Not Moving My Needle

24 10 2016

Des Peres

The TD Ameritrade buyout of Scottrade isn’t getting me outraged.

After Purina, then A-B, then the subsequent Beer Incorporated merger, then Monsanto, my outrage budget is drained bone dry.

The only curiosity, solved later in the day today, is that TD Ameritrade will pick up the naming rights to the edifice born as the Kiel Center.





Many of a Kind

4 10 2016

Springfield

Bass Pro to buy Cabela’s.

Remember when there was only ever one Bass Pro Outdoor World, and it was Springfield’s premier tourist trap?  You just had to go there on a sub-pilgrimage and a way stop on your way to Branson.





Keep Digging, Part II

3 10 2016

Vancouver

Vancouver (the one north of Seattle, not the one south of it) is an even more San Francisco-y version of San Francisco.

And now, some people want to make it worse.

Because, low pay and high cost of living is a bug to most people, but a feature to a few very fortunate people.

Personally, I don’t think it will pan out.  Seattle proper will continue to have its niche in the CSIT world because of MSFT and AMZN, don’t bet on Seattle-Vancouver won’t become a new Silicon Valley.  I doubt very many in the tech world are lusting to plant roots in Sedro-Woolley. How did Route 128 in Boston work out?  And Boston is where about a zillion universities are.





McDonalds Ain’t a Happy Place

19 09 2016

Columbus, Ohio

Bye bye Americans, hello H-1B.

Wonder when they’ll start using J-x visa holders to replace 365BellCurve.

One thing we do know:  These days are long gone:





In the Bag

14 09 2016

Creve Coeur

The Bayer buyout of Monsanto is going to happen, pending approval from about half the world’s national business regulatory agencies.

It also means the last of the traditional long-standing St. Louis-based corporations is going to be bought out.





Duh

8 09 2016

Greensboro/Winston-Salem, North Carolina

No thought to place at least a little bit of the blame on the customers?

Also don’t forget about the employees.  The WMs in Bell Curve City with bellcurvey customers also have bellcurvey employees.





Irreconcilable Differences

26 07 2016

London

More good news:  Brexit may mean that Beer Incorporated does not happen.

Developing hot, or in the case of beer, cold, dot dot dot…