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Wednesday, January 22. 2014
Sticker above seen an a car this weekend
A free ad for the Thimble Island Brewing Company
Are Conservatives really afraid of change?
Bleeding heart liberal misses football’s important lessons for our boys
Men and women's brains are 'wired differently'
Unless you have servants and cooks, kitchen ought to be open to family spaces as it always has been
The Feminist Retreat - It is hard to find a legitimate justification for women's studies.
Defining the Worst Type of Street Design
Sean Hannity to Leave New York After Andrew Cuomo's Anti-Conservative Rant
Mass immigration, via No Pasaran:
Supreme Court to Hear Case on Forced Unionization - At question is law requiring home healthcare workers to pay SEIU dues
Palestinians vs. Pro-Palestinian Israelis
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Well, my mower deck's battery went dead a few months ago so I went to Sears where it came from. They didn't have any but sent me back & cross over the store trying to find one. As I was leaving a fella approached me, looked at the battery I was holding, and exclaimed:
"I don't know what's happened to Sears lately but they got sorry- try Lowes...."
Yes, Lowes had small engine batteries. Unlike Sears.
there's only one big drawback with open kitchens: fumes.
Kitchen fumes are much better contained in a closed kitchen, and that include fatty residue.
Not usually that much an issue, but everyone has the occasional kitchen accident that leaves the place thick with acrid fatty smoke.
In an open kitchen, your entire living room is now smelling for weeks. In a closed kitchen, running the ventilation on high for a few hours and giving it a good cleaning does the trick.
Fumes have to be pretty severe to overcome a 600 CFM exhaust fan, exhausting to outside.
Most homes I've moved into have had a measly 180 CFM "range hood" that was also very noisy. I've always wondered about that, because if you look at any table of how much exhaust volume is needed, it is easily double that even for cheap electric stoves.
Having the blower in-line in the duct above the ceiling helps keep it quiet.
Sears should have went out of business 35 years ago. Their products are crap, excepting the Craftsman brand. They salvaged a bit by selling name band products.
If it says Sears on the label, run as fast as you are able...away.
And yes, the POS Sears electric typewriter I had to use to write papers in high school and college has a lot to do with it. Sears, like the "American" car companies made low quality products an art form.
... Their products are crap, excepting the Craftsman brand hand tools.... Use due diligence when considering Craftsman power tools and lawn and garden equipment.
US 40 in Aberdeen, MD is a stroad. In fact a lot of it is stroad from there to Baltimore, but the decay is most evident in Aberdeen.
Sears Hardware near us is pretty good. The KMarts I've seen recently (well past 20 years) are really sad.
JCP might want to reconsider their boycott of Rush Limbaugh. He still has good ratings, and w/ his endorsement and good products, they might rally back.
Sears hardware stores AFAIK are generally locally-owned franchise businesses. So they would tend to be high attention to store-appearance and customer service.
Sears had the assets and the ability to transform themselves into a 21st century store. Management is responsible for this failure. Take a lesson from the Japanese and Chinese and at least copy your competitors success. Like Amazon and Walmart.
Exactly. Sears was the catalog company a hundred years ago. I recall many Sears purchases my parents made from the catalog. It should have no-brainer to segue from being a catalog company to being an online seller. Sears really dropped the ball.
Open kitchens are noisy...try to watch tv while someone is running the water and trying to do dishes.
Open kitchens expose your mess to the world. Do you really want your dinner guests to have a full view of the dirty pans, spills, etc. that were created to produce the meal you are serving?
Open kitchens make it hard for some of us to enjoy cooking. I like to cook with quiet or music. When you have a big family, a semi closed-off kitchen is a nice respite while making a meal.
If you have a big home, maybe an open kitchen works. But for most people living in under 2000 square feet, an open kitchen gives you very little quiet, closed off space for reading, watching tv, conversation. I have ONE living area in my house where the family gathers. If I had my kitchen completely open to this one gathering space, it would be a nightmare of noise and constant cleaning up so I don't have to look at a dirty dish or a box of cereal left out on the counter.
In '77, we had our mid-life 3600sf home designed with the kitchen itself having a lot of open space, because our large (six kids), food-focused family had always tended to congregate in the kitchen itself. Still does going on 40 years later - Mom, kids, sons-in law, daughters-in law, grandkids and great-grandkids. They all cook around one another, except for the great-grandkids who are too young.
yet of course open kitchens are most common in smaller homes, where the removal of the wall and door between kitchen and dining room/living room/lobby (which are also all combined into it) reduces the space requirements for the home, letting the developer pack more functionality into a smaller space.
This idea, however, is ultimately a nightmare for the small home owner. It looks good when no one is living it in. It gives the impression of more square feet. However, it takes away functionality because it is harder to squish in cabinets and storage space when you just took away a huge wall to open it up to the living room. I'd rather have more storage space and more counters and a pantry than an open first floor with no walls.
Maybe when your kids are tiny you think it makes sense, but they grow very quickly, have friends over, are loud, etc. Then you will regret having the small house with one big open space and no place for retreat.
As for large, chatty families, sure the open kitchen works. But I mentioned in my response that I DON'T like that aspect. I like to work in a quiet space. Too much talking distracts me from what I'm doing. Not for me!
Thimble Island: Teh octopus looks soused,
Afraid of Change: Just the ones Progs/libs want, based on results from their earlier changes.
Men and women are different: The obvious is once more noticed (and soon forgotten/repressed by the progs/libs),
STROADS: Tucson has stravenues, which run NE-SW and NW-SE between avenues (E-W) and streets (N-S).
Hostility to Immigrants: See Afraid of Change above.
In Oregon, those who run adult foster care homes are automatically SEIU members.
deBlasio and progs/libs are "for the masses" and against individuals.
Rickshaws: Bureaucracy in action.
Rubin: Left out Alice In Wonderland--able to hold two conflicting thoughts in her head.
Palestine: I've said before that if the Israelis acted the way they have been accused of acting, they'd kill enough Arabs to get the Arabs' attention and know some sense into the survivors.
Every time I've been tempted with skydiving I've been put off by the mental image of me, sitting in a hospital bed, explaining to my mother why I jumped out of a perfectly good airplane...
Penney's here went out of business 4 or 5 years ago. Sears shut down at the end of 2013.
At the end, Sears was selling pure junk. Their appliances (we had to replace a broken washing machine) were amazingly cheaply constructed, cheap tin things that you knew wouldn't lost. We went to another appliance dealer where we ended up getting our replacement, and he told us that Sears is basically rebranded Kmart merchandise.
The last few months of Sears were especially pathetic in terms of their clothing. You could tell they were buying in bulk any junk they could find and trying to resell it. A lot of stuff made in third world countries you knew would fall apart as soon as you used it.
Here, Macy's is the next to go. They are repeating all the Sears gimmicks. Selling cheap goods with fancy phony names. Other than coffee makers, you now can't find anything in their small appliance section--no irons, vacuum cleaners, toasters, and the like--all gone. Makes sense, a year or so ago I bought an iron from Macy's. It lasted all of two months before the cord broke. I give Macy's another year.
The real problem is American companies are all dying. We had the discussion yesterday in our company about having to lay off people or convert a lot of our employees to part-timers because we are getting killed by Obamacare.
I proposed a women's heritage month long ago as a joke, the joke being that women actually have the same heritage as men.
Soon afterwards we had women's heritage month.
I knew Kmart was on the way out when they couldn't stock stuff I regularly bought.
It turned out that their new CEO had instituted a new inventory system, and had other important ideas too.
There's a Kroger there now.
Sears opened a substore next to a Kroger last year. They don't have anything but "we can order it for you."
I guess that means the business plan is having the internet and getting stuff customers say they want when they come in.
That resembles the Post Office's plan to print your letter electronically at the destination post office that worked out so well.
it's called "just in time stocking" and it's all the rage with companies the world over.
Reduces needed warehouse/shelf space, reduces items having to be returned or destroyed that don't sell or otherwise aren't needed.
Of course in a store it also means that popular items run out before noon unless you have very good marketing predictions, which cost more money than store managers have to spend on market research so they rely on the national or wider figures from corporate headquarters which don't take local trends into account.
Thus customers find empty shelves.
Then there's the stores that understock on purpose. The supermarket my parents shop at is a prime example.
Whatever is announced to be on sale can be relied upon to not be in stock even 5 minutes after the doors open. The store deliberately does not order any of it, driving customers to the store with the sales brochure, then facing them with empty shelves and empty apologies, but most will end up buying more expensive substitutes they know so they get away with it.
Re Penney's and Sears
While the giant retailers problems have been ongoing for some time, the fact that the middle class is being crushed surely isn't helping.
With the tax increases and mammoth health insurance premiums coming there is going to be much less disposable income to spend towards all retail business.
Yes, they are seeing it coming. Our city's second to last bookstore, a Barnes & Noble, also shut down at the end of 2013. It's being replaced by a "Ross Dress For Less," or as I refer to it, a "Ross Ghetto Store."
It was in our neighborhood's formerly upscale shopping mall, but tenants are closing their doors yet again. It usually happens at the beginning of the year, as stores that hoped they could survive one more year get less than they hoped during the Christmas season, and then go out of business.
The other place I notice it is the local movie theaters, which are empty. Not surprising when a ticket now costs $11.50 and a small drink and a bag of popcorn set you back $12.25. Yet another good example of the government's assertion that there is "no inflation" in our economy. [/sarc]
Craftsman hand tools were made by Easco. I don't remember who bought Easco.
related: A 'tsunami' of store closings expected to hit retail
"In addition to J.C. Penney—which announced last week that it will close 33 stores—there are about a dozen retailers that still have too many stores, Sozzi said. Among them: American Eagle, which needs to move some of its aerie lingerie locations into its main stores; Aéropostale, which is on track to close 175 stores over the next few years; and Wal-Mart, which has about 100 stores in the U.S. producing same-store sales declines deeper than 3 percent,"
Creative destruction has always been an integral part of the US economy, but how much of this is a result government policies and attitudes?