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July 15th, 2008

The Dolphin is nearly dead @ 10:19 pm

So it is nearly official... we are changing the name of the store from 'Dolphin Dream' (gag, can't you taste the chum) to... drum roll please...

'The Mystic Dream.'

We've got the name secured for the county and the web address, what a relief. On the one hand it was a difficult decision, since the store has been there for 18 years and everyone knows that name. Problem was that the name was dated, and blatantly New Age, and I hate dolphins. Oh I tried to like them, talked up how in Greek culture they served as psychopomps and such, but their greyish flesh and highpitched nagging cries actually give me the willies. Also, many of them are rapists.

So now we have to find a way to promote this change. This may not be so easy. Spiritual folk don't often welcome change. However if pissing people off is unavoidable then you might as well have fun with it, right?

Someone at my shop suggested that dolphins only live to be about 18 anyway. Not sure if that is true, but I wonder if I can turn that into some sort of advert. Perhaps I could draw a picture of a geriatric dolphin, sort of Wilford Brimleyesque, with a thought bubble that says 'No antibiotics please, I just want to die.' Or I could take a page from the old Jack In The Box commercials where they blow up the clown, except I'll blow up a dolphin. I could totally get that up on YouTube if only I could catch a dolphin (not even sure what to use for bait there).

Storm's idea was to say something to the effect of "The dolphin is gone, but the dream continues." Best idea I've heard so far.
 
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From:nytemuse
Date:July 16th, 2008 07:55 am (UTC)
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Hm...what about writing a short myth or legend about a dolphin evolving or ascending, like the bodhisattvas, thus explaining the change in the name? Yeah, it's a little juvenile, but seems kind of up the alley of the Newage types (at least the ones I know).
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From:carnivalia
Date:July 17th, 2008 11:55 am (UTC)
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I think you're on to something. Lots of potential there. Thanks!
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From:ravenedgewalker
Date:July 16th, 2008 09:43 am (UTC)
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......a dolphin came to us in a vision and told us that it was time for him to be released from his duty of watching over the shop so he could swim free for ever....

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From:epinoid
Date:July 16th, 2008 10:55 am (UTC)
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Much better name- good job.

"We're not your mother's store anymore" with a dolphin dressed up in very 70s clothes and maybe a bad permanent.

"Flipper has retired to Florida" "Flipper woke up and moved away."

Maybe you could get a poster of "So Long, and Thanks For All the Fish"

OK first I know dolphins don't have scales, but for years I wanted to take a bunch of junk CDs and make a big fish wall decoration. A little change and it is a dolphin dissolving into bubbles.

OK I just woke up and not quite clever yet. Storm's suggestion still sounds best.

Good luck!
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From:roy_batty
Date:July 16th, 2008 11:14 am (UTC)
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There's got to be some kind of promotion that involves giving out tuna sandwiches.
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From:127fascination
Date:July 16th, 2008 01:32 pm (UTC)
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"The Mystic Dream," Dolphin Safe For Over 18 Years.
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From:127fascination
Date:July 16th, 2008 02:06 pm (UTC)
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Or this:
The New, Improved Mystic Dream: Now With Fewer Dolphins.
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From:roy_batty
Date:July 16th, 2008 02:24 pm (UTC)
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"Mystic Dream" carries the Flipper seal of approval: http://earthtrust.org/fsa.html
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From:witchchild
Date:July 16th, 2008 12:18 pm (UTC)
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I like dolphins, but the new name is MUCH better and truer.
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From:m0usegrrl
Date:July 16th, 2008 01:32 pm (UTC)
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I dunno, I like the idea of the geriatric dolphin toddling off to Flipper's Retirement Home... *grin*
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From:roy_batty
Date:July 16th, 2008 10:28 pm (UTC)
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Maybe the dolphin was deployed to Iraq to fight in the "war on terror": http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Military_dolphin

And after he finishes off "terror", he's going after that bastard "ennui"!
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From:garan_du
Date:July 16th, 2008 10:52 pm (UTC)
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R.I.P. Dolphin Dreams...so long, and thanks for all the fish. ;-P
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From:garan_du
Date:July 16th, 2008 10:53 pm (UTC)
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P.S. Your store is so obviously *not* dolphin safe.
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From:soulfire6
Date:July 17th, 2008 07:48 am (UTC)
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Love the new name, and the idea someone had about depicting the dolphin evolving or ascending. Perfect when you think about it! That's right up there with the New Age types. I can just hear one of them saying, "Dolphins don't die--they ascend into a higher form/plane/reality/consciousness," etc.! LOL
From:dbananza
Date:August 5th, 2008 03:08 pm (UTC)

congratulations!

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"The Dolphin is Outta Here!"
so then if i search online... http://www.dolphindream.com/ are you going to change this or re-direct or something? after a certain period of mourning for those who miss the dolphin...?
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From:devinswords
Date:September 21st, 2008 03:59 am (UTC)
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ROTFLMAO

Oh I cant wait to make it out that way!

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