Morning Mix Show Notes 11/4
Does Detroit hate Nickelback? Is expensive wine really better and how much does waiting for the cable guy really cost you?
The Thanksgiving tradition around my house goes like this: Watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, eat until my eyes bleed and then lay around and watch football. Well, this year, the Thanksgiving Day football game between the Detroit Lions and Green Bay Packers has a big halftime show starring Nickelback and Lion fans are none too pleased about it and are asking the band to be replaced. The fans who spearheaded the Anti-Nickelback Movement say they don’t want Nickelback associated with Detroit because Nickelback is Canadian and they say that there are so many other great artists from the Detroit area that officials should have chosen someone like Kid Rock, Bob Seger, Aretha Franklin, Alice Cooper, Iggy Pop or Eminem to play halftime. To view the petition, click HERE. Who would you have play your halftime show?
Next time you’re buying wine to bring as a host/hostess gift for a party, you don’t have to spend a fortune. In 1995, over half the wine we purchased was sold for under $3 a bottle and it’s even lower now, but the sales of wines that cost over $14 is up 400% and there’s really no reason. At that level, wine experts say that there’s barely any difference between the cheap wine and the expensive stuff. Brand stores are actually making up their own wine and they do it because we let them. Studies have shown that in a blind taste test, most people (unless you’re a wine snob) can’t tell the difference between the two anyway and most people preferred the taste of the cheaper wines. The reason why we praise more expensive wines is because our brains trick us into it. Ernest Gallo with Gallo Wineries did a taste test and told people one wine cost five cents and one cost ten cents. Everyone picked the wine that cost ten cents even though it was the same wine. Next time you go to a party, go to Trader Joe’s and pick up a bottle or two of Charles Shaw wine. It’s $2 to $3 a bottle and it’s REALLY REALLY good.
Your cable goes out. You call the cable company. They can’t come out until sometime between 11am and 2pm tomorrow, so you go to work in the morning and get as much done as you can. You take an early lunch to go home to wait hoping that they’ll show up right away at 11 so you can get back to the 24 file folders on your desk. The cable guy doesn’t come until 1:47 and the appointment takes a half an hour. You pay him and get back to work at 25 minutes to three and you have just enough time to do NOTHING. So, how much did that cost you? $243 dollars not including what you paid the cable guy to fix your broken cable box. Overall, that’s $37.7 billion in lost productivity. What’s the longest you’ve ever waited?