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11.17.2011

Random Thursday Morning Thoughts


  • Had some new friends of One Of The Kid in the House over last night who I had never seen before. I'm not sure, but I was getting this weird "trouble maker" vibe. I had this weird alarm go off inside me.
  • The U.S. Postal System might actually go out of business.
  • After 9/11, when American Airlines stock went under $5 a share on fear of bankruptcy, I bought 100 shares. After that it went to over $40 a share. Now it's back to $1.82.  I still own all 100 shares. 
  • My commitment factor my need to be throttled back in some areas. 
  • Westbound I-30 going into Dallas was completely shutdown this morning due to an overturned truck. I always think in those situations that there's someone in that mess who will miss a plane, a job interview, or something else which is critical.
  • Whatever happen to W "adviser" Karen Hughes?
  • Dallas police moved out Occupy Dallas just before midnight last night with a heck of a show of, but not use of, force. I would have been funny if they had sang the opening verse to "Closing Time". 
  • There sure are a lot of morning posts on Facebook by amateur theologians.
  • I'm already beaten down by Black Friday. 
  • Remember when you were first fearful of online bill pay? How great is it now?
  • Obscure movie trivia: Seth Rogen had a small part in Donnie Darko.
  • There was another Amber Alert last night. Most of them these days seem to be custody disputes which are cancelled within two hours. 
  • I've said it before: Newt Gingrich seems to be the only authentic GOP candidate other than Ron Paul. 
  • I may get to see the William Jefferson Clinton Presidential Library next weekend. That'd be cool. But I'm guessing I've missed the leaves turning in Arkansas. 
  • An arbitrator ruled that WFAA's Debbie Denmon was not discriminated against because she is fat.
  • Posting may be a little off today because I should be in another DWI trial. This may be my most interesting one ever. More later. 


 

45 comments:

Anonymous said...

all leaves will b e turning 12/12/12

Ernest T said...

I am surprised that the Post Office has survived this long. I mean, no one ever mails anything any more. They pay bills online or e-mail people.

Add the fact that the unions have gotten so greedy. No wonder the post office is almost broke.

Anonymous said...

Going to Slick Willie's big trailer house! Don't forget your Lysol and latex gloves!

Anonymous said...

I’m glad to see some of these claims turning the other way, for a change. Too many feel it’s an automatic win if they scream discrimination. Sometimes, someone else is going to get promoted ahead of you, and for legitimate reasons. In this world of "not keeping score", so as not to offend; reality exists.

Anonymous said...

when you go to clinton library, be sure and hit the message parlor

Anonymous said...

You better believe that trouble maker vibe you're having. A woman's intuition is never wrong.

Anonymous said...

The AA stock is heading to trash can very, very soon. Hello, Bankruptcy Court.

My Other Brother Darryl

ps - Maybe they can shed some rude attendants. Why I avoid AA now.

Triple Fake... said...

"I'm already beaten down by Black Friday."
Hit song from the debut album of alt-rock island music band The Robinson Crusoes.

USPS going out of business -
Oh, no! How am I going to live without the following unsolicited junk flooding my mailbox on a regular basis:
* Generic "Your car's warranty is about to expire" notices. (none of the vehicles is under warranty)
* Generic funeral expenses/death benefits offers/health insurance deals (thanks AARP!)
* Credit card offers
* Certain non-denominational "family" churches. If you've got the dough for slick mass-mailed advertising, why not spend it on helping the area's poor? That whole Osteen-type prosperity ministry is weird. There's nothing wrong with being prosperous and religious, but capitalism shouldn't enter into your religion's dogma
Sorry - rant over now
Mass-mailers: If I haven't responded the first couple of times, stop wasting my time, and yours

It would have been more appropriate for Occupy Dallas if the cops had sung "Turn out the lights, the pa-a-a-arty's over"

Triple Fake Dandy Don Meredith

Anonymous said...

"I may get to see the William Jefferson Clinton Presidential Library next weekend. That'd be cool. But I'm guessing I've missed the leaves turning in Arkansas."

Take a picture of Monica's dress for me.

Anonymous said...

Really diggin this pic!

Oh, how I LOVE brunettes!!!

Anonymous said...

Let's talk about DEER.

Anonymous said...

9:01 Barry isn't a woman.

Anonymous said...

Good luck on your trial, the whole world is counting on you!

Anonymous said...

RON PAUL 2012!!!!!

The Devil said...

Amen on the ps MOBD! I get it that it is not their main job to bring me a snack or a drink, but damn that was part of the job you signed up for so deal with it. I used to put up with this crap because I thought keeping my executive platinum status meant something, after a while you realize it only buys you a few feet of real estate and an occasional updgrade. Early boarding only means you set on the plane longer.

Anonymous said...

Those "greedy unions" are why Southwest is so profitable.

John Holmes' Ghost said...

Randy Girl thoughts...

Gimme a beat...

I like junk... boom... junk in tha trunk... boom boom...I like junk... boom... junk in tha trunk...

Anonymous said...

Someone tell me what's going on on the far left side of today's photo.

Anonymous said...

8:58:

Sorry, but your joke would have been so much more funny if you would have spelled "mAssage" right...

gern blansten

Anonymous said...

the message parlor? Like an email terminal or something?

Anonymous said...

TF Dandy Don,

I like to send the return envelopes that have postage already affixed back to the sender with some other junk mail in the envelope. I can just see their faces when they open the envelope and there is a coupon for another "junk" service. Plus, they now have to pay for that return postage.

Big Ed

Anonymous said...

Slap the little Eddie Haskell around ... right now. If you don't know who Eddie Haskell is you're too young to be reading this blog.

Triple Fake... said...

Big Ed:
I've done that a few times. It's also fun to include a note that says "You wasted my time with your junk mail. I'm returning the favor" just to make sure they get the message

Anonymous said...

Well, there goes my investment in thousands of dollars worth of Forever stamps....

Anonymous said...

That's great Big Ed. I'll have to remember that one.

Anonymous said...

every day i go by rock city burgers at around 6pm and everyday the place is empty, what's going on..?

Anonymous said...

Newt will win it!

Ron Paul is a nobody. It's crazy to even waste your vote on him.

Anonymous said...

Random Girl looks like she has a spine tumor just above her arse.

Anonymous said...

Is that a nude chick on the left side of the pic?

Anonymous said...

9:15 AM - My husband flies for AA. Those flight attendants are even rude to the pilots!

10:25 AM - Southwest was profitable up until recently. SWA had locked in a price for jet fuel prior to 9/11. The fuel price was very low. Now they are purchasing at the same price as the other airlines. For the 2011 third quarter, SWA posted a $140 million dollar loss. Now tell us how the unions are to blame for that??

http://blogs.star-telegram.com/sky_tal2011/10/southwest-posts-140-third-quarter-loss.html

Another reason that Southwest was enjoying such high profits is that they are only 40 years old. They are just now paying out retirement monies for retired employees. AA started in 1929. Therefore, there are a LOT of retirees in their system.

SWA's heyday's are behind them; union, or no union.

Mr. Mike Honcho said...

Queue the Union comments about how bad AA's management is.

I mean, sure, they stink. But please don't act like the Union isn't joining them in the passenger's seat as they ride to financial oblivion.

What good does it do the Union to watch the company head into Bankruptcy? (honest question)

RPM said...

Does this mean I'll finally stop getting All Around Wise?

Anonymous said...

Demi Moore is going to be back on the market...

HELL yeah......

Anonymous said...

8:37

Are you sure you have all those 1's and 2's in the right positions?

If you are 12/21/12 guy...you screwed up.

Upstairs said...

And the result of today's trial was?

Anonymous said...

Yo.....

Bubear.....

Study up on stop loss transactions.

Call me, we'll do lunch.

Double Fake Edward Jones

Anonymous said...

2:34 your husband flies for Alcoholics Anonymous?! Wow, that's cool. Oooooor ... maybe he just THINKS he's flying.

Anonymous said...

Tell One of the Kid to get new friend.

Anonymous said...

She's got one hell of a tail bone.

Anonymous said...

1:55 PM

It sucks.

Anonymous said...

Thank you, big fat Democratic-lovin' unions! Do you think you might be the cause of the PO folding? What, you can NEVER lay off an employee, no matter what? That is insane! WAKE UP, AMERICA!

Anonymous said...

8:23 is an idiot, many union members have been laid off. Lockheed come to mind?

Anonymous said...

Mike Honcho -
I am the 2:34 pm post. Was your question directed at me?
There are separate unions for each group. I only know about the negotiations with the pilot union.
Back in 2002 AA claimed that they were going to file bankruptcy, unless the labor costs were cut. The pilots took a 30% pay decrease. They also furloughed a lot of co-pilots, and then moved captains to smaller planes and in the co-pilot seat. Those who were demoted ended up with a 50% cut in pay. Those guys ended up taking a second job. (Furlough is basically getting laid-off with a call once in blue moon to fly).
After all the unions agreed to a cut in pay, management was quick to show earnings so that there would be million dollar bonuses for them. The bonuses made the employees furious. The "brotherly love" and teamwork attitude was gone.
In reality, the airlines that had previously filed bankruptcy are in better financial shape now than prior to bankruptcy. AA is now competing with airlines that can cut fairs because the taxpayers bailed them out. (Yes, SWA didn't file, but they do not fly internationally, which is a different market than AA's market).
I think that many employees see the option of bankruptcy as not such a bad idea. Of course management is freaking out because it would ruin their bonuses and the end of their job there.
The stock holders don't want a bankruptcy for obvious reasons. However, from the perspective of the employees, bankruptcy might actually be better. At least the judge will make sound decisions for the company based on facts rather than based on making his/her bonus higher.
In all honesty, I am not pro-union. If AA wasn't union, the pilots would have refused to fly long ago. With the union, there is a long bureaucratic procedure before anything happens.
In the next 10-15 years there will be a severe pilot shortage for commercial airlines. The military finally raised their pay for pilots. Now it's financially better to stay in the military than to go to an airline.
If you have a kid 15 or younger, encourage him/her towards that career path!

Anonymous said...

Big Wigs in Unions don't give a damn, they are already rich, mafia...
The workers in the Union are the one broke!

Anonymous said...

I believe we'd all be better off with military trained pilots since terrorist attacks.
Let's use military trained cocktail waitress's also.