I’ll Drink To That (Part II)

Sunday, 11 October 2009 06:48 by The Lunatic

Here’s a cute little nursery rhyme that my mother taught me when I was about five years old (it will take a few tries to get the pronunciation and cadence right):

  1. Starkle, Starkle, little twink -
  2. What the heck I are, you think?
  3. Up a high, the world so bove -
  4. Gee, you’d think I were in Love!
  5. The drunker I sit here, the longer I get.
  6. Why ossifer, what gives you the diarrhea
  7. that I’m under the affluence of incahol
  8. though some think’ll will peep I am!
  9. Hic.

My mother had a lot of these funny drinking poems up her sleeve, but she never drank. Ever. (At least, not after I was born – she did when she was younger).  And myself – I had my very first drink of alcohol on my 21st birthday; a very dear friend named Linda took me out for lunch and bought me a beer.  I remember it well – it was More...

Categories:   Social Issues
Actions:   E-mail | Permalink | Comments (5) | Comment RSSRSS comment feed

Hey, let’s blame it all on Obama!

Sunday, 4 October 2009 23:43 by The Lunatic

 

A good friend of mine forwarded the following email to me the other day.  Now, before I begin, this friend is one of the smartest people I know.  He is the CEO of a rapidly growing company, introducing successful new products into the marketplace even in this economy. He is a vocal Republican, so all I ever heard from him for about 20 years was that “it’s the Democrats fault” when referring to ANY problems in the world.  I’m neither democrat nor republican, so it's never bothered me any.

But then, halfway through the second term of the Bush administration, he swung around and admitted that maybe it’s not ALL the Democrats fault, the Republicans need to take some part of the blame for the state of the world’s affairs. And horror of horrors, he hesitantly (accidentally?) said some positive remarks towards Obama during the election (but really, I think it was more of an anti-McCain sentiment than anything, in one email he said “clearly McCain is an even worse war monger than Bush, very scary.  I bet he never met a weapon he didn't buy.”)

However, he’s back to his lovable More...

Categories:   Economics | Politics
Actions:   E-mail | Permalink | Comments (3) | Comment RSSRSS comment feed

An ode to Washington D.C.

Sunday, 19 July 2009 06:37 by The Lunatic

It was one year ago today, July 19, 2008, that I moved with my family to Washington D.C.

And in ten days from now, we’ll be leaving! We’re moving back to Europe next week.

We knew our stay in D.C. would be only a year, which was fine with me.  I really wasn’t expecting to enjoy the nations capital. Although I was born on the east coast, we moved to Spokane, Washington in 1968, when I was five years old, and I lived on the west coast for the next 38 years.  Prior to moving here, my only visit to D.C. was a quick business trip in the early 80’s – for a trade show, which meant I spent the entire time at the convention center and didn’t really get out to see anything else. About the only thing I remember from that trip was A) it was the middle of winter, and whenever the roll-up doors were opened to let a truck into the exhibit hall during setup, there was an arctic blast of horrendously cold air, and B) I had to drive to New York after the trade show, and I got lost trying to get out of Washington D.C.  All the diagonal streets are horribly confusing for a first timer.

But in the year that we’ve lived here, I’ve really come to love Washington D.C.  Besides the obvious More...

Categories:   Social Issues
Actions:   E-mail | Permalink | Comments (3) | Comment RSSRSS comment feed

I’ll drink to that!

Thursday, 16 July 2009 04:11 by The Lunatic

Here’s a funny story from when we lived in Europe a few years ago ...

Our kids went to a Montessori School in Waterloo, Belgium (famous for the battle of Waterloo, where Napoleon was defeated) and one sunny spring day the school had their annual fund raiser – an “International Day” where all the families brought foods from different countries, and visitors paid a few Euros per plate to sample all the delectables. They had song and dance performances from all over the globe, and a big auction of some of the students’ artwork and other donated items.  And of course, as expected at any good Belgian event, they served copious amounts of beer to the parents, teachers, and visitors. Good, strong, Belgian beer.

After the day was done they had about three cases of beer left over – which the teachers piled in a very neat stack in one corner of the third grade classroom. This stack of beer was there in the class for a few months until their next school event came around, when it was finally More...

Categories:   Social Issues
Actions:   E-mail | Permalink | Comments (0) | Comment RSSRSS comment feed

Sleep Aid Found To Be Useful For Extinguishing Forest Fires

Friday, 5 June 2009 05:44 by The Lunatic

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

CONTACT:
EnergyByAloe
425-296-6616 (Voice)
866-293-6994 (Fax)
Shop@EnergyByAloe.com
http://Shop.USAloe.com
http://www.EnergyByAloe.com


Sleep Aid Found To Be Useful For Extinguishing Forest Fires

Washington D.C., June 5 2009 – In addition to being the healthiest and most effective natural sleep aid on the market, local distribution company EnergyByAloe has shown positive data that AloeRest is very effective at extinguishing forest fires. “The biggest problem we’ve found” says EnergyByAloe owner David Workman “is keeping enough AloeRest in stock.”

Indeed, during the two day test trial in which numerous forest fires were started in the Washington DC area, one almost got out of control because of a shortage of AloeRest.

“It was a close one,” says Workman, “we almost had to More...

Categories:   Social Issues
Actions:   E-mail | Permalink | Comments (2) | Comment RSSRSS comment feed

Does the Post Office ever want to make you go Postal?

Monday, 1 June 2009 08:48 by The Lunatic

I’ve been mailing out a lot of packages lately, and the staff at my local post office just seem to drive me crazy.  Here’s a typical interaction:

“How would you like this to be mailed, sir?”

“Whatever is cheapest – there’s no hurry.”

“Well, we can send it Parcel Post for $4.90 which will get it there in 3 to five business days, priority mail for $10.35 which is two to three days, or $25.15 for overnight express mail.”

“Whatever is cheapest – there’s no hurry. Parcel Post is fine.”

“Ok, would you like to add delivery confirmation or insurance?”

“Does that make it any cheaper?” I asked, hoping she’d get the hint.

“No sir, it does not.  Delivery confirmation is only More...

Categories:   Social Issues
Actions:   E-mail | Permalink | Comments (2) | Comment RSSRSS comment feed

AloeControl – New from USAloe

Thursday, 28 May 2009 02:38 by The Lunatic

 

AloeControlBottle_Cutout Following the hugely successful launch of AloeBoost and AloeRest, I am happy to announce that USAloe is now shipping their third product, AloeControl.

AloeControl™ is your unfair advantage in the struggle to maintain a healthy weight.

In each healthy 2oz serving you'll enjoy a unique blend of the world's finest fruits, vegetables, and natural ingredients designed to help you control your appetite, efficiently burn calories, and provide you with the essential vitamins and minerals that are MISSING in today's typical American diet.

The four core components of AloeControl™ include Appetite Control, Metabolic Enhancers, Digestive Aids, and Core Nutrition. Get all the details and the ingredient list at:
http://shop.usaloe.com/products-aloecontrol.aspx

I don’t mean to brag, but More...

Categories:   Economics | Social Issues
Actions:   E-mail | Permalink | Comments (0) | Comment RSSRSS comment feed

PayPal for cell phones?

Tuesday, 21 April 2009 02:33 by The Lunatic

You normally don’t think of Kenya as being at the forefront of technical and financial innovation – but I was struck by this story I saw recently on CNN:

http://edition.cnn.com/video/#/video/world/2009/04/15/mckenzie.kenya.mobile.money.cnn

What started out as a way to transfer pre-paid cell phone credits to family and friends has turned into an entire micro-transaction commerce platform that is replacing banks in Kenya. And there’s no reason why it wouldn’t work elsewhere!

Think of it as PayPal for cell phones.  For example – you want to buy a magazine from a vendor on the street, but you don’t have change.  The vendor doesn’t take credit or debit cards. So you just enter their cell phone number, specify how much you want to transfer, tap in your security code, and hit send.  Just like sending a text message, but you’re sending cash.  The vendor’s phone beeps, notifying them More...

Categories:   Economics
Actions:   E-mail | Permalink | Comments (2) | Comment RSSRSS comment feed

Does the pope believe in god?

Friday, 3 April 2009 16:14 by The Lunatic

How’s that for a title to a blog post?  So what do you think ... does the pope believe in god?

Seriously.  The one thing we can be sure of is that the pope believes in power, influence, control, politics – and huge amounts of wealth.  And he gets all of those things by making sure that OTHERS believe that there is a god.

It’s a great system – the church has countless laborers all across the globe who have embraced a life of poverty, yet they spend their time recruiting new members and collecting donations for the church.  Sure, half of it gets used for local charity, and some (certainly not all) of these projects actually do some good, but a large percentage of the money goes all the way to the top. It’s the greatest scam ever invented! Way better than any other pyramid scheme – they’ve even managed to make it tax deductable!

I’m not saying the pope isn’t a smart guy.  It does take a certain degree of intelligence to More...

Categories:   Religion
Actions:   E-mail | Permalink | Comments (24) | Comment RSSRSS comment feed

Yes, it’s outrageous

Saturday, 21 March 2009 13:38 by The Lunatic

Like everyone else, I’m completely outraged by the whole AIG bonus issue. Bonuses should reward exceptional performance and positive results.  Where’s the accountability?

This has been hashed to death in the press, so I’m not going to go into all the reasons why it’s just rotten to the core.

But let’s back up a little bit and see how this fits in with the bigger picture of executive compensation.  This has been an issue for many years, well before the economic downturn. It’s a big thorn in the side of many shareholders of large companies.

Executive compensation needs to be tied not only to performance, but also to their own personal risk.  For example – a hired CEO brought in to More...

Categories:   Economics | Social Issues
Actions:   E-mail | Permalink | Comments (1) | Comment RSSRSS comment feed