Historically, a story about people inside impressive buildings ignoring or even taunting people standing outside shouting at them turns out to be a story with an unhappy ending.
A good friend just discovered Tumblr. It reminded me that I’ve been away far too long.
Next weekend I am going to explore a part of Georgia I’ve never seen, the Savannah area. Check back for photos.
Most great nations, at the peak of their economic power, become arrogant and wage great world wars at great cost, wasting vast resources, taking on huge debt, and ultimately burning themselves out.
We’ve all been exposed to the drill. Watching the end of a favorite television drama the voice comes on that says, “your carpet may kill you, news at 11:00”. Or, “do you really know what’s inside your mattress, vendors sell mattresses with blood and fecal matter inside, news at 11:00”. Jeez. We just got a new mattress. I wonder what’s inside I don’t know about?
It’s always the same. Your dentist simply must have $200 worth of x-rays every six months when you get your teeth cleaned or your teeth will fall out. Your dog’s veterinarian must run $300 worth of blood panels, x-rays and fecal tests before your dog can be vaccinated and if your dog is not vaccinated it will die a horrible death. And, soon. Your auto mechanic must rebuild your engine before he can change your oil. Grandma will die if health reform is enacted, the POTUS is a secret muslim, and we will all be forced to live under shiria law, so vote for me! It goes on and on.
In some respects the Great Recession is a good thing. (Did I just say that?) Perhaps when times were good, we became complacent (brain dead?). It was easier to pull out the old checkbook than to think things through. Now, it is essential to think for ourselves instead of relying on some “expert”.
I haven’t read the book, but the title sounds pretty good, Christine Romans’ “Smart Is the New Rich”. We all need to “Get Smart”.
I just stumbled upon this blog posting by Pronto Attorney at Attorney Work Product. It’s the complete and definitive list of “don’ts” for friends and family of lawyers. … As one commenter noted, have the list laminated.