The famous tag line , “I’m a Pepper” was used by Dr. Pepper for many yeast as its advertising theme and slogan. And while I love Dr. Pepper (my favorite soft drink), it is not the only pepper that I love.
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Posted in agriculture, Communications, consumerism, Diversity, Food, health, history, Nature, seasons, Television, tagged bell peppers, Dr. Pepper, food, pepper, pepperoni on July 25, 2012 | Leave a Comment »
Came across this over the weekend. Sort of speaks for itself.
- Random yapping would replace chatting or talking.
- “Aye chihuahua” would replace “hello, “hi,”" or “hola” as the official greeting.
- Snorting and sniffling would become socially acceptable – who needs tissues?
- Chihuahua, Mexico would be decreed as world capital.
- Taco Bell would use a chihuahua in all their commercials – oh wait, they already did that.
- Then..Taco Bell would be the world’s only official food provider.
- There would no longer be an energy shortage once we figure out how to bottle their perpetual motion.
- Both sock and toy tug-o-war would become an Olympic events and would be required in all physical education classes.
- Large dogs must bow and/or curtsy to all chihauhuas, while small dogs must salute. Disobedience will not be tolerated!
- Cinco de Mayo would be a worldwide holiday.
- All immigrants would be treated with respect (a welcome change).
- No item of furniture worth sitting and sleeping on would be allowed to be taller than the jumping ability of a chihuahua.
- Winter would be outlawed.
- Hairless would become a status symbol.
- Bulging eyes are decreed a sign of elegance, beauty, and genius.
- Montezuma’s revengewill be inflicted on all naysayer’s and nonconformist’s without mercy.
Posted in art, Books, Cars, Communications, consumerism, Economics, Economy, Entertainment, Food, history, humanity, Land use, movies, Music, pictures, politics, product design, reading, Technology, tagged arts, entertainment, history, marketing, music, products, TV on June 24, 2012 | Leave a Comment »
Here’s my initial list of things that will largely disappear in the next decade. Sure, you can still find buggy whips in certain places, but they don’t permeate the market like they did 100 years ago.
- Wristwatches – who needs them when everyone carries a cell phone?
- Alarm clocks – ditto
- Video rental stores – Can you say, “bye-bye Blockbuster?”
- Film – remember Fotomat’s? Forget largely any kind of film for photography and the equipment that goes with it.
- CDs – the music and data storage disks, not the investment option. Not sure if I am thrilled about his one. Seems like every time I get all my crap transferred onto a new storage medium it goes out of date. Everything’s going digital or to the cloud, wherever the heck that is?
- Chain bookstores – personally, I am sad about this one. Love wandering through a good bookstore. Used and niche bookstores will remain, but the chains are being replaced by electronic options.
- College bookstores – same reason, but I won’t miss the price ripoffs, especially on returns.
- Daily newspapers - neighborhood-oriented and specialty ones may remain, as well as national publications like the New York Times, but most small to mid-sized cities will have none.
- SUVs – the sooner the better for these gas hogs.
- Schedule planners and non-photographic calendars – who needs them in our electronic world?
- Dial-up internet – sorry AOL hanger’s on, time to join the 21st century.
- Phone books – despite how many they pile up at your doorstep.
- Land lines for homes. Haven’t had one for a year myself. Still may be necessary for work.
- Keys – with electronic door locks, keys may all but disappear for many uses. This prediction will not be true for Florida where they have many lovely keys dotting its coastline. : )
- Key chains – ditto.
Posted in architecture, art, Cities, consumerism, Economy, Entertainment, Europe, Food, fun, history, Land use, pictures, Travel, U.K., tagged Beatles, cafes, coffee shops, Edinburgh, harry potter, London, UK on June 23, 2012 | Leave a Comment »
For fun, here are photos of two coffee shops/cafes in the United Kingdom that have a certain amount of celebrity status associated with them. The first is the Beatles Coffee Shop in London. If you take the excellent and interesting two-hour Beatles Walking Tour, this is where your trip concludes.
The second is the Elephant House Tea and Coffee Shop in Edinburgh, Scotland where J.K. Rowling wrote Harry Potter. It has excellent food and an outstanding view of the Edinburgh Castle. Be sure to see the table where Ms. Rowling sat and wrote the books as she looked out over this lovely city. Definitely worth a stop to visit.
Posted in Communications, consumerism, Diversity, Economics, Education, Environment, fitness, Food, health, Health care, humanity, politics, Poverty, product design, Science, tagged food, humanity, obesity, population on June 22, 2012 | Leave a Comment »
According to a recent article in Live Science which was summarized in the National Center for Bicycling and Walking’s online publication, Centerlines, humanity is 17 million tons overweight. That is the equivalent to 34,000,000,000 pounds or another 242 million people!
Sadly, but not surprisingly, the United States is the most overweight nation on the planet. With all our fast food, fried food, super-sized sodas, lack of exercise, and over all couch-potato attitudes, we deserve to be at the top of the heap. The research shows that while North America accounts for just six percent of the world’s population, but 34 percent of its human body mass due to obesity. that is a very sorry statistic.
Here are the lists of the top ten heaviest and lightest nations on the planet. It is noteworthy that half of the top 10 heaviest nation are located in the Middle East, while all ten of the lightest nations are from Asia or Africa. It should also be pointed out that for several of the nations included on the lightest 10 list, the opposite problem from obesity is occurring - instead of too much food (or calories) being consumed, they have too little, which is leading to risks associated with starvation.
- United States
- United Arab Emirates
- Trinidad and Tobago
- North Korea
- Democratic Republic of the Congo
- Sri Lanka
So, I started buying English muffins once more, because I could purchase a six-pack of Kroger brand ones for a dollar each pack. That stayed true until about 45 days ago when the price increased to $1.25 per six pack.
If that increase wasn’t bad enough, imagine the shock when I went to the local Kroger this week and discovered the price was now $1.59 for a package of six. WTF? A 59% increase in the price of English muffins in a 45 day period! I don’t recall hearing about a wheat shortages, hoarding of English muffins, or rampant food inflation.
I could have lived the initial price jump, but now I am not buying English muffins…at least not from Kroger. Just another product I will now buy at Meijer’s or not at all.
Posted in Biking, Cities, consumerism, Economics, Environment, fitness, Food, health, Land use, Trade, Transportation, tagged bicycling, exercise, fitness, health, smoking on May 13, 2012 | 3 Comments »
For the past couple of years, I have been attempting to get the local Kohl’s department store to install a few bicycle racks for customers and employees who prefer active transportation. To date I have been unsuccessful. However, in the ultimate irony, the store installed two cigarette disposal containers instead. Is that really their intent – to tacitly support an unhealthy habit instead of promoting fitness, exercise, and good health? I doubt it, but their actions speak differently.
Sadly, Kohl’s is not alone. One can walk into numerous area businesses and see the same unfortunate priority. Even three national retailers who sell bicycles here, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Wal-Mart, and Toys R Us, do not even have bicycle parking at their stores. That is plain ridiculous. It seems counterintuitive to long-term customer health and their own long-term business prosperity.
It is long past time that our society places greater emphasis on good health, fitness, and exercise and stops giving even tacit support to unhealthy habits that cost all of us dearly. Please note, these thoughts are coming from a former cigarette smoker – me. For businesses, promoting healthy activities reduces their insurance costs, sick time, and employee absence. Those benefits themselves strongly outweigh the costs of installing a simple bicycle rack or two. The sooner our society starts to get its collective priorities in order, the sooner our nation’s general health and welfare will begin to improve.
Posted in art, Canada, consumerism, Diversity, Entertainment, Europe, Food, fun, product design, States, Travel, U.K., tagged beer, breweries, brewing, brewpubs, brews, drinks, fun, lager, pale ale, pilsner, red ales, wheat on March 31, 2012 | 6 Comments »
- Duvel - (Belgium)
- Penn Pilsner – Penn Brewery (Pittsburgh, PA)
- Celis White – Michigan Brewing (Greater Lansing-Webberville, MI)
- Oberon Ale – Bell’s Brewery (Kalamazoo-Galesburg, MI)
- Highway 22 Wheat – Marzoni’s Brick Oven & Brewing (Altoona-Duncansville, PA)
- Winter White – Bell’s Brewery (Kalamazoo-Galesburg, MI)
- Sunset Wheat – Leikenkugel’s Brewery (Chippewa Falls, WI
Posted in charities, Cities, civics, consumerism, Economy, Food, health, Homelessness, humanity, Love, Poverty, volunteerism, tagged food, food banks, Poverty, volunteerism on February 18, 2012 | 3 Comments »
It was 4:15 p.m. yesterday afternoon. Snowflakes were drifting down and there was already a line of 50 people waiting outside the North Lansing Police Precinct gymnasium in the February cold for food. Some of them had already been there more than an hour and the distribution was not set to start for another 90 minutes or so. On this Friday night, we were not celebrating the bright lights of the gridiron, but instead trying to fulfill the basic needs of the less fortunate.
I had the distinct honor of unloading and distributing food items from the Greater Lansing Food Bank (link to annual report) to some of our neediest fellow citizens through their Food Movers program. For four hours, nine of us from my Unitarian Universalist Church covenant group unloaded trucks, set up tables, distributed food, and helped carry the selected items to the customer’s cars. We were among 25+/- volunteers, of all ages, assisting with a number of tasks from registration, to sorting, to distribution. The experience was both uplifting and quite sobering.
Last month, 73 recipients lined up for food on the third Friday evening of January amidst a snowstorm. Last night, more than 120 were lining the walls of the gymnasium to obtain their permitted allotment of food for the month. At least 120 kind, hardy, and proud souls, each with their own story of why they were there. Foodstuffs were plentiful, but it would not be enough to supply everyone equally. Sorely lacking, were fresh fruits and vegetables. Meanwhile there was enough bread to open a chain of bakeries and more sweets and soft drinks than a nutritionist would likely recommend.
The first recipients whom I assisted were two neighbors who had arrived outside in line at 3:30 p.m. (distributions began at 6:00 pm). They were about fifth in line. A very sweet pair who enjoyed each other’s friendship and company. They were an absolute delight.
The third person I assisted stood in line for over two hours only to be told at the registration station that she did not qualify for receiving food because she had not registered at least 24 hours in advance. Needless to say, she was unhappy but resigned to the fact that she would have to wait until the March distribution.
If I were to have just one suggestion for improving this program, it would be to never, ever let someone leave empty-handed. Have individual bags of basic necessities held off to the side for such situations. Even though it was not my decision, I still felt heartsick, particularly since she had recently lost her home and had been living in a homeless shelter.
The fourth person I assisted was a very kind and proud older man with a big Russian-style winter hat on his head. He reminded me of the quintessential Norman Rockwell image of a caring and loving grandfather. Quiet, reserved, and resolute, he carefully chose each item for placement in his bags and baskets. He too had a arrived with a neighbor – a young man with special needs.
Next was an older woman and her daughter. As I carried her basket she daintily gathered up the specific items she wanted. While you had the choice of numerous breads, she only took as many as she needed, leaving the balance of her allowed allotment for others with large families, who might need it more.
Lastly, I assisted a tall gentleman who had brought a plastic laundry basket to carry his food items. As he gathered up his goods, particularly canned vegetables and soups, the basket became so heavy that it took both of us to carry it out to his car in the parking lot.
All the people I assisted throughout the evening were grateful for the food, were extremely pleasant and enjoyable to talk with, and were thankful for our assistance and for the bounty of food that had been donated. Those of us who weekly cruise in and out of out neighborhood grocery store with carts full of goodies would do well to be more thankful for and cognizant of our bountiful blessings too.
I would highly recommend anyone with the time to consider volunteering to help distribute food for your local food bank. You will never take grocery shopping, and the bounty that is available to you, for granted ever again.