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3 O'Clock High: Jetlagged Minyan Mailbag


You may wanna pull up a chair.


A WalMart (WMT) Shopping Review:

Minyan Kneel! Writes:

Without any fanfare, nor announcement, Wal-Mart opened their latest store in upper middle class, Freehold, NJ. Freehold is situated in Monmouth County NJ , which is one of the richest counties in the nation. Because of this, Wal-Mart was not allowed to build one of their typical grey-box buildings. It is actually a nice looking brown structure, which fits in well with the surrounding community. The Wal-Mart along with a new Super Sam's Club sits by itself in a huge field.

I must state that I have a strongly negative personal opinion of WalMart. Essentially, my view is that Walmart is the cause of everything wrong on the planet Earth. I was last in a Wal-Mart 3 years ago, only by necessity, when I had to buy a pair of swimmies for my daughter. We were about to go on a cruise, and since I didn't know my way around
Central Florida , they were the first store I came across. I found that Wal-Mart store to be very crowded with merchandise, dirty and cluttered. I also remembered very long lines.

So, it was with excitement and dread that I got to check out this new behemoth that finally opened in my neighborhood.

First impressions:

  • I was surprised that the story was very open, very airy, and very free from clutter, big wide isles.
  • I was generally afraid of the staff . It's not fair to expect WalMart workers to be dressed like investment bankers but it's fair to ask that they be clean. In the same vein, one doesn't expect Pretty Women-esque kissing up at WalMart but no clerk in any retailer should seem "unfriendly" nor vaguely threatening.
  • The store that wasn't that crowed and for an opening weekend, had long lines at the registers. Not even all registers were open.
  • On pricing, I found Wal-Mart to be not that much cheaper [than other discounters] and comparably priced on most merchandise. Yes, I found some very inexpensive TV's and cheap clothing. However, the selection on TVs was limited and the clothing seemed "cheap" more in a "get what you pay for" than "good value" way. The workmanship was poor, in other words.

All in all, I still hate Wal-Mart, and will do the bulk of my shopping at Target, but after all, I am still an American, and out of sheer laziness, I am sure I will go to this Wal-Mart when time is of the essence.

Thanks for the detailed review, which I feel compelled to note, was extensively edited for rage. I share many of your criticisms of the WalMart shopping experience but would hesitate to hold them responsible for, say, the eventuality of our global destruction at the hands of a comet. So, that alone gets WalMart off the hook for being to blame for "everything wrong on earth".

Which is fine given that WalMart is going to enough trouble explaining how they thought they were going to beat Target on mid-line fashion by selling paper-thin goods from out of their corrugated box stores.

Missing Links

Minyan "Dude, What a" Tripp

Your "
Enemy List" idea has been stolen from under your blotter and put on the web at, where you can have emails sent letting people know they are dead to you.


As you seem to have anticipated, I've got a few thoughts on Snubster's brazen pilfering of the Enemy List concept.

  • If Snubster is owned by anyone other than the estate of Richard Nixon (who is something akin to the Spiritual Father of the concept) I should be expecting or demanding some sort of monetary tribute, I believe.
  • I'm not all that angry about Snubster's swiping because, like every other group attempting to expropriate creative material/ "vibe", Snubster doesn't seem to really understand what they are doing. If I didn't know better I'd think the site had been done by Disney (DIS).

Think about it for a minute (and Kneel!, I suspect you may wanna pull up a chair). A good Enemy List needs to be Top Secret, in order to give your foes a false sense of security as you string the Sword of Damocles precariously over their heads. I've only shared the Listing of folks like Rick Schottenfeld, Herb and the
University of Southern California by way of revealing the process of good relationship building, as I practice the art.

The key difference between my sharing and the Snubster method is the latter revealing the consequences of being Listed. If someone is dead to you, you don't email them. If all you're going to do to your Enemies is give Snubster their email address, well, you are sort of revealing the fact that you are someone who should be sought out for those seeking a pusillanimous "Training Enemy" before graduating to proper vengeance.

I mean, come on, "You're dead to me?" I get meaner emails than that from people who claim to be life-long friends, and even some family members, at least once a week. Folks on Richard Nixon's and my Lists would be delighted to trade the rest of their days simply for the human interaction and relative kindness of getting an email from Snubster.

So I just sort of think of Snubster the same way I do various other media-related outlets: Eventually, they are going to either make me/us an offer or they will simply fail.

All I can say is that's a better fate than being put on The List.

I Come From a Land Down Under

I arrived home from my brief trip to

I had a fantastic time with my oldest friends while there so I'm not whining or looking for any sympathy when I say that I'm nearly delirious with jet-lag. Quick notes after the 15k mile 5 day trip:

  • I didn't have the chance to hook up with Professor McGuirk. While that's honestly regrettable, it's probably the only thing keeping my fatigue from becoming life-threatening, given Loz' Great White Shark inspired sleeping habits.
  • My Nike MaxSight golf contact lenses didn't seem to do anything to help my golf game. They actually "worked" in the sense that it was like attaching the lenses of Blu-Blockers directly to your eyeballs but the jury remains out on whether or not that's a good thing.
  • Also factual but of unclear value; the contacts make your eyes look much like those of Dora the Explorer.
  • The Aussies could teach a thing or two about the art of inserting bacon into every meal.
  • Speaking of pigs, this test should only be taken on a full night's sleep.
  • Finally, I have a new appreciation for the sauciness of Norma Rae.
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