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Romantic Encounter The Pitch: According to a recent
scientific study, Americans are the world's
top users of pot (not the kind you plant flowers in) and coke (not the kind that competes
with Pepsi). Seems like lots of people are looking for a little diversion from reality.
Why not try something legal? How about the Love Bird spa pack from Assurance Industries
Co. Inc. (asi/37170)? Item #K03S includes two opaque aqua blue inflatable spa/pool
pillows and one transparent blue inflatable spa/pool cooler for favorite beverages, which
will help crazed couples escape from the daily chaos for awhile. Pricing starts
at: Qty.100; list price-$14.50; price code-R. Web address: www.assuranceind.com. The Bottom Line: Slip away.
Organized Labor The Pitch: Did you hear the
news? Utah is switching to a mandatory four-day work week for state employees. If any
state decides to implement a zero-day work week, call me, 'cause I'm moving (no comments, Tim Andrews). Looks like they'll
need something to help get organized. Seville Corp. (asi/86565) has
sales pricing on a pad holder made with Ultrahide simulated leather, which includes an
interior organizer with one slant pocket and one business card holder slot. It also has
a wide-body pen holder and 5" x 7" writing pad with matching privacy cover.
Item #CV-410 starts at: Qty.-24; list price-$6.98; price code-R. Web
address: www.sevillegear.com. Expires 9/30/08. The Bottom Line: Efficiency expert.
On the Job The Pitch: Somebody wrote
and told me they could tell from my writing that I enjoy my job (silly rabbit see my call above for
a zero-day work week). Let me clear things up: I'd love to be a kept woman, but unfortunately, my husband's not following through.
However, I admit there are fun elements to my work (writing this newsletter for you, for instance).
Help make anyone's work more enjoyable with this toy from Premium Visions (asi/79401): Item
#722807 is a desktop golf green with sand trap, two chrome-plated clubs, two golf balls, 18th
hole flag, white sand and sand rake. A perfect executive stress-reliever between meetings. Pricing
starts at: Qty.-60; list price-$8; price code-R. Web address: www.premiumvisions.com. The Bottom Line: Work and play.
Tee It Up The Pitch: My e-mail buddy
from Maine, Diane Plourde of Geiger, sent me some trivia with her request that I feature cool
golf products: The first U.S. outdoor
mini-golf course was built in 1926 in New York City. The location was the rooftop of a skyscraper
in the financial district. That's the trivia; here's another cool golf product
from Crown Products (asi/47700): Item
#COL3PKPNG is a collapsible can cooler event pack which includes collapsible can cooler, three
white golf balls, nine (2 1/8") golf
tees and divot ball marker. Perfect for tournaments. On sale at: Qty.-72;
list price-$12.99; price code-R. Put "All Year Promotions" on your purchase
order, or it's no dice, sailor. Web address: www.crownprod.com. Expires
12/31/08. The Bottom Line: OK, cliché, but this is really a hole in one.
Oooh, Baby, Baby The Pitch: Angelina Jolie has checked
into a hospital in Southern France, awaiting the birth of her twins. How very international.
What will their names be, Fabulous and More Fabulous? Even though we are on watch for these
high-profile celebrity births, babies are born every day, people. Our very own Director of
Corporate Communications, Scott Fuhr here at ASI, had his own little "daddy's girl" last
Thursday. (Actually, Scott is a high-profile celebrity around here). Congrats! Masters of Marketing Inc. (asi/69490) has
a product that new parents would go gaga over. Item #9921 is an infant's first year journal.
It helps moms and dads keep a month-to-month record of their sweet baby angel's first
year. Of course, think of maternity wards, obstetricians and baby food manufacturers. Pricing
starts at: Qty.-24; list price-$1.81; price code-R. Web address: mastersofmarketing.asisupplier.com. The Bottom Line: A record year.
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