Some of our people greetersthe associates who meet our customers as they come in the dooruse theirhigh-profile positions to have a little fun. Artie Hopper, the greeter in Huntsville, Arkansas, dresses in adifferent costume for every holidayincluding Hawgfest, a local celebration. 福彩双色球走势图2 But as I mentioned, we couldn't find anybody who wanted to run their trucks sixty or seventy miles outof the way into these little towns where we were operating. We were totally ignored by the distributorsand the jobbers. That's not only how we came to build our own distribution system, it's also how we gotused to beating the heck out of everybody on prices. We had a time getting good merchandise for ourstores back then, but our cost of acquiring the goods was rock bottombecause we sat out there withabsolutely no help from distributors. And because we got used to doing everything on our own, we havealways resented paying anyone just for the pleasure of doing business with him. My first exposure to the possibilities of retail had come in 1939, when our family happened to move nextdoor to a guy named Hugh Mattingly. He had been a barber inOdessa,Missouri, before he and hisbrothers started a variety store chain which had grown to around sixty stores by that time. I would talkwith him about merchandising, how to do it, and how well it was working out for him. He took an interestin me, and later even offered me a job. "But if you ask Sam how's business, he's never satisfied. He says, 'Bernie, things are really lousy. Ourlines are too long at the cash registers. Our people aren't being helpful enough. I don't know what we'regonna do to get them motivated.' Then you ask some of these CEOs from other retail organizations whoyou know are on the verge of going out of business, and they brag and tell you how great everything is.