Saturday, June 4, 2011

Home DePot

Good Afternoon Ladies & Gentlemen,

Well, it’s official. I will be visiting the great state of Utah later this month & attending my buddy Spitso’s wedding. We’ve been down since the late 80’s so it’s only right. I just had to get the time approved off work (about $60 more on flights because of the wait later…) but it happened. If you’d like to meet up, holla at me. Hopefully I’ll be able to see as many of my family & friends as possible given it’s only for 4-5 days. Then they’ll just have to come visit me the rest of the summer because my work isn’t going to let me leave until mid-fall probably. It’s just the nature of the beast.

The past few days, I’ve been a little under the weather… but nothing major. Just one of those 24 hours bugs… that apparently takes about 48 hours once you turn 30… but just running nose & such. No hitting the gym but I plan to do plenty of it this weekend now that I’m feeling a little better. Really going to try to get back into the swing. I’ve been getting a little lazy the past little while once I’ve gotten home, primarily because I’ve been so busy with work, but I just need to suck it up & get back my Jesus like body. My love for delicious food isn’t helping… but hey, there are healthier delicious foods as long as I’m willing to put in a little more work preparing them. I can do it. I believe in me. You all already knew that though… so here’s some news…

Home DePot - Seeking to capitalize on Arizona's newly enacted medical marijuana law, a California-based company on Wednesday opened a superstore-sized garden center in Phoenix catering to those who want to grow their own cannabis. "We sell everything but the plant itself," said Dhar Mann, founder of weGrow, the company that began franchising its big-box stores with outlets in Oakland and Sacramento, California. "We sell the products and the services for people to safely and responsibly cultivate their medicine." The 21,000-square-foot store offers some 2,000 products, including soil, grow lights and irrigation trays, specially designed for effective marijuana growing, Mann told Reuters. A doctor also is on site to furnish eligible patients the initial medical approval needed to apply to the state health department for cards authorizing them to legally grow and use marijuana as treatment for a variety of qualifying ailments. The store's opening came on the same day that Arizona was to have begun accepting applications from individuals seeking one of 125 permits the state plans to grant for the operation of medical marijuana dispensaries. But that process was put on hold last week. On Friday, the state went to federal court seeking to clarify whether its citizens were at risk of federal prosecution for participating in activities sanctioned under Arizona's medical marijuana act, passed by voters in November. Arizona is the 16th state in the nation, plus the District of Columbia, to decriminalize marijuana for medical purposes. But Dennis Burke, the U.S. attorney for Arizona, warned in a letter to state health officials last month that the cultivation, sale and distribution of cannabis, classified by the U.S. government as an illegal narcotic, remains a federal crime. Since April, state officials have been accepting applications from patients and caregivers looking to grow and use marijuana for medical purposes. Figures show that 3,696 people have obtained cards allowing them to possess and grow marijuana for a range of medical issues, chronic pain chief among them. Males account for more than 75% of those approved… so don’t worry, nana’s still not growing anything in her herb garden that you’ll want. Mann said his Oakland-based company has big expansion plans for Arizona and nationwide as it looks to tap into what some have estimated to be a market worth billions of dollars (just ask those trying to fight the War of Drugs). He said the next franchise store will open in the District of Columbia in July, with additional outlets slated for Denver, Detroit and possibly Los Angeles by the end of August. So remember that slippery slope that everybody has talked about since the days of “Reefer Madness”? Well… here you go. It’s still safer than whatever the hell they do to tobacco though.

Bank Robbing Update - The Ohio bank robber dubbed the "mullet bandit" by federal authorities appears to have struck again. The latest heist took place on Wednesday morning at a Key Bank branch on Stringtown Road in Grove City, Ohio. The FBI said a man matching the physical description of the mullet-wearing suspect sought in two previous holdups walked into the bank and handed a teller a note, saying he was robbing the bank, had a gun, and would hurt the teller if she did not cooperate. The robber was dressed in the mullet bandit's garb, including Seattle Mariners baseball cap and large dark sunglasses. Initial surveillance photos suggested he had shed his distinctive hairdo to evade detection, swapping out his mullet -- a style popular in the 1980s that is short on the top, tight on the sides and long in the back -- for something more up to date. But subsequent images revealed the suspect had merely tucked his mullet up underneath his baseball cap. "Tricky guy," said Harry Trombitas, the FBI agent tracking him. The suspect is described as a white male, in his late 30's, about 6 feet tall, with a medium build, a scruffy appearance and dark hair cut in a mullet. He is wanted in connection with the two previous bank robberies in Columbus on May 18 and May 5. The key to being a great bank robber… is to not be distinctive in any way. That’s why I have yet to rob a bank… because I’m distinctively tall. Period. Well, that and I don’t want to go to jail… and a few moral conflicts… but that’s the main reason. My grade… D+ because apparently it has worked three times. He’s got moxey.

Anyway, that’ll do it for today. Going to be busy the next little while at work… including working a little on the weekends… but hey, every job has its price. Otherwise they wouldn’t pay you for it, right? Have a great weekend everybody!!!

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