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September 4, 2009
Labor Day

Labor Day in the U.S. marks the unofficial "end of summer" for most people.  kids are heading back to school...the baseball season is coming to a close and the football season is ready to begin... and the days start to noticeably shorten as we start to wake up before the sun...

It also means that people step out of vacation mode and fall back into their :"non-summer" routines.  Factories will soon be humming away, producing new items for the gift-giving season ahead...and we all try to make a sales push to get our numbers up for the year-end close.

It was recently reported that new factory orders are up but employment is down leading to near-record productivity among workers.  What this really means is that people are working harder than ever to try to remain employed. 

This is good news I suppose.  This means that with this increased productivity, companies will again become profitable.  Profitability will mean more investment and growth.  Profitability also means more employment and higher wages. 

It appears that the United States is through the worst of it and is beginning to show sprigs of growth.  I just hope that an early frost doesn’t come and kill those buds of prosperity.  It seems though that the worst is behind us as we look to a brighter future.

I think that the real message here is that people work hard... no matter what their job is...and deserve a day of celebration...

On another short note:

Most recently I was watching the Little League World Series because one our local teams, Chula Vista Park View, was playing (they ended up winning the World Championship!!).  During the limited commercial breaks, a public service announcement aired showing a young boy trying hard to be the "greatest hitter in the world"..If you haven’t seen the spot...you can click here to watch it. 

It is a VERY powerful message...just because you’re not successful in one area...it doesn’t make you a failure...it just gives you an opportunity to succeed in another area

Remember, arguably the greatest hitter of all time - Ted Williams still made more than 6 out of 10 times he was officially at bat...a failure rate of 60%!!

You just need to keep swinging and if hitting isn’t your thing...then maybe pitching will work for you...

Thank you once again for your continued support of OptiFuse where we recognize the hard working people of the world...

Jim Kalb


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