Things I Know

  • Right after you pass through the TSA security screening area at Mitchell Airport in Milwaukee Wisconsin, there’s a place to put your shoes back on, and generally get yourself back together.  They call it the “Recombobulation Area.”

  • In Home Depot, last time I was there, they had a tool for sale that’s designed to open plastic packages, several kinds of plastic packages.  It cost $9.97.  And it says all over the tool’s package that it’s advertised on TV, so you know it must be good, right?  One of the things this tool is designed to open is the dreaded blister pack.  But it comes in a blister pack!

  • I bought something recently over the Internet.  It came in two blister packs, one inside the other.  I guess that’s to keep the product from being broken, or utilized.

  • You don’t have to be hungry to eat pie!

  • It’s not the gift:  it’s the thought that counts.  My grandmother told me that when I was a little kid and when I was a little kid she was nuts!  But now, if she were still alive, she’d be right.  I mean nobody likes me enough and has enough money to buy me anything I can’t afford to get for myself.  So only the thought counts.

  • “It’s not what you wear; it’s how you take it off that counts.”   Former radio personality Dick Summer said that in his blog the Sunday before Thanksgiving.  Smart man Dick Summer!

  • After the recent Congressional Hearings with the presidents of America’s automakers, I have new respect for Congressman Gary Ackerman as a comedian, and as a demagogue.  The lines about the tin cup and the jet-pooling were funny.  Yes, the private planes look bad.  But compared with the number of jobs at stake, it’s immaterial.  It’s thousandths of a percent of the money the car company presidents were asking for.  Also, Rick Wagoner, the head honcho at GM makes about $40,000 a day, including weekends!  If he’s worth the money, and I’m not arguing that anyone is, then the private plane is actually a productivity tool, believe it or not.  Do the math.

  • If you have a job giving advice, you’re often judged not on the quality of your advice, but by whether the people you give it to take the advice.  Everyone says the private jets were a disaster for the auto makers and that they ought to get new PR people.  Were the PR people even asked?  And if they were asked, did they say it would be fine?  If the PR people were asked, and did clear the private planes, then the auto makers do need new PR people.  Otherwise, maybe not.

  • My sister-in-law talks all the time.  This annoys me because I also talk all the time and she can’t possibly be listening to me if she’s talking too.

Author: Tom

I know my ABC's, I can write my name and I can count to a hundred.