14 October, 2008

Blue Bell rings true!

Do you remember when a 3 pound can of coffee actually contained 3 pounds of coffee? When a cereal box was not just big in the front, but also thick enough to stand up alone without the support of other boxes? When a half-gallon carton of ice cream contained a half-gallon of ice cream?

It is apparent that many modern merchandisers think we are dumber than a box of rocks when it comes to figuring out when we are being taken. They must look at George Bush and think, Hmm...if this guy could become leader of this country, certainly everyone else who lives here is an idiot too. (My regular readers—both of you—know I can hardly mention a box of rocks without a tie-in to President Bush.).

Back to our story. Blue Bell Creameries, the makers of Blue Bell Ice Cream, have promised to continue packaging true half-gallons of ice cream, despite the movement toward 1.75 gallons made by larger manufacturers. And no, no, no, no, no, the bottom line here isn't what the actual cost of the product is on a per unit basis, such as per ounce. Even if that works out to be the same, and I don't care if it does, sooner or later you are going to be paying a half-gallon price for your 1.75 gallons. If you are okay with that, go with God, and know that our best wishes and prayers go with you as well. But the truth remains, sooner or later you are going to get ripped off.

I just remembered picking up a Mike's Hard Lemonade bottle and noticing it contained 11.5 ounces instead of 12! This nonsense will never end as long as we, the consumers, allow it to go on. So do whatever it takes to find that half-gallon of ice cream and buy it. The strongest vote, after all, is the one we make with our wallets.

Oh buy the weigh (heh-heh), there is an added benefit if you end up with Blue Bell Ice Cream in your freezer. You will find that you have purchased a true half-gallon of a a product that is also truly delicious.

UPDATE: Yesterday when we went shopping, I checked another bottle of Mike's Hard Lemonade. It's down to 11.2 ounces... and subtracting?

And to Paul W. Kruse, CEO of Blue Bell Creameries, to whom I sent a copy of the blog. Thank you for the kind words, and for the gift of Blue Bell ice cream. We will look forward to taking a plant tour the next time we get down your way.



~PITTSBURGH starts with PITT!~



13 October, 2008

I can't stand Pittsburgh!

What is this? After a lifetime of rooting for teams from the city of my birth, I'm no longer a fan? Teams wearing uniforms sporting Panthers, Pirates, Penguins or Steelers no longer count? Gone like the Spirit, Phantoms, Pipers, and Rens?

Okay, truth is the title should read more like this, "I can't stand, Pittsburgh!" (note the comma). I am after all a Pittsburgh fan-for-life, and that's not about to change. And I'm a true Pittsburgh sports fan too, not one of those bogus Pittsburgh fans, who instead of rooting for Pitt, they pull for a certain college located in a converted cow pasture up in Centre County. But anyhow, what prompted me to write this blog was a quick perusal, just out of curiosity, of Pittsburgh Penguins ticket prices.

It floored me to read that you can buy Standing-Room-Only tickets for
$50! Fifty bucks to watch a game and you don't even get a seat! How far out of whack do things have to get before fans finally rebel? Unfortunately, I don't think there is a limit. Speaking of limits, there is also available for $50 a ticket called "Limited View". I wonder what the view is limited to—the snack bars and souvenir stands?.

You can imagine how astronomically expensive are the other tickets; the ones where you actually get a seat. Unreal! And perhaps there are teams in the NHL that charge even more than the Pens do. It doesn't matter, many years ago, hockey—at the major league level at least—became a TV-only sport for this sports fan.

But if I had to choose between Limited View or Standing-Room-Only I think I'd opt for the SRO, because Limited View could also mean that the seats are so far away from the ice that view of the puck is limited to those fans who bothered to bring binoculars or a telescope with them.

It just boggles the mind. Fifty bucks...no seat... and people STAND for this!!!!
(Maybe if you hurry to the restroom before the period ends you can sit on the can for a spell...if, of course, you beat the stampede getting there.).



~PITTSBURGH starts with PITT!~







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