Good post, WW,
Almost everything I don't like about our great American society today
has to do with the substitution of situational ethics for real ones,
i.e. the denigration of the real deal America with the "only if and when
I want to" could be anywhere America.. The real ethics usually have the
forbidden word "morals" implicit in them. I wouldn't injest even the
one bagga chips.
I knew someone who had given me a copy of the song which then got lost.
So I chalk my download to 'fair use'.
At the same time, I've recently been discovering and listening to some
older electronic music acts that I somehow missed and was only vaguely
aware of, such as 'Art of Noise', 'Tangerine Dream' and '808 State'.
Since I wouldn't have otherwise purchased their music, I think they're
also worth a free listen. :)
The way I see it is that if you're trying to make money on a losing
proposition, you're in the wrong business.
...I've heard that there are businesses out there selling (or that have
sold) bottled tap water (while other businesses continue to degrade our
streams, rivers and lakes... and while bottled-water bottles get tossed
into landfills-- and everywhere else.)
You can bet that, if my tap-water were to become, say sufficiently
dubious, I'll be one of those to pirate the bottled spring-water outfits.
I'm talking about having a little inconvenience for the sake of a
greater good. Like doing without a little extra warmth in the home and
having to work in the living room if it meant greater energy savings.
I'm also not suggesting you trade in your truck just yet either. :)
My favorite ice cream shop in the DC area
The Silver Spring, MD shop is located on an old mini strip
mall along Georgia. The Beltsville, MD shop is also located
along an old commerical building. The main architecture
or urban profile might be - inexpensive retail commerical
site next to busy U.S. Road. Also both store face the
roadside an have a significant roadside signage exposure.
There's no place to really eat outside, the side walk space is
limited, parking space is pretty meager... but the ice cream
is really great. ISTM that major site selection factors were
1) a low cost per square feet of retail space and 2) a
signficant amount of roadside traffic by the stores ( which
would generate significant store front signage exposure).
One of the most powerful retail tools is commercial
signage exposure infront of a business.
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