Wednesday, October 15, 2008

On a lighter note ...

If you had purchased $1,000 of shares in Delta Airlines one year ago, you will have $49.00 today.

If you had purchased $1,000 of shares in AIG one year ago, you will have $33.00 today.

If you had purchased $1,000 of shares in Lehman Brothers one year ago, you will have $0.00 today.

But, if you had purchased $1,000 worth of beer one year ago, drank all the beer, then turned in the aluminum cans for recycling refund, you will have received a $214.00. Based on the above, the best current investment plan is to drink heavily & recycle.

It is called the 401-Keg.
(Thanks, Susy! :)


RonF said...

Zounds! And all this time I've insisted on buying beer in glass.

RonF said...

Susan, you have my personal sympathy over the fate of the Dodgers. As a Red Sox fan I know too well what it means to come close to success only to end in failure - and I suspect I'll get another dose of that tonight.

But I must say that I do get some satisfaction over the fact that I won't see Manny Ramirez in the World Series this year. I bear no malice against the Dodgers for taking him on, though.

Phyllis Amenda said...

Wow, you must have some kind of hefty bottle/can deposit out there. Here in New York, the deposit is only a nickel per container. To redeem $214, I'd have to drink 4280 bottles (or cans), which would cost considerably more than $1000. But I like the point...too bad I can't drink.

RonF said...

Let's see. Let's say I buy Miller Genuine Draft for $8.00 a 12-pack. I'm just guessing, mind you; I'd only actually use MGD to boil bratwurst in, not to drink (I'm more an ale man), but we're talking generic here. That comes out to 1500 cans of beer (($1000/$8 per 12 pack) * 12 cans per 12 pack)

I recycle aluminum cans for my Scout Troop. Figure about 26 cans/pound - that comes out to 57.7 pounds of aluminum. Although it may be more cans per pound now, we'll go with that approximation. My local recycler will pay me 30 cents a pound, so that comes out to $17.30 for $1000 of beer. Which is still better than Lehmann Brothers. And you'll have drunk $1000 worth of beer, which is a big plus as well.

To get $214 back on $1000 of beer you're either buying real cheap beer or you have found a way to get back 14.25 cents a can.


You guys are cracking me up.

Remember how Jesus used parables to illustrate his theological points and we're not supposed to take them literally?

This would be like that.

(And, for the record, I'm also cracking myself up that -- being a card carrying member of the Association of the Math Averse it never even OCCURRED to me to "do the math" on this one!)