Sunday, October 18, 2009

Through the Sunday papers, quickly...

I don't have boatloads of time today. A handful of problems have suddenly come up: one personal, one mechanical and one technical. I feel like I'm being menaced by some crappy ghost hell-bent on making my life a big "life-mess"! I know what you're going to say: things like you "have to sometimes deal with life's punches in the gut" and a bunch of other positive and not-so-positive affirmations that have been deemed appropriate for such unexpected dire circumstances.

Other people will say "s**t happens" - look what happened to Conservatives in the media - more on that on today's open thread on Michelle Malkin's blog. We all endure life's problems. We all get our "recommended dosage" of them, don't we?

At least my problems won't be making any headlines (crosses fingers) any time soon: The Sunday Times Union has a story about "Health Care" - er - more accurately, "Health Insurance" and the lack of it. the paper profiles a couple of 20-somethings fending for themselves sans health insurance.

Next up, a "consultant" has figured out that cellphone companies should be charged more by municipalities for tower placement. No good will come of this. We'll all be stuck with higher cell phone bills. Either as taxes or taxes disguised as "service fees." Thanks, Mister Consultant. Higher bills are exactly what we need in these troubled economic times.

There are stories about The (*yawn*) Baloon Boy and about the Governors of New York and California getting together as "kindred spirits" because both states are mired in so much fiscal muck.

Some guy committed suicide and his corpse sat in the backyard patio for a week, the neighbors thinking it was a Halloween decoration... A "Cruel new typhoon threatens Philippines" ... the Schenectady Gazette has an article about Swine Flu and about another endangered species: "The Pine Bush Moth." First butterflies, now a moth?!? At least thre are people out there who care enough about the environment and ecology to try to so something whenthings are going wrong.

Lastly, I leave you with an interesting advert from pA7 of the Times Union. A full-pager for the Price chopper, where they do a "price comparison" item-for-item against Hannaford. The first column is the Hannaford price. The second the Price Chopper price. Suffice it to say that while I could probably drop by a Hannaford and make my own list of things that are cheaper than Chopper's, I had no idea that you could buy stuff like "Price Chopper" brand Lasagna at Hannaford.

OK, maybe the person who wrote the ad made a slight error there, but at least they could have printed something like "store brand" - and if I buy something like Olive Oil (3rd item up from bottom) - let me go grab my bottle from the kitchen - ok, I have a 17-0z jar of Extra Virgin olive Oil that I paid $3.50 for - the brand is "Mediterranean Market" and i don't recall where I bought it. It's good stuff, though! The oil in the ad is 101 ounces, more than I would likely be able to use before it would lose freshness.

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