Happy HumpDay everyone!! I hope you all had a marvelous Thanksgiving Day celebration!! I know I did, and I even survived my first Black Friday shopping event. Oy.
This week is the first “official” HumpDay for all the new people we picked up at Automation Fair! To them, I say hello and welcome! This is a fun place where we all get along, share a few laughs, talk about thru-door permanent electrical safety devices, and we always have a giveaway. We are going to roll out the Welcome Mat for you, so we hope you will stick around and join the conversation!
To those of you who have been HumpDaying with us for a while now (yes, I am determined to turn ‘HumpDay’ into a verb like Google and Facebook), perhaps you can help me out!! Help the newbies join the conversation!! Thanks!
For your little bit of funny today, I came across this list titled, “How Flight Announcements Should Be”. It has just the right amount of snarkiness for this time of year. I hope you enjoy!
- “To operate your seat belt, insert the metal tab into the buckle, and pull tight. It works just like every other seat belt; and, if you don’t know how to operate one, you probably shouldn’t be out in public unsupervised.”
- “Ladies and gentlemen, we’ve reached cruising altitude and will be turning down the cabin lights. This is for your comfort and to enhance the appearance of your flight attendants.”
- “Please be sure to take all of your belongings. If you’re going to leave anything, please make sure it’s something we’d like to have.”
- “Thank you for flying on our airline. We hope you enjoyed giving us the business as much as we enjoyed taking you for a ride.”
- “In the event of a sudden loss of cabin pressure, masks will descend from the ceiling. Stop screaming, grab the mask, and pull it over your face. If you have a small child traveling with you, secure your mask before assisting with theirs. If you are traveling with more than one small child, pick your favorite.” (Okay, even I think that last line was kinda harsh!)
- Your seat cushions can be used for flotation; and in the event of an emergency water landing, please paddle to shore and take them with our compliments.”
- “Ladies and gentlemen, if you wish to smoke, the smoking section on this airplane is outside on the wing. Smoke ‘em if you can light ‘em.”
You know, when I saw that cartoon, I pictured the oxygen masks falling with credit card slots on them! That would be a funny cartoon! I wish I could draw! LOL. Well, you guys have an awesome week!! And don’t forget to…
An essential part of HumpDay is a quick product spotlight. This week, we are sharing with you the list of our Top Ten GracePorts. As many of you may already know, we have more than 12,000 GracePort combinations and we add to that number daily. Here is the complete list of our most requested GracePorts that include images and drawings! Be sure to take a minute and check them out.
Please pay special attention to the GracePort with the company logo! That’s one of the cool things we do that sets us apart. We can add your company logo (provided there are no overlapping colors) to any GracePort. If you want to see if we can do your company logo, just email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please remember to include your contact info!
If you have any questions about how to create your own, unique GracePort part number to fit your precise specifications, just give our folks in Inside Sales a call at 800.280.9517. They can spout out those part numbers quicker than anything. Really…they are super fast. It really should be a timed sport or something.
That’s the first thing I think about when someone mentions Thanksgiving. What to buy, when to buy it, when to prepare it, what to leave to cook for the day of, when to make the pies, what kind of pies to make, do I make the carrot cake everyone loves so much or leave them wanting for next year, should we have traditional yams or some kind of yam casserole that has the potential to be the dish everyone remembers but also might fail miserably, what time should we eat, and who am I going to talk into cleaning up (Calgon….take me away!!!! Argh!)? All those thoughts rush through my head at the mere mention of that one little word. It’s not always been that way, but since the torch of making the Super Bowl of all dinners has been passed to me, it is all I can think about – at first.
Those of us who cook this mega meal every year knows the importance of it. It is a feast that everyone looks forward to (and everyone has a set of different expectations on what it should taste like) and none of us want to be the one who is wearing the dirty apron if this behemoth banquet blows. It’s quite a lot of pressure! We plan and prep and cook. We go to bed late and get up early for days. Then, it’s go-time. Do we have everything? The Turkey? Check. Pies? Check. Crescents and fresh-made rolls? Check. Gravy? Check. Dressing? Check. Aunt Darlene’s Cranberries? Check. Grandma’s Chicken and Noodles from the old country? Check. Potatoes? Check. Extra cream and butter? Check and check. This meal is better timed than a NASA launch! Whew!
Then, there’s the moment when everything is out of the oven. The cooking is done and it’s time to eat. The table is set and loved ones are sitting around all the food you’ve prepared by the sweat of your brow. The wine is poured. Napkins are in their laps. You emerge from the hot kitchen, take your place at the table and you all bow your heads and give thanks. Then you look up. You hear the laughter of loved ones and the clinking of their knives and forks amidst the soft murmur of “mmmmm’s” and “oooohhhh’s”. You smile as your heart warms. Thanksgiving isn’t about the food. It’s about how the food makes these people feel loved by you. And you are so thankful to have them near…
Happy Thanksgiving, Everyone!! Have a safe holiday!
PS – Some of you may have received two notifications this week. Sorry about that!! My fault!! Have a good Thanksgiving!
We are back from Automation Fair and what a week it has been! It was so cool seeing so many people at the show!! Woo-hoo!! I took 3000 bungee rockets with me to Chicago and we gave them all away except one. Somehow, one came home with me and I’m kinda bummed about it. I mean, saying we gave away 3000 bungee rockets is way cooler than only 2999. It’s like running a marathon only to reach the finish line and walk around it instead of through it…
We had a good show and met lots of people. It was so nice to meet all of you who read HumpDay! Thanks for taking a few minutes and swinging by our booths to say hey to me. It’s awesome to put a face with the names!!
Now that the show is over, it’s back to the grind. I hope you enjoy this little bit of funny I found for you because I did so at my own peril! Facebook has this hilarious page where people post funny tweets, statuses, bumber stickers, etc, and while I was compiling my list for you today Phil walked up on me – TWICE! Nothing like your boss catching you on Facebook to make you feel like employee of the week! But it was for work purposes…this time!
So, without further ado, here’s several that made me laugh out loud. Hope you get a chuckle, too.
- Yes, I’m single. You’re gonna have to be amazing to change that.
- We are all mature until someone pulls out the bubble wrap.
- Lazy Rule #52: If’ it’s more than 5 feet away it becomes unnecessary.
- Dear Alcohol, we had a deal where you would make me funnier, smarter, and a better dancer. I saw the video. We need to talk…
-Our mobile phones today have more computing power than all of NASA in 1969. NASA launched a man to the moon. We launch birds into pigs. :/
- I don’t know karate, but I know crazy and I know how to use it.
- I’m all that’s left of a bizarre childhood.
- I would retaliate against your snotty remarks, but since you resemble a garden gnome, I’d say the jokes on you!
- Some people think I say inappropriate things. I prefer to think of it as radical honesty.
- When I’m sad I just sing and then I realize my voice is worse than my problems.
- I’m not totally useless. I can be used as a bad example.
…okay, not the kind of ‘occupy’ that has made the news recently (I mean, we do have indoor plumbing!), but nevertheless here wer are in the CHI-town living it up at the Automation Fair! Many of you who are ‘occupying’ with us here in the Windy City have dropped by to say hey. I loved meeting all of you (some I have met before and I do remember you!!). If you are here and haven’t seen us yet, you can come by way of flying bungee rocket! We also have demos of our PESDs, Shock-a-lots, and lots of cool things to show you, so be sure to swing by!
So, this week I had a bit of funny all ready for you, but sometimes life is funnier than email forwards. Troy and I arrived on Monday to set up our booths and then we hit Ruths Chris Steak House for an amazing dinner. Then yesterday we had meetings both in the afternoon and evening and I made it way back to my room around 9 o’clock. I set the alarm on my iPhone for about 5:15 the next morning. I woke up this morning, rolled over and thought, “Hmmm…wow. Look how bright it is outside.” *blink, blink* *enter sick feeling in the pit of my stomach* Quick I grabbed my phone off the night stand and the time was 6:39! Holy sand-in-your-eyes, Batman, I’m late! The shuttle leaves at 7!!! I quick texted Dan and Troy to let them know my alarm didn’t go off and I rushed around like a banshee to get ready. I was in the lobby by 7:10 (pretty good for a girl who has to wash her hair!). I was a little groggy (my morning voice sounds a little like Bea Arthur after a night of screaming in the wind and my eyes were still puffy from sleep), but I was there! Whew! Thanks to Troy because he quick drove me to the Convention Center so I could finish a few things before the show opened. And Dan saved me because he vaccuumed for me. Thanks guys!! You guys rock! :) Our team is so great. When things come up like that we all pitch in and help each other out. They are really great and sure do make it a joy to come to work in the morning!
Hope you all have an awesome week!! Be safe and don’t forget to…
Today is Veteran’s Day and we pause a moment to say thank you to the men and women who have served and are serving our great nation.
As a Christian company, we pray. We pray before meetings and meals; during times of stress and thanksgiving. If you don’t mind, I’d like to offer this Veteran’s Day prayer:
Father, thank you for our great country. Thank you for our freedoms and our rights, which come only from you. Thank you for the men and women who are willing to sacrifice their time, their bodies, and for some even their lives to keep this country a beacon of hope and freedom.
Please protect those serving in harm’s way. Hold them, Lord, in the palm of your hand. Comfort them when they miss home and let them know we love and support them. Give them rest, Father, when they are weary. Bolster them with compassion, kindness, love, and grace. Grant them courage when they need it and hope when they’ve lost it. May the Peace of Jesus be with them all, always.
Father, for the elderly who served long ago, we remember them, too. We are so grateful for their service to the cause of freedom, Lord. I pray each one will be told thank you today. Let them know we are a nation in their debt and their sacrifice has not been forgotten.
In the name of Jesus, Amen.
Last week I found a video that I thought was awesome. Then, someone sent me one that was better. This is a video of Oliver North giving a speech about American Servicemen and Women. It gave me chills, so I thought I would pass it along. I hope you enjoy.
If you are a Veteran, on behalf of Grace Engineered Products, thank you. Thank you very much for your service to our nation. You are a hero.
Have a great weekend, everyone, and don’t forget to thank a vet today! God Bless the USA, Canada and all freedom-loving countries!