What’s Up, Dave?

Lots of stuff going on right now.

First thing I should talk about is the recent news from Amway regarding business practices by distributor leaders in the United Kingdom. I published a copy of the email over at Quixtar Blog. The email was sent to me by one of my readers. It was also available at Amway Critic Scott Larsen’s site.

An Internet search should prove that it is now at most MLM news blogging sites.

I’ve been saying for years now, that eventually the corporate folks at Alticor should bite the bullet and put a real stop to some of these questionable practices. I realize that there will be some “leaders” in the field will “jump ship” and leave Amway and Quixtar if sanctions are imposed. Most likely the bottom line at Alticor will suffer in the short-term. BUT, ten years down the road, the profits, the credibility, and the overall opportunity will be stronger than ever. Alticor must be willing to weather the storm.

Second, I am most pleased with another great blog from Alticor that appears to be a result of the email story. Amway Media Blog launched May 7th. This blog currently is covering the corporate stance on the United Kingdom situation and a flurry of comments are being posted. Amway/Quixtar are being true to their word and being completely transparent to the readers with forthright statements and responses.

I’m also pleased to say that during all of this “hub-bub”, I sponsored yet another Independent Business Owner. Just another person looking for a business opportunity, willing to merchandise some products, and willing to learn a simple system of

“Gotta Question? Ask.”

I want to thank the guys in IT at Quixtar for the great job they did on the new Ribbon Gift and Incentive websites they upgraded for Quixtar IBOs. All of the personal IBO website templates offered by Quixtar are customizable in text, graphics, and products offered. And the websites are FREE for all IBOs.

Personally, things haven’t been all that nice. Well, I exaggerate.

I turned 45 years old last week, much to my dismay. I really hate birthdays. I hate getting older. And yeah, I know what the alternative is; and I’ve heard the “not older, better” phrase, too. It doesn’t help. I still want to be perpetually 19…I know it’s childish, immature, and unrealistic. It’s my “hang-up”; don’t judge me.

On top of turning another year older, I also have been suffering a dental crisis. I have had three abscessed teeth for about four weeks now. The pain has been intense.

At first, I tried over-the-counter remedies, extreme doses of Orajel and Ibuprofen, and lots of peroxide and toothbrushings. Eventually, a trip to the dentist was arranged and waited impatiently for the day to arrive.

Antibiotics and prescription strength painkillers were prescribed and a referral to an oral surgeon. That really galled me. Dentists just won’t pull teeth these days. You have to go to an oral surgeon and spend more money. By then, the pain and the painkillers prevented me from working for several days. The painkillers prevented me from driving for my job.

So now, I have surgery scheduled for Wednesday. I’m still on antibiotics; but they are working and the pain is manageable with ibuprofen again and less often.

I’ll miss another two days work next week. Not good, but I’ll put in for two “personal days”; and so the paycheck won’t take a hit; but the bill is gonna be huge.

That’s part of what is up here at Dave’s. Have a great weekend.

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4 Responses to What’s Up, Dave?

  1. me says:

    Well, Dave, no matter what happens, never forget — I’ll always be older than you. (I have great teeth, though! 🙂 )

    Good luck with getting a little more ‘sunshine’ on those teeth. (It’s what my dentist says; isn’t that just so cheery?) Hope you feel better real soon!


  2. Anonymous says:

    Hey Dave,

    Happy Birthday bud!

    Try Anbesol on your teeth. It’s kind of a numming agent that makes your mouth all droopy but hey it works, and you can get it over the counter too. I had to get a teeth pulled 3 months ago due to an abcess, so I know how painfull that is. I never got prescribed painkillers tho.

    It works similar to novacane.

  3. Anonymous says:

    for some reason my comment got pasted in the wrong spot. oops!


  4. Bill K. says:

    Glad to hear you like the changes we made to Ribbon Gift & Incentive, OrderMyGift, and the Personal Websites. We were all pretty excited with how everything turned out and hoped everyone else would too. Feel free to pass along any comments or suggestions you might have.

    ..and Happy (belated) Birthday !!

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