister showed up. As a matter of record only Vice President Biden even had a second beer. The Beer Summit should have been called the Beer Bust or the Beer Fraud.

We see two way radios advertised as 10 mile or 20 mile or even 30 mile radios. Balderdash! (Is balderdash a German word?) Hand held 2 way radios talk a mile or two. Any other claim is bogus. Don’t be fooled by claims of Beer Summit or 30 miles radios.

Let us help you find the best 2 way radios for your application. Doing business with 2 Way Radio Express is easy.

Best Wishes,

Manzie R Lawfer

Rainey Days and 2 Way Radios

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012

Hi Friends,

Here in south Florida this morning it is thundering and lightening like crazy. When Ingemar Johhanson knocked out Floyd Patterson to become the heavy weight champion of the world in 1959 the swede attributed the win to his “toonder and lightning.” He of course was referring to his uber fast right hand power punch not the weather.

I grew up in a little Alabama town. Alabama has crazy thunder storms. My mother, God rest her soul, was scared to death of thunder and lightning. When there was a storm we had to move to the middle of the house away from the windows and we were under no circumstances allowed to answer the phone. My Mom suspected the phone line as a conduit for lightning. Some time later in her life she forgot all about being fearful of storms and remembered her behavior with curiosity. My mother’s sister had a great fear of cats. I don’t remember hearing about any other human with a fear of cats. But like my mother her sister lost her fear later in life.

Two way radios can be very useful in storms particularly if there is a loss of electrical power. Two way radios are battery powered so they continue to operate. If there is a prolonged loss of power an extra battery pack or alkaline batteries can be a solution. The UPS (uninterruptible power supply used with computers) can be a source for recharging radio batteries. If you are prepared with the right charger you can use the battery in your automobile to recharge 2 way radio batteries.

We sell the Midland Traveler Base Station radio that is great for use in a storm. It can be tuned to local weather channels, AM and FM stations and also works with hand held radios. The Midland Traveler Base Station has an onboard hand crank generator for recharging or it can be plug into a regular outlet for use when electrical power is not an issue.

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Best Wishes,

Manzie R Lawfer

That’s Nothing – We Sell 2 Way Radios

Monday, October 1st, 2012

Hi Friends,

Some years ago I met my friend, Bernie. Bernie is self centered and insensitive to others. He is egotistical not an easy person to like. He doesn’t demonstrate the typical traits associated with friendship. On the other hand he is intellectual, articulate, hard working and can sometimes be very funny. Humor can make up for other deficiencies.

Bernie has this habit of interrupting or swaying a conversation he may not be interested in by saying, “That’s nothing.” For example you may be in a conversation regarding the upcoming presidential election and Bernie would interrupt with, “That’s nothing when we lived in Nashville the county commissioner was a dear friend of mine and I worked on his re-election campaign.”

Sometimes the interruption has a vague reference to the current subject matter and sometimes this is no correlation at all. It really is based on Bernie’s whim.

All of this sparks a game we play called “That’s Nothing.” This is a game that can be played at home, the office, in a car while traveling or anywhere. There is no board, no pieces, no rules and no score keeping. This is how the game goes: You are at a cocktail party and old Joe is blathering on about his new BMW. You lean in and say, “That’s nothing. Have you tried the turkey snaps I brought.”

At first people sort of ignore your comment thinking you may not have noticed Joe talking. But after a couple of, That’s Nothing’s, others will join in.

Mildred is talking about her recent root canal and I say, That’s Nothing; when I was in the Air Force my roommate was Liberace’s nephew. This is an obvious example of the no correlation That’s Nothing. Some one might parry with a correlating  That’s Nothing. My wife’s cousin is John Mellencamp. The correlation being both Liberace and John Mellencamp are entertainers.

I don’t see Bernie much anymore but I still play That’s Nothing at every opportunity. That’s Nothing we sell 2 way radios in all 50 states.

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Best Wishes,

Manzie R Lawfer