Calling Bad Good

Day 112: Wednesday, November 15, 2017

 

As the President of Good Characters, I feel compelled to rant about a misuse of the word “good.”

 

At a news conference today, November 15, UCLA coach Steve Alford was quoted commenting about the three UCLA freshmen returned from a China trip where they were held for shoplifting, “These are good young men who have exercised an inexcusable lapse of judgment . . .”

 

The New York Times reported that the team said the players had stolen from three stores, not just one as was originally reported.

 

What kind of “good” young men who play for a top team, enjoy international fame, and have means to buy would steal from three stores?

 

Excuse me. These are young men—not “good” young men.

 

I also read John Kelly, the president’s chief of staff, state, “Our president said to Xi, ‘Do you know anything about these knuckleheads that got caught allegedly stealing?’”

 

I’m curious if the word knuckleheads was actually said and if it was faithfully translated.

 

A favor usually has to be returned, somehow, some day.

 

Year of the Dog—Lucky Money on Sale Today

 

I talked about the “lucky” 8888 US dollar bill a while ago, but today, the Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP) announced the first day of sale of its newest addition to its Lucky Money Collection: The Year of the Dog 2018.

 

It’s a creative way to spend $5.95 for a dollar. I buy this and it makes me feel rich—kidding! I gift it. It comes with the dollar bill that has the serial number that begins with 8888 and a specially designed Year of the Dog 2018 red folder. Only 108,888 will be available for sale.

 

In the past, something like this has been sold out in just days. But if you’re after the 8888 money and don’t care about the red folder like me, don’t fret, you can buy their $1 Fortune Note all year round.

 

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