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Christmas Music

My associate has been playing Christmas music the last few days.

I’ve already heard enough to last the season.

Especially The Little Drummer Boy.

Year End

Things are slow around the office. We opened a new showroom back at Labor Day weekend. Although I’ve been with this outfit for over 5 years. Opening this new showroom has almost been like starting a new business. We are building a pipeline of new construction that will be more than satisfactory, but it might be a year before we get a deposit on one of the jobs we’ve seen so far.

My associate has started an instagram account for the showroom. I find all of the hyperventilating about social media to be complete nonsense. Not one of my deals has come to me from social media. They have all come from personal contact. It takes time and is difficult to build the types of relationships that result in sales in the high end kitchen business. Instagram is to me nothing more than a vanity platform.

I would like it quite a bit if we could get a remodel to walk in here really soon. We could use a job that wants to get started now.

Geez… Can’t a guy just get a cheese burger?

Seconds later, reports confirmed Metzger had moved on from the burger menu and allowed his complete frustration to settle upon the restaurant’s exclusive selection of locally brewed craft beers.

The Onion, of course.

If this were real life Metzger’s name would be Jerry and he’d be complaining about the place not having Miller Lite.

Post of the Month

I’ve noticed I’ve not posted anything for this month. I should do better. But… and there are many people that know this. A blog is a very time consuming thing to run well.

I’ll be better.

I’m remodeling the kitchen, but I am leery of posting photos as I don’t want the inspectors or the property tax people to know what I’m up to.

I don’t see why everything should become taxable.

I should remove Dallas from the tags!

The Coming Boomercide – Z Man

The Coming Boomercide – The Z Blog

I believe we are headed to what I like to call “The Great Reset.”

Pensions, Social Security, Student Loans, Entitlements, Medicare, Obamacare, Military Adventures Abroad, the list goes on… and on… and, well, it’s obvious no one really knows how long the list is.

It is a simple fact that not all of this can be paid for or paid off. Something has to give?

My current leading expected method by which the establishment will try to fix these problems is with several years of runaway inflation. But the Z Man may be correct. Maybe the youngsters won’t want to share the pain of the inflation with the Boomers (I’m a late stage boomer that didn’t vote for any of this crap. I’m a late stage boomer more worried about his children’s future than whether or not I get a few years of boating in Florida before I slip into dementia). Maybe the younguns will push us boomers off a cliff. Maybe they will have the stones to just stop payment.

I better be nice to the kids.

Ski bum: A job that Americans just won’t do – Sailer

The “Ski Industry” doesn’t want to raise wages so they are looking for foreigners

Go read the whole thing. I do like Sailer’s comment section. Lots of good info there.

In an article about local breweries suing for the right to sell distribution rights…

We have this gem of a quote:

Assistant Attorney General Karen Watkins noted that “everything that these brewers are allowed to do is the result of having obtained a privilege from the state.” She said state law was previously silent on payments for distribution rights, meaning it wasn’t clear they were ever legal.

Look at that! She says we need to get permission from the state to do anything. She also implies a Napoleonic legal system. Ms. Watkins, that’s next door in Louisiana where there is a Napoleonic legal system. We don’t have that in Texas. Not yet, anyway…

Source: Beer battle foams over, as fight over distribution rights gets day in court

Graduation is not what we called it at HP

From an article on HubSpot:

Dharmesh’s culture code incorporates elements of HubSpeak. For example, it instructs that when someone quits or gets fired, the event will be referred to as “graduation.” In my first month at HubSpot I’ve witnessed several graduations, just in the marketing department. We’ll get an email from Cranium saying, “Team, just letting you know that Derek has graduated from HubSpot, and we’re excited to see how he uses his superpowers in his next big adventure!” Only then do you notice that Derek is gone, that his desk has been cleared out. Somehow Derek’s boss will have arranged his disappearance without anyone knowing about it. People just go up in smoke, like Spinal Tap drummers.

Nobody ever talks about the people who graduate, and nobody ever mentions how weird it is to call it “graduation.” For that matter I never hear anyone laugh about HEART or make jokes about the culture code. Everyone acts as if all of these things are perfectly normal.

When I worked for HP we, at least those in my little group, called graduation getting shot. As in, “Did you hear that Derek got shot?”

Note from a Trump Supporter: It’s the Immigration, Stupid!

The Education Realist, who is a favorite:

I want another forty year pause in immigration, putting a near-total block on every possible means of legal or illegal access. In part because I’m a teacher who sees no opportunities for far too many of my students thanks to immigration, network hiring, and the constant wage pressure of a never-ending unskilled labor supply. In part because the government is incapable of enforcing the laws so necessary to our national security and well-being, since even the best-intentioned state and federal employees see t

Note from a Trump Supporter: It’s the Immigration, Stupid!

Dump the Athletic Departments

From the Dallas Morning News today:

Why is this business model — unpaid labor, mostly by black athletes, generating riches for white administrators — still tolerated?

That is some guy named Donald Yee. He is onto something, but is wrong about the solution. The athletes should be paid, that is true. But the real solution is to take away the tax preference of being part of the university in the first place.

Also, racism isn’t what motivates the economics of the college athletic scene, it is the whole set of lousy incentives and the distortions that have metastasized over time.

Additionally, the fact that most of these “student” athletes would never be admitted to the institutions for which they play, creates all sorts of corrupting opportunities for everyone associated with Big State U. Just look at North Carolina.