Author Archives: Hazel Cooley
We hit town about two weeks ago, at first all of us were crashing in the living room of an apartment in Antioch TN, but we obviously needed a place of our own and a place to rehearse. We looked to see what it would cost to get us a couple of apartments in that place, but of course that is going to be a lot of money and they are not going to be crazy about it if we plug up the amps and start to play our music. Of course you can try to rehearse at a very low volume, but that is still going to be annoying to the average person, especially the drums and the bass player. So we found a little house out in the country. We can make as much noise as we like there and no one will care at all.
It is actually quite close to one of the big TVA reservoirs, I am not sure which one it is. However you can walk about two thirds of a mile through the woods. We figured this out when we see lots of local kids walking through the woods with tackle boxes and fishing rods. Of course we were not happy since not one of us had brought a hook or a line, much less a rod and reel. We were surprised that they let you use trotlines to fish here. You will see milk jugs floating in the lake and that means someone has a trotline out. They use them to fish for catfish here, but this lake must have all sorts of game fish in it. They sell them at this store along the way back into Nashville. We got some fish yesterday and cooked them out on the grill after I cleaned them.
When I showed up to an important meeting with no gift for our client, my boss pulled me aside and asks me why I had not thought about bringing any corporate gifts for the client. I was embarrassed. It was my first job that had anything to do with selling, and I didn’t realize it was something I should do. I was in the one put in charge of helping to land the client, and I feel like I failed by not doing even more research than I did. On the other hand, I really wish that my boss or someone else would have thought ahead of time to alert me to the important fact.
My boss is the president of the company. After the meeting, he took some time to discuss what I needed to do about gift giving. He explained that it is my job to really get to know my client. It is not enough to simply go in quickly for the sale. I need to put the other person or persons at ease and learn what they like. There are even times I try to find out what a client’s spouse or children like. If they mention their children like a certain video game, I will do whatever I can to also find out what type of video game they like. I might buy the chidren some tips and cheats books to give to their kids. People really are surprised when I do this for their children.
When it comes to a person’s wife, I typically buy something that both she and her husband, who is usually my client, something that they can both enjoy together. For example, if they like music, I may buy them some nice headphones or something that they can share. If they like food, then I might buy them a really nice food gift.
Technology has come a long way in just a few short years. I remember our first computer. It was over $2,000 and did not have the power of a basic and cheap tablet available today. The first baby monitors did not have good range and were susceptible to all kinds of interference. Now there are ones that transmit clear high resolution video along with audio. Some offer data encryption for securing the video, and you can even get models that pan, tilt and zoom. These are great to look for that subtle rise and fall of the torso for parents who only are happy when they see there baby breathing while sleeping. Hey, I do the same thing!
Fancy baby monitors are even good for keeping an eye on pets. Some monitors even come with sensor pads to monitor breathing and movement. The top quality ones could help parents worried about SIDS be able to get sleep. I have no problem in utilizing technology to keep people safer. If I had it my way, I would make safety technology freely available to everyone every where. We bought the best monitor for our baby that we could afford. It does have the sensor pads to monitor breathing. In thinking about monitors for babies, I was considering what, in our culture, had them become a necessity in the first place.
We have rooms in our homes for the individuals that live there. Most children get their own room as soon as they come home from being delivered. This separation of the baby from the mother does require them to then be checked on very frequently, and baby monitors are the easiest way to make that happen. Babies can get used to sleeping through the normal noises of daily life. We just think we need to sequester them into a quiet room behind a closed door. Some cultures have the children and adults all in the same room. So, our different way of living has driven the development of the baby monitor technology.
Work can get pretty tough at a retail store, especially around the holidays. This past Thanksgiving, I had to go into work to attend to all of the early shoppers who wanted to get the Black Friday deals hours in advance. There was a line that wrapped all the way around the store, and when the shoppers entered the store, it turned into pure chaos. Shoppers were pulling and tugging at each other for items, and I even had to break up a couple of fights. In the end, I was sore, and only my Hitachi wand massager could give me any kind of comfort.
Although the night was terrible, at least I didn’t have to work the next day, so I could spend the whole day with my massager. I made myself a nice hot bath with lots of suds and soaked in it for about an hour. Then I dried off, made myself a big bowl of ice cream, sat upright in bed, and used the wand massager on my aching muscles, with the wand in one hand and the spoon in the other.
On my off days, I like to catch up on shows that I’ve missed. There is one crime drama that I love to watch, but I hadn’t really gotten to see the new episodes that have aired recently because of my work hours. I spent six hours watching nothing but the entire season of the show. After that, I went to sleep and didn’t wake up until noon the next day. I was feeling too lazy to do any cooking, so I went out for breakfast at an all day breakfast restaurant. Everyone else was out shopping, so the restaurant was empty. I ordered a large stack of pancakes and contemplated the next day of work.
I am super frustrated with my computer right now, because it is not acting right, and it keeps crashing. I am not sure if I can get it to stay up long enough to backup all of the stuff that I have downloaded. But I have another computer, and so I want to get on extra torrent and try to start downloading some stuff, just in case my computer dies once and for all and I end up losing all of my stuff that I have on it.
I would be pretty upset if I lost everything, to be sure. I have had this computer for about four years, and as you can imagine, I have accumulated a lot of things on it that I would miss if they were gone forever. But luckily, I should be able to replace a lot of the stuff if I just download it again. It might take awhile, and I know that is probably going to be the case, but at least, I will be able to get it again.
I really don’t know what is going on with my computer though. I think it is kind of strange that it is acting up like this. I have never had a computer act this way before and I have had my share of computer problems in my life. I guess it might just be getting old, and there is a chance that the hard disk drives are starting to fail. If so, then there is an even lower chance that I will be able to recover all of the stuff that I have saved on this computer. Hopefully, that is not what is happening to it, but I kind of have a bad feeling about it and I think it might be what is going to happen.