Archive for April, 2011

New terror threat: snowglobes

April 28, 2011 1 comment

Trophy Wife snapped this photo at a major NY airport, and then emailed it to Rocky. No word whether her Blackberry was seized during the ensuing pat-down search.

It’s good to see that the TSA has adopted the international “No Snow Globe” symbol.

[Disclosure: Rocky always carries a Pez Floaty Pen — which is effective at filling out Government Forms, and earns compliments at serious Corporate Board Meetings. Rocky fears that the TSA ban on Snowglobes may spread to Floaty Pens. If that happens,  he’ll switch to a Crayola Crayon. ]


Good news (gospel) saves Baptist savers

April 21, 2011 3 comments

Rocky notes the Shiloh of Alexandria Federal Credit Union currently offers a 5.05% APY 1-year CD.

How can they offer such a high rate? Probably because they have no full-time employees, and they’re only open on Saturdays and Sundays from 9:30 to noon.

Additionally, to join this credit union, you must be a member of the Shiloh Baptist Church of Alexandria, Virginia.  The credit union does have NCUA deposit insurance (which is equivalent to the FDIC.) See:

Since Rocky neither lives in Alexandria, nor is a Baptist, he cannot take advantage of this fabulous deal.

[Disclosure: Rocky avoids engaging in Faustian bargains. However, he acknowledges that high interest rates are an  innovative approach to increase church attendance!]

CPI shows women & children first?

April 15, 2011 2 comments

The Captain of the Titanic supposedly said, “Women and children first!” when directing his passengers to the lifeboats.

Rocky, (hardly a chivalrous fellow), thinks recent Consumer Price Index data demonstrate “Women and Children LAST!”

He notes that women’s and children’s apparel prices are declining at a noticeably faster rate than men’s apparel prices. (See the bottom three lines of the chart above.) Although Rocky continues to wear the same ragged grey sweater and chinos, Trophy Wife may find this data to be an impetus for a visit to the shopping mall.

Rocky theorizes that women can wear men’s clothes (which support the price of shirts and pants), whereas most men wouldn’t be caught dead wearing a dress or skirt. However, if this trend continues, Rocky’s miserly nature will prevail, and he’ll try on a kilt or two.