Monday, September 29, 2014

sept 29 2014
 600 bricks to go --- we are getting there !!!

i wish i had some brilliant  concept to offer-- but my head on slightly crooked  so i can't think straight.  it is better   but still left leaning..

the only odd thing i can think of is.....

remember when i had the wrong size balls-- i had hundreds of   27 mm and needed 30mm? and i was in a little bind because i needed them to make the monkey fists for everyone at dogfest...
 in the process... i tried china-- which is where all inexpensive things are made..  and  i ran headlong into alibaba.  "let us help you find your 30 mm balls"
 i thought ... just one more gimic.... except they hung in there  with very specific emails about size, cost, how to order, shipping etc..  i would get 2 - 3 emails a day from different chinese companies-- and these were not form letters.  i noticed-- very polite  and helpful-
 i finally got the 500  30 mm balls-- but i remained impressed with this alibaba connection to china... "is there any way we can help you find...."  etc....

then yesterday i see in the wsj alibaba had an initial stock offering with alot pf publicity-- from my experience, they have the "ordering from china" down pat.

i have the same feeling about alibaba that i had about that first mcdonalds hamburger i had years ago.

somebody studied a need and is filling it..

the rest of that ball story is that  i ran out of 1/4 " rope and ordered more from the rope company (r&w rope) and they sent some ever so slightly thinner than  the spool i had been using... 
consequently i needed 27mm balls... not the 30mm balls i had struggled to find..
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 along that same line... i think... but i am not sure...that the toilet paper we just got is 1/4 " more narrow than i was used to...  
i need to investigate this more.... but it looks to me like some company is pulling the "who's gonna notice?"

so will all of you take  note....

3 comments:

  1. Shrinking sizes...that is one thing that makes me CRAZY! Do they honestly think we don't notice that the 1 pound coffee can now has 12 oz? Well, OK...it hasn't been a pound can in years, but I digress...

    They claim they're saving us money by having the package cost the same as it used to. But the truth is they're raking in the $$$. My weekly lunch salad is a good example. I buy a bag of spinach & a bag of spring mix. It used to be 6 oz./bag and now it's 5 oz./bag for the same price. But now I need to buy 3 bags...15 oz. ...to get the 12 oz. I need to last the week! It is salad so I do wind up eating the extra but my $7/week greens budget is now $9.50. Do they really think we're too stupid to notice?

    I haven't figured out what we can possibly do about it, but if a company promised to stop the shrinking package bit I think they'd get a lot of followers!

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  2. See what happens when you get my dander up? Can't do math...now $10.50/week...

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  3. The Toilet paper people have been studying the kitkat bars and decided we can use the paper at an angle to good effect.

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