Archive for August, 2009

Russian Con or Zany Humanitarian?!

Thursday, August 27th, 2009

I opened up my mailbox to find this sweet piece of mail in my “Junk or Safe” section!

At first I have to admit that I thought it was hilarious, but then the globally aware side of me kicked-in and I realized how telling this is of the economic disparity that exists between the U.S. and many other countries.

In Russia, this might be an alright deal as the average daily income in Russia for 2008 was $32 (1). Crazy to think that if one worked 8 hours a day at minimum wage in the U.S., that would be $58, about 45% more per hour.

SO, that got me to think’n, “Is this junk mail from an actual Russian con, or is it some zany and brilliant underground campaign from a humanitarian group to raise awareness about the income disparities that remain despite the current economy in the U.S.?”  I’ll never know, but I’m kind of flattered to think this might have been from Brad Pitt or Bono. Awesome.


(1). $32 number came from dividing monthly income ($640) that was found on Wikipedia by 20 working days per month.

Update II (04-August-2009)

Tuesday, August 4th, 2009

I heard about websites popping up with people posting candid shots from Google Street View, so I checked it out, and there are some really funny shots out there. My favorite is the one below. To me, it’s not the assault rifle alone that makes it golden, but that the man is wearing a sweet Harley Davidson sweater and is strolling down a street in South Dakota. Ah, the Dakotas.

Here’s the direct link to this on Street View. (The guy will be 90 degrees to the left.)

Well, I just wanted to check back in and say that the music is still going really well and the excitement for the new batch of songs is still in the air; more so than before actually. It’s been a bit slow since I was sidetracked by needing to find a new part-time job, but I was able to pin down my dream-part-time-job, so all is back on track again.  Thanks, and I hope to be back in touch soon!

-Zach at JTW&R