Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Economics Lesson from Tom Sawyer

*** Tom meets Huck while on his way to school. Tom asks:

"Say -- what's that?"

"Nothing but a tick."

"Where'd you get him?"

"Out in the woods."

"What'll you take for him?"

"I don't know. I don't want to sell him."

"All right. It's a mighty small tick, anyway."

"Oh, anybody can run a tick down that don't belong to them. I'm satisfied with it. It's a good enough tick for me."

"Sho, there's ticks a plenty. I could have a thousand of 'em if I wanted to."

"Well, why don't you? Becuz you know mighty well you can't. This is a pretty early tick, I reckon. It's the first one I've seen this year."

"Say, Huck -- I'll give you my tooth for him."

"Less see it."

Tom got out a bit of paper and carefully unrolled it. Huckleberry viewed it wistfully. The temptation was very strong. At last he said:

"Is it genuwyne?"

Tom lifted his lip and showed the vacancy.

"Well, all right," said Huckleberry, "it's a trade."

Tom enclosed the tick in the percussion-cap box that had lately been the pinchbug's prison, and the boys separated, each feeling wealthier than before.

That last line captures the essence of a free market system. The only transactions that should occur are ones in which each party values what they're receiving more than what they gave in return.

(Thanks to Susan Hogarth for this illumination.)

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Dixie Classic Fair

It came to an end this past Sunday, but we had a highly impressive booth set-up this year thanks to our talented decorators, Bev and Susan, and all who donated various materials. The display was simple, succinct and eye-catching. It really focused on our ballot access efforts which was a genius move, since almost everyone has heard of our misfortune (which is good and bad). All the people that showed up to work the booth were real troopers and I have to be grateful to each and every one of them. Since this may well be Guilford's last year participating in the Dixie Classic, I thought some pictures were in order.

Sunday, October 09, 2005

Animal Law

This law recently discovered by Paul Elledge in the NC general statutes:

Permitting bitch at large.

If any person owning or having any bitch shall knowingly permit her to
run at large during the erotic stage of copulation he shall be guilty
of a Class 3 misdemeanor.

(makes me giggle.)

Also just found out from the animal shelter I volunteer for that all animals that have resided at an animal shelter in NC for more than 30 days must be provided with one toy.

So deprive them of love and home for 30 days, THEN throw them a chew toy. See how many will be interested in a squeaky bone after 30 days in a cage.