Monthly Archives: April 2011

My Vietnamese Dry-Cleaning Lady Said

American Writer by Dr. Pietro Savo

No free chickens for you, go get a job, grow your own chickens, and eat. Three decades ago, my Vietnamese dry cleaner came to this country. She reminded me that there were no handouts, there were no free chickens, there was no eating, unless you were willing to take terrible jobs and worked very long hours at these terrible jobs, and we did not know they were terrible jobs she would say! We were very happy to have these jobs, because they allowed us to buy chickens and grow our own chickens.There were no jobs for us unless we spoke English. There was no driver’s license unless we spoke English. Life is hard, there are no free rides, she would say!


She works Monday through Saturday at her amazing dry cleaning store. She is the owner and the only employee as well. Occasionally, her children are there to help, but after all their school work is done, and she has four children, her oldest son joined the US Army after graduating from high school. This American son, his connection to our country runs red, white and blue deep in his patriotic veins.


Her education is the American school of hard knocks and she speaks very proudly of that education. Her voice becomes low and emotional; the American Dream is my life, no other life matters because my children and husband are part of this dream. My husband she said, with a huge smile; “I love him to death”; he knows it, and he works very hard at his job too. This immigrant works very hard at the American dream, disseminating into the American culture, and still keeping her own culture, is that not the American dream we all seek?


Sunday is a day off, a family time to enjoy their own chicken, and from this chicken many meals result, chicken sandwiches during the week, and the ever so American chicken soup, no part of this valuable chicken is wasted. Soon it is Monday once again, back to working long hours to live and grow chickens and the American dream.


My Vietnamese dry-cleaning lady said; “today it makes me mad when people come to this country, and they want something for free. There was no free for me, she would say.” It seems that the life, the common stories of the immigrants of the past no longer exist today. Hard work dedication to a country, family and to grow your own chickens is the American dream worth holding onto and pursuing once again.

by AMERICAN WRITER Dr. Pietro Savo Tradition Books Publication © 2011

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The Blue Plastic Bag Brigade (BPBB)

American Writer by Dr. Pietro Savo

Springtime clean-up in New Hampshire begins with neighbors volunteering to pick up garbage thrown out of automobile windows over the winter months. Dumping garbage out of the window of a moving automobile is the bizarre human ritual that was started around the turn of the 20th century by a self-centered rude driver, and the custom stuck, as dumb customs often do!

To the rescue and a sanity check that professes that civilization did not go completely mad due to the fast pace lifestyle resulting from the invention of the automobile. The world plans community events to clean up the mess left behind on our front yards and neighborhood streets. Citizens gratefully volunteering to walk their streets and pick up all the garbage that’s been thrown out of an automobile window. Now with spring upon us the disappearing snow freed the garbage from the wintry tomb, bringing it in plain sight!

During this cleanup process, you get to really experience and appreciate the splendid New England neighborhood scenes normally a blur while you speed by in your automobile at 30 to 50 miles per hour. At those driving speeds, you do not experience your neighbors sitting on their front steps having a cup of coffee, common morning greetings or kind jesters are lost forever, and every neighborhood encounter is a blur. During the blue bag cleanup, family and friends walked together enjoying each other’s company, while sharing views of the countryside.

Collecting car side garbage as a family is fun, we talked, we enjoyed each other’s company at a walking pace and we created garbage collection games. Match the garbage, what we picked up was many types of different soft drink cups from Wendy’s, McDonalds’, and Burger King were the most common types people through out of the window of their moving automobiles. What I found interesting was we did not find any soft drink container lids or straws anywhere, so now I am wondering if there is some kind of collector’s value for that precious item. Do soft drink container lids and straws have some collector value worth investing in; perhaps the next great get rich collectable?

We picked up different things such as articles of clothing, student’s homework papers, food wrappers, and a collection of beer bottles, and Michelob Light traditionally brewed with European hops and a blend of the finest two-row and caramel malts was the choice of garbage two to one. Interesting enough Michelob Light received a D rating from the American Craft Beer Fest; does this mean that people who throw empty Michelob Light bottles out the window do not have a clue about quality beer? The one thing we did not find anywhere was no discarded green currency dollars, not one shred of monetary currency was discovered during the clean up!

The collected garbage is then brought to a central location, carefully separated by plastic, paper, metals, glass, and then recycled with the hopes of earning education grant money to help the neighborhood school budgets. What this all means, is that bad-mannered automobile drivers in their haste have polluted our environment and by the generous nature of neighborhood volunteers, these people have turned this pollution into contributions to education improvements in the community. A natural winning catalyst for everyone is spending quality time with family and friends, enjoying the New England landscape while cleaning up your neighborhood, overall a fantastic New England time! Furthermore, let us not forget learning about the potential collector value from soft drink container lids and straws.

by AMERICAN WRITER Dr. Pietro Savo Tradition Books Publication © 2011

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Certified Manufacturing Practitioner Study

American Writer by Dr. Pietro Savo

The global economy relies heavily on manufacturing; hence selecting the means to ensure the sustained growth of the manufacturing industry is paramount. The purpose of this study is to determine the feasibility of a certification to bridge the gap between manufacturing and research in the United States Manufacturing Industries through a common language. The researcher sought to understand the challenges from both a practitioner and researcher’s perspective. Manufacturing leaders participating in the survey for the feasibility study were from Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Rolls Royce, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon, and United Technologies; including supply chain leaders from business and the U.S. Government, with survey response rate of 48.7%. Eighty percent of the survey respondents agreed that there is a need for a new manufacturing practitioner certification. Eighty-three percent of the survey respondents agreed that a new certified professional would improve communication. Ninety-four percent of the survey respondents agreed that engaging in technology and educating people will increase manufacturing opportunities.

The study provided the educational capital to identify the need for developing a new joint manufacturing and research position, called the Certified Manufacturing Practitioner (CMP). CMP may provide the means to accept the linkage between the past, the present, and the future by developing business solutions from shared leader’s experiences in the manufacturing industries. A possible solution involves the creation of a new certified manufacturing practitioner program designed to improve knowledge sharing through case study evaluation. Study limitation; this study’s sample included principally the researchers past business and manufacturing consulting clients, which may introduce some bias. Additional studies are required to help companies understand the expertise and the resiliency of the modern workforce. Finding the strengths and weaknesses of employees becomes important to rediscovering the company’s value.

by AMERICAN WRITER Dr. Pietro Savo Tradition Books Publication © 2011

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