There are a couple of things I don't like doing, but you might think otherwise. One of them is blowing my own horn. As a former drummer, I'm not actually very good at blowing my own horn.
The other thing that comes up this week is name dropping. I'm not a big fan of doing that either, something I learned from my old buddy B.C.
You probably know him better as former U.S. President Bill Clinton, but he's always let me call him B.C. Funny, though, I never got an invite to his daughter's wedding. Guess we're not as close as we used to be. He hasn't called me since he left office. And to think I introduced him to Monica. Do you think Hillary might be angry with me?
Anyway, the thing I want to take credit for is the new gas bar and restaurant that opened about three or four weeks ago at the Baie Verte junction; the Ice Berg Alley Gas Bar and Restaurant.
I won't say the name of the guy who opened it, because that would be name dropping, which, as I just explained, Danny doesn't like me doing. So no sense in asking me; I refuse to budge on this point, Morris.
There's a perfectly good reason why I'm taking credit for this business opening up, and it has everything to do with the power of the press. I was told this by some famous editor whose name escapes me at the moment.
It's no accident to me that this new business opened up right after this paper had the good sense to publish my little treatise on recognizing the efforts of Butt's Esso out on the TCH at the Springdale junction to continue to provide full service at their gas pumps.
The new business at the Baie Verte junction is also providing full service on the TCH, a rarity these days, and I like to think I made all that possible by praising up my good friends at Butt's Esso who, thankfully, haven't embarrassed me by trying to offer me free gas or anything for all that free advertising it wasn't my intention to provide.
I am almost now completely out of things to complain about.
I received a lot of positive feedback from my friends at Butt's Esso after that piece came out. I might start praising up every business from Springdale to Baie Verte, except that I wouldn't want to embarrass them either into thinking I should get an occasional free doughnut, couch, or chicken dinner. That just wouldn't be right.
And, the new business, from my perspective, shouldn't impact any existing TCH business. For the Baie Verte Peninsula crowd, it means we can access gas at the junction as well as in town. In an effort to pass my paltry gas dollars around, I'll be topping up at the Ice Berg Alley gas bar going to or coming from the west, and topping up at Butt's Esso when going or coming from the east, all without having to unload my scooter just to pump gas. Life is good.
So, I hope you'll pardon me for extending credit where credit is due. I've always been keenly aware of the importance of recognizing everyone's contribution to making this a better world. It stands to reason that I would both recognize my own efforts, and would want to share this information with you, just in case you were wondering who came up with the idea. Yes, it was me, and surprise, surprise, I didn't even know I was contributing to such a positive undertaking.
I'm reasonably sure if you drop in there and ask them about it, they'll probably figure they were going to open up the business anyway, and me taking credit for it is just plain silly. Well, they are entitled to their opinion I guess.
But as I've pointed out, the proof is in the pudding. I have no idea how I can prove that applies but really, for those of you who would like to thank me, you're very welcome. We also came away with a couple of very good pies from there that I'm happy to report I paid full price for, plus HST.
They were worth every penny, and no one suffered any embarrassment, as far as I know. Except maybe my wife, who says she's embarrassed for me. I'm not sure what she means by that. Should I be concerned?