Developing news on this post makes me change my opinion on this news item. See the comments below. The Pope Pooped when he met with Kim Davis:
He talked positively about Peace, Immigration, the Death Penalty, Acceptance, and Working Together. So many people, including myself were feeling warm and fuzzy about his visit and work. We looked past the Catholic Church’s stance on LGBT rights, women as priests, and Choice in family planning. I felt good about the possibility of positive outcomes from his visit.
Following that, all the headlines were about his meeting with Kim Davis. In my opinion, she is a flash in the pan who falsely feels like she is some kind of heroic martyr. And the Pope fed that fantasy by meeting with her.
This will be the defining part of his visit now for me. And for many others. I practically got whiplash from the quick change in temperature. From warm to cold, just that fast. If I was a glass, I would have cracked from the change in temp.
The CVB Merger:
Ypsilanti has a lot of positive things going on, new businesses, an exciting marketing campaign, the Freight house is going to open soon, the Farmers Markets are making great progress, First Fridays is a big event, our Festivals continue to be successful, Water Street is taking steps forward…
So the timing is terrible for the County to try to take away our Convention and Visitors Bureau. Our city has worked HARD to encourage businesses to move in, stay here, invest here. And it is working.
Our CVB has been a big part of that work and current success. It is a blatant lie to tell us that a merged CVB will do a good job for Ypsilanti, because all the power will lie in Ann Arbor. What will likely happen is that they will pay lip service to us for a year, and then disappear.
This is a bad move for Ypsilanti, badly timed, and I am worried that our progress in building our downtowns will be impacted negatively. It is a power and money grab by and Ann Arbor centric county, small for them but big for us.
Enough Already. Stop telling us that more guns will stop gun violence. That is too much like ‘Black is White’ and I just can’t listen to it anymore.
The NRA stopped being anything other than an advocate for the gun industry — not the 2nd Ammendment — years ago. All the gun owners out there (and I am one) need to call them on that BS and help our nation become responsible again. Geesh.
Well, I sell cars after all. Right? It is an important issue in my life.
Personally, I am successful at selling cars. I like it, I enjoy my clients, I sell a product that has value, and I work at a dealership that treats clients and staff well for the most part. Not a bad spot to be in.
Lately, I have had some very interesting conversations about how Millennials, Technology, the local and National Economy, VW lying so blatantly, and other larger issues will all impact my industry.
Watch this spot for cultural commentary on how those and other issues are bumping us around in the business.
Today, it is VW: I am always disappointed when a player in my industry acts in an unethical manner. There is no other way to describe VW’s actions. The automobile industry has had a bumpy and not always great past, so some people will take this as evidence that the car industry can’t be trusted.
So just a reminder — in all industries there are good and bad players. There are good and bad days. There are good and bad businesses, decisions and individuals. VW will be fine, and will hopefully learn to make better decisions next time.
Our Beautiful Grandson:
Idris is 15 months old. Being his Bubbe is my favorite thing right now. I expect it will be for many years to come. My happiness is only part of the story. The other part is that he is pretty cool. He is intentionally funny, he is curious, and has a big attention span for a 15 month old. I read him a book 4 times this morning, for instance.
He is such a trouper! Example: He stepped on a bee in his bare feet and got stung. He said an toddler version of Ow a couple of times and then continued to walk around. He just doesn’t complain. He falls, gets up, and continues without missing a beat. I am excited at his determination to DO things on his own.
I guess that in cool way, I don’t just love him. I like him. And I think his parents are doing a great job.
Ok that is enough for one day. My opinions for your enjoyment and open for comment.