04.05.22 | Two lesbians sue fertility clinic for the birth of a boy. They wanted a girl, and according to the story out of NY, they are uncomfortable with the boy because of social norms related to masculinity. Then, the Texas Attorney General, Ken Paxton, says celebrating Pride Week in the Austin School System is illegal. Finally, Russia has seized about $10 billion worth of aircraft leased from the EU and others as a counter to sanctions placed on Russia.
03.30.22 | Shop Talk shares advice from LGBTQ people about getting through life with these experiences that many other Americans probably don’t think about. Caught My Eye includes a smart investment by Lance Armstrong that saved his family, and the slow death of the Peoples Convoy in DC. The founder of IKEA, Ingvar Kamprad, is our Business Birthday.
03.29.22 | Comrade Vlad has a penchant for fancy Italian duds. At a recent unity rally, Putin was spied wearing a Loro Piana Puffer Coat that will set you back $14,000. Add this to his suits and watches costing in the hundreds of thousand dollars and we cannot help to think of the good old days when Raisa Gorbachev shopped Madison Avenue for sensible slingbacks with her Amex Card! Also, an Applebee’s Exec is in hot water for an email where he celebrated the economic downturn because it would force people back to taking low paying jobs. Finally, global fugitive and Asian Gatsby, Jho Low, blows close to $2 million in 90 minutes while in Vegas.
03.23.22 | Shop Talk reveals the 3 E’s that Apple deploys when hiring. Caught My Eye includes a store in Chicago selling LEGO like Zelensky figures with Molotov cocktails. Also, “The Price is Right” celebrated their 50th Anniversary last month and kicked off the celebration by giving away 12 cars on the first show! Bette Nesmith Graham is our Business Birthday. She was the inventor of Liquid Paper and the mother to Michael Nesmith of The Monkees.
03.22.22 | A North Carolina shelter received a middle-aged dog dropped off by heartless owners because they thought Fezco was gay. The mixed-breed pup would occasionally show dominance by mounting other dogs—ordinary behavior, the dog is not gay. Let’s hope Fezco lands in a much better home from whence he came. Then, inflation is shrinking everything from your wallet to toilet paper. Inflation is not our friend. Finally, global Super Star Cher has offered to house refugees from Ukraine and has challenged others like her to do the same. Imagine living with Cher and asking her where she put the remote!
03.16.22 | Shop Talk shares sage advice from Dolly Parton handed down from her Mom. Caught My Eye includes the first condom approved by the FDA for backdoor use and a must-see documentary, Audible. Marjorie Merriweather Post is our Business Birthday. She was the wealthiest woman in the world when she took over the family company that became General Foods. She also liked all things Russian and frat boys.
03.15.22 | Queen Elizabeth left Buckingham Palace and will likely never sleep there again. She is staying put and working remotely about 20 miles west in Windsor. Kellogg’s Corn Pops have joined the list of brands that have left us. It might be the price of corn or the embalming fluid. You decide, but apparently $74 million in profit was not enough for some large holding companies. (We would not leave that on the table.) Finally, Disney is coming under fire for not being more vocal regarding the “Don’t Say Gay” legislation recently passed in Florida and expected to become law this July.
03.09.22 | Shop Talk explores the importance of “invisible work” and the concept of getting out from behind the desk. Caught My Eye covers a story about stolen human heads in Denver and a caffeine overdose death in England. Jimmy Haslam, leader of the Pilot Corp that runs the Flying J Truckstop chain is our Business Birthday. He celebrates 68 today, March 9th.
03.08.22 | Don’t pour out your Stoli Vodka in protest of Putin! Stolichnaya left Russia in the early 2000’s and is made in Latvia under Dutch ownership. Owner Yuri Shefler left Russia in 2000 and took Stoli with him due to Putin and his views, and has now decided to drop the name Stolichnaya and has rebranded the vodka as Stoli. Cheers! Then many are calling for a boycott of Coke and other companies such as McDonald’s and Pepsi for not cutting ties with Russia. Finally, that twist tie or plastic tag on your bread or rolls, can tell you how fresh your loaf is. Each day has a different color, and a smart consumer will know what color tag they should buy that day to get the freshest product.
03.02.22 | Shop talk introduces a man who attributes his business success to the children’s book, “The Little Prince.” Caught My Eye covers a story about how our brains may give us a “best of life memories” when we die. Also, the HRC releases the Reality Flag, and we like it. Desi Arnaz, co-founder of Desilu Productions and the driving force behind I Love Lucy, is our Business Birthday.