Could You Be Happier If You Just Bail On Those New Year’s Resolutions Yet?

new-years-resolution-letterpress-coaster-luckybeepress_122309It’s about that time of the month where 98% of the people have bailed on their New Year’s resolutions. Only about 10% even remember what those resolutions were anyway. And most of those resolutions were made while people were slightly hung over from a hard night of bring in the 2013. The first in a log time without Dick Clark.

The first week of January at my Health Club is always very crowded. All these new people fresh from setting New Year’s goals for themselves and writing a big membership check hit the equipment, pool, and exercise classes with the zeal of a Marine hitting Omaha beach. But today when I went to the health club they were all gone.

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Second week of January at the healthclub

I’m not sure where they all went but I’m afraid they bailed on their “Get More Fit” New Year’s resolution.

According to the US Government the top New Year’s resolutions include “Drink Less Alcohol”, “Eat Healthy Food”, and “Get A Better Job”. Are you surprised that drinking less is number one? I’m not.  That nice government site even includes handy links to help you get started on your way to achieving your resolution.

By now I’ll bet the hits on those web sites has slowed down.

IMG_1294It’s so easy to get dismayed, distracted, and demotivated when it comes to those traditional New Year’s resolutions. That’s why I would like to suggest a set of more easily achievable resolutions that might even be more fun.

1) Drink more wine – This is a good one now that drinkable wine is available for as little a $3 a bottle.

2) Sleep more – If you are only getting seven or eight hours of sleep every night go for ten and see how that changes your perspective. Sure you may have to go to beed at 8PM but the benefits could be incredible.

All the healthy food a person could want

All the healthy food a person could want

3) Eat only food from Guy Fieri’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives list – This guy have found places in most states where you can get a meal that is positively wonderful. Most are made with fresh ingredients and most a deep fried. There is even a list by state.

Let me know if you can’t keep those resolutions. And there’s no expensive health club fees involved.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Could Hostess Twinkies Be Gone Forever?

Although Hostess Twinkies may possibly be the most unhealthy snack a person could ever eat, they are our unhealthy snack. The news out today is that the company has decided to liquidate after failing to get a wage and benefit agreement with their striking workers. Not good news for Twinkie lovers like me.

And I must not be the only one who likes these golden cream filled cakes since they sell about 36 Million packages a year.

Twinkie Wedding Cake -Yum!

One time someone even made me a birthday cake assembled out of Twinkies. There were thirty of the luscious little cakes arranged three rows high covered with frosting. Yum!

Twinkies have been around since 1930 when they were invented by James Alexander Dewar in Schiller Park, Illinois. At first Twinkies were filled with banana cream but a World War II related banana rationing forced Mr. Dear to use vanilla cream in his snack cakes and he never switched back except for a promotional run of banana cream filled Twinkies related to the 2005 release of the movie King Kong.

So why did the Twinkie maker need to liquidate the company?

The company has been in and out of Chapter 11 bankruptcy for the last few years and was financially strapped because of inflexible unions who would not let the company moderate their contacts.

Well… The Unions won and would not let the company make changes to their contacts so as of this morning 18,500 workers will lose their jobs. And it's not a great time to be out of work.

You can't blame this one on Chinese imports or unfair competition. I have seen the enemy and the enemy is us.

What might the company do next?

This isn't just the end for Twinkies. All the Hostess brands including Wonder Bread, Ding Dongs, Sno Balls, Fruit Pies and those wonderful chocolate cupcakes will be affected.

But… What could really happen?

I think these brands are so strong that some other baking company like Sara Lee will probably buy the brands and the secret formulas. They will probably get a fire sale price for the assets.

So…

Don't expect Twinkies to be off store shelves for too long. But you might want to take them off your Christmas gift list. But I'm sure they will be a hot item on eBay.