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♫ Ev’rything That’s Old Is New Again ♫

aka  ♫  When Will They Ever Learn?  When Will they EVER Learn  ♫  ?

I like diet soda.  I’ve been consuming large quantities of it since the late 70’s, when I largely gave up sugar.

It also provides me caffeine, as I drink little coffee.

And, my daily allowance of chemicals I know are not good for me!

I remember back in the 80’s, when New Coke came into the marketplace.  Not diet, but a big deal in the soft drink world.  And it flopped.  People liked the previous formula.

Remember Pepsi Clear, Pepsi Free and numerous other attempts by the soda industry to corner and expand the market?

Well, the Coca Cola Company is at it again.

When they initially came out with Diet Coke, I was heartbroken.  The (then) wife and I were ardent fans of Tab, with it’s high caffeine and no sugar.  I even bought a few two liter bottles and squirreled them away for an upcoming anniversary (my wife didn’t drink).

And when Tab began disappearing from the shelves and Diet Coke replaced it, we bit-the-bullet and gave it a try.

A few months later, the anniversary rolled around, and to both our surprises, we had developed a taste for Diet Coke.  And the shelved, vintage Tab tasted funny!

Fast forward to the 00’s.  A long-time Diet Coke fan, it was announced another diet drink would be added to the mix.  Coke Zero.  Alleged to taste closer to real Coke!

So, I gave it a try.

Lo and behold it was closer to original Coke (which I loved in days of yor).  Spiciness had been added!  Soon my Diet Coke addiction had been replaced by Coke Zero.

And all was right with the World!

But, ‘they’ cannot leave well enough alone.  It was announced in July, that Coke Zero sales hadn’t met their expectations, and production will end at the end of August!

And replaced with Coca-Cola Zero Sugar!  With ‘improved’ taste!

Well, last time I went for Zero, it was there, but had not been faced, and this old cripple couldn’t bend to reach it!  So, I grabbed some CCZS.

The verdict?

Bland.  It lacks the zip of original Coke or the spiciness of Zero.

Sigh.

They still make small productions of Tab, if I can find it…

Two Massage Experiences

I LOVE getting a quality massage!  (I’m writing here of a medically-authorized version, you dirty guys!)

I began getting them in the 80’s, when I could afford them.  I saw an add for a local shop and thought “What the hell, why not?”

I think the place was called Kneaderbodies.

The experience was transformative.

From then on, every few months, I’d count my pennies and come up with the $30 (+ tip).

Then, I lost the home the wife and I shared, and it became cost prohibitive for a while…

Fast-forward to the 00’s.  I’d bought another home and got settled in.  My daughter and wife were no longer around.  Then, I remembered my massages of yore.  Sadly, Kneaderbodies had moved, and I didn’t know to where!

I spent many a Saturday visiting a local indoor swap meet, because I liked the atmosphere.  It was very carnivalesque, snack foods and crappy junk and factory seconds for sale.  Along with retailers who were on their way up (or down).

There was some Asian dude giving massages to people (with their clothes loosened, but still on).  He also taught gung-fu and did acupuncture.  Turns out he had been a doctor in China, but couldn’t get certified here in the States.  I saw him give acupuncture to a guy who had an injured shoulder.  Couldn’t raise his arm past his waist.  After 45 minutes of acupuncture, he had full range of motion without pain!

This caught my interest, although I had no reason for acupuncture.

So, I opted to try a massage.  55 minutes for $52.00 (?!) or something like that…

Deep-tissue Chinese massage.  Quite painful as applied, but afterward…

Miraculous!

I explained I was diabetic, and as such had chronic neuropathy in my legs, feet and hands.  Sometimes it was all I could do to drive there and walk in from the parking lot.

And hour later I could leave with NO PAIN!  And I was not on any pain meds at the time!

I usually left there and went to my favorite gun store to hang out for a few hours.  On my feet!

Sadly, my financial status changed again, and I could no longer afford massage.  I lost my second house, and moved even farther away.  I saw in local news the indoor swap mart had closed.

I did locate Xi, who now has his own storefront, studio and school!  Sadly, if I don’t want to get a massage from one of his employees or students @ $60, I must pay $125 for his services!

The price of success?

Back to counting my pennies…

Der Fledermausflügel

In another lifetime, I was newly married (one year) and had job ‘issues’.  Those who know me know I held 40 jobs from age 16 until I landed as a credit card fraud investigator (TMCCC).  I stayed in that job for almost 22 years!

My bride worked for an electronics company, then ubiquitous in the Phoenix area.  MOTOROLA.  Seems her father and one brother also worked there.  Family business (?)

(Well, anyway) I was between jobs, and The Wife told me they were hiring.  I applied, with the hope I would be working armed security (based on my job experience).

Not only did they NOT hire me for security, they hired me a a line worker doing silicon wafer inspection, in a clean room suit, and, I was assigned second shift!  Which meant I’d hardly got to see The Wife.

Hardly my first choice!

But, they had a credit union, and health insurance, and I needed work.

It was NOT the best of experiences.

The crew was largely like those one encountered in the security business.  Mixed education and experience, ethnicity and background.  One manager was constantly sexually harassing the men, openly; one of the new guys was openly addicted to pills, and treated co-workers horribly.  The harasser was left alone, because she was a long-term female employee.  The pill-popper was ethnic, and so he was allowed much more leeway than if a White guy had been doing the same.  One of the lead engineers was also a harasser, who didn’t get held accountable until years later.

And management constantly held impossible standards over your head, and threatened all with layoffs (a product of the semiconductor production business – we need to get product out, hire more people.  When contracts end, lay the folks off!)

So, I worked there a little more than a year-and-a-half.  And was miserable.

The Wife and I DID get to see each other on weekends (she became pregnant in May!), and I left der Fledermausflügel in November to begin my private investigation business.

I was laid off.

Why der Fledermausflügel, you ask?

German for bat wings, of course!

BREAKING: YouTube Gun Channels In Danger Of Disappearing Forever

(from TFB)

 

In an unannounced move, it appears that YouTube has pulled all ads from gun related videos. You might be thinking that is is a good thing and are happy about the decision, but you would be wrong. Thanks to the removal of any revenue that creators use to cover costs and even make a living, YouTube gun channels are in danger of disappearing forever.

Even our own channel, TFB TV, is in grave danger if the new change sticks.

While some gun channels will be able to sustain themselves through services like Patreon, channels like ours that have a small Patreon support base will suffer greatly. This means content could be reduced quite a lot, creators will move on and no longer devote the time to making videos for you to enjoy, and the big YouTube gun guys that rely on it for a living will either have to find another way to create the income to pay their bills or even cover the costs associated with filming.

What can we do about it? Nothing really. Sadly Google makes their decisions and sticks to it. What you can do is support your favorite content creators through whatever donation site they are a member of.

You can find the TFB TV Patreon page here: http://www.patreon.com/tfbtv

Please consider visiting our Patreon page and pitching in a buck or two a month so that James, myself, and the rest of the TFB TV crew can keep the videos coming like you have become accustomed to regardless of what Youtube decides.

You Tube was founded by three guys who had started PayPal (an anti-gun entity).  Personally, I’ve no funds lying around to contribute to Patreon or anyone else.  A while back You Tube was purchased bu GOOGLE, also infamous for it’s anti-gun politics.

See a trend here?

They have their own political agenda, and enforce the same.  Hell, it’s their company!  Many folks have voted with their virtual feet away from Pay Pal.  I presume they will do the same away from You Tube. 

As for Guffaw in AZ, I’ve a Pay Pal link, because I need funding.  And I’ve a You Tube link, because I like movies and videos.  I also post pictures of many ‘famous’ female celebrities, some of whom are openly anti-civil rights folks.  But, they are there, because they are pretty.  (that infamous traitorous bitch is not among my collection of photos, and never will be!  I have some standards.)

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I’m Getting All Warm And Fuzzy!

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Bass Pro and Cabella’s combine

OMAHA, NEB. — Outdoor gear giants Bass Pro and Cabela’s will combine in a $4.5 billion deal announced Monday.

Bass Pro is paying Cabela’s shareholders $65.50 cash per share. The deal creates uncertainty about jobs in Cabela’s home state of Nebraska. The combined companies plan to keep some operations in Sidney and Lincoln, Nebraska, but it’s not immediately clear how many jobs might be lost.

Bass Pro CEO Johnny Morris says he hopes to continue growing the Cabela’s brand alongside his own Springfield, Missouri, based chain.

Capital One will take over running Cabela’s credit card unit as part of the deal. Activist investment firm Elliott Management began pushing for significant changes at Cabela’s last fall. Cabela’s employs about 2,000 people in the western Nebraska town of Sidney, which has about 7,000 residents.
SOURCE

Yeah, I don’t know about this merger’s effect on jobs, but there is a Cabela’s 40+ miles NW of me, and a Bass Pro maybe 7 miles NE of me.  If they both remain open, I vote to go to the NE location.  🙂

NOW, If I just had money…

(PS – word on the ‘Net is they are differently themed stores, and undoubtedly something will be lost in this merger.  As I’m pretty much a window-shopper only, it has little effect on me.  And I remember my first (and only) visit to Cabela’s.  And the handgun display proclaiming a model by LES BAUER! (it should have been Les Baer)  Not everyone is perfect.)

 

How To Lose Business Without Really Trying

(from The Firearm Blog)

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“THIS JUST IN: We were just informed that Wells Fargo Bank would not do business with us, refusing to provide their services based on the fact that we manufacture “weapons” (aka knives). Incredibly, this refusal came after THEY initially pursued us to gain our business. Once we had decided to go with Wells Fargo, they then pulled the plug saying they could not provide their services since we manufacture weapons…Needless to say, we are shocked and confused – considering their logo is a stagecoach and driver with a shotgun too! We felt we needed to inform the firearm and knife community of this discriminatory stance Wells Fargo has taken. Please share.

There has been a serious increase in the number of banks refusing to do business with firearms industry companies. It’s too bad the industry doesn’t have its own banking institution. I’m sure they’d do phenomenal business both within the industry itself and by opening up to personal banking accounts. What do you think?

Visit Hogue’s website (and maybe give them some business) at www.hogueinc.com

This reminds me of the short-sighted thinking of folks who boycott Chik-Fil-A, because their founder is an unabashed Christian who closes his business on Sundays, but who will promote Muslim businesses in the name of inclusion – even though the Koran preaches killing gays.

And, my credit union, who actively promotes new customers who are illegal aliens!

And, those businesses who put up the ‘No Guns Allowed’ signs.

And bakeries who refuse to bake cakes for gay couples.

I believe businesses have the right to refuse service to anyone, as long as their refusal conforms with the law.

Of course, some laws are egregious.

Businesses who refuse to serve certain customers are simply cutting their own throat, in their pocketbook.  BUT, it’s their choice – or should be.

I’m also a believer in choice – if you don’t want to support a business, don’t support them.  If you don’t wish to patronize a business, don’t go there.

If you want to – go ahead.

FORTUNATELY, these businesses with ‘guns be bad’ signs don’t know whether or not I’m carrying.  And I’ve been known to let management know my feelings politely on the way out…

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Regardless, I  A.C.E. – Always Carry Everywhere

Gov’t Just CAN’T Leave Well Enough Alone!

As recently posted by the lovely and talented Tamara

The .gov giveth and the .gov taketh away…

So, with the brewing industry having finally (mostly) bounced back from Prohibition, and small craft breweries having sprung up all over, you just knew there was some way the feds could screw up a good thing, didn’t you?

Small breweries will have to spend hundreds of dollars per beer to analyze the nutritional value of each type sold.

“A good analysis [will cost] probably somewhere between the $500-$1,000 range of what I’ve seen. Then multiply it across the styles that you have,” said Lawinski.

And at a thousand dollars a pop, that could keep unique and seasonal brews from making it to your favorite watering hole.

I’m thinking the BATFE is seeing the handwriting on the wall, and we’ll see a sharp upturn in revenooers chasing moonshiners as well!  After all, Eliot Ness & Co. wants to keep their jobs!

Yep.  Government.

It continues to be all about control…

“I’ll Have A Che’se Burger With Everything!

Hold the Freedom Fries…

Via Iver

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It may offer the best political science course on campus, but the lessons are lost on bureaucrats: UC-San Diego’s fabled “Che Cafe” is awash in red ink and in need of a bailout.

Students have run the restaurant, named for Cuban revolutionary Che Guevara, for 34 years, but they’ve steered it into the ground. Boasting of “exorbitantly low” prices, the vegan co-op and concert venue that once hosted an up-and-coming Nirvana has cost the student body nearly $1 million over the years, and isn’t kept up to fire or safety codes. The ragtag band of volunteer staffers, who call themselves a “collective,” faced eviction in March, but have persuaded the school to save their beloved stronghold.

More @ Fox
Hey!  Income redistribution, man!
I want to go to the local university here, and open an unsanitary, unprofitable, collectivist health-food hole, and name it after another mass murderer! It’s certain to be a loss leader and on the government teat.  Maybe I can keep it going 34 years, too!
Let’s see – Stalin’s Vegan Steakburgers?  Mao’s Tongue (containing no animal products)?
I KNOW – Castro’s Playa Giron!  Pork BBQ!
We can reproduce The Stanford Prison Experiment in the back!
And if the staff goes on strike, we can just kill them.
I don’t know what is the most sad – that they exist at all, or that ‘educated’ college folk (and the gov’t) have supported them for 34 years!!
h/t Brock Townsend

WARMONGER! (Joke)

Tomi  (known to long-time blog readers here) recently posted her response to the Paris terrorist attacks on her blog.

To be fair, I was a bit surprised.  After all, she is an admitted social democrat, who tends to lean left in her views on many things.

Here is her post, in full:

It’s time to stop making Terrorism about Islam, and make it War between States

I have often felt like a voice crying in the wilderness, since September 11, 2001.  I keep insisting that the “War on Terror” is a sham.  You can’t wage “war” on religious fanatics who wear suicide bomb vests and shoot people at restaurants.  Terrorism is a series of criminal acts done by those that have nothing to lose in this life, and everything to gain in the hereafter.

After nearly fifteen years of listening to this ridiculousness, and watching the US commit its worst crimes since the Native American genocide, I am ready to throw in the towel….kind of.

If we’re going to fight a “war” let’s make it a real one:  State to State.

We KNOW where these terrorists get their money from:  Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, and the United Arab Emirates.  They are, and always have been, the funders of Al-Qaeda, ISIS (ISIL, the IS, or whatever you want to call it) and all of their offshoots.

I am not saying anything we all already don’t know.

It is long past time to keep pretending these States are our allies.  They are not and never have been.

Seize their financial assets.  All of them.  Tell them they will get their money back if and when all of their sponsored terrorism ceases.

It is time to stop all this double-dealing.  They are not our friends or allies.  They are our enemies, by any reasonable definition of the word.

These proxy wars have got to stop.  If we’re going to expend blood and treasure, let’s at least do it honestly.

Of course, no one wants war (except, perhaps war profiteers and fanatics).  But I understand her argument.  The fact we both fight and simultaneously support so many of these nations smacks of that military-industrial complex President Eisenhower warned us about!

Let us not remain mired in brush-fire wars that have been plaguing us since Vietnam.

As Todd Beamer said on Flight 93, “Let’s roll!”

A Journey Through Fallen Golden Arches

mcdMcDonald’s was never on my radar as a child.  We, as a family, rarely did ‘fast food’, and when we did, it was something like Kentucky Fried Chicken (before they stopped calling it fried, as hawked by the REAL Kentucky Colonel!) or Gibby’s Broasted Chicken.  I do remember a visit to Dogs N’ Suds, once.

My Dad was one of those guys, who if they had a poor commercial experience with a vendor, never gave them a second chance.  He used to often regale us with the tale of visiting McDonald’s Sunstroke Room (because they didn’t have covered, exterior parking in the Phoenix Summers), and ordering a chocolate shake-thin, because he preferred to drink them through a straw rather than eat them with a spoon.  He didn’t understand that they had recently begun utilizing an early milk shake machine in lieu of the Mixmaster, making shakes one thickness. Thick.  That forever ruined McD’s for him.  And colored his later fast-food decisions.

So we got to hear the sunstroke room tale every time their TV commercial appeared.  And we never went there.

The first time I visited McDonald’s, I was a college freshman, trying desperately trying to impress fellow freshman Marta B. (a lovely Scandinavian brunette) to go make out with me study for finals.  During an abortive effort to get alone, she asked we drive through.  I was unimpressed, mostly because I was a horny freshman, but also because the generic cheeseburger had ketchup, mustard and a pickle chip – of which I was not fond.

It was five years later, when my Dad (who by then knew the franchisee of the dreaded sunstroke room location – the first McDonald’s in Phoenix – then located a little South of the SW corner of Central and Indian School Rd.) got me a job there when I was between ‘better’ jobs.

I worked there almost two weeks.  I learned how to prepare their signature sandwiches, fries and shakes, including making them to my tastes.  And, that, when when one wasn’t serving a customer or cooking, one was cleaning!  That impressed me.

Then, I moved on to another, more familiar, security guard-related job.  The McDonald’s moved a little further South, and across the street.  No more neon arches.  Or sunstrokes.  They now had an indoors.

By then I was hooked.  After all, I knew how to order my favorite burgers, now.  And they had terrific fries.

Life continued.  I grew up, got married, became a father.  And sometimes took Molly to The Golden Arches.  My (then) wife was never a fan, preferring Jack-In-The-Box.  (Whom I also like.)

And, somewhere down the line, I got separated and divorced.  And McDonald’s began serving breakfast! 

I found I liked the sausage biscuits.  And hash browns!  Breakfast service ending promptly at 10:30 A.M.

Recently, McD’s has begun losing it’s market share.  And they’ve made a number of changes to their menu since I was trying to kiss Marta.  All in the name of getting back on top of the fast food pyramid.

Finally, they announced October 6 that they would loosen their no breakfast after 10:30 policy and begin serving breakfast ALL DAY!  As many of their competitors have already done.

I was thrilled!  I needed to run to Safeway yesterday morning, and needed to eat something.  A McDonald’s is conveniently just across the street.  What time is it? – OH, THAT’S RIGHT – All Day Breakfast!

Alas!  It was false advertising.  The do have some items from the breakfast menu all day – but NOT the sausage biscuits!

Fooled again by The Golden Arches.

And no Scandinavian beauty to kiss, either!

attention FTC – neither KFC, Gibby’s or Mickey D’s have given me anything.  Nor did Marta, and I’m frustrated – GO AWAY!

 

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