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August 18, 2004

News Getting Repetitive

Of all of the stories in the news this morning, why did I find Oprah's jury duty to be the most interesting?

I must be burned out on politics. Enough with the stupid celeb concerts and protester accommodations.

This was the story a month ago, but now, Bloomberg is offering incentives to well-behaved protesters. (Incentives include coupons for area restaurants and hotels among other things.)


That sounds like something I've done before with the foster kids! I was taking them somewhere formal, and they hadn't been raised to behave in a manner respectful of their surroundings, so if I didn't want a scene, I was forced to bribe them.

Sometimes it worked, sometimes it didn't. It's just somewhat difficult to reason with the unreasonable.

Good luck Mayor Bloomberg.

posted by Key on 06:16 PM | Comments (4)

Dear Key:

So Bloomberg is offering incentives? Does he know that negotiating with terrorists (or misbehaved children) is rather fruitless? (LOL!)

BTW -- saw your comment on Sam's story about the apartment fire. I suffered a housefire in 2000, with the loss of everything but the frame. I'll distill everything to this: Ensure you have an escape plan (in this case it was just me, so no worries there - although I spent a dicey five minutes hanging from my upstairs office roof-skirt yelling for help), and REVIEW YOUR INSURANCE yearly!!!! You need actual replacement cost (not current-value) - and you NEED ALE (Alternate Living Expenses) -- I had both of these -- which made it possible for me to be philosophical. You can't be without insurance --but you can't be without a LIFE, either.

Best to you,


Posted by: Will at August 18, 2004 06:53 PM

Hey Will,

You are exactly right...everyone needs multiple plans...everyone!

Posted by: Sam at August 18, 2004 09:22 PM

I've found myself not above offering bribes to my kids in return for cooperation and extra good behavior. Probably worked 50% of the time, but that's 50% less threats of having to mow the entire neighborhood's lawn after being tarred and feathered and going to bed with no supper. Actually, going to be with no supper isn't very effective either, but that tar and feather line gets their attention (Bloomberg, you listening?).

Posted by: Sgt Hook at August 19, 2004 04:07 AM

I used reverse bribery on Quinton. I just threatened to kill him if he didn't behave and he believed me.

Posted by: Acidman at August 19, 2004 09:58 PM
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