Sunday, September 28, 2008
The fine walrus citizens of Crystal Beach are eager to hear what Cecil can do for them. Cecil promises to introduce the clam farming industry to Crystal Beach so that no walrus will go hungry. He will pay for this by increasing the tax on bananas. Cecil plans to cut down all the trees in Live Oak Park and build a giant ice rink. This will provide the walruses with a place to cool down and escape the hot, humid Florida weather. From what they have heard so far, Cecil is the walrus candidate for change.
Monday, September 22, 2008
The sock monkeys of Crystal Beach are not so sure about this foreigner from Minnesota. They are eagerly awaiting a speech from candidate Basock.
Monkey Kid: "Mom, he's blue! Have you ever seen such a thing? And he has a funny name too!"
Monkey Mom: "Shush! That's not polite!"
Basock: "Young man, did you want to ask me a question?"
Monkey Kid: "Well, yes. You're blue, and we're all brown. You look different from the rest of us. Your name sounds weird too."
Monkey Mom: "Sir, please excuse him. He doesn't know what he's saying."
Basock: "That's quite alright. Son, you have a point. Yes, I am blue, and most of you are brown. My name is kind of funny too. I'd really like it if you would just give me a chance to prove that I can represent all of you. I may be blue, but it's not the color of the sock that matters. It's the heart of the sock monkey that really counts."
Monkey Kid: "OK... Do you like bananas?"
Basock: "Of course I do, son."
Monkey Kid: "He's alright with me, Mom!"
Residents of Crystal Beach, if you elect me I can promise that I will do everything within my power to lower the taxes on bananas. I will plant more trees in the park for you to climb. My personal secret service agent from Minnesota, Sheriff Festus (pictured below) will work with Officer Po Po to protect Crystal Beach residents from crime. Most importantly, I have chosen Big Monkey to be my running mate!
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
To make customers feel welcome, you need to create an inviting atmosphere. I have demonstrated this concept with the banana tree between Oliver and me. Humans can apply this concept by serving food (cookies, coffee, popcorn etc.) Here's an excerpt from our presentation:
BM: Hello Oliver. How are you doing today?
O: Great! I'd like to make this deposit.
BM: Sure, Oliver. I would be happy to help you with that. Say, the Packers are doing fantastic so far this season, aren't they?
O: Yes, it's been very exciting watching the games, but I do miss Brett.
BM: Oliver, I have something just for you! How about this wedge of cheese to complete your outfit?
O: Big Monkey, thank you so much! I really appreciate this cheese. It will look great atop my head! You're the best bank teller ever!
O: Look how nice this wedge of cheese looks on my head! I won't take it off all season, and then the Packers will make it to the Super Bowl. Thanks again, Big Monkey! You're awesome!
When Oliver Green Bay Packer leaves the bank, he feels very special. Big Monkey the teller went out of his way to please his customer Oliver. This is just one specific example of great customer service. The humans can learn from this by listening to their customers, finding out what their interests are, and going above and beyond just the transaction itself in their own unique way.
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Sunday, September 7, 2008
Congratulations to the Penn State Nittany Lions on their second victory of the season yesterday vs. the Oregon State Beavers. The Beavers came to Beaver Stadium in State College and got annihilated 45-14. Go State!
Saturday, September 6, 2008
Here's one of the famous buttons depicting his team's motto "Get down with the Red, White and Brown!"
After a distinguished career in the NSMFL, Billy Ground Hog had to retire due to injury. He broke his neck, so it doesn't move too well these days. Now BGH prefers to watch his sport from the comfort of the couch, surrounded by his sock monkey fleece "blankie". If you're wondering why he's wearing a snowman sweater, he wears whatever he feels like... gosh!
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
The same did not apply for any newcomer sock monkeys. Karl was the existing animal, and therefore he would establish his dominance. The picture below captures this perfectly. Laura brought a new sock monkey into the home which was nicely attired in Penn State clothing and pom poms. After the newly admired monkey was left unattended, he soon faced the wrath of Karl. The damage was done, and the feline beast with the glowing eyes behind the chair was savoring his victory.
I'm pleased to report that Karl is now much more tolerant and somewhat fond of the sock monkey family which has greatly expanded since the time this picture was captured. Karl is severely outnumbered now, and he is a decade older and lazier. The sock monkeys are now safe from feline assault. They also make an effort to be friendly to Karl by petting him and saying "nice kitty, nice kitty".