Thank Goodness! I’m so looking forward to leaving January behind… and I’m not the only one. I’ve heard from a number of clients, associates, vendors, and others – January was a tough slog (and long). It definitely lived up to the quote attributed to F. Scott Fitzgerald, “January is the Monday of all months.”
So, bring on the love, bring on the spring, bring on the outdoors!
Onwards, upwards, and warm…wards?!
Life, Lived Better – Outdoors
What’s New at PW:
We have been busy during the last 30 or so days. At our Riverside location, Christmas World was put away, we cleaned, re-painted, and revamped the showroom with fantastic new ensembles, new displays, and updated, on trend decor for 2024. We also went through each and every item we carry and took a hard look at pricing. Fortunately, most of our manufacturers have been able to stabilize pricing and shipping costs, which, in-turn, has afforded us the opportunity to save you money on all our hand-crafted outdoor furniture and accessories.
Considering stabilized freight rates and inventory that’s been flowing in consistently at these new favorable rates, as well as working with our factory partners to drive more favorable costs, we are delighted to be able to now pass these savings on to our customers. We have managed to make some level of price reduction on 95% of our items and achieved an average reduction of about 24% across our assortment.
The Spring/Summer 2024 collection features dozens of new products. The new price listing keeps in line with Patio World’s and our family’s core values to pass any cost savings directly back to our customers.
We invite you to our “New” showrooms. As you stroll through, you will see signage such as NEW FOR 2024 and New Lower Price for 2024 on most of our products. We are the home of Affordable Luxury. That is why we are the Inland Empire’s #1 Source for Outdoor Furniture and Accessories.
P.S. The same changes are occurring at our Temecula showroom as we speak! Come on in and let us show you true alfresco living, crafted with pride. It does not have to be ostentatious or expensive. Quiet Luxury in the Temecula Valley – Just in time for Spring!
Out & About
(PHOTO) Just in time for the NFL playoffs. The custom ordered Telescope Casual furniture was delivered by our team on January 19, 2024. Fantastic design to complement our clients new outdoor living area.
→My wife and I tried this in the garden last year, until the plant accidently got mistaken for a weed – How To Grow a Tea Garden
→The average person spends 26 years doing it wrong in bed – Pillow Talk
→ I’ve been lied to – Mid-Grade Gas Is A Myth
→ Say it Ain’t So – Beef Brisket in the Microwave (You Tube Review)
→ This does not look like a fun day on the water – Beach Circus
→Find the penguin – And you might be smarter than the average bear
→Don’t tell Patio World’s mascot, Penny – Pampered Pooch’s $20k Wardrobe
→In case you’re having a hard time with this year’s diet regimen – How many ‘unavoidable defects’ are in peanut butter and other foods you eat?
→Keep it simple – As my parents always said
→That’s not HOT – Sauce Preference by State
→I never wondered, but in case you did – Why is it Yellow?
→I need to start looking for spare change in my couch – Cheapest Ticket Price Is Staggering
It’s a Dog’s Life…really
We are taking a break this month from Fidos Photos, but if you want to partake in the fun – Send us a photo of your dog enjoying your backyard/outdoor space or on an adventure outdoors! You can send pics via email or text to 951-818-5470. If your photo is chosen, we will send your pup some treats!
You can see some of last year’s canines by visiting our 2023 newsletters.
(WBR) Wayne’s Book Review
My New Year’s Resolution / Goal for the year is to read one book a month. And aren’t you lucky – You get a rare glimpse into the mind of Wayne Romain and his take on said book. Just so you know, I’m not a reader. In the last 10 years, I have probably read six or seven books at the most. No literary giant here, but like a lot of things in life, you get outside your element, do things you don’t normally do, and you might learn something.
What does this have to do with the outdoors? Maybe nothing. Maybe a lot. But it does represent another pastime that we can enjoy (or muddle through) in The Outdoors.
This month’s book: The Mysterious Case of Rudolf Diesel: Genius, Power, and Deception on the Eve of World War I (2023) by Douglas Brunt
A good serving of OCD, a lot of smarts, and a bit of luck – You too can be a rags to riches genius!
This book goes through the true-life story of Rudolph Diesel, the inventor of the Diesel engine, the same one we use today. If you think we are going through earth shattering changes today with technology, the internet, A.I., and the like, take a peek at life at the turn of the century and the industrial revolution. It’s like pressing the “repeat button”, just in a different form.
From a child laborer, turned student, turned engineer, turned millionaire, turned lost to the world forever by mysterious circumstances; it’s an interesting if not riveting true story.
I liked the book enough to recommend. Though not my favorite, it is an entertaining and informative read. I especially liked the history of the book and what life was like during the turn of the century, both in Europe and the United States. It touches on powerful nations, wannabe powerful nations, and powerful people and how their stories intertwined.
It went a little too much “into the weeds” at times for my taste. Not just the science and engineering aspect, but almost every subject it touched on. Culture, history, personal tales of the belligerents – it got a little redundant and stale. Even the “climax” of the book, the disappearance of the man, got a little overdone. Kind of like a fine steak that is grilled to long – Dry and Chewy.
All in all a good book and on a scale of 1-10, I’d give it a 6.
For more info on Rudolph Diesel see Wikipedia
Note: This is my unprofessional, biased, informal review. I make no claims and receive no money or support for my reviews. It’s just an extrapolation from the mind of WR.
La Última Palabra (The Last Word)
Quote of the Month:
“Without Valentine’s Day, February would be, well, January.” – Jim Gaffigan
There are certain things that I’m looking forward to in February:
- Re-imagining, designing, and changing the display at our Temecula showroom, with brand new products for 2024 and lower prices! It’s hard work, but call me crazy, I do love it.
- Celebrating Valentine’s with my wife and kids. And coming up with a great gift for my wife and I to celebrate (I’m thinking a spa day in the desert, but don’t tell her)
- Going on a camping trip with my kids to Joshua Tree. Hopefully the weather is nice, and we get to enjoy some great hikes and create great memories.
- And, the unknown. Living each day – Day By Day – as it unfolds, with the right attitude (and copious amounts of coffee). Not doing it perfectly but living life humbly, with serenity, and trying to be as helpful to others as possible. Well, it’s a goal.
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Whether at home or out in the wild, take it all in. Remember that life is truly lived better outdoors.