Archive for November, 2008

Iceland Troubles

Thursday, November 20th, 2008

Letter from Iceland: “Holidaymakers and business travellers venturing ’til Útlanda’, as it is called, found their credit cards refused.” That was just 2 weeks after we returned from Iceland. Good thing it didn’t implode while we were there… (A point of comparison: my credit card statement shows a 23 Sep purchase for ISK28,500 as US$301.93. Under two months later, and the conversion is now US$203.04.)

United Door-to-Door

Thursday, November 13th, 2008

United’s Door-to-Door baggage service: save the hassle of bringing your luggage to and from the airport…by spending $149+ per bag to have it FedEx’d the day before? Uh, what? Who thought that would take off?

The End of Wall Street

Wednesday, November 12th, 2008

Unbelievable. From Portfolio’s “The End of Wall Street” article: “In Bakersfield, California, a Mexican strawberry picker with an income of $14,000 and no English was lent every penny he needed to buy a house for $720,000.”

Olbermann on 8

Tuesday, November 11th, 2008

Good stuff: Keith Olbermann’s “Special Comment” on CA’s Prop 8 (video).

My Fellow Americans

Tuesday, November 4th, 2008

the Obama logo

Please get out there and vote! I’d love to see record turnout numbers.

Things I’d also like to see, in order of importance:

  1. A Barack Obama win (of course)
  2. A Prop 8 (CA) loss
  3. An Al Franken (MN-Sen) win
  4. A Michelle “anti-American” Bachmann (MN-6) loss

Tonight, I’ll either be on the fringes of Barack’s Grant Park party — or staring at DirecTV channel 352.