Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Monday, March 24, 2008
The Yankees are in the American League; same as my White Sox. Therefore I should cheer for the team in the same league (just like I cheer for other teams in the Big Ten).
Because the Yankees are in the American League, I have seen them play against the White Sox many times when I lived in Chicago. So I feel like I already know the team pretty well.
The Yankees get so much more coverage in New York, and they are “America’s Team.”
I have already been to 3 Yankees games since moving to New York, and I haven’t been to any Mets games.
I already own a Yankees cap so I wouldn’t need to buy a new one (a dumb reason I know)
Because the Yankees are in the American League (same as the White Sox) I should not cheer for them because they hurt my team if we ever make it to the playoffs… therefore I should be a Mets fan.
Shea Stadium is in Queens, the same borough in which I live.
The Mets are like the White Sox of New York. They are the less popular team and it’s not as ‘easy’ to be a Mets fan/go to Mets games.
Doesn’t everyone want to see the big guy (aka the Yankees) go down? It’s so much more fun to root for the underdog.
Two words: Mr. Met
Thursday, March 13, 2008
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Monday, March 10, 2008
Saturday, March 8, 2008
Tuesday, March 4, 2008
In this election season, there are many important issues that our country faces. Universal healthcare, immigration, Iraq, the deteriorating economy, the mortgage crisis and environmental issues are some of the main issues. But there has been one issue that has been overlooked, and I will not choose a candidate until I know his/her stance on this most pressing issue. I want to know if the candidates are pro or anti penny. That’s right. For those of you who don’t know, there have been two bills introduced into The Senate trying to eliminate the penny. The most recent is known as The Currency Overhaul for an Industrious Nation Act (someone worked real hard at fitting a bill to the acronym COIN). What the bill would essentially do is force the rounding off of all cash transactions to the nearest 5 cents, thus making the penny coin useless for everyday transactions. When looking at the facts, there are a lot of good reasons to do this, but there are also a lot of reasons why the penny should be kept around. Here are the basic arguments for both sides of the case. I’ll report, you decide, like that whole FoxNEWS thing…
- PRODUCTION AT A LOSS: Zinc is the penny's main ingredient - which at current prices brings the cost of making the coin to 1.4 cents each. At current prices, eliminating Penny production would save the US Mint $44 million. This is not a hard one to figure out.
- TIME IS MONEY: Using the Penny slows down business transactions. How many times have you been at the store waiting for the cashier to methodically count out those useless pennies? It’s ridiculous and my ever decreasing patience cannot stand it. It has been calculated that nation wide, the cost of time wasted by counting pennies adds up to $1 billion annually. Using a different calculation, economist Robert Whaples estimates a $300 million annual loss.
- NO HIGHER PRICES: Although this really does not make cents to me (pun intended), I have read that Robert Whaples, an economics professor at Wake Forest University, has calculated that rounding up to the nearest 5¢ would have virtually no impact. He actually claims that consumers would gain a tiny amount-- about one-fortieth of a cent per transaction. I was never the best at math, but I’ll take his word for it.
- PENNIES ARE USELESS! I can’t use them in the vending machine, toll booths or anywhere else. Most people don’t use pennies to pay at all; they simply use larger denominations and get pennies in return. Personally, I cannot even be bothered to spend the time and effort to bend down and pick a penny up off of the street (and living in New York, who would want to pick anything up off the street). Please raise your hand if you have ever thrown away a penny (my hand is raised). The only thing pennies do are get stuck in your vacuum cleaner. Also, is it just me or has anyone else ever realized that the cent sign (¢) isn’t even on the keyboard?
- INFLATION: Now this is interesting… Did you know that there has never been a coin in circulation in the US worth as little as the penny is worth today? Due to inflation, a nickel is currently worth approximately what a penny was worth in 1972. If you are bored at work you can check out this really cool inflation calculator.
- HIGHER PRICES: Rounding to the nickel would effectively raise prices. Raymond Lombra, an economics professor at Penn State, estimates that rounding would force an annual $600 million rounding tax on consumers (this amounts to about $2.00 per person per year)
- TARGETS LOWER CLASS AND CHARITIES: You all remember in elementary school, how you would collect pennies in a coffee can and see which classroom could collect the most. Well those days will be over. And what would a college night out at the bars be without those annoying IUDMers begging for coins?
- DEPENDENCE ON COPPER: The penny primarily made of zinc, and its removal will require more nickels. The nickel is 75% copper and copper is less abundant than zinc. The cost to produce a nickel is also more than its worth, about 5.5¢, so that really doesn’t get us anywhere.
- COOPERATION: Retailers have not yet taken a lead in abandoning the penny and until they do so, the Penny is still necessary.
- SENTIMENT: To me, this is really the biggest reason to keep the penny. The cent was one of the first coins authorized to be minted by the American government, and the first to be put into production. The penny is "an integral part of the American experience" and I personally cannot imagine a world without pennies. Eliminating the penny would be like eliminating the stamp. Is the penny soon to be one of those things we give our grandkids when they come to visit? My grandma gives me 2$ bills. What about lucky pennies? The thought of having a jar of nickels on my desk just does not bring the same smile to my face.
So those are the facts. I encourage you to do more research and form your own opinion. I myself have not made a firm conclusion, but I would like to see the penny stick around, I guess it’s the romantic in me. I can’t imagine the American people going for it. It would be like trying to switch us over to the metric system. Lincoln has had it hard enough. First he got offed by Booth and now this… well at least there is always the 5 dollar bill.
Sunday, March 2, 2008
- Clipping your nails
- Eating fried chicken or other messy foods