Archive for February, 2009

Pirates at the Varsity

The other day I was not working and running an errand , down town.   I was near the Varsity around lunch, so I popped in for some chilli dogs and o-rings.  The place was packed.  (No big shock to most people, but I mention it because the last time I was in there, there were only 4 customers in the whole place.)  I like to sit in the top section when I’m not driving my truck, so I can keep an I on my ride. (Anyone willing to steal my truck probably needs it more than I do.)  I found an open table up there and soon realized that I was surrounded by students from Pike County High School, who were on a field trip to the ‘Bodies’ exhibit at Atlantic Station.

Some of their apparel let me know that they were the ‘Pirates’, but the clothes that didn’t are what’s got me posting about it.  At least 3/4 of the students were wearing scrub shirts with some really nice PCHS embroidery.  There were so many that I was wondering if they had some sort of work training thing at a hospital or something.  Anyway, they looked REALLY good.  Far better than any high school or collegiate t-shirt I’ve seen.  They even looked better than most school polo’s I’ve seen.  I don’t know if this is some trend started by the dance team (or whoever), or an attempt to allow a casual section to a dress code.

Either way- Kudos to those responsible!

The shirts looked smart (sorry, but it’s the right word).  If it’s a dress code thing, I’m sure that the students still feel like The Man is trying to keep them down, but it’s at least it’s better than the dress code with which my Battle Ground Academy classmates and I had to deal.

If someone knows the ‘why’ of these scrub shirts, please let me know.

Mysteriously low prices.

Last week I stopped in to an unfamiliar convenience store to grab a quick snack, and was pleasantly surprised to find a Little Debbie display.  It’s always a surprise, since you never know which stores will stock them until you get inside.  It’s a pleasant surprise when they have the smaller, less expensive, Nutty Bars, which this store did.  When I got to the register, however, I was appalled at the price.  They charged me 50 CENTS!  Now there was no price on the wrapper, but they were clearly the smaller size, and that costs 35 cents.  It was an independent convenience store, and you never know what they’re gonna do, so I just made a mental note not to go back.

Little Debbie Nutty Bars have been my ‘go to’ snack forever.  And if they’re not nutritious, so what, they are just some calories to get me to the next meal.  They are delicious and cheap.  That’s the one thing that has always troubled me about Little Debbie- the mysteriously low prices.  Even if you adjust out for size, the Debbies seem to cost half what other brands cost.  Not knowing how they pulled that off causes me to worry about how they pulled that off.  Over the years I have grown more comfortable with it.  They are a privately held company with good brand recognition that, to my knowledge, only sells regionally, all of which give them some advantages in their pricing.

As it turns out, that 50 cent price was not out of line.  They have raised their prices.  I imagine it was out of necessity, buts it was somewhat of a shock.  It seems like forever since the last price increase.  Now that I’m over the shock, it’s not a problem.  They are still delivering me delicious snacks at half of what the other guys do, and noone can beat that Nutty bar.  I’m sure that in no time I’ll be wondering again at their mysteriously low prices.

Beef for dinner?

I been looking for new radio station to fall asleep to since the demise of Smooth Jazz 107.5FM.  I’ve been trying 92.9 DaveFM (currently the second or third best station in town, but that’s another post), and as I was falling asleep last night, I heard a Beef Council ad. You know the ones,”It’s what’s for dinner,” and I swear it was Matthew McConaughey doing the voiceover. He’s a decent actor, but he’s got nothing to say to me about meat.

I don’t know what he said in the ad, but what I heard was,”After a hard day of smokin’ weed and playing bongos naked, there’s nothing I like better than beef.”

Now, I’m sure that the beef council is trying to reach out to more, and more diverse, people (’cause let’s face it, I wouldn’t give up my beef  for anything less than bacon), but I’m a little insulted anyway.  Previous spokesmen include Sam Elliot, James Garner, and (I think) Tom Selleck- all actual bonified men. Guys I want to be more like on some level.  I know Matthew is from Texas, but he has been in California wayyyyy to long, if you know what I mean. (If you don’t know what I mean, check out Baz Luhrmann’s “Everybody’s Free (to Wear Sunscreen)”)

Get a real man, or an actual woman, Beef Council, lest you insult your core demographic!

One of these guys is not like the others: