Friday, October 31, 2014

And the Winner Is….

Ingersoll is a home that I have grown to love.  As a young adult, I could not wait to leave the town limits and move to the big city.  But, soon realized when it was time to raise a my own family, I couldn’t think of anywhere better to raise my children. 

Ingersoll offers the best of both worlds – we are a short drive to major cities, but can experience all the wonderful joys a small town as to offer.

Last night was a night that I will always remember - Ingersoll Chamber of Commerce hosted their Annual Awards of Excellence evening.  It is a night I always look forward to - where members nominate businesses and owners for different awards.  Ingersoll Paper Box Co. Limited was awarded the Industry of the Year for 2014.  What a proud moment!

But before the awards were handed out, our newly re-elected mayor spoke about all the great things happening here in our town.  We have one of the lowest unemployment rates in Ontario.   There are businesses expanding, and new opportunities coming to the community.  We have new parks building built, and wonderful festivals bringing people back into the community.  It’s encouraging to hear the town be spoken of in such a positive manner.  Because it’s way too often we get dragged down by the negative.

In addition to our award, there were four other awards presented.  Business of the Year (The Bakery CafĂ©), Business Person of the Year (Brenda Hendry), Youth Citizen of the Year (Sarah Cameron), and Citizen of the Year (Adam Funnel).  The award winders all exude what living in a small town means to us – they are giving back to the community each and every day.

It was a wonderful evening. What a nice way to be recognized for all our hard work - We have done so much this past year!  Added an Inspection machine, new proofing and prepress systems, had an office facelift, and installed our new KBA printing press!   

So much to be proud of…which makes receiving this award from our community so much more special.

Thursday, October 09, 2014


Translation: OH MY GOSH ARE YOU FOR REAL? Smiley face

Ok, so here is something to think about…

This past week found me in the great city of Chicago at an annual industry tradeshow.  Nice to get out of the office, see what’s new, make some new contacts, and catch up with some friends.  It is always interesting to see how the industry is evolving.  Where years ago, this show was multi leveled with huge machinery at every exhibit.  Now you see the digital world is in fact taking over.  With everything digital, you can add so many interesting FX to packaging.

You see what I just did there – FX = effects.  Acronyms are becoming such a common way of writing, advertising, and texting.  In dealing with many different industries over the years, you become accustomed to seeing acronyms that are specific to their own office or industry.  However, I have to admit reading some texts these days is starting to make my brain hurt.  Is this truly the way things are going?  I am such a “long winded texter”, must drive people nuts? 

Typically, I feel like I am pretty current with new trends, and kind of ‘in the know’ on sayings.  But when I was out with a friend having drinks after the show, waiting for another friend to join us, she texted – and ended it with – “LMK”.  We were stumped.  I know LOL, TTYL, BTW, LMAO, G8, ISO, and a few others, but LMK…???  She really had us stumped.   

It’s no different than being behind a vehicle with personalized license plates.  Some are real head scratchers but I love trying to figure them out, makes for a nice road trip game with the family.  LMK really made me think! 

We finally sorted it out – Let Me Know… It got us laughing at how 3 simple letters could be so difficult to understand.  But it also got us thinking - more making fun of ourselves.  It feels good to laugh at yourself, sometimes it’s needed. 

Is this really where things are going?  Have all our English classes gone to waste.  OMG – I sound old….or perhaps someone who just doesn’t want to lose the art of writing the language we speak.

This morning I got up and thought, there can’t be that many texting acronym’s– but nope, wrong again!  There is a whole dictionary on texting with acronym’s!  WTH!!!???

So I have included the links to the better sites I found.  Just to help keep you all current!  LOL!   Happy Reading.