Canal Connection Rocks

Canal Connection Rocks

The Canal Connection rocks!  (The Canal Connection Chamber of Commerce – Palmyra, Macedon and Walworth and surrounding areas’ Chamber of Commerce.)  Tonight we held our annual Christmas Dinner.  It was nice.

The evening started with a brief overview of the Chamber’s accomplishments and activities in 2017.  That was followed by a few remarks from our State Senator Pam Helming.

Dinner was nice.  The “grazing stations” had salad, steamed vegetables, a pasta station, and chicken French.

At the end of the event we had a 50/50 drawing and distributed the silent auction winnings.  Consequently, we did not win the drawing.  Therefore, I consider it a donation to the chamber.

By the way, you do not have to be a Chamber of Commerce member to attend our annual dinner!  In addition, It’s a nice time to meet business owners and enjoy a nice meal.

Library Classes

Elizabethe and I met with the Macedon Public Library Director regarding teaching classes next year.  Elizabethe will teach a basic computer skill classes.  I will teach a class about getting started with WordPress.

My class will be in April.  Elizabethe’s classes start in January.  As a result, we’ll both be busy.

Black and White

I’ve been working in black and white today.  There is something about black and white.

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Black and White

Missed Meeting

Missed Meeting

A missed meeting today turned in to a blessing.  I got up, went down the Canal Trail, came home, looked at my e-mail, and saw a message.  The message implied there as a Chamber of Commerce meeting this morning.  I checked the chamber calendar.  Sure enough, I missed the meeting.

Hoping a few people might be at the meeting, I dropped in to apologize for missing it.  I was invited to sit as they were just wrapping up.

“No, I can’t sit.  Today is the day I take my Alzheimer friend to lunch,” I said.

A guest at the meeting inquired about my friend.  I told her a little.  I also told her a few of us take him out each week so his wife has a break.

She informed me of a program presented at the Macedon Library.  Giving me all the information, she extended an invitation for my friend and his wife to attend.

Tender Mercies

It is one of those tender mercies.  I beat myself up about missing the meeting, and this was a tender mercy saying, “See… there’s a reason it happened this way.”

Another tender mercy is my friend’s wife was looking for something her husband could do.  This program has both – a program for her and for him.

 

Sixty Cent Wings

Sixty Cent Wings

I am not wild about Buffalo Wings, but I do like BBQ wings, so when I saw that Flaherty’s had Sixty cent wings, I was ready to order.  Normally 10 for $9.99, Thursday nights I can get 15 for $9.00.  That’s a deal.

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Wings

The Canal Connection Chamber of Commerce had their meeting at Flaherty’s on Route 31 tonight.  We had a nice showing.  With seven people in attendance we were able to have some great discussion about upcoming activities.


Earlier

Earlier in the day I attended the Tri County Networkers meeting.  As soon as it was over I went to return the cable modem to Time Warner.  $10/month modem rent pays for itself real quickly.  I took a couple of wrong turns on the way there.  My route was not the most direct route, but I eventually got there.

A stop at BJ’s on the way home resulted in finding a good price on UPS units.  I bought two.  One for Elizabethe’s computer and one for the TV, cable modem, router and all of that stuff.

Speaking of UPS units, I found an 8KW one on Amazon.  That could power the entire house!  It has lugs for hardwiring it to the breaker box.  Someday.  Maybe.

Another Reason

Another Reason

Here’s another reason the cloud isn’t always the best choice.  I guess when I set up my phone I told it to store my calendar information on the “cloud”.  While I don’t specifically remember doing this, or if it was even an option.  As a result, when off-line I can’t see certain appointments.

This bit me in the butt today.  The other day I looked at my appointments for Wednesday and saw nothing.  Zip.  Nadda.  I thought, “Cool, a free day!”

When the afternoon rolled around I decided to check my e-mail.  There I saw that I had missed the Chamber of Commerce board meeting.  Hence, another reason why the cloud isn’t the best choice and how it can bite you.

The funny thing is I remembered to take my friend Tom to lunch.  That wasn’t even on my calendar.

Tom and I went to Orbacker’s.  I ordered zucchini fries.  In insisted that Tom try one.  He did and he was quite impressed.  He asked that I make sure his wife knows he likes them.  My burger was quite good too.  It was a messy burger, but aren’t good burgers supposed to be messy?

When I got home I found my 21″ stainless steel bowl had arrived.  I was off to turn it in to a beauty dish.  Here’s how far I managed to get today:

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Beauty Dish (outside)
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Beauty Dish (inside)

Involved

Involved

How do you get people involved.  That’s a huge question for any organization.  It has also been the topic at many Canal Connection Chamber of Commerce board meeting.  Today was no different.

I think people want to see, “What’s in it for me.”   I get that, especially when it involves a business owner.  It’s all about return on investment.

Or is it?

There are some who simply need something to do that they enjoy doing.  Now, those are the people the chamber would like to find.  We could use volunteers to help with events and other chamber activities.  Volunteers could be students or retired folks or anyone in between.

After a the chamber meeting I went to take my friend Tom to lunch.  Tom is fun to be around and we had a great time.

Then it was time to get ready for my photo session.   I had lights to move, and cameras to make sure they were ready to shoot.  Of course, as things would have it, my afternoon was full of interruptions.  But, in the end, it all worked out.

My shoot went well and I’m just loving my LED lights.  What I also love is that my Fujifilm X-T1 interfaces with my Kindle Fire so nicely.  It takes some getting used to, but using the Kindle as a wireless remote is fun.

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A Wardrobe Photo Session

Chamber Meetings

Chamber Meetings

Today we had a chamber meeting for the board of directors.  I remember in school being given reports about certain cities.  Our teacher advised us to write to the Chamber of Commerce in that city and tell them you’re doing a report and request information about that city.  I was so excited when the packet arrived.  It was full of all sorts of stuff about the city I was doing a report on.

I don’t think many people know the purpose of a Chamber of Commerce.  The key word is Commerce.  The Chamber of Commerce is there to support and help commerce grow in a community.

So, that being the purpose, why is it so difficult to get business owners to get involved and come to a chamber meeting?

Our local Chamber of Commerce is called the Canal Connection Chamber of Commerce.  Our charter is to bridge the community and businesses in the area and to improve the quality of life.

Frankly, without getting to political about the difficulties the local chamber faces, if we could get more businesses on board, owners volunteering and helping out, we could become a very powerful resource in the Palmyra, Macedon and Walworth towns and surrounding areas.

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Canal Connection Chamber of Commerce

The Beckwith Mansion and photography by db walton llc are proud members of the local chamber of commerce – the Canal Connection Chamber of Commerce.  If you are a business owner, or retired person, who wants to get involved with this great organization, let me know and I’ll walk you through the process to join.  And, I’d love to see you at our chamber meetings.


Distraction was my middle name today.  I kept trying to work on one of my projects, but kept getting distracted.  Even after a client called, I had a hard time keeping focus while working on his estimate.

Squirrel!

 

No Snow But Cold

No Snow But Cold

Today it is no snow but cold.  That’s right.  The first day this year that it has not snowed.  But, brrrrr… it is cold.

We had a Chamber of Commerce Board Meeting this morning.  There is great concern that many local businesses are not getting involved.  My theory is many are Millennials who are of the opinion that everything can be done on-line.

I wonder how Captain Moroni would have fared had he had to deal with Millennial attitudes.  I’ll leave that to you to decided.  It is also food for thought if we ever have to defend our rights, families and liberties again.  I think there is only one organization in this nation that is equipped to handle a situation like that — the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

I also wonder what it would take to get people involved again.  It makes you wonder what the general populus would do if there was a major Internet and power outage that would leave them with absolutely no access to Facebook, SnapChat or even their cell phone and text messages.

My wife once asked what would happen if we were totally cut off from public utilities.  I just shrugged and commented about my Boy Scout days when we would take off in to the High Sierras with meager provisions for a week or two.  It wouldn’t be comfortable, but I could do it if it came to that.

A teenager riding his bike down the street the other day was totally oblivious to his surroundings.  Why?  Because he was holding his cell phone in one hand and texting.  I ran in to him latter and commented that his parents and grandparents would be terribly sad if he were creamed by a car.  In the kindest way I could muster, I suggested he leave his phone in his pocket while riding his bicycle.

There is a poignant video that shows a man sitting on a park bench texting.  A lady’s grocery bag breaks and sends her groceries flying in front of him, and he doesn’t even notice.  There are others that show serious accidents and other tragedies all because someone was paying too much attention to their electronics and not life around them.

That brings me back to the chamber.  I’ve heard these comments from other leaders of volunteer groups that volunteerism is dying in this country.  While the liberal-minded complain about the rich getting richer and the poor getting poorer, soup kitchens often suffer because they don’t get enough volunteers.

Dude!  Attention!  Volunteer in your community!

Pulled a Muscle

Pulled a Muscle

The other day when I had to dodge a car in the parking lot of Wegman’s, I think I pulled a muscle.  I was reminded last night.

I remember back in high school, Freshman year, having to do all those sit-ups for the Presidential Fitness Award.  As a result, I pulled something in my abdomen and spent the next week being quite tender around my belt line.

Well, you get older and you pull one of those abdominal muscles and you’re reminded you’re not as young as you used to be.  I think of all the muscles in the body to pull, lower back is probably the worse, and stomach muscles pull a close seconds.  I won’t be doing any sit-ups any time soon.

Speaking of sit-ups, I have a couple of friends who own health clubs.  I get the social aspect of health clubs.  What I don’t get is walking on a treadmill for 15, 20 or 30 minutes or longer when you can just go walk outside.  (Mark and Colin, no offense meant.  I just can’t stand staring at a stationary scene.)  While I understand it can be a great bad-weather alternative, it bores me to tears.

When I went to update my blog today, it kept timing out.  I called my hosting service and the guy said things were working and they have had no failures.  I did a trace route and found where the packets were getting dropped.  It turned out it was Time Warner that was having the issue.

I called Time Warner and the young lady was helpful, but started having me do things that were totally counter-intuitive.  With my extensive networking background, I stopped her, gave her one of their IP addresses, and explained, “That is where your problem is.”

As things would have it, I was cut off.  Now, thanks to my friend Aaron, I no longer blame such incidents as malice, but instead, gross incompetence. Heinlein’s Razor says, “You have attributed conditions to villainy that simply result from stupidity.”  Okay, I realize that is harsh, but either she intentionally cut off the call, or she did something stupid resulting in the call being dropped.  Either way, I figure it would have to effect more than just me and it would just be a matter of time before Time Warner fixed their switch in Chicago.

After work we went to the Canal Connection Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours.  It was held at Reliant Credit Union.  It was supposed to be speed networking, but because of a low turn out, we let everyone have the floor for a few minutes to describe their business.  From a chamber point of view, I’m sorry more didn’t show up.  However, from a business owner point of view, I’m glad there was a small crowd because we each were able to explain our business.  We had Anytime Fitness there, Reliant Credit Union, Macedon Auto, Macedon Family Chiropractic, Meme’s Gift Baskets, GL Campbell Plumbing, Elizabethe representing the Beckwith Mansion and me representing photography by db walton llc.

Elizabethe commented she liked that event because of the seating.  (We held it in the center of their waiting area where they had comfortable overstuffed seats.)  I liked that too.

One Place to Another

One Place to Another

I went from one place to another today.  It is amazing how busy life gets.  People think being self-employed means you have time on your hands.  Not true.

The Chamber of Commerce started my day with a board meeting.  This got me thinking.  When I was a kid, the Chamber was a cool place because they could tell you about their city.  I think people have forgot about how important a Chamber of Commerce is to a community because of the Internet.

In fact, someone posted a question in a parent group about a business.  I commented that questions like that are good questions to ask the Chamber of Commerce.  They responded somewhat brashly saying they were asking their friends.  I politely responded that I was just pointing out that we have a Chamber of Commerce and they are always happy to answer questions about business and businesses.

It would be nice if the Chamber of Commerce actually had a brick-n-mortar place for people to visit.  I remember Moscow, Idaho, having a very cool building off the main highway that housed the Chamber of Commerce.  I used to stop there while riding my bike to pick up a map.  They jokingly accused me of reselling the maps.  What a cool idea I thought!  But, nobody was willing to pay a dime in 1966 for an 8.5×11″ map of Moscow, Idaho.  I reported back to them that you can’t sell the things.

My networking meeting was well attended.  There’s another great business resource.

From there it was off to a doctor’s appointment.

What a day.  I’m exhausted.