Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Sam Walton & Albert Einstein

I took The Quartet to the Sam's Club tonight, God help me. I have a certain disdain for the big box retailers, as I feel they've done a number on the Mom & Pops of the country. Do not misunderstand me, I'm all for capitalism and the freedom to choose where you want to shop, and I believe if one store is better than another then it deserves to prosper. And I don't begrudge Sam Walton anything, he made it to the mountaintop of retail. I am a small retailer. I'm the Pop in Mom & Pop, and I know from experience that the quickest way to make a dollar in retail is to start with three dollars. But as a small retailer, I also cannot deny the low, low prices of Sam's Club.

I also cannot deny that Sam's Club may have the power to make you smarter. Case in point, we were wandering down one humongous aisle full of bushels and passels of stuff people need when this little nugget of a conversation took place:

C: E equals MC. Did you know that?
S: No.
C: Well it does, doesn't it Dad?
Me: It actually equals MC squared.
JP (jumping and twisting): MC squared! MC squared! MC squared!

Once we discerned that E=mc(squared) is the Theory of Relativity and Bulk Shopping, I pointed out the 36-count box of Twix for S to grab and we headed to the checkout lane.


The Saucier said...

Actually, E=mc² is a quantitative expression of the mass-energy equivalence which results from the notion that while measurements of time, space and distance are relative depending on the state of the measurer (Galileo's principle of relativity), the speed of light remains constant regardless (Einstein's theory of special relativity). The "theory of relativity" is a catch-all for both special relativity and general relativity which covers gravitation and the curvature of spacetime.

Please don't teach my nieces and nephews any more physics.

Kevin said...

Wow, is that you Mr. Mathiesen? I can't help but think of my high school physics teacher after "the saucier's" comment. Although it might have been another subject I passed the time by daydreaming.

My parents are a mom and pop as well, both figuratively and literally. They're not exactly technically savvy, so I showed them how easy it was to get their business on the internet.

There's a site called MerchantCircle, that allows businesses to 'claim' their listing, enter information, post blogs, build coupons, and write newsletters to their customers. The more they do, the better it is for their search engine results. It's cool and free.

My dad may not be able to put his business on tv, radio or in print, but he still can have a presence on the internet.

dwayne said...