Friday, July 24, 2009

Time to jet off in my private jet....

I swore I wouldn't be defensive on this blog. That I would take whatever criticism people gave me under advisement.

But, you know, there has been a couple of troubling criticisms thrown my way which, while they have some validity, seem kind of unfair to me.

The first is that I work too hard. That I don't get away. That I'm losing perspective.

Well, this smacks just a tad of "Let them eat cake."

Gee, you're right. I haven't taken my Hawaiian vacation this month. Nor my bi-yearly jaunt to Europe.

I'm working every day because there is a recession, thank you very much. And I'd rather not go into debt, because when this recession ends two or three or four years from now I want to be able to really take advantage this time, instead of just digging myself out of a hole.

I'm going to close Sunday's this fall, and maybe even go so far as to close Sundays and Mondays after Christmas. I'm not crazy. But I do what I have to do.

The second criticism that seems a bit unfair is that I'm out of the loop because I'm in the store every day. Well, other than walking around and talking to random people, I'm not sure there is any better way to figure out what's going on.

More than 100 folk a day come in my doors, people from all walks of life, and we have a wide variety of conversations. Most people, I suspect, talk to the same friends, co-workers, and family members. (Which I also do, by the way.) And it's not like I don't do anything outside the store...

Meanwhile, I suspect we all get most of our info from other blogs, from the internet, from the local and national media, and of that -- as I mentioned in the previous post -- I'm a bit of fiend for knowledge.

In other words, we all have something to bring to the table. Mine is from the perspective of a full time shopkeeper, native Bendite, and information hound. Take it for what it's worth.


Duncan McGeary said...

One other thing. Though you may have no reason to believe me, I have found my store to be a pretty microcosm of the world at large; either in my own industry when it came to the ups and downs of comics and cards, etc. and with the wider economy, as of now.

I've found over and over again, that whatever I'm experiencing in the store I will discover six months later that it happened to everyone else, to greater or lesser extent.

I've learned to trust that knowledge.

RDC said...

You really should get away. Does wonders for your perspective. Took my annual vacation to Hawaii in March and will have my European vacation (Starting in Barcelona and ending in Venice) during the first two weeks in September.

Next year its Peru and Tahiti.

Duncan McGeary said...

Yes, I simply must.

tim said...

Dunc, you had better learn to lift your pinkie when you drink your Shirley Temples, if you're going to travel amongst the glitterati.

Keeneye said...

I can't wait until you comment on my blog post to be published in late October.
just putting it out there.

Duncan McGeary said...

So, you're either moving or opening a second pizza place in Bend...

I'm smarter than I look.

And you're crazier...

Duncan McGeary said...

The Riviera is just exquisite this time of year....

blackdog said...

"Gee, you're right. I haven't taken my Hawaiian vacation this month. Nor my bi-yearly jaunt to Europe."

It's not necessary to go to Hawaii or Europe, but it would help to venture beyond the confines of Minnesota Street once in a while.

"The Riviera is just exquisite this time of year...."

Nah, it sucks. Too hot.