Friday JohnKu – AKA – TGIF

 

“Well it is Friday and we are at the lounge again.”
“Do you think we are becoming slothful, Lucy?”
“I think prudent is the right descriptor.’

 

Friday is welcome again. Always good to see its shining face. Friday is like the doorman to the Plaza Hotel in New York City. With a wave of the hand and a hearty welcome to the weekend, Friday makes us feel good.

The FDA is meeting to decide the guiding principles on a booster shot for COVID. All the data suggests that there should be one and now approval for such a move needs to be made. There are still plenty of folks who have not had the first two shots so I wonder what the demand for boosters will do to the supply.

I saw a report yesterday that new car production is being halted due to the lack of silicon chips. Looks like the supply has been affected by COVID. Right now the Ford F150 pickup truck has 150,000 orders that cannot be filled. Hurricane Ida and Nicholas have also hampered the supply chain. The report went on to say the demand for nearly new used cars is up and it might be a good time to sell your used vehicle. Of course, only if you have something else to drive or a horse.

Inflation has raised its ugly head again. For the twelve-month period ending in August, it is 5.2% on the last report. This is compared to a projection of 2.25% made in 2020 and an actual in 2020 of 1.8%. There is some concern that the 3.5 Trillion spending bill will tip us into a hyperinflation situation. When supplies are short (cars, houses, Weber gas grills) there is a tendency for prices to rise if demand can’t be met.Β  We need to watch the indexes. I certainly hope Congress keeps an eye on the data as well. All the social programs that are intended to be delivered won’t help if the population is driven to a position of not being able to afford to live.

This week’s JohnKu talks about trying to find good news in our world today. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend.

Good News by John W. Howell Β© 2021

Good news is out there,

You are forced to hunt it downΒ  . . .

It is quite bashful.

 

 

75 comments

  1. Good news is an elusive creature these days. Spending MUCH more time with my head buried in a book. Wishing you a happy weekend, John!

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    1. A good way to avoid all the icky stuff, Lori. 😁

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  2. I wish you a wonderful weekend too John.
    Hugs

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    1. Thank you, David.

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  3. Indeed! Friday always makes me feel better. That and turning off the divisive media and politicians. Enjoy your weekend, John!

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    1. Makes me feel better too, Jill.

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  4. Prudent for sure! Those girls are wise, lols. Have a wonderful weekend, John and all πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you, Harmony. I hope you have a good one too.

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  5. I see the rise of inflation every time I go to buy something!! Frankly, I want to join the girls on the lounge!

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    1. I think there is room, GP. Of course Lucy kicks a little. 😁

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      1. Nervous leg syndrome, eh?

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      2. She needs her room. 😁

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  6. I hadn’t heard about the new car manufacturing shortage. Seems like everything is hard to get these days. Have a great weekend!

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    1. You as well, Joan. Those chips are in everything so no big surprise. 😁

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  7. A very trenchant JohnKu. Sigh . . .

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    1. So true Liz. I wanted to make the point of self responsibility in finding good news. Cuts to the heart of taking charge in the face of all the bad news. Great word trenchant. I haven’t used it for ages. 😁

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      1. I’ve been using “trenchant” more often of late.

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      2. I think there is good reason to use it more often.

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      3. There certainly is.

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  8. I don’t know. Maybe it’s the NY Giants fan in me, but I’m having doubts there’s good news out there.

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  9. Gwen M. Plano · · Reply

    Timely piece, John. Thank you. I love how the girls manage change — with prudence. 😊

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    1. Hahaha.There was a singing group a long time ago called Patience and Prudence https://youtu.be/6YXPoqBiLt4

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      1. Gwen M. Plano · ·

        Loved the video clip. I don’t think my parents had a TV at that time, but I know the song — and joined in for a bit. 🀣

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      2. It was fun. 😁 I din’t realize Perry Como was such a hunorist.

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  10. I’m with Lori. And yes, good news is very bashful. We have to coax it out, though.

    Happy Friday to you!

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    1. Grab it by the collar and let everyone know what it is. Thanks, Dale.

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      1. Oh, you know it, John!

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      2. I’m shakin’ baby!

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  11. Good news is bashful, John.

    I hope you have a great weekend. Give those pups some time to relax πŸ˜‰

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    1. Yes. We will take them off the plow for a nice long rest. Thanks, Dan

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  12. Happy Friday to you, too, John! Thanks for closing with encouragement that good news is still out there. Enjoy the weekend.

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    1. Yesh. Needs to be hunted down though.

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  13. I love your comparison of Friday to the doorman. πŸ™‚ I agree with the JohnKu – good news is hard to find. But still I keep looking and hoping…Happy Friday, John!

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    1. We all should be looking, Jan. Thanks.

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  14. There might be good news somewhere, but it feels like the media is suppressing it. Probably hoping all of us will break down and wallow in misery so Big Brother can swoop in and “save” us. (Gee, that sounds pretty pessimistic, doesn’t it? Not at all your typical Debbie Sunshine comment!)

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  15. 150,000 is a lot of trucks, John. Have a good weekend.

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    1. It is a lot. Too bad the orders sit there.

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  16. D.L. Finn, Author · · Reply

    I’m making it a point to focus on rhe positives in life. We can get through anything if we help each other.

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    1. Hard sometimes to find others to help but if everyone would help the other it would be great.

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  17. A new round of Friday dogtail challenge is at the Twiggy Resort! Hurrah! Might the week-end be fine, dear John! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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    1. Might the weekend be fine for you as well, Dear Maria. 😁

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      1. Thank you. dear John! We are expecting Santa to visit us. It’s +3 outside & no central heating yet…πŸŽ„πŸŽ…πŸ˜‚

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      2. Goodness. How do you stay warm? 🌫 ⛄️ πŸ₯ƒ

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      3. Do my best, my dear friend! Thank you! Thanks God, the central heating has been switched on. So, day by day it will be fine. As a rule, we wear warm clothes, use woollen blankets & we take plenty of tea with herbs. It is always like that when first days of cold weather come. πŸ˜Šβ˜•β˜•β˜• We know to survive even in extreme cold. The only unusual thing is that this season it has come too early. I expect it will be extremely frosty this winter.
        PS: If you need any anti-cold tips, just let me know. I suppose that the global climate change will make plenty of surprises everywhere. 🍡

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      4. That all sounds good, Dear Maria. We will be needing cold weather advice in Feburary. Have a lovely Sunday,

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      5. 😊😊😊 All for you, my dear John!

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      6. 😁 😁 😁

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  18. Crazy times, even crazier than usual. It’s sometimes difficult to face it straight up, but I intend to do so.

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    1. Bourbon helps a lot.

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    1. Thank you, Billy Ray.

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  19. You are a wise man, John.

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    1. I wish there was a way to make all the crap go away but there isn’t. Gotta concentrate on looking for goodness.

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  20. Life is full of shortages here too, we are hoping to have our boosters soon and the ordinary flu jab. Life at the moment is full of uncertainty and bad news, we need to take a leaf out of the girls book, definitely. Hope you have a good weekend. By the way your SoCs is unavailable .
    πŸ’œπŸ’œ

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    1. The link works from my end. It was scheduled for 4:00 AM here which was a little later than your comment. Maybe I need to push it up the UK.

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      1. Hi John we have been put all day with the boys and grandchildren so I will go and check in a sec πŸ˜€

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  21. petespringerauthor · · Reply

    Every day feels like the weekend when you’re retired, but I still remember that great feeling walking out of work on a Friday and the excitement of at least one free day.

    What have you heard/read about mixing the type of booster you receive? My wife had the Johnson and Johnson for her first vaccination but is inclined to go with the Pfizer or Moderna for her booster.

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    1. I still like to pretend that Saturday is special. Now that college football is here it is. Thanks Pete.

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  22. Ain’t no denying it, Boss. Sometimes it IS cruel to be too kind.

    Happy Saturday to you.

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  23. You said it so well, John! Have a good weekend! πŸ€—

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    1. Thanmk you, Lauren. πŸ€—

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    1. Yes it is. Gotta search for the good.

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  24. Always a silver lining, somewhere. πŸ™‚

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    1. Made of aluminum

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  25. Well said, John!

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    1. Thank you, Jennie

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      1. You’re welcome, John.

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