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Water Cooler / Re: What bankruptcy looks like in Google Trends
« on: January 20, 2020, 08:12:06 PM »
>>make the news look worse than it is?

I can totally see that. In the 6 1/2 years I have been my company we have grown from maybe 500 employees in pretty much 1 location to over 5000 in 20+ locations all across the world. But you don't hear about that, you hear about the mall stores that are closing and putting 20 people out of work. And that doesn't include the added jobs in our supply chain.

I have a few friends who are managers at CFA back in Jacksonville and they all would love to own one. Seems like the people that work there really, really like the company and are willing to stick with them. One friend has been a manager for probably about 6 or 7 years. Can't think of any other fast food company where a store manager would last that long.

Another thing is that you don't get to pick where you open a store. If you are chosen to be an owner you take the store CFA wants to give you. At least that's what my friend told me.

>>I am trying to bend my head around making a business based on purchases

Quite a few years back we bought a pallet of stuff just to see. Like most of the stories you will read some was good, some was bad. I think we were able to sell enough stuff to pay for it. And with more local selling options like FB Marketplace it might make it easier to move some of the stuff without paying shipping costs. I would say running a full time business to support your family would be a tough go but it could be great for a retiree who wants to putter around in his garage for a but and make a couple hundred bucks here and there or a stay at home mom who could spend an hour or two a day researching prices, posting stuff for sale, etc.

Hardware & Technology / Re: Where's my damn robotic puppy?
« on: January 10, 2020, 10:08:13 PM »
Well RC, look what was at CES this year:

Just a lap dog for now but it is a start.

Water Cooler / Re: The Waffle House All Star Challenge [ORIGINAL]
« on: January 09, 2020, 07:01:40 PM »
That dude with the goatee wasn't even close.

Seems like bacon would be a pretty easy flavor to replicate, especially if they are trying to replicate the standard grocery store bacon. Just throw some salt and liquid smoke on something that is a similar texture and you are most of the way there.

But to come close to the good, thick cut, small batch bacon? That will take some work. The good stuff is only a very small part of the market that they probably don't need to worry about that and just make something that appeals to the masses. And if they are wanting to throw it on a burger there is enough stuff on the burger that can cover up any shortcomings.

Marketing / Re: March of the non-binary babies
« on: January 02, 2020, 09:58:36 PM »
I got my daughter a Guess Who game for Christmas this year. Very difficult to determine which tiles to flip down if she asks "are they a boy or girl?". Same goes for "are they black" or "are they white". Would be very interesting to compare the game to one from 20 years ago to see the differences.

Water Cooler / Re: Weak sisters
« on: December 19, 2019, 10:03:28 PM »

The first car I remember my parents having was a 1976 Pacer. They loved that car for some reason. I was maybe 2 or 3 when we were on the lot looking at them and I threw up in the back of one. Over the years I remember working on that car a lot with my dad, rebuilding the engine, changing suspension, etc. Learned a few new words doing that.

I think Ikea could be one of the companies that could kind of ignore the online component of their business. There is no store better at getting you to add extra crap to your cart while walking through than Ikea. And if they shift consumers to online they lose out the cafeteria revenue as well. It almost seems like a trip there is more of an event than a shopping trip.

Economics & Investing / Re: 11 facts about San Francisco's housing market
« on: November 22, 2019, 07:18:50 PM »

My wife is originally from Columbus. I have been there twice and hope to never go back. There is nothing I saw that was attractive about that state.

>>giant screen

That thing is horrible. Looks like someone just docked a giant Ipad there. Doesn't really seem to even fit with the overall design of the dashboard. Even half that size is probably a bit too big.

I got a free year with my Verizon account. Would have bought it even if I wasn't getting it for free, mostly for the kids.

Seems like some pretty reasonable assumptions. I think the biggest hit will be to the CAFOs who just want to get the cheapest meat they can on to the table. The smaller ranches who focus more on producing a quality product instead of a cheap product should see growth over the next 10-20 years. I know I would rather eat 1 great tasting $40 steak than 4 mediocre $10 steaks.

The people who have the money to pay for a higher quality product will still want their meat but the standard family buying all their meat at Walmart could easily be swayed to some of the cheaper alternatives.

There is one week less between Thanksgiving and Christmas this year which could put a bit of a damper on major growth. That said more and more retailers are shifting their Black Friday/Cyber Monday sales strategies to include the whole week of Thanksgiving and even stretching into the week before that.

I think overall growth will be in the 4% range.

Water Cooler / Re: Great Migration: Wealthy Gen X-ers Are Moving
« on: October 29, 2019, 05:24:01 PM »
>>The states that aren't typically warm on this list? Legal weed. lol

And Washington has no state income tax.

We are seeing a big flood of people moving to Spokane from California, Portland, and Seattle. Talking to my real estate agent friend many of them are selling their homes there and are able to make all cash offers on houses twice as big as they are coming from. $250K will get you a nice 4 bedroom, 2500 sq foot house in a good neighborhood. $400-500K gets you an excellent house in an excellent neighborhood or a good house with 10-20 acres of land.

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