How it is

Well, this is another one of those just semi-interesting "the way things are in my life right now" posts. I have a few good posts in mind, but need time to work on them, which is in short supply now. So here goes. . .

I got sick. It was really really lame. A week and a half ago I got a chest and sinus cold. I leveled me for most of last week, and I am just now on the road to a full recovery.

Math is going well, I took my midterm, and got an 85% on it! I was stoked. It looks like I am actually going to make it through pre-calc, which keeps me on track with getting to OSU in the fall. Who knew?

I got a JOB! Wow, all these years of just slumming it, I finally got a job. I think back to the cousin Eddie character in the Vacation movies, who has been out of work for 14 years, because he is holding out for a management position. Well, I got a management position. I wasn't trying. Honest. I just wanted a job as the minimum wage flunky at AutoZone, so I put in an application for a part timer there. Well, apparently based on my qualifications, they offered me a job as part time parts sales manager. I was pretty shocked. I start my training on Monday. This job will be a pretty good fit for me, because I only drive shitty cars, and this way I will be able to get a discount on parts.

I am knee deep in my Research Writing class assignment. My topic is about the potential collapse of General Motors, and it's effect on economies and what not. I am writing it from a problem/solution stance. If you have anything intelligent to offer, feel free to post it. Things I consider not intelligent from the standpoint of helping my paper are comments like "American cars suck. " anyway, I have to write a 12-16 page paper by the end of term about this. I am excited, because it is a topic I am really interested in.

Not a whole lot else going on, lots of school work, soon to be lots of hours at work, getting better after being sick, looking forward to nicer weather, and all that jazz. Thanks for continuing to read. I am really starting to wonder if the collective shine has worn off blogging in this community of readership I have.

I guess I will try to also include a picture for your viewing pleasure as well.

I saw a guy wearing this T-shirt the other day. I thought it was funny.


At 2/13/2006 10:42 PM, Blogger Alien Shaman said...

I don't think the shine has worn off, I think a lot of people are very busy...

You with school, a number of new dads, a new church, new job responsibilities, etc...

Thus, the priority of blogging just kind of slides down a wee bit in the grand scheme of things.

As for GM, the problem is the cancer which is "fear of change" and it affects almost all companies, and people. Change means risk, and risk does not always equal reward.

So, I can keep making a "crappy American car" and employ hundreds of thousands of Joes, slowly laying them off... OR you could lay off 50% of them right now, go lean and mean, change how you do business, piss off a huge number of people who actually buy your "crappy American car" in the process, and still go bankrupt. Tough decision. Of course, do you decide to slowly die of poor leadership cancer, or do you cut off a limb in order to live and build a prosthetic?

At 2/15/2006 11:45 AM, Blogger CapitalistPig said...

There is often a really good auto-industry analyst on CNBC, I forgot her name, but one of the things she said has been a big problem with the US auto industry is the "incest". What she means is that everyone in the industry lives in the same area (midwest/detroit/Michigan/etc) and they all drive each other's cars. She says in Detroit you see very few foriegn cars. Because of this, the decision makers in the industry have become insulated from exposure to their competition. On a daily basis they rarely encounter foriegn cars on a personal level, since niether they, nor any of their friends or family, or the people in their communities tend to drive them. She once said that the if she were in charge at Ford or GM the first thing she would do is move their corporate headquarters to the east or west coast...places where their competition dominates.

Toyota seems to do just this. For example, Toyota's has very little market share in the large pickup catagory, so they are building a new factory in Texas. The reason for locating the factory there is because this is the biggest market for these types of vehicles, and they want the people who build the things to be around people who drive pickups. Furthermore they want them to be the same types of people who drive pickups large themselves. Toyota's strategy is to expose its employees to the markets in which they will compete.


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