Saturday, April 30, 2011


I saw an ad for the Hoveround watching the NFL draft today. Am I the only one that it upsets a little bit that they advertise "at little or no cost"? I'm all for devices that help folks get mobility, but with all the budget issues we face should they be provided at "little or no cost"?

I go on record and say no. Why wouldn't I want one if it was nearly free?

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Friday, April 8, 2011

Phantoms - Rose Reiter

This is the first song I ever heard by artist Rose Reiter many years ago, and I became an immediate fan. I heard it as I was clicking through tunes on - a website that hosts songs for unsigned artists. There's often a lot of "not so good" to wade through to find the gems, but then some-times you find something like this - something of such clear talent and quality that it makes you wonder why some songs/artists get a big push by a label, and why others remain heard by only a few.

This is Phantoms by Rose Reiter - one of the best songs that few people have heard.

Messy stores = more sales

As an investor in retail stores I found this article in today's NYTimes very interestng. It speaks to several retailers, but in particular Wal-Mart's efforts to make their stores more appealing and less "messy". Of the nicer/more orderly stores:

“They loved the experience,” William S. Simon, the chief executive of Wal-Mart’s United States division, said at a recent confer-ence. “They just bought less. And that generally is not a good long-term strategy.”

Here's the full story: Retailers Pile Stuff in the Aisles.

There's an investment angle to watch for here too. WMT pays a nice dividend, is cheap by my metrics, and has a powerful brand and competitive moat if they'll just get back to basics.