Kudos Is Deserved

Many people turn to posting or blogging (myself included) when they need to vent or just release their frustrations.  I feel compelled to counter that, which should probably be done more often than it is.  Since I’m currently experiencing one of those “step back and smell the roses” phases as I try to focus on the good things in life, rather than all the evil, stupidity, and crap that seems to happen to me, I decided it’s time to put pen to paper, or more accurately fingers to the keyboard to write something I have been meaning to for a few weeks now.

I really need to take a minute to give kudos to the good folks at Logitech.  I am a fan of several of their products that I personally own.  Among them their awesome Harmony remote and various computer peripherals.  Recently I dropped them an email because some of the letters on the keys of my beloved wireless keyboard were wearing off.  I was inquiring if they had something to fix this problem.  Now I know what you’re thinking – with all the typing I do you’d think I wouldn’t look at the keys very often, and I don’t.  But for some reason when I do glance down there is a brief wave of panic that comes over me.  I know, that’s silly, but it’s true.

They almost instantly replied how sorry they were that this happened, and they had no method to fix this, however if I would email them a photo of the damage with a scanned copy of the receipt showing the date of purchase they would send me a new replacement keyboard.  I thought that was pretty awesome, so I didn’t hesitate to reply.  Within a few two or three days I received the replacement.  Much to my surprise, it was a designer wireless keyboard!  Who knew they made designer keyboards.  Must admit, I am impressed.  That’s what I call superior customer service.  Check out how cool it is – – http://www.logitech.com/en-us/product/keyboard-k360?crid=26.  The picture really doesn’t do it justice, but trust me it’s sharp.

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HVAC – I Feel The Need To Vent (no pun intended)

 I  live in a two-bedroom apartment, the upper unit of a four family building.  Going on 12 years now, and it’s not a bad place.  However, I have said on more that one occasion, I would like to meet the guy (sure it was a male) who laid out the HVAC for this building.  I would smack him upside the head and say “what the Heck (politely) were you thinking. Allow me to explain further – the heat vents that the hot air from the furnace as well as the cold air from the Central Air unit are those old type of round vents with a knob in the middle to adjust them (yeah right) like they had in the old Catholic grade school I went to many, many years ago.  The vents themselves are not actually a problem, but rather their location. In the bedrooms, bathroom and living room they are located high on a wall about two inches below the ceiling.  Here’s the kicker – in the living room, the one and only thermostat to control the heat (or air) is located about three feet from the vent!   Duh!!!!  How accurate can that be when the heat or cold air is blowing directly down on the thermostat!!   So, I went and got one of those clear plastic deflector thingies at the hardware store to direct the heat to the ceiling and hopefully cut a little slack for the thermostat.

Now comes the kitchen vent, that really irks me.  This is a very small kitchen, dining area mind you.  There is one small “L” shaped cupboard area with a countertop over the longer section (less than five feet in length) and the sink is on the short section of the “L”.   This area of course accounts for the “only” inside walls in the entire kitchen/dinette area which contains one window.  So where is the heat vent?  Smack dab over the countertop/work area, so if you are doing dishes in the sink, preparing food, or worst-case scenario trying to get bread dough to rise or roll out you’ve got the furnace heat blasting right down on you or the cold air in the summer.  No wonder cooking and housework makes me sweat so much.  Did I mention I’m anxious for spring, when I can open the windows?

 

On The Subject Of Pocket Folders aka Portfolios

Who Knew Pocket Folders Were Capable Of Saying So Much About Your Business?

 Just about everyone has at one time or another used or have been given pocket folders to hold printed materials. I personally was first introduced to them in grade school. We had to purchase pocket folders for each class, and they needed to be the specified colors. Red was for penmanship, yellow for science, etc. I was always impressed with the rainbow of colors inside my desk or my school bag.

 As I grew up and started applying for jobs I found that the pocket folders did a great job of protecting my resume and letters of recommendation as I went to job interviews. I was proud to show off my organizational skills and hopefully impress my soon to be new employer. It was at that point that I started to realize that there was a revolution in the world of folders and I found myself impressed with all of the various adjustments and adaptations that were developed for the ordinary folder that not only made it more practical, but also made it stand out in the crowd, representing the business or industry through colors, style and design.

 It all began, as I recall, with the use of diagonal slits in the pocket so that the individual handing out the folder could conveniently place their business card in the slits, and I would not fall out or get lost. I thought that was a pretty clever and practical idea. Then, began the use of different types of materials to make them that included a wide array of types and weights of paper and an assortment of PMS colors. This lead to an industry explosion that offered folders made to order for just about anything a customer could request.

 Custom folders became a big business allowing a business to request folders that displayed their company logo, featured specific colors, had foil stamps or were embossed. The folders could feature curved pockets, wave pockets, reinforced or even window pockets. You can specify folders that are larger capacity, tabbed or even legal sized. Or perhaps you could use a 3-panel folder, or a side pocket folder or what about a flap folder? As you can see the options are unlimited allowing for a unique customized folder to be created that is high quality and distinctive to represent your business and your needs.

 The world of customized pocket folders sure has come a long way. From the early days of providing a way to keep your reports and paperwork neat and clean, to becoming unique customized presentation folders that are an attractive and useful part of the show. Frankly, I liked my yellow science folder.  And, I think it’s still around here somewhere.