- A Selfie… and Some Alcohol History (12/4/2016)
First, my dad sent me a selfie over the weekend. What is the world coming to?
Hahahahahaha. I couldn’t help it. I had to post it on my blog. 110 years from now when we read this blog together… I will still laugh!
Since it’s Monday and I am in the work weeds right now, I don’t want to write an epistle today. Still, there’s a piece of history that I want to mention.
Today in history in 1933, the 18th Amendment was repealed. More specifically, it became legal to drink alcohol again.
On November 18, 1918, Congress banned the sale of beverages that had an alcoholic content of greater than 2.75%. On January 17, 1920, the 18th Amendment outlawed “the manufacture, sale or transportation of intoxicating liquors”. Curiously, it was still legal to drink alcohol. Sounds like some lobbyist got busy!
Many states didn’t enforce the amendment. Drinking did decline but bootleggers kept supplying until the amendment was repealed. The only Constitutional Amendment to ever be repealed.
And for our “official” pic o’ day, Amy M. sent one that shows that everyone knows that it’s time to buy the Christmas tree:
- And… It’s Friday… Again (12/1/2016)
I admit it. I feel lazy. So much so that I almost didn’t blog today. Then I realized; I have to, it’s Friday. Plus, Friday is a good day to blog about nothingness. What’s odd is that it seems like I am writing a Friday blog every three days. Like going to bed and sleeping fast.
So here’s the quick Friday blog topic. It’s actually a bit of an ode and a tip of the cap to Michael Delligatti. “Who?” you say.
I write about him because I just saw that Michael Delligatti passed away. (obit) Well, I really write about him because he was the iconic creator of the world famous Big Mac at McDonald’s. You might have seen that the Big Mac is trending on social media, but it’s still fun to look back at him and his idea. (Wall Street Journal) Plus, he lived to the age 98! That must say something about Big Macs being really good for you… or not so much?
Part of his “invention” story that I particularly like, is that McDonald’s corporate headquarters was initially against the idea. Especially using a triple-deck bun with sesame seeds. They thought it would be too sloppy. He went ahead with it anyway, without approval. Of course, the rest is burger history. A great success story for our Friday blog!
So… that leads us to pic o’ day. How about some political humor?
I know, you are just shaking your head. Have a great weekend!
- Shopping Season? (12/1/2016)
The start of December used to be the real shopping season for the holidays. Now, that’s been moved back a bit… like two months moved back. Right?
Still, this husband and wife shopping joke made me laugh. Since it was sent to me, can’t I blame it on someone else? 😉
A couple were in a busy shopping center just before Christmas. The wife suddenly noticed that her husband was missing. Since they still had a lot of shopping to do, she called him on her cell phone.
When he answered, she said, “Where are you, you know we have lots to do?”. He answered, “You remember the jewelers we went into about 10 years ago, and you liked that diamond necklace that we saw? I couldn’t afford it then and I said that one day I would get it for you.”
Tears began to well up in her eyes as she got choked up with the memory… “Yes, I do remember the shop“.
“Well, I am at the sporting goods store right next store“.
And since December 1 is the start of an “Elf appearance” in some homes, when this was sent to me… it made me laugh!
- Calling and Texting While Driving (11/28/2016)
A crash because a truck driver was not paying attention. (The Post and Courier) A South Carolina couple was hurt when a truck driver crashed into the back of their car as they slowed to turn into their driveway. The lawsuit alleged that the truck driver was talking on his cell phone when the crash took place. Unifi Inc., a North Carolina-based manufacturer of polyester and nylon yarns, has now settled the couple’s lawsuit for $3.75 million. But the real issue relates to truck drivers talking on cell phones and not paying attention.
The company did have a policy regarding their drivers on the phone while driving; they just did not enforce the policy. According to the article, At the time of the crash, the trucking company had a policy that its drivers could not use their cellphones for longer than two minutes, and only if they were using a wireless Bluetooth device.
According to the evidence in the case, Unifi Inc. did not enforce the rule and phone logs show that the driver involved in the accident, had been using his cellphone for seven hours during the course of his roughly 8½-hour driving shift. During the lawsuit discovery, other phone logs showed that many of their other truck drivers were talking on the phone in the same extended time.
This company has 60 trucks on the road. They now say that they will no longer allow their drivers to use their cell phones while driving.
The Federal Motor Carrier Association (FMCA) approved a regulation in 2012 that banned hand-held phone use by drivers of commercial vehicles. Hands-free phones while driving is still lawful. In South Carolina, the regulation is enforced by the state Transport Police.
I find this article interesting in that it might indicate a movement that stops cell phone use while driving. There are already phone apps available that block texting while driving. Some lawmaker may decide to introduce a blocking app into required driving law. In the meantime, would cell phone companies lobby against this? Are drivers ready for such restriction on a personal level?
And for pic o’ day, speaking of progress:
- It All Makes Sense (11/27/2016)
The offices were closed for Thanksgiving and Friday; so sometimes after a holiday, it takes some motivation to get the engine going. Of course, I admit that I felt a little like this after my Thanksgiving meal.
I even said, “Let’s sit here a little bit. It’s going to take some effort for me to get to the car”. Clearly, we had some tremendous fixins’. As the comedian said, “the meal is not over when I’m full; the meal is over when I hate myself”.
So here comes a “mind twister” based on “mind research:
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That research got me! But it did drive spell check crazy. Even Mr. Frosty has to wonder… and he’s always in a good mood as long as he is cold.
On to the fun. Here’s a Monday special pic o’ that makes me smile:
And here’s our pic o’ day. It’s good to be back sitting at my desk!