Retail is an art. I learned some of it from Mr. Murry, as I always thought of him, though I was unknowingly substituting the first name for the last.
I was sixteen and working jobs on weekends. I had managed a crafts store at a scout camp that summer and learned how to sell. I turned to trying to sell women’s shoes on commission until I got notice that I wasn’t selling enough and would be let go immediately. So I looked up the r0w in the Falls Church strip shopping center and found Murry’s and he wanted a stock boy.
Might have been Mr. Murry was actually elsewhere in the business which had been expanding since 1958. This was 1960.
I paid attention and learned. Handling the frozen steaks, then an oddity, drew people all by themselves. But cooking one on a grill on the sidewalk, which I helped do, made all the difference. They got to see, smell and even taste a bite.
Cook steaks frozen, he always said, even the cheapest steaks eat tender that way. I have ever since.
I also remembered Mr. Murry’s deft management of a few simple principles in what I came to realize was the art form of retail.
Scott Adams loved Trump’s “very stable genius” Tweet and so does Jim Treacher, who opines:
“Trump’s behavior is beneath the dignity of the office, but maybe that’s not such a bad thing. Maybe the office shouldn’t have been so dignified for all these centuries. Maybe we’ve exalted the presidency too highly. Maybe this Trump/media knife-fight is a good thing, in the long run.”
Looks that way to me. The media needs taking down. So if Trump is undignified, so what?
Scumbag U.S. Senator Al Franken has finally resigned, to be replaced by former Minnesota lieutenant governor Tina Smith. She can’t be any worse than unfunny Al, who specialized in sleazy takedowns of political opponents before he was denounced by a score of women for groping them. Adios, Mofo
Took my darlin’ Barbara Ellen shootin’ at Red’s in Pflugerville over the weekend. She loved it. Noise didn’t hurt her ears and she had one tight group plus a lot of wandering shots with my Ruger semi-auto .22. We’ll go again soon. She’ll get better. Love women with guns.
The prince, king, whatever dropped this one on me after I admitted that I’ve spent the past 11 days falling in love. Not with Dallas Alice but with Barbara Ellen from Dimmitt. Glad to know I can still do it.