October 2014

October 2014

It’s a Canine Eat Crinoline World. The holidays are about family, good times, and as we all may know only too well – spending. First up? Halloween. The National Retail Federation estimates this year’s holiday (that’s today, by the way) is bringing in almost $7.4 billion. (Have you seen how much a bag of Snickers is these days?) Some $350 million of that goes to costumes for Phideaux.

I Plead Legal Action. Atlanta area office-seeker Tom Owens has come up with a new way of saying, “No comment.” If he doesn’t want to answer a reporter’s question, Owens simply removes the reporter from his life. Or tries to. George Chidi, a reporter for the Peach Pundit, had amassed a slew of titillating questions about Owens’ past, to which Owens promptly responded by seeking a restraining order.

Brunch. The new orange. The reinvigoration of brunch has prompted a backlash. “Brunch has become a twice-weekly symbol of our culture’s increasing desire to reject adulthood. It’s an adolescent’s idea of how adults spend their time,” so says irked New Yorker David Shaftel. We have nothing to say on that until we finish our French Toast Stuffed with Mascarpone.

Ebola? I don’t even know ya! With the panic, one fellow resorted to Craigslist. His post, “Escape the Apocalypse with me” called for a single, fertile female to join him in a new world order. Sporting a fortified “A-Team” van, the dashing doomsday-devil says he’s hightailing it to the Vermont wilderness. “If you already have children and wish to bring them then I think that is a good idea, and if not that is fine too,” he says.

Can you please put that out? Sometimes bureaucracy can be like a dog chasing its tail. See Turlock, California, which for several months, had many heated city council debates on whether to ban smoking in a public park. All the evidence was laid out, each side put forth reasoned arguments, and finally a decision was made. It seems smoking was already banned in the park, as it had been for quite some time.

It’s called content, and now it costs. For decades, Sunday newspapers have carried middlebrow imports like Parade and American Weekly, even a supplement from USA Today. Homes in Dubuque and Mobile and Riverside were grateful. Now the Augustans of journalism are getting into some other guy’s polyethylene wrap out yonder. The Dallas Morning News kicks it off with Sunday supplements from both The New York Times (international news and books) and The Washington Post (probably including the “Pinocchio” rankings that rate politicians’ statements). You have to choose to receive these classy stuffers, apparently, and pay a little extra.

 Practice what you protest. The Seattle-based Freedom Socialist Party, campaigning for a $15/hour minimum wage posted a job listing… for $13/hour. Even better the average market value of the job in question is around $20/hour. Sometimes life’s jokes simply write themselves.

See you on Sunday. Saturday? How about Friday? It’s no surprise that Christianity is the most widely practiced religion in the United States. But the breakout of the second most practiced world religion in each region is a bit more interesting. In the West, Buddhism wins out. In the Midwest and South, Islam. In Delaware and Arizona? Hinduism. Nihilists make up a certain percentage as well, but said they don’t believe in demographics.

Thanks for reading,


Quote to note: “Any idiot can face a crisis – it’s day-to-day living that wears you out.” – Anton Chekhov, 1860-1904

 A trip across the pond to London in October brought representatives of The Ledlie Group face-to-face with our agency-owner peers from five continents in a guildhall banquet of our own. Huzzahs for The Worshipful Company of Stationers and Newspaper Makers! One more huzzah for the Public Relations Global Network!

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