20. August 2015

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First Name Basis

 

 

Mow mow mow your lawn.

Mow mow mow your lawn.

 

Comfortable and friendly.

That’s how it feels when you know someone on a first name basis.  Formality has been erased and familiarity steps in as a welcome replacement.

In the business world, a first name basis has long been known to be a key to success.  Customers are more at ease when they are able to put a person’s name to a service they need.

 

 

 

Prehistoric ride.

Prehistoric ride.

 

 

The first known advertisements used the first name technique to build business through customer relatability.

 

 

(Note–Og’s later became “GoodEpoch” which later become known as “Goodyear”, a name familiar to those today.)

 

 

 

Early car ad.

Early car ad.

 

Throughout history, countless business owners & entrepreneurs have used their first name to great success.

 

 

 

 

 

What's dial up?

What’s dial up?

 

 

 

 

 

 

I wanted to see if the first name basis philosophy was still popular in today’s market, so I let my fingers do the walking to discover countless new business friends!

 

 

 

Ron, I need help!

Ron, I need help!

 

 

I had furnace problems, so I called my pal, Ron!

 

 

 

Need lots of bodywork!

Need lots of bodywork!

 

 

To get my car looking good, I’ll visit Walt.

 

 

 

 

 

Chuck it, Chuck.

Chuck it, Chuck.

 

 

And if Walt can’t fix it, I’ll junk my car with help from Chuck.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Get it looking good, Carl.

Get it looking good, Carl.

 

 

Sprucing up for the party, Carl paved my driveway.

 

Looking good, C-man!

 

 

 

 

Good eats!

Good eats!

 

 

I hired Cathy to cater the big blowout!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bring your haz-mat suits.

Bring your haz-mat suits.

 

 

Unfortunately, Cathy’s pork was slightly undercooked.

 

All the guests got sick—VIOLENTLY sick.

 

So I had to call Brad…..

 

 

 

Clean up in aisle one.

Clean up in aisle one.

 

 

And Roger.

 

 

 

 

 

Porta-pots with love.

Porta-pots with love.

 

 

And Tom.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What?  My credit is fine!

What? My credit is fine!

 

 

After all that, Ron called to say my payment didn’t clear.

Ron sued.

He won.

And I ended up in jail…..

 

Get me outta here!

Get me outta here!

 

 

…..thankful that Big Bob was there to make bail.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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13. August 2015

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Words Escape Me

 

 

Not four-letter kind!

Not four-letter kind!

As an MSer, I get so caught up in listening to others say the wrong things to ME, I tend to forget when the shoe is on the other foot.

 

A person I know recently told me she has a brain tumor.

A brain tumor!

I was floored.  And didn’t know WHAT to say.

 

All I could think was “Don’t say anything stupid, Stupid.”

 

Not like the time another friend admitted he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s.

My witty response?….“Can you help me shake some cans of spray paint?”

 

(I am such an ass.)

 

Back to the female friend.

 

My melon spun like a top trying to think of something to say to her.  Something positive.  Yet reassuring.

I recalled several of the ridiculous comments from others made to me about MS…..

“You still look good.”  

“I can relate.”

 

“Everything happens for a reason.”

 

So I didn’t want to say anything to offend.

Anything like…“Your head LOOKS the same size.”

“Has your brain shrunk?”

Or…“That explains a bad hair day.”

 

I stammered out a weak question of “What’s the next course of treatment?”

I asked about her neurologist.  And basically just shut-up to be a sounding board.  Letting her talk.  And vent.

 

Eureka!  Finally there came the realization that I (and we) can relate to another’s unfortunate diagnosis.  

Whether it is MS, a brain tumor, cancer, Parkinson’s or any other dreaded ick, the shock of the DX is the same.  And if you have been through the process before—you can offer calm guidance to others just beginning their trek.

 

“Does aspirin help?”

“Maybe if you got a new pillow.”

“Try doing brain games like Sudoku.” 

 

Yeah, many times it is best to listen and not say anything at all.

 

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7. August 2015

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Back To School 2015

 

 

Another year of academia.

Another year of academia.

 

Shop shop till you drop!

 

It’s back to school time already and My Odd Sock has been busy checking the ads for everything little Johnny or Suzie will need as they head back to campus.

 

You get your charge card while I grab a cart as we shop Back To School 2015.

 

 

 

Go team go!

Go team go!

 

 

First stop…the linen department for new sheets & bed covers supporting your favorite school you couldn’t get accepted into to attend!

 

And parents, make sure the bed  looks nice because this is the only time the bed will be made (let alone washed) for the next nine months!

 

 

 

 

Nice duds, kid.

Nice duds, kid.

 

JCPenney works hard making your son look like a real tool in this get-up.

 

I’m afraid I would have been pounded senseless showing up for class in these togs.

 

Not sure if he’s going to Geometry or he’s late to the set of any dopey sitcom on the Disney Channel.

 

Moving on…..

 

 

Extra ketchup please.

Extra ketchup please.

 

 

Here is an extra-petite tops for the girls.

 

Word of warning ladies, if you live by the motto of “Fries Before Guys,” you won’t be able to fit into this top for long!

 

Reminds me of another slogan I live by and that is…”Fries Go Straight To My Thighs.”

Yep, I’ll never be able to wear corduroys again.

 

 

 

 

 

Climb in social outcast.

Climb in social outcast.

 

 

Here’s a brilliant idea for an item available at Bed Bath & Beyond.

It’s the Privacy Pop Bed Tent!

 

Yes, put a thin layer of nylon between you & the outside world for the privacy & social avoidance you desire!

 

In college, had I cocooned myself in something like this, my roommates would have thrown me off the balcony!

 

That’s $130 bucks well wasted.

 

What’s next…..

 

 

Thomas Edison would be ashamed.

Thomas Edison would be ashamed.

 

String lights are popular these days.

 

What a unique way to decorate your dorm room….or used car lot.

 

 

 

Run kid run!

Run kid run!

 

 

 

I found this picture interesting.

 

The outfit is fine…but what in the hell is the kid doing?

 

I figure either the photographer just farted…or this kid is trying to avoid the tear gas.

 

Just sayin.

 

 

 

Good to the last stomach pump.

Good to the last stomach pump.

 

Lastly, BB&B checks in once again with the lovely Rapid Ramen Cooker.

 

Yeah, just what we need—a faster way to cook a brick of stale noodles.

 

For just $9.99, you get not one, but TWO Rapid Ramen Cookers!  

So not only can you gag yourself—but your dinner date as well!

 

And if the noodles don’t get you, you can always stab yourslef in the temple with one of those chop sticks.

Where is the nearest Arby’s?

 

 

Well the shopping cart is full and your credit card is maxed out—two obvious signs our back to school shopping trip has been a good one.

It’s gonna be a great school year!

 

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3. August 2015

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MS Playtime 2 1/2

 

Yes, more dumb shit.

Yes, more dumb shit.

 

 

Welcome to MS Playtime 2 1/2.

Yep, more of the same.  I’m quite a trendsetter–if something sucks (MS Playtime 2)…it’s always a good idea to follow it up with more!

 

Actually, here are just a few leftovers from the previous post.

Enjoy!

 

 

 

What a clever play on words, Odd Sock.

What a clever play on words, Odd Sock.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

More genius word-play.

More genius word-play.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aren't you glad this is the last one!

Aren’t you glad this is the last one!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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22. July 2015

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MS Playtime #2

 

Who asked for a sequel?

Who asked for a sequel?

 

 

My Odd Sock goes digging into the toy box once again for some fun with MS.

 

Let’s play……

 

 

 

 

 

 

It's got a point--quit your bitching.

It’s got a point–quit your bitching.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I have dragon breath as well.

I have dragon breath as well.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mega pain!

Mega pain!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When given a choice, polar bears will pick Coca-Cola over MS every time…..

They like it ice-cold.

They like it ice-cold.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Whatever it takes I guess.

Whatever it takes I guess.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stick it to me.

Stick it to me.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Does it come in an IV?

Does it come in an IV?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

That’s all for MS Playtime.  Hope you had fun.

Let’s do it again soon!

 

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17. July 2015

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Lost & Found

 

I saw this in the local newspaper.

Let’s use social media to help spread the word…..

 

 

"It has four legs, a tail and moo's.

“It has four legs, a tail and moo’s.

 

 

“Dang it!

I had that thing just yesterdee, where it go?”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Have a tremendous weekend, everyone!

 

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