Buy the world a coke: Last year the average American drank just under two sodas a day, a drop in per capita of about 16% since its peak in 1998. Schools have been removing the drinks from vending machines for the past several years. Even local government agencies are removing them in a fight against public obesity.
No Holidays: Portugal has scraped four of its fourteen public holidays in order to boost economic activity. It suspended two Catholic festivals and two other public holidays for five years beginning next year. You would think just the opposite, a holiday, everyone out and about, spending money.
Brain Dead: The principal of a New York City school has banned kindergarden students from singing Lee Greenwoood’s God Bless the U.S.A. in their graduation on the grounds that “we don’t want to offend other cultures.” Her decision angered many parents who freely admit that a lot of people fought to move here to live freely.
So the song should be sung with a whole lot of pride.
This is so stupid on two points, it is not even funny. First, this is America, not a satellite of some other down-trodden third world country. Secondly, graduation ceremonies for kindergartners is just dumb.
Bottom line: Among the companies listed on the Fortune 500 in 2010, 204 were founded by immigrants or the children of immigrants. Someone might point that out to this dumb*** myopic principal in New York.
Early to bed and early to rise: A new study out suggests that people that get up early in the morning are happier, healthier, and generally more satisfied with life than night owls. So the old expression from your mother was right, “Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.” You would think you could hit at least one of the three wouldn’t ya.
What’s for lunch: An anonymous bidder paid a record $3.46 million to have a steak lunch with legendary investor Warren Buffett, who auctions off a meal for charity each year.
Last year’s winning bidder, investment adviser Ted Weschier, was hired by Buffett several months after he paid $2.6 million to dine with the Oracle of Omaha. Which is a lot better than me, I usually share my lunch with some desperate crack head taking his lunch break from working the corner of the intersection down the street.
Go do something to yourself: Police in Middleborough, Mass. are now allowed to issue you a ticket for $20 if they hear you using the F-bomb in public. The fabric of American Life changing before your very eyes.
Nothing it seems is right anymore. Now I understand that some folks are suggesting that Pat Sajak and Vanna White were actually admitting to doing the Wheel Of Fortune while they were plastered? Word is that he and Vanna would spend the two-and-one-half hour lunch periods at a Mexican restaurant sucking down some terrific Margarita’s. It isn’t any wonder they were buying all of those vowels, they were most likely so tanked they could not recite the alphabet.
Depressed? It could be you and not Facebook: A new study has found that too much time on the social networking site is not producing depression among students. The students were surveyed with 43 text-message questionnaires at random intervals over a seven-day period between February and December of 2011.
Students were asked if they were currently online, how many minutes they had been online and what they were doing on the Internet. Survey participants were on Facebook for over half of the total time online. When evaluated by researchers, the data, including depression-screening results, they found no significant associations between social-media use and the probability of depression. So it must be your deodorant or something else. You can read more here Facebook-obssesive/compulsive link study
To Do List for the Upcoming Weekend: Re-calibrate the line between fiction and reality. Meditate using new mantra, “Everything if fine in the private sector … Everything if fine in the private sector … your current balance is …” Go to Al-Anon meeting, locate a new interesting friend with benefits (someone who shaves her armpits and isn’t a smoker).
Stand in front of a mirror and practice saying “no comment” … Stand in front of a mirror and practice saying “as far as I know everything’s terrific” … Stand in front of a mirror and repeat over and over, “Baby, you aint much, but you’re all you got.” (I don’t shave my armpits but I do not smoke, dip or chew).
Quit this WordPress.com business and teach creative writing at Cal State Bakersfield just a few miles south of Fresno. Lose some weight or bite the hand that feeds you, because you’ve had more than enough to eat. That should keep me going until at least 6:45 p.m. Sunday night.
Haven’t posted a video in awhile, check this one out, it is pretty cool. It is entitled “Fight Back” and is quite interesting. Man-man, I just love creative and talented people, they make the world such an interesting place.