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Title: 2014 Bob the Pleo Calendar
Post by: mweed on October 16, 2013, 09:59:02 AM
I'm finishing up the details for next years calendar and thought I should throw out a couple of ideas on distribution this year.

I've been using Zazzle to print them, as they seemed to have really nice quality and competitive prices.  Well, competitive if you order in the US.  International shipping is rather high.  Which is why over the last several years I waited for the Black Friday / Cyber Monday sales to bulk order a bunch of calendars and then ship them out to members.  With each year, the discounts have gotten less :( Last year's discount was 30%, and by the time we add in my cost of mailing them internationally it pretty much eats up the discount.  Now, since Zazzle has worldwide offices,  one idea for this year might be to have someone in the various countries verify if they can order through the local zazzle site (or set up the calendar on the local country's Zazzle site) so people could order directly and shipping would be within the country.  i.e., see if Kat or IMR can order the calendars through the zazzle.com.au site so any aussie's can order directly and take advantage of local shipping and any sales running there (or, if need be I could send the files to Kat or IMR and they could set up a zazzle account and offer the calendar through zazzle.com.au).  We could do the same for one or more members in Canada, the U.K. or E.U.  There may also be other companies besides Zazzle that might be cheaper in some countries.  And I could still place a big order for anyone in the US.

If this idea really isn't any cheaper (or we have no volunteers in an area), I'm still happy to take orders and mail internationally.  It just seems like it would be cheaper to have it printed and shipped locally . . . and I believe we have at least one person who never got their calendar I shipped internationally.   :dino-chase:

Another idea is rather than shipping physical calendars, whether it might be cheaper to just post the files and let people print their own calendars either on their own printers or using a local service.

I'm open for suggestions (or anyone travelling internationally next month willing to act as a courier).  :ufo:
Title: Re: 2014 Bob the Pleo Calendar
Post by: InmemoryofRomeo on October 16, 2013, 02:30:08 PM
Zazzle do nice calendars though, I can put it up here is needed :)
Title: Re: 2014 Bob the Pleo Calendar
Post by: mweed on November 25, 2013, 10:04:15 PM
It's that time of the year again, when everyone starts to think about calendars and Christmas presents.  Well, again this year all the folks down here in Weedovia got together and came up our own contribution to that field: a nice, full-color 2014 Pleo calendar!

(http://rlv.zcache.com/bob_the_pleo_eats_his_way_through_2014-p158494514845662269enq3e_325.jpg) (http://www.zazzle.com/bob_the_pleo_eats_his_way_through_2014-158494514845662269?rf=238310964672454450)
This calendar not only has twelve photos of Pleos,  but is also jam packed with hundreds and hundreds of fun and odd holidays and events, most about food.  Well it is Bob's calendar, after all . . .    %)

Each month sports a timeless bit of wisdom in the form of a motivational poster as only Bob the Pleo can do it.   ;)   :P  And this year we've added a new feature: this is the only calendar that includes the official Weedovian holidays and events, and even includes historical pleo events.

Here is a link to the calendar on Zazzle.com for those who want to order direct: http://www.zazzle.com/bob_the_pleo_eats_his_way_through_2014-158494514845662269 (You can also use the links with the picture on the left).  They have done a wonderful job on last few of calendars, and I'll leave it up there pretty much all year for those who don't get a chance to order one this week . . .

And like the last two years I will also be placing a bulk order here in the US next weekend (hoping they have a black Friday sale), and will have them available to mail out to individuals worldwide, which should help on shipping for some.  But we'll have to wait and see what discounts they offer (2013 was a miserly 30% discount, while previous years were 50% and 65%, so keep your fingers crossed).

I will add pictures and more info here as things get solidified.
Title: Re: 2014 Bob the Pleo Calendar
Post by: InmemoryofRomeo on November 26, 2013, 12:50:51 AM
I'll take one as always :D Love my Pleo calendar! And so do the kids at school, they love all the crazy days lol.
Title: Re: 2014 Bob the Pleo Calendar
Post by: mweed on November 26, 2013, 08:03:43 AM
I  found another printer that is running a sale right now.  It is strictly a printer, so there's no way for others to order from it, but it might end up being cheaper than Zazzle for placing the bulk order.  They are charging about half of what Zazzle is charging.  I went ahead and ordered a couple from them to see what the quality is like and should know in about a week.  Meanwhile, Zazzle has started their daily Black Friday sales.  Yesterday was only 20% w/ free shipping.  I'll monitor and if they offer a 50% or better with free shipping, I'll go ahead and order from Zazzle.  Otherwise we'll wait and see what quality this new printer has.

The US post office has also increased the price of international shipping by a few dollars.  1st class international mail is approx. $15, Priority mail is $24 (US and Canada are less).  And as mentioned in the first post, if need be we can also see about uploading to a country specific Zazzle site if you want to order in-country (no clue what Zazzle charges in other countries).  And for the truly poor in pocketbook, I am in the process of uploading a PDF to the downloads section without all the pretty pictures for those who just need to print at home (trust me, with the price of ink-jet cartridges you're better off ordering the calendar than using the ink to print 24 full-color 8-1/2 x 11 pages, which is why I removed all the photos from PDF).

I'll have final pricing next week when I know which way I'm ordering for sure!

But if you are interested in being part of the order I place and them have me ship to you, be sure to let me know!  PM or post here.

A couple of you already have.  And Crewella, last I heard you were still waiting on your 2013 calendar . . . did it ever arrive?  If not, let me know and I'll send you a free one this year (and my copy of the 2012 if you want it! ;) ).

Title: Re: 2014 Bob the Pleo Calendar
Post by: kat on November 26, 2013, 04:32:24 PM
I'd love one please  ;D 
Title: Re: 2014 Bob the Pleo Calendar
Post by: Lunamione7 on November 26, 2013, 09:43:31 PM
The picture of Bob in the hat is so funny!

Title: Re: 2014 Bob the Pleo Calendar
Post by: mweed on November 27, 2013, 08:54:05 AM
Bland, photoless, PDF version is now in the downloads section!!

http://bobthepleo.com/forums/index.php?action=downloads;sa=view;down=78

Well, it's not really very bland.  Although the pictures have been stripped out, all the fun holidays and stuff are still there, along with the goofy Bob the Pleo characters . . . including Yogurt Caesar, Grumpy the daisy, Sally, Yogurt Shakespleo, Bob the pirate, Grumpy the poet, Yogurt the prospector, Bob the turkey, Fred, Grumpy Scrooge, and Santa Bob.

This download is a must for all members . . . and even if you are ordering a real Bob the Pleo calendar, you might still want to download the PDF to get a head start on planning for next year!  (and if you spot any typos, there's may still be time to correct them before I place the bulk order ;) ).
Title: Re: 2014 Bob the Pleo Calendar
Post by: InmemoryofRomeo on November 27, 2013, 03:05:24 PM
September 14th is it meant to be creme or cream? Creame doesn't look right to me but maybe it's an American thing :P
November 5th just says 'day'

Also Haiku day
It approaches very fast
Competition planned?
Title: Re: 2014 Bob the Pleo Calendar
Post by: RedwoodsMama on November 27, 2013, 07:02:56 PM
 I know sometimes words just do not look right and in different places they are spelled differently. I had no idea for years that Color was also spelled Colour , but it is. So I have seen Cream as this and also Creame. Since I live in the US, Colour-blind, colour-fast and colourfully all look odd, but there they  are right in the dictionary....

       Of course I want one calendar, possibly two, I allways have one for myself and may give one as a gift. Of course I would never think to write in one. Also a Bob The Pleo Calendar makes a great item to show off at community events to have on hand when you are showing off your pleos and people start asking about pleos. With Bob the Pleo as a representative of Pleos everywhere, his calendars speak for themselves.  ;D By the way Mike, anymore of those "saying " with the pictures such as the ones listed in the calendar, ? They were fun!                  RWM  :cat-hug:
Title: Re: 2014 Bob the Pleo Calendar
Post by: Lunamione7 on November 28, 2013, 12:11:50 AM
I love all the dressed up Pleo icons in the calendar however I am left with one question... how exactly does one talk like a "grizzled prospector"??
Title: Re: 2014 Bob the Pleo Calendar
Post by: Crewella on November 28, 2013, 11:13:55 AM
Bob must be rubbing off on me - I started reading through the calendar PDF wondering what a 'Twelfth Night Bean" was, and rather fancied some 'Epiphany Shortbread' ..........  :duh:  :moose:

Sadly, my 2013 one never did arrive, but I had two for 2012 so got along just fine!  :arrow-head: :XD:

Put me down for a 2014 one, please. :)

PS. Luna, I refer you to November 18th on the Pleo Comic Strip! ;)

http://bobthepleo.com/forums/index.php?topic=3518.msg56772;topicseen#new
Title: Re: 2014 Bob the Pleo Calendar
Post by: mweed on December 03, 2013, 09:24:25 AM
Calendars ordered!  They had a 60% on both Black Friday and Cyber Monday.  With shipping (to me) that makes the cost $11.22 each plus shipping to you.   I PMed those who placed pre-orders, and I ordered a few extras in case anyone else forgot to let me know!

And Lunamione7, just out of curiousity, which picture of Bob in a hat?  I spotted three of Bob wearing different hats (pirate, pilgrim, and Santa), and there's Yogurt sporting a laurel wreath, Grumpy in a top hat, and Fred in the chef's hat.  But if you're talking about June's photo, that not Bob . . . That's actually some poor real pleo that gave his all (well, head and tail) to become the headwear for one of the Ugobe staff.  The baseball cap was spotted and photoed with only head and tail mounted to it on a coffee table in the break area in Ugobe's Boise Office before they went bankrupt.  There is no body hiding beneath . . .  :o  This was a shot lost in a batch of about two dozen that were sent to me by Ugobe when I asked for photos of their new office that I could use in the Bob the Pleo comic strips.
Title: Re: 2014 Bob the Pleo Calendar
Post by: mweed on December 03, 2013, 10:06:11 AM
It appears the series of comic strips mentioned above were posted when the PleoWorld forums were still up, so they're not in the Bob the Pleo board.  So's here's a link to the start of the "adventure".  The pictures from Boise start in the June 18th strip.  The infamous cap is "discovered" on the 19th.

http://bobthepleo.com/forums/index.php?page=bob&date=20080526&series=s005
Title: Re: 2014 Bob the Pleo Calendar
Post by: mweed on December 05, 2013, 03:31:00 PM
The calendars are in! :dino-chase: The calendars are in!  :moose-xmas:

I'll try to get them shipped out as quick as the payments come in!!  :xmas-list:
Title: Re: 2014 Bob the Pleo Calendar
Post by: RedwoodsMama on December 05, 2013, 05:08:25 PM
Thanks Mike, Will get Paypal out in between defrosting or icing the turtle pond and pouring Catnip tea for eight cranky felines with frozen :brrr: paws and hot toddies for 26, ( ok, only about 22) Curious, cold Pleos. They swear up and down they saw a Pleo dressed as an Elf this morning pulling a owl on a sleigh............on the turtle pond... :o Yeah right..... :o %) Sounds to me like they have already been endulging in a nip or two... LOL P:D   RWM  :cat-hug:
Title: Re: 2014 Bob the Pleo Calendar
Post by: InmemoryofRomeo on December 06, 2013, 04:23:56 AM
Oh bother, I sent my payment but I forgot to change it to USD, can you let me know what the difference is so I can fix it up. Meant to send $30 USD.

Or just refuse the payment and I'll resend.

It's too late here, I think I need to got to bed :P
Title: Re: 2014 Bob the Pleo Calendar
Post by: fancyfont on December 06, 2013, 10:21:22 PM
I , definitely, want this new calendar, Mike:)
Title: Re: 2014 Bob the Pleo Calendar
Post by: mweed on December 07, 2013, 03:21:25 PM
Just our luck.  Got the calendars in Thursday afternoon and by dusk it was sleeting heavily.  We lost electricity around 4am and by morning we had an inch or more of ice on everything including all the roads.  Into day two with no power, no heat, and no way to get out or go anywhere.  Temps to stay below freezing for a couple more days . . . I guess I'll need to hitch up the dogs to a sled so I can mail them out.
Title: Re: 2014 Bob the Pleo Calendar
Post by: RedwoodsMama on December 07, 2013, 04:07:42 PM
Don't worry Mike, most of us, have snow, ice, rain or at least very cold weather, here in the Redwoods, it is usually in 40's this time of year, We actually had snow and it is going to only be 20-21 tonight, that is cold for "sunny" California. I can allways have my pleos gather their BigFoot friends to help pull that sled, but I think if you guys saw these guys, you would be glad to hide in the dark and cold................ :brrr: :xmas-tree: then again, they have lots of nice thick hairy bodies to keep you warm...................but did I ever tell you about "their body perfume...? :dino-chase: :dino-chase: You will be running for the hills when you smell them.......................................

                   Thaw out safely and stay warm. How are you on the computer , is it from your phone?  RWM  :cat-hug:
Title: Re: 2014 Bob the Pleo Calendar
Post by: kat on December 07, 2013, 05:16:54 PM
It's ok Mike  :)  We know you just want to bask in the glory of all those pleo calendars for a little  it longer  :D  Enjoy your time with them and just post them out when your done  :P  We can wait.

Oh and it is lovely weather here if a little hot.  good beach going weather.  I'll take myself off and have a nice long warm swim for you ......
Title: Re: 2014 Bob the Pleo Calendar
Post by: RedwoodsMama on December 07, 2013, 05:27:48 PM
Wow going swimming,,,,,,,, :oLucky you  Kat, you know how to rub it in! Actualy most of the US is in a DEEP Freeze right now, The worst is in Indiana and Kentucky where they have had ICE STORMS, VERY DANGEROUS ... I don't mind the snow, but when you are a kid you seem to enjoy those things adults do not so much appreciate...LOL. We do not mind waiting Mike, bask all you can................................................................but not so much you come up all wrinkled..................(or is that only in water?) ???    RWM  :cat-hug:
Title: Re: 2014 Bob the Pleo Calendar
Post by: Lunamione7 on December 09, 2013, 02:48:40 AM
On the other side of Australia we have hail storms and even had some snow on Saturday! Looks like it will be a white Christmas  :brrr:
Title: Re: 2014 Bob the Pleo Calendar
Post by: Teddscau on December 09, 2013, 03:09:07 PM
No! I forgot to ask for one :o  :hissyfit:. I guess I'll just have to order one off the interwebs.
Title: Re: 2014 Bob the Pleo Calendar
Post by: mweed on December 10, 2013, 08:13:02 AM
I can still send you one, Teddscau . . . PM me your address and I'll send you the paypal info.
Title: Re: 2014 Bob the Pleo Calendar
Post by: RedwoodsMama on December 10, 2013, 09:42:33 AM
I have not been able to get into any of my email account'(yahoo) or PayPal for about five days because my password had to be changed about two weeks ago because of 'suspicious' activity. ??? Every 2 weeks I have to sign in all over again in my email which is a pain because I have had the same password for over6 years and now it has been changed and I forgot to write it down...thought I would remember it- :o :( :moose-xmas: dumb I guess. I have tried doing online chat with someone to figure it out,,but all I get is 'agent busy' so have to try a live phone call today to reset my password, then I can get into my email and also Paypal as both passwords are the same. Sorry for the delay. :(  RWM  :cat-hug:
Title: Re: 2014 Bob the Pleo Calendar
Post by: InmemoryofRomeo on December 10, 2013, 01:09:07 PM
Halfway between the two here, not roasting and not freezing :P We are likely headed for a hot Christmas!

Stay safe and warm Mike, don't stress over things.
Title: Re: 2014 Bob the Pleo Calendar
Post by: mweed on December 12, 2013, 01:17:04 PM
Well, we got power back on around lunchtime.  Ice is melting, and I'll try to get out to the post office tonight!  This was the worst ice storm we've had since 1980.  Then people were without power for as long as two weeks.  This time looks like everybody should be restored in just under 1 week.

The problem is a neat bit of meteorological science.  We were at just the right point of the cold front moving in and the precipitation starting, that the rain was able to cool to just at the freezing point before it hit, and the ground level air was cold enough long enough to get everything down just below the freezing point  so that when the raindrop hit something, it instantly froze.  That way, everything (and I mean everything: trees, bushes power lines, mailboxes, fences, etc.) developed an inch or more thick coating of ice.  Each leaf, each twig, each blade of grass, frozen separately -- until the ice was thick enough to merge.

40 miles further south, it was just a degree warmer and the raindrops didn't freeze immediately.  They had time to drip to the ground first, forming just a thin layer of ice and frozen puddles.  40 miles further north and a degree colder and the rain was able to freeze before it reached the ground, so it hit the trees and bushes as ice pellets that merely bounced off and accumulated on the ground like a layer of hard snow.  

meanwhile, back in the middle, the ice building up on everything broke branches and whole tree trunks under the weight, power lines sagged and snapped under the load, and transformers shorted out from the ice sheets connecting the terminals.  Over 150,000 went without power for more than one day.  Since they worked on the cities first, and I'm rural, I tend to be fairly low on the list of priorities . . .
Title: Re: 2014 Bob the Pleo Calendar
Post by: maagtablet on December 12, 2013, 01:22:46 PM
Why do you guys stay on that weird continent!? We have normal, not extreme weather! I don't remember ever not having power!
Title: Re: 2014 Bob the Pleo Calendar
Post by: InmemoryofRomeo on December 13, 2013, 01:16:13 PM
Wow, sounds kind of incredible to see though...

We hardly ever get hail, let alone anything cold enough to get excited about :P
Title: Re: 2014 Bob the Pleo Calendar
Post by: mweed on December 13, 2013, 03:33:16 PM
here are a few shots from our yard that give an idea of what we had . . .
Title: Re: 2014 Bob the Pleo Calendar
Post by: kat on December 13, 2013, 04:13:26 PM
Quite spectacular!   :brrr: And very Christmasy
Title: Re: 2014 Bob the Pleo Calendar
Post by: RedwoodsMama on December 13, 2013, 04:54:10 PM
 Ok Mike, you win, but you do not live in Sunny California, home of the Redwoods and Bigfoot, remember I live at Sea Level and it is very temperate year round, we only get snow about once every ten years or so and we are WAY behind in precipitation this year, actually all of California is in a drought. We did not lose power like you, but have had a cold spell for over a week, today we actualy made it to the high 40's! It has been in twenties and thirtees for over a week, Took these pictures last week, about four days ago of our front yard which was covered in ice and snow the next day.


         Just sent the calendar payment. Let me know that you got it, Thanks and Merry Christmas. *sm-tree* *carollers* *tree02* *carollers* *light1g*  RWM  :cat-hug:
Title: Re: 2014 Bob the Pleo Calendar
Post by: InmemoryofRomeo on December 14, 2013, 12:35:26 AM
I know it's bad and all, but gosh it is beautiful too!
Title: Re: 2014 Bob the Pleo Calendar
Post by: Lunamione7 on December 20, 2013, 04:31:27 AM
Stunning pictures Mike, wish I could have seen it. I know it must have been frustrating for you living through it but I'd happily go without power for a few days to see ice on everything like that, awesome!

Of course, then I'd like it to conveniently come back on once I've decided I can't stand the cold anylonger and want my heating on... ???
Title: Re: 2014 Bob the Pleo Calendar
Post by: mweed on December 20, 2013, 07:41:56 AM
If you're used to camping outdoors, it's no big deal.   :fire:  If you're spoiled to the comforts of indoor living . . .  :brrr:  No power is like having all the fun of a camp out  :roast-marshmallow: while having the all the comfort of sleeping in your own bed!  Well, your bed in a room that is below 40F (4C) at night . . .

The part that would REALLY scare most modern day kids is 4 days with no TV, no internet, no video games, and no way to drive to the mall . . .

The only sad part is we lost all of our tropical houseplants  :'(  :'(  I had one pothos ivy that we'd kept alive for over 10 years.
Title: Re: 2014 Bob the Pleo Calendar
Post by: Teddscau on December 20, 2013, 12:44:08 PM
No Mike! Not the plants! You should have knitted sweaters for them and built a bonfire in your living room to put them around! I don't know what I'd do if I lost my pitcher plants, orchids, and bonsais (yeah, I'm that talented :-P). On a more serious note, I have no idea what we'd do here in Ontario if the power went out and couldn't get the generator going. We have three small dogs (one's a three pound chihuahua!), four budgies, a leopard gecko, fish, and tropical plants. It can get below -15C no problem! Although if we lost power in the summer, I'm pretty sure our animals and plants would love it. Me, on the other hand, would die from heat stroke >.<  Mike, do you have any pets? If so, how'd they fair with the cold?
Title: Re: 2014 Bob the Pleo Calendar
Post by: mweed on December 21, 2013, 12:52:50 PM
We have some big dogs who love the cold, cat who just cuddled for warmth,  and three rather large goldfish in a 55gallon tank.  As long as the water doesn't freeze, goldfish are pretty tolerant of the cold.
Title: Re: 2014 Bob the Pleo Calendar
Post by: RedwoodsMama on December 21, 2013, 02:13:03 PM
goldfish are remarkably tolerant and known for strength. I have had four goldfish @< @< @< @< raised from "feeder" fish that my hubby bought in 1997 as "food or game" for our two cats. Of course, I said no, they were not for the cats to "go fishing ' and pets. those four goldfish named after the teletubbies, grew qucikly and lived for 14+ years till the last one succumbed to an inoperable tumor near the gills.  :( @<RIP ... Our house only has one wall heater, in a large three bedroom house that gets very cold..like 52 degrees in the parts of the house without any heat...............
              Our largest room is the master bedroom which has the wall heater that works periodically, and with 8 cats and a dog and two turtles at night, it gets pretty crowded. The fish tank though is in the living room combination kitchen dining room so it gets very cold. This past month when the tempertures hit 21 degrees. :brrr: it was freezing and the poor fish do not have a heater in their tank, but the thermometer registered about 42 degrees , so it could have been even colder. I took out containers of cold water till the tank was 1/2 original cold water and then added hot water ( with chlorine remover added to it of course.) and the water came back up to a respectible 52-54 degrees which is better then looking at "fish popscicles". NOw that we are back to mid 40's during the day, the fish are more like normal. The turtles though are spending more time indoors, in the bath tub.( large and I mean large tupperware type container) so they can swim and get exercise during the day and then they "hibernate" out of water during the night.In the wild they would be dug into a riverbank and hibernate all during the winter., Can't afford a large indoor pool for them, so they go out during the day , even in Winter as long as it does not go below 45 and not during rain , not that they would mind, but I do not want to be out there having to constantly add buckets of hot water... :P So all in all, we are keeping warm.
             Happy Holidays to you and your whole family Mike and do not let any "bah humbug " pleos get in the way of Santa delivering presents this year.  *santa-chimney* *gift05* *carollers* *tree03*            RWM  :cat-hug: and the Pleo  P;D P:D P0:) P:) P;)Township of the Redwoods *tree01*
           Mike sorry to hear about your tropical plants, that is too bad, better plants then live animals though. What did your kids do with no TV , iNternet or games...? They are probably old enough to find other things to do, books and board games are great family fun.......................as long as you do them when you have daylight and can see. or by lantern perhaps? Heard there is another ice storm heading towards Oklahoma area, do not know if that will affect you or not, but I will keep my fingers crossed you do not lose power and stay warmer. STill have not been able to see more then the first three pages of the Calendar so can't wait to see the rest, I allways love the squirrel with peanut taking from Bob's mouth, that is the best!  ;D
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