Wednesday, March 22, 2006

The Smartest Person Alive Is.....................

I don't know why these bizarre thoughts cross my mind, but I think about the most retarded, random things and they bug the crap out of me...

We'll do an Economics problem, cause they're so fun and exciting and we'll lose all the My Spacers cause its like cracking the Japanese War Code for them... i know i'm an ass.... lol...

Anyways, lets say you were at Company A selling widgets at 3 bucks per unit and gidgets at 5 bucks a piece.

Now, what the Smartest Person In the World did was essentially take this 3 dollar widget and 5 dollar gidget which they've been priced for decades and still remain priced at , put them together with say at max a 20% increase in costs and convinced people this new product was worth $20 bucks and as much as $75!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

So who is the Smartest Person in the World?

its the dude who invented............. "brunch" !!!

what a genius!

there are only two people in this world i would love to meet and shake hands with. well, this guy is one of them. i would congratulate him and say man, you really worked over a lotta people, got them thinking it should pay a premium to eat between the hours of 10 and 2pm and accept it with a smile... now, that my friends is a marketing "genius"!!!!!!!!!

think about it, breakfast is 3 bucks, lunch is 5 bucks........ but, rename it and wham bam 20 bucks mam!

Sunday Brunch at the St. Regis....and your ass is out $75 bucks!!! that's about 35 Tommy's burgers!!!! no one meal is worth 35 Tommy's burgers..... funny, whenever i think of "value" i always compare any other purchase, meal or currency exchange in terms of a Tommy's burger currently trading at less than 2 dollars a burger.... buy Tommy's, sell EuroDollars...

anyways, i think eggs benedict is just okay(i've never lost sleep over eggs benedict, omelets made in front of your face or tropical fruit), but just because they serve that, some champagne and unlimited O.J. doesn't make me wanna pay 10,000% more for a meal... f#$k that !!!!

anyways, i know i'm ghetto and members of the ghetto meal tour understand where i'm going... So, I'll just say " pass on the hollandaise sauce" and slap me some more of that chicken fried steak!!!

oh btw, the other guy i want to meet before i die............ he's the freak who combined Chinese Food and Donuts !!!!!!!!! i can't believe people actually eat at a place where they fry your kung pao shrimp and jelly donuts in the same deep fryer.... nasty!

i would have loved to be a fly on the wall during the birth of that great American Institution...

Hey dude, we like need to increase revenues cause the Chinese Food ain't paying all the bills... you have any ideas?

yeah, dude we could like serve Chinese Food for lunch and dinner, but like we need some breakfast food

dude, why don't we like take the flour from the kung pao chicken and some sugar and deep fry some f*&king donuts!!!

duuuuude.... you're a genius !!!

and it worked...


Blogger Passionate Eater said...

Total agreement Diet Chili Man. Some combos are a rip-off. One of those "rip-off" combos is the In-N-Out meal combo. I like the hamburger. I like the soda to wash down the hamburger. I hate the fries that are nasty, chalky, sandy, bland-o-rama, cold-n-coagulated, and styrofoam-like. Why not just get a burger and a drink you ask?

I was taught by my mama always to get the combo because it's cheaper, and that's why I can never simply order a burger and a drink alone. It has been ingrained in me since childhood. Thus, my personal story explains the donuts + Chinese food and breakfast + lunch phenomenon. We pay more, because we believe we are getting more.

1:40 AM  
Blogger elmomonster said...

HA! Awesome observation!

And what's funnier is that most of those donuts shops are owned by Cambodians!

9:19 AM  
Blogger rick james said...


i used to get the combos during the higher metabolism days, but these days i get pretty full on the burger alone... except at Tommy's of course then i ruin the rest of my day with chili cheese fries!!!


i don't know whats worse, a donut that tastes like kung pao chicken or mongolian beef that tastes like a maple bar... its a hard decision..

1:00 PM  
Blogger rick james said...


i heard that they have something very similar to a donut in Cambodia, so its an easy transition to making donuts here.. ?? that's what i heard, but my sources are somewhat suspect...

2:20 PM  
Blogger Daily Gluttony said...

To yours & Elmo's points, I think the Cambodians have 99% market share on Donut Shop/Chinese food combos. I love how different ethnicities find a niche and then they just drive it home like the Vietnamese & nail salons, Koreans & liquor stores, etc. It's pretty awesome.

10:04 PM  
Blogger elmomonster said...

I read an article about the one Cambodian dude who started it all in the LA Times a few months ago. The multi-page feature, "From Sweet Success to Bitter Tears" chronicled his starting "Christy's Donuts" with borrowed money, and creating an empire, bringing in friends and family from Cambodia to start their own franchises. It burgeoned from there.

The secret of their success was that these Cambodian businesses saved a lot on labor by employing family, who worked hard and worked for free.

The LA Times story went on to talk about how the guy who started it all lost it all gambling. He now lives in a garage in a friend's house. But on an upnote, the story says that he's helped all these Cambodian families thrive.

Unfortunately that article is no longer available on the LA Times Website. But here's an article from AsianWeek that talks at length about this phenomena.

8:35 AM  
Blogger rick james said...

pam, elmo,

might have to do a blog on ethnic groups and their corresponding professions.. its always an interesting topic..

1:01 PM  
Blogger eatdrinknbmerry said...

Just drive through Long Beach... Donut shops galore. Two of my Cambodian friends have relatives that run a donut shop. Some even have a kill-two-birds-with-one-stone business like the Video Store/Laundromat. I can rent Van Damme's Kickboxer with Cambodian subtitles and I can wash my chonies. Genius.

1:52 PM  
Blogger rick james said...

one of the weirdest combinations i saw on Century Blvd on the way to a Laker game.... Authentic Louisiana Style Fried Chicken and Chinese Food..

i guess Chinese food is the common denominator in everything...

a neon sign that scares the shit out of me is... $1 Chinese Food
i'll never go into a store that has sign... something's up... meow...

2:42 PM  
Blogger Neil said...

You are so right about brunch. Every weekend, the wife drags me to some fancy place where they serve us eggs for twelve dollars -- and then they push mimosas on us for another five bucks each. Brunch should be outlawed.

10:59 PM  
Blogger rick james said...


i always agree with you... let's outlaw brunch, tell me it isn't higway robbery to sell eggs for 20 bucks a pop... ha ha ha..

6:01 PM  
Anonymous Bill Belew said...

Oh god, not widgets. You just transported me back to an insanely boring economics lesson. I think if I ever actually use the word widget myself I might just jump out the window.

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