Thought for the day….”It’s better to be a lion for a day than a sheep all your life.”
“A certain amount of opposition is a great help to a man. Kites rise against, not with, the wind.”
There was a time in my younger days when I would spend hours looking for the cheapest price. Getting something for the cheapest price was the target, and an important one. But gradually I have come around to looking at VALUE, rather than price. I have just had delivery of my new camera. I know that I could have ordered it online cheaper, but because my local photo shop (Photo & Video International, Christchurch, New Zealand) has given me such great service, then it was an automatic and easy decision to order from them. True, I may have paid more for the camera, but when I need help or advice, the dealer will be there, and will be only too happy to help, even if there is no direct profit in it for him. Not only that, but it makes trading much more friendly. And it is good to know that when I need some extra bits, that he will supply them, even if there is little or no profit in it for the shop. Previously I would have gone for the cheapest, but the value of personal customer service from a shop cannot be measured in money terms. The best part is that at the end of the transaction, that both the buyer and the seller come away feeling satisfied and happy. Too many negative experiences with online ‘shops’ located in far off places, who once they have sold you something, do not want to hear from you again. Long live the friendly local shop !!!
And a couple more photos from the old camera…….
and another photo from the archives….the Finnish capital of Helsinki
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RESPECT, CONSIDERATION, FAIRNESS
Thought for the day….”Success with a negative attitude is called Luck. Success with a positive attitude is called Achievement”
Next Saturday (18th February) is the day for the annual Challenge Wanaka triathlon. This event is part of the worldwide Challenge triathlon circuit, and it has grown into a large competition. The race comprises of a 3.8km swim (the lake will be around 15 degrees), followed by a 180km cycle, and finally the 42.2km marathon run. The fastest competitor will finish in around 8 hours 40 minutes. Here are a few photos from previous years races….
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