Innovative Advert

February 24th, 2012
InnovativeAdvert by CooperTeaMaster
InnovativeAdvert, a photo by CooperTeaMaster on Flickr.

I have always admired innovative advertising so I got a real chuckle out of a pest company and their attempt to be noticed. The little yellow car in the picture has a long black tail that sticks up in the air but what really gets your attention are the two large black ears that pop up every time the car stops. It was hysterical, I followed the car for a couple of lights and got a good laugh at every stop light.

Getting noticed in business is a key to success and reaching the point where the public in general recognize your brand is a good place to be…I certainly try and do this with my tea. I did not overtake the yellow car so I did not read the name of the company on its side doors (I had to turn to the right to continue my journey) but the next time I see an ad with two mouse ears….I will know what their business is all about..!!

Chaotic Boot Place; Extraordinary Mates

February 8th, 2012
Barrys Boots by CooperTeaMaster
Barrys Boots, a photo by CooperTeaMaster on Flickr.

Years ago I read a book called “Makes of Distinction”. The book dealt with those skilled in the arts of hand making expensive things. Such as shoes ..Lobbs of London or Berlutti of Paris. Or hats …Lockes of London was a name I remember and I suppose it is now Prada of Rome? Anyway to this list of august makers of distinction we can add the name “Rocky of Houston”.

Rocky is a bootmaker.

Rocky & Me

Not an ordinary boot maker but a cowboy-boot maker who has crafted boots for a long line of Presidents. Presidents Reagan, Clinton, and both Bushes have all had their cowboy boots made by Rocky. Rocky has flown on Air force One and attended a number of Presidential inaugurations as a guest of Bush Sr. and then Bush Jr.

On every occasion a President asked for a boot to be made Rocky would make a duplicate and here I am holding the duplicate made of Bush Juniors second term and you and clearly see the Presidential seal on the front of the boot. Rockys place is chaotic. Actually that is not a fair description. It is beyond chaotic, it is boot mayhem! But you don’t go to Rockys by accident, you have to know someone who can introduce you. My old rugby days in Texas produced many long lasting friendships and it only took one phone call to an old friend to lead me to Rockys place. To own a pair of Rockys boots is to stand tall.

I have ordered a pair…

An immortal sculpture … good looking too

July 28th, 2011

A schoolboy friend, and by that I mean someone that I went to school with when I was 9 years old in Kenya, has taken up sculpting in his retirement.  Talents he certainly never showed at school have emerged!  A group of old school friends got together through the miracle of the web and over the past few years we have made sure that we meet up regularly.

This year Rob came to the Masters Golf tournament along with “the gang” and asked if he could do a bust in bronze of me.  I accepted!  (I mean how often does one get an offer like that?)  Much debate was then entered into among my friends as to whether the bronze should include my hat!  At first Rob was against the idea but he finally agreed that it probably was part of my persona.  Sculpting a hat in bronze is an art in itself it turns out.  The result of Robs labors were unveiled this week while Sandy and I were in England.  Admiration to the fellow who may capture my character...

The likeness is startling to me.  Rob has captured me in my opinion..and you can judge for yourself in these pictures….in the long and winding road that is one’s life, you just never know what the next corner will bring.  Thank you Rob, my heirs will know me, a rare gift to be able to pass on to generations yet unborn……..

...true to the way nature made me!


March 29th, 2010

Bangkok-LAX..overnight in a Sheraton then a 5.00 pickup to catch a 7am flight to Washington DC to pick up a puddle jumper to Harrisburg Penn. To catch a cab to Hershey Penn. For the Sheetz trade show that starts on Monday. Who says that life on the road is fun? Anyway, this little Pomeranian was a whole lot more awake than I was at 5 am on Sunday morning in Los Angles…..

Bangkok Airport

March 28th, 2010

On the road again…and all airports are beginning to look the same to me. The folks who design these buildings fell in love with tubular steel at some point and never let go. I guess it is easy to keep on expanding the buildings if you start off using a kind of Lego toy set. The Bangkok airport is a classic in this respect…


March 19th, 2010

Thailand and the Buddha go hand in hand. This wonderfully mystic shot greets me as I greet the day. Nestled in a courtyard, underneath an appropriate tree our guide serenely emanates waves of peace…as a contrasting observation and new piece of learning for me: “A Boeing 747 has fuel tanks in the wings, centre section and a few have additional fuel storage in the tail section. 747 - 400 R with aux. body tanks = 63,707 US gallons. W/ one aux. body tank = 60,495 US gallons. For earthly questions Google has the answer…for higher thoughts the Buddha may be a better bet….


March 18th, 2010

On the road again…heading to the Far East.  As we lined up to take off this magnificent 747 pulled in .  I have always wondered where the fuel is stored that allows these huge planes with 4 engines to fly 17 hours plus in the air.  I mean look at it….there are two rows of passengers, a huge baggage compartment…galleys, stairways toilets etc etc so where is all the fuel stored?  Logic tells you that it has enough fuel plus an emergency excess (One would hope) so where on earth is it?  Someone care to enlighten me…I am sure it is a simple answer…maybe google has it …I’ll try there.

Getting Out

February 14th, 2010

We arrive back in Tampa.  I love the simplicity of the parking garage directions.  Forget about EXIT….they make it really simple.  OUT.  It doesn’t get much easier or more straight forward than that!  The KISS principle….

“Build It and They Will Come”

March 3rd, 2009

I am on my way to Paris.  I will explain in a later blog as to why I am flying to Paris for the weekend.  But on the way I saw this sight at the airport.  For years now I have seen business men crouched down near pillars and walls making use of available electric outlets so that they could plug in their computers and link up with the office or the outside world.  FINALLY some kind soul had the idea that if they provided a seat and a ledge and an outlet the business would find them. “ Build it and they will come” type of thing….did they ever!  


January 9th, 2009

Tampa bound and the glorious bridge that binds the city to the bay is quite a sight.  It almost does not look strong enough to stand up to the hurricanes that can pulverize the coasts around here.  But engineers know what they are doing…..right?