What’s wrong with us? I know, that’s kind of a silly question because there are, in actuality, all kinds of things wrong with us so let me start over again and be a little more specific. Here we go … What’s wrong with today’s parents and why can’t they control their kids? Once again, yesterday in fact, I had had the unfortunate experience of watching a mother deal with her whining little kid while trying to do some shopping in a local drugstore. The kid must have asked the mother at least 20 times in a matter of about 2 minutes, while standing in the check-out line, for some toy he wanted and finally, on about the 51st time, the mother caved in, stepped out of the checkout line and went to get whatever it was the little brat wanted. Of course, this will only reinforce the kid’s behavior in the future … knowing that at some point, if he whines enough, he will get his way.
But now I have discovered the cure for whining bratty little kids. It is the “NO” button, which, when pressed, says “NO” in several different ways and with different voices including some that are pretty gruff. When a mother leaves the hospital with her newborn, along with the sample bag of diapers and baby lotions, she should get a “NO” button. The world would be a better place if kids learned early on that they can’t have everything they want and that whining about it is not going to change things. Wait … a brilliant thought has just crossed my weary and often confused mind. Let’s send “NO” buttons to those guys in Washington, D.C. You know the ones I’m talking about. The ones bent on raising taxes and spending more money than they have. Is it too late???
Just A Bunch Of Wind?
That’s what I’m starting to think. Actually that’s not true. I have actually thought this for some time now. Specifically, the whole wind energy business seems to me to be just a bunch of … wind! Don’t get me wrong here. I am as much for energy conservation and alternative fuel sources as anyone out there, but I have now spent a fair amount of time reading up on this subject and if the government’s subsidies are taken away, the whole wind energy business would shut down over night. Most studies I have seen state very plainly that the wind energy industry cannot stand on its own and may never be able to do so without heavy subsidies and tax breaks. A lot of tax dollars are propping this up and if it can’t sustain itself, I’m not sure I see the point here. Just last month, the American Wind Energy Association supposedly proposed a six-year plan to gradually phase out the government support it has been getting. Hmmm, six years … just enough time to grab a few bucks and vanish … like the wind!
Clearing the Air
A few weeks back I made a few comments about modern society and “pants-wearing” … as in “who wears the pants in the family” and things of that nature. So now a few people have made comments to me about this and just to clarify a couple of things, I wish to make the following statements. First, pants-wearing is a shared responsibility in my clan and while certain traditions and responsibilities are passed down from generation to generation, I have to admit that the woman of the clan do seem to have gained the upper hand in most decision making activities. I’m not complaining … just saying! But when it comes to whining, complaining kids, it takes a village, if you know what i mean.
Protective Glazing in Schools
A great deal is being written (and spoken) about what role the glass industry should play in the securing of the nation’s schools … from a glass perspective. For sure, there are improvements to be realized but I am just hoping that as an industry we can come up with a formal, intelligent policy statement in a timely manner, before someone else makes the wrong decisions for us. Often in times and situations like these, the loudest or quickest voice gets heard and not the most practical or intelligent ones. Some of the discussions about what to do to make our schools safer are good and rooted in common sense, but some of the garbage I’ve heard is … garbage. Let’s be practical, let’s be united, and let’s make sure we put self interest out of the way as the debate on this moves along.
It has been said that the “test of time” is the greatest test of all. So with this in mind, I want to congratulate the guys at GF Nimitz and Sons way up north there in Hutchinson, Minn., on their 100th anniversary. That’s a really long time to be in business, don’t ya know? You betcha!
The Sports Thing
Just two thoughts today with regards to sports. First, it never ceases to amaze me that the Super Bowl is the premier sporting event in the United States and has been for some time now. The world almost comes to an end during the game and even people who otherwise would not watch a professional football game stop what they are doing and do so on this one day. Grocery stores have all kinds of cheese trays and food packaging advertised as Super Bowl specials and I would bet that the Monday after the game is probably the worst attendance day of the year within the business community. Sure, I’ll be watching right along with everyone else but the whole thing still amazes me. And if I were a betting man, I’d put my money on the 49ers.
Secondly, and I point this out at the risk of being chastised by several people, have you noticed that my Chicago Blackhawks are still undefeated? Over 12 percent of the way through the lock-out shortened season and the Hawks have yet to stumble. Six and “OH My” at this point!
The Quotable Thing
I got this one from my old Chicago South Side Irish buddy, Danny Simon. It is credited as having been said by L.J. Peters and I honestly have no idea who Mr. Peters is or what he did for a living. But the saying goes as follows.
“If two wrongs don’t make a right, try three.”
Have A Great Week, Everybody!!!