Slat Walls – Bring Style to Your Outlets

Many retailers and shop keepers wonder if the decor of their outlet is of any importance or not. The answer is- most definitely it is! It is very important to understand that first impressions play a vital role in any aspect of life. Especially when you are dealing with a customer facing retail outlet, the impression that your office gives makes a lot of difference how your business is going to work. A lot of people consider that spending a lot on decor is not a good idea. They think it is not a good kind of investment but the truth is that your shop needs all kind of support. Without giving it a good look out, you cannot expect very good results from it.

A slat wall is considered as the most cost effective and stylish solution to your shop’s outlook. The human need to go through shopping malls looking for the products they desire will never end, and nor will the need for good representation of the products would lose it’s charm. The competitiveness of the world’s market make us wonder whether displaying products on slat walls is a need of modern day business or not. The answer is again a most definite yes. The increasing need to prove that the products your business offers are the best leads to the concept of creating an environment that would attract customers. Slat wall product display helps you do just that.

The easiest way to achieve the best quality slat wall and other shop or outlet fittings and furniture is to shop online. Several resources provide you with different price ranges to facilitate you while making a budget plan. You can always compare prices, quality of the products, shipment costs and designs before making a purchase. Choose wisely as your future business would depend gravely on the outlook of your outlet. The online world today has resolved many issues people faced in the past. Now it is easy to shop for your favorite style and brand online. Look for the product you need and look for the price range you are willing to pay for purchasing that product. All products like slat walls are just one click away for you now.

Purchasing slat walls are now very easy for you. All you need to do is to look and plan what you need and then find it on the internet. You will find the online market to be cost and time effective for you.

Life at Cape Flattery Lighthouse

In March of 1778 Captain James Cook sailed the waters of the North Washington Coast where there was an opening along the coastline. He named the place Cape Flattery because he thought he had been flattered into thinking it was a passage into The Strait of Juan de Fuca. In his logbook he wrote “In this very latitude geographers have placed the pretended Strait of Juan de Fuca. But nothing of that kind presented itself to our view, nor is it probable that any such thing ever existed.”

Ten years later Captain John Meares managed to confirm the existence of the Strait of Juan de Fuca when he visited a small island that sits about a half mile off Cape Flattery. There he met Tatooche, chief of the Makah Indians. He named the island after Chief Tatooche. The chief used the island as his base during summers when he hunted whales and caught salmon.

In 1850 William McArthur had just finished surveying the west coast and recommended a lighthouse be established on Tatooche Island. In this way the vessels could enter the strait at night and not have to wait until daylight. In 1854 Congress was convinced to allocate $39,000 to build lighthouses on Tatoosh Island and on New Dungeness Spit. The government had paid $30,000 for all of the Makah’s traditional lands except for a small reservation at Neah Bay.

The Makah Indians were quite angry with the white people who purchased their land and gave the construction crew a hostile reception. This was because several hundred of the Indians had been killed by an outbreak of smallpox in 1853 brought on by the disease bearing “Bostons”. During the summer the Indians continued to use the island for fishing and whale hunting. In order to protect themselves the construction crew built a blockhouse of rough-hewn timbers before they started construction on the lighthouse. There was always one member of the crew on guard duty but there were no more issues with the Indians other than a few missing tools and supplies.

On December 28, 1857 the first-order Louis Sauter Fresnel lens light was first illuminated in the sixty-six foot tower of Cape Flattery lighthouse. This tower was taller than most of the Cape-Cod-Style lighthouses. Its white light had a focal plane 162 feet above the sea. Cape Flattery lighthouse was the fourteenth established on the west coast.

The pay for a lighthouse keeper was poor and the weather conditions were miserable.causing many keepers to resign. In 1861 there was a visitor to the island who saw the rundown condition of the lighthouse. He saw the leaky roof and the moss growing on inside walls. Wind even blew across the chimney causing smoke to invade the living quarters. The keepers were provided with extra fuel and the district engineer was commanded to find a permanent solution.

In 1873, after several years of deplorable conditions and inept keepers, the lighthouse dwelling was declared “not fit to be occupied” as the walls were moldy all year long. Congress appropriated $18,000 to build a new duplex with six rooms on each side. The rooms in the lighthouse which were formerly keepers quarters were now being used for storage.

Some very interesting things happened on this island. Francis James was the first principal keeper. One day he became angry with an assistant and threw coffee in his face. The two men decided to settle the argument with a gunfight. They took three shots at each other, called it a draw and shook hands. Later, another assistant confessed to removing the bullets.

Due to the “frollicking” nature of the bachelor keepers it was decided that keepers with families were more dependable and in 1894, with families coming onto the island, it was determined that more living space was needed. and the lighthouse was once again made livable.

October 27,1900 assistant keeper Nels Nelson and Frank Reif lost their lives in a small boat during a storm. Their bodies were found over a week later on Vancouver Island.

In 1900 John W Cowan and his wife and seven children arrived at the lighthouse and stayed on for 32 years experiencing many exciting times. The children attended school in Portland while staying with relatives. They spent the summers at home on the island with their parents. Eventually there were enough children on the island to warrant a school.

On February 18, 1911 Cowan saw a vessel struggling in angry seas between Tatoosh Island and Neah Bay. He was able to rescue two navy radio men, but was unable to save three others including his own son Forrest.

There is a story, not verified, that a seventy-mile-per-hour gale hit the island in 1921. It blew Mr. Cowan across the island for about 300 ft while he clung to vegetation before crawling to safety. The family’s bull was listed as “lost at sea”. Everyone was very surprised and plied him with extra rations when he swam ashore.

The Cowan family was evidently much beloved. When they left the island after retiring in September of 1932 their fellow islanders were in tears.

Second Assistant Keeper Ole Rasmussen was another casualty while returning to the island in a small boat. Heavy swells capsized his craft and he was struck in the head.

The weather station was closed in 1966. 1977 brought automation of the light station. A modern beacon was installed to replace the tower’s Fresnel lens in 1996

The Makah Indian Tribe now controls the decommissioned Cape Flattery Lighthouse and the island.

It is well worth the trip to drive to Neah Bay, get out of the car and hike the o.75 miles to the tip of the cape where you can view Tatoosh Island and the lighthouse. This happens to be the western most point in the continental US.

In Port Angeles you can visit the Museum at 207 South Lincoln Street where you can see the fourth-order Fresnel lens that was used at Cape Flattery. The museum hours are Wednesday through Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m.

Men On Dating- Timing, Turn-offs and Keepers

Dear Relationship Coach-

“We met online and seemed to hit it off right from the start. After he answered my ad, we went on our first date, and it was fabulous. I believe we both felt a strong chemistry and learned a lot about each other. At the end of the evening we agreed to get together again. He called me the next day and we talked for three hours. On our second date, we spent the whole day together. After three dates (and many emails, phone calls) – we were talking on a Thursday night. We had previously discussed plans for Saturday. However, he did not mention it before we hung up. I wasn’t sure of how to handle the situation, so I waited until a day later and left a voice message for him, saying hi. After four days with no word, I left him an invitation to dinner at my place. I never heard back. What happened? What am I supposed to think?” (Confused Female)

Many single women write to me expressing confusion, uncertainty and frustration regarding the whole dating scene. Their stories are often (like the one above), filled with tales of broken dates, unanswered emails and/or phone calls and guys just disappearing for no apparent reason. They are looking for answers about what qualities men look for in choosing women to date and want to know what single guys really want from their relationships. Most of all, they want to know how to find and build mutually satisfying and lasting relationships.

After receiving the above email, I decided to query several single guys and ask for their thoughts, reactions and suggestions to this and other questions that women want answers to. The men I spoke to are all; never married, twenties to thirties, professional, attractive and financially successful. All have very full social lives and have been actively meeting and dating women for years. Only one guy (David, a small town mayor and a professional lobbyist for a trade association) is in a relationship. However, he travels quite a bit and spends a lot of time out socially with mixed groups of singles.

Their feedback for the writer of the above question contained somewhat differing views, but had a consistent thread running through it. The bottom line – he liked her and had an interest, but something changed and he decided he didn’t want to continue. The men offered such comments as “he decided he’s just not that interested in her” and ” I wonder if they had sex, because some guys are into the chase and loose interest after that”. One guy was surprised that this had occurred after they had spent a lot of time together and there had been a real interest in getting to know each other. All of the guys felt that he should have handled the situation differently. David felt the writer should have brought up the issue of getting together right away- during the phone call. He believes “this would have cleared up the ambiguity and let her know upfront where she stood.” He also commented that a woman needs to “focus on what is happening in a relationship right now”. He cautioned, “don’t rely on past dates, go with what is happening now.” Their comments gave birth to more discussion and many related questions that came up for me as they shared about their dating experiences and their beliefs. The end result? A brief snapshot of the qualities men look for in women and their thoughts on dating, timing, commitment and marriage.

What are turn-ons for you?

* ” Personality is very important. Look for easy-going, easy to be with, low maintenance”.

* ” Confident, fun, strong – yet kind- women”

* ” Takes care of herself- mentally and physically”

* ” Makes decisions based on what is good for her, not to please me or someone else”

* ” Is positive and can be part of a healthy give-and-take relationship”

* ” Attractive and has style and class”

* ” Is a good friend, easy-going. easy to be with”

* ” Is upfront and communicates feelings/wants/needs clearly and directly”

* ” Comfortable with herself/her body/her decisions”

What are turn-offs for you?

* ” Doesn’t take care of herself- sloppy, disorganized, etc.”

* ” Negativity is a big turn-off- behavior, relationships, conversation”

* ” High-maintenance- nothing is ever enough”

* ” Game-player/won’t express needs and feelings directly”

* ” Expects too much in general and doesn’t give back equally”

* ” Is always the victim- everyone unfair and unkind to them”

* “needy, insecure, clingy”

* ” selfish- stingy with money, time, friends”

What are the qualities that make a woman a “keeper”?

* ” Nurturing”

* “supportive”

* ” intelligent”

* ” very into me”

* ” appreciates what I contribute and is respectful of my feelings”

* ” self-reliant”

* “family-oriented, likes kids”

* ” career or no career OK as long as she contributes to the family (great mom)

How would you define “date”?

* ” Make plans in advance”

* ” There is something there besides sex”

* ” This is something you want to pursue- have an interest in the person”

* “Friends with benefits can lead to dating or be considered a date”

* “Hooking-up is not dating”

How does a woman know if a guy is really interested?

* ” He will pursue her”

* ” No matter what, he will keep in contact”

* ” He communicates regularly and pursues a dating relationship”

How does a guy let a woman know he is not/no longer interested?

* ” He will vanish”

* ” Email or call but not bring up getting together”

* “Say I had a great time, etc.- but then not call”

* “Won’t return calls or call when he said he would”

* “Talk with her about how he is feeling/not feeling, but this is hard for many men to do”

* “Has to do with his age and level of maturity- these will determine which way he will handle it”

Why/when do guys marry?

* ” It’s about maturity and readiness”

* ” Age and what friends are doing plays a large role”

* ” Has to do with readiness for making a commitment and having kids, etc.”

* ” Heeds to feel financially, emotionally ready”

* ” Needs to really click with a woman- on all levels”

* “timing is a lot of it”

The content of the feedback from these guys was very consistent. The overall consensus? High-maintenance, negative women are the biggest turn-offs. Confident, together women, who take care of themselves, can communicate honestly and directly and are easy to be with- got the highest marks. Timing in relationships plays a huge role. Mostly, the men emphasized that when a guy is truly interested in a woman, he will pursue her and let her know. If he offers excuses and doesn’t follow through, he’s just not interested- either in her or in a relationship at this time.

My advice to the women out there. “Listen” closely to what he communicates non-verbally. If he says one thing, but does another, he is not telling you the whole truth. If you have just begun dating someone or have seen him for a while and his behavior towards you changes suddenly- address this with him immediately. Most of all, if something just doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t. Trust your instincts and let them be your guide.

The Stress of Secret Keeping

We business-minded Americans put a high value on secret-keeping. There are good reasons:

competition: If a competitor gets the right information about a competitor’s product or plan

it could literally be the end of that competitor’s company.

premature death: If a budding proposal leaks out inside the company or organization

before it is properly prepared and presented it could get killed. This is a

big danger when seeking informal advice from associates.

feeling important: Secret-keeping makes the keepers feel important. Given the high degree

of job insecurity that goes with the territory of high productivity in return for

high wages, feeling important is a powerful need and motivator. Just think

about this for a moment: how do you feel when the memo you receive is stamped

“Confidential, destroy after reading”? What if you were invited to a high level

company meeting at a getaway location, no calls in or out and not to be

discussed with anyone? Secret-keeping is a form of validation.

You could probably add more reasons why keeping secrets is important to your company. Important as secrets may be, however, there is a downside to consider.

The Downside of Secret Keeping
First, having to keep secrets is a stress producer. Secondly, keeping secrets is unproductive and
obviously diminishes communication in the workplace.

Why stressful, you might ask. The answer is subtle. When we are entrusted with a secret we are not free to talk about it. But that does not mean we never think about it. The natural human process is to talk with one another about our work and about what is running through our minds. The secret keeper, therefore, must constantly be on guard not to do this with the secret. Constantly. That makes thinking about the secret more difficult to turn off and more likely to take center stage in the theater of our mind. No one else know this is happening and therein lies another source of stress: isolation.

The human need and instinct is to find comfort and relief by connecting with one another over matters important. This is all the more true with the people who share work or personal life. Keeping a secret runs against this grain, creating an invisible barrier with the people who matter most.

Unless the secret happens to be of monumental proportions the stress will likely be minimal. The Board tells you in confidence that they are considering end of the year bonuses: not too terribly stressful to keep this secret. Monumental would be if the Pentagon called you to describe a lethal virus being developed which could kill the entire world but you may not tell a single soul. The real stress about secret keeping is that it is always there and, if secret gets piled upon secret, all those little stresses start to add up like snow flurries that won’t quit. To paraphrase the late Senator Dirksen about money, “a little stress here and a little stress there and pretty soon it is a lot of stress”.

Why unproductive? Secrets are information which cannot be shared. That’s the rub: we cannot compare notes, be inspired, work together or contribute additional information and ideas to something we haven’t heard about. The secret keeper cannot use the secret in any shared, productive process. If the secret has to do with a problem the secret keeper cannot engage the normal methods of problem solving by involving others for a solution. If the secret has to do with product or market development the important process of brainstorming and bouncing ideas off of others for reality-testing and creative suggestions must be suspended.

In a nutshell: keeping secrets prevents the secret keeper from developing perspective based on interactive information.

Without perspective any further action or decision is likely to be flawed. You will almost always look back and say it could have been better, why didn’t we notice this or think of that?

Bottom line: secret keeping may be flattering and may give rise to a sense of importance. Sometimes it is necessary. But it is a necessary evil, something that should be done very sparingly when there are absolutely no other options. It will produce stress and hurt communication. It is essentially a non productive mode of operating and should be followed by focused efforts to restore communication and shared problem solving. If secret keeping happens to be a prominent part of your management style it is time to review the management style and search for more productive approaches.