Sorry for tiring everyone out on that last entry. I was just trying to catch up.
On Sunday, I had Easter lunch with my parents, as well as my Granny Fry, my brother, one of my sisters (and her family), and an aunt & uncle (Cassie’s parents). It was a fun time of talking, eating, catching up, etc.
After my sister prompted me, I finally made public the date of my impending wedding to Marline — June 6, 2006. (Yes, I know it’s 6/6/6 — that’ll make it easier to remember, and I seriously doubt any thinking religious person would have a problem with it.)
I also showed my New York Photos to any family members who were interested, including my Aunt Norma and Granny. They saw the photos from my computer’s folders, not the select 160 pictures that you’ll find by clicking the link above. So they saw ALL the pictures I took, not just the better ones. I would rather have showed them the Flickr set, but my parents are still on dial-up internet (no other choice). And, of course, my grandmother doesn’t have (and never will have) a computer of her own.
Today, I had planned on covering a baseball game in Maud (about 12 miles from here), but fortunately I called the school first. The game had been postponed.
So, instead, I drove to Oklahoma City to replace the camera-cleaning equipment that the TSA removed (for no reason, and without notice) from my suitcase. The little kit was about $12, but it cost more than that just to drive to Epperson (the only photo store in Oklahoma City of which I’m aware). So, I bought the cleaning kit, a UV filter (for lens protection, mostly), and a new camera strap. Then I drove home.
In the heat. Yes, if you were watching the national weather, you saw that Oklahoma set new record today. In early December, we set several record lows (-1 on one day and -6 on another day). But in February, we had several days in the 80s, which were records. Today, it was 98 in Oklahoma City and 96 in Seminole. The all-time record for today was 92 degrees. Not anymore.
Somebody donate a car A/C for me, okay?
On an unrelated note, I was looking at Forbes.com today, at the list of the world’s largest companies . The website ranks them by some weird composite score, but allows the reader to re-rank them based on other categories, like profit , total sales , assets , and market value . I think some people will be surprised at which companies are ranked high on this list. For instance, ExxonMobil is ranked #1 in sales AND in profit. It’s #6 based on Forbes’ composite score. In fact, six of the top 10 most profitable companies in the world are oil companies. Microsoft is ranked #10 in profit, but only #55 in the composite score.
Wal-Mart is #2 in total sales, and #13 overall. In fact, it’s the only retail company in the top 50. The only other retail store in the top 100 is Home Depot (ranked #71).
I encourage you all to click the links above and see which other companies are on there. This is where our money is going, folks — other than the money we send to the U.S. Government, which somehow has never been able to turn a profit, but manages to take more of our money than any other company (it’s not on the list). The U.S. has annual revenues of $2.119 trillion, according to the CIA . Only three other nations in the world break $1 trillion each year: Germany, France, and Japan. The U.S.’s annual revenues are more than six times the total sales of ExxonMobil.
Interesting stuff, huh?