09.14.22 | Shop Talk looks at luck as being a part of life that we should recognize and accept. Caught My Eye involves a Southwest Airline pilot who did not want to receive NSFW airdropped images and a cruise ship that will be scrapped before its first voyage. The first woman to lead a major airline, Colleen Barrett, is our Business Birthday.
09.13.22 | Drag Kids was a costume and lip sync event that was supposed to take place during Boise Pride. Unfortunately, some right-wing extremists felt it was the sexualization of children and companies and organizers had to regroup. Shame on the companies that bowed to the pressure by the Republicans and pulled back their Pride funding. Then, retailers like Gap and Kohl’s are employing a strategy known as “pack and hold.” The plan is to store unsold inventory to sell next year rather than taking huge discounts or write-offs. Finally, a large Roman phallus is uncovered in Spain.
09.07.22 | Shop Talk looks at the “negative lumping effect.” Caught My Eye reveals some of the props that Mark Hamill has collected over the years from the Star Wars movie franchise. Also, a California assisted living facility serves some patients dish soap thinking it was juice. Inventor of the flat-bottom paper bag, Luther Crowell, is our Business Birthday.
09.06.22 | Drag Legend, Varla Jean Merman, slipped on a tic-tac and broke her kneecap while performing last week at P-Town’s Crown and Anchor. Varla took it in stride as she was pumped full of morphine for her ride to a hospital in Hyannis. Fox News was critical of Prince Harry’s large gas-guzzling SUV idling in the parking lot waiting for his arrival—but failed to notice that Harry’s huge SUV was an all-electric Audi e-Tron. Finally, next summer in 2024, a visitor center will open in next to The Stonewall Inn. While it continues to operate as a bar, the area around it was designated by former President Barack Obama in 2016 as the country’s first national monument to LGBTQ) rights.
08.31.22 | Shop Talk looks at the advent of Arizona Tea and a supposedly new trend of Quiet Quitting in the workplace. Caught My Eye warns New Yorkers that if they buy whipped cream, they must be at least 21 and may have to show an ID. Also, a recent study believes that dog and cat owners may take on the behaviors of their pets. Cat owners being more cautious and dog owners having more risky behavior. Bill DeWitt Jr. is our Business Birthday. Happy 81st to Dewitt who owns the St Louis Cardinals, US Playing Cards, and 63 Arby’s restaurants—among other things.
08.30.22 | A Grand Island, Nebraska school board has shuttered Saga, the 54-year-old high school newspaper, because it did not like recent content. The staff was reprimanded for using a writer’s preferred pronouns, covering PRIDE, and publishing an editorial against Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” law. So much for teaching free speech. Then, California is placing solar panels over canals to save water and energy. Dubbed Project Nexus, should it succeed in the perceived savings of water and money, expect hundreds of miles of canals in California to get the same system. Finally, the $1.34 billion lottery ticket winner has yet to come forward. They have a year to claim the prize, or the winnings go back to the lottery in July of 2023.
08.24.22 | Shop Talk looks at three food related business stories. Caught My Eye looks at a woman who has filed a lawsuit in Federal Court for being denied a FCANCER license plate. Also, a new book was just released about Crazy Eddie, the northeastern electronics giant, who was forever present on TV in the 80’s. James Lick, at one time the “Richest Man in California,” is our Business Birthday.
08.23.22 | Japan wants to increase tax revenue by encouraging the younger generation to drink more. Under a new national campaign, called “Sake Viva!”, the Japanese Government is accepting ideas on how to best launch a marketing campaign to increase alcohol sales and in effect, tax revenue. Cheers! Then, a visitor to Milwaukee gets caught on a draw bridge opening and falls to his death when he could no longer hold on. Finally, a Florida couple is arrested after having sex on the Ferris Wheel at Cedar Point Amusement Park in Ohio.
08.17.22 | Shop Talk covers a prolific vet in Maryland that dispenses pet and home spun quotes and jokes on their sign. Caught My Eye has two stories hotel related. First, Pabst Blue Ribbon Beer converts three rooms at a motel in Traverse City with an 80’s vibe that fits the blue-collar brand. Second, The Liberty Inn is for sale. It is New York City’s last “no-tell-motel.” The “boy-wonder” of drugstores, Justin Dart Sr., is our Business Birthday.
08.16.22 | Anti-LGBTQ hate surged online by 406% following the passage of Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” law, that limits classroom instruction on sexual orientation and gender identity, a new report finds. “Hetrification” is the act of bachelorette parties taking over gay safe spaces and it is not good according to a recent study. Finally, Fancy Feast cat food brand is sponsoring human dinners in NYC so cat owners can experience the texture, form, and flavor of what their favorite feline is enjoying.