Monday, November 14, 2011

About time

A couple of years ago I was stuck on a plan for more than 4 hours sitting at the gate. The airline, U.S. Airways wouldn't let us off, let us get out of our seats, or even give us water to drink. This was officially the worst flight I had ever been on and consequently the last time I ever flew on U.S. Airways.

It looks like the new rule that the Department of Transportation instituted is finally coming into effect. Read about it here...

Press Release | U.S. Department of  Transportation

The results of the new rules prove that regulation isn't always a bad thing. A lot of people would complain that the government shouldn't be meddling and that companies can and should regulate themselves. Well to those people out there I say look at the stats. The airline industry had plenty of time to regulate themselves and didn't do anything. Instead it took an act of government and for that I am thankful.

Now only if we can get them to do something about the those health insurance companies.

Tuesday, November 08, 2011


Saw this kicking around the interwebs today....just wanted to share.

Are you sick of highly paid teachers? Teachers' hefty salaries are driving up taxes, and they only work 9 or 10 months a year! It's time we put things in perspective and pay them for what they do - babysit! We can get that for less than minimum wage. ... That's right. Let's give them $3.00 an hour and only the hours they worked; not any of that silly planning time, or any time they spend before or after school. That would be $19.50 a day (7:45 to 3:00 PM with 45 min. off for lunch and plan-- that equals 6 1/2 hours). Each parent should pay $19.50 a day for these teachers to baby-sit their children. Now how many students do they teach in a day...maybe 30? So that's $19.50 x 30 = $585.00 a day. However, remember they only work 180 days a year!!! I am not going to pay them for any vacations. LET'S SEE.... That's $585 X 180= $105,300 per year. (Hold on! My calculator needs new batteries). What about those special education teachers and the ones with Master's degrees? Well, we could pay them minimum wage ($7.75), and just to be fair, round it off to $8.00 an hour. That would be $8 X 6 1/2 hours X 30 children X 180 days = $280,800 per year. Wait a minute -- there's something wrong here! There sure is! The average teacher's salary (nationwide) is $50,000. $50,000/180 days = $277.77/per day/30 students=$9.25/6.5 hours = $1.42 per hour per student--a very inexpensive babysitter and they even EDUCATE your kids! WHAT A DEAL!!!! Make a teacher laugh; re-post this to show appreciation for all educators!!!

Sunday, November 06, 2011

Occupy Boston

This weekend I visited Occupy Boston.  The camp was very neat and clean and everyone I saw for the most part were keeping it orderly.  I didn't make a count but there easily could have been 150+ tents there not including community tents(ie: first aid, information, donation tents, etc).  I think I must have caught the camp as a down moment as I didn't see more than 100 or so people around, but I believe there was a rally going on somewhere and that is were everyone was.

I was impressed with how good natured everyone was.  While I did notice a selection of what I like to call "the crazies" most of the people I saw seemed pretty much like myself.  One interesting moment was when I walked by two guys debating about what the government and corporations should be doing. While both were obviously coming from different sides of the issues they seemed to be having fun with it.

Overall I'm glad I went.  I think the movement is trying to do something good. My concerns are that the radicals will either take over or that the media will focus on them.  Not that I have any personal problems with what I consider the radical side of the protest(Pro Communism/socialism camps) but I think that the stigma associated with them will scare away the "average" american.  I think that when I get a chance I want to go back Occupy Boston again and see how it changes as the weeks go by.

No idea if this is true. I'm not a coke drinker anyway. 

Yup...that is me!

Wall of Signs

Live Music

I really liked this one. 


The QR code on this one caught my eye.  Must be the marketer in me.