Fancy Ketchup Anyone?

Heinz Ketchup has a plan to entice Facebook friends to buy their new ketchup.  It’s a little different in color, packaging and taste and it will cost a bit more.  Here is a bit of the story from the UK’s Daily Mail:

It may not please the ketchup purists out there, but Heinz will next month launch a new tomato sauce, ‘blended with balsamic vinegar.’

The altogether posher condiment replaces traditional white vinegar with the sweet, Italian aged vinegar, allowing customers to ‘experience the richer, more sophisticated side of America’s Favorite Ketchup.’

The limited edition sauce will debut on November 14, when it will be available to Heinz Ketchup’s Facebook fans.

Embracing its newly upmarket status, Pittsburgh-based HJ Heinz is quick to recommend pairing its 58th variety of sauce with ‘hamburgeurs,’ ‘haute dogs,’ and ‘French frites.’

A nationwide launch follows at the end of December, when fans across the country can pick up a bottle of the $2.49 sauce in stores.

In keeping with its ‘sophisticated’ market, the price tag of the balsamic sauce sees a steep rise from its namesake original, which sells for $1.89 a bottle.

Adding to its allure, the new ketchup variety will only be sold in ‘luxury’ restaurant-style 14-ounz glass bottles, complete with a black label.
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2054273/High-class-Heinz-Ketchup-gets-gourmet-makeover-new-balsamic-vinegar-variety.html#ixzz1c4fnoZOV



Omegle And Me!

I tried to talk with strangers last night.  My second oldest daughter told me about this website and she suggested I check it out.  So we did.

” I have to warn you Mom…” she said as I was searching for the site.

” I know, there are perverts everywhere!  I’ve been around the block a couple of times myself kiddo.”

” Yeah, but on here everyone asks A/S/L and they won’t talk to you unless you give it.”

” Well, I am not giving it.  We’ll see how it goes.” I said.

So I signed on and immediately a stranger said hi and asked a/s/l.  Now for those of you who aren’t chat officianados that is a request for ‘age, sex, location’.  Do you wonder why I didn’t feel like sharing?

I hung up on the first person.  A new stranger says hi.  I said hi.  I said it was my first time on Omegle.  They asked me something perverse and I hung up.

The third person asked a/s/l?  I told them I didn’t feel like responding.  They asked me if I was horny.  I hung up.

A fourth stranger hung up and I hadn’t even typed hi yet.  That showed me it was easier to get a new stranger if your last stranger hangs up on you!

I said to my daughter it was fun.  She said ”  I told you, you have to tell people what your a/s/l is.  I said “Wrong.”

I found a new stranger and instead of typing ” hi” because that seemed a little tiresome I typed ” woe is me”.  They asked what is wrong?  I said I’m too old.  They asked how old and I said ” I’d rather not say, it hurts too much to be cast aside just  because I’m over 20″.  They said they’d talk to me.

I had my stranger!  Turns out that my stranger was a young Londoner who was up very late because he had been watching videos on Youtube and he needed to chill out a bit.  I was thrilled.  We talked about languages and the UK and we talked about appliances here in the US.  We talked about politics and Apple products.  It was a nice conversation that probably lasted 20 minutes.  In the end my new stranger friend said he was going to print a log of the convo because I had given him some great ideas.  He said he was going to start a new website for oldsters like me!  He said old people’s  ideas were invaluable.

So how do you like that?  I told my daughter about the conversation when she looked up from her ipod about 15 minutes into my conversation with “my stranger”.  She asked how it was going.  I said I’m having a nice conversation.  She asked ” with who?”  I said the same guy I started talking to 20 minutes ago.  She looked at the chat and she started  laughing.

“You are funny Mom.”

I nodded and smiled.  I turned back to the screen where my young London friend had written ” night Gorgeous”.

I nodded and smiled.






What Do You Think When I Say School?

That is an important question anymore here in PA.  Traditionally we have had a strong  public school system and in addition there are many quality private systems.  Recently Charter schools were introduced to the mix.  Now the Republican Governor is pushing to get vouchers instituted in PA.  These will allow, according to SB1 students in failing schools to get money to attend a public charter, or a private school and the money that the state spends on students will follow the student.

Orginally when the plan was first formulated there was an income limit placed on students in failing schools.  If a family of 4 made over 30,000 dollars then they were out of the program.  Recent changes to that made it a “comprehensive  program”.  That means that it is now a program that will be available to all students if and only if they are in a “failing school”.

So who gets to decide what schools are failing?  Well, that has pretty much already been decided.  An awful lot of the schools are in Philly, and Pittsburgh and Lancaster, and Norristown and in the Poconos and in Lebanon and in Connellsville, and well the list goes on.

So what about Pottstown?

Well, Pottstown is on the list with one school and that is the Middle School.  It is listed as a “tier III” school which  means it’s outside of the parameters required for schools that have to make immediate changes to their programs in order to qualify for educational grants.  So what does that mean for families who might want to remove their children from local schools and take advantage of the new voucher program?

Well, it means we aren’t included for the most part.

Will that change?

I’d love to be able to answer that question.  Unfortunately, right now I can’t.  I hate to be suspicious like some other folks are but those people are suggesting that this voucher program is a real benefit to politicians mostly because private investors are plumping the campaign coffers of the folks that promise that schools of the future will have less government oversight.

For people that think government is the problem this process sounds like heaven.  But for PA citizens- to vote to take the government out of educating our students in this state means we are losing part of what made PA unique.  It may be illegal and it may violate PA’s own constitution to stop educating our children.

For the folks that want “Choice” there is a legitimate question about this actually being about real choices.  Is something a choice if you are only given certain options?

Personally I have no skin in the game.  I won’t be harmed  no matter what happens.  I don’t support unionized teachers and I don’t stand to make a buck as part of any charters.  I just care because I’m worried about selling out Pennsylvania’s kids.

For the people who are making laws or for the taxpayers objecting to taxes- their arguments are long term.  For students we only have a couple of years!

You have to forgive me because my thoughts aren’t well laid out.  I’m sucking down information as fast as I can and I’ll bet that whatever I say or think won’t really matter.  This ship has sailed!  Vouchers are part of our future and private investors will take over the education of kids in PA.

My worry is instead of a company store, we’ll have a company school.  For some people that will work fine, but I’m not really sure why  we are pushing for that model?

I hope someone will think this through with me.  I could use the help.




Norco Alternative School Sues Reading High

WFMZ is reporting that “differences between the Reading School District and a school in Chester County have led to dueling lawsuits.”

Of course we know that the Chester County school is DVHS that was going to operate out of the school on 724 in Norco.

It turns out that DVHS has sued Reading for 10 million because Reading allegedly violated their contract.

WFMZ says Reading says that DVHS didn’t have state approval, but DVHS says a license wasn’t required.  Reading filed a lawsuit saying the school wasn’t licensed.