Political Thoughts on Walks

Some things going through my head on recent walks:
Supreme Court Nominee: I think the message your party is sending you, Mr. Bush, is take the job seriously. We know you are busy with lots of things like the Iraq War, Katrina, Wilma… but this is an appointment for life. Learn a bit from Covey; this is more important than it is urgent. Spend the time doing it right.

Libby Indictment: Ok, CNN, Fox and all other news people. Get smart about this. EVERYONE outside the Beltway should care about this case because it is about abuse of power to silence dissent. Anyone who has voiced an unpopular opinion at a city council meeting and then finds “code violation” letters suddenly being sent to their home; anyone who has been on the wrong side of eminent domain; anyone who finds themselves being tax audited shortly after pissing off a government official.. (yes, news people, this all happens in real life, outside the Beltway). Get it right; this is not about the application of a narrowly-defined law regarding the CIA, blah, blah, blah.. It is no smaller than protecting free speech in America without fear of reprisal. Really.

Oil Companies Gouging: Oooh boy… We are a Market Economy. Nobody was helping the oil companies in the 80s-90s when there was massive mergers, consolidations and bankruptcies… Now that the market has turned, and the oil companies have the advantage, there are howls of gouging. (Ok, maybe a little gouging) but nobody forced you to buy an SUV you can’t afford… I know you have to fill it up to go to work because you are one paycheck away from poverty every week, but… oh, wait… maybe it is a lesson to live within your means…. but I could be wrong….

Sick and dragging

Too sick to walk last night, but Rufus dragged me out of bed to trudge around the block…. don’t remember anything, but I made it back home alive… Orion was in the sky, I remember that…

What a week

Haven’t posted anything on here for a bit and after just sending a client a “nag” on updating his blog, thought I would pop on and post.

Went to the vet today.. thought Rufus had fleas. Turns out he has sensitive skin. Doc said to give him Benadryl, but the only stuff they had in liquid (Rufus won’t take pills.. EVERYONE at the Kroger counter had an opinion on how to administer pills… “You know what you oughta do??!!??”) was kids stuff… I should take video of me squirting this stuff into Rufus’ mouth…. not pretty….

Anyway, Rufus was also late on his shots, so we got all that done…

Emily is back at the Java Spot, so Tom is taking his days off again… the city is laying those expensive pavers on the crosswalk at Walnut… and as I was walking by, one of the guys was cutting a paver, with no eye protection… well, at least we tax-paying citizens have tons of money to send when something flies in his eye and he files his WC claim…

Donuts and Business

I’m beginning to worry a bit.. some of my best business theories are based on donuts…

Give em a show
When Jim and I were at the 2002 USYSA conference, we stayed at the Luxor… the Luxor is connected to Excaliber by way of a tunnel.. in that tunnel, we came upon a group of people (mostly adults!) pressing against the glass of one of the shops. As we got closer, we discovered the stuff behind the window was a Krispy Kreme donut factory… They were just making donuts, but there was one heck of a show going on. Moral: ALWAYS give them a show, even if you are doing the most banal thing (like frying up dough)

Look for donut holes
For those of us old enough to remember, days were when you could go to the bakery counter at Cubs or Krogers and they would give you a bag of donut holes for free… they were just waste and were going to get thrown out anyway. Then, all of a sudden, they started SELLING the holes. Tim Horton’s even brands these things as Tim Bits in cute little carry packages, etc. Didn’t cost the bakeries more.. they were already frying up the holes… Moral: look for donut holes in your business.


Just noticed today that the address of the Englewood Palace is 333… half the digits of 666.. either working toward a goal or just gave up halfway there… not really sure… need to ponder more…

Where do the bunnies go?

Yesterday, as I was walking around the block, it hit me that there were not as many rabbits as in the spring. Why? Where do they go? How long to bunnies live? Is there a stockpile of bunny-bodies somewhere or do they “return” to nature quickly? Dunno all this stuff….

Rufus crapped on the Palace Grounds today… hehehe…. Emily has been sick, so Tom has had to work most days at the Java Spot… he didn’t seem happy today, so maybe it is wearing him down….

JD’s Custard is now closed for the season

JD’s Custard is now closed until spring…. Rufus really enjoyed his weekly double scoop of frozen vanilla custard. The really bad thing is they are taking the picnic tables away until spring as well, so there is nowhere to sit when we eat the “canine coffee cake” muffin from the Java Spot next door.

Well we’ll soldier through this one… may have to hit the DQ more often. Nothing exciting today.. the usual sniff, pee, pee, pee, poop, sniff, sniff, sniff, pee routine…

Lady comes with

Lady walked with us tonight… it was a bit cold and I was anxious to get back cause I had a fire going in the firepit on the deck… lots of sniffing, a bit of poop, but nothing exciting. Rufus decided he wanted to play about 100 ft from the house.. Lady didn’t want t play.. so there was growling, some barking…. Columbus tomorrow… yuk…