Monthly Archives: July 2008

Anheuser-Busch bought out by InBev

The King of Beers will now be answering to InBev. After months of stern resistance, Anheuser-Busch voted to accept InBev’s $52 billion bid. InBev, a Belgian company known for making Beck’s, Bass, Stella Artois, Hoogarden, and Leffe (just to name a few) has now combined with the American brewery to make the largest in the world. Anheuser-Busch has controlled more than 48 percent of American market share with brands that include Bud Light, we will see how sales in the US are affected by this acquisition. 

The concept of the iconic ‘American’ brewery falling into foreign hands sparked fire into the public and politicians. Unfortunately the fire could not be quenched as large shareholders wanting quick cash resulted in the takeover. 

InBev has a reputation for cost-cutting yet promised to keep all Anheuser-Busch breweries open. There has been no promise as to Anheuser-Busch employee job security. There has been talk indicating the selling of non-core assets, which would probably include theme parks (Sea World and Busch Gardens). 

It should be interesting to see how other American beer companies will respond to this takeover. I’m sure in the coming weeks we will see more ‘patriotic’ WE ARE AMERICAN ads from the likes of Sam Adams or other all-american breweries. 

7/12/08 – 4.1 miles in 35:32

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Dog’s Diary vs. Cat’s Diary

I received this funny e-mail a few days ago and thought I would post it. It’s probably REALLY old but whatever…

The Dog’s Diary

8:00 am – Dog food! My favorite thing!
9:30 am – A car ride! My favorite thing!
9:40 am – A walk in the park! My favorite thing!
10:30 am – Got rubbed and petted! My favorite thing!
12:00 pm – Milk bones! My favorite thing!
1:00 pm – Played in the yard! My favorite thing!
3:00 pm – Wagged my tail! My favorite thing!
5:00 pm – Dinner! My favorite thing!
7:00 pm – Got to play ball! My favorite thing!
8:00 pm – Wow! Watched TV with the people! My favorite thing!
11:00 pm – Sleeping on the bed! My favorite thing!

The Cat’s Diary

Day 983 of my captivity
My captors continue to taunt me with bizarre little dangling objects. They dine lavishly on fresh meat, while the other inmates and I are fed hash or some sort of dry nuggets. Although I make my contempt for the rations perfectly clear, I nevertheless must eat something in order to keep up my strength.

The only thing that keeps me going is my dream of escape. In an attempt to disgust them, I once again vomit on the carpet. Today I decapitated a mouse and dropped its headless body at their feet. I had hoped this would strike fear into their hearts, since it clearly demonstrates my capabilities. However, they merely made condescending comments about what a “good little hunter” I am. Bastards!

There was some sort of assembly of their accomplices tonight. I was placed in solitary confinement for the duration of the event. However, I could hear the noises and smell the food. I overheard that my confinement was due to the power of “allergies.” I must learn what this means, and how to use it to my advantage.

Today I was almost successful in an attempt to assassinate one of my tormentors by weaving around his feet as he was walking. I must try this again tomorrow, but at the top of the stairs.

I am convinced that the other prisoners here are flunkies and snitches. The dog receives special privileges. He is regularly released, and seems to be more than willing to return. He is obviously retarded. The bird must be an informant. I observe him communicate with the guards regularly. I am certain that he reports my every move. My captors have arranged protective custody for him in an elevated cell, so he is safe. For now ….

7/09/08 – 4.1 miles in 38:34

Bicycles on the rise

A vicious comeback! Commuters around the country are dusting off their old two-wheelers — or buying new ones — to cope with rising fuel prices. Bill Nesper, the spokesman for the League of American Bicyclists said, “People are riding bicycles a lot more often, and it’s due to a mixture of things but escalating gas prices is one of them.”

I went to a local bicycle store the other day to fix my old bicycle and all customers were talking about the high gas prices. I for one am glad to see people willing to make changes that will increase their well-being as well as help the environment. I am one that has joined in this new ‘fad’ and have been biking to work for a solid week and plan to continue. Besides the obvious health benefits I have seen a chunky increase the money I save.

The increase is apparent but according to the League of American Bicyclists, less than half of 1 percent of Americans ride a bike to work. I for one will be excited to see this number rise.

7/07/08 – 2.4 miles in 27:10 (slow run with Paulette and Sparky)

Records falling – Swimmers or Suits?

Record breaking… An accomplishment held above all else. In essence, one has achieved something no one has EVER been able to attain. With 44 (probably more now) world records falling in a span of 4 months, why am I not impressed? All these records were broken by athletes using Speedo’s LZR Racer swimsuit.

The Speedo LZR Racer forces swimmers’ bodies into an aerodynamic shape and repels water as they swim (it can take 20 minutes just to get the suit on). I understand that the Olympics Committee has approved the suit and that there is no wrongdoing on Speedo’s part. It’s just ridiculous that this was allowed to happen. Some have touted it “technology doping”, I have to agree. The results speak for themselves. While some records might have fallen regardless of the suit, it is obvious the suit played a large role in the majority of them.

Several swimmers sponsored by companies other than Speedo have been given permission to use the new suit. Still it seems unfair to those swimmers who either have not been given permission or cannot afford the new $550 suit. Time will tell how this will work out, for now it seems unfair to me. One wager I am willing to place is that more than 90% of the gold medal winners this upcoming Olympics will don the LZR Racer suit.

6/30/08 – 3.92 miles in 46:58 (slow run with Paulette and Sparky)

7/02/08 – 3.92 miles in 38:00 (9:41/mile pace)

7/05/08 – 3.92 miles in 38:28