Pop-A-Lock - April 2020




Teachers and coaches are so important to kids during their most impressionable years. In my humble opinion, they don’t get nearly as much credit as they should for all the work they do. Since Teacher Appreciation Week is coming up the first week of May, I figure it’s the perfect time to share how my teachers and coaches influenced me as a student. I was very fortunate to have a number of great teachers and coaches growing up — especially considering where I grew up. As I’ve mentioned in previous newsletters, I spent my childhood in the oil fields of rural Oklahoma. Rural schools don’t always have the funds to pay teachers well and, therefore, do not always have the best teachers. However, because our community had an oil refinery that paid local taxes, our schools could afford good teachers. If I were to share everything I appreciated about all the fantastic teachers I had, it all wouldn’t fit in this newsletter. So instead, I want to focus on one of my coaches in particular. I had several fantastic teachers when I was a student at Duncan High School. However, it was coach Dick Dozier who truly influenced the paths I would take later in life. For starters, he was probably one of the most knowledgeable and innovative basketball coaches in Oklahoma. The offenses and defenses that we ran were ahead of their time, and he developed one of the most successful basketball programs in the state. On top of that, he really cared about his players as young men and wanted us to succeed in every aspect of our lives. It was because of coach Dozier that I ultimately had the chance to play under OSU coach Mr. Hank Iba and coach alongside UK coach Eddie Sutton — both of whom are in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. When I was in college, I remained friends with coach Dozier and stayed in touch. I was on track to earn a degree in education so I could be a teacher and a high school basketball coach like he was — until he was fired during my sophomore year. In small towns, a lot of people can over-politicize high school sports, and unfortunately, coach Dozier managed to get on the bad side of one of the school board members when he wouldn’t start his son. Despite his 12 years of coaching and phenomenal record, that one small move got him fired. When I heard that, I started thinking seriously about whether I wanted to be a high school basketball coach if I could get fired for something so trivial.

Fortunately, coach Dozier landed on his feet. About a year after he got fired, one of his former students invited him into a business venture in Houston starting up the region’s first Taco Bell franchise. Aside from being an all-around knowledgeable and innovative coach, coach Dozier was an incredibly skilled marketer. He would advertise our games all around town and our home games were always sellouts. The life of an entrepreneur fit him like a glove. By the time he passed away, coach Dozier owned and operated over 30 Taco Bells in the Central Texas area. With all that said, I owe both my coaching and entrepreneurial careers, at least in part, to coach Dozier. He influenced my life for decades to come, and that’s what so many great teachers and coaches do every day. Even though many educators are currently at home while schools are closed, they still deserve our praise during Teacher Appreciation Week and, of course, throughout the rest of the year. If you’re a teacher or a coach, I want you to know that you are appreciated.

-Doug Barnes


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HAS BREAKFAST IN BED GONE OUT OF STYLE? What Moms Really Want on Mother’s Day

first meal of the day in bed, and then their servants would handle all the spilled scone crumbs and messy breakfast residue. In 1914, President Woodrow Wilson dubbed Mother’s Day a national U.S. holiday, and a few years later, the aristocratic English tradition of breakfast in bed sailed across the pond to America. By the 1930s, food and bedding companies capitalized on the tradition and the new holiday by running ads in magazines and newspapers encouraging children and fathers to serve their matriarchs breakfast in bed. Since then, serving mothers breakfast in bed has become a popular Mother’s Day ritual around the world, and it remains so today. However, there is one group whose voice has been left out of the breakfast in bed conversation: mothers.

found that only 4% of moms polled want breakfast in bed. Yes, you read that right. When you factor in the mess of syrup, crumbs, and coffee spilling over clean sheets, it’s understandable. Today’s mothers usually don’t have servants to clean up afterward. The study also revealed what most moms prefer to do for breakfast on Mother’s Day: 53% of mothers like to go out, and 39% prefer brunch instead of breakfast. While breakfast in bed seems like a nice gesture, statistics show that it’s probably the last thing your mom wants to wake up to on May 10. This Mother’s Day, show your appreciation for your mom or the mother of your children by asking her what she would like to do. She deserves the holiday morning she desires, whether that includes a full breakfast in bed or a trip to her favorite brunch joint.

Serving breakfast in bed to moms, especially on Mother’s Day, has been a widespread tradition for years, but have you ever wondered if it’s what your mom really wants? Here’s a look at the Mother’s Day breakfast in bed tradition and some recent insight into the popular trend. According to Heather Arndt Anderson, author of “Breakfast: A History,” the popularity of breakfast in bed became widespread during the Victorian era, but only for married, wealthy women who had servants. Those women would enjoy their

In a recent study conducted by Zagat, a well-known dining survey site, researchers

A Candy Company That Refused to Fail For every great business idea, there are a million bad ones. However, just because a business fails initially does not mean it can’t rise from the ashes and go on to be successful. If you need proof, look no further than the candy company Project 7. Like many entrepreneurs before him, Project 7 founder Tyler Merrick started out with a dream to create a business that made a difference. Then, also like many entrepreneurs, he hit a roadblock in achieving that dream — his candy tasted terrible.

When Merrick started Project 7, he wanted to make candy using fresh, high- quality ingredients candy lovers everywhere could understand. Not only that, but he also wanted to create a business model that used a portion of its annual proceeds to address seven areas of basic humanitarian need: saving the earth, housing the homeless, feeding the hungry, quenching the thirsty, healing the sick, teaching the disenfranchised, and hoping for peace. Merrick’s goal was noble, but without a product that customers would buy up quickly, his dream of giving back would be dead in the water. Initially, that seemed like what would happen. Project 7 initially partnered with Whole Foods to sell its first product, an all-natural gum. However, Whole Foods didn’t place a second order, citing customer complaints that it just plain tasted bad.

new ingredients and pioneered new candy products, like organic gummy bears, sour ropes, lollipops, and sweet & spicy chews. Customers took notice of the new flavors, and before long, Project 7 was up and running for good, and so was its mission to give back. Project 7 has worked with several nonprofits to provide medical assistance to malaria patients in Africa and donated over 4 million meals to food banks in the United States, and that’s only scratching the surface. Tyler Merrick and Project 7 are a testament to the good that can come from perseverance, and they continue to inspire budding entrepreneurs everywhere to chase their dreams.

That might have been enough to lick the confidence of most entrepreneurs, but not Merrick. After this initial failure, he went back to the drawing board. He tried


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Soon, we might have an entire generation of drivers who don’t know what engine turnover feels like. That’s because, in the near future, most of the cars on the market won’t come with a traditional metal key. With the rise in popularity of key fobs and push-button start systems, using an actual key to unlock your car door and turn the ignition is becoming a thing of the past. But do these new technologies mean car keys as we know them will become obsolete? According to one expert, who shared this data with CNBC last year, an astonishing 91% of 2019 car models had keyless ignitions as a standard or optional feature. That was up from 72% in 2014. While older car models won’t suddenly cease to exist, figures like those indicate that one day in the future, cars with key ignitions will disappear. Key fobs and push-starts aren’t the only things giving car keys a run for their money, though. Automakers Tesla and Lincoln have pioneered the concept of using your smartphone as a key, which cuts any other electronic keys out of the picture. Since smartphones are an integral and nearly ubiquitous part of society, putting your car key on your phone seems like an efficient way to cut out the middleman.

However, smartphone keys have not been without problems. If someone’s phone dies, or they lose it, automakers still have to provide drivers with an alternative method to turn their car on — usually in the form of a key fob or key card. Because phones become outmoded faster than cars, making sure the virtual key technology stays compatible with the vehicle could also present challenges down the road. Nevertheless, we’ll probably see more and more keyless cars on the road. Luckily, that doesn’t mean your local locksmiths and car door-unlocking technicians at Pop-A-Lock won’t be able to help. We can replace or duplicate smart keys cheaper than the dealership, so if you need a new fob, just give us a call today!



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HOW TO STAY IN TOUCH WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS While Following Social Distancing Guidelines

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are encouraging communities across the U.S. to practice social distancing. While this will help prevent the spread of the coronavirus, or COVID-19, it also means that social interactions will be minimal. In addition to impeding many industries and businesses, this has significant impacts on families and friends who can no longer visit each other in person. Luckily, the technology we have today allows us to stay in touch while still practicing social responsibility.

other activities are canceled. Letting your kids connect to social media is a pretty big step, so consider signing them up for Yoursphere or Kidzworld, kid-friendly networks that let them keep in touch with their friends while you can monitor their activity. Get in touch with other parents to set up virtual play dates over video chats for your kids. They can even watch a movie or TV show together. HOST A MOVIE NIGHT. Speaking of movies, Netflix developed a unique way for people to watch movies and shows together: Netflix Party. If you have a desktop or laptop with a Chrome browser, visit NetflixParty.com to download the application. Once downloaded, open the movie or TV series you’d like to watch, create or join a “party,” then relax and enjoy the show while chatting with friends. These are only a few examples of how we can stay in touch during these concerning times. Talk with your family and friends and see what other creative ideas you can come up with together. Even though you may be apart from loved ones right now, virtual communication has never been easier or more plentiful.

SPRUCE UP EVERYDAY ACTIVITIES. Hopping on the phone or your laptop to video chat is a great way to reach out and catch up with loved ones. While folding laundry or doing other mundane chores, give a friend or your parents a call to idly chat; it can make your tedious tasks much more enjoyable. Video calls are also beneficial if, for example, you’re missing out on your daily workouts with a friend. Hop on a video chat to practice yoga, cardio, or other simple exercise routines together.

LET YOUR KIDS CHAT WITH FRIENDS. Kids can benefit from video chatting by staying in touch with their friends while school and


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