Back from winter break

“The problem with being a good sport is that you have to lose to prove it.”
– Croft M. Pentz

I thought this might be a relevant quip for a few football fans out there.


Year-End Review

To finish out 2013, here’s a list of some favorite posts from the past year:

Happy New Year, Everyone!

On the Lighter Side of ThingsTypewriter

Home Run, Man

the “most viewed post” this year

I lost Grandma

Trick or Treat?
runner-up for “most viewed post” this year

But the title’s awful…ly catchy
most “liked” post this year

jmm relevant

On the Serious Side of Things

“Death be not proud”

“The world is not as it should be…”

“On Friday a thief”

What to say

Suggestions of the Real Thing

Some of my Favorite Quotes on the Blog

starburst galaxy

Rhythm, Harmony, and Math

Mo’ honey, mo’ problems

A sense of our own weakness

What to read

A mistake, though an understandable one

And (not from 2013) here’s the first post published on this blog:

Eliott’s Inkling this explains where the name “Not a Tidy World” comes from

Ideas for 2014?
Did I leave out one of your favorites form 2013?
Tell me about it in the comments!

I’m rubber, you’re glue…

“McDonald’s remains focused on serving our 69 million customers around the world every day.”

– A McDonald’s spokeswoman, from “Chipotle: McDonald’s biggest regret?

Well, then. Take that, Chipotle.


McDonald’s is too busy to care.

Apparently, McDonald’s formerly owned a large stake in Chipotle (90% at one point) but sold their shares in 2006. And since then, Chipotle stock has taken off: “Shares of the fast-casual burrito roller are up almost 80 percent this year and over 1,100 percent since its initial public offering in January 2006. Chipotle commands a price-to-earnings ratio of 53, more than twice that of its longtime parent [McDonalds]. It’s increasing earnings and sales at 20 percent and 28 percent, respectively, compared with McDonald’s at 1.5 percent and 2 percent, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.”

But you know, McDonald’s has moved on. After all, they’ve got those 69 million customers around the world to focus on. And they’ve got their hands full arbitrarily rationing McRibs.

Is there anyone else out there who also had no idea that McDonald’s formerly owned a large stake in Chipotle?

(Jim Gaffigan fans: “That’s your McDonalds.”)