Rent A Chicken?
Yes, there is such a thing, and it is actually working. So, they say. Well, it’s working up north, and though not mentioned, I’ll bet it is working like gangbusters in California. The article appeared in last Sunday’s Chronicle.
In Pittsburg and New Jersey “packages” start at $150 a month. That includes two chickens, a tractor style coop (on wheels so it can be moved around your yard), feed, and telephone “tech” support. The business model says that two chickens together produce about a dozen eggs per week.
The article says. “. . . more people want fresh eggs from humanely raised hens, without the responsibilities of ownership. Coop rentals are booming nationwide as residents in cities, suburbs, and the countryside flock to the anti-factory, locally sourced food movement.” The owner of the Pittsburg rental business states, “As a society we don’t really like commitment.” You can say that again!
And you thought the economy was still in the crapper. You know, what Yankees with affected cognitive abilities lack in common sense they make up for with plenty of disposable income. In case you missed the conclusive evidence above regarding this segment of our emerging cultural accomplishment of zero commitment/responsibility, the net cost of a dozen eggs works out to $37.50. Holy Crap ! ! Sign me up!
Unfortunately, I ran the numbers and our demographics don’t hold a lot of promise for this business idea to succeed in our community. If there was a way to rent cats or pit bulls we’d be in economic “high cotton”.
Road To Where?
In case you haven’t caught on yet, our neighbors to our immediate south are hell bent on growth. It doesn’t matter what kind. As long as it is adding to, and piling up, it is good growth, with all its attendant attributes. The side effects are another matter. A worrisome consequence that is better left under the table where genuine concern/consequence is the least likely to see daylight.
A classic example? The Suncoast Parkway 2. The expressway extension to “nowhere” – soon to be “somewhere in Extremis”. The Governor added $149 million to the, as yet, approved state budget for this growth stimulant. The terminus for this leg of the Suncoast is Red Level. Of course, if the chicken rental business and the rest of the economy really start to cook, in five to six years, there should be at least five to ten thousand new residents living between the barge canal and the dead nuke plant. What’s in this for us? We can get a bargain on waste water treatment, some job creation, development suited to our communities, etc. etc. DREAM ON, Alice! This ain’t Wonderland.
About that $149 million? How much did the legislature appropriate for springs restoration in 2014? Less than a third of the cost for 27 miles of expressway. Where do you think this land of sunshine is really headed?
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The King Is Dead!
Lucille was widowed on last Thursday the 14th . B.B. King passed away at his home in Las Vegas, after several strokes. He was 89 years old and will be laid to rest at the B.B. King Museum in his hometown of Indianola, Mississippi. And no, The Thrill Is Not Gone, the Master has just gone home.
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A Must Read
If you have the time I strongly reccommend Thomas Sowell's latest column. The best essay on redistribution I've ever read, starring our own current U.S. President.