Save the Conshohocken Fireworks

Every year since I moved into this house, I’ve had a little get together on our deck to celebrate Independence Day. Drinks, food, and then walk over to the fireworks on the west side of town. Yes the fireworks are on the 3rd – don’t ask me why, maybe it’s because it’s cheaper, maybe so as not to compete with Philly’s display, regardless they are on the 3rd, and this year they may not happen at all.

In these trying economic times…

Conshohocken can’t afford fireworks this year. There is a fundraising effort underway to bring the fireworks back. If you’ve been past my house before for the party, consider donating a couple of dollars to the effort. This weekend there will be a Pig Roast Fundraiser to save the Conshohocken fireworks.

When: Sunday, May 3, 2009 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Where: Conshohocken Bocce Club, 339 West 3rd Avenue, Conshohocken, PA 19428
Donation: $20 at the door
Free Food: Pig Roast, Burgers, Hot Dogs, Etc………..
Free Drink: Beer and Soda
Contact: Liam McGuigan, cell (215) 518-6358, liam@coventrycg.com

Philadelphia Eagles Draft Advice

This is more for the fans than the Eagles.  I’ve been hearing all the fans and media talk about trading our last remaining 1st round pick for Anquan Boldin.  While I would love for Boldin to play for the Eagles, everyone needs to realize there are more pressing concerns.  Brian Westbrook has never been the picture of durability, and he’s turning 30.  If the Eagles have a chance to find a back that can replace him, they absolutely need to do that.  If that means they need to trade up to get Knowshon Moreno or Chris “Beanie” Wells, they need to do that.  If this means they can’t trade for Boldin, then so be it.

Listen to me here: wide receiver is the least important offensive position on the field.  The offensive line, quarterback, and running back are much important to an offense in that order.  I’m including the tight end in the O-line, but if you want to separate it, then yes – WR is more important than TE. Having a top notch WR is gravy and if you’re deficient in any of the other positions, fix those first.  The Eagles can boldly address a huge problem at the RB position, and a Ryan Moats type 2nd round pick ain’t going to do it.

Thank goodness the Eagles rarely listen to the fans and press, don’t start now.

Columbine and cannabis share the day

April 20 is an odd and sad day in history. 10 years ago Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold walked into Columbine High School and killed 13 people and wounded 23 more. By doing so they sent an entire community into mourning and forced a country to rethink its policies. In the years that have passed very little has changed to address the situation in the United States. As a matter of fact, George Bush made sure that things actually got worse by allowing the assault weapon ban to expire in 2004.

It seems to me that we owe more to the memory of Columbine than talk. The NRA would rather see dead children than erode their precious second amendment right. Clinging to their guns. No other right in this country is better protected nor more deadly than this right. 9/11 made sure that free speech rights were damaged through the “Patriot” act. Looking at Prop 8 outcome in California, civil rights don’t seem to be that important to people.

But don’t take their guns. Got to have our guns.

Apparently 4/20 is also a day to honor pot smoking and for activists to protest the illegality of marijuana.  Nothing shows the misplacement of priorities than our country’s unwillingness to implement common sense gun control in this country while fighting a drug that is less a societal issue than alcohol. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve never smoked pot and probably never will, but I really could care less if you do.  It just seems that guns have a much broader impact, and the vocal few that are worried about losing their guns are keeping the rest of the country hostage.

Maybe if Harris and Klebold had smoked a little pot, they would have been less inclined to kill their classmates. From what I know of pot smokers, planning isn’t a strong suit of theirs.

Hopefully one day we’ll become as enlightened as we think we are and we can prevent further massacres from happening, but as we found out at Virginia Tech just 2 years ago (almost to the day), the best protection that the  government  can offer and the policy that the NRA supports is duck and run.

How not to market: Amazon abuses my email address

One of the signs of this recession is that every business that’s still in business is becoming much more aggressive about generating sales. It’s a tough time to be a customer because businesses are desperate, and treating customers with respect is a thing of more prosperous times.

I wanted to receive Amazon’s MP3 newsletter but the only way to receive that newsletter is to sign up for Amazon’s product emails. These emails are based on previous purchases. Though I’ve bought a lot of varied products over the years, I decided to take a chance and subscribe; what a mistake. At least an email every day and the subjects seemed to be scattershot. One day Blu-ray videos on sale, the next grocery savings; one day netbook savings, the next summer reading.

The problem with Amazon’s approach to database email is that they assume everything I’ve purchased from
Amazon in close to 10 years of purchasing, indicates my interest in that product. Note to Amazon: the Dance Revolution I purchased for my niece a few years back would only be an indication of products I would not be interested in.

With all of the power and might of Amazon, all the information they have, they can do better. How about basing this incessant emails on the products I purchase the most?   How about giving the customer broader options when opting into emails?   How about allowing customers to choose an email frequency?   Instead Amazon has decided it’s best option is to drive sales by nagging the customer until the submit.

Or turn them off.

As it stands, I decided to opt out of all emails from Amazon because in two weeks Amazon annoyed me, and if they could offer me an email option that was more tailored to my interest, maybe they would be able to make more money from me, and others like me.

I guess it’s a good thing, I could do to save more money.