No blogging today. I’m doing the Dad’s Life Rap.
Archive for August, 2010
Sundry Mondry Interesting: At high-end stores such as Neiman Marcus and Tiffany, shoppers are demonstrating confidence and spending with vigour. At the other end of the retail spectrum, consumers are cautious amid economic uncertainties, denting the earnings of groups such as Walmart. Awhile back (six months or more) I remember reading that Walmart was doing [...]
“Pray with great confidence, with confidence based upon the goodness and infinite generosity of God and upon the promises of Jesus Christ. God is a spring of living water which flows unceasingly into the hearts of those who pray.” St. Louis de Montfort
Econ Saturday I listened to Rush Limbaugh’s guest host yesterday as I drove to Battle Creek. He was mentioning all the lavish spending and vacations that the Obamas have been enjoying. He speculated (rough quote), “Is the guy a mad political genius, or does he not care that his popularity ratings are reaching new lows? [...]
After the last two days, I guess I should feel like a breast implant: “A new study suggests that beer is a significant source of dietary silicon, a key ingredient for increasing bone mineral density. Researchers from the Department of Food Science & Technology at the University of California, Davis studied commercial beer production to [...]
I golf once a year. Today. The 34th annual Mel Scheske Open (f/k/a Scheske Open). Beer last night. Small hangover this morning. Golf starts in a little while.
If Catholics led the good life that I see in my Mormon acquaintances, there would be no other churches. If we could just combine the Mormon goodness that its members exhibit (leavened with a little bit of wine) and combine it with Catholic theology, we’d have a real powerhouse. Alas, the Mormon theology doesn’t quite [...]
Subways and Stress Learned over the weekend: The New York Subway system was built by private business, but later regulated by the City. The City insisted on preserving the long-standing five-cent fare, despite rising inflation costs. Eventually, the private businesses couldn’t survive anymore, so they sold out to the City, who then used tax revenues [...]
Food and Miscellany Monday Happy Sweet 16th to my eldest daughter, Abbie. If the rest of my daughters come out as well as she has, I’ll be a lucky, lucky man. * * * * * * * Burger King is foraying into pizza. Sounds good, but 20 years too late. Back in high school, [...]
“The human will can be protected from sin only when the reason is preserved from ignorance and error.” St. Thomas Aquinas
Econ Saturday Looking for back-to-school sales? You might need to wait until the day before classes start: The back-to-school shopping season is off to a slow start as retailers and consumers wait to see who will blink first. Americans are looking for more discounts, and retailers are trying to hold out in an effort to [...]
Returnables: 1960s Style A TDE reader sends this along: Straub Brewery still uses returnable bottles. I thought to myself, “Most breweries use returnable bottles because various states impose a bottle deposit. In Michigan, each bottle requires a ten-cent deposit.” But here’s what I learned: Many breweries used a voluntary returnable program years ago. In 1981, [...]