Tuesday, December 9, 2014

I support Small Business

With the first week of December behind us, the frantic, rush of gift buying is well underway. Mobs of cars crowd the roads, all seemingly in a big hurry to get somewhere. Shoppers are in every store, pushing, shoving, and overall acting rude. They are all concerned about saving a few pennies on Uncle Joe an ugly tie, or Aunt Martha a new set of pot holders. Really… is this what the holidays and Christmas has come to-ugh.      
I am proud to say that many of the gifts my family is giving this year are handmade. This isn’t something we set out as a group to do; it just sort of started happening on its own. When someone takes the time to make a gift, it seems to mean so much more than running down to wally-world and buying up the latest crap from China. Personally, I don’t have anything against China. But, when my neighbor down the street builds things of excellent quality, why should I go and buy the same thing made in another country. 

America is full of talented craftsmen, we should support them. As I watch my wife crochet and knit I am amazed at the quality of work she turns out. What happened to our country? We used to be self-supportive; we now depend on others for products we can easily make ourselves. Somewhere along the line greed took over which has led us to buying lessor quality things from other countries. 

It is up to us, the buyers, to reverse this trend. Support mom n pop shops… even if they cost a little more. It will be worth it in the end if we can bring back the small business industry. Not only will we get wonderful quality items, but pride of ownership as well. We used to be such a strong, proud, and powerful nation, now look at us; fighting among ourselves, and on the verge of another Civil War. United we stand, divided we fall. That statement is just as true today as when it was first written. Buying at home to me is like paying it forward, good things will come from it.

                                                                                                                   Lowell Henderson

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Damn Thieves

Not having blogged in a while, I thought I’d take a break from working on my book, and share some thoughts with you. Today I had to run to town to do a little shopping. While making my way around the store, I noticed a sketchy looking fellow, also seemingly shopping. The second time I crossed paths with this guy while looking for my items, I noticed he was drinking a drink. Not that unusual, many people often drink a drink while shopping, and then pay for them as they leave. Something told me this guy had no intention of paying. So, what did I do? I followed him. What did he do? He left his empty drink in the automotive section.

With my shopping and investigating now done, I headed to the front to pay for my stuff. I really wanted to tell the manager, but, now the only proof was sitting on a shelf with no one connected to it, my word against his. To make matters worse, the sketchy guy and his wife stood behind me in line while waiting to buy a pack of smokes. The smug looks on their faces really pissed me off but, I decided not to make a scene and just let it go.
As I made my way across the parking lot, the manager just happened to be putting a buggy in the rack next to my truck. I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to let him know what had been going on. He immediately headed back inside to put an eyeball on his drink thief. He will recognize him next time.

I guess I will never understand why some people think they need to steal from others. And many like this guy today, do it so casually. Have any of you ever witnessed this behavior? If you do what will you do. I’m curious as how my readers will respond to this.