So donations to the white cop who shot an unarmed black kid in Furguson, MO outsurpassed donations to the victim. I’m an optimist in general, but we are screwed. This country’s messed up and I blame talk radio and Fox News.
One nation under SWAT. “Welcome to a new era of American policing, where cops increasingly see themselves as soldiers occupying enemy territory.”
Border collies fascinate me, and if I wasn’t told they could be unpredictable around children I’d probably own one. Here’s a wonderful example of their skills. This guy seems to be doing demonstration for tourists, and I think that’s wonderful and hope he’s making a decent living at it.
This bit of nonsense demeaning the saying “do what you love, love what you do” is crap. This mantra applies to me completely. My employees love their jobs and are paid fairly well for doing it, and their compensation will grow as my business grows. I will never allow myself to earn more than my employees do, and I have 27 years of history to prove that. They are the key to my business’ success, and as my endeavor grows so will their wages.
Everyone likes a bargain, and I’m pretty liberal and haphazard about breaking the admission price here and there. I may let twins in as one, or if it happens to be a kid’s birthday I’ll let him in for free, or if I just think you’re being extra pleasant and I’m in a good mood I’ll give you back a little extra change. It makes me feel good to do that once in a while.
I can understand asking about discounts for seniors, military, teachers or whatever. Nothing wrong with that at all, even though my answer will be “yes, our discount is we only charge nine bucks”.
However, the center is supported by admissions, and only by admissions. We receive no grants or donations and don’t run fundraisers of any kind. So if you show up to Biomes with six people and six photocopied “one free entry” coupons, or a stack of free passes (which we generously give out to each child that we visit at a school classroom, day care center or library, so where did you get twenty of them anyway?) so your family and twelve neighbors who are with you can waltz in for free while everyone around you has paid the regular admission fee, or if you insist that a four-year-old groupon is still valid, or claim that your four-year-old child is actually two (even when he says “no, mommy. I’m four”), and yes, that has all happened in the past week, then you are depriving your family of the full Biomes experience. Because…
I’m there seven days a week and try to spend as much time as I can doing extra lessons, demonstrations, feedings and just interacting with our guests as much as possible for every minute of our open public hours. Showing you things that you are not going to see on your own, like the sand project, octopuses opening jars, barrelfish swimming through hoops. Those kinds of things. If you pull any of the nonsense mentioned above you will be allowed to come in, but you will be ignored. In fact, I will go out of my way to give families around you even more attention than normal.
Call me passive-aggressive, but you’ve deprived your children of the full educational and fun experience they could have had if you weren’t gaming the system so you could save nine bucks.
A new Five Guys burger place opened up in my town last year and I finally got around to trying it. The fries suck, but the cheeseburger I got was the second best non-homemade burger I've ever had (number one was a bison burger I had years ago at Ted Turner's place). The staff were super-friendly, busy as Bokononists, and the fairly long wait was offset by the giant box of peanuts by the counter. The cashier gave me a free small fries because he recognized me as a regular (it was my first time there).
Photos of Iceland in the winter. A friend of mine is from Iceland. He said when he arrived in Boston in the 70’s he fell to his knees when he saw a tree.
Pablo got Tuesday's trivia, with an assist by Derryl. The guy in the photo is called a "knocker-up", an early 20th century version of a wake-up caller. (Also, I'm going to start having a higher point system for trivia so we can get more winnings to your favorite charities.) Joel is eight points away from the 100 point target.
If you want a Ruby the Octopus shirt from Teespring, we only need about five more reserved and they'll start printing the shirts.
Trivia (20 biomes points): What’s this guy’s profession? (Hint: He’s not a window washer.)
My favorite regular reads are Charles Pierce, Mark Morford and Jim Wright. Not only for what they have to say, but in how they say it. There’s a connection of styles in these three, but someone better at analyzing linguistics than me might be able to connect the dots. I would have loved it if Kurt Vonnegut was alive during this era of blogs. Here’s Jim’s latest essay, John Boehner’s Monster.