Dec 142012

The military has the right idea. Everybody in uniform wears a nametag. All people really should wear nametags. When I’m in a store or restaurant and whoever is waiting on me has a nametag, I always call them by name. I just think it makes them feel like I see them as a person.

One of the great things about the RV lifestyle is that lots of RVers wear nametags at rallies and even in some RV parks. I think it should be required for everybody everywhere. Mostly because I am terrible at remembering names and faces. Many times people will come up to me, I know that we’ve met before, but I draw a total blank and I have to ask their name. It’s not that other people are not important to me, and I don’t mean to be rude, it’s just one of the (many) things I’m not good at. Miss Terry is very good at remembering names and faces, and lots of time when we meet somebody she discreetly tells me who they are so I don’t seem like a total airhead.

Not only should people wear nametags, I should be allowed to take their picture with the nametag showing. It would sure make my life easier. For example, the other day when we were at Three Flags in Wildwood I met a nice couple whose last name is Hubbell, but for the life of me their first names escape me.

Speaking of Three Flags, while we were there we saw what I’m pretty sure must be one of the world’s largest Christmas decorations used on an RV site; this giant inflatable reindeer. Now that’s getting into the spirit of things!

Blow Up Reindeer

We picked up the new issue of the Gypsy Journal at the UPS Freight dock in Ocoee yesterday. We only looked at two copies, both from the same bundle, but I am not happy with the quality of the print job so far. The photos are washed out and the ink is not consistent. It was a water/ink imbalance, which happens a lot in newspaper printing, but it should have been caught and corrected. Hopefully the whole press run isn’t the same.

There has been some confusion about our announcement that we are in the process of phasing out our Standard Rate mail option, and how that affects subscribers who have time left on their existing subscription. You won’t see any immediate difference, and the remainder of your subscription will be fulfilled at the previous rate. When renewal time comes you will be paying an extra $5 per year for the First Class mail upgrade. Nobody is expected to pay any extra for their existing subscription.

The next few days will be spent stuffing envelopes and getting the new issue mailed out. Which means Miss Terry will be working like a madwoman to get the job done. Between carrying bundles of papers in from the Explorer and filled postal bins back out, I plan to get some writing done.

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  6 Responses to “Nametags And Big Reindeer!”

  1. I think the issue ink problem is going to be okay. I just got the digital issue and it came out fine. I didn’t notice any fading and I looked real close.

  2. I tend to agree with the name tag thing. It would simplify things. On the other hand, I don’t mind asking people I’ve already met their names. I get called Mr. Geek often by folks who know me, but not my name. We all meet lots of people in this lifestyle, and our neighbors are constantly changing.
    You need one of those reindeer for your rig.

  3. I wish we could get people at our winter home, Cochise Terrace in Benson, AZ, to wear name tags. When we’re only there up to a couple of months each year, we forget people’s names if we’ve just met them once or twice. The faces are familiar but the names are lost on this aging brain of mine. And now the Lot Owners Association Board wonders how we lost the sense of ‘community.’

  4. It will just be a matter of time before the name tag would help me remember who I am!

    We’ve had the digital issue for some time now and I think it’s the only way to go.

  5. One more reason to get the digital issue. It gets here first and looks great every time. To me it’s a no brainer.

  6. Name tags are great and it would be nice if people get their first name temporarily tattoed on their hands or faces. I don’t like tattoes because of the blood,pain and permanency of it all. When I walk my dog, I remember other pets’ names but usually not the people’s names. Sometimes the dogs are more friendly than the people…haha…

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