Dont Bring the Poop Home

dog_poopIn order to properly tell this story, let me first give you a visual. At our residence in Pennsylvania, there is a 1 mile loop around the development. Strategically placed approximately every third of a mile is a doggy waste disposal stand. These work out very handy when you’re walking your dog and need a convenient location to drop your poop. Ok, you all get the picture now.

So here’s the situation. Ideally it’s great that when you walk your dog and you pass a poop disposal stand prior to arriving home, you can make a deposit and move along. So what happens when you hit the point of no return, when you dog goes and it its closer to just go home. Do you double back to get rid of the poop or do you bring in home?
Now, I know we all don’t all have dogs and those of those of us that do might not have to deal with this situation, but the bottom line is every one of one us has to clean up poop occasionally. It can be poop at the office, poop from your kids or just the poop from life’s events. Not one of us can honestly say we don’t have to ever sometime clean up someone else’s poop.
We all deal with poop in different ways. For those of us that choose to “bring it home” this can have negative consequences. First, if you bring it home, you can’t hide it. Poop always has a way of showing its ugly head. It will affect your decision making, cause sadness and generally just get in the way of you functioning in a normal happy way. Is not always easy to find a place to put your poop. If you try to hide it, eventually it will be found. Someone can always smell when something isn’t right. Secondly you can choose to ignore it. This too is quite ineffective. It doesn’t go away on its own. Over time it will even become smellier. You might choose to pass it along to someone else and let them deal with the poop. Unfortunately this doesn’t work either. Somehow it always finds its way back to you and “poop payback” can even be worse.
So how does one deal with the daily poop from others? Wouldn’t it be nice if you could wave a magic wand and the poop would just go away? Not going to happen. Once you choose to deal with someone’s poop, you need a means to dispose of it. It’s not always as easy as just tossing it away and going on with your day. Many times it might require a little extra effort? In every case, the extra effort is a much better option than bringing it home. Many of us deal with poop better than others, and those individual seem to become poop magnets. What is there secret? In many cases they are good multitaskers. They are also usually capable of taking actions and making decisions quickly. These “poop experts” also have their own ways of not “internalizing”, they are usually busy people, but they have learned before you can take care of someone else’s poop you need to take care of yourself first.
I once read a Jerry Seinfeld quote that said something like; “If an alien watched two life forms and one of them cleaned up the others poop and carried it, who would you assume is in charge.” He does have a point. If we choose to carry someone’s poop then, we have made a conscious decision and it’s up to us to retake charge of the situation.
Hopefully this Blog will get you thinking on what to do with your next load of poop. My suggestion is always take the extra steps to get rid of the poop before you go home. No one really wants to share others poop that you decided to take on. On those days when you know you might be “knee deep” in extra poop, just bring another bag or two and just take that extra moment, and if necessary, double back. You will be glad you did and so will those around you.

Respectfully,

Steve Kohn

Published in: on September 16, 2015 at 6:35 pm  Comments (1)  

New Jersey…… See YA

Well, today we leave the Garden State as residents and officially become “Snow Birds”.  Packing up our home of 23 years has been a challenging task and one that I hope not to repeat in the near future.   We will be spending the warm summer months in Palmyra, PA and the the balance of our time in Lake Worth FLA.   I thought I would take a moment of your time and present my “Top Five ” list of what I will miss and not miss about NJ. 

What I will “NOT” miss

1) Taxes –   in the 23 years we have owned our home we have seen our taxes quadruple and the services we receive for this fees just keeps getting less and less.   Seriously, there is no value by keeping a large home in NJ.  Totally ashame.

2) Traffic – Getting from point A to B is not that simple anymore.   Just to many vehicles on the roads.

3) Road conditions –  NJ streets, highways and bridges are just coming apart.  Construction that is getting done is slow and of poor quality.

4) Politics – see items 1, 2 and 3.   Enough said

5) The Weather –  Leaving winter behind is a wonderful thing.   Felt great to give away the snow blower and shovels.   Love posting beach shots in December to all our friends

What I will miss

1) Friends and family –  Have some great memories and will miss everyone, but we will keep in touch and our doors are always open for visitors.  KAMP KOHN NORTH is closing its door, but all are welcome to KAMP KOHN COUNTRYSIDE and CASA KAMP KOHN SOUTH.

2) Bike Rides –  The Sourland Mountains, the back roads of Franklin Park, Hillsborough, Manville, Mercer, Monmouth. Hunderdon, and Middlesex county have been an amazing experience.

3) Dining pleasures – Favorite places that I will miss  include:  Dusals, Stage House and Skylark Diner

4) Our Backyard – will certaintly miss our hot tub, garden pond, and large play area that have seen many days of our kids and grandkids enjoying playful times.   All our tented events are now great memories

5) Forrestal Village Fitness (Formly Cando Fitness)  –  The health club has been my morning experience for many years.  Will miss my spin classes, and boot camp workouts.   Golds Gym Hummelstown PA here I come

and also an Honorable mention of : The Jersey  shore. Belmar Beach……….


Respectfully,

Steve Kohn

Published in: on June 18, 2015 at 1:04 pm  Comments (3)  

Gas cans for Dummies

Now that we have had our eighth snowfall of the season and I have been using an unprecedented amount of fuel to keep our snow blower running, I decided it was time to invest in a second gas can. I Figure this would save several trips to the local service station to refuel. Our current trusty and very functional plain old simple gas can, circa 1980’s has worked flawlessly for many years. Very simple to operate. I follow these simple steps. Step #1: Unscrew lid on can, fill will gas. Step #2: Pour into gas tank of snow blower. That’s it! Now have any of you purchased a new “state of the art, OSHA approved, gas can lately?

Seems when I went gas can shopping at the Home depot ( always good material for blogs) there are not a lot of options when purchasing a gas can. They are all red, they are all plastic (no more metal ones – like I have) , they all come with a detailed manual on how to operate them, and they are basically pretty darn cheap. Sounds like a no brainer, right? Well so I thought.

On the way home , I stopped at the service center to fill our new gas can with fuel. You would think this would be a simple task. After trying for a few minutes to open the cap I actually had to read the instructions. Now, I find it amazing that I can take a computer apart and put it back together again but for the life of me I could not figure out how to open this darn, circa 2011, gas can. According to the manual, while pressing down , you have to squeeze the two sides and then twist in the opposite direction. Please explain to me why I can’t just turn the cap and be done with this. After several choice curse words, the cap came off and the can was fueled. Now that should be the end of my story. NOT

With all the snow we are having in NJ, it didn’t take long for the need to use our new gas can to arrive. Let me paint a picture for you. It’s bitter cold out, the wind is howling, I have been outside for over an hour plowing away. I have on a heavy coat, thick gloves, hat and scarf. The snow blower goes silent. Fuel has run out. Its time to fill the tank. I grab the new “OSHA approved” gas can. I unscrew the cap on the snow blower fuel tank. I place the nozzle from the gas can in the tank and gentle tilt upwards. NOTHING comes out! The gas can is full, but NOTHING comes out. HOW CAN THIS BE! Its freezing out, my hands and feet are numb and I cant get gas to pour from a gas can. Is this a bad dream? Am I imagining I’m outside in the snow? WHAT is going on?

Before hypothermia set in, I retreated to the garage. I pulled out the manual for the fuel can and turn to section 6, page 18, paragraph 46 which reads; “When attempting to pour fuel into an “OSHA approved fuel tank”, place edge of nozzle on lip of tank, press down gently while turning nozzle to the left and tilting can upwards.” Has anybody ever tried to do this in the bitter cold with thick gloves on? Now on my old can, you opened the lid and just poured . I wonder if the person who came up with this method for pouring fuel ever attempted to plow snow in the freezing cold! I challenge that person to attempt those steps while wearing gloves and standing outside in artic conditions.

Here is what happened next. I located my trusty old 1980’s gas can and a funnel. I took the new gas can, unscrewed the cap, according to the manufacturers instructions (section 3, page 18, paragraph 12) . placed the funnel in the old gas can and poured the fuel from the new can into the old one. I then took my old can of gas (now full of fuel) and filled the tank of the snow blower.

I’m sure there are several reasons why a gas can can has to be designed this way, but frankly I really don’t care. Some things are better left alone. Anybody want a new gas can, its yours.

Published in: on January 28, 2011 at 8:14 pm  Comments (6)  
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Online advertising companies. Can you name them all?

I received an email yesterday from a company called yodle.com  They wanted to solicit my business.  This is not a new thing, many companies are constantly attempting to sell me their wares.  The sales rep was very proper and for once actually listened to my voice mail, which states “I appreciate your call but the best way to contact me is via email”.  This sales person then proceeded to send me an extremely detailed and nice email on why I should direct my online advertising to his particular company.

In his email he introduced himself and went on to say “We are the #1 Fastest Growing Online advertising company, and I have included some links so that you can learn more. Please reach out if you would like to meet and discuss how I can help.”  Not a bad line. But the next thing he did is display a list of all the online companies and how his company ranked compared to them.

Now folks here is the $64,000 question.  How many companies do you think were on that list? Would you guess 10, maybe 20 , or more?  The correct answer was 50.  Now what does that tell you?  Take a minute and ponder this.

In order to properly understand were I am going with this take a minute and think about the yellow pages. Yes the yellow pages.  You know that book that is now used to line your hamster cage or litter pan, but that’s another days blog.  First we had the yellow pages, then came  yellowbook and then came superpages and that was followed by a host of other books that were indeed YELLOW. Now what happened to yellow page advertising once to many books flooded the market?  Thats right! we stopped using them, because it got to confusing.  Same thing happened with the TV guide., which hit a point when you needed a guide to navigate the TV guide.

Now if you have 50 companies (probably much more. he only listed the ones yodle was better than) how effective do you think your adverting dollars would be.   Noted this company might have talented people, a great advertising program and super rates but when you have 5o+ other companies out there doing the same thing, how effective could you ad really be. Talk about a rat race, this is more like a stampede.

Obviously over the next few years or even sooner we are going to see a big shake up in internet advertsing companies and options.  Every day we hear terms such as pay per click, ad word campaigns, SEO marketing, organic listings and others. Even for someone who is tech savvy this is becoming one big information overload.

Usually when I get an email from a company trying to solicit me it goes right to trash, but on this occasion I felt the sales rep did due diligence and he deserved an appropriate reply.

“Thank you for your email.  I believe there are just too many online advertising companies for anyone to be effective. Once the field of players thins out, maybe then we could talk.   Your list is a good indicator of that.   I have been so turned off on online advertising companies since yellow pages.com, yb.com, superpages.com and yellowbook.com started confusing all of us.  What a mess they have caused.  I eventually feel they will all just beat each other up and the best ones will survive. Have a great day.”

I will let you know if I get a reply.

Published in: on January 23, 2010 at 4:26 pm  Comments (2)  

Christmas Eve Blues

Amazing how quiet it is in the office today. Most of our workers have taken the day off.  Small crew knocking off deliveries and then they will go home as well.   Its a good time for me to get my thoughts together and focus on the coming New Year.   I wish I had a crystal ball to see what is in store.  Will the economy improve?  Will Spring come fast?  Will our clients book more special events?   So many questions at this point.   The best I can do is be prepared and know all the options.  Stay focus and hold the course.   Have a great holiday everyone. Enjoy your friends and family.

Published in: on December 24, 2009 at 2:53 pm  Leave a Comment