LONG WINTER NAP. . .OR NOT

The birds migrate south, the bears hibernate and I take an extended blogging break. It seems to be a pattern.  I wish it was because I was taking a winter slumber but the truth is just the opposite.  I have been so busy selling and shipping pee, crusher hats, bearguard and hawkstoppers that keeping up the blog has fallen to the wayside. As you can see from the photo, i haven’t even been able to keep up with the blowdowns in the woods.  So, here we go again . . .as a way to ease back into the blogosphere I give you some Winterberry Farm peaceful winter scenes(including the grandson on skiis). Enjoy

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Narnia?

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Thaddeus X-Country Skiing

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Dog Trails

Until I find more words . . .The PeeMan

 

PredatorPee® – Keeping it simple.

 

Back in 1999 when we first put PredatorPee.com on line, things were different. You could put up graphics and information, but you couldn’t actually buy anything. You looked it up online, then you called in your order. The connections were all dial-up and slower than mud. It was pretty Mickey Mouse, but you could sense that something big was brewing. I can remember telling someone “If women can ever shop on this thing, it’s going to be huge!”
Pretty prophetic for the PeeMan, wouldn’t you say? But, we’ve always been a bit ahead of our time.

A news story written about us at the time, had the headline: “This E-Business is in the Pee Business” – catchy, wasn’t it?  So, here we are 17 years later and this Pee Business is still in the E-Business in a big way.

We now have a whole bunch of websites (a few are listed below) for a variety of “unique and useful products from Maine”. We try to keep them simple and functional – not a lot of flash. Here are some of our basics:

  • Good, informative content – sometimes clever, sometimes marked by a little juvenile humor
  • Fast, Free Shipping – if you order today, it goes out tomorrow. Weekend orders go our Monday. Everything shipped free via Priority Mail to USA and Canada
  • Quick answers to your questions – don’t you hate it when you email a website and never hear back? That won’t happen here. Email ask-the-PeeMan – during the week, he is pretty quick – a little slower on the weekend.
  • Pay your way. paypal-cc-amazonCredit card, PayPal or go right to Amazon and order – your way is the way we like it!
  • Best Guarantee in the Business: We guarantee PredatorPee® will work or guarantee4141we’ll send you another “flavor” to try. If the critters still don’t cooperate, we’ll send you your money back! We’ll make it work or we’ll make it right.

To sum things up, when it comes to our e-business,

we want to treat you like we like to be treated. Pretty simple.

www.PredatorPee.com

www.MaineCrusherHats.com

www.BootGrease.com

www.HawkStopper.com

www.HotDoe.com

www.MaineOutdoorSolutions.com

 

PeeMan Discovers New Business Language Disorder

I must not have been paying attention. Somewhere along in my business career, I seem to have suffered some sort of loss of ability to understand the language of business. My Business Language Deficit Disorder or, BLDD for short, manifests itself when I interact with business people who use words that don’t seem to fit into the sentences they are a part of.

It started with small things, like when I would say “thank you” to a store clerk for their assistance. Instead of the customary “You’re welcome” response; the answer today is “no problem.” What in the world was there no problem with? Was the problem that I asked for assistance? Or was I thanking them because it wasn’t a problem for them to do what they were being paid for? Or was I thanking them because I wasn’t as much of a problem as I could have been? Next time, maybe I should be more of a problem so that their answer will be more logical.

inigo-montoyaBut it gets worse. The other day, when I contacted a company to get some information on their product, a nice sales associate thanked me for “reaching out to her”. Well, somewhat flustered, I said “you are welcome” because that is what I learned to say when someone thanks me. But, “reaching out” to this woman is something I did not recall or even comprehend. The last thing I remember reaching out for was the ladder that slipped away from me when I was painting the house last summer – and I missed. And not to mention that the idea that I go around reaching out to random women might not sit well with the wife of the PeeMan. Maybe, I should have just said “no problem.”

Then, after I told the nice sales associate what information I was looking for, she told me that once she had gathered the info she would “circle back”.  This time I did say “no problem.” But that was a lie. Now, I knew I had a full-blown case of BLDD. My mind was receiving the signals but was unable to convert them into words I could understand.  I can remember the Lone Ranger and Tonto “circling back” to find the trail again or to get behind the bad guys, but what was this nice lady planning to do. I felt like I needed to be looking over my shoulder even though I knew she and her company were 2000 miles away. No problem, I guess I’ll know what it means when it happens.

So, I had lunch with a businessman friend the other day and he was telling me he needed to hire a new marketing person, but was having trouble finding someone with enough “bandwidth” to handle the job. It sounded like it had something to do with being fat, maybe like a “fat cat marketing guy”. That sort of made sense, but I realized through the fog of my BLDD that it probably wasn’t what my friend had in mind. I had heard the word before, but it always had something to do with computer or internet stuff. So maybe he’s looking for a fat marketing guy who is good with computers. I told him I’d keep my eyes open, no problem.

And just today, I have been chasing a quote from a supplier and this is what the company representative told me word for word:

“I am still waiting to hear from our production team. I will revert as soon as we have an update.”

Uh oh. Now what have I gotten into. All I wanted was a quote. I wonder what she is going to revert into? No problem.

Until I find more words(that I can understand). . .The PeeMan