John F. Kennedy famously said, "Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future."
That concept, of course, is lost on the petulant children that currently hold seats in many of our State Legislatures and our Federal Government.
Case in point: the Destination Marketing Organization that promotes Chicago to the world has been forced to layoff a quarter of its staff and shutter its international offices in Canada and Mexico because the Governor and the Legislature are having way too much fun pissing on each other than managing the State's business. And, the State's business should be about increasing non-resident tax revenues to combat their budget crisis.
Yeah...and that's what Choose Chicago does. It generates non-resident tax revenue for the State.
Crippling that effort is about as asinine a concept as I've ever heard. But, the children in the legislature are pretty sure voters don't understand what's happening...and they are busy fiddling while Chicago and the State burns.
It is so time for an independent movement to wrest control of the House and Senate seats.
While I'll admit this was a pretty mild summer as far as major storms go in the U.S., you gotta hand it to Delta for going 100 days without a single cancellation. And, while it won't make us rethink our policy of going into a destination the day before we're scheduled...it's quite an accomplishment.
Even more impressive is that, through late September, only .6% of flights had been cancelled...and 796,636 flights arrived at their destinations.
Here's to the next 100 days of perfection as the snow begins to fly.
Those Boomers among us remember that Summer Vacation was akin to a God-given right. One week was mandatory. Two weeks if you could pull it off.
Today...not so much. A recent study by the U.S. Travel Association revealed that Americans leave 429 million vacation days on the table. But, numbers that big are hard to get your head around. So, these numbers from a Skift survey are easier (and more distressing):
Only 16% of Americans took more than a weekend getaway this summer. 31% said they couldn't afford a vacation (so much for the Recession being over). Another 30% said they were too busy.
I remember playing the very first Montrose record on my very first radio station, WKCO (the campus station at Kenyon College). And, we played all the tracks, babies (well, maybe not "Space Station #5"...but all the others).
The sound was, at once, luminous and heavy...the perfect combo of treble and bass. It was so "shiny" (yet powerful) that we used a number of the song intros in station promos.
Ronnie Montrose was the guitar behind Edgar Winter's "Keep Playin' that Rock n Roll" and "Frankenstein" (replaced by Rick Derringer when Ronnie elected to form Montrose) and probably one of the primary influences of a young band of musicians at the time called Van Halen. Indeed, his distinctive sound has been referred to as having a "high-energy intensity and a metallic crunch."
The singer on that first record was an unknown named Sam Hagar...who would go on to become one of the most successful and distinctive vocalists/songwriters of the rock era. He recently blogged that "Bad Motor Scooter" and "Make it Last" were the first two songs he ever wrote...and that making that album with Ronnie was the start of what has become a blessed life.
On this Music Friday, we're going with "Rock Candy" from the first Montrose LP...performed a few years ago at a memorial concert for Ronnie.
A driver in the 1950 Monaco Grand Prix avoided a potentially fatal crash when he noticed that the crowd wasn't watching him power into a turn but, instead, were looking further up the track. Juan Manuel Fangio's senses caused him to brake going into the next turn, saving his life.
While we should never allow others to dictate our path...are you cognizant of what the consumer is seeing as you make your move?
By now, you've no doubt filled up your ride at a gas pump with a video monitor pushing Headline News, Fallon bits and ads. According to Gas Station TV CEO David Leider, they're installed at 3,000 gas stations in 45 States.
And, I have no doubt that some impulse buys have occurred with this new medium.
But, it is the salesman in Leider that uncorked this whopper in a recent interview with eMarketer: “At a gas station, we’ve got someone tied to a screen with an 8-foot rubber hose for 5 minutes.”
I don't know where he fills up...but, if it took me five minutes to fill up my tank, you can bet I'd be looking for another gas station.
The term comes from Millennials' misguided belief that bands of that era hung out "on our boats in the ’70s drinking Chardonnay, playing our guitars and sailing past Malibu,” according to Player's Peter Beckett. “I never owned a sailboat in my life.”
Now, they show up to concerts with Captain's hats, not unlike the fans of Jimmy Buffet attending concerts with Parrot hats.
Misguided or not, it's just another example of the reality that some of the best music in history was written and produced in the 70s and 80s. And, it is standing the test of time.
Whenever government or special interest groups get involved, it tends to be a ham handed response to an issue that usually could have been addressed through common sense. And, yesterday, three examples surfaced in the Wall Street Journal.