Social networking has changed yet again, this time in the form of an update to Twitter. Most pictures are now automatically loaded in line within the newsfeed, as opposed to opened once the individual tweet is selected. This means, whether I want it or not, I'm subjected to peoples image tweets. Initially I hated it, but now it's growing on me, and has allowed me to enjoy the beautiful sunsets Fall in Evansville, Indiana has to offer.
I visited Mesker Zoo in October, just not during a Boo at the Zoo Halloween event. It was more pleasant without the crowds and we still got to enjoy the frightful amenities.
I've attended Boo at the Zoo, Mesker Park Zoo's annual Halloween event, every year for the past 6 years. However, this year it just wasn't in the cards, but that didn't stop us from visiting the animals in October. I'd recommend everyone who lives near Evansville to enjoy Mesker Park Zoo and Botanical Gardens. My daughter and I explored the zoo a few weeks ago, let me tell you what we saw.
Mesker has a new featured animal, their first Komodo Dragon. This large lizard exhibit can be found in the the upstairs of the Hippo/Rhino building, where birds used to be displayed. This remodeled exhibit gives the lizard plenty of space to live and plenty of frontage for people to look. The opposite side of the room has also been remodeled, giving a number of different snakes new homes.
I've been working with the the Social Media Club of Evansville to get the word out about a new mayoral discussion event. On October 24th, from 5:30pm to 8:00pm at the Ridgway University Center in Eykamp Hall, mayoral candidates Rick Davis and Lloyd Winnecke will be discussing transparency and accountability within the Evansville Mayoral Office. The focus will be on how social media and other new media tools can help open the doors to our local government and increase it's effectiveness.
The event will be open to the public and I would encourage everyone to attend. It's a unique opportunity to hear what our candidates have to say about accountability within an information age. I am personally interested in how they intend to keep it a 2-way street and encourage feedback through tools like Facebook, Twitter, and others. I don't think that the election process ends at the polls, it continues through the elected officials term and can be shaped and molded through social media. Accountability in office can only be attained by keeping the doors open and social media gives us that ability.
Evansville Mayoral Discussion Event - Register Now, it's FREE.
These midges have been affecting my fishing trips, camping plans, and general out door BBQ festivities for what seems like 2 months now. Apparently there is an outbreak of midges or buffalo gnats that are inhibiting my exterior fun times.
What's worse is that traditional repellents aren't working. So, even though we might have some nicer nights and holidays ahead of us, staying inside may be the best option. bleh
Keep in mind I've had a working relationship with business owners all around Evansville for the better part of 8 years. This includes business dealings in some shape or form affecting 1 man shops, mom and pop restaurants, or even the big manufacturers(or those that are left). I've been a salesman, customer service rep, and just plain talkative to local people and local businesses. So, when I say this, you know who you are.
Get your shit together!? I am tired of hearing local businesses pitch the 'buy local', 'support small business', and 'family owned', only to have them turn around and purchase B2B (business to business) type items off the internet or from out of state. Again, I know who you are, I deal with you every day whether you know it or not and it makes me sick. Hey you big time movie man in Evansville, think those jerks you purchased that equipment from in New York will come down and buy a soda and popcorn? NO!? If it's available local and even marginally close on price you should be spending locally.
It's not just the big guys, it's the little guys who rely on the normal you and me coming in to buy sandwiches, buy beer, or just use your services, whatever you may offer. Tired of losing business to internet competitors or out of state contractors, how about spending money with your own local businesses and contractors where possible. Ignorance is no longer an excuse. If it's good for the goose it's good for the gander.
I've watched multiple businesses purchase product from an out of state vendor to save $10. I've stood by while profits erode for everyone and then the business owner speaks out the side of their mouth. I have officially STOPPED patronizing local businesses that refuse to purchase locally where applicable. It's no different expecting your business purchases to be kept local, than to expect your end users to use your products and services locally.
I would encourage everyone to do the same, speak up if someone insists on making purchasing decisions for a very marginal savings. I'm not against saving money, but I am at the cost of giving business away to the lowest bidder, despite future costs and local support. Post on Twitter, make a facebook update, create a blog post, tell someone about bad purchasing decisions. Shame on you and you know who you are.