Thursday, December 11, 2008

Assorted Asides

The story out of Chicago is that the FBI arrested Rod Blagojevich just in time. He was sitting at his computer in the process of listing the open U.S. Senate seat on Ebay when the FBI arrived.

Blagojevich may have been arrested, but as the governor he still has the power to name Obama's replacement in the Senate. Is this a great country or what??

Here's a name that will haunt Obama through his White House years, Tony Rezko. He was a prominent supporter of both Obama and Blagojevich. Rezko put the crook into Crook County politics.

A few weeks ago Obama's spokesman said that Obama had spoken to Blagojevich about his replacement. Now he says that he misspoke, Obama had not spoken to Blagojevich. I guess that's change you can believe in?

December 10 was supposed to be "Day without a gay". Gays were supposed to call in "gay" and not go to work. As there were no mass closings of beauty shops and florists, I assume that it was a failure.

Economists have predicted that the economy will continue to get worse. These are the same guys who predicted that oil was going to rise to $200 a barrel by December. Wait!! That's today, is oil at $200??

Lesbian leftist writer Camille Paglia has asked the question that all America has wondered about, "What do the Clintons have on Obama?"

As Al Gore and his mindless minions prattle on about global warming, Houston had the earliest snowfall in 113 years yesterday. My wife's mother called her this morning to tell her that it was snowing at her home near Baton Rouge. They had about an inch and a half on the ground with snow still falling. It's about time to face the facts. The facts simply do not support global warming. Al Gore needs to find another way to make a living.

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Tuesday Taunts

It has been a busy day for "The One" as the governor of his state and fellow Democrat was arrested by federal agents for trying to sell Obama's Senate seat. Only fools and Democrats are surprised to hear of corruption in Illinois politics. Chicago is the land of the voting dead, ask anyone who has run against the incumbents there. I am sure that there is absolutely no connection between between the governor and Obama. I am also sure that I ran into Elvis at Krispy Kreme last night.

Barack is evidently a contraction or shorthand for Backtrack. Since his election, Obama has been backtracking at the speed of sound. By Christmas, he will have denied everything that he said during his three year campaign.

Obama has become so much like Clinton that he has a new nickname among insiders. This was revealed during a recent press conference when a reporter yelled, "Hey Bubba!" Obama turned and asked, "What's your question?"

Reports that Monica Lewinsky was seen at the Los Angeles airport buying a ticket to Washington, D.C. remain unconfirmed.

With only six weeks until his inauguration, Obama has kicked off his 2012 re-election campaign. The mulatto Moses has started telling his followers that the new world will not begin January 20. They will need to wander the desert for four years or so. He is now telling his disciples that it is going to take a long time to change everything that he has promised to change. He can't do it all in four years. Hell, he couldn't do everything that he promised if you gave him four hundred years.

Among the most disturbing rumors is that Caroline Kennedy may be appointed to replace Hillary Clinton in the US Senate. Apparently the qualifications for a US Senate seat representing New York have been downgraded to just having a pulse and a pussy. The other New York Senator, Charlie Schumer, should be able to keep his seat by getting a good pacemaker installed.

"Change you can believe in" The only change that we are sure to have will be the coins in your pocket that will be the remains of your paycheck.

I keep hearing people who tell me how much the Europeans like Obama. Maybe he should run for something over there.

Thursday, December 04, 2008

The End of an Era??

I moved to Greensboro in 1983 as a manager for Casa Gallardo Mexican Restaurant. It was a year or so later when I needed a piece of equipment that our corporate supply department did not have. One of our customers suggested that I go to Allstate Restaurant Equipment to get it. I went to Allstate, met Irv Cohen, found what I needed, and have been going there ever since. Over the last twenty something years I have done business with a bunch of great people at Allstate. Cheryl, Brenda, Lois, Rick, Ronnie, Tommy, Chris, Craig, Joe B. and a bunch of other folks have all treated me nicely, and according to my wife, that's not always easy to do.

Irv Cohen is the king of restaurant equipment in Greensboro. More than that, he is the undisputed king of used restaurant equipment in the Triad. If you need anything in restaurant equipment, Irv probably has it.

Irv does have a serious personal flaw. His flaw being that he's a liberal Democrat. Of course, Obama may change that for him. If he didn't get a new car regularly, he would probably still have that damn Kerry-Edwards bumper sticker on his car. Irv is one of the very few Democrats that I will admit to knowing. I guess that no one is perfect!!

Irv is addicted to buying and selling. As I suffer from the same affliction, though on a much lesser scale, I understand it completely. Irv has several buildings filled with used restaurant equipment. Irv sorts his stuff about like I do. I put my stuff into piles based on which century of my life that I purchased it. Yes, it's a pretty big pile.

I have always enjoyed going to Allstate and looking through the warehouse for something. There is very little rhyme or reason to the manner in which things are stored. But, Irv almost always knows where something is. He also knows what he paid for it and what you are going to pay. It's always been fun just looking through all the stuff just to see what's there. There are some great items and then there is some shit that's going to end up as ballast on a ship going to China. I think that the proper term would be "eclectic collection".

A couple of weeks ago, I was at Allstate, picking up a few things for the restaurant, when I saw a sign about an "Upstairs showroom". I asked Brenda if it was a joke. She assured me that they had actually cleaned and organized the warehouse. I walked out there and was stunned. Equipment placed in rows, items sorted, walkways between the rows, I couldn't believe it!! It was clean and neat. I asked Irv about it and he told me that he was not in complete agreement with what had happened.

It was a huge culture shock for me! Walkways are for wusses, real men want to climb over things and dodge obstacles to find their objective. Walkways and rows take all of the challenges out of it. Hell, you may as well order from a catalog or go online as walk down a neat row. There's no excitement there.

I guess that retirement is getting closer for Irv. The business will soon be run by people who sort and organize. They will still have a huge selection but the thrill of finding something in the messy piles will be gone. The reality is that there are probably only of few of us left who enjoy that experience anyway. This must be what the dinosaurs felt like near the end.

Irv, it was hell of a run while it lasted!