The SOCKIT2ME WEEKLY NEWSLETTER 11-5-2010 Edition….enjoy!

The Grateful Dead, Investing in Sugar and Scrooge McDuck….all in this week’s newsletter!

Remember, Daylight Savings Time ends in the USA this weekend, November 7 at 2am. FALL BACK!

This newsletter is intended to share some information and to generate some thoughts and maybe a laugh or a smile. I hope you enjoy. I cover some very top line telecommunications industry information but more fun and more valuable might be the other things noted. If you find no fun or no value, just let me know and I will happily remove your name from the list. No harm, no foul!

I would love to help your organization REDUCE EXPENSES in tele- and data- communications at no risk! Please reach out to me when you can. Information on how to contact me is below.

TELECOMMUNICATIONS SPOTLIGHT

• Is Facebook where FORD draws the line?
• Let’s hope this is not true. Let’s get WIFI in the air! Damn the terrorists!
• GOT IPAD? You need to accessorize!
• Official RED CHINA approved Facebook and Twitter knock offs:
• Have an ANDROID phone? This will help.
Telepresence?

COMMUNICATIONS HUMOR

• Okay, so this is not funny, but it is pretty cool. Please turn off your volume if you are in public. Warning GRAPHIC LANGUAGE. Check out this video of lightning hitting a telephone poll. Happens after the :40 mark. Enjoy!
• Funny answering machine messages
• I know Halloween is over but I missed sending out a newsletter last week, so this is a funny video of folks getting scared!

BUSINESS TIPS OF THE WEEK

Basic Bookkeeping Tips:
• Know how to toot your own horn?

EXPERTS I KNOW

• At Schooley Mitchell we say “We Are the Telecom Experts” and that is true. I also know a host of other experts that can help you and your business. I would like you to get to know some of them.

• DO YOU HAVE A CHILD IN HIGH SCHOOL? Are you thinking about college? College is an important step in the academic and social growth of your child and is likely to be one of the largest investments your family will make. You want your son or daughter to find a college where they will be successful and happy, and one that you can afford without touching your retirement savings. Rana Slosberg of Slosberg College Solutions LLC, is an independent College Admissions Consultant who can help your student find colleges that fit them academically, socially and financially and can work with them on the college application process. For more information, check out her website and her blog . Reach out to Rana at 908-698-9848 or at rana@slosbergcollegesolutions.com.

• I know Rana and a host of other experts. Please reach out to me for advice on the right person to speak to about any service you might need

FOOD ITEMS OF THE WEEK

• Forget GOLD, I am buying SUGAR!
• Thanksgiving recipe idea from Cat Cora…...Barbados Sweet Potatoes
• Good website for information on restaurants in your area.

THIS DAY IN MUSIC HISTORY

• On this day in rock history, November 5, 1972, The Grateful Dead release their triple live album entitled Europe 72. This one is one of Top Twenty Desert Island Album list. Recorded during a 22-date European tour, it became their highest-charting album up to that time. More on Europe 72.

From Wikipedia: History

This was the third live double or triple album in the Dead’s past five releases, revealing how the group’s reputation rested on their live performances. Indeed, the liner notes simply stated: “There is nothing like a Grateful Dead concert.” The album contained considerable new material in addition to versions of tracks found on previous studio albums.

Despite the band being out of the country, Europe ’72 showcased the Dead’s mixture of American bluegrass, folk, and country influences, and provided the culmination to the band’s early 1970s sound. Archetypal American images abounded on “Jack Straw”, while “Cumberland Blues” and “Tennessee Jed” were firmly rooted in their regional feeling. “Truckin'”, which had recently become the band’s first hit song, catalogued its own troubled-but-resilient pathway through American life. The Dead’s start-stop-restart segue of “China Cat Sunflower” into “I Know You Rider” also linked their psychedelic past into a more traditional context. Reviews specially praised the track “(Walk Me Out in the) Morning Dew”, a ten-minute rendition of the melancholy folk standard that features guitar crescendoes from Jerry Garcia.

The tour represented by this album was Ron “Pigpen” McKernan’s last with the Dead before he died in 1973, and the last album he would feature on as an active member. It was the first album to feature Keith Godchaux and his wife Donna Jean Godchaux.

Originally a triple album on vinyl, Europe ’72 was later reissued as a two-disc CD in 1990 and again in 2001 with bonus tracks as part of the band’s box set, The Golden Road (1965–1973).

Europe ’72 has been the Dead’s best-selling live album, and one of their best-selling albums overall, achieving double platinum status in the U.S.

Although Europe ’72 is billed as a live album, the songs featured on the release were subject to significant overdubs after the fact, specifically with respect to the lush harmony vocals. Unadulterated multitrack recordings of the performances used for the album are no longer available (because they were simply snipped from the multitrack concert tapes whereupon the band overdubbed directly onto them, destroying the originals) but, for example, the available two-track soundboard recording of the May 10, 1972 show indicates the band had not yet figured out the vocal arrangements for “He’s Gone” that would later be overdubbed in the United States.

PEZ OF THE WEEK

• The Pez of the Week is Scrooge McDuck
• Scrooge McDuck is one of my favorites. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scrooge_McDuck
• Not right now, but soon (after my birthday) I sort of feel like him some days!

From Wikipedia:
Scrooge McDuck or Uncle Scrooge is a Glaswegian[1] anthropomorphic duck created by Carl Barks that first appeared in Four Color Comics #178, Christmas on Bear Mountain, published by Dell Comics in December 1947.

Over the decades, Scrooge has emerged from being a mere supporting character in the Donald Duck oeuvre to a major figure of the Duck universe. In 1952, he was given his own comic book series, Uncle Scrooge, which still runs today. As the character’s popularity rose, he appeared in various television specials, films, and video games. Scrooge, along with several other characters of Duckburg, has enjoyed international popularity, particularly in Europe, and books about him are frequently translated into other languages.

WORD OF THE WEEK

• acerbity
o Definition:(noun) A rough and bitter manner.
o Synonyms: acrimony, bitterness, jaundice, thorniness, tartness
o Usage: “You are ignorant,” Miss Bordereau remarked; not with acerbity but with a strange, soft coldness.

VIDEOS OF THE WEEK

My absolute favorite of the week and I do not even understand the language!!!
• You hear of Hands Across America, have you seen ““>Guy Walks across America?
• How many cops does it take to take down the Epic Ninja? warning graphic language at end.
The Rent Is Just Too Damn High!

STRANGE NEWS ITEMS OF THE WEEK

• Do you suppose the real estate agent thought the lady was going to ever make an offer?
• Great moments in IRONY.
Wonder what the divorce will be like?
• Not a nice prankster.
• Great moments in job interviews.
• Coming soon to an ODD LOT near you?

OTHER STUFF and USELESS INFORMATION

• 20 things you did not know about…… from Discover Magazine.
How to avoid a cold or the flu this winter:
• One more reason why my wife is better than all the rest, she would not do this!
Sanity!
Tips on winterizing! Yes, time to think about it!
• Barbie’s full first name is Barbara Millicent Roberts.
• All of the clocks in Pulp Fiction are stuck on 4:20.
• A coat hanger is 44 inches long if straightened
• “Dreamt” is the only English word that ends in the letters “mt”.
• The word ‘byte’ is a contraction of ‘by eight.’
• Isaac Asimov is the only author to have a book in every Dewey-decimal category.

ABOUT ME

I am a consultant in the area of telecommunications. All I do is focus on cost reduction in the area of data- and tele- communications. Armed with a set of proprietary tools that are unavailable elsewhere, as well as deep market knowledge, I offer organizations a free audit of all their communications usage via invoices and records. At Schooley Mitchell, we do a deep dive analysis of how an organization really uses their services: line by line, phone by phone, feature by feature, user by user to come up with sound recommendations. My compensation comes only from a share in the savings generated. We review it all, internet access, wireless/smart phones, local service, long distance, conferencing, toll free numbers, pc cards, etc. On average I am able to find savings of 25% and often with no change in carriers.

Why would I be invited in, to review complicated expenses?
• Because my services are confidential.
• Because my customized recommendations bring noticeable savings.
• Because only the customer decides which recommendations I will implement.
• Because I am 100% objective and independent. I do not sell or accept commissions from any carrier’s services.
• Because I do not bill for my services until the customer sees savings. There is no cost up front and all compensation is funded from savings.
• Because I continue to monitor monthly usage and invoices – always optimizing savings

If you know any organization other than yours that would like to reduce their communications expenses; I would be pleased to help them as well. I always welcome the chance to do what I do best.

Please feel free anytime reach out to me at 973-295-6319 or at ken.toumey@schooleymitchell.com

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Have a great weekend!
Best,
Ken

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