Thinking out loud

First, for anyone who knew about it (I don’t think I mentioned it here), the Orlando vacation was fun… rainier than usual, but fun.  It was good to get away from it all, and I need to do it again soon. 🙂

While I was in Orlando, I heard a radio ad that sums up how bad the economy is getting.  There’s an Orlando Kia dealership that will give you a new Rio free if you buy a Sorrento SUV or Sedona mini-van.  SUVs and mini-vans are so toxic right now that this dealership will give you a $9000 car if you just take a gas guzzler off their hands.

I did get a chance to walk through the closed storefronts of Disney’s Pleasure Island… it was really sad to see what used to be a vibrant entertainment area turned into a long footbridge between the two sides of Downtown Disney’s shopping district.  While I was down there, word started to come out that Disney’s 2008-09 costcutting is getting deeper and deeper.  To me, this seems exactly the wrong thing to do.  Wouldn’t giving people less reasons to go to Disney Parks be counterproductive?  Shouldn’t you give them more reasons to make the trip?   No, wait, I’m not a Disney Marketing Genius, what do I know?

Would the last person to leave the McCain/Palin bandwagon please turn off the lights?

Finally, I wonder how we’d do with a system like our neighbors to the north.  They will vote for a new Parliament on Tuesday… just over a month after the election campaign began.  Can you imagine a Presidential campaign that didn’t take an entire Presidential term to complete?  What a concept.

Another concept we could borrow – Canada’s polls will be open from 9:30 AM to 9:30 PM Eastern time across the country (except on the coasts, which will be open 10 AM – 10 PM Eastern).  Thus, most of the results will be available at once, at 10:00 PM Eastern — which is the first moment at which Canadian media can legally broadcast results.  Contrast that to the USA, where polls close across a 6-hour window, leading to the every-four-years concerns about Western voters who hear their votes may be meaningless in the Presidential election, and thus don’t go to the polls to vote in local races.  Of course, getting 50 states to agree to change their polling times won’t happen.  But it’d be easier if, say, polls were open 9 AM – 9 PM Eastern (6 AM – 6 PM Pacific), wouldn’t it?

Speaking of Canada… happy Thanksgiving to any Canadians who may stumble across this. 🙂

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Author: Rob Hoffmann

Occasional blogger, full-time computer techie, radio producer (basketball, mostly), improv tech guy, generally nice person (if you ask me).

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