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Speak Out 5/2/09

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Green event

MULTIPLE kudos to Mississippi River Radio and its stations for organizing the 2009 Get Green Event. This is a fantastic and timely idea as Cape Girardeau goes green. It's time for Cape Girardeau to acknowledge that protecting the environment and reducing our carbon footprint are the wave of the future. Let's hope this festival continues for years to come.

Thanks for help

I would like to send a special thank you to the woman who left money at the checkout counter to help with the cost of shoes for my daughter. The cashier had explained that a shopper thought my daughter was precious and wanted to recognize it. My daughter was amazed that someone would do such a thing just for her. It taught her a wonderful lesson about kindness and touched both of our hearts. She has proudly told everyone she knows about her experience and has been on the lookout for ways to do special things for others. God bless you and thank you.

Business support

I would like to thank local businesses for showing up in Arena Park. It was a nice touch to Earth Week. I hope we can make this even bigger next year.

Wonderful event

I went to the Relay for Life on April 25 at Arena Park for the first time and really enjoyed myself. My mother passed away from cancer, and I am a cancer survivor at 25 years old. It was such a wonderful time with wonderful volunteers. I enjoyed myself and can't wait until next year to jump in head first and raise some money. Thank you again for this wonderful time.

Apologies are good

FRANKLY, I'm glad someone finally apologized for America. All we do is throw our weight around and make decisions based on profit. There's a reason many countries hate us.

Delivery tips

I would like to share some facts about delivery driving. Delivery drivers often make less than minimum wage and thus are assumed to be adequately tipped. Delivery drivers often use their own money for gas, so they require more money than waiters to break even. Ten percent is a poor tip, considered the bare minimum. I and other drivers rarely get a consistent 10 percent, not by a long shot. Stiffs are more likely. Please, tip your drivers.

Dumbing down

THE Southeast Missourian on April 21 reported the following: "The district formalized the use of academic watch summaries in January to monitor performance data and how academic interventions are used. Assistant superintendent Pat Fanger said the recent scores revealed an interesting trend relating to reading scores, which showed more students testing at the same level in earlier grades. At the kindergarten level, 95 percent of students scored on or above grade level, Fanger said. By fourth grade, the number dropped to 72 percent of students." They come in smart and get dumber as they attend more classes.

Time to disband?

COLUMNIST Cal Thomas raised an interesting question. In effect, he wondered what would be the need to have a two-party system if one party is nothing but a replica of the other. I agree with Thomas and respectfully but firmly ask that the Republican Party immediately disband.

College morals

MY daughter came home the other day with news that her professor at Southeast Missouri State University discussed the benefits of legalizing marijuana. Where are the morals anymore? Can we not trust the leaders of education anymore? If I could homeschool my daughter's college career, I would.

Prayer rituals

MY son attends Central High School. We have very strong Christian beliefs and practice Christianity in every way possible. My son says other religions are practicing their prayer rituals in the public restrooms at the school. Whatever happened to separation of the church and school? If he cannot profess his love for God without being ridiculed, they shouldn't be able to either.

Hidden motives

WHEN Missouri House Republicans pass a proposed constitutional amendment because of their alleged desire to protect the rights of working men and women, one knows without further inquiry that this is a collective example of a Big Brother-speak, insidious, bold-faced lie.

Blaming unions

CYNICAL Speak Out comments saying union workers who worked their tails off for decades are to blame for the decline of the auto industry because they earned health care and pension plans make me sick. People who say that have probably engaged in no more physical labor than lifting and sifting through their (declining) stock portfolios.


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Here's a good tip for the delivery driver. Get off your lazy you know what and get a real job if you want to make real money.

-- Posted by newman90 on Sat, May 2, 2009, at 7:38 AM

There have over the years been good unions and bad unions. Bottomline is a union is the membership itself. Todays, unions provide high skill labor training for all of the trades that are represented. America represents a better standard of living for all. Example look at the cheap unskilled labor in Mexico and China where the workers have no rights at all and work for very, very cheap wages with un safe and unhealthly working conditions. Majority of us in America don't want those types of working conditions and that is why we have unions today to prevent this from happening.

-- Posted by swampeastmissouri on Sat, May 2, 2009, at 7:46 AM

...today's unions can still bite but they have no teeth..

-- Posted by ..Rick on Sat, May 2, 2009, at 8:01 AM

Green event: Get who?

Thanks for help: *sigh*

Business support: *yawn*

Wonderful event: *going back to bed*

Apologies are good: Jeebus.

Delivery tips: You need to complain to your boss then, because ALL of the pizza places and a few others are now charging a "delivery" charge. So why would I tip, when I'm paying a $2.50 delivery charge?? Want a tip? Get rid of the delivery charge!

Dumbing down: That makes sense. *rolling eyes*

Time to disband?: More columnists? Sheesh!

College morals: OMG! Get a friggin life and join the real world! If your daughter is in college, she's probably already been smoking it! Do yourself and your daughter a favor. Let her experience "REAL" life without putting your parental blinders on her. It'll help her out in the long run.

Prayer rituals: And just what kind of religion is being practiced in the bathroom? I thought they all gathered around the flag?? Come'on weirdos! Out with it! What's going on??

Hidden motives: Republicans/Lies, yep...that fits.

Blaming unions: "CYNICAL" That just about sums it up.

-- Posted by Megalomania on Sat, May 2, 2009, at 8:24 AM

Green event: Get who?

Thanks for help: *sigh*

Business support: *yawn*

Wonderful event: *going back to bed*

Apologies are good: Jeebus.

Delivery tips: You need to complain to your boss then, because ALL of the pizza places and a few others are now charging a "delivery" charge. So why would I tip, when I'm paying a $2.50 delivery charge?? Want a tip? Get rid of the delivery charge!

Dumbing down: That makes sense. *rolling eyes*

Time to disband?: More columnists? Sheesh!

College morals: OMG! Get a friggin life and join the real world! If your daughter is in college, she's probably already been smoking it! Do yourself and your daughter a favor. Let her experience "REAL" life without putting your parental blinders on her. It'll help her out in the long run.

Prayer rituals: And just what kind of religion is being practiced in the bathroom? I thought they all gathered around the flag?? Come'on weirdos! Out with it! What's going on??

Hidden motives: Republicans/Lies, yep...that fits.

Blaming unions: "CYNICAL" That just about sums it up.

-- Posted by Megalomania on Sat, May 2, 2009, at 8:25 AM

Blast! I've been noticing some double posts again! Now I'm doing it!

-- Posted by Megalomania on Sat, May 2, 2009, at 8:26 AM

Megal..regarding double posts..u have the fat finger flu??

-- Posted by ..Rick on Sat, May 2, 2009, at 9:03 AM

Good morning! ;)

-- Posted by Turnip on Sat, May 2, 2009, at 9:32 AM

good morning Turnip

-- Posted by ..Rick on Sat, May 2, 2009, at 9:35 AM

Green event...could we do it indoors, where theres airconditioning...lol, yea, yea, that wouldn't be very GREEN! :)~

Thanks for help....pay it forward, u should be thanking Oprah, she started it.

Apologies are good.....accountability is even better! :)

Delivery tips....10%, ur nuts. No sympathy out of me, drop the delivery charge & the attitude perhaps things will work out or u could always become a waitor.

Dumbing down...or the material is too difficult. My nephew who is in 1st grade, stumped me (for a minute, mind u) with times tables, now when did they start doin' times tables in 1st grade? I would imagine by 4th grade they're doing geometry.

Time to disband?...I second that! ;)

College morals...ok, before I even read the comment this statement seems redundant. Yep, and ignorant. I'm sure ur daughter would let u home school her 19-21 yr. old ars...bonehead, let go.

Prayer rituals...two choices, 1st)profess & b ridiculed or 2) ridicule them.

btw, that's just nasssty to be praying on a schools' bathroom floor...yuck!

Blaming unions...pencil pushers...lol!

-- Posted by Turnip on Sat, May 2, 2009, at 9:53 AM

12 Facts About You.

1. Your reading my comment

2. Now your saying/thinking thats a stupid fact.

4. You didnt notice that i skipped 3.

5. Your checking it now.

6. Your smiling.

7. Your still reading my comment.

8. You know all you have read is true.

10. You didnt notice that i skipped 9.

11. Your checking it now.

12. You didnt notice there are only 10 facts

-- Posted by grandma73 on Sat, May 2, 2009, at 9:54 AM

that was rude...but funny.

-- Posted by Turnip on Sat, May 2, 2009, at 9:55 AM

I had a educator tell me yesterday that reading goes hand in hand with being able to catch a ball. Something about bringing both hands together at the right time helps us learn the tools to read a book. does that make sense to anyone else?

-- Posted by Turnip on Sat, May 2, 2009, at 10:02 AM

FrankLee,

I did catch the skipped number nine!

Like the greatest POTUS that ever lived so elequently stated...

"Fool me once....shame on...shame on you? You fool me, you can't get fooled again!"

-- Posted by Lumpy on Sat, May 2, 2009, at 10:08 AM

That reminded me. Bush II was a terrible POTUS, but he was funny as hell when he talked!

Here is some humor at the expense of GWB to brighten up your morning...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Ux3DKxxF...

-- Posted by Lumpy on Sat, May 2, 2009, at 10:10 AM

Hey If you don't like the way Americans do thingsLEAVE!! We don't owe anyone an apology for Anything!!!

-- Posted by agape on Sat, May 2, 2009, at 10:12 AM

Thanks, Lumpy...that was hilarious.

-- Posted by Turnip on Sat, May 2, 2009, at 10:14 AM

Re: college morals

Suggest one part of the college experience should involve teaching students how to evaluate issues that will arise in one's career and life which don't have cookie-cutter remedies already solved in textbooks or reference materials, and to methodically ask questions such as 'why' and 'what if' instead of blindly accepting things the way they are because "that's the way it's always been done and there ain't no changing it". Essentially, one of the goals of a college education should be to further refine a person's ability to think and to reason in a balanced fashion.

For the caller's particular SO comment - it is hoped that the specific topic was selected for its ability to attract the interest and to gain the participation of the class, and that a discussion of the benefits was also balanced with a discussion of the costs of such actions.

Re: blaming unions

One consideration is that no matter how the wages, benefits, and other terms of the various contracts are viewed - at that given point in time when the contracts were signed, both parties agreed to these terms - both the company and the union. Likely neither side got everything it wanted in the collective bargaining process, but the contract should represent the sum of the most acceptable compromises for both sides. Suggest if one wishes to place blame or fault, it should be shared with both groups involved.

Re: dumbing down

Suggest another perspective is that the test expectations increase through the grade levels at a rate that exceeds the learning capabilities and efforts of today's students? The students aren't getting dumber, the tests just expect too much! :-)~

***

Hope all are prepared for Ameren's 41% increase in base residential electric rates next month (June) - as we switch from winter rates to summer rates. http://www.ameren.com/Residential/ADC_UE... May have to think about their Time-of-Day billing offering - first, validate whether it's even available here, and second, whether the personal usage patterns can be adjusted enough to take enough advantage of the off-peak prices so to obtain a net monthly billing savings. https://www2.ameren.com/ACMSContent/Rate...

-- Posted by fxpwt on Sat, May 2, 2009, at 10:26 AM

re: residents of Jackson...don't u all know that it is park day n Jackson, why aren't any of u out there picking up trash this morning?

-- Posted by Turnip on Sat, May 2, 2009, at 10:58 AM

Lumpy, i gots a question for you...thistle lilac, would this be good for ground cover/erosion control? i need something on my landscape that will also prevent my young 'ens from grinding on a retaining wall, skateboard lingo...i think. perhaps the 'prickle' when they fall....lol

-- Posted by Turnip on Sat, May 2, 2009, at 11:04 AM

Wheels - ah, I'm busted! Was trying to stir the pot a bit to see who would blow a fuse (ar,ar,ar) on seeing a 41% increase from Ameren - ooooh, those evil money-grubbing twits!

Yep - agree that this practice has been in place for quite a while, so not really news. Suggest one driver may have been the inflation and recession era of the 70s and early 80s, where power plants were built in anticipation of projected growth demands which turned out to be smaller upticks due to the economic events. A rate break to encourage more usage of these new generation assets apparently seemed like the right thing to do then.

The rate break, particularly for usage over 750kwh, flattens the monthly utility bill for those with electric resistance heat - baseboard, forced-air electric, etc. 750kwh is probably used as the typical breakpoint between normal household usage (lights, TV, washer/dryer, stove, etc.) and the usage required for climate control.

Given that electric heat is 100% efficient, and A/C is 200-400% efficient - the break on rates between seasons helps make the monthly bills more even and palatable across the year.

Suggest the challenge is that not everyone uses electric to heat with, but almost everyone uses electric to cool with - thus the summer peak demand problems - stresses the equipment more, and makes it more difficult to move power around between regions due to transmission line congestion.

-- Posted by fxpwt on Sat, May 2, 2009, at 11:12 AM

Turnip,

I would apply an erosion and surf-Nazi proof mixture of thistle lilac, young locust trees, poison ivy, saltpeter, Korean War era surplus land mines, and razor wire to your landscape to acheive the goals you mentioned.

-- Posted by Lumpy on Sat, May 2, 2009, at 11:24 AM

Turnip...put speed bumps on that retaining wall

-- Posted by ..Rick on Sat, May 2, 2009, at 11:27 AM

"I would apply an erosion and surf-Nazi proof mixture of thistle lilac, young locust trees, poison ivy, saltpeter, Korean War era surplus land mines, and razor wire to your landscape to acheive the goals you mentioned."

-- Posted by lumpy on Sat, May 2, 2009, at 11:24 AM

I laughed when I read this. Oddly enough, it doesn't do any good for getting rid of dandillions though.

-- Posted by Megalomania on Sat, May 2, 2009, at 11:43 AM

Megalo,

So true. The only thing left after a nuclear holocaust would be dandelions, cockroaches, and Cher.

-- Posted by Lumpy on Sat, May 2, 2009, at 11:50 AM

LOL!

-- Posted by Megalomania on Sat, May 2, 2009, at 12:03 PM

Just got back from Fort D days with the kids. Those folks are enduring some cold, damp weather. If you're bored, its free and enjoyable seeing the ladies in their dresses, the cannons, the guns, and the soldiers.

-- Posted by Megalomania on Sat, May 2, 2009, at 12:06 PM

Re: Delivery tips

Hehehe - ah, brings back memories - driving for dollars. Pardons requested in advance for a little trip down memory lane.

Back in the early 80s, was nothing to pull in $50 in tax-free at-the-time tips per night on $400-$500 worth of deliveries - hmm, guess that isn't much better than 10% - but between that and the regular salary - was making about $6-$7 per hour, at a time when minimum wage was $3.35 and pizza prices ranged from $3.23 for a small cheese to $9.38 for a maxxed-out large - thought I was livin' large! This, plus the delivery vehicle and fuel were provided by the business - one of the reasons for choosing to work for this particular business instead of the then up-and-coming '30 minutes or less' chain joint, where one had to provide their own vehicle and fuel.

One humorous memory was when the waitresses found the delivery crew was making more in tips than they were - and their salary was $2 / hour. After they confronted the owner with equal rights, discrimination, and the like - he turned 'em loose on deliveries. They got so far behind - upwards of 2 hours between the call and the actual delivery, one of the delivery guys was called in to catch everything back up to the normal 30-40 minutes. They found that one person charged with making 45-50 drops and putting on 125-150 miles in a 10-hour shift in a town of 13,000 wasn't as easy as it looked.

The caller requested delivery tips, well - here's a few from learned experience and bad judgement -

1) Be extremely nice to the customers, no matter how much it hurts. Save the urge to mouth-off or blurt out inappropriate comments for the car. If nothing else, remember they're the reason there's even a job for you to complain about.

2) Dress and act appropriately - appearances do count! A greasy, sleezy pizza may be desirable, but a greasy, sleezy delivery person usually isn't. Your appearance and general disposition will affect your tips - positively or negatively is up to you.

3) A regular customer is golden. First, when one sees that address, usually know exactly where to go and what to expect - check or cash, which door to go to, what kind of tip to expect, etc. Next, an opportunity is presented to develop a relationship that can lead to better tips. I wasn't above bumping a good-tipping regular to the top of the stack when sorting delivery runs, as long as it didn't push anyone else beyond the stated 40-minute mark - the regular customer got a faster delivery, and I usually got an even better tip. Win-win!

4) The best opportunity to gain time is not by speeding, or running traffic signals and signs - but by trimming the time spent making the drop - from the time the vehicle is stopped for the drop until the time one resumes moving. Keep the change bag in good order and at-the-ready, and keep a pen handy for those writing checks - no telling how many times the customer would remember to bring the checkbook to the door but forget the pen to write with - here you go,go,go! The faster the current drop can be made and you're back in the car moving again, the shorter the wait time for the next customer, in general - and the happier everyone will be, leading to overall better tip take, both in theory and in practice.

5) The counter people and cooks can make or break you - getting the order received and prepared correctly and quickly, as well as getting good, valid addresses with any special notes, such as 'around back', 'pink house with car on blocks', or 'upstairs, last apt door on left'. A good working relationship with these people is a must. If you have a really good tip night - consider 'sharing the love'.

-- Posted by fxpwt on Sat, May 2, 2009, at 12:12 PM

dandelions - getting kind of late in the season - but a good application of 2,4-D (use the Amine, not the Ester version) knocks most broadleaf weeds down pretty good. However, it will also put the hurt on anything that flowers, so I try to put the application out before first bloom - so's the neighbors won't be giving me the evil eye.

Between that and an application of a pre-emergent like Prowl keeps the weeds and crabgrass at bay for most of the summer.

-- Posted by fxpwt on Sat, May 2, 2009, at 12:18 PM

fxpwt,

I worked for a couple of pizza joints doing delivery in the 80s myself. (I loved it) Since the "pizza salary" pretty much fed my obsession for big loud car stereos, it was the only job that could feed the obsession and allow me to buy bigger amps.

Like you, I worked for $3.35, plus delivery tips. Sometimes I got them, some times I didn't. Eitherway, it was service with a smile, dress neatly (incase I was delivering to some hot college chicks), and go the extra mile to make sure employer and customer was happy.

Just the luxury of being able to drive, make my own money, listen to my stereo and driving around trying to look cool made the job well worth it.

These kids have it easy now. $7.00+ an hour, $2.50 manditory delivery charge, (I'm unsure who really gets this) and they have the luxury of a cellphone if they get lost. Heck, they even have vehicles that get "at least" 3xs the gas milage that I used to get in town.

Now days, a customer wants a pizza (outside the "deals") it cost him as much as taking his family to a dining out restaurant. Then...when or IF you get your pizza it is either burnt, raw, not enough toppings, wrong toppings, or you have a delivery guy copping you an attitude because you didn't tip him or tip him enough.

-- Posted by Megalomania on Sat, May 2, 2009, at 12:25 PM

LOL! I just read your post. You were one of those "noid" guys~! I never had the luxury of driving another places car. I was happy with mine. Kept it clean, and like I said...enjoyed it all very much.

-- Posted by Megalomania on Sat, May 2, 2009, at 12:29 PM

Ok..reread again. Who did you work for? I was a Pantera's guy, and Pizza Inn (when it was on Clark)

-- Posted by Megalomania on Sat, May 2, 2009, at 12:31 PM

fxwpt,

I have been using LV400 which is the generic 2,4- D on dandelions with crop oil for suspension. What is the difference in the Amine and Ester version?

Delivery/Waitress,

Yes, it is often all about quality of "service" as my mother made a good living as a waitress for a lot of years.

-- Posted by RA on Sat, May 2, 2009, at 12:37 PM

Megs - it was a Greek-owned place, Alex's in Rolla - much like Dino's here.

Yep - we competed against the 'noid' guys. Another humorous event to share - we actually delivered to them regularly - at their back door, of course. We had unmarked cars with no flags or beacons - so not a real big deal. Their crew would order sandwiches and gyros near closing time. One time, the district manager was there - flat-out dumbfounded by what he was seeing happen.

When he regained his senses - he got a bit boisterous and asked me - "well, Mr. Alex - one of our delivery drivers set a store record tonite of 45 deliveries - how many did YOU do?" I pulled out the ol' change bag and peeled off 68 delivery tickets on the counter (my own personal best - it was a busy night for all). Shut his pizza pie-hole right up.

Didn't bother to tell him that while their chain's philosophy at the time was one delivery order per driver per run, our philosophy was whatever it took to get the mostest orders out the fastest.

Unfortunately, after that night - they were no longer allowed to have us deliver to them at the store.

-- Posted by fxpwt on Sat, May 2, 2009, at 12:50 PM

TripleS - haven't looked into it too far, but was told that the Amine form was less volatile than the Ester form - so it doesn't drift as far or smell as much. It looks like you're using a different version and I would guess that the LV means low volatility so it may be the best of the solutions.

The stuff does leave a distinct aroma in the air for a day or so, and before I learned better, it would put a droop on the neighbor's Bradford pear flowers/blooms two houses over.

-- Posted by fxpwt on Sat, May 2, 2009, at 12:55 PM

Lumpy, Rick...thanks for the suggestions :)

Wheels...r u feelin' froggy again?

-- Posted by Turnip on Sat, May 2, 2009, at 1:31 PM

Tryin' to start some crap w/me...again.....;)~

-- Posted by Turnip on Sat, May 2, 2009, at 2:32 PM

Wheels...don't make me bust out the poultry...;) u could have just said don't use thistle lilac & boys will be boys.

-- Posted by Turnip on Sat, May 2, 2009, at 3:15 PM

Wheels,

Looks like my gas can banjo friend is doing simple lessons on frailing now.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lKK_n4Ac0...

Blasted thing, I've been working about 4 hours on this between last night and today.

-- Posted by Megalomania on Sat, May 2, 2009, at 3:46 PM

let me reiterate. The "drop thumb" clawhammering he is doing is rather difficult. "Frailing" in it's simplest form isn't too bad though. Seems to be a lot of arguement between the difference of the two.

-- Posted by Megalomania on Sat, May 2, 2009, at 3:58 PM

Thank ya, just remind me on that date.

-- Posted by Megalomania on Sat, May 2, 2009, at 4:38 PM

I'm a duck, remember, Wheels...I wake up in a new world everyday! lol ;)~

Meg, did u see any excitement around the federal bldg. (new one) today? Around the same time the Fort D celebration was going on, my hubby said he seen firetrucks/police/ladders...i've browsed a lil' but can't find any details.

-- Posted by Turnip on Sat, May 2, 2009, at 5:16 PM

Wheels, where n the heck do u live that a trip to Cape Girardeau, the 'city', is like a months' ordeal.....u crack me up.

-- Posted by Turnip on Sat, May 2, 2009, at 5:18 PM

Mega

You seem to have morphed into a pilgrim looking dude.

-- Posted by Smartblonde on Sat, May 2, 2009, at 6:22 PM

City of Marble Hill Missouri Six Month Statement on Revenue, Expenditures and Change in Funding (ending December, 2008)

http://aldermanlacy.wordpress.com/2009/0...

-- Posted by mobushwhacker on Sat, May 2, 2009, at 6:58 PM

Mega...what's with the bird shat catcher?

-- Posted by ..Rick on Sat, May 2, 2009, at 7:10 PM

Parsnips, They were having that 100 year celebration for the Fire Department. Big shin dig of some sort.

Blonde/Rick...it's a cowboy hat. LOL!

Wheels,

I know what you mean about being busy. Those things you mention (not the grandchildren) but everything I can concur with. Except I've got my own youngin's around the house.

-- Posted by Megalomania on Sat, May 2, 2009, at 10:40 PM

Thanks, Megal. I only passed by that article a dozen times, never saw the correlation....geez!

-- Posted by Turnip on Sat, May 2, 2009, at 11:02 PM


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