Archive for November, 2008

Axl Rose is angry with Dr Pepper…

November 30, 2008 Leave a comment

…because Dr Pepper (which I like) hasn’t quite delivered on its promise to give everyone in America a free drink if Guns N’ Roses released its long-delayed Chinese Democracy album this year. Axl Rose, notorious for his perfectionist style and for the album’s many delays, shocked the company by releasing the album last Sunday. I’m guessing the soda company was caught off guard and honestly thought the album would not be released this year.

Frankly, I think Rose has far bigger fish to fry than to worry about everybody in America becoming a Pepper. CD took more than a decade to produce, record, mix and master and cost somewhere around $14 million. Best Buy is the exclusive retailer for this new album, and right now, you can buy it at their website for $11.99.

If the album did cost $14 million to make and market, how many copies would have to be sold through Best Buy’s retail price to break even? More than 1.1 million.

Have I bought it? No. Guns N’ Roses’ style was never one I cared for, much less the hedonism. The only song of their’s I’ve ever really liked was November Rain.

Have heard rumors that Rose heard some songs on the radio, didn’t like what he heard and ordered the new album recalled…


Tomorrow’s the big day

November 26, 2008 Leave a comment

That’s when my first column under the new From A to Zowie title will be posted. It’ll be for the newspaper where I work, the Oxford Leader. I’ll post a link when I get time…with the holiday schedule, not sure how much time I’ll have.

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Gasoline prices

November 26, 2008 Leave a comment

In Lapeer, Michigan, I paid $1.59 on Monday night for regular unleaded.

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Should the City of Detroit get a bailout?

November 25, 2008 Leave a comment

100% absolutely not.

You were stupid enough to elect a racist, adulterous crook twice in Kwame Kilpatrick. You made your bed. Now go lie in it.

President Bush, how about clemency for this man…

November 25, 2008 Leave a comment

Jason Kent.

He was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Story goes that he shot to death the father of his two stepdaughters. The Dad wanted unsupervised visitation (and possible custody) of the girls when there was evidence that strongly suggested he’d been molesting the girls.

Kent shot him rather than allow that to happen.

Justifiable? For those who say no, I wonder if they’ve ever felt fed up with a system that goes out of its way to protect the guilty while leaving the victims out to dry.

Meanwhile, Kent serves in prison in the ministry. He was beat up early in his incarceration, to the point where some of his teeth were knocked out and he was left bruised and bloodied.

President Bush has just done pardons and commutations…makes me wonder if Mr. Kent’s life sentence will be reduced to 25 years.

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Welcome to From A to Zowie

November 23, 2008 Leave a comment

Goodbye, Richard’s Ramblings.

Hello, From A to Zowie.

After considering some names, I have decided to change the name of my column from Richard’s Ramblings to From A to Zowie.

When I began writing this column back in 2001, it originally was named My Two Cents in one newspaper I was in. Very bland and unoriginal.

Am curious to see what readers think of this name.

From A to Zowie.

I like it. A lot.

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Had a scary drive home last night

November 19, 2008 Leave a comment

Had a decent amount of snowfall and snow on the road. Many places seemed extremely icy. In fact, I skidded a few times. Was only driving about 25 mph, so stopping wasn’t too difficult. Still, I was very nervous. I think I had a kung-fu grip on the steering wheel the whole way home. Did a lot of praying.

I passed one accident, at the corner of Millington Road and M-24 in the northern part of Michigan’s Lapeer County. Amazes me how some people still drive fast even with these driving conditions.

There’s one stretch of road on Millington Road that always makes me nervous this time of year. It’s a curving slope just west of North Lake Road. When I drive down it, I’m always afraid I’m going to lose control and plunge right into a ditch. And when driving up, I am nervous that I won’t drive fast enough and that the car will skid down again.

I think part of the problem stems from Millington Road not being a common thoroughfare. For the time being, to get to work I will likely take M-15 to Davison, then take Davison Road to Lapeer and then M-24 to Oxford.

Yes, when I am making a decent living and can afford a decent car with great tires, I will be a lot more welcoming towards winter. I remember a few years ago driving home during a white out and being scared to death. Then there was the time I tried to drive to work in a heavy snowstorm, wound up in a ditch and had to return home.

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