Is there anything worse than walking into a hot store?
Those of us in Chatterland know that a hot house isn't comparable, but air conditioning in July is a must nearly anywhere you go.
Wednesday at the Bizzy Bee Mart and Crown gas station at the intersection of Crawford and Opelika Roads in Phenix City, a scout from Chatter Central saw this handwritten sign in lovely script hanging under the thermostat outside the restrooms:
"Hello there. I try to keep you cool and warm. It's hard to do this if I'm not 70 F. So please keep me at 70 F, and I will keep you cool and hot. Thank you!"
Wow. That's such a sweet and sensible way of saying "Don't you dare touch the thermostat." Maybe we all could use language like that instead of hollering at the Steak 'n Shake waitress about how hot it is in the store, which another scout witnessed on Sunday.
Speaking of being hot
We're big fans of bicycles in Chattertown, so we were pleased to hear about this:
The Community Foundation and the newly formed Friends of the Greenway Trail Fund are holding a public meeting Monday to unveil an initial design for an interconnected linear park trail network that would connect the RiverWalk and the Fall Line Trace trail.
Join them in Council chambers at the City Services Center off Macon Road next Monday from 6-8 p.m. to see what they have in mind. Ride your bike there if you'd like.
If your boss is happy, that means the A/C is working, right? Just kidding.
But it certainly doesn't hurt if your CEO is full of it -- confidence, that is. And a measure of how well chief executive officers are feeling, released Wednesday, shows their confidence up slightly from the first quarter to the second quarter of this year.
"Optimism among CEOs increased moderately in the second quarter with expectations for the U.S. and globally slightly more upbeat. However, the outlook for China remains cautious while expectations for Brazil remain negative," said Lynn Franco, director of Economic Indicators at The Conference Board, which released the CEO index. "More than two-thirds of CEOs expect profits will increase over the coming year, with market/demand growth and cost reductions the major driving forces."
Profits and expense cuts? We in Chatterland can't argue with that, particularly in today's world. The more the merrier, we say.
The CEO index found that top bosses at companies were less positive this quarter than last, from 55 percent to 46 percent. Their views of their own industries were generally most positive, however. Also, slightly over 38 percent of business leaders anticipate economic conditions will improve over the next six months, up marginally from last quarter.
Now if we only knew what Aflac's Dan Amos and TSYS's Troy Woods were thinking. Hopefully, they're loaded with confidence as well.