The Bar Life

(30 Day Without Body Wash)

About a month ago I went on my weekly visit to the grocery store. I had checked the fridge and cupboards before leaving home, and had a full list of my needs filled out. I loaded my basket, helped bag my own goods, and even used a coupon to save a dollar. Quite a success. Or so I thought.

The next morning I had my granola-pineapple-yogurt breakfast, fresh milk and coffee, and even a new carton of coconut water for after my run. The real surprise hit me when I stepped into the shower. My bottle of body wash was on its last leg. I forgot just a day ago, I had inverted it thinking, “Good thing I’m going to the store. This thing has one, maybe two days left at best.” My destiny was set, another trip to the supermarket, for the dreaded one forgotten item.

After exhausting the last of my body wash and drying off, I began to weigh my options. I could try to squeeze in an early visit before work, but that would most certainly make me late. I could swing by during lunch, but I had just purchased the makings of an epic salad that I didn’t want to miss. The only possibility was another post-work shopping trip, with packed parking lots and long lines. Then it hit me. Maybe I didn’t have to go at all. Maybe I could make do with the bar soap I still had under the sink.

Now it wasn’t about avoiding the store, now it was a challenge. Could I make it, not just a week, but an entire month on bar soap alone? The following is a chronicle of my 30 day journey I like to call, The Bar Life.
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Brewster’s Millions II, The Deficit

In part one Montgomery Brewster (Richard Pryor) has just 30 days to blow 30 million dollars. If he does he wins 300 million.

This time he’s in for a real challenge. Brewster has to spend 1.75 Trillion dollars! But to asking him to do this in just 30 days would be unfair.

So let’s do some math. If he spends one million dollars every hour, 24 hours a day, every day of the year, he’ll need almost 200 year to meet the goal.

$1,000,000 x 24 (hours) = $24,000,000
That’s per day.
$24,000,000 x 365 (days) = $8,760,000,000
That’s per year.
$8,760,000,000 x 200 (years) = $1,752,000,000,000
That’s 1.7 Trillion dollars (give or take a Billion.)
And that’s a long movie.

You don’t even want to think about seeing Brewster’s Millions III, The Payback.

(Fact) Check Please!

Time for a word on the transition to digital television.  OK, not really.  If you’ve turned on a TV in the last year, you’ve heard enough about it.  (However I will predict, the price of those Dtv converter boxes will drop to $25 in April, when all the government coupons expire.)

So if your still with me, what I really want to chime in about is a radio talk show I heard tonight on my way home.

The Roger Hedgecock Show is a conservative a.m. talk show.  I usually listen to NPR, but after 7:00 on Wednesday nights it Celtic music time, and I’m not big on bagpipes.  So I switched over to hear some talk. Continue reading “(Fact) Check Please!”

“Why you need to be looking at Twitter.”

Many of you may still have questions about Twitter.
I found this interesting article on-line from the Montreal Gazette.

It is a bit wordy, and I know your time is valuable, so I’ll summarize.

– Canadians vote via Twitter on huge plasma screens.
– Twitter is permission-based stalking.
– It is more important to be followed, then to follow.
– Twitter, and the entire internet, is a waste of time.
– Twitter is good for business.
– Some big companies use Twitter…
– …like Britney Spears.
– Lazy bloggers use Twitter.
– You can eat Twitter on the go.
– Rick Sanchez of CNN is narcissistic, and VERY popular.
– You should not try Twitter, unless you really want to.
– And if your looking for more on the U.S. presidential race. That litters Twitter, too.

I hope that helps.


Stopped by my shopping spot. Picked up the things I needed and went to check out. I was over the ten item limit, so I found a short all-you-can-buy line and took my place.

After a while the folks in front of me left the line with a heavy sigh. The checker was moving slow. She inspected every piece of produce, looked up the number, typed it in, and saw what each one rang up as, before moving on to repeat the prossest.

Patience is important and I was in no hurry.

Finally my turn. Everything in my cart had a bar code, none of that fresh stuff for me. But that did not change the pace of pricing. Each item was given extra special attention.

Then the finale, coupons. Only two, but one was a tricky buy-one-get-one-free. This added several minutes to the procces. Managers were called, other checkers stopped by to help, the people behind me finally left, leaving all their groceries waiting on the belt.

But we made it through. I learned that, this was Monika’s third day on the job, and she was very sweet with her little German accent.

I discovered the biggest surprise when I got home. While putting away my goods, I found that my package of gummi bears had been opened. Not a small hole in the package, but totaly ripped open. They weren’t that way when I put them in my cart. They weren’t that way when Monika inspected and scanned them. The only person between my checker and my unpacking was a bagged, who some would call “slow.” I suppose that’s the price one pays for using a coupon in a slow line. And hey, at least he made sure my bread didn’t get smashed.