Sunday, October 26, 2008

Hi from the Wheel in the Sky

Field agent Bradley reporting from the Holiday Inn Select in Downtown Tallahassee... which is known to students as "the circle one".

A day to take it easy and vacay a bit. The main purpose for coming up was the FSU - Va Tech game (we won, woohoo! Hokies suck!) Ulterior motives included seeing my amiga, and trying to desperately cling to the happy carefree days of 9 yrs ago. Tomorrow will be visiting some of the local press and even the governor's press secretary, and going to the Bowden lunch with my old boss. I'd really like to get the University to be one of our clients, provided we could do it right.

Flying out of JAX tomorrow. Of course as is my nature and I've even mentioned a couple of times here, I'm already a bit jittery over getting into the airport in time for the flight at 7 PM! Well, it's that damned variable, getting from here to JAX in time to return the rental and get on the flight.

Which leaves today... brunch at Andrew's, bumming around campus (how many times can ya take the big nostalgic walk around), and driving Josh back to the airport. Was hoping that this game would be the big reunion of my peeps, but it seems the next opportunity for everyone to get together will be the BIG DAY (eek).

Last note. Further sign of addiction (twitch)... I brought my laptop but neglected to bring my mouse attachment (crappy company won't replace my crappy broken laptop). So even though I have to TAB through to get to anything on any page, here I am still online, on vacation. Dork!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

economic policy brought to you by...

So, I've decided I know who is advising Obama's campaign on economic plans, and it's not Warren Buffett or even Jimmy Buffett. He's clearly inspired by The Underpants Gnomes.


The Underpants Gnomes from South Park. This was a really clever (and more than a little obscure) South Park reference to a couple of old Looney Tunes cartoons that taught kids about capitalism.

The underpants gnomes stole underwear, but it was part of their secret business model. They explained it:
"Phase 1: Steal underwear.
Phase 2:
Phase 3: Profit!"

None of them could remember what phase 2 was.

Well, the Obama approach seems to be:
"Phase 1: Beat the rich like pinatas and collect all the tasty tasty candy that falls out.
Phase 2:
Phase 3: Everyone has a swell job they'll never lose and full medical care and a house that never goes down in value even if they can't pay for it and hope and change and..."

BTW, the moral of the South Park episode, Gnomes, was that maybe big corporations aren't actually always BAD... and that they only make money by OFFERING a SERVICE or PRODUCT to potential customers that they WANT to buy. Go fig.

Friday, October 3, 2008

My thoughts on the economy, pt. 2

So, I already sent this out as an e-mail to some, but I guess it's okay that I'm re-posting my own thoughts...


It was 1994. Dial-up modems were a ticket to the world. Forrest Gump was in theaters. And in Illinois, Buycks-Roberson v. Citibank Fed. Sav. Bank Fair Housing/Lending/Insurance was being filed.

Who-and-the-what now? A class action lawsuit against Citibank for refusing to issue home loans to people who the bank deemed would never be able to pay them back. The suit claimed “redlining” these people was discriminatory, surely the people being excluded from buying a home were disproportionately minorities, and so Citibank should be made to either give these loans or be punished financially.

Who was the attorney on the class action representing those low-income appliers the bank insisted shouldn’t be given mortgages?

Barack H. Obama.

Yay community organizing!