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Pacers Starters Earn Big Minutes Against Atlanta

16 Oct

By: Colby A. Martin

The Indiana Pacers come away with at big win against the Atlanta Hawks 102-98. Paul George led scoring for the Pacers with 20, and was the highlight of the game with a major alley-oop from Center Roy Hibbert late in the 2nd Quarter. The big dunk adds even more to George’s portfolio to get back into the All-Star Slam Dunk Contest. and shows the growing chemistry between Indiana’s big man and up and coming star scorer.

Atlanta saw major contributions from the bench with Louis Williams leading them in points with 18. The Hawks saw themselves play a winnable game, and outplayed the Pacers in Rebounds and Turnovers.  However the Hawks overall shooting percentage (76%) was enough to help the Pacers (89% FG%) come away with the win.

Roy Hibbert and D.J. Augustin lead the Indiana Pacers in minutes in tonight’s win The Pacers return to action Friday in Orlando, and are home again on Saturday against the Memphis Grizzlies. The Hawks are at home on 10/18 against the Hornets, and the Mavericks on Saturday.

Starters for Indiana: G. Greene, D. West, I. Mahinmi, DJ Augustin, P. George

Indiana Injury Report: Danny Granger, Sore Left Knee (DNP)

Starters for Atlanta: D. James, J Smith, Al Horford, K. Korver, J. Teague

ATL
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Atlanta Hawks logo

Atlanta Hawks logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

K. KORVER #26 F 23:45 4-10 3-7 2-2 -9 0 1 1 0 2 0 2 1 0 13
A. TOLLIVER #4 F 24:06 6-10 2-4 0-0 +10 1 4 5 1 1 1 1 1 1 14
Z. PACHULIA #27 C 29:45 2-7 0-0 2-4 +6 1 6 7 2 6 3 1 0 3 6
D. HARRIS #34 G 22:20 4-9 2-5 1-2 +3 2 3 5 2 2 2 0 0 1 11
J. TEAGUE #0 G 23:28 4-12 0-1 3-4 0 2 2 4 5 2 2 1 1 2 11
M. SCOTT #32 23:55 2-9 0-1 0-0 -14 2 3 5 0 4 0 0 1 2 4
L. WILLIAMS #3 26:04 6-14 1-3 5-6 -8 0 2 2 3 0 0 1 0 2 18
J. ANDERSON #11 12:22 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 1 1 0 2 1 1 0 0 0
D. JAMES #8 11:38 2-3 0-0 1-1 0 3 5 8 1 1 0 1 0 0 5
I. JOHNSON #44 18:14 4-10 1-1 3-4 -10 2 0 2 0 4 1 1 0 2 12
A. MORROW #22 12:37 1-3 0-1 0-0 +5 0 1 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 2
J. JENKINS #12 11:46 1-4 0-1 0-0 -3 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
C. JOHNSON #6 :
J. PETRO #10 :
D. STEVENSON #92 :
TOTAL 240 36-93 9-24 17-23 13 30 43 16 25 10 11 4 13 98
Technical Fouls: 0 39% 38% 74% TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 11
IND
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Indiana Pacers logo 2005–present

Indiana Pacers logo 2005–present (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

O. JOHNSON #11 F 18:59 2-5 0-1 2-2 +5 0 3 3 2 1 1 0 0 0 6
D. WEST #21 F 12:00 3-6 0-0 5-5 -1 0 3 3 0 1 0 0 1 0 11
R. HIBBERT #55 C 30:18 6-13 0-0 4-4 +17 1 10 11 2 2 0 5 6 0 16
P. GEORGE #24 G 29:05 4-14 1-4 11-11 +14 1 7 8 4 3 2 4 1 1 20
D. AUGUSTIN #14 G 31:46 5-7 3-4 0-0 +13 1 0 1 2 3 0 2 0 1 13
L. STEPHENSON #1 23:05 2-2 0-0 0-0 -9 2 4 6 3 3 0 1 1 0 4
G. GREEN #25 24:52 3-7 0-2 4-4 -2 0 1 1 0 2 0 2 1 0 10
B. HANSBROUGH #23 16:14 2-5 1-2 0-0 -9 0 2 2 4 1 0 0 1 0 5
M. PLUMLEE #13 17:41 2-3 0-0 0-0 -13 0 1 1 0 4 0 0 1 0 4
T. HANSBROUGH #50 22:21 1-8 0-0 5-9 +3 5 4 9 0 1 0 3 1 2 7
J. PENDERGRAPH #29 13:39 3-4 0-0 0-0 +2 0 2 2 2 3 0 1 0 0 6
B. AHEARN #6 :
S. GAINES #2 :
L. NEVILL #26 :
S. YOUNG #4 :
TOTAL 240 33-74 5-13 31-35 10 37 47 19 24 3 20 13 4 102
Technical Fouls: 0 45% 39% 89% TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 20
 Stats Courtesy of NBA.com and Pacers.com
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2012-13 Indiana Pacers Preview

14 Oct
By: Colby A. Martin

Over the past few years the Pacers organization has shown promise in building a contending team. They’ve added players through the draft and free agency that have been significant to finishing 3rd in the Eastern Conference in 2011-12, and 2nd to the Chicago Bulls in the Central Division. Even though the lockout shortened the season, the Pacers finished 8 games out of 1st place, and 4 games behind the eventual NBA Champions Miami Heat.

2012-13 Roster

The Pacers were eliminated in the second round of the playoffs to the Miami Heat, and had starting Center Roy Hibbert stayed out of foul trouble, could have easily beat the Heat. However, the story of last season wasn’t the Pacers 2nd-round elimination, but the breakout season for SF/SG Paul George.  George led the team in shots per game, and was the 4th best scorer behind Danny Granger, Roy Hibbert, and David West. George also represented the Pacers in the 2011-12 All-Star Slam Dunk Competition, and to many fans was the definitive winner even though he wasn’t. This year the Pacers enter the season with a new point guard in former Charlotte Bobcat and University of Texas standout DJ Augustin. The Pacers have also added role players Sam Young and Gerald Greene, and a definitive backup Center in Ian Mahinmi. I predict the Depth Chart for the Season to look something like this:

              Starter                            2nd String                       3rd String                                       

PG.    DJ Augustin                    George Hill                    Sundiata Gaines/*Ben Hansbrough

SG      Paul George                    Orlando Johnson       Lance Stephenson

SF      Danny Granger              Gerald Greene              Sam Young

PF      David West                      Tyler Hansbrough     Jeff Pendergraff

C         Roy Hibbert                    Ian Mahinmi               Miles Plumlee                  

*Friday Night’s performance against Minnesota for Ben Hansbrough was significant enough for me to consider him a part of the roster. However, he may still be cut due to the depth at Guard for the Pacers. Look for Ben Hansbrough to be in the NBA this season.

2012-13 Dates of Importance 

  • Wed, Nov 7              @Atlanta                   7:30 PM
  • Sun,  Nov 18            @New York              7:00 PM
  • Tue, Nov 27           @Los Angeles          10:30 PM
  • Tue, Dec 4                @Chicago                  8:00 PM
  • Sun, Dec 9                @Oklahoma City  7:00 PM
  • Fri, Dec 14               vs Philadelphia       7:00 PM
  • Wed, Dec 26           vs Chicago                  7:00 PM
  • Sat, Dec 29                @Atlanta                   7:00 PM
  • Fri, Jan 4                    @Boston                    8:00 PM
  • Tue, Jan 8                vs Miami                     7:00 PM
  • Sun, Jan 13                @Brooklyn              6:00 PM
  • Fri, Feb 1                    vs Miami                     7:00 PM
  • Thu, Feb 28            vs Los Angeles         7:00 PM
  • Sat, Mar 23                @Chicago                  8:00 PM
  • Tue, Apr 16                @Boston                   8:00 PM

Visit Pacers.com for the full schedule

Season Expectations

With the breakout season that Paul George had last season and Roy Hibbert becoming the best Center in the east (since Dwight Howard went to LA), I look for the Pacers to be one of the definitive teams to beat this year. The Pacers should easily win 50 games this year with the Eastern Conference in a major shakeup. The longtime Conference leaders of Orlando, Atlanta, and Boston major shakeups in the roster while the Pacers, Heat, and Chicago stay dominate. The 76er’s are a team with a lot of hope this season with the addition of star Center Andrew Bynum.

I see the Pacers finishing 3rd again in the Eastern Conference, but challenging for a deep run in the playoffs. This is my look at the finishing order for the East:

                1. Miami
                2. Chicago
                3. Indiana
                4. New York
                5. Philadelphia
                6. Atlanta
                7. Boston
                8. Brooklyn
                9. Milwaukee
                10. Orlando
                11. Detroit
                12. Cleveland
                13. Washington
                14. Charlotte

I’m also predicting the Pacers to have 2-3 All-Star members. Those players will likely be Roy Hibbert, Paul George, and Danny Granger. I potentially see Ian Mahinmi making it to the Rising Stars game as well. The Pacers could also challenge for some of the flashiest dunks this season with Paul George and Gerald Greene on the roster.

Blood Thirsty Poli-Ticks

24 Sep

Blood suckers, thirsty…thirsty blood suckers. Not vampires, and no not the disease infected citizens of the Walking Dead, but the nasty money hungry, blood thirsty people who run as politicians in this country. That’s the best way for me to describe them. They attack the weak, go after peoples failures, and when they smell blood…they attack. Take for instance the recent gafs of Mitt Romney. Mr. Romney decided it was a good idea to say that 47% of the American people didn’t matter to him……what an idiot. I understand that the speech was intended to show how he needed to approach the election, but still. The first key to an effective political campaign is to not give your opponent any “bulletin board” material. Yet Mitt Romney continues to practically hand the Democrats the material.

I’ve never seen this happen in a political race, let alone a Presidential race. You’d have to be the dumbest person to give your opponent all of this fuel, and you’d have to be an idiot to not use what was handed to you. Which leads me to Obama. Where is that old fashioned political attacks? Why hasn’t he really ran with that material and shoved it in our faces? The Republicans would in a heart beat. They attack Obama for his healthcare policy and say it screws the doctors. Not because it does, but because the American people respond to negativity.

This is where the blood-suckers survive, and this is where the negative attack ads thrive. Politicians love to be in control, they love the power, and you know they love the spotlight. So, negative or not, this is the way for them to shine. It’s disgusting really. I hear politicians from both parties say different laws do horrific things. I’ve hear Republicans say Obama sympathizes with terrorist, I’ve heard Democrats say Republicans want to kill off poor people  .  Ok, I’ve never heard Democrats talk crap about Republicans. What…the…heck? No wonder Democrats get made looking like the little girl in pre-school who lost her lunch to the bully. They are surprised, scared, and appear to be awe struck instead of angry and ready to fight back.

So why is it the Democrats are such softies? Maybe it’s because a lot of them believe in working together and striving to achieve a common goal for the people. Or maybe because deep down all they care about is money. When the Republican politicians in the US began to attack workers rights, workers unions, and welfare programs the Democrats barely even said a thing. Most of the time they were mum on the issue, or in some instances they walked out of their individual state houses only to sit in a local state’s hotel and speak to little watched media outlets. Heck, the local news won’t even cover the issue. The only place I ever heard those politicians talk were on the Ed Show on MSNBC.

Is that the reason? Does no one really give a crap about the Democrats, or are we really over politics. We hardly ever hear both sides of the story, because the group in control tend to run everything, but then again whoever has the money controls everything. Just look at Republican candidates. They spend almost 3x’s as much as the Democrats do on campaigns. But then again look at who supports the candidates the most. Typically Wall Street donates the most to Republicans, although lately they’ve been supportive of both groups. Goldman Sach’s loves the Democrats. They were one of Obama’s top donors. They practically control all of the financial policies in Washington. They were the most powerful during Clinton’s administration and are responsible for a lot of the financial fiasco’s during the Bush Administration.

Fact is, both parties are parties of money that support corporate groups but they do so in different shades of grey. Republican’s want to give the money to the top earning people as a big “Thank You”. Democrats like to more to the lower earners while giving bigger corporate breaks. Some people like to say that’s considered “welfare”. Truth is, everything the country does can be considered welfare. Giving corporate tax-breaks are welfare, giving social security is welfare, and giving tax-breaks to the middles class is welfare. But what is the government to do when it’s becoming harder to live, and inflation continues to push prices to all-time highs. Gas is around $4 a gallon. A gallon of milk is twice as expensive as it was 2 years ago, and with the drought it’s surely to go up.

We are surely going to suffer even greater hardships financially as long as things stay the way they are. Hopefully come election time we pick a candidate that best suits our future. Unfortunately I don’t think it’s going to matter. Because these politicians could care less. They are out to take what they want, get where they want, and to control who they want. It’s about money, and whoever has the most will get the most power. Whoever has the most power is bound to control this country for a long time. Until we get away from the Blood Thirsty Poli-Ticks, we’ll be stuck in this inevitable circle. It’s frankly scary, and I hope that we open our eyes as a country and realize what’s not just best for us, but best for all of us. These qualities will surely help us, and this is what I believe is the best for this country:

1. An all encompassing leader. Not just someone who cares about one social or economical group more than the other.

2. A politician who drops the Religious card and begins to only care about doing the right things for everyone. No moral compass is powerful enough to help everyone. Denying someone else something because it’s not within your moral boundaries is unfair and poor leadership.

3. Someone who believe money isn’t important to themselves yet understands that fiscal responsibility is vital for the country as a whole. Someone who stops giving tax breaks to different individuals and learns how to manage what’s wrong. Cuts funding to non-essential programs, but funds and invests in programs that will help the country become stronger and more stable. Infrastructure is a good start and is an essential part of our economy and country.

4. A politician who stops kissing big business’ behind. It’s time the consumer take control of the market again. If you read my last blog you’ll understand how much I hate big business and their lack of respect for their customers. The market should be controlled by the consumer, and pricing should be again controlled by supply and demand and not by gamblers on Wall Street.

5. Healthcare is essential to the well being of our county. Without it, millions of people would die from simple diseases and infections. By continually making it tougher for people to get medical attention and by forcing our people to buy health insurance is a quick way to make our country collapse. A proper health care plan would have made drugs cheaper, increased the number of clinics for individuals needing preventative care, and would have allowed a tax-based health insurance plan.

6. Someone who forces the global economy come home. There’s no reason why Ford or Chevy should build our cars in Japan or Mexico. Nor should our normal retail goods be made in similar countries. Nothing is American made anymore, except for Honda’s and Toyota’s. No, that’s not a joke, my parents Honda Civic was built in the US, yet my dad’s Dodge was built in Canada. Whether we focus on using tax incentives to bring them back, or punish them for leaving, something needs to be done to bring back jobs and products.

7. Farm-bills and other supplemental bills that give money to organizations need to stop. As a country we shouldn’t burn hundreds or thousands of pounds of food. We burn cheese, corn, and other produce so that we can keep prices down. This is not only a waste of work, but also could be given to local food pantry’s or donated to non-profits that take food oversees.

8. Abortion and birth control debates are not important for a Presidential candidate. Regardless of what side of the aisle you sit, there are always just as many people on the other side. Stop focusing on this matter and begin to focus on ways to prevent the need for these things. Stop worrying about abstinence only programs and teach people to properly protect themselves. Teenage sex isn’t going away, neither is unprotected sex. People want to feel good, and people want to enjoy what they are doing. Dogs don’t hump people because it’s boring, so why would people stop having sex?

9. Look for a candidate that believes in equality and giving everyone that chance to live the American dream. Just because you are already rich doesn’t mean you should be the only one allowed to be rich. Everyone deserves a fair chance, albeit it shouldn’t be a handout. You still need to work for it.

10. Look for the candidate who wants to fix welfare, not just kill it or expand it. Welfare should be a kickstarter, not a constant stream of cash and help. You need to work your way out, and our government needs to force you to work your way out. The longer you’re in it, the harder it is to get out of it. A generation that grows up in poverty is more likely to stay in poverty. Yet if we don’t fix our economy there’s going to be a lot more people in this group. It’s about time the government start pushing the people in it to get out, and if you don’t get out then you don’t get help. You’ve got to work for it just like everyone else. Because frankly, if pride wasn’t a factor who wouldn’t want to be on welfare? You don’t have to work, you just do some classes and job fairs occasionally and get money to live on as well as housing. It’s a joke, and it’s not fair to the middle class people like myself who had to pay for college and everything else I wanted.

These things are the things I believe are a solid foundation to a great candidate. Our future is very important and it’s time we stop neglecting our future. Stop pushing teachers over the brink with absurd amounts of testing. Start pushing children to learn things that matter, and not pushing for the highest math and science scores. That doesn’t prove anything, employees in the future want well-rounded individuals that can do everything. Because that’s how the global economy works. We need to re-brand high school. It should become the new college to save our future generations money and increase the financial stability of young adults entering the workforce. If we can skip spending thousands of dollars on public and private universities, we could begin working and spending money in our economy much sooner.

After all, we are in it together. If America falls, we all fall. So disconnect the moral connections, the financial connections, and begin searching for a politician that actually gives a crap about us all, and not just the rich or the poor. It’s all of us or none of us. Don’t look for the power America, look for someone who cares.

Customer Disservice

20 Sep

I hate businesses anymore. Yeah, I said that. I hate them. For the most part they could care less about their customers. They believe keeping prices low is enough to keep us satisfied. But to me it’s not. It’s about the little things. Like that overused business saying “Going the Extra Mile” or to “WOW” the customer. Yeah, that’s a bunch of lies. No business goes the extra mile anymore. And rarely do they try to WOW me. These tactics aren’t even for retaining customers anyways. It’s to make new ones. Hey, NEWS FLASH!….it’s harder to make new customers than it is to keep the ones you have.

I’m sure you’re wondering what I’m getting at, and let me start with an example of a store that I deal with fairly regular. Fact is for the longest time I loved this store and was dying for them to come to my local area. They finally did, and as I became a frequenter of the business I realized how awful they are at customer service. When you walk in to the store you are hardly ever greeted, you can wonder through an entire area of the store for an hour plus without a single employee asking for help, and don’t call the store…they won’t answer it because they have one phone for everyone to reach. That’s not even the worst part. They offer In-Store Pickup for online orders, but good luck with that. Most of the time they don’t have your product ready when you get there, so they have to go search for it. What is the point of ordering it online to not deal with the hassle of the store if you aren’t going to have my product ready? I could have walked in the store, grabbed what I wanted, and checked out in the time it took me to do a store pickup. You offer in-store pickup to save time, so don’t waste my time not having my stuff ready. And I know it’s not the store managers fault, I’ve read plenty of articles and blogs referring to this store’s awful in-store pickup options. It’s awful, and half the time they won’t even let you ship it to your own store to pick it up, they force you to go way out of your way to get something.  Why can’t I ship it from the other store? Isn’t a part of business to find a buyer for a good. If you can’t sell it at Store A, then why not ship it to Store B to sell the product? Not to mention you get free shipping between stores, so it cost the individual stores nothing to get rid of a product. Your online portion of your business sucks. Please rethink what you do.

Who Dunnit? 

So what is this store I’m talking about? It’s not Walmart if you’re thinking that. Quite frankly Walmart is a fairly good model of customer service. It isn’t great, but it’s better than half of the other stores. Walmart won’t bother asking you a million questions about if you want things you don’t want. They’ll just help you, but as of late, they’ve put those damn DirectTV sales reps in the electronics to annoy the crap out of me. Which leads me back to my main complaint, the store in question is Best Buy. The same store where those annoying DirectTV in-store sales reps started to become popular.

Best Buy is my go-to electronic store, it has been for a long time. I’ve bought my TV and computer from their, and I buy most of my video games there. It’s usually because they have the better deals, and are a little better about matching deals. But lately, I’d rather spend more money just to go somewhere that I feel like I matter. I know business is all about making the bottom line and increasing revenue. But you can’t do either if you’re unable to satisfy your more regular shoppers.

I recently was in the process of purchasing The Muppets on Blu-Ray when I noticed they had extra Steelbook cases sitting on the shelf. The steelbook collectors case were a preorder promotion. You put $7.50 down, get the fancy case and when the movie comes out they deduct $7.50 from your total. So, I figured I’d grab it, what’s the worse that could happen they tell me I can’t have it? Yeah, that wouldn’t have been as bad as what they wanted me to do. They wanted me to buy it. Yeah, buy it outright as an additional purchase to the movie. So the now $19.99 Blu-Ray plus the case was $30 after taxes. When you force me to buy a preorder promo after release of a movie just because you want to make extra money you’re on crack. I refused to buy it, and I walked out of the store without it. I’d rather have been told it wasn’t available and that it was misplaced on the shelf than be forced to purchase it if I wanted it. It was a preorder special for Christ sake. You don’t make any money off of the thing in the first place. It was a promotional product. Talk about a greed driven move. Mind you those cases have been on the shelf since March, the 6 that have been there since the movie release are still there today. I know this because I’ve counted them every time I go in there. Not because I’m weird, but to prove a point. No one in the right mind will buy your promotional case. So suck on that Best Buy.

My Suggestions

It’s time for customers to be appreciated again. I remember in years past major stores doing customer appreciation sales. I don’t hear that term thrown around much. It’s always Back-to-School Sales, or Black Friday, or some other holiday or seasonal sale. Isn’t it time to throw one in there to tell the customers thanks? If I were Best Buy I’d worry about streamlining their stores. Combine their online and brick and mortar stores. There’s too many inconsistencies and issues between the two stores. I understand you separated them in case your brick and mortar sales bankrupt you. Then you’ll still have the online to fall back on. You don’t want to turn into Circuit City right? Then why did you buy all of their assets? Yeah, that’s true. Even Best Buy’s Credit Card is a product of Circuit City. The Circuit City Credit Card turned into Best Buy’s.

Secondly, stop trying to make every penny you possibly can. If you can take care of customers, you’ll make everything you need. Stop buying into this ridiculous promotions to bring new customers in. You don’t need exclusive cases or DLC for games either. Just stop. Stop trying to compete with Gamestop. Stop trying to outdo Walmart and just do you. You aren’t a game store, nor are you a department or superstore. You’re an electronics store. I shouldn’t see checkout lanes that you don’t use full of candy and beverages. That’s just a waste of money. Redesign your stores too. They are boring, they aren’t catchy and the important stuff is too far away. Every Best Buy I’ve ever been in is similar. The appliances like Washers, Dryers, and such are at the front somewhere. Then they have TV’s near the back or off to the side. Movies are smack dab in the middle as are CD’s. Games are off on the side or in the corner.

Start by dwindling down your in store products. Put most of it online and allow the consumer to order what they want. More people shop online now. And for people Like me it’s a 30 minute drive to go to the store. This will allow you to downsize the stores, eliminating expenses and shipping cost to the stores. You don’t need 500+ movies in store. You won’t sale them, they’ll sit there forever. Put them online and make it so that I can look for what I want and ship it to any store I desire.  Move your used games section away from the New Games Section. Make your TV section smaller. Most people don’t buy a lot of TV’s. You know they buy Cellphones, PC’s and tablets, and Games. Those sell a lot. Those are your biggest products. Make them your highlights.

Also start placing dedicated staff in each section. Stop making TV’s and gaming share staff, and stop leaving your staff so small that the customers outnumber staff 10-1 at times. You won’t make sells if customers can’t find what they want. This also goes with my downsize and shrink store sizes. I tend to buy more from stores that carry less product. Why? Because what I want is easier to find. I don’t need an employee to find it for me, I can see it plain as day. I also spend less time digging and more time looking at other buys.

Departmentalize better. Your stores are crowded, the traffic flow is awful and it’s easy to get disoriented. Make signage that better labels store areas.  Designate employees by areas as well. Don’t hire people for the whole store, people want to work at Best Buy for a general reason. Give them the chance to do what they are good at. I was stuck with a girl once who didn’t wan’t to learn anything about the area she was in, but that’s where they put her. She was awful, and didn’t help anyone. If you put employees in things they enjoy they’ll be better at what they do and your customers will be much more satisfied.

Lastly streamline your website. Put the major categories on the top bar. Let me choose Movies, Music, Games, or Accessories. Don’t make me choose drop down menus to get where I want. Combine your in-store supply with your .com store. Let me ship between stores, because if I’m a buyer of a product you can’t sell somewhere else, then give it to me. If it’s about making money you’re doing it wrong. If it’s just to be lazy, you’re doing wonderful. I hear that you are streamlining your site, or at least overhauling it come holiday season, but your old site was better than your current site so where you’re going doesn’t look good.

Also, every person involved with the company needs to be familiar with the Forbes.com article that led me to begin noticing more issues at Best Buy. They were spot on. The store is massively beginning to fail, and if you don’t start doing better at your customer service, you won’t have anything left. You’ll be another dinosaur.

And to the other stores out there I didn’t talk about, start worrying about your customers. Do things to please them, don’t worry about the money. If customers are happy they’ll be buying from you, and you can find great success. Also start trying to master one product. Be a specialty store, and master it. If you’re an electronics store, be great at it and don’t try selling food. If you’re a clothing store, don’t sell electronics. If you master your service, your customers will reward you.

The Double Standards

12 Sep

Our world is full of double standards, from the differences of women and men, to the differences of how much money certain careers make. They always say that guys can sleep with as many women as they want and they are awesome, and yet if a girl sleeps with a bunch of guys she’s a whore. Well, I can kind of get that as I’ve always said girls control who’s sleeping with them. Guys just try to convince girls to sleep with them. But that’s not the point of this blog.

This is my complaint about money. Why is it okay for an athlete to may millions of dollars, but a teacher or the likes is supposed to get paid hardly nothing? And don’t argue with me that teachers who make a national average of near $50,000 is too much for their job. It’s a tough job, and while there aren’t a lot of physical challenges the mental demands are extremely high.

For those of you who are arguing with me, take a day to go into a classroom. Maybe you should substitute teach, or just ask to sit in a random classroom. It’s not easy for anyone to just jump in and control the classroom. You can have anywhere from 15-30 different personalities, and just the same amount of maturity levels in a room. Controlling the classroom behavior is one of the easier parts actually, but by the time you figure out how to control everyone you’ve got to begin teaching these kids from a set list of standards given by the state. Oh, and mind you, you won’t have much time to try and experiment with new ideas or teaching kids things that really matter. This is where the job become monotonous and boring.

If you were a teacher you probably decided to join the profession because you loved to work with kids and you wanted to use your knowledge of the world and life to help kids follow the right path. I know most teachers did that, and I’m sure most of you are still teaching for that reason. It’s never because of the money, the paycheck, or the financial benefits. It’s all about the kids, and for people to say it’s not are out of their minds.

Sure, just like any career there are individuals out there for different reasons. Some athletes play a sport because they love what they do and are passionate about it, while there are some out there trying to find a way to get rich. Isn’t it a part of the American dream to get rich off of something you love to do everyday, and be good at what you do? Do I want to be rich? Of course I do, but I’d rather just have something I can do that I love and make a decent living doing it so that I can support a family.

I just turned 26 and I can’t wait to finally have a family, but with little signs of a job on a horizon and barely able to make a living doing what I currently am doing I need to find a new way to pursue those goals. I’ve been through a series of interviews for a position, and I truly hope something comes of it. It’s not my dream job as I have to do a lot of traveling, but it’s a decent job with decent benefits. Maybe it’ll work out, maybe it won’t but I’m going to start doing more blogging and more writing. I love to do it, and I love to talk about a lot of different topics. I’ve got another blog that focuses on gaming, you can find it here on WordPress at backloggedgaming.wordpress.com. This blog will focus more on the things that effect my life, things such as politics, technology, and the economy. I’ll speak on social issues, moral issues from time to time, and I’ll speak whatever crosses my mind that day.

But back to my original topic of double standards. Isn’t it time that the world stop fighting against teachers? They work really hard in order for them to teach tests that a few non-teachers designed. Test that are to measure students progress. But how do we measure the progress of people, people progress at different rates. Certain individuals progress faster, certain individuals never grasp a topic and get left in the dust.

Oh, and about that, teachers don’t have time to slow down and work with the kids that are behind because they are too busy trying to keep up with the standards that the state set. And if they do slow down, then they leave the other kids bored and unwilling to cooperate. Doesn’t this sound like so much fun? It could be, but due to the continual cuts to education classrooms are too big for teachers. 25-30 students in class to one teacher is a very unbalanced ratio. If we really want our students to learn we need to pay more money for teachers, not just to individual teachers. If we increase the budgets for education we could make classes smaller. Wouldn’t children be better off if there were only 10-15 students per teacher. Or even better if there were 5-10 students per teacher. Imagine the one-to-one time your child would get, imagine all of the extra learning that could be pursued.

The possibilities are incredible and I hope that we as a society begin to realize the facts. The fact is there’s not a lot of money placed into education, teachers don’t get paid much either. Maybe we can start increasing there salaries, allow them to actually get more money the harder they work. Having one base salary that never changes is absurd. No other career in the world does that to their employees. Even working at McDonald’s will get you a raise if you work hard enough and long enough there. And truth is if you work full-time for McDonald’s you’ll make nearly $20,000 as a Manager. A local school corporation starts their teachers off around $22,000. That’s a little more than McDonald’s with more responsibilities, more stress, and higher expectations of the position. Keep working at McDonald’s and you’ll surpass that salary quickly. Work as a teacher for a few years and your salary is still the same, plus the potential bonuses you may receive if you score high enough on your evaluations. If you don’t score high enough you’ll keep the same salary and eventually you probably won’t teach anymore.

If you’re wondering where I’m at that this is going on, this is what’s happening in Indiana. In Indiana teachers are thought of as the elite. Teachers are seen as the enemy. Parents complain about teachers, the state complains about teachers, students say teachers suck. Teachers aren’t allowed to teach, they are forced to follow stupid guidelines so that the state can “track” their progress. On top of all of that, the state is slowly trying to PRIVATIZE schools. They don’t want to pay for it anymore, and corporations see it as a way to get rich quick. There’s a lot of money to be made by schools, and if the state stops paying for it, parents will be responsible to pay for their child’s education. This is easy to make money for these corporations, and frankly I can’t blame them. But they need to realize they are only screwing our future up, not theirs. When are children aren’t being educated properly and suffering from overcrowded classrooms, don’t blame me. I sat right here and told you that we need help, we need to quit our double standards, and it’s time we start putting some faith in our teachers. Teachers have been teaching for years, a lot of the teachers that taught you are still teachers today. Don’t you think you learned pretty well? Don’t you feel like how you got to where you are in life has something to do with them? I credit a few of my teachers for being there for me. I credit my family a lot for my education, but guess what? That’s right my mother is a teacher. So I guess if I learned something from here, other people will learn from here as well.

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