Breakaway News Volume No. 24 Issue No. 1 January 2019

Auld Lang Syne

 We’d like to wish all of our customers a Happy New Year! Thank you for being a part of the Breakaway Courier family of customers for another year, and for trusting your sensitive, high priority deliveries to us yet again. Here’s wishing all of you a healthy and prosperous 2019.

In Remembrance

 January is the month we ring in the New Year, but it’s also a month during which we take time to remember an American giant, Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  This year MLK day falls on January 21.  In recent years, the federal holiday has become a Day of Service, when Americans are encouraged to volunteer to help others less fortunate than themselves as a tribute to Dr. King’s legacy.

 Ride For Your Mind

 People who have been with us for a while now know that we have long extolled the health benefits of cycling. Now, it seems that the very old can benefit also, thanks to technology. Senior centers in Liverpool, England, are using stationary bikes and Strava to let its residents with dementia “ride” virtually anywhere in the world, and the residents love it. Staff at the facility say the project has boosted well-being and happiness. We’re passing out applications to see which ones want to be our couriers!

 Polar Vortex

 We’ve been talking about global climate change for a long time now. Well, don’t get ready to spend all year in a Bermuda shirt and sandals just yet. We have to get through the unstable Polar Vortex. Meteorologists are saying that the same Polar Vortex that hit us last February is getting ready to sock us again, possibly over the whole winter. So please, be sure to spare a hot chocolate for the messenger when they come to pick up!

Gauge of the Wage

 As you read this newsletter, the minimum wage has gone up to $15 per hour in New York City. This means that in the last three years, the minimum wage has gone up 67%, and in the last five years, 87.5%. At Breakaway, we pride ourselves on making sure our couriers make a living wage, which is saying something in this economy. To learn more, visit:

 Breakaway R&D

 New Year’s resolutions: Every year, we make them, with all good intentions, and every year, we all fall down on the job. Statistically, there are few New Year’s resolutions kept. That’s where our new service comes in! For a yet to be determined fee, call us to assign a courier to you who will track your movements, and wag his finger at you every time you start to slip. For an added fee, he’ll even scold. This service is going to be popular so reserve your Resolution Nag today!

 Stump the Band

 Last month we asked who got Europeans wired on coffee. Answer: Suleiman Aga, Ottoman ambassador to France, opened a coffee house in his Paris mansion, sparking a coffee craze.

 T-Shirt Question

 Who created the square-bottom paper bag and where? The first person to call Gil Ortiz with the correct answer will win a coveted Breakaway T-shirt.