Archive for May, 2010

Peaceful Easy Feeling – Right?

May 31, 2010

Our Home Siding Cleaners Sitting Out

It was a dark and hot day, granted.  

Peace Brothers and Sisters 

Today 

And Always on Memorial Day 

  

Andy Rooney had a grand message last night.  The gist of it is: “Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we finally found an alternate to war for resolving our issues”.   Here is the link to the video: Andy Rooney on Memorial Day

I spoke with Andy Rooney maybe 8 years ago.   Mr. Rooney was researching a story about water and coffee and he called me.  I recognized his voice immediately and once he described his quest, I gave him what information I could. ( It was a quirky ‘thrill’ to be called by Andy Rooney.)  My big question was how in the world he found me.  The answer of course was ‘the internet’.  (What a great thing it is.)  His message on Sunday night was a peaceful one, a plea for humans to find a better way to resolve differences.   

I wish you all a Happy Memorial Day.  My father served in WWII in the States, my brother served in Vietnam, and two of my great Grandfather’s fought in the Civil war, one for the North and one for the South.  There may be one ancestor who was here during the Revolution, but I’m not sure.  It to these gentlemen that we owe a Thank You said loud and clear.  I say the same to the soldiers in Afghanistan and Iraq.  Stay healthy, come home alive. 

Bob

Nothing is Easy

May 29, 2010

Downhill Easy Riding

After almost two years I’m back on the bike and on the road.  This picture is of a hill near my home in the so-called flatlands of South Jersey.  I’m about to enjoy the product of my work to get up the darn thing.  The ride is how I react and respond to pressure.

Kaffe Magnum Opus just increased its prices, which was a very difficult decision to take as these times are not the best for our customers.  It was not easy.  But the costs to the company for quality coffee, expressed as the ‘differential’ in the coffee market, have sky-rocketed.  The company held its prices for a year, but now it must cover these increased costs. 

Our customers are now faced with the same decision.  To increase or not to increase their prices is the question.    If a retailer believes in their product and believes in their service, they can safetly cover increased costs by raising prices.  The belief will carry them through and their customers will stick with them.  Consumers are exposed to enormous amounts of current data on the economy and will understand the forces that drive prices.

My concern is the pent-up inflationary forces at work in our economy.  I lived through the rampant inflation orf the 70’s, – 1970’s that is.  It came from an expensive war being fought at the same time domestic programs were installed by President’s Johnson and Nixon.  Remember Price Freezes that the Federal Government initiated?  I do.   The US is fighting an expensive war, covering the bad debts of banks, and trying to stimulate a sluggish economy (not exactly sluggish for the folks in foreclosure, is it).  There is a risk of high inflation; the way to keep your business strong and healthy is to keep on top of costs and in some cases, like KMO’s, cover the increased costs with price increases.

One day though, you get to the top of the hill and look back.  It will all look easy then.

Oh philosophy – thank you Mr. Kirsch.

Bob

My Daughter Jennifer Producing ‘Chase’ NBC Thriller

May 11, 2010

Chase

Variety and other Hollywood news organizations are reporting today that Jennifer Johnson, producer with Jerry Bruckheimer has written a new Pilot, “Chase” a series about tough law enforcement folks in Texas who are after the worst criminals.  She shot the Pilot in Dallas in March and early April and I’ve been bursting with pride since.  Chase will get a 13 episode initial run, and thereafter it is subject to viewership.  So please tell all your friends and send this link to everyone.

http://www.deadline.com/2010/05/its-official-nbc-picks-up-chase/

Chase_2

Read more at the LA Times

 

Arthur and Charlotte and Cathy and Bob in Virigina Beach

May 10, 2010

Charlotte and Arthur Touring the Norfolk Harbor

 

At Rockefellers Eating Brunch on Saturday

The Hungry Eye

It was a great trip.  Cathy and I and Ruby stayed at the local KOA.  Arthurs Home is Beautiful, and  Julia and Johnny are as gracious as gracious can be, and Julia is a great cook.

Bob

Woods Behind Our Home

May 7, 2010

Woods behind our home

Woods Behind Our Home

 Some well-known poet wrote of the woods and the road less travelled.  I’ll say that good photography is much to do about the right place and the right time.  Of course, I’m characterizing this shot as good.

Bob

Ruby Weaving: The Work of the Weavers and Family Expansion

May 7, 2010

Ruby Weaving her Heart Out

 “The Work of the Weavers” is an old Irish Tune: We’re all met together, here to sit and to crack, with our glasses in our hands, and work upon our back, so let us all be merry and a picture of good health and we’ll drink to the Work of the Weavers. 

It’s a great song and I know it has nothing to do with Ruby weaving. 

Ruby is a great dog, soon to be joined by Moses, whom we wait for expectantly.  Moses is a male Standard Schnauzer. 

Bob

Maggie Johnson, Grand-daughter Attends Prom April 23, 2010

May 7, 2010

Cathy, Maggie and Bob before her Prom

Maggie is a Sophomore in Middle Township High.  She is very active, and she is a great athlete playing basketball, both JV and varsity,  and now 3rd base on the Varsity Softball Team.  She is a doll and we are all very proud of her.

Bob

Arrived in Virginia Beach Will See Arthur Tomorrow

May 7, 2010

despite many trials and tribulations on this our first outing in the motor home, we are here.  I will never again go via the Delmarva Peninsula, it tool almost, it took 8 hours.  I’m sure 95 despite being longer distance will be much faster going home. 

Looking forward to tomorrow.  Arthur has booked a tour of the Naval Facility at Norfolk.  I hope we get to see some old, maybe some wooden ships.  Should be good.

Tomorrow is Cathy’s birthday.  She is the best wife a man could ever want.

Adieu.

Bob

Heading to Virginia Beach to Visit Arthur

May 6, 2010

Arthur with Paul and Bob Johnson Apr 2010 LA

The picture is from our last visit in April.  My next trip with Cathy to LA is on May 12, to visit Ingrid Jenn Jeff and Paul.  But Jenn has been called to NJ for an operation her Mother must have on the 13th, so we may not see Ingrid and Jeff.

Cathy and I are headed in the Motor Home  to Va. Beach to visit with my High School friend Arthur Schlosser, aka Dean Dobbins.  He was a fantastic ball handler with many an assist to his credit.

Arthur will be moving to Virginia Beach when he retires.  Should be a good visit.

We are planning on Route 13 through the Delmarva Peninsula, cross the Bay Bridge Tunnel to Virginia Beach.  I’d love to try the Cape May Lewis Ferry but not sure of the weather.


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