So we are almost to the halfway point of October, and you know what that means in Texas – it’s still summer!
Texans joke that they have four seasons like anyone else. Summer, Summer, Summer, Football.
However, for one lucky person, summer is going to last a long time! That’s because Amy Simmons Crafton won our Texas811 raffle for a big shiny Sun Tracker party barge.
The 2017 20 foot Sun Tracker party barge 18 DLX comes equipped with a Mercury 60 ELPT Four Stroke Command Thrust Motor and plenty of standard items to make life on the water more fun.
Amy will be able to take eight people out with her on this boat, and with over 6,000 lakes and reservoirs in Texas, we congratulate her on winning!
Thanks to the folks who purchased over 600 tickets in this raffle, and the funds raised are going to support the charity organization Carry the Load.
Carry The Load is a non-profit dedicated to providing active, meaningful ways to honor and celebrate the sacrifices made by our nation’s heroes — military, law enforcement, firefighters, rescue personnel and their families. You can read more about this terrific organization here: www.carrytheload.org
In other news, reaching the halfway point in October also means it’s the halfway point toward Halloween.
When I was a kid back in the Dark Ages, Halloween was mainly a fun time for kids to dress up. Pirates, ballerinas, police, firefighters, cowboys (not the kind that give Aaron Rodgers 1:13 left on the game clock, a free time out, and the ball while hanging on to a scant 31-28 lead in order to lose to the Pack 35-31, not that any Cowboys fans are bitter) and ghosts made up the trick or treat parade. Now, almost anything goes – but is it the Real Thing?
Check out this picture I took from a Halloween catalog that arrived at the house last week:
If you just look at the costumes, and if you’re old enough, you’ll recognize these two as Mary Poppins and Bert the Chimney Sweep from the Disney movie. But wait – look at the fine print below!
It says “English Nanny Costume” and “Chimney Sweep Costume.”
It says nothing about Mary Poppins and Bert the Chimney sweep. And yet, you would be led to believe that these two are –
I guess if it looks like Mary Poppins, but goes by the name of “English Nanny Costume,” it must be Mary Poppins. Or is it?
We are one of two 811 call centers in Texas. Our over 1600 members mean TEXAS811 when they say the numbers 8-1-1. We are a non-profit. We have a massive statewide Damage Prevention management system. We have been in Texas over 30 years. We are home grown.
Texas811 is the largest one-call contact center in the United States, processing more than 3,000,000 inbound requests and sending out more than 16,000,000 notifications a year.
Since 1984 we’ve created a culture of putting our members and their needs first. We provide superior customer service and a world-class damage prevention program. Our unique Spanish Outreach has increased the number of locate tickets we process in Spanish by three times.
Our non-profit status allows us to focus on quality and responsiveness instead of profits. It also means we are governed by a Board of Directors from member companies. The Board is your voice on how Texas811 operates.
The sandwich shop chain Schlotzsky’s used to have a catch phrase – “accept no substitutesky’s.”
We feel the same way.
Sure, you may know us by a different name (see the blog of September 25th – http://blog.texas811.org/2017/09/25/a-rose-by-any-other-name/) but we are still 811 to almost every system user in Texas.
And we wouldn’t have it any other way.
Until next week, safe digging!
By Scott Finley