Friday, November 24, 2006

Happy Thanksgiving

The post is a day late, but I thought it would be good to share the things that we are thankful for. Thanksgiving is an excellent holiday because it reminds us to stop and remember what is good about life. Most of the times we are busy and forget about the things that are precious (cable tv, playstation, though many people think of family) until they are missed. So let us share the things that we are grateful for to remind ourselves and each other what we sometimes forget.

I am thankful for:
Family- healthy and happy so far, hoping for more of the same.
Lauren- I always thought it was lame to call your wife your best friend, but the further along I get into this marriage, the more I realize that she is the one person who I reveal the most to (breadth and depth). I guess that would be a best friend.
My friends- intelligent and open-minded, which makes for great conversations. (Now if only someone could provide a medium which would allow them to post these stimulating thoughts at any time for all to see... hmm, that will probably never happen, like a sub 4:00 mile or invisibility).
My job- I don't get paid much, but income stability is an important factor in happiness.

Please post or comment about something(s) you're thankful for.

Thursday, November 09, 2006

How can something be famous if you just invented it?

KFC's Famous Bowls aren't really that famous. More famous than me I guess.

They come from a delicious mixture of mashed potatoes, corn and fried chicken, topped with succulent gravy and three different shredded cheeses. I can't even name three shredded cheeses!

At a paltry 700 Calories, I bet I could eat almost two of those a day and still lose (some) weight. And as a bonus, I'd make sure to get twice the healthy amount of sodium every day. Keep in mind, sodium can be good for you, like when replenishing your electrolytes after a marathon, for example.

You'd think it wouldn't be a nutritious way to live, and you'd be absolutely right, but you'd also be surprised to learn that the Famous Bowl contains a modest boost of vitamins A & C, as well as a good chunk of your daily Calcium and Iron.

KFC Famous Bowls: 40% fat, 100% delicious.

If you could be governed by one group of people...

EconLog was posting some libertarianist rhetoric (big surprise), but raised a brilliant question in the post script to the post:

William F. Buckley famously said that "I would rather be governed by the first 2000 names in the Boston phone book than by the 2000 members of the faculty of Harvard University". As for me, I would rather be governed by the current membership of the American Economic Association than by the millions of people who voted on Tuesday.

Suppose we were going to randomly pick a few hundred people to run the country, and you got to choose where we drew the sample from. Would you choose:
a) Ivy League Professors
b) the general populace
c) Economists
d) Politicians
e) Christians
f) the very wealthy
g) ...?