Terri and I were on a Destination Assessment assignment a couple years ago when we stumbled upon a Farmer's Market. I was instantly drawn to one vendor that was offering his best produce...along side his "worst" (click on image to enlarge).
I asked him which sold out first. He laughed and said, "the ugly ones."
Indeed, over a fourth of all produce in this country is thrown out because it's deemed not "pretty" enough for a grocery store or restaurant to purchase. That's billions of pounds of food waste and billions of dollars lost.
But a new initiative at Hy-Vee grocery stores is hoping to reverse that trend. Called "Misfits," Hy-Vee is taking a page from the playbook of our Farmer's Market friend and offering "ugly" fruit and veggies at 30% off.
But, since we're there...what's next for Fox? Lefsetz recently supplied his typically on-point analysis of anchors that jump and whether Megyn will survive at NBC without the Fox cocoon. And, then suggested that, as television becomes more and more irrelevant, it will be the truth that will become the currency of the future.
Didn't overwhelming consumer outrage shoot this concept down a couple years ago? So where is the drum beat to allow airline passengers to make calls during flight coming from?
The Department of Transportation is accepting public comment on its new recommendation that in-flight calls made through the plane's Wi-Fi be allowed. What's new this time around is that permitting self-absorbed assholes to call all of their friends from the air would only be allowed if airlines tell all customers about the policy when they buy their tickets. That way, customers could make other travel arrangements if they feared sitting next to passengers that would be chatting for hours on their phones.
Other travel arrangements...like what? For many of us, flight is the only option. If it wasn't, we wouldn't be flying in the first place, given the cattle-car mentality that is so rampant in the American airline industry.
"Today's proposal will ensure that air travelers are not unwillingly exposed to voice calls, as many of them are troubled over the idea of passengers talking on cell phones in flight," said Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx.
Again, if "so many are troubled" by the idea, WTF is behind this new attempt to further anger already angry travelers?
It's bad enough that Air Law 14 is so flagrently ignored in the terminal...
Luckily, most of the domestic carriers are siding with their customers and saying that, even if in-flight phoning gets the green light, they won't allow it.
Consumers don't want it. Airlines don't want it. Air Law 17 already dealt with it. I guess the folks in the Department of Transportation have nothing better to do with their time. Thus, they are obviously over staffed or poorly managed, because there are a ton of transportation issues facing this country that are significantly more important...and more likely to succeed.
OK...this is a post that will only make sense for my Midwest friends. If you live in Gulf Shores or Surf City, you simply have no concept of what we're talking about.
It's the Nanny State-ism of weather. Those of us that live where it snows understand how this all works. The temperature falls below freezing and rain turns to snow. If the temperature falls below zero, it's cold and one should probably wear a winter coat.
So imagine my surprise at this week's forecast (click on image), where the nanny-staters are now calling 10 degrees "bitterly cold."
Honestly? Up here, "bitterly cold" is -10 degrees.
I can't decide if, like the news, whoever is writing this shit is just out of school...or it's all a plot (like the presidential elections) to drum up ratings.
Whatever it is, 10 degrees on a sunny day with no wind is actually pretty comfortable, walking on the lake. Join us sometime.
Although I didn't think the Mall of America's decision to close on Thanksgiving was a "gamble" (as the Star-Tribune called it), it certainly is fun to have convention turned on its head.
Check out these results from MOA's gambit (a much better word):
• 250,000 shoppers flocked to the mall the day after Thanksgiving, the busiest day for the Mall in at least the last decade.
• Traffic was up 25 percent compared with the same day in 2015 and up 23 percent from 2014.
• More importantly, the Mall's traffic over the three days, from Friday to Sunday, was higher than its four-day traffic last year.
According to the article in the Star-Tribune: "It was the right decision, and we were glad that we made it," said Jill Renslow, the mall's senior vice president of marketing and business development. "We heard from people throughout the day — whether they were from out of town or from here in the metro — who were so supportive of the decision and wanted to support us."
Zigging when most zag? And, giving your most important asset (and your customers) a day with family?