Burping my Bowls  

rm_tennismaiden 60F
2103 posts
2/14/2006 6:11 am

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Burping my Bowls

Plastic was one of many fabulous by products of fossil fuel in the 1950's and created quite a frenzy when Earl Tupper invented his paint can lid seal. Yes my folks "tupperware" was born and the *Tennismaiden* became one of it's biggest plastic pushers.

I had just given birth to my youngest son and through the search for other women to bond with I'd come across a cult like club that partied and snacked while adoring the latest and greatest from the new line of design and preservation. It is always the intent of a savvy successful salesperson to not only toot the praises of the product but enlist new "believers" into trying their skills at making money from such a marvelous invention.

I was recruited into the ranks of jolly fun loving woman and men (yes there were men too)singing the praises of a product claiming to "lock in freshness" while protecting the environment from un-neccessary bags and foils clogging our landfills. The color choices and designs began somewhat drab and well...old and transpired through many years of creativity and stupendious marketing.

By the time I had moved up into the "Executive Manager" ranks this plastic tool was creating quite a buzz in every kitchen all over the world. Now mind you, here was a great product, good marketing with unique capabilites making promises to change your world from dryed out and smelly left overs to crisp and perky eatables that lasted forever in your refrigerator. Maybe too long!

I loved this time of my life, I had a company car/van for 8 years and got it replaced new every two years. I partied till the wee hours, ate great food and dished the "dirt" with every locale stay-at-home mother through out Westchester County New York. I, being the charming and funny gal I am was pretty good at what I did, recruiting other ladies to my salesforce, wheeling and dealing a quality product and taking regular business trips to Florida for conventions.

Now the convention was a trip down bizarre and surreal ally. Imagine the typical "Tupperware" lady was usually 60+ pounds overweight and the jolliest most laughable endearing person around. If you can visualize "The price is right" loaded with oversized figured females all gathered in a hall holding 3000 or more enthusiastic ready for recognition plastic pushers running up and down the aisles screaming from their names being mentioned over the loud speakers. This all but made me pee in my pants with laughter and my best buddy "Bonnie" and fellow manager and I would begin howling with caddy remarks and disbelief we could be part of this fiesta of celebrants. But damn it was fun and we always came home with new ideas for sales and plenty of free bees packed in our over stuffed suitcases.

The most memorable point of my carreer came from a sales challenge during record breaker week in November of 1990(?) when I smashed the distributorships all time at $20,000.00 in sales for one week. Plastic products....(a boat load of them) edging me to the top of the charts in sales...I was ecstatic and had a smile on my face that went from here to eternity filled with pride.

I know that this doesn't seem keeping in character with "tennismaiden" some of you might have fantasized me waltzing the ballroom donned in silk finery, diamonds sweeping the nape of my neck while working a room full of WASPS raising money for a worthy charity. But my plastic days were what gave me the inspiration to become a cock eyed optimist. To value success while juggling three small boys and a husband that was never proud of my accomplishments.

Looking back.... that experience pushed me to achieve much, driving across bridges, forging through my panic/anxiety disorder and gaining strength to become the strong and fearless woman I am today.

Remember fellow citizens of blogland each time you reach for the "seal of perfection" and squeeze the container just so, lifting the edges of the lid....."B-U-R-P" outcomes the excess air, "tennismaiden" could have sold you THAT bowl!

muscles4u2have 55M
1645 posts
2/14/2006 8:47 am

Because of your beauty is why you sold so much. You could have sold me anything! But I only want one thing from you! Happy valentines Day!!

aascrompn 43M
6444 posts
2/14/2006 11:00 am

I still have yet to receive my order... who do i call for that?

angelofmercy5 60F
17881 posts
2/14/2006 11:01 am

Happy Valentine's Day! I was one of those "seal of perfection" ladies many many years ago. Now, all it does is fall out of my cupboard when I open it. Great kitchen tools....hard to store! Happy Valentine's Day.

rm_Keystone3812 66M
583 posts
2/14/2006 11:14 am

So......... I have one of those cheese containers that doesn't "burp" anymore.......... don't they have a life time warranty? And can you replace it for me?????

rm_Keystone3812 66M
583 posts
2/14/2006 11:15 am

ps: Do you give "Green" or Gold Bond" stamps with every purchase???

HeardLankaMalls 56M
2925 posts
2/14/2006 11:53 am

Nice story/post TM
I'm sure you were (and are) one hell of a salesperson; who would turn you down

rm_Pro_Boxa 60M

2/14/2006 2:49 pm

I hope a portrait of tennismaiden duly hangs in the Tupperland Hall of Fame after notching up that memorable $20K - maybe still a record?

Now, once a salesperson always a salesperson, so get back out there and party plan the 'jackhammer' of your previous post. I'm sure there'll be plenty of burps along the way.

TopFisher 64M

2/14/2006 5:20 pm

Amazing how such a simple product can alter so much aint it?

Congrats to you, even though your massive week was a while ago. That is one hella accompolishment.

pleasureman9992 60M
3 posts
2/15/2006 6:37 am

Seems you've gone from one type of plastic to another based on your blogs of yesterday and today. Your use of the new plastic items seems to be more fun for you and bring you much more "satisfaction".
I guess both forms of plastic could be deemed as "fulfilling" but only the new plastic really "fills the bill"!

_Safira 54F
11260 posts
2/15/2006 2:33 pm

I'm so glad you did the "Burping" story! Remember ... I need Tupperware ... and, ummm ... "other stuff!"

This is my blog - Comes With Warning Labels. There are many like it, but this one is mine.


rm_molittle69 47M
117 posts
2/15/2006 6:18 pm

very impressive, plastic has been good to you and the new plastic (silicon/rubber) as well! Intriguing, ever consider being a fantasia sales rep. Meet and greet the next generation of tupperware moms and dads, with the newest and greatest in adult toys and aides. although i'm not sure this fits into your "G" rating lol.


I'll never look at swimming with the dolphines the same way again!

kryztoph908 60M

2/16/2006 1:03 pm

Sounds like TM did about as much with her music degree as I did with mine!

Anyhow, here you go ... Seinfeld, Episode 102

Kramer enters. He goes into the kitchen and starts searching.

Jerry: What are you looking for?

Kramer: Tupperware.

Jerry: Sorry. I don't have any tupperware.

Kramer: I knew this was going to happen. I just made a delicious casserole, but now it won't keep because I have no Tupperware.

Jerry: What about a plastic bag?

Kramer: You must be kidding.

Jerry: What is the difference?

Kramer: The patented burp, Jerry. It locks in freshness!

kryztoph908 60M

2/17/2006 5:26 am

I said to Baby-Wabbitz just the other night ... "If it weren't for Seinfeld, do you think we'd still be married?" Half our discourse and maybe 80% of our laughs seems to stem from that show!

Shrinkage the one word we don't dare say out loud on AdultFriendFinder!

Oh I happened to have my digital camera with me last night, in my jacket pocket. After B-W was asleep I thought I'd take a photo of the inside of my regrigerator. Nobody believes me when I tell them "no, there is no Tupperware in there. In fact there is nothing alive, nothing that has ever been alive!" ... (alliteration to another Seinfeld) ... "And certainly nothing that HAD PARENTS!"

This morning just one bottle of Becks Light, a Fiji water, and 1/2 bottle of Chardonnay. Two huge Lexan bins which have never been used (in 9 years).

I'm afraid the Tupperware girl would go broke with customers like us!

Oh-la-la noticed your latest admirer, best of luck to you Dahling!

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