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Amy Campbell

Amy Campbell


How Very Taxing

I've just returned from a four-day trip to Portland, Ore., where I enjoyed a reunion with my high school girlfriends. After graduation, we scattered to the four winds, and now reside in different states. But we try to get together every couple of years to catch up on each others' lives, to laugh over old memories and create new ones. It's extremely liberating to have long-standing friendships in ...
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Getting Trashed?

Most every week, some newspaper or other runs an article about how Americans are so attached to their STUFF, painting self-storage as some vulture of an industry waiting to prey on this weakness for materialism. OK, so we all know humans are prisoners of their junk. But rarely do writers focus on the behavior of people who need to dispose of stuff, and that, to me, is by far the more interesting ...
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Plug Your Ears

(A guest blog spot by ISS Associate Editor Elaine Foxwell.) Has anyone been tempted, out of curiosity or maybe an overwhelming yen, to collect any and all esoteric music, to purchase the CD by British musical group The Playwrights called English Self Storage? Anyone? Anyone? I have to admit, I was really curious. First, the English in the title got to me. I’m English, born, bred and still loyal ...
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Feeling the Chill

Anyone who follows this blog knows I was in New Orleans all last week for a self-storage show as well as another conference. Before I left for N.O., temperatures here in Phoenix were approaching 100 degrees, and I was running my air conditioning. Today, I'm wearing a flannel shirt, and my typing is labored because my hands are cold and stiff. Last night, I actually turned down an invitation to ...
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On Hoodwinkers and Winking

(A guest blog spot by ISS Managing Editor Drew Whitney.) I’ve been bamboozled! Someone, somehow, on many days and miles away, has been draining my bank account, and I didn’t even know it until it had been overdrafted by thousands! I know it happens all the time, but it never happened to me! Identity theft and fraud are always in the news. They’ve hit close to home and happen more and more, I just ...
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Rebuilding New Orleans

I've been in New Orleans all week attending two vastly different conferences—one with my husband for Coremetrics, and the other, of course, is the Self Storage Association convention, still in progress. It was simply fortuitous that our events ran back-to-back, as this is our favorite city, and we are thrilled to support it with our tourist dollar. I could go on and on about why that is, but ...
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Prime Time

A guest blog spot by ISS Managing Editor, Drew Whitney. Yesterday I received a phone call from a news reporter. Over the years, we’ve received a number of calls from news reporters working on articles that focused on the self-storage phenomenon. In the early days, calls were few and far between. Typically reporters wanted to know statistics: Did we know how many facilities existed in a specific ...
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