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Harvest Time welcomes with open arms

For weeks my husband has been trying to get me to visit a church that a friend and bike riding buddy from his work attends, despite the fact that my husband does not attend church and has no interest in ever doing so.  Finally, I got the information out of him about what church, when he took our son, our extended family members that live with us, and I to said church for a Saturday evening event.

In total my husband, myself, another mother and three toddlers arrived a a “”Big Truck” show at Harvest Time Tabernacle in Fort Smith, Arkansas yesterday April 17, 2001.  There were large tow trucks, big rigs, Harlies, fire trucks, emergency response vehicles, crane trucks, an old fashioned trolley, Sparky the Dog, the Planter’s peanut man, and the State Farm teddy bear.  If that were not enough excitement for three kids under three they also offered face painting, sand art crafts, treats, stickers, imitation tatoos, a dance area, and a duck pond.  The children had a blast and we parents were given a million great photo opportunites while watching our children laugh and learn.

Of course my husband’s buddy and his wife were there working the event and dolling out candy, so we finally had the opportunity to meet, put faces with names, and get a formal invitation to their house of worship.

If that were not enough a business associate of mine took the opportunity later that evening to tell me all about Harvest Time, their beliefs, their minister, and his personal experience leading college level youth within the church.  I was sold.

Today my son and I set our alarm, got up, got dressed, and went to check it out!  We were met with smiling faces, genuine interest, and open arms.  Thank you everyone for helping us choose to step out and look to the best that is yet to come!

Hipp Says Real People Being Real

April 15, 2010, I began writing articles for Examiner.com.  I toyed with the idea for a while and talked to many of my friends, family members and neighbor about the idea.  One of my least likely supporters was the most excited.  I sat with Mr. Hipp, as my son calls him, on my front porch in my rocker telling him about my other new job.

Hipp was excited to hear that someone he considers “real” will be presenting news to the world that can be accepted as real instead of some Hollywood version of reality.  He said I should take it one step further and stop trying to help small businesses and fooling around with the internet and just write a book about real people in the neighborhoods of America.

Hipp loves me, is a good man and I have no doubt would kill for me.  He doesn’t understand most of what I do, but he understands me and why I do them.  His vote of confidence means a lot to me.

Thank you Mr. Hipp for your support and for believing I am a Real Person Being Real.

Blessings,

Annie

Tidbits and Sondance Let Their Colors Shine and Say Go TeamRVBN!

Tidbits the Neatest Little Weekly Paper and Sondance the Clown presented their persons and their companies’ talents to the Greater Fort Smith Regions (GFSR) at the 2nd Annual Heritage Festival this past Saturday, April 10, 2010 at the Fort Convention Center from 11 AM until 5 PM.

They were of course not the only attractions; they were accompanied by live Irish and Native American dancers, trolley rides around downtown, a petting zoo, and free admission to the Fort Smith National Museum.

Tidbits passed out their last three weekly issues of their entertainment magazine riddled with puzzles, games, tidbit facts, and local advertising, while Sondance made balloon shapes and animals, kept a crowd, and brought smiles to hundreds of local children’s’ faces. Look out for their faces and pictures in upcoming convention and city publications.

Both Tidbits and Sondance are members of a local premier networking group known as River Valley Business Networkers and TeamRVBN. They learned of the event through their network, secured their booths with contacts within the group, and even purchased their banners and advertising props through connections made within their group. These two most especially deserve a little recognition, but perhaps their group deserves a second look, too.

For more information about these two entrepreneurial companies, go to http://www.teamrvbn.com.

Connecting via Windows 7 on the WWW

When purchasing my new laptop I was determined to continue to use the software that I had become so accustomed to.  When you can do something with your eyes closed or in your sleep… why change?

As our lives become more complicated and we adopt more time saving devices to try to adjust.  Such is also the case when dealing with software and applications for that software.  I wanted to keep my good old word and excel, as well as my old fashioned photo programs etc.  Then when I found out that after spending $1,000 on my computer that I would have to drop another $100 to buy the software… I was livid!

That is until I starting using my new software on my new $1,000 computer.  It seems that without the NEW software I could not fully utilize my hardware.  Now that I have become accustomed to my hardware and software I am dangerous with others’ computers and older programs that haven’t gotten with the program so-to-speak!  Whoa daddy!

Now with my Toshiba, ReelTime, Yoono for my facebook, twitter, myspace, linked in, and yahoo accounts and Disquis to merge my postings, as well as my Samsung Reclaim with all its online aps I feel like a new woman.

I am staying all the more connected to my virtual world without having time to sleep while using Windows and thanks to Yoono and Disquis a lot less carpal tunnel pain.

Kicking it Like a Rap Star

Mr. Mark Moore of 1More Productions and Mr. Bobby Lopez aka Mr. Fort Smith went on short notice to St. Louis, MO to kick it. They put on two concerts one in Springfield and one in Saint Louis. So after rubbing elbows with other entertainers they will be leaving tracks in the snow all the way home. Those of us who work for AlexPromo hope they come home with their momentum and excitement. Way to make things happen gentleman. We look forward to getting you back in the Greater Fort Smith Region.

Give and Take in Fort Smith, AR

I had a blast working last night!

Representatives from Liberty Tax Service joined our reps from AlexPromo and Tech Bug Magazine at the Hanging Judge Saloon on Garrison Avenue!

About 10 pm we met up to listen to the live band at the Judge. Then we went two blocks up Garrison Avenue to the opening of Fort Smith’s newest …club in the Greater Fort Smith Region: Webby D’s.

Jim Webby, the owner, was very hospitable and the band performing for his opening was great! Thanks for the soda Jim!

One lucky lady at both clubs received a pair of tickets to the February 13th Collin Raye Concert! Check it out at http://www.realfortsmith.com/.

As if that wasn’t enough fun for one night. We ended our night, like everyone should, at Benson’s Grill, A Place Like No Other! Check it out at http://fortsmithrestaurantguide.com/BensonsGrill./

I had my personal favorite the grilled chicken sub with seasoned fries and my friend Amanda Lee had the traditional cheese burger platter, seasoned fries, and a ranch salad!

We want to thank everyone for their hospitality and service last night! It was good to see so many familiar faces.

Getting Connected

Dear Friends and Family:

As you all know I have been in hiding for the better part of three years so that I could nail down my second college degree. Of course many of you came by to see me at Benson’s Grill.  I look forward to seeing you all.     Working at “a place like no other”  forever changed my perspective of the Greater Fort Smith Region.  I made some good friends and a lot of great memories working for Don.

Now I am free from hospitality and very excited to be working with TNT Communications.  I am pleased to know that within a matter of days I will have an office location right off of Roger’s Avenue.  I do not have the faintest idea what all my responsabilities will be.  But I know there is plenty of work to do and it is going to be an adventure.

Over the last couple of weeks I have been working on my online presence and “getting connected.”  You can find me on myspace.com, facebook.com, gmail, yahoo, myyearbook.com, Linked In, and of course on WordPress.  Get in contact and it will be my pleasure to keep you posted!