One of the things I have noticed about people who have jobs that expose them to a large variety of customers regularly, is that they become virtual founts of information that they hear from those customers.
My barber, Dan, is always interesting and knowledgeable about politics, world events, sports, religion … serious, “meaty” stuff about which he hears facts and viewpoints constantly from his customers, making him able to debate both sides of almost any issue!
Ahh, but my nail tech, Tammy. She is a source of interesting information of a much more “folksy” variety. I have told her she should write a book with all the tidbits of interesting information in it that she has collected from her customers. Information that she then passes on to other customers, if the subject comes up.
Some examples that come to mind:
If a baby won’t go to sleep, lay them on the bed on their back. Then rotate them twice counter-clock-wise to settle them down and make them sleep.
If your rose bushes are being bothered by Japanese beetles, put a white dish (Cool Whip containers work well) with water in it under each bush. Apparently beetles like white, so the white dish attracts the beetles and they will drown in the water.
If you have moles in your yard, buy a few of those wind mills that they used to give as prizes at carnivals when I was a child. You know the ones … plastic, on a stick, usually colorful and go around when you blow on them or the wind blows? Stick their sticks into the ground in the area where you see evidence of the moles. The motion of the wind mills causes vibration in the ground which the moles don’t like because it messes with their little blind senses, so they will move on.
Tammy is also a consummate shopper. So, between her own experience and what she hears from her customers, at any given time, she can tell you what the best place is to buy just about anything, what the color choices are and when the sale ends!
All this, and great nails too.