Out Of My Mind On A Monday Mornin’

What is your greatest addiction in life?

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Tell me today is not the last day of July.

When did it become OK for drivers not to use turn signals especially at intersections? As more and more drivers text while driving, don’t use turn signals and apparently more on drugs than ever before, self-driving cars can’t come fast enough.

Speaking of which, finally the first Tesla 3 models rolled off the assembly line. For $35,000, this is a true game-changer. Look for gas combustion engines to be gone by 2025 or sooner. Tesla has a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to uproot an industry, let’s see if Elon Musk can make it happen.

Facebook now reaches more than 2 billion people. There are only 7 billion people in the whole world. Take away kids under 5 (HA!) and adults overs 75 and you probably have 5-5.5 billion eligible users. WOW, who would have believed.

Who would believe Jeff Bezo’s was worth more than $90 BILLION last week?

Most people don’t drink tea. I never did understand Starbuck’s acquisition of Teavana. Tea is tea if you know what I mean. That blunder along with their recent 7% price increase makes one wonder what is going on at Starbuck’s.

YIKES, can you guess the #5 highest dollar category for private-label products at drug stores? Cough and cold products are #1. This category did over $500 billion last year and is quickly growing. Got the answer? Adult incontinence.

Cosmoprof Las Vegas was bigger than ever as they took advantage of the new space at Mandalay Bay. Number of buyers was about the same and all I can say is that our products were loved by all. From EMMA to our new Shower Blasts and diffusers, buyers loved it all. My biggest question is why is the show going to be the last week of July in 2018? It has never been this late and terrible for launching new products especially those geared toward holiday.

Do the top 10 fiction author’s account for 80% of the book business? Daniel Silva is #1 this week with yet another story featuring Gabriel. Grisham is #2 and you can always count on Patterson in the top 10. I will say one of life’s greatest luxuries is summer reading. I am finally reading Narnia, the fantasy book by C.W. Lewis back in the 1950’s. I swear, this book spawned all the Harry Potter’s, Twilights, Hunger Games and everything in-between.

The FDA wants to reduce nicotine levels in cigarettes so they become non-additive and move smokers to e-cigs. If the FDA could have controlled nicotine levels all this time why is it just proposing this now?

Speaking of addictions, MGM Grand Detroit just reported record earnings. And how is it the lotto’s get to $100M, $200M and even $300M so fast? I think I’m addicted to pretzels, is that possible?

OMG, I just looked at the calendar and it really is the last day of July. There is not a cloud in the sky, 84 and sunny, and all the reason why we continue to live in Michigan.

Happy Monday!

Out Of Mind On A Thursday Mornin’

Looks like both Trump and Clinton look like the candidates. How are you voting today?

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Why is it when we are driving and suddenly lost or unsure of where to turn, the first we do is turn down the radio?

To see it is to believe it: My 4-year old grandson plays games on both the iPhone and iPad and totally addicted. This is not good. I remember going to the restaurant and being thrilled if I was offered crayons that weren’t broken.

Why does both the NBA and NHL have best-of-seven series for the first playoff? Really, half the teams shouldn’t be playing anyway but to extend the agony just for $$$? Both the Pistons and Wings should have never been in the playoffs and are now showing the reason why.

Nail polish biz is down more than 6% at mass retail. Fake nail tips are up more than 10%. What is the message here? Gels are doing OK but looks like the party is over. Bottom line: Without celebrity status, updated colors are just updated colors and most consumers have more colors than they need.

Will spray on nail polish be a fad or a trend? No brainer here.

Next hot category in hair care is products for thinning hair, women in particular. Hair care is another category that can use a lift: Shampoo sales are flat as a pancake.

What’s getting hot and hotter? Natural and organic products. TNG will be launching some of the most exciting products in this category in July. Did you know the Simple Truth brand did more than $1B in sales last 12 months? Reason behind the push: MIllennials.

I think Billions is one of the best new shows in a long time. Final season of Banshee is going on, Alan Ball is a genius.

Tesla has presold 400,000 of its new Model 3 sedan and won’t even start production until next year. The average high production GM factory produces 200,000 cars a year. How in the world is Tesla going to produce this many cars? But at $35,000, it is the wave of the future.

Vietnamese nail salons are facing a new issue: They can’t find workers.

Does anyone buy cookbooks anymore?

The great thing about being 60? Listening to people complain who are turning 50.

Happy Thursday!