Friday, July 18, 2008

Money, money, money

You would think the Republican National Committee would like this political button: “Don’t be an ass, go Republican. GOP.” But the RNC is suing CafePress for their on-line shop filled with GOP gizmos like pins, bumper stickers, T-shirts and other elephant stuff. The RNC owns the trademark to: GOP, Grand Old Party, Republican National Committee, RNC, and the elephant logo. Matters not whether the dogma doesn’t bite.

If I told you that you could have a spiffy waterfront home for under $100,000 (or even under $20,000), you would think I was early in the sauce. But many are flocking to CraigsList where they are finding bargains galore on fancy boats big enough to live aboard. Luxury living for a fraction of the cost just a few months ago. And if all you are looking for is a stable drinking platform, rising gas prices don’t matter.

Purists condemn drinking bottled water as the ”moral equivalent of driving a Hummer.” But lots of people who grew up on the hard tap water of West Texas wish bottled water had been invented during their childhood. Brown spots on teeth were common in the Lubbock of the 50s.

The history of prefabricated houses might have began in 1833 when a London carpenter sold precut posts and panels to ships bound for Australia. Nothing funny about that.

NY Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s net worth is around $20 billion. That’s more than the U.S. government spends on foreign aid or space exploration. Sigh.

(And that's a tip of the hat to L.M.Boyd, the greatest trivia columnist.)


Ken Martin said...

George, you know that Austinites strive for the moral high ground, well some do, and bottled water is now a no-no at Austin City Council meetings. Even the tiny but fast-growing City of Hutto is proposing that council members bring their own mugs and fill them with tap water.

George Phenix said...

I did not know that. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

I am going to name my new donkey "Elephant" LOVE YA! Your Favorite Niece

George Phenix said...

Poor critter. Now it is definitely doomed to be a dumb ass.

Laura Burns said...

A lot of the historic Victorian homes in Galveston were built from kits.

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