Take heed, all my frugal friends in Missouri, but also in Arizona, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Texas! A few hours ago, I ran into my local State Representative (Republican, of course, this is Rural Missouri after all) pricing sweet potatoes in the produce section of our local Walmart Supercenter. “Hey,” I said, “these are 33 cents a pound at Aldi’s, so be sure to price match…” “Yeah?” he countered. “They’re 29 cents a pound at Ron’s…” And to prove it he whipped out his iPhone and turned me on to the best Frugalville website ever, PriceMATCHERZ.com.
Let’s start with the numbers. Where I live in small town, rural Missouri, you would never know this statistic from the ever brilliant First Things is true:
Roman Catholicism now ranks overwhelmingly as the largest religious denomination in the United States, with more than sixty-eight million members. (By contrast, the second largest group, Southern Baptists, has sixteen million members.) Representing almost one-quarter of the American population, Catholics also constitute the largest cultural minority in the nation. Supporting its historical claim of being the “universal” church, American Catholicism displays vast ethnic, national, linguistic, and social diversity. (In my first parish in Washington, D.C., it was not unusual at Mass to see congressional staffers, Central American immigrants, and urban homeless share the same pew.) While most Protestant churches continue to decline, Catholicism has grown steadily for the past two hundred years through a combination of immigration, births, and conversions. On purely demographic grounds, one would expect to see a huge and growing Catholic presence in the American fine arts.
When I was growing up in the Seventies, it wasn’t Thanksgiving until Arlo Guthrie’s Alice’s Restaurant aired at 12:00 Noon sharp on St. Louis rock powerhouse, KSHE-95. Nowadays, your chances of hearing any 18+ minute song on the radio is minute, and attention spans have probably devolved to where most kids would have a hard time sitting all the way through it anyway… But take heart, fellow oldsters! Gather the family and get your Guthrie fix right here, right now, with this awesome Youtube take on the Holiday classic, featuring the full length 18:38 original version of the song, illustrated from end to end with funny drawings by Andrew Colunga. Happy Thanksgiving!
Are you ready to dump AT&T, Sprint, Verizon and all their contracts and massive overcharging, and pay less for better cell phone service? There has never been a better time to act! An email landed in my in-box tonight from my good friends at Ting Mobile saying “The best Black Friday deal this year is secret – for your friends and family only. From now until December 1 at 11:59pm ET, we’ll give everyone you refer $100 off an eligible device or as Ting credit if they buy used or activate a phone they already own. We’ll give you a $50 thank you for every single successful referral in this time too.” It’s the biggest win-win ever! Time to switch! Click the word “Ting” anywhere in this post and get $100 just for choosing better cell phone service at a fraction of the cost! $100 would pay my Ting bill two and half months! That’s how cheap they are! What are you waiting for? Click Ting! Click Ting! Click Ting!