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Where’s Waldo?

Thursday, October 15th, 2015

Hi Friends,

I have a super power. Actually I have 2 super powers. I can’t fly or stop a speeding bullet. I don’t have Xray vision or a super sense of smell. None-the-less my super powers are very useful.

My first power is the uncanny ability to find Waldo. You know the game “Where’s Waldo”? Waldo is hidden in a very complex and detailed drawing. If you find Waldo you win the game. He is hard to spot because the drawing is so complex and detailed. Waldo hides in the bushes or blends into the scenery wearing camouflage.

This is how my power manifest itself. Joy Ann, the ever meticulous shopper, and I are at Bed Bath and Beyond. Joy Ann is looking for Burt’s Bees Hand Cream. Joy Ann will settle for only Burt’s Bees Hand Cream. She looks everywhere and can’t find it. She asks a clerk to help. The clerk can’t find it and says “we must be out.”

At precisely this moment I turn the corner on my way back from watching a fascinating  video over in kitchen tools and cookware. Did you know that cabbage is incredibly nutritious but very low in fat and calories and is an excellent source of vitamin K.

Unable to complete her shopping, Joy Ann is crestfallen and shares her despair with me. Looking over her shoulder I spot a lone jar of Burt’s Bees Hand Cream hidden among some bottles of off-brand shampoo. Presto, there’s Waldo!

Joy Ann tells me every woman would love to have me as a shopping companion. I’m filled with pride to be endowed with this gift. Where’s Waldo is a very productive special power.

My second super power will come as no surprise to many of you. I can discern radio problems and find solutions on a moments notice.

Some one calls and says, “We use radios at our school but there are dead spots. From the office we can’t reach the ball field.” Once someone called and said, “We do subway repairs and pour concrete in the tunnels and need to talk to the concrete truck operators up on street level. Can you help us?” As fast as you can say Burt’s Bees Hand Cream, I have a solution to their radio problem.

Give us a try. Let me put my special powers to work for you. Call 2 Way Radio Express today. Doing business with us is easy….and very powerful.

Best Wishes,

Manzie R Lawfer

2 Way Radios Rule

Friday, October 2nd, 2015

Hi Friends,

Jay is my oldest son and the manager of our tech support department. Jay is gifted in everything mechanical whether it is building musical instruments or working on automobiles and motorcycles.

Jay is forever shopping on Craigslist for his next project.

Recently he traded some work for a chainsaw. He traded the chainsaw for a motor scooter. He traded the motor scooter for an old MG Midget that did not run. (In our politically correct world I doubt that we will ever have another automobile with the moniker “Midget”.)

He got the MG Midget running and promptly traded up for an MGB that needed a paint job. The MGB was painted and traded for a motorcycle which was traded for some parts that became a custom electric bass which was traded for another motorcycle that was traded for his latest acquisition a large body Mercedes Benz Diesel automobile.

I am Jay’s wheelman in many of these adventures. Typically we drive to some remote location (because Jay never trades for anything that is just down the street) to pick up his next “deal.” Then I follow him home while he drives a car with either no windshield, errant brakes or a hood that has to be wired to stay in the down position. Sometimes we do not learn that the vehicle is currently being used as a chicken coup or is totally infested with ants until we arrive to arrange transport. However, it seems all genuine bargains are picked up after dark and at least 30 miles from home.

These situations are perfect for using 2 way radios. Cell phones are terrible for this use. The great benefit to using 2 way radios is the immediacy and ease of use.

Think about Jay and me on a dark highway at night. Instead of  fumbling around with dialing cell phone numbers we just pushed the talk button and reported in. With 2 way radios there is no dialing, or redialing, or poor reception, or the battery dying, or even having to hold the cell phone to our ear in order to hear.

‘2 way radios rule’ in the right situation. Give us a call and we will help you determine if 2 way radios are right for you. Doing business with 2 Way Radio Express is easy.

Best Wishes,

Manzie R Lawfer

The Occasion of Painting

Wednesday, September 16th, 2015

Hi Friends,

It has been several years since our condo was last painted. The fastidious Joy Ann and I are low impact people so a paint job can last decades.

Some of the stuff hanging on our walls was placed there before Clinton was governor of Arkansas.

The real issue with painting it is not loading up a roller and putting paint to wall. The real issue is the prep work. Everything on the walls has to come down. All the furniture has to be moved to the center of the room. Drapes and blinds have to come down. Covers have to be removed from electrical outlets and wall switches. Bookshelves, televisions, appliances, really everything we own or owe on must be disturbed in some way.

The occasion of painting is a great time to get rid of unwanted clutter. We have a clock that was a long ago gift from a forgotten benefactor. I not sure that clock ever kept accurate time but it has sat in our den ticking away year after year. As I was putting it in the dumpster yesterday a neighbor spotted it and asked if she could have it. She pointed to the second hand dutifully marking time and asked if it worked. I told her the mechanism moved but I thought the time displayed was 11:16 in March of 1992. Undeterred she tuck the clock under her arm and headed for her condo.

The big surprise when you paw through your possessions is what is important or memorable to one may be of little value to someone else.

For example, we have three pieces in our den that feature the likeness of a zebra. There is a frame zebra painting, a shadow box zebra portrait and a foot stool in zebra print. We don’t have a dog or cat or any kind of pet. Out to the dumpster with this hideous art. Who knew my Joy Ann liked zebras.

The ever instructive Joy Ann reminded me this morning that I should just say what I am going to do instead of taking it on my own to throw away family treasures.

It is important that we all talk to each other. Let us help you find the best 2 way radio equipment for your budget and application. Doing business with 2 Way Radio Express is easy.

Best Wishes,

Manzie R Lawfer

I Haven’t Had A Waffle In Years

Tuesday, September 1st, 2015

Hi Friends,

My nutrition conscious Joy Ann follows a limited gluten diet. She does not eliminate gluten from her diet entirely but she tries to avoid gluten whenever possible.

Last week I was grocery shopping. Can you imagine my delight when I discovered  “Gluten Free Bisquick” in the baking aisle at our neighborhood Publix.

Regular Bisquick is the basic building block of all baking to the culinary alchemist. Using Bisquick you can thicken soup and stews, make pie crust, bake a cake, make pizza dough, duplicate the Red Lobster cheesy biscuit recipe, make pancakes and waffles….

Whoa, stop right there. I haven’t had a waffle in years. (Joy Ann’s dietary limitations spill over to the whole household.)

Armed with new Bisquick we knew we had the technology to build a better waffle.

I began hunting for our waffle iron but we must have misplaced it or threw it out along the way (we tend to lighten our load from time to time like Steinbeck’s Joad family on their way to California).

Talk about good fortune; when we got to Bed Bath and Beyond they were having a sale on the Cuisinart 5 in 1 Griddle Grill. With our 20% off coupon we were entering a new phase of our life for only $80 plus tax.

The Cuisinart and new Bisquick performed even  better than we expected. Our waffles were light and crispy. Great flavor, great texture and no gluten. I would caution others than a whole box of new Bisquick makes way more waffles than 2 people can eat.

Did you know that waffles can be frozen?

I could not be more impressed with Cuisinart as a multi-purposed kitchen appliance. It does everything as advertised and it does it better than the single appliances it replaces.

The appreciative and thrifty Joy Ann is once again impressed with my eagle eye for finding the stuff to make our lives better. Thank you Biscuit and Cuisinart!

Two way radios can make your life better by increasing safety, efficiency and productivity at your school, business or government agency.

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

Best Wishes,

Manzie R Lawfer

M&M’s Dark Chocolate

Monday, August 17th, 2015

Hi Friend,

I enjoy cooking. By the grace of God my family is Italian and so I usually prepare Italian cuisine. I love cooking with wine. Did you know that you can even put wine in the food?

I have never been much of a baker. I have baked some bread but generally I don’t have the patience and precision it takes to be a good baker.

The one except are oatmeal cookies. I have been baking oatmeal cookies for a few years. Our friend Danny that use to work with us died a couple of years ago. Danny was a huge fan of my oatmeal cookies. Whenever Christmas or his birthday was coming up, Danny would lean into me and quietly say, “A couple dozen of your oatmeal cookies would make a great gift.”

Danny believed my oatmeal cookies were world class and in fact he would proclaim them to be the best cookies he had ever eaten.

There is nothing special about my recipe. It is actually the same recipe that is printed on  the lid of every Quakers Oatmeal box. Of course I do use real butter and organic sugar. I also add a cup of walnuts. Instead of raisins I have take Alton Brown’s (of the Food Channel)  advice that: any recipe that calls for raisins will be improved by using M&M’s instead. As fortune would have it about the time I heard Alton Brown’s suggestion the M&M Company came out with Dark Chocolate M&M’s. Hooray!

I am on a diet and have lost 5 pounds….okay 4 pounds… so I shouldn’t be baking cookies. However, my granddaughter Bailie is leaving for college and our next door neighbor Sheila had a knee replacement.

I baked up a double batch on Sunday and gift wrapped cookies for both Sheila and Bailie. I put a card in Sheila’s gift bag wishing her a quick recovery. In Bailie’s bag I put a note telling her, “If you get tired or homesick just take one or two of these and you’ll feel better.”

I saw Sheila this morning and she said, “those are best cookies!” I hope the cookies work as well for Bailie.

School is starting soon. Do you have all the radios you need? Do you need batteries or radios repaired. Give us a call. Doing business with 2 Way Radio Express is easy.

Best Wishes,

Manzie R Lawfer

Now She Is Jogging

Monday, August 3rd, 2015

Hi Friends,

Most mornings I ride my bicycle through the neighborhood and down to the beach. I travel down the key that runs along the beach for a couple of miles. The total trip is six and a half miles.

Most mornings I see the same people either walking, jogging or biking. Because Naples is a resort community some people are only here during “season” while others are year round residents.

I usually wave good morning to everyone I pass. The reserved Joy Ann not so much so. She only waves to people she knows and typically isn’t very approving of my outgoing gestures. Joy Ann reminds me these people don’t want their space invaded and they didn’t come out to socialize.

I may have a little beagle in me. I greet everyone as if the war just ended.

There is one woman I have seen most mornings for years. She is a year round resident. She is plump. She is pretty but she is plump. She appears to be the same size today as she was 10 years ago when I first saw her.

I remember seeing her years ago strolling along the same path I bicycle. Over the years she has increased her speed. She increased her speed from a stroll to a walk, then a fast walk and on to a near trot. I saw her this morning and she was jogging. She was wearing a headband but I still recognized her. She was jogging and she was just as plump as ever.

If she is exercising to lose weight it is not working. Maybe she is exercising to just maintain her weight….in which case I guess it is working just fine.

I use to wave good morning to her but she never returned the wave. From time to time I have wanted to say good morning or offer encouragement but she seem so stern in her rebuff of my greetings that I have learned to simply not acknowledge her.

And now she is jogging. If she would have waved back at least she could say she has one more friend today.

Let us help you with the best 2 way radio equipment for your budget and location. Doing business with 2 Way Radio Express is easy…. and we are friendly.

Best Wishes,

Manzie R Lawfer

Loosing My Wheels Was A Heartbreaker

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

Hi Friends,

The thrifty Joy Ann and I only have one car. My office has been within walking distance or a quick bike ride away from our home for several years so I haven’t needed a car to get to work.

When we first downsized to one car I felt cheated. I had owned my own car since I was a teenager. Loosing my wheels was a heartbreaker. But…I got use to it.

Actually I got to liking it because one car meant half as much gas, half as much maintenance, half as much insurance and so on. Certainly a loss of convenience but the savings were substantial.

Another big savings was leasing instead of purchasing a car. We do not drive many miles per year. The industrious Joy Ann works at the Philharmonic which is only a mile and half away from home and most of the other car trips we take are only a few miles in any direction. We drive about 5000 miles a year.

The total cost for our car including insurance and maintenance is less than $300 per month. Pretty good.

Overall I would have to say that owning one car has simplified our lives and produced substantial savings.

A couple of weeks ago the remote door opener stopped working. It opened all the doors except the driver’s. We didn’t make an appointment but instead just stopped by the dealership to ask them to take a look.

While the service department was sniffing around our car the sales department was circling us in the waiting area. As quick as you can say, “your lease is almost up” the salesman had us driving around the block in a new Passat.

And that is how a quirky remote door opener lead us to our new car.

Do you have quirky old radios? Do you need more radios than you can currently afford? Do you need a repeater to extend the range of your radios?

Please allow me to introduce you to Radio Express Leasing. We can take your old radios in on trade and finance your new radios and radio accessories over 13 months (or longer). Give us a call to learn more. Call us today at 239-601-1969. Doing business with 2 Way Radio Express is easy.

Best Wishes,

Manzie R Lawfer

I Am On A Diet

Monday, June 15th, 2015

Hi Friends,

I am on diet. I weight 40 pounds more today than I did when I was honorably discharged from the U.S. Air Force in 1971. I have gained about a pound per year. I admit I was a pretty skinny guy back in 1971 but not 40 pounds skinny.

I have exercised most everyday for the past 40 years. I don’t drink soda and seldom eat fast food or junk food. If I eat potato chips they are only the highest quality potatoes cooked in some kind of special low fat oil and salted with the most expensive sea salt. (note: You can see how I have rationalized myself right into a 44 wide jacket.)

So last Sunday I began what I am referring to as the “get back to the original size Manzie” diet. It can also be referred to as the “no beer or wine till you can see your feet” diet.

I don’t think I will be able to lose 40 pounds but if I can lose 20 pounds I will be thrilled. The problem is I enjoy eating. I enjoy cooking. I enjoy hanging around the grocery store. They know me by name at Publix’s deli.

I believed my friend Lewis when he said, “It is difficult to think anything but pleasant thoughts while eating a homegrown tomato.” This is particularly true when the homegrown tomato is buried in a BLT or part of a pizza.

So for the past week I have been eating mostly fruits, vegetables and an occasional hard boiled egg. By my calculations I am operating on about 1000 – 1500 calories a day. After the first day I weighed one pound more. By the third day my weight had spiked an additional 3 pounds.

The ever insightful Joy Ann informed me that my metabolism was trying to protect me from my dieting. She said this while she was eating a bite of sweet potato topped with a generous portion of butter. (Of course little miss sweet potato isn’t over weight.)

Did you know that fruits and vegetables can make you irritable?

Doing business with 2 Way Radio Express is easy. Give us a call today and let us help you find the best 2 way radio equipment for your budget and application.

Best Wishes,

Manzie R Lawfer

The Best Advice

Monday, June 1st, 2015

Hi Friends,

My granddaughter is graduating from high school this week. So I am looking for a graduation card that convenes the pride and hopefulness I feel for her.

Most of the cards are too sappy or too silly. The best cards seem to be the ones with the briefest message and plenty of room for me to hand write my own tidings.

I am thinking my message should be advice from my senior perspective on life. I graduated from high school in 1965, that’s 50 years ago. I guess I’ve learned a thing or two I can pass on in the form of grandfatherly advice.

Most of the advice that comes to my mind comes from movies:

“Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.” from Forest Grump.

“The past can hurt. But the way I see it, you can either run from it or learn from it” from the Lion King.

“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.

“Get busy living or get busy dying.” from Shawshank Redemption.

I’ll be honest with you, none of these quotes seem appropriate for my tender and beautiful 18 year old granddaughter.

I am not going to quote a movie. Instead I think I’ll share with her the best advice I ever got.

When I was just a boy someone told me, “keep your eye on the ball.”  They told me this because I was wildly swatting my bat at apparently nothing. “Keep your eye on the ball” is great advice.

I am going to write, “My advice to you is keep your eye on the ball. But first make sure you know what is the ball.”

Can we offer you advice on the best 2 way radio equipment for your budget and application. Give us a call today. Doing business with 2 Way Radio Express is easy.

Best Wishes,

Manzie R Lawfer

Spaghetti For Breakfast

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015

Hi Friends,
The ever health conscious Joy Ann and I enjoy a hearty breakfast every morning. Joy Ann likes to point out “let food be your medicine and your medicine be food.” Joy Ann helps me understand good nutrition by reminding me that we should eat breakfast like a  king, lunch like a prince and supper like a pauper.
I go along with this because somewhere in my brain the agreement lamp is lit. However I am really more like an anaconda than a health food guy. Before I met the regimented Joy Ann I seldom ate before supper. No breakfast, no lunch, no snacks. Beer isn’t a snack… is it? Supper was consumed late in the evening. It was rich in sauces and high in fat and protein (think rib eye steak, baked potato with sour cream and salad with a cheesy dressing). I do some of my best sleeping with a full tummy.
Not anymore. Pursuant to my good health, Joy Ann has strict rules regarding eating after 7 PM. Today our typical supper is a cup of soup and some crackers.  Cookies are no longer allowed in our home. In all fairness I deserve the cookie ban.
The bright spot of my culinary day is lunch. Since my office is in our home I prepare lunch for the two of us everyday. Long grain brown rice, organic sweet potatoes, boneless skinless tasteless chicken breast and assorted fresh vegetables are healthy choices for Joy Ann and still provide a platform for my favorite condiments of butter, soy and a variety of cheeses. Cheese is a condiment isn’t it?
We still eat spaghetti and meatballs but now it is low glycemic index Dreamfield Pasta and organic marinara.
I have never enjoyed eggs or other typical breakfast food. Through careful planning I have introduced left overs from lunch into my breakfast menu. It is not unusually for Joy Ann to quizzically observe my breakfast choice. She is often heard saying, “You’re having __________ for breakfast?” You can fill in the blank with spaghetti, pork chops or any number of other healthy choices.
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Best Wishes,