Is the sky still falling?
Yes, but not as badly where the economy is concerned. That according to Kansas City Federal Reserve main man Thomas Hoenig. Hoenig delivered the good news/bad news goods at downtown womens organization the Central Exchange Wednesday.
The economy will continue grow at a faster pace but unemployment will remain at 9 percent or higher this year, Hoenig says. It stands at 9.8 percent now.
Not exactly good news with the possibility of $3.50 or higher gas on the horizon this summer.
Secret Santa Update
As expected, the comments section and Facebook criticism of my Secret Santa story was brutal. Understandably. Perhaps I should have prefaced it here as I did in the abreviated version that ran this week in the Platte County Landmark. Too late to backtrack now, but for the record, here’s how the story was presented in the hinterland:
"Before I begin, allow me to say that I know this is going to piss a lot of people off. People who still believe in Santa or didn’t catch on to the ruse until sophomore year in college. And people who believe everything they read. To you folks, I apologize in advance – read it and weep. For the rest of you take it as an entry level lesson in don’t believe everything you read or see on TV."
The Old In & Out
Speaking of Facebook, it’s easy comes, easy go sometimes when it comes to what passes for friends. Just the other day I had a new Facebook friend in the form of new Overland Park City Manager Bill Ebel’s wife Theresa Knipper Ebel. Today, I am the loneliest man on earth after she de-friended me.
What did I do to warrant the uh, disengagement?
I dunno, but Knipper Ebel looks like the polar opposite of Overland Park’s buttoned down main man. She looks interesting. Her Facebook profile pic, for example, shows her from behind dressed like a hippie and striking some sort of yoga-like prayer-looking pose. In another photo, Knipper Ebel, dressed in a fuzzy, leopard coat and faux fur hat, strikes a papparrazzi ambush pose.
One question: Is it become a crime these days for first ladies to look and act a bit out there?
See That New Starbucks Logo?
It’s fairly subtle, retaining the green and white look and the so-called Starbucks siren. while dropping the words "Starbucks" and "Coffee."
More interesting than the canned news stories noting that the new logo was presented to a "cheering crowd" of Starbucks employees (what else did anyone expect, they were on the clock?) was the look back on the company’s original logo art.
The one in brown – not green – where the nymph or mermaid or whatever is big breasted and topless. With a double mermain/fish bottom, no less
ANYBODY SURPRISED I WON A (RARE) $5 SPORTS BET?
With a certain local concert/theater chieftan who shall remain nameless. Unless of course you can guess. I took KU and gave 20 points on this week’s UMKC versus KU mens basketball game.
After the deal was struck he joked that he could have got 30 out of me (I had KU in case you haven’t got it figured yet). He was correct, but turns out it didn’t matter. KU blew past the Roos by by a cool 47 points.
There they go Again
How many millenniums back was it that Ace tickets scored a PR homerun with its I-35 billboard that read, "Trade Joe Montana."
You remember, the dude who caused an underwear stampede at a local mall when he did a local appearance for Hanes. And the guy who last won a playoffs game for the Chiefs in 1993.
In today’s Star ad Ace seems to be sending a mixed message.
The ad’s big headline reads: "How the Chiefs WIN the SUPER BOWL" Followed by a lesser hedge headline that reads "Miracles can happen, even in KC!"
Now cut to the part where Ace puts its money where its mouth is with the biggest headline of them all:
"PLAYOFF TICKETS! Buy 1 – Get 1 FREE!"