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DCP Nation Responds to the Earthquake

Just when we were getting into our groove, Mother Nature threw us a vicious curve ball.  Fortunately the team at Downtown Printwear is always prepared for a natural disaster – we even took out cloud insurance:

You can never be too safe when operating heavy printing equipment.  The last thing we want to experience is a misprinted shirt or devastation like the pictures below:

Earthquake Damage Table

Complete Destruction

Earthquake Damage Salt

What a mess!!








Earthquake Shake and Bake

The Show Must Go On!


On This Day: Drowsy Driver Awareness Day

Drowsy Driver Awareness DaySometimes you need to hear it straight from the source!  The team at Downtown Printwear thought it was only fitting for me to post on Drowsy Driver Awareness Day since I’m notorious for my early morning and late evening commutes between Boston and Schenectady.  We all get tired, but there are a number of things you can do while driving to protect yourself and other drivers.  First, if you are too tired to be driving, get off the road!  Pull into a well-lit rest area and take a 1-hour nap.  You’ll feel surprising rejuvenated.  Don’t forget the obvious ones: coffee (or Red Bull if you’re like us), crank the radio, crack the window, and have a jam sesh.  That’s right, jam out while you’re driving.  People will look at you like you’re ridiculous, but it sure beats running them off the road if you fall asleep behind the wheel!

Student AthletesOther Holidays:

  • New Beer’s Eve – celebrates the anniversary of the evening before prohibition ended
  • National Student Athlete Day
  • Army Day – proclaimed by Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1942
  • National Day of Hope – stop child abuse
  • Tartan DayParaprofessional Day – every Batman needs their Robin
  • Tartan Day – a day for Scottish-Americans
  • Teflon Day
  • North Pole Daysee below

Also On This Day:

  • John Astor incorporated American Fur Company, which eventually made him the 1st U.S. millionaire (1808)
  • MoneyThe 1st credit union was formed in the U.S. (1909)
  • The U.S. entered World War I (1917)
  • Varney Airlines (predecessor to United Airlines) made its 1st commercial flight (1926)
  • The 1st Tony Awards were presented (1947)
  • TV DinnerThe 1st TV dinner went on sale (1954)
  • New York City ended trolley car service (1957)
  • Early Bird was launched – the 1st communications satellite (1965)
  • The “designated hitter” rule went into effect in MLB’s American League (1973)
  • Post It notes were introduced (1980)

Birthdays & Remembrances:DJ Tanner

  • Candace Cameron (35), aka DJ Tanner, Full House
  • Paul Rudd (42)
  • Butch Cassidy (1866-1908)
  • Raphael (1483-1520)
  • RIP Raphael (1483-1520)

That’s all I’ve got for your folks.  It’s time for me to hit the road…not too tired of course!

~ “Downtown” Dan

On This Day: National Be Heard Day

National Be Heard DayIt’s easy for big businesses to steal the spotlight.  March 7th is National Be Heard Day.  The holiday is dedicated to over 145 million small businesses in the U.S. that are struggling to break through the big-business dominated media clutter.  Today is a day for small businesses to stand up and “be heard”.  Celebrate creative marketing and publicity tactics that help small businesses survive in a world of bohemoth corporate giants.  Support small businesses and celebrate National Be Heard Day!

Other Holidays:

  • Kellogg's Corn FlakesNational Cereal Day – guess we know what is for breakfast! See Also On This Day.
  • Fun Facts about Names Day – is there something unique about your name? Were you named after someone?  Let us know!
  • Alexander Graham Bell's TelephoneAlexander Graham Bell Day – celebrate one of the most brilliant inventors in history on the anniversary of his most notable accomplishment. See Also On This Day.
  • Casimir Pulaski Day – an Illinois holiday recognizing the Revolutionary War achievements of Polish-American General Casimir Pulaski.  The holidays is celebrated on the anniversary of Pulaski’s death in 1779.

Also On This Day:

  • DisneylandBaseball decided 9 innings constituted an official game, rather than 9 runs (1857)
  • Alexander Graham Bell was granted a patent for his invention named “the telephone” (1876)
  • Dr. John Kellogg introduced Corn Flakes for the 1st time (1897)
  • Glamour magazine 1st published (1939)
  • Bloody Sunday: 600 civil rights marchers were forcefully broken up in Selma, Alabama (1965)
  • NCAA 64 Team BracketThe 1st documented homocide in Disneyland history (1981)
  • The NCAA tournament selection was televised for the 1st time (1982)
  • The song “We Are The World” had its international release (1985)
  • In a historic copyright case, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that parodies of original work were covered by the doctrine of fair use (1994) [The printing industry greatly appreciates this one!]
  • The U.S. Navy issued the 1st permanent order that assigned women to combat ships (1994)

Iwo Jima PictureBirthdays and Remembrances:

  • Jenna Fisher (37), The Office
  • Wanda Sykes(46) – funny or not?
  • Rene Gagnon (1925-1979) – the American solider shown raising the flag at Iwo Jima
  • RIP Aristotle (384 B.C. – 322 B.C. ) – he was kindof a big deal at the time!

New Four Loko Available December 13th

The New Four Loko hits shelves December 13th.  We know these guys are excited! Be prepared for a bigger disappointment than Brad & Jen’s break up!  Ok, maybe not.  But removing the caffeine, i.e. “the Loko”, is like removing Alvin from the Chipmunks, or Topanga from Boy Meets World.  It just doesn’t work.

Topanga & Lance Bass

Did you know: "Topanga" and Lance Bass attended their HS prom together


Four Loko

Four Loko



A Few Good Printers

There aren’t many good printers left out there.  There are only A Few Good Printers:


DCP: You want the shirts?

Customer: I want to think about it.

DCP: You want the shirts?!

Customer: I want a proof.


DCP: “Son, we live in a world that has decorated apparel, and that apparel is printed and embroidery by men with equipment. Who’s gonna do it? You? You, Mr. Customer? We have a greater responsibility than you could possibly fathom. You weep for your bad artwork, and you curse the promotional companies that are a middle man for your project. You have that luxury. You have the luxury of not knowing what we know. That misprinted shirts, while tragic, probably saved projects. And our existence, while grotesque and incomprehensible to you, saves wardrobes. You don’t want the truth because deep down in places you don’t talk about at parties, you want us decorating your apparel, you need us decorating your apparel! We use words like print, embroidery, and artwork. We use these words as the backbone of a life spent printing items. You use them as a punchline. We have neither the time nor the inclination to explain ourselves to a man who rises and sleeps under the blanket of the awesome apparel that we provide, and then questions the manner in which we provide it. We would rather you just said “thank you”, and call back about your next project. Otherwise, we suggest you pick up a squeegee, and start printing. Either way, we don’t give a damn what you think you are entitled to.

Customer: Did you print those kick @$$ shirts?

DCP: You’re Go@#$amn right we did!

50 Life Secrets & Tips

Life Secrets & Tips

Living on the edge

When I first saw the title of this page I was hesitant. I mean, 50? 50?! How many of them are going to be useless or don’t apply? I was a little taken back when I realized that many of them were applicable and legitimate. Here’s what I thought:

#17 – How about “no-sleep”? Is that on the list? If so, double-check!
#27 – Nothing feels better than a comfy pair of sweatpants, a soft t-shirt & a warm hoodie. I think we can check this one off the list!
#38 – My mantra; “Printing shirts. Chasing ….” Guess I’ll have to think of a new one since my GF probably won’t approve of that one!
#43 – Can we just stop here? This one goes without saying.

The best part of this list is the numbers you are trying to ignore. What else could you be doing? How much extra effort could you put forth? We’ve got a pen and we’re ready to start crossing-off numbers. Start putting these ideas into practice. No matter how bad it gets, it could always be worse! Heck, you could be in Cassius’ shoes and have to put up with us every day. Now that’s brutal!
Make it happen!

~ “Downtown” Dan

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