Man, boy, (either one works), it sure is a slow news day today. The Egyptians are fighting with each other, but I don’t know why and don’t really care. Maybe I should look into it. The government just arrested a Nobel Prize winner, but then I don’t take much stock in that award anymore since they gave the Nobel Peace Prize to President Obama. I’ve ranted about that before.
Here’s a shocking headline: “Marriott Phasing Out In-Room Adult Movies From Its Hotels.” Wow, weren’t they the first ones to ban smoking in all of their properties? What’s next? They going to remove the mini-bars?
Marriott is not really phasing out the X-rated movies because they have gotten morals or anything. They’re doing it mainly because revenues, some 85% of in-room movie purchases being dirty movies, have dropped off in recent years. Not because the general public has gotten morals either, but because they now use their laptop computers to stream the X-rated content instead of paying the hotel $12.95 to watch a skin flick.
So Marriott is taking the opportunity to make some lemonade out of the loss of revenue by making it sound like they’re doing a good thing. Just so you know, hotels have made hundreds of millions of dollars on the porno in-room entertainment over the years.
Today is the 25th anniversary of the “Challenger” shuttle disaster. January 28th, 1986. Most of us know where we were when that happened. Just like we know where we were when President Kennedy was assassinated (if you’re old like me), when Neil Armstrong stepped on the moon (also if you’re old like me), when civilian airliners crashed into the World Trade Center. This was huge. I remember sitting in my work station at Citicorp when someone in the pod stood up and said, “The space shuttle just blew up!” We thought he was lying. It didn’t take too long before the air went out of the room.
A school teacher astronaut, Christa McAuliffe, will never be forgotten, but I couldn’t tell you the names of the other 6 astronauts that perished that day. It’s hard to believe that it was 25 years ago. All caused by the failure of a rubber O ring. WTF.