Hey McDonalds: Devo’s Going to Whip You Good!

McDonalds America Idol characterCorporate giant McDonalds has done it now.  They copied Devo’s trademarked and copyrighted hat for one of their toys.  The toy even wears a jumpsuit and plays Devo-like music!  I hope Devo is able to stop them.  Sometimes, it’s nice to see the little guy whip the big guy once in a while.

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Shame on You Hillary

Admittedly, I’m a bit late on some of the news. I just heard about Hillary’s campaign debt. Thank G-d she didn’t become the candidate for President. If she can’t manage her own finances, how is she going to manage a county that is already way, way, way in debt? Hillary, if you ever want to run for President again, for your sake, I hope you pay it off. It is simply not fair to spend more money than you have. In case you are wondering, no, I don’t carry a balance on my credit card. My car is paid in full. My only debt is my house and I always pay my mortgage on time. Barring any unforeseen medical emergency or job layoff, I will NEVER spend more money than I have. People seem to forget that when your debt is “forgiven” through bankruptcy or other means, there is some honest businessperson or company out there that is NOT getting paid for work s/he/it has done for you. Hillary, I hope you repay every penny. It is the honest thing to do.

Keeping Track of Who is a “Jew”

Vintage WWII Postcard

Once in a while, I go online and look at various anti-semitic websites to see who hates me (I’m Jewish) and what they have to say about Jews. I came across this website that calls itself the “Christian Party.” It has a long list identifying who is a “Jew.” I don’t know where they get this information. For what purpose is this list? Let’s just say I doubt the “Christian Party” (whoever they are) wants you to use it when you compile your holiday gift list. Indeed, I was surprised to find a few football players on that list. I have to question their accuracy right there. I didn’t know my congresswoman was Jewish. But then they go and identify Steven Spielberg as a Jew. What a shocker! Oh, and if you visit the “Christian Party” website’s home page, you can take their poll so that they can see whether you think Blacks should be exiled. Really, I’m serious. I’m going to take the poll, but I’m a bit scared of the potential repercussions of providing my email address. What would Jesus do? Oh well, the “Christian Party” says they are about “love not hate” we shall see.

My New “Gas Game”

pedal pusher

Personally, I’m happy that gas prices are high because people are finally looking to public transportation, working closer to home, biking and walking places. Although the earth is surely benefiting from a lesser consumption of fossil fuels, I hate that the oil companies are enjoying record profits. If gas prices have to be so high, I’d like it to be because the profits are going to researching cleaner alternative fuels or to improving and expanding the public transportation system.

Anyway, I have a new game I play with myself when I am in the car. I try to keep my miles per gallon as high as possible. My small wagon is equipped with a gadget that tells me exactly the miles per gallon I am getting moment by moment. With another hit of a button, it tells me what the average is based on the last time I filled the tank. I watch these numbers constantly. My goal is to keep the average above 20 miles per gallon. As of yesterday, it was over 22! How do I do this? Well, I have completely changed my driving habits. Through trial and error, I have learned that the best way to keep up the miles per gallon is to use my cruise control. On cruise control, I can get anywhere between 30-55 miles per gallon (that is, while I am in cruise control). The biggest gas guzzling times are, obviously, when I am coming off a stop and pressing on the gas. At those times, I get 5-10 miles per gallon. I used to “put the petal to the metal” off a stop light to see whether I could beat the car next to me. I have totally stopped doing that now. That’s just dumb b/c it wastes gas. Another way I save gas is I go the speed limit. I no longer care that it feels like I’m crawling at 25 or 30 mph. If that is the speed limit, that is what I do. I’m not in a hurry, I’m saving money.

I’d like to formally issue a challenge to Gadget Man (and to you out there). What’s the best average you can do? What are you doing to improve your gas mileage? At the very least, I urge Gadget Man to stop driving with the air conditioning on and the windows open — this kills me! The second thing he could do is to ease up on the gas pedal. I get nauseous from all the harsh stopping and starting whenever he drives. I wish you all luck in your own gas game.

Earth Friendly Cleaner in Skokie

Yeah!!!! A “green” dry cleaners (though I think technically, the process is wet cleaning) is now in my hometown of Skokie! Armens Cleaners promises to clean clothes without the harsh chemicals of dry cleaning. The dangers of dry cleaner chemicals are well-known. For that reason, I try to avoid buying anything needing dry cleaning. Luckily, Gadget Man doesn’t have to wear a suit to work, so we don’t have to get anything cleaned too often. Once in a while, I will need to get a dress or a shirt laundered professionally. Fearing the dangers of traditional dry cleaners, I have always wanted to try the Greener Cleaner, another environmentally safe cleaners, but it is in the city. There was just no way I was going to drive so far for that, though I have thought about it. Finally, a “green” cleaner is local. I brought two garments in for a test cleaning. One, a silk blouse, came back perfect. Another, a stained dress, came back even better — sans stain! If you live nearby, give them your business. I want them to stick around.