Social Inequality To Make You Sick

Rolls Royce.jpeg

Here’s a copy of the sticker price on the car in the lobby of the local mall in Florida here. 


Oh, it’s just a 2016 Rolls Royce for a mere $362,225.00


The car was unbelievably gorgeous.


But the extravagance of it compared with the regular poor, hungry and homeless people on the streets as well as the vast majority of all the other everyday middle class people is enough to make you want to puke. 


Immediately after this, when we got back to the hotel, the maid was still in the room cleaning up.


I had the opportunity to see–really see–this lady–this person. 


She was overly respectful, calling me sir numerous times, unnecessarily. 


She was kind in finishing the room quickly and asking if their was anything else we needed.


But I also noticed that despite her labor-intensive job cleaning up other people’s shit in the hotel rooms, she had a bum leg and had trouble walking and just getting around. 


I thought to myself why was it that this poor lady was destined to have to clean my and other people’s hotel rooms for a grueling living.


The next day, I saw some mini shampoo and conditioner containers that had fallen to the side of the tiny garbage can in the bathroom (didn’t make the shot).  


I looked down–I thought for a split second, that’s what the hotel get’s paid for to clean up and service the guests–but only for a SPLIT second.


Then I bent my own stupid ass over, and picked up the bottles and put them in the garbage where they belong. 


The lady coming to clean the room doesn’t drive a Rolls Royce and definitely, neither do I. 


We are one under G-d, and may he bless us all in prosperity, health, and peace. 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

See It Change

Door Pink Orange Yellow
This was a pretty cool effect at this hotel (The Sonesta) in Fort Lauderdale, where we stopped to cool off for a few minutes.



In the lobby, they have these wavy lines over the entire walls and doors where you come in. 



But what is even better is that the lines change color.



Here you can see three pictures of a door in the lobby.



One minute they are pink, next orange, and then yellow. 



The funny thing is I barely noticed it when I was there.



It is was such a subtle change.



Maybe that’s the way to make change really take in your life–incrementally, rather than violently and abruptly.



Then instead of withdrawal and personal convulsions, you have a new and hopefully better you! 😉



(Source Photos: Andy Blumenthal)

Mickey Isn’t Smiling On Everybody

Horror Mickey
Orlando, as you know, is home to Disney’s amusement park, one of the biggest employers in the area–70,000 people.


That’s nice you say…only Bloomberg reports that Orlando has one of the highest poverty rates in the nation @ 20%–and that’s not amusing!


Even though Disney just upped their minimum salaries to $10 an hour, they have thousands on the rolls (ride operators, bus drivers, maids, etc.) earning less than $25,000 a year (and that is similar to 40% of all the jobs in Orlando), and for that even Mickey Mouse couldn’t buy any cheese.


Funny though that Disney costs a family of 5 about $1,500 for a 4-day pass, and they just earned a profit for the quarter of $2.2 billion.


Maybe next time you go to the fun house at Disney, you’ll think for a moment that it’s really a house of horror for tens of thousands of hardworking, decent people. 


Mickey Mouse is a louse and Donald Duck is a F-unny character, indeed.  😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

10 Vegas Fun Facts

10 Vegas Fun Facts

(A lot of poverty in Vegas too, but this guy had a sense of humor about it.)

10. Vegas has 2 million residents, but 40 million visitors a year.
9. MGM Grand is the 2nd largest hotel in the world with almost 7,000 rooms.
8. The Bellagio hotel (with the amazing fountain in front choreographed to music) cost $8.5 billion and is one of the top 10 hotels in the world.
7. The light from the top of the Pyramid at the Luxor Hotel can be seen from the moon.
6. A church on the way to the Grand Canyon from Vegas in painted in Mary Kay pink.
5. There are a pair of mountains called the Dolly Parton Mountains (at least that what our “wise-guy” tour guide called them)
4. A range of mountains looks like the face of Abraham Lincoln lying down.
3. The Hoover Dam, one of the largest government projects of the time was completed nearly two years early and a few million under budget (can you believe that?)
2. There are 600 Elvis impersonators, including a midget and a 450 pound man.
1. You can get married at the Say I Do Drive Thru for only $45!

And one for good luck…prostitution is illegal. 😉

Last one…The Democrats and Republican fought over naming the “Hoover Dam” after President Hoover, a Republican (what a surprise?)

(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Rock Into Space

Rock Into Space

Very excited by news in the Wall Street Journal on advances for Space Tourism.

Paragon Space Development Corp is developing a space helium-filled balloon to take us into the wild-blue (and black) yonder.

The balloon will be as wide as a football field.

It will transport 8 people to an altitude of 18 miles, high enough to move around for about 6 hours and get a “panoramic view of the globe without having to wear space suits of don oxygen masks.”

The cost will be about $75,000 per person–which seems almost doable for middle class folks who want the ultimate travel experience.

In contrast, Virgin Galactic will rocket passengers 60 miles high where customers can experience weightlessness for about $250,000.

Other ventures are developing offerings of trips to the International Space Station, an orbiting hotel, and even the moon.

I think it would be so awesome to experience space travel and see G-d’s creations in a whole new perspective-filled way.

It’s amazing, we are so small in the realm of things, yet we fallaciously think we are so big. 😉

(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)