Monday, October 26, 2009

Ok... enough is enough. There comes a point when you can not be demotivated any more than you already are demotivated. Yes... I am getting up on my soap box right now. Work more, earn less, and by the way we are cutting your benefits that we missed last year. That sums up the memo that went out today. I really like the way the word stakeholder is used... it does not mean employee... maybe the word shareholder should have been used because that is after all the only meaning that fits. Someone once said that if you did not sell a room you lost that revenue forever... profit is the same as that room. If you did not make it, guess what! You are not going to make it up, by running your managers, staff, and properties into the ground... Smart property owners like the Marriott Marquis and Hilton downtown know that you use this time to beat your competition by improving your product. Both complete full renovations during this down turn and now compare their occupancy and rates to their competitors... I really hate when smart people act dumb. When are they going to stop crying over spilt milk and get back to milking the cows? That is what happens when those leading only listen to the negative, like FoxNews (now the gloom and Doom network) They miss the opportunities that exist. This is a time of GREAT opportunities...and I think I am going to take advantage of two of them myself. For me it is time to stop investing my time, skills, resources, and services in a company that has forgotten how to provide service to itself.

Friday, September 11, 2009

I found the circle in city plans to be exciting. In the movies we have seen some beautiful circular cities like Return of the King, Aeon Flux and City of Ember... But when I started looking for real examples of circular city planning... nothing.

It seems to me that the circle would be the perfect layout for a city. I know it would be difficult to put little square buildings on curved streets, but is that the only reason we do not have circular cities?

I still would like to see one. Guess we'll have to see them in the movies.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Well there seems to be another fight that brings out the big bucks from corporate America... Health Care Reform and their fear that their profits will be limited by the voters and the government.

Sure countries like England and Canada have had free health care systems for many years now and neither are as in debit as our own country... And their people are living longer average lives... but that is played down you know.

My question is how many Americans have put off or just not gone to the doctor just because they did not have the money for either the visit or the medicine...or both?

So who's interest is being served here with this political debate?

  • Tax payers? (who have to provide free medical to the poor anyway... a hospital can not refuse anyone that can not pay, so tax payers are already picking up that tab... That would be a big NO.
  • The Poor? Already said they are getting free health care already...another big NO.
  • Corporate America? Yes... Drug companies set their own prices and the better the new drug is the more you will pay for it.
  • Insurance Companies? Another Yes... Working class Americans have to pay into a policy so they can afford doctors visits and drugs with low Co-pay options.

It is very interesting that during a time when ever company is cutting back and spending less that these two industries are increasing the amount of money they are spending on lobbyist to kill just a reform bill...

So why are so many working class Americans supporting people that year after year take more money out of their pockets? That do not what them to support this reform...

It takes a lot of lobbyist to convince you that FREE is a bad thing... That peace of mind is knowing I only have a 500-5000 dollar deductible if I am sick...

One more reason to move to England.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

So now, for a fee, you can use WiFi on flights... Well this begs the question, if WiFi does not cause the plane to crash why can we not use cell phones? The answer... not a big surprise is that the airlines have not come up with technology to charge you extra for it yet. (but I am sure they are hard at work developing it as i post this)

Just one more way to say... we know you have to use one of us and we are united in screwing you. If the government would let one or two of the big companies go under completely... the rest might try to provide just a little customer service. If a car company or hotel chain operated like the airlines do... they would be out of business in short order.

Just my two cents worth.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

OK. I have to revise my statements regarding the Twilight books... The 4th one "Breaking Dawn" was far above the others. I would put it up there with the best books I've read... not the best, but very well written, very developed characters, intriguing story line with many twist and turns... More real, less church prattle... and less Tween... The characters are seniors and they act/ behave more like adults.

Too bad it took three books before to get it right... and too bad there is not a 5th book to continue the story... I am not a fan of lets tell it all over again from another view...

So I send a heart felt thank you to Mrs. Meyer... I did not think you would break your LDS mold, but am very pleased that you did.

Well, Done!

Sunday, March 01, 2009

Tomorrow I am off to New Orleans again.  My trip in January was full of anticipation, this time it is full of sorrow.  The federal, state, and city governments are all to blame for the lack of progress the city has made in recovering.  The amount of money that has been spent by all three groups on various projects aided at helping would have paid for the cost of rebuilding every house and business flooded.  The total cost of all the hotel bills paid by FEMA and the Red Cross would have also paid for the rebuilding of every house and every business building damaged by the storm waters... now I know that the evacuees needed places to stay and if you had a choice between government housing and tent cities you too would have picked a hotel... but would you have picked hotels if 8 months living in a shelter meant you had a new house to return home too.  The fact that twice the amount of money to rebuild was spent and not on replacing those houses and business that had been lost makes me very angry.  The fact that the money spent helped several industries make record profits makes be so far beyond angry there are no words to describe it. 

The city of New Orleans was a city of over 1 million before Katrina.  The city now has less than 300 thousand residence.  One person had the power to bring much more attention to the wasteful spending even if he did not have the power to stop it... the Mayor Ray Nagin.  And here the race separation begins.  White residence hate the man with a passion and vocalize this often.  African-Americans residence view him as the cities last hope.  Why the two different views... well you must look at the make up of the city and who has power within the city.  Before Katrina the city residences were majority African-American and those elected to lead and be in power mostly came from that majority.  Now with over 700,000 removed from that mix there is no easy majority for either white or African-American.  The shift of power in the city government is about to happen.  That scares the old majority.  Change scares many people. 

What New Orleans will look like after all of this has passed, no one can know.  What it looks like now is the poor being forced out because they can not afford to rebuild, the wealth reclaiming much of the city as the poor leave, and those in the city government getting even  wealthier from  all the corruption.  I guess some things never change.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Like most of the world I have been reading these books after the movie came out... ok like most of the world under 21.  I have enjoyed the books so far but they always leave me with a slight depressed feeling.  I have read the first three and the same feeling came after each.  Mrs. Meyer has received much acclaim for her not using sex in teen books.  Being Latter Day (LDS) in faith the fact that her characters are waiting until after marriage to have sex should not have been a big surprise for readers... it was not for me... (Thanks to dating Rebecca Kriser for a few years in High School)  I found the lack of sex refreshing in these books.  

So why do I still feel a little down after each one?  Most likely it is because unlike the real world were divorce is apart of most families and most marriages are arranged for power, wealth, or some other gain, Mrs. Meyer's LDS flavored world is full of true love and the hardest choices are choosing between two true loves.  I know, that was a bit harsh.  Her books are good reads, and I will read them all.  

Now, when I read them I will keep in mind that they are after all fiction.  As much as we all wish for such things to be real... true love not vampires... it is still just fiction.  Not even good little LDS girls and boys will find what Mrs. Meyer is selling in the real world... unless they buy one of her books.

Sunday, February 08, 2009

Well the conference is over.  It was a good time.  Seeing all my long distance co-workers and friends is always good.  ...The city, was sad and dirty.  It was no more dirty than I remembered it being 20 years ago, but I have changed.  There did seem to be more Pan-handlers on the streets.  That fact could have been due to our timing...the week before Mardi Gras.  The same vague feeling of being in danger was there as always... part of the adventure.  I did not visit my old bar hang-outs... maybe in March with the next conference.

I think I have changed not New Orleans, and that is also sad.  We all must change to grow up, and something is always left behind.

Monday, January 26, 2009

It is once again time to travel. This trip takes me to a place filled with old ghost of the past. Many of them from my own past. As a young man the crescent city was my play ground. A time when money was nothing and adventure was everything... Dianna, Jennine, Sitka, Mike, and so many more their names have slipped away with the passing of time. We were all young then. It seems like another life all together. A time when we did not have to care... our parents took care of everything. Any trouble we found was quickly sent away with their power, influence, connections...but most often their money. It is easy to find trouble in the Big Easy... and even easier to buy your way out of it. I have never been, before or since, someplace so completely corrupt from the bottom to the very top. One dear friend still has a house the French quarter, but he is in Montgomery and can not be there this week. It will be interesting to visit the place my parents insisted was where I wasted my youth again. Since I have no youth left to spare, I'll try not to waste any this trip.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

The new President and First Lady! It was exciting to watch history being made... President Obama's acceptance speech was moving and to the point. Of course I really enjoyed a well delivered speech ... it has been 8 years... well more ... all the way back to Reagan since we had a dynamic public speaker in office. You know Bush could not read the teleprompter to save his life.
I am very hopeful about the next four years... even after Obama backed off his equal marriage rights promise. Maybe like the civil rights movement, in another 40 years we'll have equal rights.... separate but equal did not work for African-Americans and Civil Unions will not work for the our minority.
All in all I am very hopeful. Bush's administration set Gay Rights back 10 years and I am very happy to see him out of office.
It is a new Day!

Friday, January 16, 2009

The new installation in my iMac collection. I could not stop myself. I should do something about my Mac addiction...

The weather was most cold today! 11 degrees this morning and it warmed up to a almost tropical 22 degrees before starting to fall again! Why can it not do this on a work day?

I so long for a nice warm island somewhere with cute waiters bring me cold tropical drinks with funny names... and taste like fruit smoothies.

It will have to be a dream until after mid year....

Saturday, January 03, 2009

The nerd has to come out now... For all those who do not enjoy nerd stuff please stop reading now.

A few days ago... some friends and I had a little nerd conversation about computers and our first computers and the games we played on them... well I was sure that the 1st game I played was Zork on the Apple ][e... and that it was in the late 70's... My friends shot me down saying it had to be the 80's.

Well, I was right about the date and the game and almost about the computer. It was indeed an Apple but it was an Apple II. Sold in 1978 for an amazing amount even for now, almost $1300.00!

I picked up a copy of the game Zork for my collection a few years ago and when I pulled it out to verify that I had been right... the copy right said 1981.... That too was was incorrect the Game was around between 1977-1979 with no copy right. It was not until Infocom picked it up that a copy right was obtained.

I can rest easy tonight knowing my childhood nerdom memories were correct. Just a bonus for all my nerd friends out there.... the complete early Apple time line...

Oh and I have collected one of each of these fine computers... even the little Lisa.