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Walmart’s Hours and a Lesson Learned

I am clumsy. I attempted to bring some delicious food to school in a tupperware, but it spilled in the trunk of my car. As I see it, about four things went wrong which caused this to happen. First, the food container itself was completely stuffed. This would be okay by itself. It was sealed shut, after all. Second, the container was put into a plastic bag, but I didn’t tie the bag closed. So there was nothing holding it into the grocery bag. Third, we were almost going to put the bag into a box, but I decided at the last minute to just put the bag in my trunk, assuming that the bag would be unnecessary. Fourth, I drove roughly, and I can imagine a couple of turns during which the food might have spilled.

So, if only one of those four factors were changed, things would be different. I believe that’s how most accidents happen. I read about a plane crash once. It wasn’t just one thing that caused it. It was a combination of factors; safety checks missed, unlucky equipment failures, and/or the wrong kind of weather. Thus it was with my spilled chicken, tomato, and mushroom dish. Oh well. I need to remember to tie all bags closed. Continue reading

World War II and a Hong Kong Import/Export Business

world-war-ii.jpg I’m hanging out at my grandpa’s place today, and I had an intriguing conversation with him this morning that I want to remember. My grandpa, who goes by Frank, grew up in World War II, and worked for the U.S. Army when he was 22, and the Japanese were invading Hong Kong. It seems to me that his greatest regret was the lack of education. he was able to study Chinese for 9 years, and English for 2, for a total of 11 years of education. Back then, where he was, there were no schools and no chances for earning a degree. He said that in all his years of schooling, he was always top boy– except for one year, when he was second. Yet school was easy for him, and it didn’t take a whole lot of effort him to be best-in-class. He says that if he grew up today, he would take advantage of the educational opportunities and earn his degree.

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Cruise Tip – Leave Business Card in Envelope

While on my cruise, it came time to pay the tips to my waiter, assistant waiter, head waiter, and stateroom attendant. Since I had gotten to know them during the trip, I wondered if it would be considered poor taste to leave my business card in the tip envelope. I Googled for “cruise tip leave business card in envelope” and came up with a bunch of answers – all boiling down to “yes.” Not a single objection could be found, so I left my business card with them.

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Tap water in the U.S. is amazingly good

Here’s a quote which I found quite striking.

You can buy a half- liter Evian for $1.35–17 ounces of water imported from France for pocket change. That water seems cheap, but only because we aren’t paying attention. In San Francisco, the municipal water comes from inside Yosemite National Park. It’s so good the EPA doesn’t require San Francisco to filter it. If you bought and drank a bottle of Evian, you could refill that bottle once a day for 10 years, 5 months, and 21 days with San Francisco tap water before that water would cost $1.35. Put another way, if the water we use at home cost what even cheap bottled water costs, our monthly water bills would run $9,000.

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