Sick again today, marking Day 5 of sore throat and Day 3 of a fever of 100 (100.8 F at 7:30 this morning). So of course today is the day I finally say “I’m going to go see a professional.”
Why? Because if it’s just a standard cold, there isn’t much they can get me Rx-wise that’s any better than OTC meds (well, for sore throat. If my nose were clogged Nasonex is some potent shit). But also because I’ve taken some meth-grade OTC sinus stuff and slept a bunch, and that’s worked in the past.
Dear Corporate America:
Please have Tim & Eric direct all (yes, we mean ALL) future ads for every product that needs selling for the rest of time. We appreciate it.
- The Wits Crew
Streets Alive time-lapse Atlanta 2014
This is a cool time-lapse video from Chris Tilley. It shows what happened at Atlanta’s recent Streets Alive, when North Avenue was closed off to cars and filled with people on bikes, on foot and more.
Streets Alive is a regular event here that allows Atlantans a safe, car-free environment for interacting with the streets and neighborhoods while using human-powered transportation. For me, an occasional (and not very brave) cyclist, it’s been a good way to practice cycling on the streets — to get used to the terrain and the feel of this environment so that I’m not shocked into panic when I’m riding in mixed traffic.
But I am not so delirious or hopped up on meds that I think watching a Simpsons-Family Guy crossover is a good idea, so I’ve got that going for me.
Downside is, I’ll probably be 100% by tomorrow morning.
In the old days, NFL owners were rich men who accepted the risk of losing money as the cost of doing business. Thanks to the popularity of the game, the NFL and its owners—with the collusion of politicians—have created what amounts to a risk-free business environment. According to Long’s data, a dozen teams received more public money than they needed to build their facilities. Rather than going into debt, they turned a profit.
The perfect example: Seven of every ten dollars spent to build CenturyLink Field in Seattle came from the taxpayers of Washington State, $390 million total. The owner, Paul Allen, pays the state $1 million per year in “rent” and collects most of the $200 million generated. If you are wondering how to become, like Allen, one of the richest humans on earth, negotiating such a lease would be a good start.
In New Orleans, taxpayers have bankrolled roughly a billion dollars to build then renovate the Superdome, which we are now supposed to call the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Guess who gets nearly all the revenues generated by Saints games played in this building? If you guessed all those hard-working stiffs who paid a billion dollars, you would be wrong. If you guessed billionaire owner Tom Benson, you would be right. He also receives $6 million per annum from the state as an “inducement payment” to keep him from moving the team.
That’s the same amount Cowboys owner Jerry Jones would pay each year in property taxes to Arlington, Texas, where his fancy new stadium is located. Except that Jones doesn’t pay property taxes because, like many of his fellow plutocrats, he’s cut a sweetheart deal with the local authorities.”