Saturday, February 23, 2013

Pizza, Burgers or Fried Chicken

On my way home the other day, the radio station was asking questions of their listeners/guests.  I found it very very interesting for the topic.

If there was one of the following foods that could be made good for you, which would you pick?

1. Pizza
2. Burgers
3. Fried Chicken


Oh how I love a good pizza.  I can deal with the Pizza from the delivery companies, and I have my favorites from them. (I am talking about Pizza Hut, Dominoes, and Papa John's)  But I prefer the pizza from the Italian places, or from a few local joints.  One of my favorites is the all cheese pizza with hot sauce.  One of our local establishments makes a four cheese pizza, they bake it with olive oil, and it is square.  Why?  Because they don't cut corners.  The sauce is a little sweet, which turns some people off, but they will put bacon on any pizza.  And we all know that everything is better with bacon.


For me its more about cheese burgers.  I must say again, that the burgers you should consider for this question do not come from a drive through.  Gourmet burgers seem to be all the rage here in the DC area.  More and More burger joints are popping up all over the place.  $12 burgers from any place seems a little pricey.  However, if you like good burgers, you can get them at just about any sit down place and they are generally pretty good.  I can give an example.  I told all of you about the road trip to Tennessee last weekend.  We had dinner with a bunch of friends at Calhoun's.  I was not in the mood for ribs, I know hard to believe, so I ordered a burger.  The Kick'n bacon cheese burger.  Stacked with
jalapeƱos , bacon and pepper jack cheese.  Just looking at the monument to inefficiency,  I could hear my arteries hardening.

Fired Chicken

What can I say?  I think the Zack Brown Band says it best.  "I like my Chicken Fried"  Boy do I like my chicken fried.  My southern family has mastered the fried chicken. I eat this stuff all the time for lunch from the different fast food places.  I must confess, I do not order fried chicken from many other restaurants than the ones the have drive throughs.  I put hot sauce on this stuff too.  

Advantages for Pizza and Friend Chicken, is that stuff is good cold also, breakfast the next morning if you know what I mean.

An un official poll of my co-workers, Friend Chicken to top spot.

Alas, we come to the point where we must make a decision.  If I could only make one magically good for my health, which one would it be?

I would have to vote for the ..............Burgers.  Yes ladies and gentlemen.  The Burgers would have to be my vote.

What say you?  Which of the three primary Bachelor Foods would you pick as a healthy food?

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Road Trip

Okay, Okay, I know my last post was little on the side of politics.  I try to avoid that, just because i don't want to have to deal with it all the time.

So, back to the general stuff.

This past three day weekend, Sunshine and I took a little road trip to celebrate her birthday.  She has many great friends there and it has been a couple of years.  Oh the joy the fun, and the food. Oh my lord, the food.

As we wake, early on Saturday morning, the sun is not up yet.  It is chilly, and there would appear to be a threat of rain/winter mix.  Sunshine had packed our things a couple of days before.  We fixed ourself some breakfast, loaded the car and headed out.  It is still dark, Sunshine snuggles in to her seat, I tune the radio to the news station.  We head for the interstate.  It is two turns and twenty miles, then we are on the interstate, heading west.  The sun starts to come up behind us, not too bright, because of the cloud cover.  It is an eight hour journey to out destination.  To visit our Grandson and celebrate the previously mention birthday.

In the higher elevations, there is snow on the ground, but not the road.  Then it starts to snow.  Which looks like we could be in for a rough ride.  The temperature has dropped a few degrees.  However, the snow stops.  No worries, we carry on.

We enter the fine state of Tennessee right on schedule.  The only difficulty we had on the southern trip, finding a place for lunch.  We decided at about 12:15 we would stop at the next food place.  It was 45 minutes before we found an exit with food at the exit.  Oh there are a couple exits that say there is food at the exit.  Then you get off the interstate, it is 3 to 5 miles to the food establishment.  Well, that won't work for us.  The only challenge we face.

We arrived at our destination in time to take a little nap before we leave for the party.  When we arrived at the Party House, there were several old friends.  We spend a couple of hours discussing modern events and Volunteer basketball.  There were additional friends celebrating birthdays that day, gifts were exchange and fun was had by all.

We returned to Virginia to a cold front.  No snow, which was predicted by our crack weather staff here in town.

Have you ever noticed, returning home is always quicker than going somewhere?

Its always good to be home.

Take a trip every once and while, and enjoy your life.

Three reasons why raising the minimum wage is a Bad idea.

I am going to throw my hat into the political commentary here for just a minute. 

It has recently been suggested the federal minimum wage should be raised to $9.00 an hour, which is $18,720 annually working 40 hours a week.  That is not very much money to live on, or support a family.  The current minimum wage is $7.25($15,080) an hour for nonexempt employees.  This is a 25% increase.  This may seem great, unless you dig deeper into the affects this will have on living.

This brings me to my first reason why raising the minimum wage is a bad idea.  The cost of living for everyone else goes up.  There is also an increase in the cost the employer has to pay. Remember, the employer matches the Social Security and Medicare taxes taken out of your paycheck. (I believe it is referred to as FICA)  This is 7.65%. or at $7.25 an hour, FICA is 55 cents an hour.(or 1100.00 a year).  Then at $9.00 an hour it would be 69 cents an hour (or $1400 a year).  This will raise the cost for operating any business and therefore raise the cost of goods and services.  Say good-bye to the Value menu.  Who will be hit hardest by this increase?  In my humble opinion seniors who are on a fixed income will be hit hardest.  No real evidence on my part.  As I ponder this, I find that seniors, living on a fixed income, are not able to handle 25% increases in their monthly expenses.  Gas goes up, food prices go up, and cable bills, cell bills, and insurance costs, and medical expenses.  (Although to be fair, according to our current President, his healthcare bill will decrease the cost of healthcare.)

The second point I want to put out there is the increase will diminish all the hard work skilled labor has put together.  A skilled copier technician, who has trained and worked for the past 5 years learning about his trade, his work is now diminished.  He is no longer rewarded for all the work he put into improving himself.  The company is forced, by the Federal Government, to pay more for unskilled labor positions, and therefore not able to pay the skilled person any more money.  The cost of living goes up, (see point 1) and it will take longer to get raises, because the unskilled labor force costs so much.

The third point, the increase will remove opportunities for young people to work and get experience before they are a burden on the government.  Small jobs, afternoon help, and assistance for small companies are paramount to their success.  A young person’s first job is normally not a high skilled position. Small business costs will make it very difficult to hire part-time help.  The increase in the cost of labor to assist with running a small company would cripple the company.  Most small companies that I know of operate in the less than 5% profit range.  They tend to operate from week to week or month to month.  The big box stores will be able to handle the increase; they work on the bases of volume.  Not the small company.

Think long and hard before you decide to burden small companies and seniors with the raising of the minimum wage.  The minimum wage in Washington State is $9.19, it is 61% more expensive to live there than Jacksonville FL. 

Just saying.