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After 30 years of fretting over making his company solvent, selling stuff like NCR books, Kinko’s founder Paul Orfalea retired as chairman of the board.
The irrepressible Orfalea also wanted to set the record straight on one aspect of Kinko’s lore.
That is to say that the Kinko’s name emanated from his nickname.
“I’ve never told anybody this story before,” Orfalea said. “I never told anybody because I just thought of it now.
”This is how I got the nickname.
Orfalea continued: “I had a roadside vegetable stand in Pasadena where we sold corn. I worked my way through college with that vegetable stand. They used to call me Kink Head in college because of my kinky hair; either Kink or Head.
“People would come by the stand and ask, ‘What kind of corn is this?’” Orfalea continued. “We didn’t know. So my friend said this is Kinko’s corn.”
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I knew upon entering through the bleacher section of the arena this particular workshop wouldn’t be anything like what my company previously requested I attend. A woman suspended from the ceiling in a gauzy outfit adorned with sequins wrapped her feet and hands in fabric. She dipped and turned based on recommendation from the man below her in what I’d begin to assume was the center ring of a circus. The entering elephant gave it away. I knew the company hoped to show their broadening horizons by sending us to be educated in “subjects of greater diversity,” but I confess I didn’t expect circus workshops.
The man in the ring gestured to me and said, “Please, all of you join us.” I looked behind me and saw several other befuddled people in suits with briefcases. I shrugged and descended the bleachers. I suppose it never hurt to learn something new.
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A couple are getting married this day. They are separated in different dressing rooms anxiously waiting for the aw important moment. This Wedding is a very special moment in this couples life. This wedding is going to be an outward expression of the love, and commitment this couple has to each other. At the wedding families and friends of the bride and groom gather to watch the couple take their vows. The traditional wedding cake is offered, as well as wine and catering. Wedding fireworks off in the distance shout excitement of this new era of the couples life as they kiss each other after taking their wedding vows. A religious leader finished marrying the couple, as they are hoisted off to their limo decorated in signs reading ” Just Married.” A reception is held down the street from the chapel, dancing, and celebratory drinks are offered in one grand party.
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She leaned over her bed and dug into the dusty shoebox she left there. Inside there were pictures and letters from old lovers. She never threw out any of this. Often, on days when she was feeling down, she’d dig through the box.
A lot of the letters had fancy letterheads that she used to look at for a second and then disregard. She just wanted to read the letter. Each letterhead was from a different town in a different state. She remembered him. She remembered his face, his name, and everything about this mysterious lover.
Bradley Sutton traveled and worked with different corporations all over the United States. He’d write her letters to show her where he was and who he was working with. Letters came pouring in. Then, suddenly, the letters stopped. That was the last time she ever heard from Bradley again. Bradley disappeared.
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I have been with my husband for 10 years. Even though we have been married for 10 years, we are still crazy in love with each other. He really goes out his way to make me feel like a princess. I have shared many memorable moments with my husband, but one of the most memorable was last Valentine’s Day.
Valentine’s Day is not a big deal to many couples. However, my husband and I have always tried to make Valentine’s Day special for each other. Our Valentine’s Day started with breakfast in bed. After that, we went for a jog in the park.
We came back home after our job and took a shower. We then went out to lunch. At lunch, my husband surprised me with a gift certificate to my favorite spa to get a thai massage Manchester. We went home after my massage and he cooked me dinner.
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It never is smart to cut across private property at night. It was late, but when my friends and I broke down at a desert party, our options were limited. We were miles from the freeway, so we had to trek through the dirt roadways, that eventually brought us to the government canals at the edge of the city. We were still miles from the main city lights, so we decided to cut across some barbwire fencing. This allowed us to cross a farm field, one that appeared to be mostly used for livestock, probably horses and cows. We made it almost a quarter mile across the field, but our luck had run out. My buddies and I heard the sound of a shotgun. We thought we were dead, especially when two of us were hit. As we ran, it became obvious that we had been shot with rock salt.
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In all of my years in the landscaping business, I’ve never had an experience quite as embarrassing as the instant hedging fiasco. Long story short, be wary about hiring a couple of young, apple-cheeked high school students, just because they can write up a nice resume. The incident in question occurred when I was on a relatively ho hum landscaping job, for a client that owned a series of condos who wanted some hedges planted. Because we were using the instant variety, the youngsters were complete unaware of how to conduct themselves in this set of circumstances. For the sake of my business, I’d rather not tell you precisely what they did, but I can promise you that a couple of phone calls were made. The moral of the story, is to be careful exactly who you’re hiring, and be mindful of exactly what they’re getting themselves into.
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When planning our trip to Scotland, we asked our travel agent for recommended Premier Inn hotels in Edinburgh. We wanted to be close to the typical tourist attractions like Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood Palace, as well as plentiful shopping and dining facilities. Our agent convinced us to try the Rocco Forte Balmoral Hotel on Princes Street.
We were traveling with our 18-month-old son and were curious as to whether small children would be welcome in a five-star hotel. Well, we needn’t have worried. Upon arrival, our son was showered with gifts to make him feel welcome. He received a teddy bear, dressed in its own Balmoral robe, a rubber duckie and an activity pack with crayons.
The hotel itself was perfect for our needs. We easily walked to the Castle and Palace and were able to explore a number of small alley-ways along the way. A perfect base for exploring the city.
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