“The problem is not the people of New York. The problem is the government of New York. We have some of the smartest, hardest-working, most creative, most entrepreneurial people in the country, and we may have the worst state government in the entire nation. It is a disgrace, and it is an embarrassment.”—
Former Rep. Rick Lazio (R) in announcing his run for Governor
I agree with every word he says. But that’s about all he and I will ever agree on.
Joe Connolly, in his Wall St. Journal Business Report, told us about a family that has been impacted by the current recession, so much so that they now have to use coupons... to go to Olive Garden. Jesus H. Christ? "Yes?" answered Jesus H. Christ. "Did you hear the one about the family that whined about having to use coupons to eat at Olive Garden?" asked Aaron. "Yes," said Jesus H. Christ. Then Aaron asked, "What say you to that?" "It's simple," he answered. "'Jesus H. Christ.' And, facepalm."
I’M JOE CONNOLLY WITH THE WALL STREET JOURNAL BUSINESS REPORT. JESUS IS MAKING A COMEBACK. A CHURCHGOER SAYS THAT SALES AT HIS USED BIBLE SHOP ARE UP THIRTY PERCENT THIS YEAR. USED BIBLES ARE CHEAPER THAN NEW BIBLES. SOME EXPERTS BELIEVE THAT TURNING TO JESUS COULD HELP THE ECONOMY RECOVER FASTER. ONE OF THEM SAYS, “LOVE THY NEIGHBOR, ESPECIALLY IF IT’S A BUSINESS.” DOW FUTURES DOWN 3. COUPONS ARE THE NEXT BIG THING, SAYS ONE EXPERT ON CONSUMER ISSUES. ONE DINER AT AN OLIVE GARDEN SAYS HE CAN ACTUALLY SAVE MONEY BY HANDING THE WAITRESS A PIECE OF PAPER THAT HE CUT OUT OF THE LOCAL NEWSPAPER. HE SAYS THAT DESPITE BEING A DIVORCED AND LONELY FATHER, WHEN HE’S HERE, HE’S FAMILY. FROM THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, I’M JOE CONNOLLY FOR DOUBLE-YOU-CEE-BEE-ESS, EIGHT-EIGHTY.
I heard my roommate come home. A few minutes later, with my door closed to my room, I started to smell something weird, and somewhat pungent. I started to search my room for the offending smell. I checked under my bed. I put my dirty laundry in a laundry bag. I sprayed Febreeze. No luck.
I stepped out into the hall and discovered that, even with my door closed, my roommate’s door closed 15 feet away, and his window open, the smell of his order of Atomic Wings still stunk up the entire apartment.
Not that I find anything wrong with that, because I love wings. But not when I’m getting ready for bed.
“WPP can’t fire people fast enough to keep up with the collapse of revenue. Thus, the 50% drop in profit. “The only thing that we can affect in the short term is our investment in people. We invest about $9 billion in people and $350 million a year in capital equipment. We made adjustments to our investment in people, which others could argue we should have done earlier. You can’t bring the average headcount rate down in line with revenues that are falling at the rate they are falling at the moment; it’s just too painful and demotivational. The number of people in the company was down by about 7% by the end of July, compared with Dec. 31, 2008. It continues to fall at a rate of about 1,000 a month. That will flatten out as we come through the end of the year and into next year.”—
When I was little, I was scared to death of school fire drills
For no reason in particular.
But there’s good reason to be scared in my hometown these days, especially when coupled with my fear of bee stings:
CRANSTON, R.I. — Students exiting the Western Hills Middle School during a fire drill on Monday literally stirred up a hornet’s nest, and 22 of them were stung.
Fire Chief James B. Gumbley said that one student was taken to Hasbro Children’s Hospital because the student had a history of allergies.
The student’s name was withheld, and no medical condition was available.
Ray Votto, chief operating officer of the Cranston Schools, said the fire alarm was being tested around 10:20 a.m. and the students went to an open area near a parking lot, which he said is a policy for getting students away from the school during such drills.
I’m at SFO… it’s 10am local. Should I do something in the Valley before heading to SF proper? Didn’t have anything planned. It’s offices, not exactly a theme park…
There’s an In-n-Out in Millbrae, a short walk from the BART station there. It’s better than trying to conquer the crowds at SF’s only In-N-Out at Fisherman’s Wharf (the Times Square of San Fran). Kind of a fun adventure through the the Peninsula’s suburban sprawl.
“There ain’t no moderates in the tea party… they only see moderates because they’re surrounded by the super crazy. It’s like when a midget stands next to a Smart Car. You ain’t tall, midget. You just clever.”—“James Carville” on SNL’s Weekend Update Thursday about the idea of moderates attending conservative tea parties. (via lizlemon)