Wednesday, April 28, 2010

I stalled as long as I could and finally went to the endocrinologist yesterday.  After 6 months or treatment, I'm really not feeling much better, so I gave up 7 more vials of blood for testing and get to go back next Wednesday.  I will, of course, keep you all apprised to the situation.

On a store related note; we will have brand new Twilight t-shirts just in time for Free Comic Book Day!  Not only for us kiddies who work at Twilight Comics, these shirts will be available for sale this weekend at 40% off!  While you're here picking up your Twilight-Tee and Free Comics, don't forget to pick up the coupon for a free Astonishing Spider-man.Wolverine #1 (on 5/05/10) and our Month-Long-Sale Calendar for May that will give bonuses to people sporting the new Tee!

Don't forget to check out the revised Staff Page, giving special note to our newest family members!


Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Magic Cards and Jesus

Most of us go through life not really thinking much.  It's easy to be on autopilot to get most of your tasks done each day.  Most of us don't mean to hurt others and the self-absorbed, self-serving acts are not malicious.  On Monday this week someone took two sealed boxes of Magic the Gathering cards.  I don't suspect that the person who took them (or, even anyone who knows them) will probably read this blog or even care. 

Something happened to the world.  A very important lesson has been missed by a lot of people.  I don't care where you stand on religion or faith, but underlying everything the bible says is the Golden Rule: "Do unto others as you would have done to you."  I think even stupid people understand the meaning.

When you own a small (or in my case, a micro-) business, pretty much everybody else gets paid first.  For 16+ years, I've made a lot of people a lot of money.  I'm NOT one of them.  My employees get paid okay money; not great.  Inventory, utilities, rent, and insurance come next.  Then, sometime, I get paid.  I don't get a bonus when I lose money.  Hell, I don't get a bonus when I MAKE money.  Don't get me wrong, I love this business and the store's actually doing better than it has in a long, long time.  In fact, within the next few weeks we'll be expanding the hours and adding a few new faces.

If you're the asshole who needed the Magic cards so bad that you waited 'til Tim had his back turned, here's how you've affected ME:  The money I've lost from those two boxes would have been an entire week's pay for a part time employee.  Due to YOUR action (and others like you), I can't trust ANYONE who buys Magic.  I will now have to completely rearrange our way of selling Magic.  I will have to WASTE at least $1600 to install a security system; that, by the way, is TEN WEEKS pay for a part time employee.  Happy time for you though, you got free Magic from THE ONLY place in the area that has reasonably priced singles and FREE Friday Night Magic.  Do me a favor, brag about how stupid we are.  To as many people as possible.  Everybody else?  Pay attention.  Find these jerks.  If you give me information that leads to prosecution of these people, you will stop a bleeding of money that could have let someone else pay their bills and shouldn't have happened in the first place.  Oh, and, the reward for doing the "right thing" will be better than what the jerks walked off with, I promise.  These people steal from me, other stores, and (probably) you, too.

Sorry, no love this week-

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Turtles & Ducks!

Shannon and I actually had a vacation and it was non-comic related!  This April 1st was our 15th wedding anniversary.
I'd have to say that if you'd like to "get away from it all" AND only have a weekend AND don't want to be to far away from home, this place is perfect the first weekend in April.  Besides one family a couple of houses away, our only neighbors were the ducks and a couple turtles.  Shannon contacted the owner of this little cottage and we had a wonderful time.  We bought some shorts (the only pair of my short that we brought had a broken zipper) at the smallest mall I've ever seen and had an early dinner at the 20's Hideout Steakhouse.  We drove around Marion a little and saw this creepy, but kinda cool house:
After grabbing some groceries from the local IGA, we spent most of the time doing absolutely nothing.  We sat and watched the ducks and the occasional soaring hawk and that was pretty much it.  No internet access, limited phone access; it was nice.  And I got to spend the whole time with the only person in the world worth doing it with.  That's the honest to God truth, so there.