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Forum topic by Wood_smith posted 05-24-2010 11:04 PM 1279 views 0 times favorited 18 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-24-2010 11:04 PM

I’ve been on this forum and others for a while now, learning a lot from all the good folks on here. It seems like the economy in the U.S., as well as up in here in Canada is moving along very slowly.
On a slightly similar note to Jag’s recent chat on slow business, but still related to the slow economy: I’m embarrassed to say that the government of my province of Prince Edward Island (140,000 people in about the same size as Rhode Island) is spending a million dollars to bring ” Live! with Regis and Kelly” here this summer to tape 4 shows in the hopes of increasing tourism. Many of us have screamed loudly not to spend money like that, but put it towards health care and education.

A lot of you folks are from the U.S. Would I be right in guessing that many Americans won’t suddenly decide to come visit us because they hear about us on that show?

-- Lloyd Kerry; creator of the Kerry-All Pouch, http://www.kerrywoodworking.com


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#1 posted 05-24-2010 11:10 PM

It’s a tough call. I’m surprised the show works that way. And yes I’d be surprised if tourism didn’t kick up a good notch.

But I agree there are more better ways one would think to help the community. Our city is removing standard names of event centers and selling naming rights to corporations. Thank goodness Massengil didn’t via for the rights to the Civic Center or one of the public swimming pool centers.

-- ~Just A Guy With A Hammer~

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#2 posted 05-25-2010 02:58 AM

If it were not so sad….it would be hilarious. We have the G8 conference & the G20 conference consisting of Government heads conferring about the sad state of the global economy yet not one has stated the obvious. Namely ludicris low interest rates. At 0.25% in the U.S. & Canada interest rates no longer reflect risk & when that happens your asking for trouble & trouble is what resulted. Now then if your a “saver” the money you are saving is like script…..the longer you hold it, the less buying power it has. For example here in Canada Banks will pay you 1% simple interest. On $100,000 that’s $1000 per annum. Problem is after a year you have $101,000 while inflation at the consumer level has been running close to 6% for at least the past 5 years, so to break even you need $106,000 to have the same buying power that $100,000 had a year ago.
All those outfits that rec’d bailouts & then promply paid bonus to management ? Those were not in reality performance bonuses but instead they were “hush money” paid so that those recipients would keep their mouths shut if the Government started to ask them questions.
With the above foolishness ongoing….don’t hold your breath that things will recover prior to the crash.

Lee

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#3 posted 05-25-2010 03:16 AM

Some times television exposure does make a difference.

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#4 posted 05-25-2010 04:16 AM

good point Jim, hopefully my little video we did Friday will help me. Hey, maybe I could get Regis to plug my pouches on his show!

-- Lloyd Kerry; creator of the Kerry-All Pouch, http://www.kerrywoodworking.com

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#5 posted 05-25-2010 06:01 AM

Plug my pouches…? What are you a marsupial?

-- ~Just A Guy With A Hammer~

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#6 posted 05-25-2010 02:06 PM

When I think of Canada as a tourist destination, I think your incredible natural beauty with lakes, streams and woodlands that seem to be purer than what we have in the US. While I have not been to Prince Edward Island yet, it is on my list of places I would like to visit.

I wouldn’t walk across the street to see a “Live with Regis and Kelly” show even if admission was free.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#7 posted 05-25-2010 03:07 PM

...better than a maruspial, Jag, my pouches can hold anything! Check my website…

-- Lloyd Kerry; creator of the Kerry-All Pouch, http://www.kerrywoodworking.com

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#8 posted 05-25-2010 03:26 PM

Kerry~ yes I know your bags. My frustration is I’ve had that idea in my head for years but didn’t get it out. I have glued blue tarps for my use to protect interiors of cars many times but not thought about a longer weather protector much less marketing the idea. Great looking idea and product.

How’s it been going with it?

-- ~Just A Guy With A Hammer~

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#9 posted 05-25-2010 03:46 PM

Lloyd, I’m actually going to disagree with you and say that the million being spent is a good investment.

There are an awful lot of folks with an awful lot of travel dollars to spend who watch Regis & Kelly. I have traveled a fair bit in the last few years and met many people, a lot of them retired, who have been to most of the popular tourist destinations and are looking for new places to visit. I’d be willing to bet that the exposure of hosting the show will give your tourism industry a huge boost. And the end result is more tax dollars in your coffers.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#10 posted 05-25-2010 04:35 PM

Speaking for myself I wouldn’t go anywhere because of a TV show. Don’t get me wrong here, because I have had many wonderful trips to Canada. I have enjoyed its pristine beauty and lakes. I have made many fly in fishing trips there and would love to make another before I pass from this earth. As for someone else I would have to agree with Charlie. There are many who watch the show even though I don’t. A million to attract tourism isn’t as silly as a community that is spending 8 million to put in automated water meters that will put someone out of work. When there are more important things needed to be done in the community. As the old saying goes, you have to spend money to make money. Hope it gives you the boost your country is looking for.

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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#11 posted 05-25-2010 05:06 PM

Well, Charlie,
If it turns out that this venture works (although it will be hard to gauge the return on investment), I will be the first to bow down and say I was wrong.. and I truly hope I am- cuz some of those $800K are mine!

-- Lloyd Kerry; creator of the Kerry-All Pouch, http://www.kerrywoodworking.com

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#12 posted 05-25-2010 05:18 PM

Tourism lines the pockets of the governments, what’s left over goes into economies far beyond the province’s borders… but here will always be a few crumbs for the waitstaff and hospitality workers…I mean, it’s not like putting a GM plant there, with decent wages for all….

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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#13 posted 05-25-2010 05:37 PM

Totally beyond me. Regis is one lucky SoB. He’s been on TV since I was a little kid. He can’t do anything worth while. He has no talent. What’s the deal? Why is he even on TV?

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#14 posted 05-25-2010 05:47 PM

I remember watching Regis cry on the Joey Bishop show in ‘67or so when they fired him. People raised such a fuss they got him back. he’s been here ever since. Nothing against the guy, good for him his success.

-- ~Just A Guy With A Hammer~

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#15 posted 05-25-2010 05:53 PM

I have nothing against him. Just wondering. You have to class him as one lucky SoB to still be on TV making millions with no talent ;-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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