Sunday, April 30, 2006

I can't quit you Walmart

I've been almost entirely Walmart free since before Chiristmas. Through a combination of Target, Costco, and Auto Zone, I've managed to eliminate those Saturday morning Walmart runs. However, there is still one thing that keeps me coming back to Walmart, photo developing. I don't buy into the digital photo thing for long term memories. You need hard copies to avoid the 5 1/4" disk fate of your digital images, and while I'm sure Walmart sends my film to Southeast Asia for 2 day developing $5 double prints and matte finishing keep me coming back.

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Cultural Ignorance vs Cultural Awakening

I live in North Carolina and bought a fishing pole on line. When it got to me, it was wrapped in newspaper inside the box. The newspaper was in Sanskrit(?) except for the ads. I didn't see any ads for fishing boats, but there were plenty of people advertising for brides and grooms. I'm not claiming to be an expert in Orthodox Indian culture, but when one ad is looking for a groom for a 20ish girl w/ a Masters degree in Physical Therapy and the ad next to it is looking for a bride for a 20ish boy w/ a Masters in Physical Therapy I just want to send them both emails that say "look in the paper you advertised in like at the ad right next to yours." Then I think nay you don't want to get involved w/ someone who advertises in a newspaper.

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Tiger Bear Wolf in Yes! Weekly

Just because I haven't been blogging doesn't mean I haven't been following Tiger Bear Wolf's every step. If you click these links before April 25th, you can see pictures from Yes! Weekly. If not, you can still read the article here. Don't bother looking for a copy of this free weekly around town. I've already started wallpapering my house w/ them.

Monday, April 17, 2006

Recent Live Sporting Events

Desmond and I went to the US Men's National team game against Jamaica in traffic challenged Cary, NC. While we missed both goals b/c we were waiting to park, we did see some good soccer. The game was sold out w/ 8000+ fans there and at least 3 or 4 others watching on ESPN2. Two nights later we went to a Grasshoppers game that had 2000 more people in attendance. How, you ask, can a single A baseball team draw more fans than the United States of America's men's national soccer team. The popularity of baseball vs soccer in this country? Nope. A smaller soccer stadium? Not really, the Grasshoppers list their capacity at a little less than 8000 just like SAS stadium. For all you marketing executives, the answer is $1 draft beer. Feel free to use that for your event, but make sure you let me know a couple of days in advance.

Thursday, April 06, 2006

Why Ethanol Fuel Can Succeed

Three words: NASCAR Truck Series. Not only was the series opening race in Daytona sponsored by GM Flex Fuel, but the flagship GM truck is the #85 Flex Fuel Corn Fed Chevy driven by Dennis Setzer. If NASCAR can get sponsorship dollars, you know that car manufacturers must be serious about the stuff. Now if I can secure the rights to a chain of convenience stores that sell only grain fuel and grain liquor (I plan on calling them Lightnin' and White Lightnin'), I can cash in on this.