Saturday, 19 February 2011

4 March 2011

It's an odd date.  Up until the last month...I would have imagined that 4 March 2011 meant little to nothing to me.  Today, unless Congress and the President come to an agreement....a government shutdown will occur.  The 4th is a Friday and it'll likely close with no solution on the government budget.  I'll sit around that weekend and watch the news.  Come Monday....I'm not expected to be at work....at least officially.  The military folks I work with....will be directed to continue providing support and working.  Me?  I can't stand staying in the apartment....I learned that lesson last year during the blizzard episode when I spent nine continuous days in the apartment.  So I'll probably walk in and just keep working.

It's a odd feeling.  A company wouldn't ever allow itself to be in this situation.  The last time this occurred....it was in the mid 1990s and I remember that we were assured via our military bank on base that we'd get money in our accounts (compliments of the bank) and life would continue on.  If memory serves me on this topic....I've been through this three times....but none lasted more than three or four days.

In this case....I'm currently expecting a five-day shutdown, and something worked out by 13 March.  The difference between the 1990s and now.....twenty-four coverage via the news networks.  I could see a significant stock price drop for that week.  I could see a couple of economic experts appearing on TV and starting a huge worry across the nation that things might be worse than we think they are.

So the 4th will come, and I'll sit back to watch the show.  It's kinda like a weekly episode of Gunsmoke now with the government.  The show keeps going on, and the bad guys keep dying off.  And as long as Matt keeps appearing....things ought to work out ok.  The day that Matt isn't there, and we get stuck with Festus....we might ought to think about Costa Rica again.

Fleeing From Wisconsin

I think in some fashion...God arranges world catastrophic events....to shuffle up the news format. We sat through a long political period with news....then we got a fresh prospective of Egypt and toppling governments....and then this week....chaos in the streets of Madison, with people fleeing the state.



After a bit of pondering....I started to think that there are different ways of viewing the fleeing. First, there is the state tourism ad. FLEE Wisconsin to safe Bama. I thought this slogan would help bring more Wisconsin folks over to Bama and pump up our tourism in the state. Naturally, we'd need to make hand-outs and let folks know in Madison that they'd be safe in Bama.  Folks could stay for days, weeks and months....at Bama motels and lodges.  We'd offer up catfish, hushpuppies and NCAA football to keep them entertained.

Second....I came to this idea of fleeing.  Typically....folks flee third-world places....like Egypt, Haiti, Iraq or Nigeria.  If this concept of fleeing Wisconsin took root....then the whole state would end up with a third-world status...or in this case....a third-state status.  There would be CNN reporters swarming the state and asking folks if it was safe in Wisconsin, and some guy from Dilly, Wisconsin would stand by the barn and wonder if he'd missed anything from the Channel Four news this morning.

Third.....CNN, Fox and the other media folks don't have a huge number of "flee-experts".  So they'd have to out and find some oddball guys who've actually been in a flee situation before.  We might get a totally different prospective on life from these flee folks.

Fourth.....sometime in the next week...when you can't sleep and get up around 1AM....you will find some guy advertising the offical 'Madison-Flee Kit' for $319 (discounted down from $459).  There's be pancake mix, beef jerky, peanut butter, and a case of Pabst....to get you by for the first 72 hours of fleeing from Wisconsin.  You'll pause there for a while....thinking about this....being late of course. Then you will pick up the phone....even through you live in Iowa or Mississippi.....and buy a Madison-Flee Kit for yourself.  Call it fear....call it a prudent action.....but you will buy a kit.  The neighbor will see the UPS guy deliver it....and ask questions.  Then he'll but a kit. Pretty soon...everyone on your street will have a Madison-Flee Kit.

Fifth and final....some idiot will make a movie called "Escape from Madison" starring Nicolas Cage.    After it comes out....someone will finally ask what the heck this flee business is all about.....and a couple of politicians will stand up....grin....and admit it was just a show piece for TV.  Then and only then....will the Madison Flee Kit advertisements stop.

That's how silly our world has become.

Imported From Detroit

From the Super Bowl....we got the million-dollar ad from Chrysler and Detroit.  To be honest....it's one of the best ad's in years.  It sells Detroit as much as it sells Chrysler.

At some point in the ad, there is the phrase: We aren't New York City.....We aren't the Windy City....We aren't Sin City.....and We certainty aren't the Emerald City.

After a while of pondering......I wanted to add more onto this ad.

We aren't New York City.....We aren't the Windy City....We aren't Sin City....We certainty aren't the Emerald City....We aren't the Garden City (Savannah, Georgia).....We aren't the Golden Gate City.....We aren't the Alamo City....We aren't Eternal City (Rome)....We aren't the Iron City (Pittsburgh).....We aren't the Beer City (Milwaukee).....We aren't Copper City (Butte)....We aren't the Charm City (Baltimore)....We aren't the Rubber City (Akron, Oh)....and we certainly aren't the Magic City (Miami).