I finished my early mission - taking a car to be serviced - quickly, so can make a short post. But before I do this, I suppose many are familiar with those keyless ignition systems. The loaner car the dealer gave me has it, and I've seen them before. Question: suppose one is at a mall or supermarket and one accidentally drops the gizmo on the concrete. Can it break and then not work ? Something similar happened to me recently for a simple automatic door lock/unlock device. The automatic door unlock did not work, but, of course, I had a real key, too. These new devices require the automatic signal for the car to start. But if your car can't be started, that's a big problem. I wonder if this "improvement" is a SNAFU waiting to hit people.
Hog of the Day
WSJ: "NEW YORK -- American Express Co. said its chairman and chief executive, Kenneth I. Chenault, earned salary, perks and stock-based awards in 2008 valued at $36.3 million.
According to a securities filing, Mr. Chenault's compensation included stock and options valued at $34.1 million at the time of the grants in early 2008. At the time, the credit-card firm's shares were trading at about $49. In New York Stock Exchange trading Tuesday, AmEx shares rose $1.53, or 14%, to $12.17, close to a 12-year low."
Imagine that - the stock gets crushed, earnings are poor and Mr. CEO takes home $36 million. It's great if you can get it. But the common man never gets it - only the ruling class hogs.
Word of the Day
"Philtre" - noun [$10] a Mencken word
Philtre means a drink suposed to excite sexual love in the drinker.
Sentence: I strongly doubt that real buyers quaffed quarts of philtres for stocks yesterday, rather the jump was likely short covering that found few real sellers higher.
Le Mot du Jour
Somme - noun, masculine.
Somme means nap, snooze.
La Phrase: L'homme du bunker aime bièn faire un petit somme après son déjeuner.
Sentence: Bunkerman likes to take a short nap after his lunch.