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A visit to a Starbucks in a rich suburb in Mid-Ohio at about 2:30pm on a weekday was a total nightmare!

The four staff people were very upbeat and personable – even efficient. But the 50 high school and middle school students who ganged into the place because the town has no MacDonald’s were aliens from the Millennial Planet. They all had their communicators, though – expensive SmartPhones.

I like many Millennial people, even though a number of them seem to hate Generation Y, Baby Boomers, and any of The Greatest Generation left.

At this Starbucks in a posh neighborhood between the high school and a wonderfully well equipped, large public library, chaos reigned with shouting and screaming. In the middle of it, a teen boy rode a Razor scooter through the crowded dining area at moderate speed and no adult said a thing to him. Food and drinks were stolen from the display in front of the counter – no staff person said a thing, but saw it happen.

In a period of 20 minutes at the condiment bar, four teen boys poured out all of the half & half, whole milk, and skim milk into 12-oz cups set up for the water dispenser, added handfuls of Splenda packets, poured in all the vanilla and chocolate flavorings, and left with free drinks, all the napkins, and their six $600 iPhones.

Two of the thieving rich boys were Caucasian – they came back for refills, even asking the counter woman for more half & half – three African Americans, and one Hispanic. Adults were left with no milk products for their coffees, no napkins, and no respect. The African Americans spent at least $8 each, but does that entitle them to steal?

Is this Starbucks the equivalent to the VIP lounge at a luxury airline?

If we are going to pay workers $15.00/hour and charge megabucks for coffee drinks and food, then shouldn’t we expect a little peace and quiet along with some law and order in a restaurant?

Should tweens and teens really be given $200/week allowances and additional money every day for Starbucks?

What do you think, America? And how about our International friends – opinions?

The USA has many popular New Year’s Resolutions that most of the population makes year after year. Unfortunately, many of these resolutions are broken early on, during January.

The Top Three New Year’s Resolutions in the United States all involve controlling one’s weight and money. Both of sandwich-696417_960_720these elements have become big problems in American culture and they appear in broadcast news nearly every day.

Some of the other Top 14 have to do with eating and drinking as well!

Maybe this will be the new year in which America can solve some of the underlying problems that cause these scourges of obesity and poverty. Check out all 14 resolutions at:

New Year’s Resolutions – Fun Or Torture?

How will fast food as an industry handle the increase to a $15.00 per hour Federal Minimum Wage?

First off, many will simply close down. Others will limit their menus, offer additional or longer periods of Drive-Thru times and close the dining room early or go to All-Drive-Thru service. and some will raise menu prices too high.

McDonald’s has found that tactics that helped them absorb the 2009 Federal Minimum Wage Increase are not working now. Because of this, the company allegedly plans to eliminate part of its human crew members with robots – but, this is really still a rumor. Those few remaining humans would  be robotics technicians and that is a good thing, since that work requires more skills and a higher salary to go with them.

Will a Phoenix Arizona McDonald’s go all-robot soon? Probably not, but it’s fun to think about. After all, sci-fi author Arthur C. Clarke was the first to think up communications satellites (ComSats) and we have them all over the near-Earth cosmos now!

Happy 4th of July, Independence Day for America!

Here are a number of places to visit to discover more about how you can enjoy the Fourth of July with fun facts, obscure details, related places to see, food, festivals, and a lot more:

Good news these days is that Longaberger Baskets moved all their outsourced jobs from China back to Ohio. However, that does not tell us the history of the Easter Basket —

The basket was originated in Poland, and perhaps some other Eastern European nations nearby. As with the hand painted eggs seen around Eastern Europe, Russian, Ukraine, and Belarus, several iterations of the basket may exist. However, the Polish basket is well known.

On Easter Saturday, food that would be prepared for the meals on Easter Saturday and Sunday were placed into a basket – sometimes a basket made of bread – and taken to church by the children in the families. There, teh food was blessed for the holiday meals. It is a charming custom.

For some good Polish Recipes for Spring and Easter, see:

Authentic Polish Easter Recipes – Origin of the Easter Basket

Underground warehouses take up the space of abandoned limestone mines in Indiana, Illinois, Missouri in the Midwest and Pennsylvania, New York, and Kentucky.

This warehousing below ground saves American businesses a lot of money every year and creates more jobs for truck drivers. In fact, those trucking jobs are increasing as fast as IT engineer & manager jobs and as fast as healthcare openings.

Mining operations can operate directly beside underground warehouses without encroaching on them, even their noise levels being contained by thick stone walls.

Look for businesses to increasingly move underground, because of drastically reduced energy costs and increasing spaces available.

Conspiracy Theory

Springfield Underground in Missouri is rumored to be an end-of-the-world survivalist bunker. It surely contains a lot of packaged and frozen food! Even food manufacturing happens in those limestone caves.

The Underground doubled in size around the time President Barack Obama took office: 2009 and thereafter. Currently, rumors circulate that the tunnels of the  subterranean warehouse site connect to a mega-mansion  in Missouri that may be planning for survivalist and governmental use after a nuclear holocaust.

Look at what’s happening under our feet at:

The Springfield Underground – Missouri’s Businesses Housed In Caves.

Some people enjoy bargain shopping and discount coupons. It’s fun!

Others like to save money they can use for other necessities, luxuries, and emergencies. That’s a good reason to bargain shop in the 2010’s – especially with national economic worries.

Still other people bargain shop because they cannot afford retail prices in grocery, clothing, restaurants, and other retail places – especailly upscale establishments.

I think all bargain shoppers can enjoy bargain hunting, even those that MUST save money to make ends meet. It should not be a mark of poverty.

Let’s acknowledge that our country produces and imports some cheaply made goods at both low and high prices. Avoid  both types. 

If consumers can resist Madison Avenue and media advertisements that urge and even trick them into spending money best used elsewhere, then they have a victory. Look a the article below for links to regional bargains and tips for finding even more in your own town.

via Shopping for Bargains without a Paupers Mentality.

Off the Beaten Path – Alternative and Different  December Holidays

photo-montage-488177_640Whether you are looking for some refreshing alternatives to Commercial Christmas and hectic winter holidays, or just need a different sort of weekend getaway, try celebrating one of these holidays or events – or hold a themed party.

For instance, you can visit Mount Rumpke at the Rumpke Sanitary Landfill near Cincinnati, and view 30,000 lights and a gathering of 25-foot candy canes all month in December.

  • The Rumpke folks power motor vehicles commercially with the methane created by the landfill.  They are sustainable in American Made business as well as fun.

Or, you might want to visit Boogie in the Bungalow in Pennsylvania.

Or visit the oldest gorilla in captivity on her birthday – Colo seems to be in charge of the zoo.

America has a lot to do in December — Take a look at the link above.

Increasing numbers of free magazines, newsletters and eBooks are becoming available online as more people learn how to create them.

While some of these offerings are strictly sales literature, others are informative, entertaining, and fun to have. Even employment news and trade or business journals are available online these days.

via The Best FREE Hot Magazine Subscriptions

A strange name can saddle a child for life with the inability to succeed. This may be a reason behind Odd’s feeling that he is really not very important as a short-order cook. He may work at the Pico Mundo Grille all his life and since he is only 20, that’s another 50 or 60 years.

Will he save money and buy the grille or will h find something else to do? After all, he has special powers – like may people in the new Spring TV Lineup of 2014. For some reason, new movies and  TV series this spring show trending toward the supernatural. They star people with clairvoyance, psychokinesis, healing, and other powers on television and a dozen religious movies are set to appear in close succession.

And we still have the unique show The Blacklist, which must be supernatural, because so many people say they love it, even if they cannot figure it out.

As for names – Many of my former adult education students with unusual names have felt the inadequacies that Odd feels in Book One and his movie; but,  so have some people with popular names and high IQs.He can represent all of us at some crossroads in life.

Odd may be more usual than we suspected.

via Odd Thomas, the Book and Film.

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