Big Red Car here on a sunny, chilly Thursday in Austin By God Texas wishing you a Happy New Year and talking plumbers.
On the tail end of renovating several bathrooms (to the studs), a kitchen, a powder room, and a utility room, I am conversant with plumbers.
So, we need some rules, don’t we? Some Big Red Rules on PLUMBERS.
Something feels different this year. It feels better, more exciting. The year of 2019 is going to be huge.
First, there is this little imp. Baby Tempe has changed everything. You thought you knew who you were and what you were all about and then she arrived and changed things.
Now, you’re a fool called “Gwant”, married for 39 years to a refined Southern lady called “Mimi” who goes to Savannah to babysit on the strength of a phone call.
Big Red Car here on a sunny Christmas Eve awaiting Christmas and the Prince of Peace which brings me to the subject of generals, politicians, and wars.
As a soldier (combat engineer officer), I spent a lot of time around generals. As a class of the species, they represent the top 0.1% of any year group of officers. The road to the top is a meritocracy and a very tough one. [Sure, there are some political generals, but as a general assessment they are the best of the best — if they remember to stay in their lane.]
Generals are at the top of their profession which is to wage war against the enemies of the United States and WIN.
The part about winning is an essential element in the General business.
Today we are in the midst of a “partial government shutdown” wherein “non-essential personnel” are being furloughed because the shutdown denies the government the funds with which to pay them.
This situation is caused by a confrontation between the executive and legislative branches over the issue of funding, more precisely, funding for border security (which includes the wall).
In the accompanying rhetoric and bombast, one of the utterances cast about is that “walls don’t work.”
So, your beloved Big Red Car has undertaken a bit of research to ascertain the truthfulness of that statement.
Big Red Car here on a sunny ATX beauty of a day. Talking Business 2018 predictions report card.
So, Big Red Car, how did you do?
We did OK, dear reader. Here it comes.
Big Red Car here in the wet and gray ATX reading the Beige Book.
Oh, you don’t read the Beige Book? How quaint.
The Beige Book is the Summary of Commentary on Current Economic Conditions authored by individual Federal Reserve Districts.
The Chicago District had a mention of “ghosting.”
Big Red Car here. How did we do on our 2018 predictions on Domestic Policy?
Big Red Car here on a slightly dark day. But, hey, who cares? Merry Christmas! Happy Holidays!
So, Amazon (talking Amazon Prime, y’all) bought Whole Foods.
Whole Foods had just entered into a deal with Instacart to deliver groceries from Whole Foods to their customers.
Of course, Amazon is in the delivery business themselves, so there was a conflict brewing. Right?
So, the Big Red Car was over getting some work done at the garage and who did he run into? Santa Claus.
Santa was having the runners waxed and trying to correct a shimmy in the front end at 186 knots (TAS – true airspeed).
When we finished our work, we had a chance to chat over an adult beverage as he took the old sleigh for a test ride.
Here’s how it went.