Tondar's Daily Rant

Prepare yourself for the writings of Tondar the Destroyer, Baron of Atlanta, Rightful Heir to the Throne of Spain, from whom all babies come. As his will be blogged, so let it be done.

Tuesday, May 23, 2006


Sail away where no ball and chain
Can keep us from the roarin' waves
Together undivided but forever we'll be free.
So sail away aboard our rig
The moon is full and so are we.
Dar is still the Good Pirate
And Stomp Stomp is Captain Posted by Picasa

Monday, May 22, 2006


baby, I'm a lonely knight
and I'm pledged to you
I fight my battle
in solitude
girl, I'm a lonely night
of rock-'n-roll
I'm a charter member
of the clown patrol Posted by Picasa

Pigpen on the UAW gas fwd...

The union is totally out to lunch on the stupid fwd concerning gas prices. How can that approach possibly work when gas is based on open market speculation. Furthermore, the gas stations in Mi have launched an apology campaign telling people to please stop yelling at the clerk about gas price b/c it's not the stations fault - many say that the only way they can turn a profit is to sell the convienience goods (much in the same way that movie theaters only really make money on concessions, or so Mike and Jeff told me).

Nevertheless it's not like the oil companies are setting a price, they are just reaping free market rewards b/c some dumb trader gets all happy about the Iranian letter, at which time the price drops a little, only to find out that the content was an "in your face America" to which people got scared, started talking US military action and the price went up.

Completely erratic and irrational - based solely on shoulda's, spose-to and could-be's. Plus in the egg analogy the product is perishable - gasoline aint perishable.

You raise a good point. Though it seems to me that you are confusing the oil market with the gasoline market. Iran and international demand have and will continue to affect the oil market. However, the gas market is dominated by supply issues (refineries, eco-blends, oil prices) as well as demand factors (9/11 style panic, memorial day weekend, the QT that's a nickle cheaper, or consumer collusion). Sure the eggs are perishable, but the gas station has just as much pressure to not sell out of his product and keep people coming in and buying concessions. His supply and demand though influenced by the oil market is complex and vastly different.

Of course it would never happen, but the theory behind the Union's effort organize consumer collusion still seems correct. But alas, maybe I am talking out of my pooper.

What I'm not wrong about though is that the price of gas is going to jump soon for the holiday weekend. Fill up your cars as soon as you read this and you can thank me next time we speak.

pre┬Ěscience - Knowledge of actions or events before they occur; foresight.

Over the weekend the following came to me in a dream. For the 4th team in franchise history, the Orlando Magic will win the first overall selection in tomorrow's NBA draft lottery. Though they have only a .8% chance of winning, it will happen nevertheless. In addition for those of you that care, The Atlanta Falcons will drop and have the 5th overall pick. Way to go Billy Knight, though it doesn't take a crystal ball to know you will screw things up in the future.

To build a more perfect Islamic Republic Iran is implementing a dresscode...

"The law mandates the government to make sure that all Iranians wear "standard Islamic garments" designed to remove ethnic and class distinctions reflected in clothing, and to eliminate "the influence of the infidel" on the way Iranians, especially, the young dress. It also envisages separate dress codes for religious minorities, Christians, Jews and Zoroastrians, who will have to adopt distinct colour schemes to make them identifiable in public. The new codes would enable Muslims to easily recognize non-Muslims so that they can avoid shaking hands with them by mistake, and thus becoming najis (unclean)."

Sounds very similar to the Nazis and their pieces of flair. Or as Pigpen puts it: "This is bound to work out well, if at first you don't succeed. They might as wear a bullseye everywhere."

Sunday, May 21, 2006


I am the eye in the sky, looking at you. I can read your mind. Posted by Picasa

Seth and I always play a game where we try to determine who would win a celebrity fight. Well this time it looks like we actually get an answer...

The scuffle reportedly started after the Guns N' Roses front man moved the drink of Hilfiger's girlfriend, Dee Ocleppo.

''I moved his girlfriend's drink so it wouldn't spill,'' Rose told the Los Angeles radio station KROQ on Friday. ''It was the most surreal thing, I think, that's ever happened to me in my life.''

According to the 44-year-old singer, Hilfiger, 55, smacked him in the arm and told him to put the drink back.

''He just kept smacking me,'' Rose said.

That's right Axl, you's my bitch.

Hubie Brown - They need him to get off early.

"Everywhere the Christian re-enactors are victims of massacres, burnings and plunderings. The Viking re-enactors conquer all in their path, and no one resists them. Oh God deliver us, deliver us from the fury of the Texans pretending to be Northmen" Posted by Picasa

Pigpen sent this shady link along. After all, notice how Gary Coleman is offering UN-secured loans. Kinda like the "bank" Peter went to when he bought volcano insurance on Family Guy.

The UAW has a plan to lower gas prices. But I'm unconvinced that they could ever overcome the economies of scale issue considering that if you're going to stop you might as well fill up since the price will be about the same anyways. But that's Tondar's thought at least...

Dear Members,

Anything is worth trying. Check this out. It does make sense.

UAW Local 1970

Subject: FW: gas prices

Joe, I thought this might be worth forwarding to the membership.

This is a good thought and it could work. It won't cost anything to try. Think about it !!

A man eats two eggs each morning for breakfast. When he goes to the grocery store he pays 60 cents a dozen. Since a dozen eggs won't last a week he normally buys two dozens at a time.

One day while buying eggs he notices that the price has risen to 72 cents. The next time he buys groceries, eggs are .76 cents a dozen. When asked to explain the price of eggs the store owner says, "the price has gone up and I have to raise my price accordingly".

This store buys 100 dozen eggs a day. I checked around for a better price and all the distributors have raised their prices. The distributors have begun to buy from the huge egg farms. The small egg farms have been driven out of business.

He checked out the huge egg farms and found they were selling 100,000 dozen eggs to the distributors daily. Nothing had changed but the price of eggs.

This pattern continues until the price of eggs is 2.00 a dozen. The man says,"there must be something we can do about the price of eggs".

He starts talking to all the people in his town and they decide to stop buying eggs. This didn't work because everyone needed eggs. Finally, the man suggested only buying what you need.

He ate 2 eggs a day. On the way home from work he would stop at the grocery and buy two eggs. Everyone in town started buying 2 or 3 eggs a day.

The grocery store owner began complaining that he had too many eggs in his cooler. He told the distributor that he didn't need any eggs. Maybe wouldn't need any all week.

The distributor had eggs piling up at his warehouse. He told the huge egg farms that he didn't have any room for eggs would not need any for at least two weeks.

At the egg farm, the chickens just kept on laying eggs.

The distributor told the grocery store owner that he would lower the price of the eggs if the store would start buying again. The grocery store owner said, "I don't have room for more eggs. The customers are only buy 2 or 3 eggs at a time". "Now if you were to drop the price of eggs back down to the original price, the customers would start buying by the dozen again".

Finally, the egg farmers lowered the price of their eggs. But only a few cents. The customers still bought 2 or 3 eggs at a time. They said, "when the price of eggs gets down to where it was before, we will start buying by the dozen."

Slowly the price of eggs started dropping. The distributors had to slash their prices to make room for the eggs coming from the egg farmers. The egg farmers cut their prices because the distributors wouldn't buy at a higher price than they were selling eggs for.

Anyway, they had full warehouses and wouldn't need eggs for quite a while.

And them chickens kept on laying.

Eventually, the egg farmers cut their prices because they were throwing away eggs they couldn't sell.. The distributors started buying again because the eggs were priced to where the stores could afford to sell them at the lower price.

And the customers starting buying by the dozen again.

Now, transpose this analogy to the gasoline industry.

What if everyone only bought $10.00 worth of gas each time they pulled to the pump. The dealers tanks would stay semi full all the time. The dealers wouldn't have room for the gas coming from the huge tank farms. The tank farms wouldn't have room for the gas coming from the refining plants. And the refining plants wouldn't have room for the oil being off loaded from the huge tankers coming from the Middle East.

Just $10.00 each time you buy gas. Don't fill it up. You may have to stop for gas twice a week but, the price should come down.

Think about it.

As an added note..When I buy $10.00 worth of gas,that leaves my tank a little under half full. The way prices are jumping around, you can buy gas for $2.65 a gallon and then the next morning it can be $2.15. If you have your tank full of $2.65 gas you don't have room for the $2.15 gas. You might not understand the economics of only buying two eggs at a time but, you can't buy cheaper gas if your tank is full of the high priced stuff.

Also, don't buy anything else at the gas station, no cigarettes, no bread, milk or chewing gum, don't give them any more of your hard earned money than what you spend on gas, until the prices come down.. Oh, some folks may not see this message.

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