November 21, 2008

Four For Friday

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Q1 - Holiday Shopping: Where will you be doing the bulk of this year's holiday shopping... from a catalog, online, at the mall, shopping? bah humbug!, somewhere else?

Q2 - I've Had Enough: A few years ago, I could not get enough of a certain sandwich at a little deli near my office. For months, no matter what time of day, if you offered me that one specific sandwich and I was hungry, I gladly would have eaten it and thanked you for making me so happy. Then, out of nowhere, I lost my appetite for that sandwich (I guess I just got "burned out" of it). Has this ever happened to you, and if so, what specific food item was involved?

Q3 - Automobile: Would you consider buying a car from an automobile manufacturer who has declared bankruptcy?

Q4 - Hovering: A growing number of scholars, psychologists, educators and pundits think kids today have lost their resilience due to overly hovering parents. What do you think?

Posted by Mikal at November 21, 2008 1:52 PM | TrackBack


Comments:

1. Mostly online. If you click the following link, the Cottonwood Institute will get a 1-5%+ donation for all online sales: http://www.goodsearch.com/goodshop.aspx?charityid=856227

2. Illegal Pete's burritos in Boulder, CO. Never thought it could ever happen, but it did.

3. Not bloody likely.

4. Parents hover waaaay too much. And as a parent-to-be, I can't wait to get in the chopper. Just kidding, I think you need to let kids have their own successes and celebrate them and create a safe space to learn from their failures and mistakes.

Posted by: Ford Church at November 21, 2008 1:59 PM

q1: hmmm...probably online, well 50/50 online versus a brick and mortar store. I expect very very little to be at a Walmart.
q2: I can't think of one. Maybe tomatoes. One time as a kid I felt like I'd eaten too many and so I got tired of them for a while. Oh one time I had a buy get one free coupon for a Big Mac. I ate both in the same sitting. I've sworn off McDonald's almost entirely (I'll still do their breakfast) because of the aftermath of that experience.
q3: probably not
q4: I agree with the scholars, after all they are the smart ones that have thought it through right?

Posted by: Ryan Roberts at November 21, 2008 2:24 PM

1- Probably going to do the online gig.

2- Yes, Wendy's JBC... I used to eat that thing all the time, can't stand the thought of it now.

3- Depends on the previous reputation of the vehicles they make. For instance, even if Toyota went under, their cars have a history of dependability, so no problem. Ford, on the other hand, not a chance.

4- Totally. I grew up playing in the mud, riding a bike without even a helmet, climbed trees all the time, and generally was free to hurt myself. I think I turned out OK.

Posted by: Greg at November 21, 2008 2:27 PM

1 - All online baby.

2 - This has happened to me several times in my life. Grilled cheese sandwiches, the curry bowl at Teriyaki Stix, Wendy's JBCs, Cashew Chicken at Rice Wok, and the sweet pork burrito at Costa Vida, just to name a few. When it comes to food, I am like a bad radio station. I find something good and hit it until it is overplayed.

3 - Yes. I think the quality of the car has very little relation to the financial state of the company.

4 - I definitely think parents need to let kids fall down and get banged up a bit so they toughen up, but as a new dad myself, this is easier said than done.

Posted by: Zirker at November 21, 2008 2:36 PM

1. Admittedly, I'll probably do the bulk of it at Target. This year, I'm not gonna have enough money to do a significant amount of Christmas shopping before mid-December. So that rules out online shopping. And other than that, Target close's to my home, and I like it. Sue me.

2. Cinammon toast. I used to pound that stuff every day as a kid. For me, though, it wasn't burnout that brought an abrupt end to my cravings as much as a bad stomach bug. I got sick right after my usual cinammon toast routine. Since then, I've pretty much sworn it off.

3. Good question. (Slight pause whilst I weigh both sides of the issue) I probably wouldn't.

4. As a parent, I try to strike that perfect balance between discipline and freedom. I've erred on both sides. Attempting to strike that balance, though, is the best technique, I believe.

Posted by: Neal Jenks at November 21, 2008 2:43 PM

Q1 - Online, Mall - but am really trying to cut down on ridiculous consumption, because it's so crass


Q2 - Oh Yes, Chun King Egg rolls, Pop tarts, Ramen Noodles, Subway sandwhiches (all of them).

Q3 - Yes. Good price, support not going away

Q4 - Definitely! As safety awareness has gone up, so has paranoia. You can't protect everything at every moment. There is mounting eveidence that things parents do make things worse... like sterilizing everything, over cleaning, etc.

Kids have to get out into the world and fall down a little bit. I did. That being said there are many good common sense things kids need... like bike helmets and seat belts.

Posted by: at November 21, 2008 2:54 PM

1. I'll do one day at the stores and the rest on line

2. If beverages are considered a food item, I have one. Coca Cola. I used to drink at least 1 or 2 a day. I cannot remember the last time I had any soda.

3. I might, if the specific car had a good reputation.

4. I think it depends on where you live. Because of the climate of today's world, people living in cities have to hover. I think that kids growing up in the country (or in small towns in Vermont) have more freedom.

Posted by: Catfish at November 21, 2008 2:56 PM

Q1 - Holiday Shopping: Shopping? Bah humbug! I'm going to curl up in a ball until the new year.

Q2 - I've Had Enough: Dr. Pepper. I used to drink the stuff like a fish. But then I held a LAN Party one day and just had one too many. Have had a hard time drinking the stuff since. On a similar note, I listened to country music for years. Got in the car one day, turned on the radio, and out of the blue found that I couldn't stand it any more. That was 14'ish years ago. Now my wife, who used to hate country, likes it.

Q3 - Automobile: I'm with Zirker. If the price were right and it was a car I wanted anyway, I wouldn't hesitate. Heck, I almost bought an Olds and they aren't even in business anymore. Third-party warranty would probably sway me if I were on the fence.

Q4 - Hovering: I agree. I see adults all the time that can barely tie their shoes without mommy there to help them. It's a horrible sight to behold. Any hiring managers out there ever had a parent show up and participate in their kids' interview? I've heard stories and can barely believe them to be true!

Posted by: Stu at November 22, 2008 10:36 AM

Q1- I'll do most of my holiday shopping online I think. Well, probably in the stores too. A little of everywhere I guess!

Q2-Hmmm, that happened with Cafe Rio salads for a while, but then I've gotten back into them.

Q3-I agree with Ryan. I just want a high quality car.

Q4-I agree with that to some extent. Kids need some space.

Posted by: Meagen at November 23, 2008 5:23 PM

Q1 - Holiday Shopping: Mostly online. It's super easy, convenient, comparable, cost-efficient and fun.

Q2 - I've Had Enough: Bologna, Chicken Parmesan Sandwich from BK, Turkey Ranch sandwich from Kneader's, and the wrap sandwiches from Trader Joe's. (Also, The Jetsons and The Flintstones and CSI.)

Q3 - Automobile: Ron Gettelfinger, President of the United Auto Workers, told members of Congress last week that "Consumers will not purchase vehicles from a company that has filed for bankruptcy." Well, he's wrong. I would absolutely purchase an automobile from a car manufacturer who had just declared bankruptcy, and I know many others who would as well.

Q4 - Hovering: A friend of mine recently wrote a book about this ("Nation of Wimps"), and while I hadn't given it much thought until she brought it up, I can see her point... all too often, kids aren't allowed to be kids. That said, if I had kids, I'd be a total worry-wart.

Posted by: Mikal at November 23, 2008 5:55 PM

1. I will do some shopping online, some at the store, and some homemade. Going to try and keep it simple this year with such a large family.

2. Probably this really yummy salad that I like to make. If I eat it too often, it loses its yum factor.

3. Not. What happens if I buy the car and then have issues with it...will my warranty still be valid if the car company goes under? Will their dedication to customer service exist? But then if everyone started buying from them, maybe they wouldn't have to go bankrupt. Who knows?

4. Hovering isn't the issue...lack of dicipline is the problem. Some parents just let the kids have all the control, and this leads to chaos. But, I am sure there are a lot of hoverers out there, too.

Posted by: Vera at November 24, 2008 2:28 PM

1. Internet-don't like malls
2. Can' think of anything-wait, Jack in the Box Monster Tacos!
3. No
4. I think parents should be respectful of their childrens space. There still needs to be discipline and monitoring. I get on my daughters facebook every day when she goes to school. She knows, that was the only way I would let her have one. Recent hot topic at my house. I made her sign a contract.

Posted by: anne-marie at November 25, 2008 3:56 PM

Posted mine here. Very late!

Posted by: Yen at November 25, 2008 5:12 PM

mine are up!!

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Posted by: pinaymama at November 26, 2008 12:16 PM

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Posted by: pinaymama at November 26, 2008 12:18 PM

1. well so far I was drug to the black friday shopping madness at the park city outlet mall at midnight. God, that sucked. Think I was elbowed 12 times in shuffle. That's enough to make anyone bah humbugged out.

2. hmm ...candy corn. Actually anything sweet or artificial tasting kills it after only a few dosings.

3. No, don't think so. Parts man..parts. I was stranded in Moab waiting for the ford dealer to ship parts, one to two day wait, turned out to be a week. And that was before they asked for a bailout - ford that is.

4. I don't know, hovering is kind of vague to me. I don't know if parents hover so much as packing on too many projects on their kids. I feel that kids need to have their own time to play and parents should then monitor check-in times. And there should be more spanking...just throwing that in there for good measure.

Posted by: Aaron V at November 28, 2008 1:23 PM

1. well so far I was drug to the black friday shopping madness at the park city outlet mall at midnight. God, that sucked. Think I was elbowed 12 times in shuffle. That's enough to make anyone bah humbugged out.

2. hmm ...candy corn. Actually anything sweet or artificial tasting kills it after only a few dosings.

3. No, don't think so. Parts man..parts. I was stranded in Moab waiting for the ford dealer to ship parts, one to two day wait, turned out to be a week. And that was before they asked for a bailout - ford that is.

4. I don't know, hovering is kind of vague to me. I don't know if parents hover so much as packing on too many projects on their kids. I feel that kids need to have their own time to play and parents should then monitor check-in times. And there should be more spanking...just throwing that in there for good measure.

Posted by: Aaron V at November 28, 2008 1:36 PM

Q1 - Probably mostly internet, nah, strike that. The few things I have left to buy are things like shoes and snow boots, so I want to be able to see and touch (and return easily). But who knows. It depends on my mood and how much time I have.

Q2 - Yes, that has happened to me. I'm at a loss right now for with what, but I know it happened somewhat recently. Brain freeze!Hate it when that happens.

Q3 - Probably not due to service and parts availabilities if they couldn't work their way back.

Q4 - I think kids need space to develop and learn properly. They need to learn independence. I've always let my kids figure things out on their own when possible. They're turning into great kids with great minds, so I guess it's working!

Posted by: Marjorie at November 28, 2008 6:45 PM



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