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Maureen N. Maratita

If you are looking for a practical gift, I have just the thing, particularly if your partner been staying up late to binge watch on Netflix.

I give you the Clocky — an alarm clock on steroids.

The sinister-sounding Clocky has a mind of its own.

 Equipped with wheels, it will leap three feet off a bedside table at wake-up time and run around — so that the sleepy head in question needs to get out of bed to turn it off. Able to move on any flooring, Clocky is also designed to be loud, not discreet. …

 

A Clocky may also help if you are adjusting to a return to the real world after weeks of working remotely and need to rise in time to do more than run a comb through your hair.

The Clocky retails for around $42, with bulk pricing available for wholesalers. You can find it on Amazon, or on clocky.com. …

 

Every so often a news release arrives that makes me go, “Say what?”

The latest Say What release would be the one from the Office of the President of the FSM that announced that the country was celebrating the second annual World Refrigeration Day on June 26.

The release spans two pages and yes, there is a t-shirt for World Refrigeration Day. (Everybody in the accompanying photo is holding, but not wearing the t-shirts.)

We all know how important refrigeration is to our shipments, and the release duly recognizes that.

However, the FSM does have a point to make. The FSM government “has been at the forefront in the world’s efforts to phase out environmentally damaging refrigeration gases and replace them with environmentally friendly ones,” it says. … 

 

I went browsing on the U.N. environment program site, which has a lot of resources for World Refrigeration Day. It appears there are still posters, flyers and stickers available.

The UN produces Ozo News and some features about “Women in Air Conditioning and Refrigeration,” but I couldn’t find anything on the designer of the 2020 t-shirts.

I just wondered who thought anybody would ever wear the bright green one, but then duty called — and I gave up. …

 

On the subject of shirts, I bet all of us have a couple of favorites or special tees (and that none of them are bright green). My husband had a very fetching maroon polo shirt from the Marine Corp Security Detachment of the U.S. Embassy in Rome. He came back with it after a flying visit to the Embassy when we were in Italy. (I believe my daughter and I were sourcing hand knits and purses at the time.)

I had a white paddling t-shirt that the SandCastle sponsored that was to die for. It was short and cutaway in all the right places. Our team didn’t always win races, but we sure looked the part. …

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said it was “the patriotic duty” of citizens to support pubs as they re-open among other businesses on July 4, albeit with registration and table service only, but “one metre plus” distancing. 

One of our favorite pubs in London is already fully booked, with a wait list, so I guess people are responding to the call.

Its owners Kept Calm and Carried On through 15 weeks of lockdown, emailing us that if you had to hunker down, there were worse places than a building that was full of alcohol. …

 

Our bars and dine-in businesses are not so happy, as they grapple with 50% occupancy in an industry where margins are small, COVID rules require investment and supplies don’t get cheaper.

A call by leadership in the islands to support our small businesses would not go amiss among the other messages. …

 

— Maureen N. Maratita is the publisher at Glimpses Media. Publications at Glimpses Media include the Marianas Business Journal, MBJ Life, The Real Estate Journal, Guam Business Magazine, Beach Road Magazine, Buenas and Drive Guam.