Treefrog Treasures ? (2024)

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What a nice sweet story, now all together: "Ahhhhhhhhhh" Treefrog Treasures ? (2)

Btw, I noticed Fred had suggested I start a Cane Toad themed business. No-way Fred, they are a feral animal downunder, and having worked at the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) for a while I wouldn't consider such a thing. Some fool imported them years ago from Hawaii to control cane beetles, and they've been nothing but trouble since. And to add insult to injury, Hawaii took our nuts, as Macadamia nuts are native to Queensland, Australia. That's nearly as bad as New Zealand stealing Chinese Goosberries and calling them 'Kiwi Fruit'.

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Oz, I still think Canetoad (notice all one word) Treasures would be a real winner, kind of unique, don't ya think? And just imagine the really cool logo you make and the cute little story you could tell of how that name came about. "It all started one day as I was driving the road and ran over that cane toad just to hear it explode.......and the rest, as they say, is history.
Oh Shannon, did I tell you that's a cool logo?Treefrog Treasures ? (3)

Fred

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boot51 said:

Oz, I still think Canetoad (notice all one word) Treasures would be a real winner, kind of unique, don't ya think? And just imagine the really cool logo you make and the cute little story you could tell of how that name came about. "It all started one day as I was driving the road and ran over that cane toad just to hear it explode.......and the rest, as they say, is history.
Oh Shannon, did I tell you that's a cool logo?Treefrog Treasures ? (5)
Fred

Cane toad may be one word in the US, but not where people still spell proper English Treefrog Treasures ? (6) http://www.epa.qld.gov.au/nature_co...ldlife/invasive_plants_and_animals/cane_toad/

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Re: The real story behind Treefrog Treasures

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Treefrog Treasures ? (7) Okay, the real story behind the name isn't nearly as exciting. Long ago and far away (well, Illinois anyway) before the idea of a toy soldier website was even conceived I was a psychiatric nurse with a new baby and I wanted to stay home with him. Staying at home with my son was great but not particularly intellectually stimulating and with where I was living rather isolating, so I decided to give selling on ebay a try. Pete, my husband, already had an ebay account which is why Treefrog's ebay id is rev.pete instead of Treefrog Treasures (he's a Lutheran pastor). I would troll local auctions and sell antique children's books and toys and whatever else looked promising and interesting.
If you sell on ebay you are technically supposed to be registered as a business in whatever state you live in so I needed a name to file with the state. I never knew what I would have for sale from week to week because I sold everything from antique farm literature to cookbooks and scale model diecast semi tractor trailers so I needed an "all-encompassing name" that would cover a variety of items. "Something" Treasures fit the bill but "Shannon's Treasures sounded all wrong so I tried to find something alliterative like "Trisha's Treasures." My name wasn't Trisha, so that was right out. I like penguins, hedgehogs and tree frogs so Treefrog Treasures was just right. Now that I sell only toy soldiers it is quite a strange name, but on the other hand it definitely stands out, is easy to remember and you can't beat the logo. For a while I had two websites, one for scale model antique tractors and one for soldiers. I ended up shortening the name to TT Tractors for the tractor website so it sounded nice and manly and not like I sold Precious Moment figurines or something but I like the name Treefrog Treasures so I'm sticking with it. The "treasures" part must sound a bit girlie though because I get a lot of calls that start with "Is this Treefrog?"Treefrog Treasures ? (8)
I put the "tree" and "frog" together to make it more unique in the unlikely case someone had a similar name for their business. It is maybe too unique however because it is always being misspelled on freight bills etc. I've gotten things addressed to Tree Frog Treasuries (investing for frogs?), Taeefrog Treasures, Treefrog Treasuf, Treef Rog Treasures and more.
So that's the real story behind the name. Not that exciting but it does reflect the history of where my business has been. Plus, have I mentioned I think the logo is really cool?Treefrog Treasures ? (9)

Thanks for the background Shannon, some might think a Lutheran pastor selling toy soldier might seem a little odd, but not me, one of my best freinds is a Lutheran Pastor here in Las Cruces, he's a great guy, member of my Fantasy football league and before he got remarried we used to spend hours over beer and pretzels and Axis and Allies, both board and computer game.
Ray

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OzDigger said:

What a nice sweet story, now all together: "Ahhhhhhhhhh" Treefrog Treasures ? (11)

Btw, I noticed Fred had suggested I start a Cane Toad themed business. No-way Fred, they are a feral animal downunder, and having worked at the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) for a while I wouldn't consider such a thing. Some fool imported them years ago from Hawaii to control cane beetles, and they've been nothing but trouble since. And to add insult to injury, Hawaii took our nuts, as Macadamia nuts are native to Queensland, Australia.

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That's nearly as bad as New Zealand stealing Chinese Goosberries and calling them 'Kiwi Fruit'.

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Or australians claiming to have invented the Pavlova or claiming russel crowe as an aussieTreefrog Treasures ? (12) [oh wait you can have him]Treefrog Treasures ? (13)

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Or australians claiming to have invented the Pavlova or claiming russel crowe as an aussieTreefrog Treasures ? (15) [oh wait you can have him]Treefrog Treasures ? (16)

Russell Crowe was born in NZ but now has duel citizenship, so I guess he's an ANZAC Treefrog Treasures ? (17) I reckon he's a top actor, he has a high opinion of himself and a bit of a temper but these are both common traits of actors.

I've read that the NZ merangues were only small, it took an Australian chef to make them cake size, I luv Pavlova whoever invented it.

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southpark does a great parody of russel crowe [being polite hereTreefrog Treasures ? (19) ]
Duel citizenship ,i cant see any benefit in that one unless he,s planning on going on the doleTreefrog Treasures ? (20) [you aussies have a terrible reputation for coming to NZ and doing that]Treefrog Treasures ? (21)

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I think duel citizenships are a great idea, it's like being married and being allowed a mistress (if only that was true in real life). Btw I don't think the US allows the duel system, you have to pick one.

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I think duel citizenships are a great idea, it's like being married and being allowed a mistress (if only that was true in real life). Btw I don't think the US allows the duel system, you have to pick one.

Hi Oz
I,m sure someone on this forum is more qualified to answer this question than me ,but i think the rules for US citizens have changed and do allow duel citizenship [a friend of mine has moved here from Hawaii and i know he now has a NZ passport and i,m 99 percent sure he didnt have to give up his US one, although when he first looked at coming he thought he would have too]

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Brad,

Thank you for posting this link. Unbeknowst to anyone taking part in this discussion, you have provided helpful information in facilitating closure to a discussion my wife, my son, and my daughter-in-law were having. My daughter-in-law is a citizen of Mexico and we were unclear if she could hold dual citizenship in Mexico and in the U.S. From reading information found on the link you provided, it appears that it is possible for her to ultimately be a citizen of both countries. Apparently, participation on this forum provides more benefits than just toy soldier collector fellowship!

Warm regards,

Pat

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Duel Citizenship

My friend's parents were on a trip to Scotland when she was born so she had dual citizenship when we were growing up. I thought I rememberd her saying she had to pick one or the other when she turned 18 but I didn't see anything about having to choose on the website recommended so maybe not.

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After a quick read of the site it seems that the US Government want you to have sole citzenship but if you say you want duel they don't have much option but to agree to it.

But don't take to much notice of my interpretation as I just scrapped a pass in the 'Environmental Law' course I was studying for an Environmental Science degree. Btw everybody in that semester scored a pass in that subject as I complained to the University about the lecturer. She was a practising lawyer recently out of law school and knew very little about the praticalities of the various Environmental Acts. She didn't even know that you're not allowed to hunt animals in national parks, that seemed vague by anyone's standards imo. Geez, I hope I don't give people the impression that I'm a rebel or something, I just want a fair go Treefrog Treasures ? (27)

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I can see why they dont like it, i,ve got 2 passports [my old man was a scot
so i,ve got a british passport also]so you can leave a country on one passport and enter your destination on another depending on the visa requirements,so in this security minded, day and age it is probably a nightmare to police.

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wadepat said:

Brad,

Thank you for posting this link. Unbeknowst to anyone taking part in this discussion, you have provided helpful information in facilitating closure to a discussion my wife, my son, and my daughter-in-law were having. My daughter-in-law is a citizen of Mexico and we were unclear if she could hold dual citizenship in Mexico and in the U.S. From reading information found on the link you provided, it appears that it is possible for her to ultimately be a citizen of both countries. Apparently, participation on this forum provides more benefits than just toy soldier collector fellowship!

Warm regards,

Pat

Pat,

If I could help somebody some useful information inn their everyday life, then my day is made. The only thing I would say is that this person who wrote is not a lawyer so if this is a very important issue for your daughter-in-law, and it sounds like it is, she should consult a lawyer. I can get you the name of a good one in the Philadelphia area although he does work for people all over the country but I don't think he's cheap. However, he is good.

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Brad,

Thanks for the offer, but it is unnecessary. My daughter-in-law entered this country legally and has worked with the U.S. Immigration Service from the very beginning. She presently holds Permanent Resident status, she has appropriate work permits, and she has had the benefit of good legal counsel along the way. She, her family, and our family would have it in no other fashion.

Our discussion concerning citizenship has been an intellectual one. One of the things we have learned from going through this process is that the laws pertaining to her entry into this country, her marriage to my son, legal employment under these circ*mstances, and citizenship are confusing to the uninitiated. Therefore, we obtained good legal counsel. Her present wish is to remain solely a citizen of her home country, Mexico. All her family lives in Mexico and she makes trips there to visit them on a regular basis. She complies with all U.S. Immigration laws and she reports to the U.S. Immigration Service whenever required. The legal consultation we obtained was well worth the money we spent. After all, we obtained the best of all worlds. We gained a truly wonderful daughter-in-law, learned a great deal about the culture of Mexico, made great friends with her family across the border, and remained legal in all ways as judged by the U.S. Immigration Service. Others should be so lucky!

We have no present need for further legal counsel, but we have appropriate contacts should some need arise. But, I certainly thank you for your interest and advice!

As an aside, my daughter-in-law loves my toy soldier collection! She frequently refers to our home as a "museum," unlike any she has seen in Mexico!

Warmest personal regards,

Pat

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