Sunday, March 31, 2019

Sunday, March 31, 2019, T+88, Part 2

March Madness. So, now #3 Texas Tech takes on #2 Michigan State next week in the semi-finals. Auburn will take on Virginia. My money (if I bet, and I don't) is on this outcome : Michigan State vs Virginia in the finals, with Virginia taking the championship, though I would like my sentimental favorite Auburn to take it all.

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The market, futures:
  • CNN: Dow up 120 points -- Alaska Air Group down over 3%
  • CNBC: Dow up 118 points --  Harris-O'Rourke ticket has the best chance against Trump. 
  • Cramer: use your "mad money" to buy equities now
I spent much of the afternoon in a Japanese bookstore near Plano, TX, north of Dallas -- a most fascinating afternoon. We try to visit the bookstore at least every two weeks.

Light rail: another fail. Albuquerque, NM. From The Wall Street Journal. Advocates force businesses along historic Route 66 to suffer while they indulge their transit fantasies. And this story plays out every day across the US.

Coal: the more I read, the more I "know" coal will be the story in 2030. I won't be around to see it. 

TCM: where the boys are. The movie released, 1960. The birth control pill first approved for use in the United States in 1960.
The title song "Where the Boys Are" was sung by Connie Francis, who also co-starred in a supporting role. The film was aimed at the teen market, and it inspired many American college students to head to Fort Lauderdale for their annual spring break. Where the Boys Are was one of the first teen films to explore adolescent sexuality and the changing sexual morals and attitudes among American college youth. It won Laurel awards for Best Comedy of the Year and Best Comedy Actress (Paula Prentiss).
Where The Boys Are, Connie Francis


In case you were wondering, of if you need something for that cocktail party later this week: Japan's "top three" wagyu brands — Matsusaka Ushi, Kobe Beef, and Ohmi (Omi) beef — all hail from the Kansai region of Japan.

Magazine B

Annual 10-issue subscription, $140, with postage additional. Link here.

Individual copies available on Amazon for $25. "Portland" was issue number 58. Most current issue, "Hay," #72, unless you count #50, "Seoul (version 2)." Hay:
Founded in 2002 by Rolf and Mette Hay in Copenhagen, Denmark, Hay is a home and lifestyle brand offering a wide selection of essential products from home and office furniture to accessories such as mirrors, hangers, and glassware.
Firmly rooted in their design philosophy, Hay has collaborated with emerging designers and brands to expand their scope, infusing the latest technology into traditional Danish aesthetics. Hay’s design, pricing, and retail strategies have proven to be deliberate in advocating a unique Danish style suited for contemporary living.

When one spends any time in a Japanese bookstore, one is reminded that Algore et al is asking the rest of us to reduce our "carbon" footprint, to live without, to aspire to less while the elites are doing just the opposite.

I Go To Pieces, Peter and Gordon

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