Saturday, December 27, 2008

Public Rudity....

I work in retail, and I must say that the general public is a rude and spoiled bunch of individuals. When did we as consumers get so spoiled? When did we come to a point where we started to insist that salespeople make decisions for us? I know that as a salesman, I'm supposed to sell you on things but, what happened to the day when you did your own research and made your decision based on that research. It's cool to have a few basic questions or to want a few things cleared up that you may not have understood but, I'm not supposed to feel like I'm teaching a class every time I'm approached to assist someone. Then, if the customer heard something they don't like, here comes the rudeness. Honestly, why are people so rude? We're salespeople...we're only doing our jobs, but if the little spoiled customer doesn't get his or her way, here comes the tantrum, and here comes the requests to speak with a manager.

Let me tell you how retail works. A person is hired, usually based on his or her experience, and or his or her likability. After that, there is a training process. In that training process, all the rules, all the do's and don'ts are presented. You are told what to tell people in certain situations, and how to properly handle yourself. Most importantly, you're told to always smile because it makes them feel welcome. With that said, if you're looking for something, and I tell you that there are no more, don't get mad at me because you missed it. If I tell you that there are more on order, then that's what it is. Don't ask me for the display because I've already told you that we have some on order. When I tell you that per store policy we cannot discount the display then that's what it is. We do not make up rules as we go. If you do request a manager, you're going to get the same answer so why waste the time?

Now, everybody knows the retail busy seasons. Don't come in with an attitude because you had to wait 3 minutes for service. Look around you, it's's common sense. You are not the only person shopping and the ratio of customers to salespersons is usually pretty low. If you came in yesterday and there were 20 or 30 of something, don't be shocked because it's sold out. It kills me when people say...well I was just here the other day and there were plenty of them...guess what? You're not the only person shopping for this item. There have been hundreds of people in here before you, while you were here and after you left.

Every retail store I've been in has departments. If you're looking for something in a particular, seek as employee that works in that section. if you don't see one, ask for one. Stop asking random people where things are, and stop getting angry with them if they say that they don't know. You can't expect the guy that works in produce to know about a pressure washer, and you can't expect the electronics guy to know where something is in the grocery department. That brings me to another point. Did people forget what the customer service area is and what it's for? If you ask me something and I don't know and I direct you to customer service, don't stand there and look at me like I just gave you a jigsaw puzzle. Generally, the customer service area is located somewhere at the from of the store. This has been the case for years, yet people still look lost when you ask them to go there.

My last point is this....READ. If you see an item and you see a sign for the item read the sign. If the item doesn't match what the sign says then odds are, that's not that item. I admit that in some stores where they have multi level shelves and signs everywhere it can be a little confusing but, that goes back to what I said before...READ!!!!!!! People kill me getting all the way to the front of the store at the checkout and saying..oh, that was supposed to be 5 dollars but it's ringing up 10. Now...on occasion we do mess up...but if you read the sign in most cases you'll see that it was 5 dollar for the pop tarts and 10 for the case of peanut butter that you picked up. Speaking of reading. Most stores have signs on the end of each aisle letting you know what's generally on that aisle. If you read'll more than likely find what you are looking for because to be honest with you, if you ask me where something is...I'm going to tell you...I don't know exactly which aisle but the sign on the end of it should tell you.

That's my rant for today..thank you for reading. I've got to go to work now...

Hold on, I forgot one.. If you bring 3 big burly dudes with you and you're buying a shop crane or anything heavy, bulky, whatever...don't stand by and watch that one associate load it all by himself.

Bottom line is...we don't get paid to be abused. Be nice to your associate and he or she will be certain to be nice to you and everybody will end up having a nice day.

Until next time....

Monday, November 24, 2008

What Are You Thankful For?

It's the time of year when people gather together to be with family and friends. It's a time where people stop for a moment to give thanks for different reasons. I believe that we should give thanks each and every day but, this is the holiday/season where it is focused on the most.

Gratitude is a powerful thing. I didn't realize that until recently. I always said thank you for things, but it was only the major or life changing things. I didn't take into account that every detail of life is a life altering one and that I should be grateful for even the smallest things whether they are positive or negative. I don't think I'm the only one who neglected to recognize that fact.

In church, the message always comes up to praise even during your darkest hour, give thanks in every season and you will be prosperous. I remember sitting in church getting frustrated because there was always an older member that would get up and say they had a testimony. Each and every time you'd think it would be something major that may have happened to cause them to want to testify. Instead, it usually went something like...Lord, I just want to thank You for waking me up this morning, I thank you for the coffee in my cup and the bread on my plate Lord. If it weren't for You I'd be hungry and wanting. I thank you Lord for putting my feet on the floor and my behind in this seat so I can hear this word today.

We all used to sit there like what? That's normal everyday stuff. When you think about it though, every day is a blessing. Every step we take and every breath we inhale is a testimony. It may sound trivial but, we are here. We should all be thankful for that. Nothing in this life is promised to us. We take entirely too much for granted in this world. We we say thank you, we should do so in detail to show how truly grateful we are for the things that we have, even if it's not much, it's more than likely more than what someone else has.

No matter how much success you have or how little you have, there's always someone with more or less than you. Be thankful than you don't have less, an your gratitude will help you get more. When you pass that along, it creates a harmony. When you show someone you're grateful to them they'll end up doing the same for someone else. It's one of the tools to true prosperity.

When you're sitting wherever you're going to be this Thanksgiving, think about the people around you and be grateful for them, let them know how much you appreciate them and how much it means to you that you all were able to see each other once again. Afterwards, remember that even though Thanksgiving only comes once a year, being thankful should be an every day affair.

-A message from Don Savant

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Get Out And Vote!!!!!!!!

if you haven't already please make sure you do.

when you do...use your better judgment so that you make the right decision....

forget the media...forget color, gender, and age...

vote for the man you know will get the job done and steer us in a better direction than the last 8 years have taken us.

when you consider all of the above...there's only one obvious choice to make.

Monday, November 3, 2008

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A Quote From Don Savant

" In this life, we're all under water. We have the choice on whether to learn to swim quickly, or to drown slowly."

Sunday, November 2, 2008

A Quote From Don Savant

"The more you complain, the more you'll have to complain about."

-Don Savant

Sunday, October 26, 2008

It's A Celebration!!!!!! Go cavaliers!!!!

Dorman Shocks Byrnes, 35-28

By Todd Summers
Sports Reporter
Published: October 26, 2008

Roebuck, SC -

Ashlin Butler scored on touchdown runs of 72, 68, and 10 yards as Dorman ran past Byrnes, 35-28.

The loss snapped a 23-game winning streak for the Rebels and will end their run as the number one team in the nation.

Ashlin Butler finished with a game high 190 yards rushing. As a team, Dorman ran for 260 yards on the night.

Byrnes running back, Marcus Lattimore was held in check most of the night. He finished with 72 yards rushing and 2 touchdowns. Rebels quarterback Chas Dodd threw for 257 yards, 1 touchdown and 3 interceptions.

Dorman improves to 9-0, while Byrnes falls to 8-1.

Sending Condolences To Jennifer Hudson And Her Family

There are no words in times like these that can begin to comfort. Especially for a crime so heinous. Jennifer, I know that the chances of you reading this are slim to none but, you and yours are in my thoughts and prayers. Our loved ones can never be replaced but, no one can ever take away our memories of them. Be Blessed.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Never Give Up On Your Dreams

Each and every one of us has dreams. It is up to us as individuals to make those dreams come true. It's as simple as believing in yourself enough to follow through and to not give up every time things get tough. I've fallen victim to this time and time again. As soon as you realize that it's all part of it, you'll come to understand the process and you'll start to push harder. things will try to stand in your way. You will meet obstacles, whether they be inanimate or the people closest to you. Always look to God for inspiration and he will bring forth people that will inspire you. I had a dream once. I fought long and hard for my dream and at this very moment I'm still fighting. I'm fighting the odd, and I'm fighting the haters that have shown up in numbers to ridicule me and to try to tarnish my name before I even get it out there good. That discouraged me until I realized that just like all my previous hurdles, I can make it over them as well. every day I sign onto my computer and I check the Barnes and noble site, and I check the target site, and the tower site, and the amazon site and the borders UK site and all the others that have my book there and each time it's like seeing it for the first time all over again. I know that I still have a lot to do and a long way to go but when I look to where I came from, I can appreciate my journey thus far. there is absolutely no limit for me and there should be for any of you who want to do something with your lives. It may seem difficult, but it's only that if you allow it to be. with that said, go get yours and don't let anyone stop you from getting it. Don't let your dreams down.
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Friday, October 24, 2008

How Do People Perceive You?

how do you carry yourself? are you one of those that walks around with the angry face as if the world owes you a favor? do you realize that you're losing opportunities by doing so? the more approachable you seem, the more likely you are to come in contact with someone who may be able to help you reach your golas. i'm not saying go skipping around smiling and singing showtunes but... if you carry yourself in a way that exudes trust to others, they will be inspired to approach you.

i'll give an example. had i not been approached by the right person at the right time, i wouldn't have a publishing contract right now. somone approached me asking if i knew who to contact and where he could go to get his book sold. after i pointed a few places out to him i started asking questions about his publishing company...a year later, i'm with the same company. all because he thought i looked approachable and look like someone to him, that could answer his question. now we're about to exchange autographed copies of each other's books and he's hooked me up with the names of some people to contact.

i know some of you are young and still wanna do this and that's time to wake up and get your lives together. stop thinking about the streets and focus more on "the office" whether it's finishing school, going after the job of your dreams, or starting your own business.

it really does make a difference when you attract and use the right people to get where you need to be. attitude reflects leadership but... if it's the wrong type of attitude, the only thing you'll ever be led to is a situation of struggle. find out what you want to do with your life...figure out what your skills are and what you're most content with and go for it. it's makes a huge difference to those around you when instead of saying...oh lord, there he/she goes as opposed to heyyyy there he/she goes!!!!!!!!

make sure that someone in your life is proud of what you're doing with yourself. and when you do become successful, show others how they can be a success as well.

this has been a don savant public service announcement.

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-Don Savant

Friday, August 1, 2008

Fallen Soldiers (Family Members That We've Lost)

Fallen Soldiers
we never know
why God
takes us away from family or
takes family away from us but
we know that
has a purpose
for every action...
for every season that we go through
it's difficult
to say good-bye to those we love
whether you
see them everyday or
only on occasion but
memories seem to
bring smiles to our faces over time and
some of us
tend to
learn from
our fallen soldiers
just speaking for self it
makes me
want to
dig deeper within self
and pull a better version out and
make no mistakes and
not take things for granted because
we don't know
exactly when
our names will be read
in those black and white pages
you have departed us physically
but best believe...
mentally and spiritually
you'll always be here

Original Writing By Don Savant©2008 Real Writers/The Writer's Block™ Publishing, A Division of Black Son™ Enterprises, An SC Conglomerate AffiliateAll Rights Reserved

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Where Are They Now?

You used to see them every day. Whether it was on the bus early in the morning or, in the hallway before, between, during and after classes. Maybe you shared a lunch with them or, met them after school. At whatever point you saw them, they were your friends. They were the people that you always thought would be in your life.

Fast forward some years and, where are they? Where are the ones that you've known since you could ever remember knowing anyone? Why is it that we have to leave people behind or vice versa when we grow up? Everyone makes their own choices in life. Some good, some bad. Some of us are still looking to find ourselves, and others have already accomplished what we set out to.

Looking back, I wonder if graduating from high school is life's biggest collective goodbye, followed only by college graduation if you choose to attend. Sure, you may have one or two high school or college friends that you either still hang out with or, still call every once in a while and yes, you may run into this person or that one occasionally but...It's nowhere near the same.

The ones that you were closest to, the ones that you used to cut up with and talk to the most barely know or acknowledge you now. It's as if a friendship was never established. Why do we allow this to happen? After all the K.I.T.(keep in touch) messages followed by phone numbers that are left in our yearbooks, how do we all become such strangers. Why are reunions so awkwards at times? These are the people that you would ride for and they would ride for you, but somewhere during the growth process between 17 and 30, your memory is wiped clean and you can't reach out to those people like you used to. Even if you did try to bond with them all over again, it would be so fake that neither party would benefit.

God bless the relationships that are still in tact after everything and all the time has past but listen, if you considered me a friend then, why aren't we friends now? If we never argued, never fell out over anything or anybody, where is the love?

I saw you the other day and you didn't even acknowledge me. I used to make you laugh so hard that milk would come out of your nose. You used to have a crush on me and vice versa but now you can't even speak? I shared my lunch tickets with you...and then lied to the cafeteria lady saying that i lost mine just so you would have a bite to eat, and I can't even get a simple "what's up" out of you?

I don't knock anyone's hustle, and if you've accomplished something in your life, no matter how small or monumental it is, I'll be the first to offer you congratulations. Just call a brother and let me know. That same home phone number I put in your book then still exists. Where you at?

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Is Profanity A Must?

Profanity has been a part of this world i'm sure as long as anyone can remember. It seems that everyone uses it in some way. It's in our movies, our music, even in our literature. In order to not sound like a hypocrite, I will say that I am absolutely not against profanity. What I am against is when it's used excessively. I am also against how these types of entertainment is geared towards our youth. There is a declining level of respect that our youth has for their elder generations, their parents, and themselves. Don't get this message mixed up though, there's more to blame than music and movies. I've never believed in pointing fingers, but I do think that someone needs to step up and figure out what went wrong.

I remember when I was coming up, our parents had a choice. All music outlets sold a clean and dirty version of every music release. Now, the only place that you can get that is Wal-Mart. The simple fact that they have that available means that everyone could have it available if they chose to do so. That's what life is about really, choices and decisions. My parents chose to kee me away from those lyrics and those certain types of entertainment. Today's parnts don't seem to care quite as much that their kids are picking up the wrong habits. That brings me to this question. Why is profamity so important?

Used in the right situation and or concept, I do believe that it has a place and serves a purpose but, when every third word you say is profane, then to me, that just shows a lack of profanity. To our kids though, the more the artists curses, the more they pay attention. What can you honestly say with a curse word that you can't by keeping a clean vocabulary?

In case you didn't notice, I haven't named any specific music genre or specified any demographic. That's because almost all music in included. Even r&b artists are using foul language more than ever. Whatever happened to just good old sangin'?

I love hip hop, I love r&b, I love gospel, I love some pop and rock..blues, jazz, and other types of muic. I've never ben picky about that. That's mostly due to the ecclectic mixture of music that I grew up on. I will admit though, that sometimes when listening to some music, I tend to pick apart things and I often find myself wondering why some artists don't use other words to make their point. Sometimes it'll get to the point where I'll just skip the song. I have nothing against music or movies but, it saddens me when I hear 9-10 years old quoting lyrics or movie scenes in their entirety, and no one is attempting to teach them any better.

You feel me?

Not hating, just venting....

Truth is truth.

-Don Savant

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Remember Me?

Remember Me
i remember how
we used to be cool like
you were my brother and
my mother
was your mother
and my pops....i think you get it
sometimes i don't know when to stop
when reminiscin on the past
wondering why some things don't last
as if our lives just fade away
and face to face just stays away but
here i am man looking at you
and it's like i just looked at you
for the first time...

ain't that somethin...
how time molds you
and makes you step outside your own shoes
just to fit inside another's
artificial man just stutter-ring through life
like dogs through hoops and
you keep throwing balls through hoops just
trying to score high as the next one
elevation stops at your neck
and then you stop.
and you realize
you don't recognize self anymore.

Original Writing By Don Savant
©2008 Real Writers/The Writer's Block™ Publishing, A Division of Black Son™ Enterprises, An SC Conglomerate Affiliate
All Rights Reserved

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Faith and Patience

Allow me to reintroduce you to two of life's biggest secrets to unlocking the entire world to you. Faith and Patience. In order to achieve anything, these are two of the key elements that you must have within you. Along with, drive, determination, will, and self esteem, these two attributes can take you anywhere you'd like to go. Belief and faith go hand in hand. If you believe in God then you must have faith. In order to believe in yourself, you must believe in God. Gather your thoughts and leave your mind open to any and all possibilites, and leave no room for negative thought to plague your pending prosperity. If you want something, you can't sit around moaning about not being able to get it. I can't is an outrageous and a very untrue statement. It is the words of someone who is lost nd needs to be redirected. You can do anything in this world, and can be whatever it is you wish to be. Sometimes in order to reach your goals, you must dream past them. Also, sometimes it takes encouragement from people outside of your circle because in some cases, the people closest to you are the ones who bring you down the furthest. If there is anything that you absolutely love to do, then that, is exactly what you should be doing.

Be Blessed.

Who Am I?

Allow me to reintroduce myself.......

My name is Don title is Poet Extraordinaire. I am the voice of the past that the present needs to hear in order to secure a future.

I am words, I am music, I am that lyric that reminds you of who your should be. Follow me, and I'll show you who you are so that you may be that to the best of your ability.

I am a true gentleman...not by today’s standard, but in the shadows of what the term used to mean. I’m me regardless of who thinks I should be something or someone else. I come from a long line of strong willed genes...all with hustler spirits and a string sense of unity of the family front. When I say something to you, I mean it because anything less would be complete bullcrap and would go against who I have grown to be.

I sometimes lose myself in my writing but, I always find myself again within my lines. I am the truth as told by God, passed down through self and passed on to others.

If you haven’t already heard of me, stay tuned...because you will.

I thank all of you that have supported me through the years...friends and family..

I thank all of you have have both vocally and silently waited for my failure...

Whether you like me, love me, hate me or loathe me...I will move forward...not because I said so, but because God said so...

If you know me, keep in touch, If you don’’s time we get acquainted. I will be known...and my success is imminent.

Be blessed everyone......I wish you all the best.....

Monday, May 26, 2008

The Color of Sound

I have never been a political person. As a matter of fact, I could care less about who was running our country. These days, my opinion is just a little different. Don't get me wrong, I'm still not deep into politics, but I am for a change, if it is for the better. That brings me to the reason for this post.

I was browsing through a message board the other day and, someone posted a thread about why he thought black people were standing so closely behind Obama. He asked what black people feel they could get out of a black president. My reply to him was this...

If you were blind..and could only LISTEN to what's being presented to you by the presidential nominees and race was never mentioned...

who would get your vote?

Think about that. If race or gender was not evident in this election, and instead of seeing the candidates on television and on youtube, or what ever source that exists for video entertainment, who would be your choice? If we had to read transcripts of the plans of all three candidates and base our decisions off of what we are reading, which candidate would make more sense to you? We have one that is almost promising more of what we have right now, and then we have 2 others that have similr ideas but are getting the across so differently that it's not evident what the plan of one may clearly be. I'm not going to sit here at this moment and tell you who I'm choosing, but my choice, makes sense to me. I will say this though, concerning Barack, since some people choose to only focus on the color of his skin. Judge not, because his outward appearance is not 100% of who he his. He is a man of mixed heritage and he is proud of who he is, he is proud to be in the position that he is in and has worked as hard as any man, no matter his nationality, to accomplish what he has.

The next time you see these candidates on television, close your eyes. Listen to their ideas. Apply them to yourself and see whose mindset if the closest to the one we need running this country, instead of the one you know will further ruin it.

R.I.P Xavier

Hello everyone, this ya dude Don Savant. This is my first blog here in my spot and I'm going to use it to pay tribute to one of our little fallen soldiers. As you all may know, rapper/actor Xzibit was recently blessed with a baby boy. Unfortunately, as posted on his myspace blog, the little guy didn't make it. Let's all pay our condolences as he goes through this rough time in his life. I usually don't pay attention to things that are reported about celebrities because the media usually only reports garbage, but since this is pretty much straight from the source, decided that it was worth a mention. This is what was posted in his blog.

Monday, May 26, 2008


AS you all know, I shared with you the announcment of my newborn son Xavier Kingston Joiner on may 15th and also informed you that he was born prematurly. well this week was extremly difficult for him because his lungs were not strong enough to handle regular oxygen on his own. Xavier passed away this morning at 3:30am and I must tell you this, It is unatural for a parent to bury a child. I am telling you this because of the same reason I tell you when im having great times, life is too short to be fake. Hold on to your kids if you have them, protect them and show them you love them everyday you wake up and see them, dont take a second you get to hug them teach them and care for them for granted. You can have all the material wealth in the universe but it is NOTHING compared to having your family. I am thankful for all of my blessings and im not one to question God's perfect plan, so I leave you with great love and thanks for the love that was sent earlier on my pervious blog to my son. Of course I need to take some time and handle my loss, STAY FOCUSED PEOPLE. Its not promised to any of us.

R.I.P Xavier May 15th 2008- May 26th 2008