I'm just back from the dog park where the "damn dog" has given me agita. There's something wrong with either the hook on her leash or her owner but as we left the gated area, I realized I was holding a leash not attached to a dog. Trouble is, so did the dog. She was off like a shot--running along the creek, running into the creek, running away away away. So much for all that obedience training. When I was trying to find a way around the bunker near the creek so I could reach her, she raced back to the park. One of the men there tried to get her back into the park. When I saw she was hanging around the fence, I went over to the little dog side (now empty) and called her. Then she came to me. I was so mad at her. She's lying here all smug with herself, but man, she stinks like a frickin' sewer. Fortunately, she's going off to the day care center for a long weekend. (She'll have her own room with a tv, so don't feel bad for her.)
The other day I said I'd tell you more about spending money locally, the 3/50 project. The dude and I decided we should do it. We're not spendy-spendersons, so our goal is to spend more of the money that we do spend locally. I think that what really struck me about this project was the idea that for every $100 you spend locally, $68 returns to the community in payroll, taxes, and expenditures. Compared to $43 shopping at a national chain and $0 if you shop online.
The other day, I was at my local bead store and I asked the proprietor, "did you have a chance to order those silk ribbons we were talking about?" We had discussed about a month ago getting neutral silk ribbons to use on the golden bead for my sister. I guess she figured I'd go off and order some off the internet--a practice I bet a lot of small shop owners have to contend with. Especially when you're a small shop, you have to weigh ordering for a customer--especially an occasional customer--with the minimums you are often required to purchase. (This can really drain a store's resources.)
So I told her, the dude and I have decided to stop ordering online. "It's probably safer," she says. "That too," I replied. "But we're trying to make a commitment to support small businesses in the community. The money we spend here stays in the community." You should have seen her face brighten! "Thank you!" she said, "I really appreciate that." Before I left, she was ordering the silk ribbons I was looking for.
It looks like we all win! So think about it, how can you better support the small shops in your area?