So Far So Good

January 2nd, 2014

Hi Friends,

So far so good. I know it is only the second day of the new year but everything seems to be  going fine. The first day of the new year wasn’t much of a test or challenge,,,,basically it was just laying around, eating, watching the Rose Parade, tuned into Dwayne Johnson in Walking Tall, then a pork roast dinner at my sisters… not very hard to accomplish those things.

The real test begins today.

We learned some valuable lessons in 2013. Most important was the confirmation that price is very important but only if it is accompanied by quality products, great service and the best warranty. We also learned that new technologies can be critical in the increase of safety, efficiency and productivity.

For the new year:

We are extending our buy 5 and get the 6th for free special offer.

We continue to promote Home Base and other new technologies that are affordable, easy to use and directly result in improving our customers’ work environment and profitability.

We will continue to introduce new products that cost less, are more durable and perform better than any other radio or accessory in their class.

We will continue to be available to you from 8 in the morning till 8 at night Monday thru Saturday. On Sunday we will continue to ride our bikes to the beach and watch classic movies like Back to the Future, Shawshank Redemption and StarWars.

Give us a call and let us help you get the most from your 2 way radio equipment in 2014.

Best Wishes,
Manzie R Lawfer

Stop Chasing Little Henry

December 2nd, 2013

Hi Friends.

How much time do you spend trying to track down your workers or staff? Are you forever walking around the plant or factory or mall or construction site trying to locate your crew? Do you operate a bus or carpool line at school? How many times do you have to repeat the same message because all your workers are not together?

Stop chasing Little Henry. Use two way radios to solve your communications issues. Two way radios let you talk to everyone at once. Two way radios provide immediate communications, no dialing numbers or waiting for Henry to answer the phone. Simply push the button and talk.

Two way radio will immediately increase efficiency and productivity.  A commercial grade two way radio will pay for itself in six weeks by saving steps and time. You’ll be more productivity. Your staff and workers will be more productive. Everyone will be happy. Even Little Henry will begin to self-actualize.

Give us a call and let us help you find the best 2 way radios for your application. Our commercial grade radios start at only $189 each including UPS shipping. For a limited time we are offering buy 5 and get the 6th for free.

Call 239-601-1969 today and in six weeks you will have already been reimbursed (through increased efficiency and productivity) the full price of your new radios.

Best Wishes,
Manzie R Lawfer

Everybody Likes a Clean Shaved Man

November 22nd, 2013

Hi Friends,

About 6 months ago a rash suddenly appeared around the corners of my mouth. The rash was accompanied by a ferocious case of chapped lips. I have worn a goatee and mustache style beard for several years so the rash didn’t show to the casual observer and I was keeping my chapped lips at bay with generous applications of coconut oil.

After exhausting investigation of internet rash sites I relented and visited our family physician, Dr. Ying. Dr. Ying throughly examined my face and declared with the certainty that can only be gained from Harvard Medical School, “I think it is a fungus….or something.”

For more than 6 months I treated my condition with oils, anointments, salves and creams. During this time I stopped shaving in order to conceal my delicate condition. Additionally I didn’t want the daily trauma of a razor against my tender rash.

So several months pass and my rash eventually clears up. I think my rash had a life of its own and my applications had no effect what so ever. Not wanting to appear as the fourth member of ZZ Top, I trimmed my beard regularly with the Wahl 5537 electric trimmer that I have previously written about. The look is kind of half shaven scruffy old man. If westerns were still being produced I could have been a character actor these past few month.

Today I shaved. Yippee! I’m back. The funny things is the ever observant Joy Ann didn’t notice. I had coffee with my Dad this morning. He didn’t notice either. When Grayson came into work this morning….not a peep about my clean shaven look.

That’s the way the world works. We look but we don’t always see. I remember coming home from college and being shocked at how old my parents looked. The truth is when I looked at my parents I was not really seeing them as they were. It took being away for a few months for me to see them as they really were.

Sometimes I get all caught up in what I think is important only to learn it wasn’t important at all.

You know what…. It’s not the beard or the problem or the rash….. all of us are bigger and more important than the details of our lives.

Tonight is sunset, drinks and dinner at my sisters. There will be lots of family and friends and I bet not a single one will notice that I shaved. I bet everyone will recognize how much we each care about each other, how blessed we all are, how much we have to be thankful for and how much we have to look forward to.

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

Everything Reminds Me of Two Way Radios

November 5th, 2013

Hi Friends,

Did you ever notice how seemingly everything reminds me of two way radios. I am a small town person. I grew up in a small Alabama town. Most of my life today revolves around a couple of miles. I work close enough to home that I can ride my bicycle to work. Shopping, the dentist and restaurants are all within walking distance. I can even walk to the beach in less than 10 minutes. I feel lost when I visit a big city.

My Dad is 91 years old. He has an older brother, 2 younger brothers and a bunch of nieces and nephews. My Dad grew up in Philadelphia and that is where most of his family still lives.

My Dad’s older brother is in poor health and we decided to visit Philadelphia before his brother worsened or passed on. My brother Joey lives in Louisville and agreed to meet us in Philadelphia for the visit.

Visiting relatives I had not seen in a very long time was terrific. It seems I was the only one that had not aged. We ate, we drank, we told lies, we drank some more, we had a great time. The visit was wonderful. The trip was exhausting.

The Philadelphia International Airport is huge! Dad and I spent the first hour trying to find Joey (this was even with the help of us talking to each other on our cell phones as we wandered the airport).

Okay I ride a bike everywhere but still I have never, ever seen so much traffic. I was the designated driver (being the youngest). Cars and trucks everywhere. I was ducking and dodging and scared to death. Every place we went the traffic was unbelievable. It took us over an hour to drive 15 miles. We were clutching the rental car GPS like it was the treasure of Sierra Madre.

We drove by a customer of ours in downtown Philadelphia. Jim at the Belmont Center buys 2 way radios from us. I should say we crept by because we were only doing about 6 mph as we past.

All of this is to say it must be very difficult doing business in a big city. To move around is a real challenge. Trying to shop for anything must be a real chore.

I guess that is why Jim from Belmont and hundreds of other businesses and schools across America do business with 2 Way Radio Express. Doing business with 2 Way Radio Express is easy. Pick up the phone and tell us what you need. Call 239-601-1969. We love hearing from you.

Best Wishes,

Manzie R Lawfer

Crocs, Books and 2 Way Radios

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

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

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

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

New 2 Way Radio Features

September 19th, 2013

Hi Friends,

Two way radios are better today then ever before. The main purpose of two way radios has always been to provide immediate communications. However two way radios can also be used to open remote switches, turn on or off sprinkler systems, unlock doors, track equipment or people, operate as a pager and several other activities to save time and steps.

More recently we are seeing 2 way radios that include a built in flashlight and another model that even provides current weather information.

Two way radios that provide weather information use to be limited to VHF radios only (the National Weather Service operates on VHF frequencies). Now we can offer weather reports on either VHF or UHF radios.

These additional features are found on durable, lightweight, compact radios that come with a full 4 year warranty. Even the batteries are guaranteed for 4 years. Some models are even submersible.

We want to help you find the best 2 way radios for your application and budget. Give us a call now at 239-601-1969 to learn more. Doing business with 2 Way Radio Express is easy.

Best Wishes,
Manzie R Lawfer

Honor Flight and 2 Way Radios

September 17th, 2013

Hi Friends,

September 7th is a day that will live infamy in our family. Several months ago my sister’s  best friend, Betty saw an article describing “Honor Flights.”

“Honor Flights” is a one day event that invites WWII veterans to visit Washington, DC and the War Memorials. There are several “Honor Flights” that leave from different  locations from around the country.

My Dad is a WWII veteran. He served in the South Pacific. Dad’s experience was unlike the 1958 movie South Pacific, starring Rossano Brazzi and Mitzi Gaynor where  “love blooms between a young nurse and a secretive Frenchman who’s being courted for a dangerous military mission.”

My father’s experience in the South Pacific was oppressive jungle heat and people dropping bombs shooting at him.

Dad’s invitation arrived with instructions to meet on Sunday September 1 in Punta Gorda for a pre-flight meeting. The actual flight was scheduled for the following Saturday. At the pre-flight meeting we were surprised at how terrific some of the veterans looked and sadden by how poorly others had faired. The Air Force and Navy veterans seemed to have aged substantially  better than the Army and Marine guys…..I am just saying.

Each veteran was assigned a guardian that would make the trip and provide assistance wherever needed. The guardians were volunteers that each paid $450 for the privilege of accompanying a veteran they had never met. The guardians were the bomb. Oops, probably a bad use the word bomb.

On Saturday we delivered Dad to the Ft. Myers airport at 6 AM. We were met at the terminal by Jennifer ( Dad’s guardian). There was a color guard to salute the veterans as they left the terminal and a fire truck that sprayed a giant farewell water spout as their charter plane taxied down the runway.

When they arrive in Washington they were greeted with attention and applause whenever they went.

Dad saw the WWII Memorial, Iwo Jima Memorial, Viet Nam Memorial, Korean Memorial, Arlington Cemetery, Tomb of the Unknown Solider, Changing of the Guard, Washington Memorial and Lincoln Memorial. There was dinner at the Country Inn Buffet and a flight home with arrival after midnight. A full day by any standard.

When we met Dad at the airport he sprang from the plane like a mouse being catapulted from a teeter totter over a giant chunk of cheese. He had been going straight out for 18 hours and still had the pep of a 60 year old (Dad is 91).

While everyone was thanking the veterans for their service the veterans were thankful for being Americans. Thanks Betty. Thanks Marie. Thanks Jennifer. Thanks Honor Flights.

Shortly before Joy Ann and I pick Dad up at the airport we got a call informing us that my sister’ and her husband’s home had been struck by lightening and was totally destroyed.

Thank God no one was injured. I told my sister, “A lot of great memories in that house. No one was hurt….more memories to come.

Let us help you find the best 2 way radios for your business, school or government agency. Give us a call today at 239-601-1969. Doing business with 2 Way Radio Express is easy.

Best Wishes,

Manzie R Lawfer