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Old 11-08-2011   #1
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Interesting Thoughts

With all the talk and support for U.S. made products I see on the Buzz I felt this post was interesting and appropriate.

Fwd: Something to ponder - and excellent ideas

Interesting thoughts.

> Christmas 2011 -- Birth of a New Tradition
> As the holidays approach, the giant Asian factories are kicking into high
> gear to provide Americans with monstrous piles of cheaply produced goods --
> merchandise that has been produced at the expense of American labor. This
> year will be different. This year Americans will give the gift of genuine
> concern for other Americans. There is no longer an excuse that, at gift
> giving time, nothing can be found that is produced by American hands. Yes
> there is!
> It's time to think outside the box, people. Who says a gift needs to fit in
> a shirt box, wrapped in Chinese produced wrapping paper?
> Everyone -- yes EVERYONE gets their hair cut. How about gift certificates
> from your local American hair salon or barber?
> Gym membership? It's appropriate for all ages who are thinking about some
> health improvement.
> Who wouldn't appreciate getting their car detailed? Small, American owned
> detail shops and car washes would love to sell you a gift certificate or a
> book of gift certificates.
> Are you one of those extravagant givers who think nothing of plonking down
> the Benjamines on a Chinese made flat-screen? Perhaps that grateful gift
> receiver would like his driveway sealed, or lawn mowed for the summer, or
> driveway plowed all winter, or games at the local golf course.
> There are a bazillion owner-run restaurants -- all offering gift
> certificates. And, if your intended isn't the fancy eatery sort, what about
> a half dozen breakfasts at the local breakfast joint. Remember, folks this
> isn't about big National chains -- this is about supporting your home town
> Americans with their financial lives on the line to keep their doors open.
> How many people couldn't use an oil change for their car, truck or
> motorcycle, done at a shop run by the American working guy?
> Thinking about a heartfelt gift for mom? Mom would LOVE the services of a
> local cleaning lady for a day.
> My computer could use a tune-up, and I KNOW I can find some young guy who is
> struggling to get his repair business up and running.
> OK, you were looking for something more personal. Local crafts people spin
> their own wool and knit them into scarves. They make jewelry, and pottery
> and beautiful wooden boxes.
> Plan your holiday outings at local, owner operated restaurants and leave
> your server a nice tip. And, how about going out to see a play or ballet at
> your hometown theatre.
> Musicians need love too, so find a venue showcasing local bands.
> Honestly, people, do you REALLY need to buy another ten thousand Chinese
> lights for the house? When you buy a five dollar string of light, about
> fifty cents stays in the community. If you have those kinds of bucks to
> burn, leave the mailman, trash guy or babysitter a nice BIG tip.
> You see, Christmas is no longer about draining American pockets so that
> China can build another glittering city. Christmas is now about caring about
> US, encouraging American small businesses to keep plugging away to follow
> their dreams. And, when we care about other Americans, we care about our
> communities, and the benefits come back to us in ways we couldn't imagine.
> THIS is the new American Christmas tradition.
> Forward this to everyone on your mailing list -- post it to discussion
> groups -- throw up a post on Craigslist in the Rants and Raves section in
> your city -- send it to the editor of your local paper and radio stations,
> and TV news departments. This is a revolution of caring about each other,
> and isn't that what Christmas is about?

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Old 11-10-2011   #2
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I'm all in.

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Old 11-10-2011   #3
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Too bad nobody wants any of that for a gift...
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Old 11-10-2011   #4
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Really? That comment feels like it was just carelessly tossed out there. Are you just shit stirring to be a dick or do you really think Treemanjii's idea is stupid?

I don't have any ownership to the ranting in the initial and closing paragraphs of the OP, but I agree with the concept of keeping money local. Maybe it doesn't work for the six or fourteen year old kid that has to have the shiny new toy, but I know plenty of people that would appreciate a car detailing, a kayak lesson, a day on the river fishing, locally produced jewelry or woolen goods, a restaurant gift certificate. It may take a little more effort than a trip to the urban mall, but it can be done.

Paying attention to how personal spending affects the local economy is thoughtful living.
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Old 11-10-2011   #5
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sweet! just make sure what you buy is 'merican
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Yeah! Call your local carpet cleaning company (not Stanley Steamer) to come scrub your rug and get all that funky dog hair off your couch!.....sorry, got a little excited....good post treemanji.
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Well Said!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 11-26-2011   #9
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When you make a gift for a friend, you think about the friend while you are making it. When you receive a gift, made by a friend, you think about the friend who made it for you, while thinking of you. That's just special.

And, it can be green! We're using our old bike chains and coming up with some pretty creative jewelry ideas for our crew this year. (We're not artsy or crafty, just saw a cool chain bracelet at the Bike and Bean in Sedona a few weeks back and liked it.) Plus, the hubby is helping and it's fun doing it together!

So, thanks for the "Thoughts" Treemanji. I'm feeling good about our "cheap" gifts!

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