Rick's List: Mid-winter blues edition

Rick Koster offers weekly lists of ideas, notions and things that must be seen to be believed.

Mid-winter blues edition! Yet another storm bears down on us and I'm melancholy. I should be more positive because, all things considered in our little corner of the world, Life is Damned Good. In that spirit, what right do I have to complain about the following things that really bother me? But what the hell...

1. Restaurants that charge for refills on fountain drinks. You restaurateurs can't fool me. It costs you about 8 cents to refill my Diet Coke. EIGHT STINKIN' CENTS. A pox on you and your cola machine!

2. It's March 1. Take your Christmas decorations down.

3. There's a business in Dallas called Janitor's World. A vast warehouse with pallets of cleaning gear stacked to the sky! For the record, I spent an entire summer during college as a "night custodian." I sorta liked it. Anyway, Janitor's World doesn't sell Janitor's World T-shirts. How do you have a business called Janitor's World and not offer T-shirts?

4. Speaking of corporate merch - or a lack thereof - I've spent dozens of hours scouring the official website of the Batesville Casket Company. They don't have T-shirts, either. What does their softball team wear? Not Batesville Casket Company T-shirts, I guess.


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