so i'm going through some websites last night ... the street dot com is a recent favorite ... and i happen upon some articles that carry on what i was discussing yesterday vis-a-vis sears - shld - and whew! here and here and here.
quit your job then find a new one. Just. Get. Out. While. You. Can. it's like when a person awakes to a home engulfed in flames. find the exit - screw the Renoir. and i love the "total" modifying "idiots." it has a certain "let's be clear here" flavor. sears executive management has got to be in whatever comes after crisis mode.
ok, so i'm thinking about this. sears is toast, let's assume, because it found a niche in the marketplace and set up camp. as the marketplace changed, they awoke one morning to find only their tent left standing and the fire dowsed with old coffee. as they peered into the distance, they could see their former customers happily walking into walmart, macy's, etc.
let me stop here for a second. i actually went to sears a few times last year. my son needed some funky tool. "sears has stupid shit. let's go there." we actually found something that worked, but i learned as we strolled the aisles that craftsman tools are now made in china. "they're crap," my son said. "made by communists, prisoners, or both," i said echoing my long-gone father. so i pay for the whatever, and the clerk gives me a coupon that printed with my receipt. it was some amount off a future purchase in some other department. same thing happened when i bought some dumbbells there. future purchase, different department.
so i can't get what i want a future trip to sears. i have to find something in some department i never shopped in before. but, ah, i beat the system on one purchase. the clerk was cheerful at checkout so i asked, "you wouldn't happen to have any coupons for this, would you?" i felt like i was showing a stranger my empty weed bowl to scrounge a small bud. well, she did and i used it.
but one thing did strike me, and it's relevant here: when i found that tool with my boy, i knew precisely where to go to find a check out. i knew because i grew up 60 or so miles north during the 1960s - and the floor plan hasn't changed. sears has never made the leap from DOS to Windows; the entire store bleeds the C prompt. of course people stopped buying there - if you put a new shirt on the same mannequin that greets you disturbingly on the left as you enter the store, the shirt fades into the background. the linoleum walkways and the carpeted sections are identical. if someone wants something new, they go to someplace new - or at least a place that feels new or different or whatever. sears looks and smells the same way today as it did decades ago.
so all these stores that used to cater to the middle class are going to die. that's a lot of square footage. our local mall is literally 70% empty. yes, it has a sears. the mall was just purchased. we all expect a group of outlets to come in. even if the prices are only told to us to be fabulously off retail, we'll shop there.
i just got some email reminding me that obamacare individual mandate went into effect january 1. yeah, ok. i'm fine, thank you. i'll pay the fine.
i'm hungry. pulled this out of my recipes - Citrus Balsamic Glazed Salmon
1-1/2 pounds salmon fillets, 3/4-inch thick
Salt and pepper
3 tablespoons olive oil
3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 tablespoon orange juice
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 (14-ounce) can seasoned vegetable stock
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Rub salmon with salt and pepper. Place salmon in 2-quart shallow baking dish. Drizzle with olive oil. Bake for 15 minutes or until fish flakes easily with fork. Whisk balsamic vinegar, cornstarch, orange juice and brown sugar in medium saucepan. Add stock and heat to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer, stirring until the mixture thickens. Arrange salmon on serving platter and serve with sauce. If you want, put sauce on salmon then return to oven under broiler but watch closely.
alright - gotta focus.