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Stories from the Sales Frontlines

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  • sterlingdogsterlingdog North CarolinaPosts: 6,919
    "Demanding more ads!"

    Ah, to have that youthful perspective again.

    "I like the Devil's contract ad more..."

    I agree. It was pretty creative.

    Richard
  • sterlingdogsterlingdog North CarolinaPosts: 6,919
    "...from sharing the platform with the A and B class..."

    Oh, I see. Thanks for that information. If it has the same features, it sounds like a nice car for the price. I'll look forward to seeing it this summer.

    Richard
  • oldfarmer50oldfarmer50 Posts: 6,550
    "...learning on that wonderful old Caddy?..."

    Ha ha no. The Caddy is off the road until spring but I'm thinking of offering to let her drive any one of my cars of her choice (Eclipse, Caddy, corvette etc.) if she passes on the first try.

    I can really see the feeling of satisfaction you teachers get from your students. As you get older it's a real joy to pass your knowledge on to a younger generation. Heck, this kid even said she enjoyed the classroom instruction. Great kid.

    2009 PT Cruiser, 2008 Eclipse, 1995 Mark VIII, 1988 GMC Van

  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,571
    edited February 2013
    I can really see the feeling of satisfaction you teachers get from your students. As you get older it's a real joy to pass your knowledge on to a younger generation.

    My father was a law professor from the '40s to the '70s; I still run into his students from time to time. I guess I inherited a small bit of his ability as I enjoy instructing at HPDEs whether in the car or in the classroom. Funny thing: when my son first started driving I was much more nervous riding with him than I was riding on the track at 100 mph with a total stranger. A fellow instructor told me he thought that was due to the fact that you have much more control over the situation on the track- no opposing traffic, intersections, etc.

    In any case, SEND YOUR NIECE TO STREET SURVIVAL!!!
    Only $75 and worth every penny!!!

    2009 328i / 2004 X3 2.5/ 1995 318ti Club Sport/ 1975 2002A/ 2007 Mazdaspeed 3/ 1999 Wrangler/ 1996 Speed Triple Challenge Cup Replica

  • tyguytyguy ColoradoPosts: 831
    edited February 2013
    :D

    I do jest with the comment about the Kate ad. Fortunately I'm blessed to be married to the woman of my dreams. We met and married young, and continue to mature together. I honestly can't imagine spending my life with anyone else. While women like Upton are certainly beautiful, it takes far more than simple aesethics to make for a rewarding marriage.

    Ty
  • stickguystickguy Posts: 14,626
    I tried to sign my daughter up last year and there were none around. Looks like there is one close by on 4/13. At least she will be a lot better prepared now.

    2013 Acura RDX (wife's), 2007 Volvo S40 (daughter stole that one), and 2000 Acura TL (formerly son's, now mine again)

  • sterlingdogsterlingdog North CarolinaPosts: 6,919
    What an excellent program for young (or old) drivers! The way people drive today, it should be a requirement to attend such a class.

    Knowing what you and your father did for a career, I'm curious. What field did your son choose?

    Richard
  • sterlingdogsterlingdog North CarolinaPosts: 6,919
    I knew that you were jesting. I know from your posts that you are a really good husband. That's what I like about the young men on this forum---family men with strong values and integrity. It makes the rest of us here feel as if we did something right in raising the younger generation---hope so anyway.

    As I tell people at times, we've been married 46 years and are still working at it. :) Like you, I wouldn't want to be married to (or live with) anyone else. There's never a 100% guarantee. My parents and my wife's parents both divorced after 30+ years of marriage. Things happen as you go through life and even a good marriage can take some rough hits. The important thing is for both people to keep trying if they can.

    I never criticize a divorced person. There are marriages where the suffering, pain, and hurt is too great. There are factors such as alcohol, drugs, and abuse---both physical and verbal. If problems can't be solved, it's best to move on for a person's own physical and mental health. It's always easy to criticize when you haven't walked in those shoes.

    I hope that you two have many wonderful years together. I really believe that you will.

    Richard
  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,571
    I agree 100% Richard. Many of the BMW Club chapters teach an adult version. Our chapter even taught one for police as well as other first responders. We were surprised to learn that our one day course gave the officers more seat time than the training courses they received at the Academy!

    As for my son, he has mentioned going to law school, although I've actually tried to discourage him. Right now he plans to get a business degreedouble-major in Business and Sports Management and look for a job with a college or professional sports team. I really think that he would have a great future in sports broadcasting- he knows football, baseball, soccer and basketball like I know cars, and he doesn't have an ounce of stage fright. So far he has been accepted to Louisville; now we are waiting to find out what USC and UGA say...

    2009 328i / 2004 X3 2.5/ 1995 318ti Club Sport/ 1975 2002A/ 2007 Mazdaspeed 3/ 1999 Wrangler/ 1996 Speed Triple Challenge Cup Replica

  • oldfarmer50oldfarmer50 Posts: 6,550
    "...send you niece to street survival..."

    Forget her, I'd like to sign up for that. Wouldn't mind doing some track training with you either. :)

    2009 PT Cruiser, 2008 Eclipse, 1995 Mark VIII, 1988 GMC Van

  • oldfarmer50oldfarmer50 Posts: 6,550
    "...women like Upton are certainly beautiful..."

    Not according to the media mavens who have derided her as "fat" and "too bouncy" in certain areas. It all depends on what agenda someone is trying to promote.

    In any event MB has got 10X the publicity from that ad than they paid for. Somebody, somewhere is very clever.

    2009 PT Cruiser, 2008 Eclipse, 1995 Mark VIII, 1988 GMC Van

  • fezofezo Posts: 9,359
    I'll see what you guys are talking about during the game. I refuse to look at any of those "see our Super Bowl as today!" things. Let 'em live or die on their merits.

    San Francisco -by a very narrow margin.
  • abacomikeabacomike South FloridaPosts: 3,761
    I do jest with the comment about the Kate ad. Fortunately I'm blessed to be married to the woman of my dreams

    My bother married 2 women of his dreams - unfortunately he does not know the difference between "drams" and "nightmares."

    2014 Mercedes Benz CLS 550 - best car ever! 2nd best car ever, my 1967 Corvette Stingray Coupe with 435 hp.

  • driver100driver100 Burlington, ON 7 mo/Tampa FL 5 moPosts: 12,167
    I was telling this story to some people at dinner the other day, and I checked back and I don't see that I told it here.

    Around December 14 the tennis guys went to a restaurant in the neighborhood for our annual lunch get together. There were 34 of us and we went to the same place we went to last year.

    Food is ok, but nothing special. I ordered a turkey wrap ($7.99) and a coffee ($1.99).
    Food was acceptable, but not great. Service was not great, obviously they brought in extras.

    When we went to leave after the meal they told us to sit down again in our same places so they could give us the correct bill. So, we all went and sat down. They had to reconstruct the bills by using an adding machine and a floor plan of who ate what. When my bill came it included a 15% tip (not a big deal as I might have left 20% if the meal and service were good), plus a $3 service charge for having a big group. I asked the manager why they did that, isn't the idea of a restaurant to get more people to come in. He said they had to take on 2 extra people in order to service the extra 34 customers. He said he told the person who arranged the lunch about the extra charges.

    I explained, that's what businesses do, if anything we should get a discount for bringing in 34 extra customers he wouldn't normally have.

    2 people were upset because they ordered a salad and 2 glasses of wine and their bill came to $30....with salad $10, tax, 15% tip, $3 service charge and $8.25 plus taxes (per glass of wine-that's more than a whole bottle costs me) each of 2 glasses of wine($16.50)!

    When I got to the tennis game I told the fellow in charge what happened...we paid for his lunch so he had no idea. He said he wasn't told about the extra charge, we didn't pay extra last year, and the women's group was there a few days earlier and didn't pay extra.

    He went back after tennis and the manager agreed to give every one a $5 certificate off on their next meal. I agree with trying to make something right again, but this was not the way to do it. I don't want to go back and $5 off on a meal for 2 which won't be that great doesn't work.

    I doubt if this guy will stay in business.

    2012 535ix 2013 Audi A4 2013 Passat

  • sterlingdogsterlingdog North CarolinaPosts: 6,919
    Watch the Ravens #44---he's from our town! Nice boy---stands out in front of Wal-Mart during Christmas and gives out $100 gift cards to needy children. Built his mother a lovely home. Has invested his money carefully.

    Richard
  • sterlingdogsterlingdog North CarolinaPosts: 6,919
    "dreams and nightmares"

    Mike, I nearly spilled my tea! That was hysterical!

    Richard
  • sterlingdogsterlingdog North CarolinaPosts: 6,919
    I would do exactly what jmonroe did about his car. I would tell everyone I saw not to frequent that restaurant. That's the most ridiculous thing that I have ever heard. What a total rip-off.

    Richard
  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,571
    Forget her, I'd like to sign up for that. Wouldn't mind doing some track training with you either.

    Anytime, my friend! :D

    2009 328i / 2004 X3 2.5/ 1995 318ti Club Sport/ 1975 2002A/ 2007 Mazdaspeed 3/ 1999 Wrangler/ 1996 Speed Triple Challenge Cup Replica

  • oldfarmer50oldfarmer50 Posts: 6,550
    "...SF by a very small margin..."

    SF wins 28-23. You have it from the guy who's wife says he knows everything...(and what he doesn't know he makes up).

    Trust me.

    2009 PT Cruiser, 2008 Eclipse, 1995 Mark VIII, 1988 GMC Van

  • stickguystickguy Posts: 14,626
    Flacco went to school a few towns over from us, so needless to say it has been all over the local news and papers.

    His kid brother is actually the QB for my town's HS team. My daughter is in the same grade and sort of knows him.

    2013 Acura RDX (wife's), 2007 Volvo S40 (daughter stole that one), and 2000 Acura TL (formerly son's, now mine again)

  • oldfarmer50oldfarmer50 Posts: 6,550
    I had everything right except for the score and who won. :blush:

    2009 PT Cruiser, 2008 Eclipse, 1995 Mark VIII, 1988 GMC Van

  • tjc78tjc78 JerseyPosts: 5,025
    My SIL is from the same town Flacco is so she was excited for him. I think he played a great game and a well deserved MVP. I thought it was a great game, but I'll tell you the commercials are nothing like they used to be.

    1999 Chevy S10 / 2004 Merc Grand Marquis / 2012 Buick LaCrosse

  • driver100driver100 Burlington, ON 7 mo/Tampa FL 5 moPosts: 12,167
    edited February 2013
    San Francisco -by a very narrow margin.

    Hey Fezo, you were 50% right! They did win by a very narrow margin, just that it was the other team.

    2012 535ix 2013 Audi A4 2013 Passat

  • sterlingdogsterlingdog North CarolinaPosts: 6,919
    "...the commercials are nothing like they used to be."

    You are so right. Chrysler Corporation wins the prize for the best commercials---Dodge Ram and the American farmer, plus Jeep and the American troops. Both were beautifully done and such a tribute to this country.

    The Bud commercials were just OK but the M&M candy commercial was cute. I noticed that they removed the Arab and the camel from the Coke commercial. That must have been some fast last minute changes.

    I didn't see all of them because I either took a smoke break or went to the little boy's room.

    Richard
  • robr2robr2 BostonPosts: 7,853
    Chrysler Corporation wins the prize for the best commercials---Dodge Ram and the American farmer, plus Jeep and the American troops. Both were beautifully done and such a tribute to this country.

    Amazing how the Italians are so good at waving the American flag.
  • sterlingdogsterlingdog North CarolinaPosts: 6,919
    Well, at least some other country is waving our flag. There aren't many remaining these days. I imagine that they had the good sense to use an American marketing agency. Regardless, they were great commercials---and you could actually understand what you saw and heard. That's a refreshing change. :)

    Richard
  • robr2robr2 BostonPosts: 7,853
    Yes they did use an American agency.

    I was just pointing out that even a foreign owner understands the power of the brand, image and patriotism.

    In reality, the commercial wasn't about flag waving. It was about portraying a image that can be co-opted by those who use trucks merely as a means of transportation.

    If you notice at the end the tagline is: To The Farmer in All of Us.

    On the positive side, Ram supports the Future Farmers of America along with a group of other companies.
  • fezofezo Posts: 9,359
    I did have it right. The official that didn't call the hold on the niners' last play screwed it up.
  • oldfarmer50oldfarmer50 Posts: 6,550
    "...Ram supports future farmers..."

    Dodge gives Farm Bureau members a $500 discount on trucks.

    2009 PT Cruiser, 2008 Eclipse, 1995 Mark VIII, 1988 GMC Van

  • robr2robr2 BostonPosts: 7,853
    ...my 13 YO daughter - who is not one to watch sports other than gymnastics - said in the first half "what would happen if they lost power during the game?" I looked at her with an annoyed look as I was trying to listen to the announcers and cracked "I don't know, I doubt it would ever happen" and "what would they do if a giant grape crashed down into a gymnastics meet?"

    She harrumphed and went in the other room. She came back in the 3rd and noticed the game stopped and asked what happened. I sheepishly said, there was a power failure. She laughed and felt oh so smug...
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