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Ben Franklin didn't say "Beer is proof that God loves us..."

As a matter of fact, he said something similar about wine, but wrote at length on how detestable it was to "guzzle" beer. Letter to André Morellet, circa 1779:
We hear of the conversion of water into wine at the marriage in Cana as of a miracle. But this conversion is, through the goodness of God, made every day before our eyes. Behold the rain which descends from heaven upon our vineyards; there it enters the roots of the vines, to be changed into wine; a constant proof that God loves us, and loves to see us happy.
From his autobiography about working as an apprentice typesetter:
I thought it a detestable custom; but it was necessary, he suppos'd, to drink strong beer, that he might be strong to labor. I endeavored to convince him that the bodily strength afforded by beer could only be in proportion to the grain or flour of the barley dissolved in the water of which it was made; that there was more flour in a pennyworth of bread; and therefore, if he would eat that with a pint of water, it would give him more strength than a quart of beer. He drank on, however, and had four or five shillings to pay out of his wages every Saturday night for that muddling liquor; an expense I was free from. And thus these poor devils keep themselves always under…
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bike trailer stroller ad

There's such a thing as TMI when you write an ad on craigslist:
We bought the trailer to haul our dog around up north, but she did not like it at all. [she peed in it] It has been used less than ten minutes. [we pulled her out before she finished pooping] It is brand new. [we cleaned it] I bought it from D&D Bikes in Berkley for 269.00. [that's less than I paid for my dog's designer sweater] I will sell it for 225.00.
In other words, it wasn't good enough for my dog, but I'll give you 15% off to use it for your kid!
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Test drive a Ford for the Cure

Now through June 1, Ford will donate $20 for every test drive taken at a participating Ford, Lincoln and Mercury dealership to your local Race for the Cure. Dealers around the country are joining in to match the company's donation.

To participate, log on to www.fordcares.com, sign up for a registration number, then visit a dealership and take a test drive. You'll need to go back to www.fordcares.com again with information from the dealer to validate your drive so the donation is made in your name.

To help out, they're giving me two additional X Plan discounts for Friends and Family to buy cars in 2009. It's easy, all I need is your name and email to get you a PIN, and when you tell the dealer you have X-plan, they have to show you the invoice price.

Over the past 15 years, Ford, along with its employees and family, have contributed more than $100 million to the fight against breast cancer. My wife, thelifeofbrian, and I will be running and/or walking in the Detroit Race for the Cure on May 30th - ask me if you want to join us and sign up for Team Ford!
motorsport

Fusion Hybrid goes 1445.7 miles on a tank of gas

That's 81.5 mpg, almost exactly the distance from New York to Key West on one tank of gas.

For the Ford Fusion Hybrid JDRF Challenge, a team of Ford engineers in Virginia with help from hypermiling world record holder Wayne Gerdes and NASCAR driver Carl Edwards (who came in the day after his wreck to drive the 1000th mile) ran a production Fusion to empty, driving in shifts over three days.

JDRF gets $8004 in donations from Ford and BP employees trying to guess the final mileage... I was too low, I guessed 1230 miles, which is about the best I could get with normal city driving and air conditioning.

http://www.thefordstory.com/ for videos of the event.
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More book questions

Select as many answers as you want.
Poll #1383776 more questions

How much would you pay for book club hardcover editions?

$2 or more
1(20.0%)
$1
2(40.0%)
50 cents
0(0.0%)
less than 50 cents
1(20.0%)
the same price as paperbacks, by the box
1(20.0%)

For a book sale eleven minutes away from the convention hotel, what days would you prefer?

Friday
1(16.7%)
Saturday
1(16.7%)
Sunday
2(33.3%)
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Howard's cheap books and Penguicon


Howard's daughter called me again, looking for advice on selling books after Penguicon (a SF/Linux con). Please answer the poll if you read science fiction, whether you go to cons or not.
Poll #1383504 Psst! Wanna buy a book?

Do you attend conventions?

Yes, science fiction cons
14(56.0%)
Yes, computer/linux conferences
0(0.0%)
No
1(4.0%)

Would you be interested in buying a grab-bag box of 80-100 random science fiction books? (whether you go to cons or not)

Yes, I'd make a special trip
1(4.0%)
Yes, if they were at a con
8(32.0%)
Probably
3(12.0%)
Maybe, if the price was low
8(32.0%)
No
5(20.0%)

Would you be interested in a box of SF books if you got to go through and choose?

Yes, I'd make a special trip
6(24.0%)
Yes, if they were at a con
13(52.0%)
Probably
2(8.0%)
Maybe
2(8.0%)
No
2(8.0%)

How much would you pay for 80-100 random paperbacks?

$50 or more
1(4.5%)
$30
4(18.2%)
$25
5(22.7%)
$20
5(22.7%)
$15
2(9.1%)
$10
3(13.6%)
$8 or less
2(9.1%)

How much would you pay for 80-100 paperbacks you got to choose?

$100 or more
4(17.4%)
$75
4(17.4%)
$50
6(26.1%)
$40
2(8.7%)
$30
1(4.3%)
$25
3(13.0%)
$20
2(8.7%)
$15
0(0.0%)
$10 or less
1(4.3%)

If you go to cons, would the best day for a book garage sale be:

Sunday right after the con
12(57.1%)
The following weekend
3(14.3%)
Another day (leave a comment)
6(28.6%)

Howard's family dragged books to Lansing not too long ago and swore never again, they just don't enjoy cons like Howard did... Karol mostly wanted my opinion on selling books by posting flyers at Penguicon. She has 50-75 boxes full of cheap science fiction paperbacks and about 20 boxes of book club hardcovers that she'd like to get out of Howard's house, and she'd prefer to let fans have them directly for a reasonable price. Her idea was to say that people could stop by the house Sunday after the con and buy books by the boxfull, hoping that enough people would stop by 5-8pm to get rid of a lot of them.

I told her it would be great to put some flyers out, at least get her phone number and email address out there so people could contact her, and that maybe advertising a weekend after the con might work out... my thought was that most people at Penguicon were local. Am I right in that?

She doesn't want to cause more mess than she had before by people digging through books and leaving ones on the floor that they don't want, or making it completely unmanageable if there are a lot of people... but then again, I worry that not enough people would show up at the house to make it worthwhile... and people might be upset to get 25 copies of War of the Worlds if they went for an unopened grab bag box. You should probably work it so that you get to open and look at the box before spending your money, just don't get to sort through it, pick and choose unless you pay more.

I'd like to get ideas on how to sell 'em, how to communicate, and dates, plus of course can pass along her contact info if anyone wants to get books for sure or help out! The really valuable books and pulps are already moved to the daughters' houses, if people are interested in particular things... I know there's a signed Dune and a signed Psycho they're thinking of selling.
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Do you actually have ANY cheese?

Thought I'd drive down Greenfield north of Ford and look for cheap florists... I found one, but, "do you have any roses?" No, waiting for a shipment. "Flowering plants? Lillies, tulips..." no, the shipping... I can highly recommend Eddy's Florist if you want an excuse for not buying flowers.
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The Fiesta Movement

Ford is giving away 100 new european Fiestas before the US launch... all you have to do in return is post a monthly video blog and talk about the car on social networking sites. The Fiesta has been popular in Europe for a long time, the new one that just came out won car of the year, smaller than a Focus, manual transmission, great gas mileage. The free cars come with free gas and insurance, but probably won't have Sync because it hasn't rolled out in Europe yet.
We’re looking for an elite crop of drivers to take the wheel: people with a strong presence on the web, an ability to craft a compelling story through video, and a hunger for adventure.
To win, you have to go to fiestamovement.com and follow the instructions to make a YouTube video proving that you can make cool content to help promote the car. The target audience is millenials born after 1980, all drivers must be 21 years of age and US citizens. Entries due by March 13, 2009.
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Donate Locally

Food banks are the best charities for keeping your money in the community and usually have the lowest administrative overhead: Food Gatherers uses 96% of donations to actually buy and distribute food in Washtenaw County. Gleaners is also at 96% but in Wayne County. I have volunteered twice for a day at Food Gatherers, they were founded by the Zingerman's people but are separate now, the food they buy is core nutritional stuff and baby formula, and they get big discounts, plus rescue a lot of food that would go to waste otherwise.

Another good one I've volunteered for is Habitat for Humanity Detroit at 89%, again a good percentage of your money goes to help people.

Compare that to United Way at 72%, Race for the Cure at 78%, World Wildlife Fund at 81%, JDRF at 86%. The big charities spend a lot of money on salaries and advertising, even the best of them, and the money goes all over, whereas food banks are very efficient. A lot of charities are a lot worse, for example the Magic Johnson Foundation at 50%, and scams like the Disabled Veterans Associations at 2%, which makes a lot of money from confusing people with a name similar to the Disabled American Veterans, which is a great charity at 95%. The real charity, the DAV, collected 8 million dollars in 2007, the scam collected (and kept) 9 million. Many "police" or "firefighter" charities are scams, at less than ten percent, the rest disappears as administrative or fundraising expenses.

Data from bbb.org and charitynavigator.org
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Weeweechu

It was a romantic moonlit night when Pedro parked his car at lover's lane and said, "Hey, mamacita, let's do Weeweechu."

Oh no, not now, let's look at the moon!" said Rosita.

Oh, c'mon baby, let's you and I do Weeweechu. I love you and it's the perfect time," Pedro begged.

"But I wanna just hold your hand and watch the moon." replied Rosita.

Please, corazoncito, just once, do Weeweechu with me."

Rosita looked at Pedro and said, "OK, one time, we'll do Weeweechu."

Pedro grabbed his guitar and they both sang.....

"Weeweechu a Merry Christmas, Weeweechu a Merry Christmas, Weeweechu a Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year."





(Texican hairless shaggy dog story forwarded from my friend Lis in San Angelo)