Archive for October, 2013

Crocs, Books and 2 Way Radios

Friday, October 18th, 2013

Hi Friends,

About a year ago I started wearing Croc clogs. It was a comfort not a style issue. I have a couple of different  pairs but basically all I wear are Croc clogs. All the discomfort has gone away.

Crocs are made to travel about 1000 miles before the trend wears off the bottom. I have worn 3 pairs slick. I have traveled over 3000 miles on foot wearing Crocs. Amazing.

I ride my bicycle to work and back everyday. It is only a mile and half each way but I make the trip twice a day. Because the industrious Joy Ann and I both work so close to where we live we meet for lunch at home everyday. Six miles a day five days a week is 30 miles a week or 1500 miles a year. When I include the bike riding I do for exercise I am riding my bike over 2000 miles a year. I am celebrating my bike’s third birthday this month. I have over 6000 miles on my bicycle.  Amazing.

I like reading. I read fiction and non-fiction. I read Grisham, Childs, Johnson and several other novelist. I most enjoy biographies. On average I have read at least one biography per week for the past 20 years. That is over 1000 biographies. Amazing.

I use this stuff on my hair that is a cross between paste and grease. It is called American Crew Pomade. There are a lot of questions that could be asked about this product based on the name alone. I use it to fluff up my hair. I am not all that interested in my hair but Joy Ann says I look like Julius Caesar when I don’t use it. It only takes the tiniest  amount to get my hair standing on end. American Crew Pomade comes in a 3 ounce jar which is about the same size as a stick of butter. Over the past couple of years I have gone through 2 or 3 jars of this stuff. I have been walking around and riding my bicycle and reading books with 2 or three jars of American Crew Pomade on my head over the past couple of years. Amazing.

Most everything is amazing when we examine it in total. The most ordinary thing becomes extraordinary when viewed accumulatively. How many carrots we eat durning our lifetime isn’t all that interesting until we express it in terms like “the amount of carrots the average person eats in their lifetime would fill a swimming pool.” Amazing I guess but maybe not all that interesting. If a person averages one shower a day over their lifetime they will use enough water to fill the Empire State Building. This could become a rival to my favorite game “That’s nothing.”

I wonder how many steps are saved by using two way radios. Two way radios improve efficiency because 2 way radios provide immediate communication. No wasted steps. No hunting down colleagues and staff. All those steps added up over the life of a radio use could be equal to thousand of miles saved per radio. Amazing.

Let us help you find the best 2 way radio equipment for your application and budget. Here at 2 Way Radio Express we  can be pretty amazing.

Best Wishes,
Manzie R Lawfer

Cancer Walk and 2 Way Radios

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

Hi Friends,

Our office is in Naples, Florida. We are located just a few blocks from the beach. The weather here in Southwest Florida is fabulous year round. I live close enough to the office that I can and do ride my bicycle to work.

We have customers in all 50 states. We use the internet, fax, email and telephone to visit with our customers but we seldom see our customers in person.

Because we are mostly an internet business with just a few local customers we don’t have a lot of interaction with local businesses.

Recently some friends asked if we could provide two way radios for the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Cancer Walk. It was one of the few times we have been asked to participate in a local charitable event and we were happy to help.

Laurie and Robin were the organizers of the event and stop by our office to pick up the dozen radios we were providing. We had the radios all charged up and ready to go. It took about ten seconds to show them how to use the radios:

Make sure all the radios are on the same channel.
Push the talk button and speak.
Release the talk button and listen.

The simplicity of two way radios is one of its great features. Push the button and talk to everyone at once. No dialing or looking up numbers or waiting for an answer.

The Making Strides Against Cancer Walk was a great success. They raised over $90,000. Hooray!

Laurie and Robin stopped by the office yesterday to return the radios we had donated. They were generous with their thanks but even more excited about how well the radios worked.

Like most people that don’t use radios every day they were surprised by the immediacy and clarity the radios provide. They were thrill with how 2 way radios made the event safer, more efficient and more productive.

Have you tried 2 way radios at your school or business? Give us a call and let us help you find the best 2 way radio equipment for your application and budget. Doing business with 2 Way Radio Express is easy.

Best Wishes,

Manzie R Lawfer

Groceries and 2 Way Radios

Thursday, October 10th, 2013

Hi Friends,

Most people think grocery shopping is a chore. I love grocery shopping. I like the produce section, can goods, spices and cooking supplies, meats, seafood, chip and bread aisle, I really like everything about a grocery store. Maybe in another life I would have been a grocer.

One of my first memories going to the corner store across from my grandmother’s house in Bangor, Maine. The Needham family owned the store and lived upstairs. There was a bell over the front door that let them know when someone came in. I can still remember the aroma of fresh onions, celery, potatoes and apples that greeted everyone that entered that store. It had a soft pine floor. I’m sure what I remembered as fresh aromas were old scents being given up by a porous floor because in  winter when produce was less available the store smelled the same.

Needham’s store had a counter that separated customers from the Needhams and most of the products for sale. Out front customers could pick up can goods and staples. Behind the counter was all the action…but you had to ask.

There were no packaged meats. If you wanted a pound of ground beef or a half dozen pork chops you had to ask a Needham. You had to ask a Needham if you wanted flour or cabbage or bananas.

The Needhams were quick to point out the current state of their inventory and to perhaps offer a deal. Mr. Needham might say, “The apples have a little age on them. You can have the rest of the bushel for a buck and a half. They’ll make good pies or apple sauce.”

The Needhams also took personal responsibility in announcing the presents of eggplant, mushrooms, oysters or any other seasonal or special addition to the inventory.

Looking back I didn’t realize at the time but the Needhams were really providing “concierge” market services.

If I were comparing our little family business, 2 Way Radio Express, to the grocery business I think we are more like Needham’s corner store than Publix, Kroger or Price Chopper.

We take personal responsibility in keeping our customers informed of the products and services we offer. We enjoy the relationships we have with our customers and the opportunity of helping them make the best buying choices.

Let us help you find the 2 way radio equipment for your application and budget. Doing business with 2 Way Radio Express is easy. Give us a call at 239-601-1969.

Best Wishes,
Manzie R Lawfer

Talk Greater Distances with 2 Way Radios

Monday, October 7th, 2013

Hi Friends,

We do business with schools, hotels, factories and distribution facilities in all 50 states. Some of our customers have large campuses or multiple building sites. Some of our golf course and country club customers also have large areas they need to cover with their 2 way radios. In some cases our customers have facilities many miles apart.

If your two way radios are not reaching all areas of your facility or facilities we can help.

There are several factors that determine two way radio coverage. Frequency range, antenna height and output power are the most important. With the right equipment two way radios can achieve the coverage your school or business needs.

Many time a basic repeater is the solution. A repeater is an electronic device that receives a signal from one of your two way radios and rebroadcasts it at a higher power to your other radios. Repeaters are affordable, durable and simple to use.

If you need to talk greater distances our Home Base product connects your locations regardless of distance. Home Base is a computer interconnect for 2 way radios that lets you talk across town or across the country. Home Base is also simple to use, durable and affordable.

We can help you find the best 2 way radio solutions for your application. Give us a call at 239-601-1969. Doing business with 2 Way Radio Express is easy.

Best Wishes,
Manzie R Lawfer