Monday, May 12, 2008

BOB: THE UGLY AMERICAN

In the last post I crabbed about not being able to take an unfinished bottle of wine home from an eatery. This morning while shaving and driving to work (I do my best thinking in those two places) I thought to myself:

BOB! YOU STUPID! BOB! YOU UGLY AMERICAN!!! BOB!!!!

People are starving around the world and all I can think about is not having my cake and eat it, too.

Well, crap. Americans. It's all about us and very little thinking about how we can help others in this world and in our own country. With the money spent on the war in Iraq I venture to say we could have put a huge dent in world hunger, found a cure for both Aids and Cancer and had money left over to build a better mousetrap.

What's wrong with us? Does it always have to be about us, the poor down trodden Americans we picture ourselves to be? I for one need to be a better citizen of the world and put my money where my mouth is. And that's a fact, JACK!

While I'm on the soapbox, I'm also tired of being screwed by corporate America. Here's the latest example: Dreyer's ice cream. Last week $4.99 for a 1.75 quarts of ice cream (or 1.65 liters). Yesterday $4.99 for a 1.50 quart of ice cream (or 1.41 liters). Same price, less ice cream. Didn't Dreyer's think that anyone would notice the change?

Check out the picture of my freeze and the two containers. See the difference?

Back in the day ice cream was measured in 1/2 pints, pints, quart, half gallon and a gallon. Today it's less than those measurements. A half gallon of ice cream has been reduced to 1.5 quarts. What used to be 16 ounces of canned fruit or vegetables is now 15 or 14 ounces.

Today a gallon of diesel in the Valley sells for $4.75.

Where will it all end?

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7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Bob...............I like your intention...........Put your money where your mouth is....I'm going to my Intenders Circle meeting Thursday evening...You have given me some things to ponder befor I state my intentions to our group...Stay healthy...CR

Max said...

One jug of ice cream = one American serving. Smaller sizes are all about America's new diet!

Max said...

I was still intriguied by this post, so I went and did some research. Turns out that both Dryer's and Breyer's (same company?) used to make a half-gallon size. Then dropped down to a .4375 gallon size. And now it's .375 gallons. They claim it's do to increases in the cost of ingredients and maintaining competitiveness. And well, that makes sense. You could buy Ben & Jerry's in that tiny (albeit I consider it normal for ice cream) container for not much less.

Flyinfox_SATX said...

I don't know that feeding the world will make it any better Bob. The only thing these third world countries learn from us is that if they pout long enough they will get fed by us. I would rather take the time to educate them. Show them what we have and tell them they can have it too. And also tell them that governments that are into communism and dictatorships are old style that will not let them get anywhere. Seems to me that no one really wants to take the initiative to educate this world.

As far as corporate America is concerned. They are in it for making the buck today. Where will it all end? When we produce the first, electric/solar powered jet. Then the Oil companies will be hurtin for sure....

Flyinfox_SATX

Arin said...

yeah dude. i just googled "dreyer's" to learn about this smaller ice cream business. that's how i got turned onto your blog. thanks for writing something so i didn't think i was going crazy. i have no beef with smaller ice cream, but paying the same amount? uh uh.

Bob said...

CRW: For you, I'll stay heathy. Always.

Max: You're starting to think like a Korean.

Fox: Are we brothers?

Arin: Gee, you found my post on Google. Heck, I'm famous!

Rambeau said...

I just bought some Edy's (East Coast version of Dreyer's) and it's still 1.75 qt. here. My first sighting of Dreyer's was in Houston, and I was struck by the identical graphics.

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