Sunday, March 1, 2009

One in Ten People are Unemployed in California

The whole world is in an economic crisis, but California seems to be getting hit extra hard. Last month alone, a total of 79,300 jobs were lost in the state. Some say that this is because it just so happens that the industries that get hit the hardest (picture development and sound recording) in rough times are located in California. Others say the state is just full of lazy asses. Even more others blame it on California being the most socialistic state in the union. You know what though maybe it's all those Mexicans.

We're not worried though, surely good ole Arnold will get them out of this mess...or not.

The road to full economic recovery will not be short," Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger cautioned. He said the state was counting on President Obama's stimulus package and more modest efforts on the state level to set the stage for new job growth.

Something tells us that the government is what got is into this mess to begin with. Can we really trust them with a solution? Their great idea is to take more money from us..and then spend it in ways that won't directly benefit us..and then that's supposed to benefit us all. I gotta say, it doesn't make sense to us here at People Liking People, but that's what hope and faith is for, right?

Finally a Drum Solo That Doesn't Suck

We're always on the lookout for talented people here at People Liking People. That's not to take away from those of you who are not talented. Believe me, we love you all.

Very often we run across these videos of drum solos that are supposedly the best and to be honest most of them are terrible. Very repetitive, no groove, they really put us to sleep. But today we stumbled upon this guy:

Meet Derek Roddy. His playing is just so smooth and groovy. It's probably the first drum video where we actually sat through the whole thing. He changes it up enough to make it interesting, and his technical ability is just astounding. Unfortunately he used to play for a band called Hate Eternal. And Hate is the complete opposite of what we're about. There was a lot of debate about whether or not to feature him on our site, but we eventually felt that his talent was good enough to make us suspend our principles for just a moment.

Speedy Rewards: Is it Worth It?

We here at People Liking People have been fairly loyal Speedway customers for several years now. We love the people that work there, and it's right down the street so it makes sense that we'd go there to get our gas. But one thing that was always a major nuisance for us is that we'd get hassled to get a Speedy Rewards card every time we'd make a purchase. Now, the employees were always friendly about it, but God Damnit already I DON'T HAVE A FUCKING SPEEDY REWARDS CARD AND I DON'T WANT ONE.

Well after years of politely rejecting the offer to be a Speedy Rewards member, a very friendly employee finally won me over with charm and made me give in. I always thought that I would have to fill out a form because I saw these Speedy Rewards pamphlets but she assured me that I wouldn't have to do anything; I could just start using it immediately. Well so far so good I guess. Although to be honest, the card seems almost as useless and I thought it would be. I get the fact that over time I will accumulate points which can be applied to some sort of rewards or discounted gas. But I'm trying to decide which is worse: the hassle I get when I don't have a Speedy Rewards card, or the hassle I put myself through when I have to go digging through my wallet to find the stupid card, and then wait for the Speedy Rewards receipt to print out, and then hours later the hassle of pulling out a wad of Speedy Rewards receipts out of my pockets and throwing them in the garbage.

We're going to put in a decent effort in the next few months, but I'm pretty sure this promotion is more hassle than it's worth. One of the printouts advertised an offer to get free gas for a year. All I had to do is go to this website. Well I went there and they want all my information. I'm not sure I want Speedway connecting my purchases of condoms, duct tape, and razor blades to my name and address. The last thing I need is the FBI knocking on our door.

We stumbled on a very amusing post about someone's thoughts and experiences with the Speedy Rewards card. He caught a lot of flack from readers but so far he's spot on.