I decided to get on the Blog early because it’s been harder to get to after the show. Jeriann is doing her weather at 5:44am right now and is talking about how many people are “disappointed” about the lack of rain here in the metro yesterday. Really? I got the perfect amount of rain at my house. I was ready to go outside and mow the lawn when the skied opened up. It rained for about five minutes. Just enough for me to get out of mowing the lawn, but not enough to make the afternoon a washout. We’ve got better (and more important)things to be disappointed about.
Grin and Bear It
Anyone else sick of hearing the bad economic news? Today we find out more about employment #’s from the federal government. The economy is expected to have shed some sixty thousand jobs last month. It would continue a bad trend and the numbers won’t likely get any better in July. American Airlines says it’s going to lay off flight attendants, pilots and mechanics. Oil Prices are staying higher. Losses on Wall Street Wednesday means we are officially in a “Bear Market”. for those of you who don’t invest is defined as, “a price decline of 20% or more over at least a two-month period.” Gotta love Wikipedia.
Some of you may be as nervous as I am about my retirement and investments. It seems like I’m losing as much as I’m putting in. But in the long term I guess it will work out. As a friend pointed out yesterday, we’re buying stocks cheap right now. Over time it’s reasonable to think they’re going to grow. It still doesn’t make it any easier to hear all of this bad news.
We’ve had several spirited debates about this one onset during a break. Several people on our Today in Iowa crew are smokers, and I’ll admit to having had a cigarette or two here and there over time. I am usually someone who comes down on the side of individual rights but in this case that butts up (no pun intended) against my right to breathe clean air.
If you could guarantee I’m not going to get sick because of second hand smoke, that my kids aren’t going to get sick, that I’m not going to have to pay more for someone else’s choices…then I’d be ok with leaving this decision to the marketplace. The problem is the marketplace isn’t moving fast enough and here’s a place where government intervention can work.
I don’t begrudge any of you the right to smoke if you like. I hope you have the resources to pay for the medical care that will likely come some time in your life. I just can’t get past this idea that other people are going to be forced into situations where they have to breathe smoke filled air.
I’ve heard the argument about fast food…that we should ban it….But I don’t have to suck in cholesterol if you have a Big Mac. I can’t get past the idea that I think this is a law who’s time has come.
Is there some sort of secret society who’s sole job it is to hide this magnificent brand of Ice cream from the rest of us? Sure I’d heard of Bouders in Ingersoll, and that they make Ice Cream, but I never expected it to be this good. I had occasion to be in there Wednesday and on a whim picked up some mint chocolate chip ice cream…good stuff. Reminds me of an ice cream place I grew up a few blocks from called Homer’s. They actually supply the ice cream for Baiggi’s in Clive. But I digress…This is a dangerous discovery for the Dix family. One that will surely mean more time at the gym for me.
editor’s note: Pat’s other discoveries of late include the fact that the sky is blue and water is wet.
Who would you Grill With?
There’s a new AP poll out this morning saying Barak Obama beats John McCain in a poll of who people would like to have throw a weekend barbecue with. I wondered aloud why this is relevant? Do we really want our commander in chief to be Clark Griswold? Sure he’s fun at parties but can he think through global economic strategy. If it makes people feel better to think of the President as a regular guy…so be it. I’m not sure I want that to be the standard. I want my president to be charismatic for sure, and that plays into likability. but that has to be secondary to his or her ability to think about, digest and lead on large issues like the economy, war, or education.
I will ask this question…who would you invite to your 4th of July Barbecue if you had any choice at all? I said Bobby Flay. He’s a great chef and I’d score points with my wife for the invitation. Flay’s wife Stephanie was a sorority sister of my wife at Northwestern. She probably couldn’t pick Sally out of a line-up today, but I still think talking grilling and food with the Flay’s would be a fun way to spend the fourth.
I’ll take your wish guest-list in the comments line.
Have a great day!