So, are you buying? We here at the KXL studios have a pool, but a few people refuse to participate, saying it's a waste of money. I bet they will change their tune when I'm noticeably absent from work Monday. :-)
Up until about a month ago, I had never heard of The Hunger
Games. It’s a trilogy of books about
young people who fight to the death to feed their families. That’s a real basic
description but you get the idea. There's a strong female lead with some romance in there as well. This sci
fi book is being made into a movie that hits theaters this weekend and young
people are going crazy. As of Wednesday, pre-sale tickets topped the
$15 Million mark. Two thousand shows had
already sold out. I talked to some kids
at Grant High and they couldn’t wait to line up for the midnight showing all
dressed in the characters they love.
Some of the male students summed up the movie craze as “stupid,” but
most of the students were excited. When
I asked how it compared to the Twilight series, most said this was “more serious”
I used to think those people who crammed onto a street in downtown Portland or any other city to participate in a run were crazy. I wondered what motivated them. It seemed silly. ...until I tried it myself. There's something to be said about the commoradarie of people who get together to do something healthy. It's actually fun to get moving early. It's great to hear people cheer as you start the race. When you feel like you can't push through, the people around you inspire you with their energy. I saw one person fall during the Shamrock Run and so many people stopped to help her out, it was inspiring. At the last leg, when your legs feel heavy and you just want to walk it, people line up to cheer you on and tell you you're almost there. You feel kind of like a rock star. After you're done, you feel you've accomplished so much and it's usually only about 10am. Usually, you want to hang out and enjoy a beer or some chowder (yes..I said it was only 10am) because the people are all in a good mood. It's hard to find someone who's crabby after a good workout. Then, the rest of the day is yours.
To all you crazy runners out there, here's to a great running season.
Do you get into March Madness? Americans are expected to spend 8.4 million hours watching these basketball games, according to this article. Chances are your office has a bracket pool, even the President has one.
There are some unique business opportunities suddenly opening up around here. Have you heard that the Historic Clinton Street Movie Theater in Portland is for sale? The theater on the corner of 26th and Southeast Clinton is home to many film festivals, independent movies and of course the Rocky Horror Picture show every Friday and Saturday night. The asking price is 124-Thousand dollars. Just something to think about.
Want to know more? http://portland.craigslist.org/mlt/reo/2890011440.html
Or.... you could own a liquor store in the state of Washington. As you know, voters have decided that the state should get out of the liquor business as of June, so the state is auctioning-off its existing stores. There are 9 in Clark County, including 5 in Vancouver. The minimum bid is $1000. (A lot cheaper than a movie theater). If you're the winning bidder you'll still have to negotiate a lease, apply for a retail liquor license, and stock you store shelves. Part of that challenge is deciding what products to sell. The big box stores (like Costco, Safeway, and Fred Meyer) will be carrying all of the most popular brands, so you might be wise to opt for the locally-produced stuff.
Here's a link to learn more: http://liq.wa.gov/retail/auctions