Here’s a quick look at some of the things I’ve been thinking about lately:
- Last week I experienced the greatest Passover of my life, a spectacle made possible by the fact that we were using three different Haggadahs. In today’s day and age we really should have a Haggadah phone app that would enable everyone to view the same page at the same time.
- The other day Ted Cruz picked iCarly Fiona as his Vice President. The timing of this seemed odd to a lot of people which got me thinking about the timing of naming running mates in general. Instead of waiting until the General Election shouldn’t this take place before primary season? Perhaps Cruz would have secured more delegates than Donald Trump by now if his running mate was someone that people liked more than Trump’s running mate. I assume that this doesn’t take place so that potential Vice Presidents can save face and not be attached to a losing cause or so that the same person could potentially be the choice for multiple candidates. But if that’s not the case and it’s just always been this way for no real reason then we should re-think this practice and have candidates pair up with their running mates right away.
- A few weeks ago my car got hit while parked. No big deal I assumed. My car insurance will cover it. Wrong! Because I was the victim of a hit and run I’m left holding the bill even though my insurance company agrees that I was not at fault. Had an insured driver hit me I wouldn’t have paid anything. This doesn’t make sense to me. How could I be faced with two different outcomes (paying nothing or paying a $500 deductible) if I didn’t do anything differently? There should be a standard no fault rate that you pay regardless of who hit you. What I’d suggest is that hit and run incidents fall under the general policy with the $100 deductible instead of falling under collision with its $500 deductible. That way insurance companies still recoup some of their costs and drivers who aren’t at fault don’t get left doing all of the heavy lifting. Otherwise what’s the point of having insurance if they’re not going to be there for you when you need them?
- Why is it that we try on shoes before we buy them but not socks? There’s nothing worse than getting home after buying a new six pack of socks and finding out that they don’t fit properly.
- If the NBA wants to change the “Hack-a-Shaq” rule that is ruining the game how about this: when an intentional foul is committed away from the ball the person fouled would get to shoot three shots instead of the customary two.
- Sticking with the NBA, Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr was just named Coach of the Year. You would think that leading the Warriors to the best regular season record in NBA history would make this award a slam dunk for Kerr. But there were actually a lot of people who thought that lead assistant Luke Walton should win the award since Kerr actually missed 43 games with a neck injury. To solve this conundrum I’d change the award to a Coaching Staff of the Year award. Something that should be done anyway when you consider how little recognition assistant coaches receive.
- Last July I wrote about the legalization of sports betting mutual funds: the idea that an investor could provide money to a fund manager who would place bets on sports on their behalf as a way of further diversifying their portfolio. Well, as it turns out, this is now a real thing! Check out www.contrarianinvestments.net run by Chris Connelly to learn more about how to invest in the outcome of sporting events.
Are any of these ideas the Greatest Idea Ever?