Tales of a Hollywood Tour Guide

Author / storyteller Stephen Schochet researched Hollywood and Disney stories and traditions for 10 years while touring Hollywood. He had the unique idea that stories could be told anywhere and that was what led him to create the critically acclaimed audiobooks “Fascinating Walt Disney” and “Tales Of Hollywood.” Here he shares some stories that happened while he was actually touring:

On a tour, I pointed out Fox Plaza, the building that blew up in the movie Die Hard. A tourist asked me “How did they rebuild that building so quickly?”

* On the way we stopped at Rodeo Drive. People were returning to the bus after their visit and Steve Garvey walked by. A lifelong Dodgers fan, I said, “Hi Steve.” Happy with the recognition, he went over to meet the people on the bus. Unfortunately, the entire group was from England and Germany and not a single person knew who it was.

* The day after OJ Simpson was arrested, he was doing a tour where we stopped in front of the Chinese Theater. My clients stared at the hand and foot prints as I stretched my legs near a row of parked tour buses. Two men approached me, one with a film camera. “Hi, we’re from CNN. Are you a tour guide? We’d like to interview you about OJ.” “Safe.” “Great. Roll the camera. We’re talking to a Hollywood tour guide. So his clients asked him about OJ’s house today.” “Well today my people are from Romania. They are here for the World Cup. I don’t think they care about OJ.” “Well, will you add OJ’s house to the tour?” “Probably not because he lives west of 405. We’re going east of 405 and we’re really pressed for time. I wouldn’t be surprised if we had some guys point out any old house and claim it’s from OJ!” I was joking, but the reporter took me very seriously. “So tour guides do that? What tour company do you work for?” I thought, who does this guy think he is, Mike Wallace? I pointed to one of the buses owned by a rival tour company.

* When I started training as a tour bus driver, I traveled with other guides to see how they did it. One guy, unfortunately, was disliked by customers with a series of stale and sometimes sexist jokes. At one point he showed the Hollywood sign and told the tragic story of actress Peg Entwistle, who, unable to successfully transition from stage to screen, jumped fifty feet to her death from the top of the letter H. It ended. the story with the tagline, “Of course the last person to jump was a tour guide who was not tipped.” There was a pause and then an Australian customer from the back of the bus yelled, “Oh yeah? Well, there’ll be another tomorrow!”

What exactly is League of Legends and what are League of Legends champions?

You’ve probably heard some of your friends mention it all the time, and if you’re on the internet, you’ve most likely come across hundreds of people talking about “LoL,” but what is this League of Legends? people speak? If you’re wondering, you’ve likely gone under a rock for the past eight years.

League of Legends, or simply “LoL” as it is commonly abbreviated, is one of the largest multiplayer online battlegrounds (or MOBA, for friends) in the industry. In this game, you control a character, or “champion” as they are called in the game, and team up with other players against the enemy team. The goal is to destroy the other team’s Nexus, which is practically the core of their base.

What exactly are League of Legends champions? League of Legends champions are just another use of the word for a character. Each champion has their different skills and roles within a team, so the team must maintain good communication to stay organized and defeat the opposing team. Characters usually start at a basic level and get stronger as players collect items and experience, of course this resets every match, which means you always start from scratch, making it the most fair to fight. Another cool thing about character roasting is that it’s always expanding, introducing new characters from time to time, bringing new life to the game, and giving you the opportunity to experience new ways to play it, create new strategies, build a better team. and in general, have a lot more fun!

You can play it online or against bots (computer controlled characters), however if you are playing online you can join the ranked matches, what are these? Basically, they check your track record and experience and put you in an online match against players of your similar skill level, giving you great and fair matches. Building the enthusiasm for you to compete to the highest ranks, strategizing, and challenging yourself, your friends, teammates, and as you fight your way to the top. Playing League of Legends is also joining the largest online gaming community in the world, this ensures that you will meet people from all over the world, make friends, exchange statistics and, as mentioned above, generally have a good time.

Or, if you want to take your game to the next level, you can give eSports a shot. Since the LoL community is the largest in the world, it also has a wealth of information on the esports scene. Be good enough to compete in professional matches, join a team and challenge the best of the best in global tournaments that bring together people from all over the world for a great match. If you are good enough, you can win huge monetary prizes in these competitions! Imagine that, make money playing an amazing game? What could be better?

Although online competition is probably the most engaging aspect of LoL, players will find the game to have a rich and entertaining storyline, where the characters have backstories and interactions with each other, making for a more immersive experience in a new world.

So if you want to have a good time, make some great friends, compete in the world’s largest gaming community and again, have a good time, join League of Legends, you can even download and play it for free, so what? you are waiting? Adventure awaits!

A love for chocolate cakes

Most of the time I bake cakes just for birthdays, but sometimes I make one just for the sake of it. When it is a family member’s birthday, they almost always order a chocolate cake. Here are my favorite chocolate cake recipes. I hope you enjoy it.

Chocolate chip pudding cake
Serving size: 12

This has to be my favorite chocolate cake of all time. My husband’s grandmother was in the hospital once and one of the nurses let her taste this cake which she loved
so he got the recipe. We’ve been making it for birthdays ever since. It’s a bit rich, but if you like chocolate, it’s for you.

Preparation method
1 box of chocolate cake mix – any brand
3 ounces chocolate pudding mix – instant
12 ounces chocolate chips
1 3/4 cups milk
2 eggs

Mix ingredients well and pour into prepared pan.
Bake for 1 hour at 325 *. Sprinkle with powdered sugar.

Blush cake
Serving size: 12

I like this cake because it is unusual and it is an additional way to use our garden beets!

Preparation method
1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 Lg. Eggs
1/2 cup red beets – cooked and grated
1 1/2 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 C + 2 tablespoons butter or margarine – melted
1/4 cup milk

Glazed cream cheese:
1-3 oz. Pack Cream cheese
1 tablespoon of milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups caster sugar

Combine flour, sugar, cocoa, and baking powder in a large bowl. Set aside. With an electric mixer, beat the eggs, beets, honey, vanilla, butter and milk in another bowl. Add dry ingredients to egg mixture and beat on medium speed for 2 minutes. Pour into a greased 8 “square cake pan. Bake at 350 degrees for about 40 minutes. To make the frosting: Mix cream cheese with milk and vanilla. Gradually add sugar. Beat until smooth. If done too thick, add more milk, 1 teaspoon at a time. When cake has cooled completely, roll out

The ultimate chocolate cake
A very moist and delicious cake.

Preparation method
2 cups of flour without sifting
2/3 cup cocoa
1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 2/3 cups sugar
4 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup of mayonnaise
1 1/3 cups of water

Grease and flour bottoms of 2-ply (9 “) cake pans. Mix first 4 ingredients, set aside. In large bowl with high speed mixer, beat next 3 ingredients for 3 minutes or until smooth and fluffy. On low speed, whisk in mayonnaise. Add flour mixture in 4 alternate additions with water, beginning and ending with flour. Pour into molds. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 30-35 minutes or until the tester of Cakes inserted in center come out clean Cool in pans 10 minutes Remove and cool on wire racks.

Hot chocolate cake

This cake is low in fat, 14% according to my recipe program. However, you would never know by trying it.

Preparation method
1 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup sugar
6 tablespoons cocoa – divided
2 teaspoons of baking powder
1/4 teaspoon of salt
1/2 cup of milk
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 3/4 C hot water
Whipped cream or ice cream-Opt.

In a medium bowl, combine the flour, sugar, 2 tablespoons cocoa, baking powder, and salt. Add milk, oil, and vanilla until smooth. Spread in ungreased 9 “square baking pan. Combine brown sugar and remaining cocoa; sprinkle over batter. Pour hot water on top; do not stir. Bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes. Serve hot. Cover with whipped cream or ice cream if desired Yield: 9 servings.

Chat Session – Eric Wedgie

Many news in the world of sports this week. The NBA playoffs begin with great fanfare. The NHL playoffs continue without anyone noticing. The NFL draft is only a week away.

But nothing caught my eye like what happened at Yankee Stadium last Thursday.

Cleveland manager Eric Wedge is officially living on borrowed time. He has already led a smorgasbord of underperforming players to the playoffs no contest in 2006 despite a chock-full roster of young talent at Wahoo Warrior. Now this. He wanted to get his former closer, Joe Borowski, to work a 6-2 game, because Borowski hadn’t worked in four days. Well. And I’m even fine leaving the kid in after he allowed a two-out solo homer to Josh Phelps, a single to Jorge Posada and a walk to Johnny Damon. Hell, give him the benefit of the doubt and let him take on Derek Jeter (gulp).

But after Jeter singled at Posada to make it 6-4, maybe it was time to start thinking about a different pitcher. And after Bobby Abreu singled off Damon to make it 6-5, it was really time to start thinking about a different pitcher. And after Borowski threw a wild pitch that allowed Jeter and Abreu to advance to second and third, their blind, deaf, and heavy-hitting grandmother would have known to switch pitchers. Unbelievably, Wedge left Borowski in. To face Alex Rodríguez. Who hit nine home runs in his first 13 games. With first base open.

This is the kind of logic that leads Sanjaya to stay alive too long on American Idol. (Speaking of which, how perfect is it for Sanjaya to have dinner next time with President George W. Bush? Talk about two unfairly rewarded symbols of mediocrity.)

You know what happened next. A-Rod made yards while Wedge fiddled. The Indians lost 2.5 games of their first in the AL Central. And the Yankees got to dance all over the Tribe. If these two teams meet in the playoffs, don’t think this albatross won’t weigh heavily on Cleveland’s neck. Could Wedge have given Rodriguez a passport to face Jason Giambi with a force at stake at each base? Yes. Could (even better) have done something radical like, oh, I don’t know, change pitcher? Yes.

But it did not. He stood up and watched, then justified himself to reporters. Time to go, Eric.

The Yankees already had what I considered a suspicious starting rotation as of 2007, and now they can’t keep more than one or two healthy starters. Do you think they’ll end up in trouble this year, or is this early-season stuff going away?

BoDog Bookmakers, BoDog.com: This is not looking good for the Yankees; Other than Andy Pettitte and Chien-Ming Wang, the Yankees don’t have pitchers in the prime of their careers. Mike Mussina has been a rock his entire career, but his age and 477 starts have caught up with him. Carl Pavano has thrown just 111 innings since 2005. The Yankees pitching staff is in trouble, but they still have enough offense to keep them going in any game.

The NBA playoffs are beginning to take shape and the West promises to be incredible. So what will it be? Dallas? San Antonio? Phoenix? Someone else?

BDB, BoDog.com: Dallas, San Antonio and Phoenix are way ahead of the rest of the NBA. Dallas finished with the best record and has the likely MVP leading the way. In San Antonio, Gregg Popovich appears to have the Spurs peaking at the right time. However, the consequences of Tim Duncan’s expulsion and Joey Crawford’s subsequent suspension could have umpires nervous calling Spurs games. Phoenix has more to prove; They need to prove once and for all that their fast-paced offense translates well into the playoffs. For the Suns, anything other than a final appearance will be a huge disappointment. The only other team in the West that has a chance is Houston. McGrady and Yao are two of the most dominant players in the game when healthy. They have a chance if both players warm up at the same time.

I asked him about Kevin Durant last week and he got poetic. Now it looks like Greg Oden will also be declaring for the NBA Draft. Do you think he’s a franchise player, like Durant do? Which boy would you pick first overall?

BDB, BoDog.com: This discussion will continue in bars, locker rooms, Internet forums, and anywhere else where people love basketball. Greg Oden will be a franchise player in the same mold as David Robinson; will enter and go to work. Big dominant centers are rare, so when you get a chance to pick one in the draft, you don’t think twice unless someone like Kevin Durant is on the board. I would still choose KD over Oden; Both will win games and trade their franchise, but from a business perspective, Durant will fill more seats and sell more merchandise.

One week after the NHL playoffs, what are your biggest stories?

BDB, BoDog.com: So far it has been Sidney Crosby’s quick exit at the hands of the Ottawa Senators, who are getting a steady goal and could quickly become favorites to come out of the East. I’m also surprised by Atlanta’s apparent lack of effort; It is quite surprising to see that a team of this level is not ready to play. Bob Hartley clearly didn’t have his team ready to play, and he made some very puzzling goal decisions. The abstract logic of replacing Kari Lehtonen after it was clearly not her fault the Thrashers lost Game 1, and then returning to him after Johan Hedberg was brilliant in Game 2, is nothing short of mind-blowing.

Effective Tips to Win Soccer Betting – Odd or Even Goal Score Line

This method will help you take advantage of the scoring game to win some money betting on football matches. By the name that indicates it, you can bet that the team will score a total of goals of probability numbers whose results end with 1-0, 0-1, 2-1, 1-2, 3-0 … etc.

You can start monitoring the progress of the tournament when a new season begins. Pick a soccer game in which you appear unbalanced. You can check the odds on various scoreboards to confirm if the match is truly off-balance. For such a game, the favorite usually comes with low unanimous odds, such as below 1.30. Remember to confirm with various online bookmakers and choose the best possible odds on the odd or even goal market. Ideal odds for this market should be 1.90 or closer to odds of 2.0. If you lose the first bet, just multiply the bets by 2.25 after each loss, and that ended up with an odds goal. In fact, according to the law of averaging, the odds of having a total of goals with a number of probabilities should close to an even number.

To make this soccer betting system perfect, choose a team that has had at least four games with even goals, and then back up the odd goals in every game they played. Usually it will happen between 1 and 5 games after you have started the system, so wait for the winnings to come in. Then stop using the equipment and start looking for the next available one that matches the criteria. The odds are hugely in your favor. One important point to keep in mind: you must have a relatively large betting bank to be successful. The recommendation is 20 units to overcome the bad time.

History of the San Francisco Giants

San Francisco has a rich history full of great moments and players as they have five World Championships under their belt and have had greats like Carl Hubbell, Bobby Thomson, Wille McCovey and Juan Marichal.

The San Francisco Giants can say that they have had the two best players who have played the game with the great Willie Mays and the incomparable Barry Bonds of the San Francisco Giants, Mays hit 660 home runs in his illustrious career and it is believed that of many to be the best player who has ever played due to his ability to be able to play all aspects of the game at a high level and without possessing weaknesses, as for Barry Bonds of the San Francisco Giants, all he has done is win the award . His career consists of winning the National League Most Valuable Player award seven times, winning eight gold gloves, twelve silver slugger awards, being voted into the National League all-star team thirteen times, and winning 708 home runs, which is only 47 less than Henry Aaron’s. timestamp of 755.

In the 1930s, the San Francisco Giants participated in three World Series, winning the 1933 World Championship, with National League MVP Carl Hubbell of the San Francisco Giants leading the way in a defeat of the mighty. Washington Senators, the San Francisco Giants pitching staff totally frustrated the Washington Senators bragged about offense as they only allowed eight earned runs in the entire series on the way to four games to a win.

It would take until 1951 for the San Francisco Giants to return to prominence, as they qualified for the fall classic again, but the New York Yankees denied it, but in 1954 against the Cleveland Indians the San Francisco Giants with Willie Mays from San Francisco returned. of his tour of duty with the U.S. Army defeated the highly favored Clevealand Indians, who won 111 games in the regular season, one play perhaps changed the entire look of the ’54 World Series, as Willie The San Francisco Giants’ Mays made perhaps the greatest defense, tied with the Cleveland Indians with a 2 in the eighth inning of Game 1 at the Polo Grounds and two Indians running backs on base, the Hall of Center fielder. Fame caught a 460-foot smash off over his shoulder. With the Cleveland Indians bat Vic Wertz, the San Francisco Giants won 5-2 in ten innings, and the series became a fugitive for the San Francisco Giants.

The San Francisco Giants made an appearance in the World Series in 1962 but were defeated by the New York Yankees in six games, and would not make the playoffs again until 1971, the year the San Francisco Giants did not have a pitcher who won 20 games or batter with a .300 average and were eliminated by the Pittsburgh Pirates, it would be a 16-year drought before the San Francisco Giants reached the playoffs again, in 1987 they led the San Cardinals. Luis to a seventh game in the National League Championship Series before succumbing, in 1989 the San Francisco Giants had a powerful squad led by NL MVP Kevin Mitchell, who scored 47 HRS and 125 RBIs and drove in. the San Francisco Giants to overcome the Chicago Cubs in the NLCS and enter the World Series against the rival from the Bay Area. The Oakland Athletics, who boasted of being a virtual star player with American League MVP Jose Canseco and slugger Mark McGwire to accompany an award-winning pitching staff, the San Francisco Giants were no match for him. Oakland Athletic. s and were defeated in four games in a row.

The San Francisco Giants would reach the playoffs in 1997 and 2000 but would lose in the first round to the Florida Marlins and the New York Mets respectively, in 2002 they would again qualify for the National League playoffs, this time behind the powerful bat of Barry Bonds. Of the San Francisco Giants who hit .370 with 46 home runs, 110 RBIs, 198 walks and a .582 on-base percentage, the San Francisco Giants defeated the Atlanta Braves three games to two in the divisional playoffs and continued to defeat the St. Louis Cardinals in the NLCS and earn the right to face the upstart Anaheim Angels.

The 2002 World Series was unique for all ages, as the San Francisco Giants and the Anaheim Angels dueled and battled for a seventh game, where the Anaheim Angels narrowly defeated the San Francisco Giants. to win his World Series.

The 2006 San Francisco Giants will be a National League powerhouse with Barry Bonds and pitcher Jason Schmidt regaining health and newcomer Steve Finley adding strength to an already potent lineup, the offseason acquisition of P Matt Morris from the St. Louis Cardinals will do it. It would be a huge boost, one that could give the San Francisco Giants the edge in the National League West with many tickets sold for the San Francisco Giants.

Great moment in team history

After trailing the Los Angeles Dodgers by 13 1/2 games on August 8. On September 11, manager Leo Durocher’s troops posted 16 consecutive victories and won 37 of their last 44 regular-season games to force a draw with Brooklyn. The two teams met in a three-game elimination to see who makes the playoffs, the San Francisco Giants and Brooklyn Dodgers split the first two games with the winner taking all of Game 3 on the polo field, the San Francisco Ginats followed the Brooklyn Dodgers 4-2 with two in the ninth and one out in the ninth when Bobby Thomson of the San Francisco Giants got to the plate, the rest is history, Thomson drilled a pitch from 0-1 off Brooklyn Dodgers reliever Ralph Branca to left field and leapt to the plate to put an exclamation point on “The Miracle of Coogan’s Bluff,” as legendary Giants announcer Russ Hodges called it.

Grandparents, are you making this number one mistake when raising grandchildren?

Grandparent tip for you, avoid poisoning your grandchild. Keep your grandchild safe and sound. Do you want your grandchild to be diagnosed with ADD (attention deficit disorder)? Do you want your grandson to receive medicine before the age of 6? This happened to my nephew!

I see children running the same fate on a regular basis. In fact, I read that one in five American children takes ADD medication. I’m sure you don’t want your grandson to become one of those statistics.

Disclaimer: The information presented is informational only. Consult with your baby’s physician before using any of the techniques in this document. All content in this publication is based on research. It is for educational purposes only. It is intended to share the knowledge and information of the author’s research and experience. The author makes no guarantees of any form.

From the first month to the eleventh month, parents and grandparents do everything possible to protect the health of the baby and keep it safe. So why is it that on the baby’s first birthday, poisoning begins?

You go out to buy or make the “birthday cake” and of course you have to add the ice cream. What is cake without ice cream? I know it is tradition, but you may not realize how dangerous these two products really are.

First of all, they are loaded with sugar. Sugar has been classified as pure poison. It has no nutritional value and wreaks havoc on the body. Juvenile type 2 diabetes is on the rise, not to mention obesity. I just saw an article where an insurance company refused to insure a four-month-old baby because he was too fat. There have also been many warnings in the news about sugar and its dangers.

Kids are getting addicted to sugar, when does it all start? I blame the big first birthday party.

You must have been told a thousand times that sugar causes cavities. However, that’s not all that sugar does to spoil. Read the book “Sugar Blues” by William Dufty for the facts or simply search for the danger of sugar in your favorite search tool for studies and reports.

As for ice cream, visit – notmilk.com for information that will make your hair frizz. Milk has been suggested to cause autism and ADD according to research by three scientists.

Ice cream is milk plus sugar (not to mention the abundance of chemicals). Please don’t make your grandson start with this. My friend regularly gives her two-year-old a bowl of ice cream and then wonders why her son is always sick or has earaches. Go figure.

In addition, sugar causes the suppression of the immune system for at least five hours. Therefore, the body cannot fight infections effectively. If your grandson gets sick every time you turn around (like my friend’s daughter), look at what you are feeding your grandson and take note of the sugar content. Fresh fruits and vegetables do not create this problem.

What to do instead. Have the cake and ice cream, but let the grown-ups enjoy. Create something healthy and cute for baby to enjoy and for those birthday party photos we all love to take.

Be very careful about what you feed and drink to your grandchild. Take note of what is happening right now in regards to changes in what is served in the school cafeterias.

6 ways to increase sales after the holidays

Your Business Guide to Overcoming Post-Vacation Fatigue

It’s no wonder people buy more during the holiday season. A report from Adobe Analytics found that consumers spent $ 80.3 billion, and that was only online, from November 1 to December 6, 2018.

If you were lucky, your business enjoyed great seasonal success.

But whether you’ve made big profits or experienced a drop in holiday sales, there are ways to increase sales in January. I share 6 of my favorites:

1. Launch another sale.

While customers may feel post-holiday fatigue after an overwhelming number of Black Friday, Cyber ​​Monday, Christmas, and Boxing Day deals, you can still reach your target audience with a tempting winter sale.

Here’s a good example: Clothing and home retailer Anthropologie has a winter sale on all sale items. By taking another 40% off items that are already reduced in price, you attract customers and remove old stock to make room for new spring inventory.

Remember, your fans are smart, so be authentic rather than simply putting up a sale sign on a poorly sold product or calling a small discount “winter clearance.”

2. Match New Years Resolutions.

Regardless of what product or service you sell, there is probably a way to tie in the “New Years, New You” angle.

A 2018 survey by Tangerine found that nearly 70% of Canadians have made resolutions. More than half of those surveyed focused on improving their physical health and almost a third wanted to improve their financial management.

So, start by thinking about how your product or service improves someone’s:

  • Financial, personal or professional success

  • Health or wellness

  • Confidence or self-esteem

  • Productivity

  • Relations

Then think of ways you could incorporate New Year’s resolutions and goals into your sales schedule to avoid a drop in sales after the holidays. For example, we created a publication for one of our clients, using personal success in 2020 to drive sales of his book Crash Course in Human Resources for Small Businesses.

3. Create a buying guide or blog.

While we tend to give Christmas most of the attention, don’t forget that people want gift ideas all year long.

According to the 2019 Holiday Season Shopping Report, 47% of surveyed gift shoppers didn’t know what to buy. To turn browsers into clients at any time of the year, help guide your visitors. For example, you can create a list of the top 10 popular gifts for teens or moms, or highlight the best gifts for Father’s Day.

People will be less overwhelmed and more likely to add an item to their cart with a little guidance, which can really help you increase sales after the holidays.

4. Update your newsletter subscription.

With so much in the life of a small business owner, it can be easy to overlook this important marketing tool. Are you offering an ebook that has been available for years with a subscription to a newsletter, or are you promoting an outdated promotion?

Take a look at your email newsletter sign-up page and think about next year. Is there a way to make it more attractive to attract leads and sales?

Maybe you could create some new content like an ebook or video tutorial, or offer a free consultation.

5. Improve your social networks.

If you gave your social media accounts a Christmas flair, now is the time to remove the decorations, so to speak. Even if you didn’t add any Christmas flair, now is a great opportunity to reflect on the messages you are posting.

While you shouldn’t update your logo or branding just because it’s a new year, at least take a sweep of your social media to see if you need to change / add:

  • Your business hours and location on Facebook and Google My Business.

  • Old tweets pinned to your Twitter account.

  • Images for Google My Business and Instagram.

  • Profile photos for all your social media accounts.

While you could argue that this is not directly a way to increase sales after the holidays, you would be surprised! If you have old assets gathering dust or you can’t be bothered to swap out a Christmas banner on a social media platform, people will wonder how efficient and reliable your small business is.

The right reasons to rebrand your company logo

Over time, your business will grow and evolve. You can offer new services or products, enter different markets, or target another demographic. If this happens, you may need to consider changing your marketing graphics.

However, you need to be careful not to undo all the hard marketing and branding work you have done and fully understand how to rebrand for the most effective results. Read more on our website.

6. Get creative with celebrations throughout the year.

There is a long list of January “holidays” you can check online to help you get started. By taking note of the relevant dates throughout the year, surely there are some fun ways to incorporate them into your marketing strategy.

You can offer a discount, gift, or promotion that is related to what you sell. Here’s a delicious example: Italian chain Carrabba’s Italian Grill celebrated National Pasta Day last year with a $ 10 pasta deal.

One of my favorite examples is what WWF did for World Penguin Day (April 25 is coming up!). They shared an informative article ‘The Top 10 Facts About Emperor Penguins’, with a call to action to ‘adopt’ one of these adorable skating birds.

We were so enthralled by this campaign that we adopted some ourselves! Since the emperor penguin is our official mascot, how not to do it!

No, we didn’t get our own penguin, but we did get a stuffed animal, regular updates, stickers, and other cool stuff to support the initiative.

There is no reason you should wait and accept a post-holiday sales slump. While we tend to focus much of our marketing (and personal) energy on the holiday season, we must remember that our customers are still out there. They want to hear from us in a meaningful and relevant way.

With a little planning and creativity, you can overcome post-vacation fatigue and set your small business for a prosperous 2020.

Lynn of the twins is likely to leave Minnesota before the trade deadline

Second place is not a bad place to be when July starts, as the season is at its midpoint. Now that there are two Wild Card clubs to qualify for the postseason, you’d think no team in that position would want to ditch some of the players who helped them reach second place.

Well this year there is at least one second-place team that needs to wave the white flag, even though the schedule calls for early July. Because they are eleven games behind first place Cleveland, the Twins have no chance of winning the AL Central.

Upbeat fans at Target Field might rebut the above statement, recalling that just last year the Twins finished second behind the Indians and still made the playoffs as a Wild Card team. The difference, of course, is that Minnesota was playing .500 ball last July, a pace that was enough to qualify for the second Wild Card.

The 2018 Twins, on the other hand, are currently ten games under .500 and possess the 10th worst record in the league. Three of the four teams that have played worse than Minnesota are in the same division, which is the only reason the Twins are in second place.

Given the poor record and the huge gap between them and the Indians, the Twins need to make a trade that will benefit them going forward. His best trade card would be veteran starter Lance Lynn, who is signed only this season.

His departure would not hurt Minnesota, as All Star ace Ervin Santana is expected to return from the disabled list this month. His presence will more than make up for the loss of Lynn, who is being watched by several contenders.

One of those potential business partners, and the most practical, is the closest geographically to Minnesota. In fact, the two teams share a broadcast network, the Fox Sports North cable station.

Milwaukee is currently atop the National League Central, but the defending champion Chicago Cubs are just a game away. To avoid a breakdown like last year, the Brewers may be looking for a veteran starter like Lance Lynn, especially since Brent Suter had to be pulled from his last start due to injury.

Lynn could bring in a Top Twenty prospect, perhaps even number seven Lucas Erceg. Drafted into the second round in 2016, Erceg is a promising third baseman who is expected to hit the big leagues next year.

People in Minnesota might wonder why the Twins would go after third base, considering the most feared slugger on their list was an All-Star at that position last year. The answer, of course, is that Miguel Sano has no future in the hot corner, even if he surpasses his current offensive struggles while playing Single A Fort Myers.

It will most likely take over early in 2019, leaving the hot corner as a question mark. Certainly, utility infielder Eduardo Escobar has nobly replaced Sano’s absence this year, but the Twins need a long-term fix for that position.

Milwaukee is well placed at third with Travis Shaw, a left-handed hitter with a lot of power to solidify half the batting order. Even if the Brewers refuse to trade Erceg, they have a couple of promising receivers and pitchers among their top two dozen prospects. The Twins could certainly use a young catcher or a young arm that is close to the majors.

Good enough to win is good enough

Steelers (2-0) 10, Browns (0-2) 6

The Steelers braved the lake effect wind and a better Cleveland team Saturday night to move into sole possession of first place in the AFC North.

Willie Parker rushed for more than 100 yards (28 of 105) for the second straight game, and Ben Roethlisberger put in another efficient performance completing 12 of 19 passes for 186 yards and a touchdown to Hines Ward.

The Steelers defense held the Browns to 53 yards rushing on 25 attempts. Cleveland’s offense could only muster 208 total yards.

It may not have been the 49-12 apocalypse I predicted, bad weather has a way of leveling the playing field, I don’t think these teams are as close as the scoreboard indicates.

The Browns Again defense couldn’t stop when they needed it late in the game. Derek Anderson didn’t make the decisive plays his team needed.

Not that I agree with the decision, but I see the logic behind Crennel taking all 3 points when they were in range with three timeouts and more than three minutes to go. However, the mismanagement of waiting time and clock that was shown in the last moments of both halves was staggering.

When the Browns recovered the ball with 26 seconds left, needing two completions, Kellen Winslow wasn’t on the field, interesting.

Ben Roethlisberger allegedly played with a separate shoulder. What a show of faith in an unproven offensive line that has shown solid, if unspectacular, play for two weeks. I don’t know for sure, but it has to be his non-throwing shoulder that is supposedly separated.

I’m not a fan of the term “statement game.” The logic behind this does not satisfy me in the least, inferring that only certain games allow “statements”, while one could argue that all games tell us something, therefore all games are “statement games”, so the cliché should be abolished. However, if the Browns were trying to “make a statement” about their final position in the AFC North standings this season, it would read “second.”

The offense should benefit from playing in calm conditions against a defensively deprived Philadelphia team next week.

If you were a Browns fan:

I’d call for Crennel’s head and for Brady Quinn. Who needs stability in QB and head coach anyway? There is no justification for the play call late in the first half that resulted in Troy Polamalu’s second interception in two games, and the coach played scared kicking a field goal seven late in the game.

Mission Impossible: The 2008 Steelers Schedule. Much has been said about the Steelers team’s overwhelming schedule this year. How much of that is justified? Let’s take a look at how the Steelers’ opponents fared this week.

PHILLY (1-1) 37, DALLAS (2-0) 41 The BCS says, the Browns are eighteen points worse than the Cowboys, therefore the Cowboys are 14 better than the Pittsburgh (BCS does not take weather into account) for what the Eagles are 10 points better than Pittsburgh? Phooey! This is how the Big Ten send teams to national title games. Next week will be a fantastic game to watch. When he’s not playing the Steelers, I’m a McNabb fan; I remember when Philadelphia fans booed him when he was drafted in place of Ricky Williams. Neither team seems to play defense at all, the Steelers pay very well on defense. I bet the Eagles are a slight home favorite for next week. I can’t stand 99% of the Philadelphia fans, they don’t know anything about everything, and they’re not afraid of everyone knowing.

BALTIMORE (1-0): HURRICANE SURPRISE GOODBYE WEEK As if the Gulf Coast hadn’t had enough trouble. The Texans should be glad they weren’t forced to play a home game in Baltimore, or that they weren’t scheduled to play the Giants or Jets this week, and that the home game moved to the away team’s home field. so the league could. make more money.

JACKSONVILLE 16 (0-2) BUFFALO 20 The Jaguars offensive line resembles the Steelers last season, and suddenly Garrard looks average, it’s good they have a capable back in Byron Left ….. It seems like The Bills are the team in the AFC East. Nobody wants to play right now, it doesn’t bother me that they aren’t on the Steelers’ schedule.

I think someone has chosen the steelworkers to lose during their goodbye week.

CINCY (0-2) 7, TENNESEE (2-0) 24 The Bengals remain irrelevant. The Titans defense is fantastic and I’m a Kerry Collins fan (he needs some). The Titans are still stuck with chronic underperformance that may or may not be a head case, and a back up over the hill. Too bad the Steelers Titans game on Dec. 21 doesn’t take place in a snowstorm in Pittsburgh. The Steelers defense has a greater advantage over the Titans defense than the Titans defense over the Pittsburgh offense.

GIANTS (2-0) 41, RAMS 13

If the Rams can score 13 against the Giants, NY is in trouble.

WASHINGTON (1-1) 29, Saints 24. Campbell will lose more games with his arm than he wins, this was an exception. I could be wrong. Randel El, he deserves better. The Redskins are tough, but they still allowed 24 points to a team with David Patten on their way to WR.

COLTS (1-1) 18, VIKINGS 15 Indy’s is fighting the Jags to see who can win the most games before their offensive line recovers. Peyton Manning is good, the Colts defense is unlikely to be compared to the ’76 Steelers.

SAN DIEGO (0-2) 38, DENVER 39. What a game this was. I’m glad I was forced to watch the end of the Pats Jets game (which consisted of Matt Cassell getting down on his knees three times) instead of watching more of what is likely to be known as the most exciting game of this season. . The Chargers were really bothered by the umpires, but the Broncos still made the plays to score and take the lead with double. SD is probably the best 0-2 team in the league, losing two games by a total of three points. However, his defense has allowed 64 points in two games.

NE (2-0) 19, NY Jest 10. New York isn’t that great, the Pats are now a boring team running first without a superstar quarterback. The Patriots defense is still solid, but aging. I say make a play for Randy Moss on the deadline. Buffalo wins this division.

Opponent Record: 12-11% Winning: .522

Still tough and still very early, but four wins vs. Bengals and Ravens are chickens worth counting now; a low estimate of .500 ball the rest of the way would result in 11-5 and a division crown. The Steelers would be battle tested and ready to enter the playoffs. Staying healthy.

Come on Steelers!