etcguybanner
Home
Post-Christmas Do-It-Yourself Project Stymies Consumer Laggard
January 26, 2016
0
, , , , , , , , , , , , ,

diffusion curve laggard(Central Valley Business Times, December 2015)

Laggards, in marketing lingo, are consumers that ride the tail end of the Diffusion Curve.  Whether it’s computers, TV sets or toasters, I am not an early adopter.  I lag.  Every Christmas season (which starts after Halloween), I wrestle with more consumer purchase decision making than the rest of the year.  The bustling crowds, blaring holiday music, and banners promoting BOGO’s, only adds to my befuddlement.

In comparison, my wife and daughters shop with the endurance of Olympic athletes.

(more…)

Sports
December is the Season for Puck Drops
December 21, 2015
0
, , , , , , , ,

(Hockey Player Magazine, December 2015)

Eric characture cropped colorDecember is the season for leaf fall, snow fall, and puck drops.

My hockey buddies grin when frosty windshields mask the morning commute, especially the guys from Minnesota or Canada where vegetables come in casseroles and nuts come from cans. (more…)

Holidays Quotes From Famous People
Time Swooshes into Another Holiday Season
November 28, 2015
0
, , , , , , , ,

etcguy dr suessHow did it get late so soon?  It’s night before its afternoon.  December is here before its June.  My goodness how the time has flewn.  How did it get late so soon?

Dr. Suess (1904 – 1991)

It seems just a week ago my kids filled plastic pumpkins full of Halloween candy.  And only eight minutes ago we gobbled the last of Thanksgiving turkey.  Now, we’re onto the Christmas holiday home-stretch.

nike swooshTime swooshes by but it’s not because of Nike. Between October 31 and December 25, time either speeds up or gets sucked away. Where it goes, nobody knows.

How did it get late so soon?

PS  For “late” or last minute Christmas shoppers I’m compiling a list of great books to consider.  Coming soon…certainly before June.  Be sure to join the Etc.Guy Facebook page too.

Quotes From Famous People
Upcoming Trivia Bee to be a Jocular Event
October 29, 2015
0
, , , , , , , , , ,

MozartTo speak well and eloquently is a great art, but an equally great one is to know the right moment to stop.”

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Ready, fire, aim.

I’m one who, to my wife’s chagrin and mortification, sometimes speaks first then thinks later about what I just said.  The fuse between my mouth and vocal chords burns short and quick, while the fuse between my mouth and brain smolders like wet rope.  I wear a size eight shoe.  But it’s my size 13 mouth that gets me into trouble…like a goofball friend who makes a dare.

Mozart’s quote is prophetic and one I try to be mindful of every day—not to be too much of a wise-guy.  A closed mouth gathers no feet. (more…)

Parents and Kids
Etc. Guy Interviewed by Michigan blogger…Dads of Divas
September 30, 2015
0
, , , , , , , ,

etcguy speech fistEven old guys can learn Twitter.

I made the baby-boomer cut by a year or two and don’t know what to think about social media.  Five years ago, when my kids began junior high school, I reluctantly set up a Facebook account to keep track of what they were doing.  I also wanted to know who they ran around with and what influenced them.  Before I started the Etc. Guy blog, I viewed social media as a waste of time.  At the time, a chimpanzee probably had a better understanding of social media than I did.  And I’m being generous.  Make that a sloth.  (more…)

Parents and Kids
Tour de Dad’s Classic Rock Transcends Multiple Life Stages
July 29, 2015
1
, , , , , , , , , , , , ,

etcguy bike racersThe Tour de France is composed of 21 stages, all in succession.  For the Tour de Dad I bounce between multiple stages, at the same time, with no apparent order.  I’m in my early 50’s which means I fall in the old-guy territory when it comes to my teenage daughters, Kate and Maggie.  Classic rock, though, seems to transcend age groups.  I received a lot of comments from the posts below after they appeared on the Etc. Guy Facebook page. (more…)

Quotes From Famous People
Quotes from Famous People – Teddy Roosevelt
June 30, 2015
0
, , ,

etcguy teddy roosevelt“When you are asked to do a job, tell ‘em ‘Certainly I can!’  Then get busy and find out how to do it.”

 Teddy Roosevelt, 1958 -1919 (26th President of the United States, 1901 to 1909)

Holidays
5 (or More?) Gift Ideas for Dad on Father’s Day
June 17, 2015
0
, , , , , , , ,

cam strapsHey kids, here’s a short and sweet Father’s Day list if you’re procrastinating.  The listed order is unimportant, except for #3.

  1. Cam-buckles and tie straps. These range in length from 12 inches to 24 feet.  They’re handy to secure loads for camping or landfill trips.  Cam buckles eliminate the need for dads to tie sophisticated knots which just frustrate us.  Color coded straps are best.  We’d rather spend time strapping things than untangling straps.  Find ‘em at Northwest River Supplies.

(more…)

Sports
Hockey Tape and Old Trophies Bring Out Sentiments
May 5, 2015
2
, , , , , , , ,

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

(Hockey Player Magazine, May 2015)

The line between frugality and nostalgia is not much wider than a skate blade.

Consider hockey tape, the adhesive that binds equipment, body parts, and adult recreation teams.  Players hoarding rolls of UHaul® tape to strap on shin guards are frugal.  They’re too cheap to buy real sports tape.  Thriftiness is admirable unless it interferes with selecting post-game beers. (more…)