Friday, November 25, 2011

I assume that Dana Cornalino likes the color pink

I probably know as much as you about Mary Kay Cosmetics. It's sold by individuals rather than stores. And if you do really well at it, you get a pink Cadillac.

But what I didn't know is that if you continue to do well, you get a SECOND pink Cadillac.

And so forth. According to Sandra Emerson, Upland's Dana Cornalino has earned her FIFTH pink Cadillac from Mary Kay.

Cornalino goes by the name "Dana in the pink."

If you'd like to her Dana earn her sixth car, her website is at

Incidentally, the story of why Mary Kay Ash actually started Mary Kay Cosmetics is interesting.

In 1939, Ash became as a salesperson for Stanley Home Products, hosting parties to encourage people to buy household items. She was so good at making the sale that she was hired away by another company, World Gifts, in 1952. Ash spent a little more than a decade at the company, but she quit in protest after watching yet another man that she had trained get promoted above her and earn a much higher salary than hers.

I couldn't determine whether World Gifts is still a going concern. Maybe they should have promoted Mary Kay.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Thankfulness - Operation Community Cupid


I remember my wedding day well, and I remember how everything came together on that day. My wife and I didn't have an extravagant wedding, but there certainly were some expenses. Luckily for us, we were both employed at the time, and our parents were able to help out to make our wedding day special.

This is not always the case for everyone. It's no secret that our military personnel do not necessarily receive the highest salaries, and it's tough for some of them to arrange for their wedding days.

Because of this, a number of volunteers in the Inland Empire recently banded together in something called "Operation Cupid" - a celebration of marriage for ten military people and their spouses.

On this Thanksgiving Day, Bill Cortus has posted a video of the parade that preceded the weddings. The parade took place on Haven Avenue, the major north-south street through the city of Rancho Cucamonga.

The actual ceremonies took place at the Ontario Airport Hilton, according to Jannise Johnson:

Couples and their bridesmaids and groomsmen arrived in a limo. Each wedding party walked down a rose petal-strewn white walkway where they ascended the stairs to a stage for the actual ceremony.

Johnson also listed the couples:

The 10 couples - with the military person listed first and the names of their fiance following:

Marine Corporal Victor Martinez and Erika Acevedo; Coast Guard pilot La'Shanda Holmes and Jamal Jones; Marine Lance Cpl. Emerson Alex Rodriguez and Melissa Moore; Marine Sgt. David Castillo and Maritza Alvarado; Marine Pfc. Kevius Tamagyow and Jayline Dugwem; Marine Lance Cpl. Anthony Stewart Roldan and Rosa Rivera; Coast Guard Marine Science Technician and Petty Officer 2nd Class Jennifer E. Donnely and Raymond Jennings; and Marine E-3 Thomas Wright and Rocel Basco. Navy E-8 Sean Bailey and his bride Alison Bailey and Marine Sgt. Jose G. Herrera and his bride Australia Herrera repeated their vows in the wedding. The two couples merely married in simple court ceremonies before the military men were deployed.

Read the rest of Johnson's article here.

P.S. As long as I'm doing all my good blogger disclosures, I should mention that when I went to the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin website to read Jannise Johnson's article, this blogger received a 40% off coupon for the Hobby Lobby that is opening in Rancho Cucamonga. I don't know the value of this coupon yet - it depends on what my crafty bride may find.

Oh, and Bill Cortus' page is here, if you're interested in the services of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Mike Sanders - a Harlan Koch in the Inland Empire

Some time ago, I wrote a post in my Empoprise-BI business blog about people who have a passion for their job (or are, in my words, "insane"), and created a character called "Harlan Koch" as a combination of Kentucky Fried Chicken's Harlan Sanders (yeah, Kentucky Fried Chicken - it certainly wasn't called "KFC" when Colonel Sanders was part of the company) and the Boston Beer Company's Jim Koch (the guy who drinks Samuel Adams beer and touts it at every opportunity).

It turns out that the Inland Empire chapter of the Society for Technical Communication has a Harlan Koch of its own. Here's the story of Mike Sanders and espresso:

After a business trip to Italy in 1993, Mike got hooked on espresso. Not even knowing how to brew a cup of coffee at the time, he worked after hours for several months to develop a college-level coffee and espresso course and even wrote a small book on the subject. His proposed course included coffee history, its spread through the millennia and the world, its trade significance during the early years of our country, and the invention and proliferation of espresso.

Mike proposed his course to four colleges and universities in Southern California. After an on-site demonstration at UCLA Extension, it picked up the program. Mike taught his espresso class for two years through UCLA's Culinary Arts Program. He became a national authority on espresso and, in 1994, addressed the trade's national coffee convention at the Long Beach Conference Center (Specialty Coffee Association of America). He has also appeared on television debunking espresso myths.

I love this story. If Sanders had run into an "expert" in 1993, the expert would probably have told him that he was wasting his time. However, within a year he's speaking on the topic.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

The local effect on the NBA lockout on college basketball

In my Empoprise-BI business blog, I've recently been looking at the business of sports. Specifically, my November 11 post NBA Basketball Veterans, Your Absence is Now Irrelevant and my November 12 post Joe Gerrity has a different view on NCAA popularity during the NBA lockout looked at the relationship between the NCAA mens' basketball season and the NBA lockout. But what about the local effect? There are a number of men's basketball teams in the local area, including Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, U La Verne, Cal Poly Pomona, Pomona-Pitzer, U Redlands, UC Riverside, Cal State San Bernardino, and probably some others that I missed. Now none of these schools is a basketball powerhouse like North Carolina or UCLA, and few if any of their games will be covered on TV, lockout or no lockout. So people looking for their Lakers fix on TV are not going to be satiated by our local teams. In-person attendance is another thing, but frankly, the number of Lakers and Clippers season ticketholders who will instead go see Pomona-Pitzer or whatever is probably pretty small. What do you think? Will you pay more attention to our local basketball teams because of the NBA lockout?