January 30, 2009

Four For Friday

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Q1: - Drugs: Fueled primarily by Internet sales, the International Journal of Clinical Practice recently reported that the counterfeit pharmaceutical market could reach $70 billion dollars by 2010, Alarmingly, the Journal reports, these include fake drugs that could have devastating consequences, like counterfeit medication for potentially fatal conditions like cancer and high blood pressure. Have you ever--or would you consider--purchasing pharmaceutical drugs online from a foreign-based provider or company?

Q2: - Rejuvenile: Rejuvenile's are what marketers are now calling people who cultivate tastes and mindsets traditionally associated with those younger than themselves. For example, the iPhone recognizes and plays to the rejuvenile trend by featuring brightly colored icons and playful features that reflect a kid-like tone, whereas the Mini Cooper lets every boy or girl live out their fantasy of driving a Matchbox/Hot Wheels-like car in real life. Do you consider yourself a rejuvenile?

Q3: - Credit: The credit score--that annoying but all-important numerical expression based on a statistical analysis of a person's credit files that represents your creditworthiness--is getting a lot of play these days. With the availability of credit tightening and more people going into debt because of the state of the economy, many people stand to lose ground over the next few years--not gain it--when it comes to their credit score. How concerned are you with your credit score? Do you, for instance, use a fee-based service to monitor and check your credit score, or could you give a rats-you-know-what about your credit rating?

Q4: - Place: A new national survey by the Pew Research Center's Social & Demographic Trends project finds that nearly half (46%) of Americans would rather live in a different type of community from the one they're living in now. When asked about specific metropolitan areas where they would like to live, respondents rank Denver, San Diego and Seattle at the top of a list of 30 cities, and Detroit, Cleveland and Cincinnati at the bottom. Reasonably speaking, would you like to live somewhere other than where you currently reside?

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Comments:

q1: $70 billion. WOW. I haven't and don't think I would
q2: Well one of the first things I put on my BlackBerry was Pac-man
q3: I check my credit report for free about once a year. I don't worry about it too much other than that.
q4: I don't think I'd rather live "in a different type of community" though I'm not sure exactly what they mean by that. I wouldn't mind living in a different place though.

Posted by: Ryan R at January 30, 2009 10:41 AM

1. No.
2. Sure, but neither examples apply to me. I have the iphone for business and productivity. In regards to the Mini, I'm into performance driving and modifying cars to be track-ready. Mini coopers are lame, in the same way that the VW Beetle is. You're spot on by saying that the "cuteness" factor of those cars is a huge draw for the average car owner. I would say I'm more rejuvenile when it comes to sports. I played in premier-level soccer and baseball throughout my youth (until I was 18). I'm re-discovering sports, now, by taking up hockey.
3. I check my credit score each month, using a paid service. Those who don't watch their finances carefully will most likely stand to lose the most ground.
4.Nope. I live in Scottsdale, AZ. All of my neighbors have nice homes, and are all very nice people. Plus, the weather can't be beat.

Posted by: at January 30, 2009 10:46 AM

1. No.
2. Sure, but neither examples apply to me. I have the iphone for business and productivity. In regards to the Mini, I'm into performance driving and modifying cars to be track-ready. Mini coopers are lame, in the same way that the VW Beetle is. You're spot on by saying that the "cuteness" factor of those cars is a huge draw for the average car owner. I would say I'm more rejuvenile when it comes to sports. I played in premier-level soccer and baseball throughout my youth (until I was 18). I'm re-discovering sports, now, by taking up hockey.
3. I check my credit score each month, using a paid service. Those who don't watch their finances carefully will most likely stand to lose the most ground.
4. Nope. I live in Scottsdale, AZ. All of my neighbors have nice homes, and are all very nice people. Plus, the weather can't be beat.

Posted by: Matt Blancarte at January 30, 2009 10:46 AM

Q1 - Not in a million years. There's too many risks with prescriptions even if you pick it up at your local pharmacy, let alone from some faceless stranger on the other side of the world.

Q2 - Egad. Reading this question was like having a disease that had never been diagnosed because you didn't know it had a name. Well, now I know my disease. My name is Neal, I'm 35 years old, and I'm a rejuvenile. From my t-shirt with the Autobots symbol to my four volume Looney Tunes collection to just about every Wii game I own, I think you could say I'm certifiable.

Q3 - I don't worry about or check my credit score, just because the last time I checked, it was solid enough, and I have no reason to suspect that it's changed.

Q4 - Yes, I would. I live in Utah and have lived here most of my life. I really like living here, but just for the sake of being somewhere new and befriending people who are nothing like me, I'd really like to move. I lived in Houston for a few years and would love to move back. There are also several locations in the east that intrigue me (just because I've never been out there). I also love Jacksonville, Florida, Denver, Colorado, and San Antonio, Texas. With apologies to all Californians, I like visiting California, but after living there for about half a year, I'd never want to live there again.

Posted by: Neal Jenks at January 30, 2009 10:58 AM

Q1: Alarming estimates. Never have done it and hope I never find myself resorting to that option.

Q2: I've played more Legos in the past year than most kids 1/4 my age. My wife accuses me of liking them more than my young sons—and she's probably right.

Q3: I've only checked it when applying for mortgages—otherwise I don't do it on an annual basis as recommended by some. So far my credit score has been a beneficial asset when I've needed to rely on it. However, if either through fraud or circumstances beyond my control, my score was damaged then I'd give a rat’s-crack about my ability to qualify for certain interest rates or loans being jeopardized.

Q4: No chance, mang! I'm right where I want to be. Blue skies and clean air year round, less than an hour to nearest major airport. Though perhaps a smallish, tucked away community—we're well within quick reach of anything the average US family could ever need—except a MLB ballpark.

Posted by: John S at January 30, 2009 11:04 AM

1. I haven't, and, based on this information, probably won't. I had no idea it was such a huge market.
2. I guess as you've defined it, I would be, but I don't really like the word. My online ID at many sites is "CaptainKid" for a reason--and not a piratey one.
3. Credit is too important these days to not pay attention to it. I've already had someone get a hold of my credit card data somehow and process some fraudulent charges. Luckily, I caught it quickly and was able to take care of it, but with the threat of identity theft, credit monitoring is a must. Even if something happens that's not your fault, it can affect you for years to come.
4. Actually, I really like where I live. Although I'm always open to new experiences, I love where I'm at and hope to be able to stay here for a while.

Posted by: Clark at January 30, 2009 11:09 AM

1. Drugs: No way. And did you know that most of the drugs we get here in the States are made in CHINA? Who knows what else they put in our drug supply which could be killing us slowly.

2. Not really.

3. Not worried about my credit. I know it's good.

4. Hell yeah!

Posted by: Vera at January 30, 2009 6:25 PM

1. I don't think so. I can see why some people would be tempted though if they had as many prescriptions as my mom does and they had to rely on Medicare pt D or had no drug coverage through work.

2. I guess that's me. Five years ago when I was working at the grocery store I was told that I was a 17 year old trapped in a 30-something body by the high school kids I worked with. I guess they picked up on it long before the demographers created a name for it.

3. I'm interested in mine since I'm talking myself into looking for a house but I'm not overly concerned since mine is excellent.

4. I could live just about anywhere as long as it has, or is close to, amenities I consider to be necessary. That being said-if it were feasible for me to move back to Bloomington Indiana I'd do it in a heartbeat.

Posted by: mike at January 31, 2009 9:20 AM

1- Can't say that I would, probably because I have decent insurance so I don't feel like I need to bargain hunt for my prescriptions.

2- Not particularly, but that might also be because I don't have the money to spend on non-practical sorts of things.

3- My credit is in a decent place and my spending philosophy will likely keep things that way. I am a bit concerned that going in to med school, it will be harder (higher interest, fees, etc) despite having a good credit history.

4- Yep, I'm feeling pretty done with Utah, though I have no special destinations in mind.

Posted by: Greg at January 31, 2009 11:06 AM

Q1: Heck yeah. Desperate times call for desperate measures. If I couldn't afford the medications I needed, The first thing I'd try is to ask my doctor for some free samples. (Docs often have ready supplies of free meds from the pushers... er sales reps from the pharmaceutical companies.) If my doc couldn't hook me up, then I'd try the Partnership for Prescription Assistance (the PPA thing Montel Williams is associated with). If I couldn't score the meds through something like that or community assistance programs, I might very well consider bypassing the legal channels.

Q2: In some ways. My wife and I bought a bright green New Beetle when they first came out. I'm not a big consumer, though.

Q3: I'm not obsessed about it and don't subscribe to one of those services, but I do everything possible to prevent my credit history from being blemished. It's easy to not care about it until you need to borrow money. Not only does a low credit score make you more eligible for credit, but it also helps you qualify for lower rates and better terms.

Q4: Yes, I think I'd like to live where it's warm and sunny, town rather than big city, near the heart of the town where everything I wanted/needed was within walking distance.

Posted by: Joe at February 1, 2009 8:54 AM

I would never consider for the fact that it could be life threatening weather the illness is, or perhaps the fake drugs have a chemical in them that I or someone else has a allergic reaction to.

Not at all. I like sleek elegant looking things. Like the Crystler 300. The phone IT really depend s on its functionality.

I don not use a fee based credit guard or anything of the nature. I check my credit every 3 months or so by pulling it for free. I am concerned about my credit only because of the amount of identity theft that happens.

I would like to live somewhere the weather is pretty consistent. I guess San Diego would be at the top of my list. First and for most I would just like to own a house and not a town house. We will take baby steps.

Posted by: Vince King at February 1, 2009 11:39 AM

1-If that was my last option, I would look into buying prescription drugs online.

2-I don't really consider myself one.

3-I am concerned about my credit score. It's important.

4-Yes, I wish I lived somewhere warm year round where it never ever snows. I loathe the snow and cold.

Posted by: Meagen at February 1, 2009 11:49 AM

Q1: - Drugs: I hope I never have to touch the stuff. I've heard way too many horror stories.

Q2: - Rejuvenile: Geez, you know what that sounds like? A freakin' pansy GIRL! I may be a couple decades behind in my social development, but it doesn't mean I'm gonna start playing with dolls! I'll take a Corvette and some death-metal icons on my iPhone, thanks.

Q3: - Credit: I care only because it affects the rate I get when I attempt to refinance my car loan.

Q4: - Place: My neighbors in the big giant apartment complex across the street from me, as nice as most of them are, most don't speak English and those who do look like drunken crooks who should be in the slammer. And apparently they don't know about garbage cans because they're always throwing their trash out in the street. So, yeah, I would love to move to another community. That and like three sex offenders live within a couple blocks of me.

Posted by: Stu at February 1, 2009 6:21 PM

1. I haven't, but know many people who have with no problems.

2. I guess I am a rejuvenile, I still like playing computer games.

3. I check my credit once a year.

4. I live in a winter wonderland and love it! However, I wouldn't mind living with an ocean view - like Laguna Beach.

Posted by: Catfish at February 6, 2009 8:23 AM

Q1: Drugs - I have never purchased prescription drugs online, do not know of anyone who has, and am skeptical about the whole process. It seems to be a system that is wrought with fraud and risk, but if push came to shove and I could no longer afford walk-in pharmacy prices here in the U.S., I could see turning to the Internet for some trial purchases.

Q2: Rejuvenile - If this includes watching The Flintstone's and The Jetson's, count me in. While I don't own an iPhone or a Mini Cooper, I'd love to (especially the new plug-in MC, available only in NJ and So. CA right now on a beta test basis). Generally speaking though, I am attracted to and take special note of Rejuvenile packaging and messaging.

Q3: Credit - I used to not care so much about credit, and once I realized that that approach wasn't working in my best interests, I wised up. I now monitor my credit using a paid service and am pleased with its position.

Q4 - Place: I've been fortunate to live in many powerful and alluring spots. Over the years, however, I have learned that home is where the heart is, and I believe I could make anyplace work given the right circumstance that brought me there in the first place.

Posted by: Mikal at February 6, 2009 8:36 AM



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