Miscellaneous

Seth’s Blog: Consumer debt is not your friend

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“Debt seems like fun for a long time, until it’s not. And everyone does it. We’ve been sold very hard on acquisition = happiness, and consumer debt is the engine that permits this. Until it doesn’t.”

“It’s simple: when the utility of what you want (however you measure it) is less than the cost of the debt, don’t buy it.”

Read Mr. Godin’s blog post–I can’t say it better than he can.

Seth’s Blog: Consumer debt is not your friend.

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A Poem Regarding Computer Spell Checkers

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Eye halve a spelling chequer
It came with my pea sea
It plainly marques four my revue
Miss steaks eye kin knot sea.
Eye strike a key and type a word
And weight four it two say
Weather eye am wrong oar write
It shows me strait a weigh.
As soon as a mist ache is maid
It nose bee fore two long
And eye can put the error rite
Its rare lea ever wrong.
Eye have run this poem threw it
I am shore your pleased two no
Its letter perfect awl the weigh
My chequer tolled me sew.

Barbecue Restaurants

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Ohio

The Good

The Bad

The Unknown

  • Montgomery Inn (Cincinnati) (recommended by Josh Winn)
  • Bubbas (W of Cleveland) (recommended by Josh Winn)
  • City Barbecue (Columbus) (recommended by Josh Winn)
    • More of a “lunch” place

National

  • *Famous Dave’s (national) (recommended by Dave Brown)

 

Bread Twist-Tie Colors

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When you go to buy bread in the grocery store, have you ever wondered which is the freshest, so you “squeeze” for freshness or softness? Did you know that bread is delivered fresh to the stores five days a week? Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Each day has a different color twist tie. They are:

  • Monday = Blue
  • Tuesday = Green
  • Thursday = Red
  • Friday = White
  • Saturday = Yellow

So if today was Thursday, you would want red twist tie; not white which is Fridays (almost a week old)! The colors go alphabetically by color Blue- Green – Red – White – Yellow, Monday through Saturday. Very easy to remember. I thought this was interesting.

I looked in the grocery store and the bread wrappers DO have different twist ties, and even the ones with the plastic clips have different colors. You learn something new everyday! Enjoy fresh bread when you buy bread with the right color on the day you are shopping.

Top 10 Worst Movies

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I have seen many movies, but few have earned the honor of making this list. These are the worst movies I have seen, and why I think them to be so.

  1. Open Water
    1. This is the largest cinematic turd. The filming is awful (like a very poorly filmed family vacation movie). The plot is lousy, and the ending is a huge disappointment.
  2. Crank
    1. This movie has no action scenes, which probably would have kept it from making this list. The plot was extremely weak, and the ending was not expected, and a disappointment.
  3. Dude, Where’s My Car?
    1. This should have been called, “Dude, Where’s the Plot?” I actually felt dumber after having watched this movie. My biggest regret is that I talked two of my close friends into watching this film (sorry Eric & Brent!).
  4. Feast of Love
    1. This is the worst comedy of all time (FYI: this movie is not classified as a comedy). It’s an OK movie, but has way too much nudity. After expecting a comedy, I was extremely disappointed by this movie.

Twelve Days of Christmas

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Received via e-mail:

There is one Christmas carol that has always baffled me. What in th world do leaping lords, French hens, Swimming swans, and especially the partridge who won’t come ot of the pear tree have to do with Christmas?

Today, I found out.

From 1558 until 1829, Roman Catholics in England were not permitted to practice their faith openly. Someone during that era wrote this carol as a catechism song for young Catholics. It has two levels of meaning: the surface meaning, plus a hidden meaning known only to members of their church. Each element in the carol has a code word for a religious reality which the children could remember.

  • The partridge in a pear tree is Jesus Christ
  • Two turtle doves are the Old and New Testaments
  • Three French hens stand for faith, hope, and love
  • The four calling birds are the four gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John
  • The five golden rings recall the Torah, or Law: the first five books of the Old Testament
  • The six geese a-laying stand for the six days of creation
  • Seven swans a swimming represent the sevenfold gifts of the Holy Spirit: prophesy, serving, preaching, exhortation, contribution, leadership, and mercy
  • The eight maids a-milking are the eight beatitudes
  • Nine ladies dancing are the fruits of the Holy Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control
  • The ten lords a-leaping are the ten commandments
  • The eleven pipers piping stand for the eleven faithful disciples
  • The twelve drummers drumming symbolize the twelve points of belief in the Apostles’ Creed

So there is the history lesson for today. This knowledge was shared with me and I found it interesting and enlightening and now I know how that strange song became a Christmas carol.