Jul 15

He Actually Did It!

YES, he actually did it. And I am now paying the price for his actions. Although I guess if I really analyze the whole thing, it is my fault to begin with. You may remember that four or five weeks ago, I went on a very lovely vacation to Sanibel Island in Florida and commented in this very blog that we all need and should take vacations. They are good for the mind and body, and nothing but bad can come from working all the time and not stopping to unwind and refresh from time to time. Well my son, Patrick R., informed me about 10 days ago that he had decided to take his father’s “excellent advice” and go on a family vacation—the first real vacation that he has had in several years. Sure, they go camping some weekends, but he hadn’t taken a REAL vacation for some time now, and he was happy to tell me that he thought my advice was great and just what he, Renee, Sydney and Ryan needed. But like lots of things connected to your kids, there was a catch … a very big catch.

You see, if Patrick was going to follow my advice and take a full week off and take a true vacation, he would need someone to fill in for him … to cover for him at his office. And as you may have guessed, dear old dad was nominated and unanimously elected to handle the job while he “refreshes” himself at Disney World with the family.

The problem is that what he can do in eight hours takes me 12, and his business is really booming right now. I want to tell you that after two days of this, I am pretty tired, and I have three more days to go! My own work has to now get done at night or squeezed in between phone calls, estimating and order-taking during the day. Now don’t get me wrong, I love the kid dearly, but this is one of those times when I wish he hadn’t listened to me!!!

A Real Shorty

The above report is totally true, and because I need to sleep at least a few hours a night, this blog is going to be a real shorty.

Sydney White???

Renee, my wonderful daughter-in-law, sent this picture taken today at Disney World, which is of granddaughter Sydney and Snow White. Now you tell me … who has the lighter skin tone, Snow White or Sydney???

Sydney Marie with Snow White

Sydney Marie with Snow White

The Sports Thing

Got nothing to say here today so I won’t waste your time or mine. YAWN …

The Quotable Thing

This week’s quote was contributed by Roy “Stumpy” Darby. Stumpy is one of the most interesting people I have ever known, and I have learned much from him … most of it legal as well as practical. Stumpy is a history buff and regularly has provided me with reading material and suggested quotes. If you follow my columns in USGlass, you may remember that I wrote about Stumpy (probably a year ago now, at least), and included a number of his “original” quotations in that column. Anyway, Stumpy has now sent me several dozen suggested quotations for this blog, and some of them are pretty good and will be used. I thought this one was particularly timely. It is attributed to Ronald Reagan.

“Politics is supposed to be the second oldest profession. I have come to realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the first.”

Hope You Are Having A Wonderful Summer!!!

Jul 08

Let Me Explain

YES, I did say that I support the “Rat Patrol” … for one primary reason. It represents freedom of speech, which is something that we should all hold near and dear. I come back to the subject of the “Rat Patrol,” because after I mentioned it in last week’s blog and included a picture of a large inflatable rat at a business location in Chicago’s western suburbs, I received a few calls and e-mails that were quite critical of what I had said. Apparently, by stating that the appearance of the “Rat Patrol” made me proud to be an American, my comments were mistaken to mean that I supported trade unions and their harassing of businesses. That was certainly not my intent, and if you go back and re-read my comments I think it will become clear that the position that I was taking was in support of free speech. At the same time, I do not want to imply that I am either pro or anti-union. I will get into this issue in future blogs and articles. Anyhow, I stand by my previous statements … the fact that a Rat Patrol can exist in this country makes me proud to be an American! We enjoy and should defend all of our freedoms. I don’t even want to think where we would be without them. OK … I will now step down off the soap box and move on to some other topics.

What’s The Big Deal ???

I don’t get it. The Greek debt thing, that is. I mean, how much do they really owe? The state of Illinois (recently ranked as the least financially sound state in the union by The Mercatus Center, a public policy research group) owes more in past due public workers pension funds and other current debts than Greece owed its various creditors at the time of their “virtual” declaration of bankruptcy. The report released by this group indicated that the five worst states (from a financial stability perspective) were Illinois, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Connecticut and New York. If you look at some of the incredible debts owed by these states I think you might come to the conclusion that Greece may have gotten a bum rap … although you do have to ultimately pay the piper (or the bank), and to take money and assume that you will never have to pay it back is kind of reckless. Shame on anyone who thinks otherwise.

Puerto Rico, Too

Now comes word that Puerto Rico (who has recently said it can’t pay it’s debts, either) wants to take a vote — like Greece did — as to what to say and/or do regarding their debt, or something of that ilk, I suppose. I think I will now call a family meeting for my kids, their spouses and my nine grandchildren to vote on what we should do with our debts. I think I might see an opportunity here.

Hey – What’s Going On?

Just got news (a minute ago) that due to unknown technical problems of some type that the stock market has shut down. Happened at exactly 11:32 a.m EST today. This on the heels of what apparently was a technical problem that shut down United Airlines earlier this morning, as well as Nike’s website. The Chicago Mercantile Exchange also shut down this morning for the first time in more than 100 years, and as I type this, it is still down. Hmm, wonder if maybe someone’s not paying their bills, or is it the inevitable cyber-attack that some predict will bring us to our knees one day? Where is the Rat Patrol when you need them?

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A Favorite & Peaceful Place

One BIG Layoff

Announcements were made earlier this week that the U.S. Military is going to cut 40,000 people in the next several months. I guess the world is a safer place than what we have been told. Some of the displaced soldiers will undoubtedly be joining a Rat Patrol near them when the opportunity arises.

Yes … I Know

That my blog today is very brief, but I have been travelling extensively these past several days, and there just isn’t a lot of “blogging time” available to me right now. I have heard from several people that they, too, are quite busy … business is good … so maybe a short blog is appropriate. If I have nothing of value to say, why should you have to waste your time reading it? Of course there are those who no doubt would quickly add that I rarely have anything of value to say. I would be hard pressed to argue with them.

The Sports Thing

How about those American women soccer players? They did it—won the World Cup in convincing fashion in beating Japan 5-2. I can honestly say that it is the only soccer game of any kind that I have ever watched from start to finish (on TV). And it was a really great win. But now I have a question. I heard on the radio the other day that the team that wins the Men’s World Cup receives five times the amount of money that the Women’s team receives. What gives with this? Somebody needs to investigate the FIFA people. Oh wait … they already are under investigation and things are not going good for them. Oh well.

The Quotable Thing

This week’s quote (contributed by Tom Lafferty) seems very appropriate given our talk about Greece and financially troubled states in our own country. It was stated by Ben franklin who was well known in his day (and even today) for his thriftiness.

“Creditors have better memories than debtors.”

Hope You Are Having a Wonderful Summer!!!

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