Do We Root for
Around our neighborhood, everyone is a Philadelphia Eagles fan. Some of our friends even have Eagles-branded leashes and collars, bowls and fluffy beds. It's been that way for as long as we can remember.
When the Eagles signed Michael Vick, lots of us were justifiably alarmed - not only that this proud football franchise would stoop so low as to hire someone whose previous actions were so atrocious and sub-human - but also that this guy would now be within an easy drive of our own backyard. Ouch!
The debate continues here in Philadelphia, especially now that Vick has re-emerged as an MVP-level quarterback for the 10-4 Eagles, which is now headed for the NFL playoffs in a year that most thought would be a "rebuilding" season.
We understand that America is the land of second chances. Celebrities always apologize publicly for their foibles and then come back stronger than ever in the public eye. Mike Vick has paid his legal debt to society.
Both of us try hard to understand what Vick did ... and it's still hard for us to get our canine minds around it. So...we root for the Eagles to win and just hope that a more evolved awareness of the horrors of dog fighting come from this whole episode.
In the meantime, we hope that everyone considers the less-fortunate animals that are out there in abundance - especially during this season of giving and good cheer. These animals need homes - or help with their ongoing care. Their dominant innate emotion is one of faithful love to those around them ... please let's not deny them the experience of feeling it, too.
Here are two local organizations that deserve our support: (1) The Francisvale Home for Smaller Animals
(http://francisvalehome.org) and (2) Main Line Animal Rescue (www.mlar.org).
-Ripley and Romie
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"I feel sorry for people who don't drink. When they wake up in the morning, that's as good as they're going to feel all day."
~ Lyndon B. Johnson
"Wine is constant proof that God loves us and loves to see us happy."
~ Benjamin Franklin
Wine improves with age. The older I get, the better I like it.
If a life of wine, women and song becomes too much, give up the singing.
"What contemptible scoundrel stole the cork from my lunch?"
~ W.C. Fields
"By making this wine vine known to the public, I have rendered my country as great a service as if I had enabled it to pay back the national debt."
~ Thomas Jefferson
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|Private Label Purchases to Continue Unabated as Economy Changes|Private label purchases and loyalty to these brands will likely continue, according to a study conducted on behalf of the Private Label Manufacturers Association (PLMA).
According to the PLMA's latest nationwide poll of main household shoppers, conducted by GfK Custom Research North America, entitled "Store Brands & The Economy: Are Shoppers Ready to Start Spending Again?"...it found that 63% of shoppers have changed their food and beverage buying habits as a result of current economic conditions.
Of these shoppers, a full two-thirds report they are purchasing private label products in categories where they used to buy only national brand items. In addition, 80% of those polled said they will be buying more store-brand products in product categories where they previously only purchased the national brand once the economy returns to normal.
|What Kind of Wine Lover Are You?|For those of you who might not have seen it, Gregory Dal Piaz from Snooth.com posted this very entertaining piece on Huffington Post on November 12th... don't miss his descriptions of these twelve categories!
We all think we're wine lovers, but the truth is some of us love wine while others love those who love wine, or love the wines of others, or love hoarding wine. When you look at it, wine lovers, and the folks you're likely to invite to any wine tasting, reflect a cross section of our society. Almost. When you invite folks to your tasting do you know who is going to show up? Will it be Bob or The Weasel? Jane or The Gourmand? And are you an Amateur or an Expert? What kind of wine lover are you? And be honest. Have you ever pulled a Nixon?
|The Funniest 'Generic' |
Products of All Time
With our belts squeezed tighter than ever, we have all learned the value of store-brand products. Nowadays, they provide similar (or better) quality as name-brand items and at a lesser cost.
Private label retailing has come a long way since these early days of simple generics, when labels were simple, quality was specious and branding was not yet a factor.
No longer deemed to be "generic" and thus inferior, consumers now attribute the same brand characteristics to PL offerings as they do to any other product. Many private label products are now built at much higher quality levels and price levels - not to compete at the "bottom end" but rather create new brand equity at the upper reaches, still providing the retailer with higher margins.
And for wine sellers, these consumer trends work the same way in their favor. Once in awhile, though, a generic was so shameless, so lazy or just plain bizarre that it is worthy of mention - if only for a laugh.
Following is a look at a few of the more noteworthy products formerly found in aisles across America: