My dad was diagnosed with throat cancer back in December, only a week or so before I had to leave for China. I wasn't able to see him before I left, and then when I got back the issues in March kept me from going to Missouri for a visit. But once I got through the paperwork and meetings I took off for Missouri. My mom's computer had died on her so I built her a new one and took it with me to the farm. Just as I was leaving I found out that Annie would be returning to the US unexpectedly, so I had to cut the trip down to only a few days, but it was good to see my family. My dad is doing really well and it looks like he has the cancer beat.
Advertising is a unique thing that humans have developed. This commercial by a Thai life insurance company is intense. It also fulfills basic advertising goals by creating a bond with the viewer that deeply imbeds the name of the advertiser in their mind. But the fact that they chose to do this by using a very emotional and positive message speaks to the character to the company, the ad agency and the Thai people as well.
I've been watching the market this morning as it swings -400 (doubt it will stay that low) and in particular the info coming out about French bank exposure to Italian debt interests me. Plenty of opportunities are going to come up for the Chinese to pick up under-valued assets.
One of the things I thought was funny is the NY Times had an article describing basically the same mindset I descibed in a couple of previous posts.
And watching Santelli get his undies in a bunch over Meredith's description of Tea Baggers was a classic example of why she's right. It is amusing how the TP's always want to invoke the founding fathers. The founding fathers would be fairly quick to realize the corruption of our political system with unlimited money from corporations, and the lobbyists... and the transfer of wealth to the banking sector -- is all blatant douche baggery. I don't think Santelliwould find much sympathy with Jefferson.
I flew into Chicago yesterday afternoon and its just impossible to describe how good it is to be home. My jet lag is the worst I have ever had and I was up all night wide awake. My bed feels so good and I really was enjoying laying there, but eventually I just gave up and started working around the house. There is so much to do and lots of things have to be fixed/repaired/built before the end of the year. I need to try and stay awake all day until at least 8pm tonight so I can reset the internal clock.