December 3, 2004


Q1: Residents of Arlington, Texas, recently voted to put more than 300,000,000 of their tax dollars into a new stadium for the Dallas Cowboys. Earlier this week, the Washington, D.C. City Council voted in favor of using public funds for a stadium for the city's new major league baseball team, The Washington Nationals. Meanwhile, residents of both San Francisco and Indianapolis are likely to be asked within the next few years to pony-up tax dollars for new stadiums for the 49ers and Colts. Given what you know about these situations, or what you think is fair, do you think it's right for your taxes--property or otherwise--to be raised in order to pay for a new stadium?

Q2: A friend's straight-A daughter was recently suspended from school for two days because of an incident with a classmate on the bus ride to school. Rather than let her sit at home by herself while she was at work, my friend made arrangements for her daughter to work at a local homeless shelter both days. What's the most innovative punishment you've ever received or dealt out?

Q3: Do you use the same brand and type of shampoo all the time? How about soap, toothpaste, and deodorant/antiperspirant?

Q4: How much of this year's holiday shopping will you do online? How does that compare to last year or the year before?

Posted by Mikal at December 3, 2004 6:40 AM | TrackBack


1. My first thought would be that it's a waste of money. But then, I really don't like a lot of sports except for quirky ones like curling or yoga. So I'd give them a benefit of a doubt--maybe they think building a stadium will bring in more people to the games and thus more business in general. I'm not saying that it would really happen, just that they may think that might happen.

2. Oh, I can't think of any right now.

3. I'm rather unpredictable about that stuff. I buy whatever strikes my mood at the moment.

4. None. I'm paranoid about online credit card transactions.

Posted by: sya at December 3, 2004 7:48 AM

1. No, I don't think tax-payers should have to pay for multi-million dollar stadiums. I rarely go to watch a sporting event or concert at a stadium. Maybe all those athletes who get paid millions of dollars a year should all chip in and pay for it themselves. Why should I or someone on a fixed income have to pay the price?

2. I can't think of anything out of the ordinary. My mom just used to send me to my room. I also really never got in such bad trouble that an alternate punishment was needed.

3. I used to buy all different brands, especially if they promoted "silky" or "smooth" hair. But now I use organic products...there are a ton of chemicals in shampoo, body lotion, face wash and especially deodorant. It also make me feel "cleaner" when I use organic products because they don't leave behind any residue.

4. This is the first year I've really shopped online for Christmas gifts. I got a few items so far, but it sure beats going to the mall or sitting in traffic to go downtown. Plus, I can't stand dealing with over-zealous shoppers.

Posted by: Missy at December 3, 2004 11:40 AM

Mikal, apologies for being a day late on didn't go to well yesterday.

1. Stadiums...hmm. Well, this one really gets me. In the end, the tax payers end up reaping benefits from increased tourism, sales tax on concessions and a variety of positive changes to the local economy, especially that of small businesses. Should owners of the teams that intend to use the stadium also have to put a significant investment into the building? Yes. Will that ever be legislated? Likely not.

2. My mother made me ground myself one time. She simply asked, "What do you think your punishment should be?" Realizing that this was the worst thing I had ever done, I assumed that I should ground myself for 4 months. Had I been thinking, I would have said 3. As a result of my attempt to please my mother with an excessive sentence, I missed Nirvana (on their final tour), The Breeders and at least two other 'major' teenage events.

3. Yes. I shave with Burt's Bees shaving bars and a Gillette razor (the same model they sent me on my 18th well spent Gillette), deodorize with Gillette, lather up with Gillette body wash for men, and use local generic dandruff shampoos (Colorado is STUPID dry).

4. Online holiday shopping, almost none. I am SOOO broke that my peeps will be getting crafts. Last year I bought evenly from catalog, the Internet, and brick-n-mortars.

Posted by: MixMasterMatt at December 4, 2004 1:52 PM

1. I absolutely should not have to pay for a stadium, especially if I am not interested in the game. Even if there is a trickle down effect on the local economy, it will not affect me much in my daily life.

2. In school, I once had to write out the multiplication tables from 1 through 20, 20 times!

3. No, I am not very brabd loyal, even though I have certain preferences. I am all for trying out new things. Only my razor brabd remains constant, Gillette.

4. Very little, maybe a couple of CDs. I never shop for anything electronic or perishable online.

Posted by: Shantanu at December 8, 2004 1:54 AM

1. I'm not crazy about tax money going to pro sports, but then on the other hand there are lots of tax dollars spent on lots of things that a lot of people don't want their money spent on, so how are sports any different? I wonder why, if there's money to be made in pro sports, and cities want the teams to stay, why don't the cities just buy the teams?

2. Don't remember any particular punishments, innovative or otherwise. It was too long ago!

3. Yes, but I mistakenly bought the wrong soap the last time and the stuff I got is nasty. Naturally I bought the large economy pack.

4. Shopping?

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