I was beginning to get nervous about the survival of the United States, which annually must fight The War on Christmas, as I awaited retail sales figures surrounding Black Friday. A percent or two in the wrong direction could mean the War may be lost and we’re doomed. I couldn’t help but notice the number of defective products and services offered in our economy these days as I opened an envelope from Honda telling me I have to AGAIN take my ’06 Accord to get the air bag thing replaced. Sure this had already been taken care of back in June, I called the dealer and they said this time it’s the passenger air bag thing they’re going to replace, out of an abundance of caution…. my favorite phrase that covers terrorism, recalled products, and all school closings due to more than 1/8 inch of snow. Amazingly, Takata, the Japanese company that made those things, is over 30 million defective airbag inflators in the hole…. and is still in the business! I was going to stop at Chipotle for a quick meal on the way over to the dealer, but decided to pass on that due to something called, “headline risk.” That’s where you don’t read beyond the headline, you ignore the facts (like that you’re 300 miles away from a state with documented cases, any danger is probably already past, and the company is working overtime to fix the problem) and unfairly punish a quality entity like Chipotle because there are so many other choices that aren’t in the headlines.
Sometimes I eat super-cheap at Costco…. nice alternative… a slice of pizza or a hotdog satisfies, but that’s off the table for now, too. More headline risk:
Health officials urged people who bought chicken salad at any U.S. Costco store on or before Friday to throw it away, even if no one has gotten sick. That’s enough to prompt me to head over the the Consumer Product Safety Commission page to see what else is a danger to my life, even beyond food. First, I see that Home Depot somehow has not bothered to stop selling 28 different products under recall notice from 2012 to 2015. Ladders that collapse, smoke detectors that don’t detect smoke, and electric ranges that never turn off even after you’ve turned them off. Mistakes were made. The government’s even recalling The Bostich Electric Pencil Sharpener due to a shock hazard. I know what you’re thinking….. who the bleep is still using pencils so much that the act of sharpening them STILL needs to be done in one of those electric pencil sharpeners that only the cool kids had….. in 1967? And does the shock hazard occur from just sticking the wooden pencil in there, or do you have to be trying to sharpen your finger? What was wrong with this one, anyway?
RECALL ON BOSTITCH ELECTRIC PENCIL SHARPENERS-WFMY/News 2
This concludes my holiday salute to the late Andy Rooney. Ah, for the days of simplicity and everything made in Amurica, like Zenith (now an LG child) Happy Thanksgiving!!