Saturday Morning Ramblings

I discovered two new clever businesses in the last couple of months and thought I would share them with you. If you want to start your own business in 2017, this is the direction that I believe makes the most sense. The businesses are definitely not brick and mortar, but online.

The company is called Lokai and the premise is simple. You need to maintain a balance in life and stay humble, The white ball on the bracelet contains water from Mount Everest, the highest peak in the world, and the black ball contains mud from the Dead Sea which is the lowest point on the earth. The black ball reminds you that even through life’s lowest moments, stay hopeful. The white ball reminds you that it’s times when you are feeling on top of the world that it’s most important to stay humble. A string of clear beads link the two, signifying that throughout life’s circular journey, your path is your own. Brilliant.

I was watching CNN and a brilliantly commercial comes on for Dollar Shave Club. I’d seen it before but today it hit home. The last time I went to the pharmacy to buy razor blades, the replacements were almost $ 40 for 8 and of course they are security locked so you can’t get to them. The TV commercial addresses this issue and convinced me to signup and order and for less than ten dollars, you get a razor and four blades. Sounds like a good deal to me.

Can you figure this out? In 1982 singer Taco released a cover version of “Puttin’ On the Ritz” as a single from his album After Eight, released on Polydor Germany. The single was accompanied by a music video, which includes a tap dance solo.The single was a global hit, reaching No. 1 in Cashbox as well as No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart,making Irving Berlin, then 95, the oldest ever living songwriter to have one of his compositions enter the top ten.It was certified Gold by the RIAAfor selling over one million US copies. It was Taco’s only hit in the States.

I am embarrassed of the city of Montreal. The city is a joke. Can you imagine an American tourist coming to the city and getting lost in all the construction. The American dollar makes Montreal a very attractive destination for Americans to help our economy, but we do nothing to make it convenient for them. And the city and Mayor Coderre have apparently spent a billion dollars on the 375th anniversary. Seriously? First of all, its 375 not 400. Second, imagine what we could have done to the infrastructure with an extra billion dollars; not to mention a homeless center.

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