02/13/18

Colorado Marijuana Five Years In

Big Red Car here with some interesting facts on marijuana — legal in Colorado. Colorado now has five years of experience with the legalization and commercialization of marijuana.

Colorado did not just “de-criminalize” the possession of marijuana; it provided an opportunity for the commercialization of marijuana in the form of growers, distributors, and retailers.

There is a difference between de-criminalizing and commercialization, but what do the results tell us five year in?

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02/13/18

Reading – CEO Shoptalk

One of the keys to personal development and success in business is reading, y’all.

Big Red Car here on a early Tuesday morning (40F headed to 49F and cloudy) with a lot to do today, but I will find the time to read for an hour today without fail.

Reading is the difference between being the King of the Jungle or a cub. Not bad to be a cub, but you, dear reader, want to be the King of the Jungle, don’t you?

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02/12/18

Austin + Walmart = Magic

Walmart opens an engineering subsite in Austin? Walmart? Huh?

Big Red Car here on a nippy 33F morning headed to 55F, but 75F on Thursday say the weather fairies.

So, Austin continues to prosper as a home of high tech, in general, and software development, in particular.

A recent addition to the tech scene is a Walmart software engineering hub which will focus on AI, ML, blockchain, and IOT to serve the company’s operations (Global Business Services Division) around the world specifically including finance, governance, human relations, employee training, and manufacturing.

New Walmart engineering hub in Austin By God Texas. That’s Sam Walton’s famous pickup truck getting ready to drive into Austin’s iconic Barton Springs. What would Sam say about Walmart today? [Pic credit: Austin American Statesman]

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02/9/18

LL Bean — When People Ruin Things

Big Red Car here after a trip to Savannah to worship the new My Perfect Granddaughter. Today, we speak of LL Bean, but first a picture:

Big Red Car, sheesh, leave me alone. I’m sleeping.

So, today, dear reader, we speak of how people can ruin things, specifically, the former unconditional satisfaction guarantee from LL Bean.

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01/30/18

Black Unemployment — Who Gets The Credit?

Today, we talk black unemployment and who gets the credit for its current lower level?

Big Red Car here on a lovely bright Austin By God Texas day. The kind of day that makes you want to move to Austin, but, then, I live here, don’t I?

So, we are hearing a lot about black unemployment and how it has plunged. President Donald J Trump has mentioned it a few times.

Some folks have attributed the current status — 6.8% in Dec 2017 v a high of 16.5% in April 2011 — to President Obama. Still, way too high when national unemployment is 4.1% from a high of 10% in October 2009.

[Please note that President Obama, himself, is a currently an unemployed black man, no?]Image result for black unemployment graphIt is clearly true that President Trump has continued the downward trend, some say he has accelerated it. However, the trend was already headed in that direction before he arrived in office.

Thanks, Obama.

But, hey, what the Hell do I really know anyway? I’m just a Big Red Car. Thanks, Obama.

 

01/29/18

Plastic Straw Crime Spree

Big Red Car here to inform y’all about a new threat to civilization – the profileration of the deadly plastic straw.

To be specific, the unsolicited offering of a plastic straw by a waiter. You will recognize this as a crime against humanity of the first order, no?

California is way out in front on this issue currently considering a ban on unsolicited plastic straws.

The California bill is #AB 1884 Straws Upon Request which would make it unlawful for a waiter to provide a plastic straw without a request from a customer.

Violators of the Retail Food Section of the California Health and Safety Code would be guilty of a misdemeanor which is “punishable by a fine of not less than $25 or more than $1,000, or by imprisonment in the county jail for a term not exceeding 6 months, or by both.” [California legislators ensure the Big Red Car they will clean this up and they won’t “criminalize” unsolicited plastic straws, but we’ve heard that before, haven’t we?]

Before we dismiss this out of hand as being more California lunacy, let’s focus on the fact that plastic lasts forever and is, typically, not recycled.

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01/29/18

Mentoring – Austin Techstars

Today, we talk Austin Techstars mentoring.

Big Red Car here on a truly gorgeous Texas day. On Earth as it is in Texas, y’all. Texas being Austin By God Texas.

It’s 45F headed to 65F. I love these crisp mornings and warm afternoons.

So, today we talk mentoring, in particular Austin Techstars mentoring.

The Boss has been a mentor with Austin Techstars for some time and has enjoyed it thoroughly.

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01/24/18

TEE – Tempe Elizabeth Eichholz, Watch Out, World

Big Red Car back in the ATX after a longish trip to Savannah to welcome Tempe Elizabeth Eichholz into the world. She arrived at Candler Hospital at 7 lbs 4 ounces and 19.5 inches.

Tempe is the most recent one in a long line of Tempes (Faith, Hope, Charity, Temperance (Tempe), it’s a Southern thing.). There’s a grandmother, a great grandmother, an aunt Tempe.

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01/6/18

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder — PTSD

PTSD — Big Red Car here on a somber Saturday in the ATX. Bit cold, but quite bright and headed to 60F.

So, the BRC has been around soldiers his whole life. The Boss, the BRC owner, was a soldier as was his father and mother. He grew up on Army posts and was educated at Virginia Military Institute.

Soldiering is a noble, necessary profession. It comes at some high personal cost to those who are thrown into combat.

Let’s discuss this a bit, shall we?

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