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Jan 31st 2009 9:05AM Zac...zac...zac
A reporter asked the guy for a comment and he made one. True, it was perhaps bad, but what if the banker had said "I got no comment". The reporter would have felt worse because there would have been nothing to write about and thus the reporter would not have a job. So much news and commentary is written so advertising can be sold. This opinion is consitent with my opinion of professional sports.- - - - - Suppose you had 50 million dollars and you invested 5 million in a football team. Would you rather your team come in first and you break even, or would you rather your team come in second and you make 1 million dollars? I think that full stadiums are more important to owners than the knowledge that the best team wins.
Jan 31st 2009 8:56AM This has happened to me a couple of times. This is one reason I went to a cash basis. It is easier to track credit card usage when there are only a few entries. And thus you can monitor foolishness such as this. It seems like credit card companies are more than happy to cooperate when you dispute a charge.
Jan 29th 2009 10:18AM Down at Basic Combat Training in November of 1969 my First Sergeant had recently had a run in with a fertile but indiscreet trainee. This trainee was being hounded by his paramour's father, and the chase to the altar was conducted in Alpha Company, 8th Bn, 2nd Training Bde, Ft. Campbell, KY. It had been something of a trying situation for all concerned. We were counselled multiple times. The first shirt said it eloquently "If you dip the wick, be prepared to pay the consequences".
Jan 29th 2009 10:09AM Geoff, I like your ideas about getting back to basics like cash and savings accounts. I am 61 and remember how nice it was to have a dime or quarter in my pocket to buy a coke or something should I really want or need it. And how nice it was to be able to replace the clutch in my car from savings rather than have to go whining to my folks and get the fish eye then a stern lecture like I was draining them of their life's blood. It is an adult feeling to have cash in your pocket or easy access to it. It feels that way because it is adult to have to plan and budget and show some self restraint.
Jan 25th 2009 6:22PM I am new to this blog, but want to add in case you did not know that Southwest used to accept bicycles and wind surf boards. It costs extra, though not backbreaking.
Jan 25th 2009 6:12PM Those prices do not sound that great to me. I am accustomed to paying 40.00 a night for a decent room in Las Vegas. And do not forget, there is a reason to get you into the place. Instead of paying a hefty room toll in, say, Detroit, I would save my money and go to Las Vegas. If you go on a weekday airfares are cheaper and rooms are cheaper. We always stay on Fremont Street and cruise the casinos for the hot tables. You will pay more on the entire tab of travel plus room by going to Las Vegas, but you are going somewhere really remarkable.
Jan 25th 2009 11:56AM I love the library. Not just for me, but for everybody. I can read magazines like Esquire that I could not afford otherwise. We see young people down there reading and hopefully they will continue this habit and grow up to become good citizens. There is a lot about the library I like and despise those who take advantage of it. They are taking tax money out of my pocket for one thing, then keeping somebody from increasing their knowledge for another. If this old girl treated a bank or loan company is such a manner they would be far less patient than our beloved library personnel.
Jan 25th 2009 11:47AM The rule I use when using I or me is to say the sentence without the accompanying word. How would it sound if you left out "my husband". It would not sound right to use "I" in that sentence. Then, it seems kind of pickey to fault the second one. Finally, the use of lay certainly describes what I do when I am flat on my back with back pain. Lie assumes to me anyway your ability to get up and be a sprite. No, fairies lie in beds of down. Children lie in their mothers' loving arms. Fat boys like me lay. Kind of like hos.
Jan 24th 2009 8:16AM I would like to be a pundit judge. I am 61, 6', 257 lbs, retired, married with 2 adult children, a former mediocre CPA, and veteran. Al Capp, cartoonist and social commentator, allowed that he did not know how you got to be a movie critic, or a theater critic. And, he knew he was a social critic but he did not know how he attained this lofty status. Even your willingness to use the term "bloviating" puts you head and shoulders above all my fellow BSers so I hereby designate you Stout Pundit.
Jan 24th 2009 7:57AM Actually, I am in agreement with most of your remarks. However, good lemon, key lime, raisen, or banana pie are on equal stature with the fruits you mentioned. And you overlooked coconut. Then, your insensitive remarks about custard pie are way off base. And, everybody knows that a wonderful confection called chess pie can be had. Please refrain from reckless remarks about desserts in general and pie in specific. However, I must wade in with the observation that anyone who drinks coke, pepsi, or any carbonated drink deserves whatever they get. You drink coffee, or tea, or milk, and that is all.