Friday, December 15, 2017
Education

Hooper: Musings on sales, elves and running of the Bulls

Random thoughts from a holiday weekend.

I look at the cybersales numbers from Black Friday, and it makes me worry about the future of every retail center. Malls and outlets serve as town centers and economic generators. Losing them would hurt more than we realize, but it could happen. Just ask Blockbuster video. . . .

Spotted a meme in which Elsa, the snow queen from Frozen, put the Elf on the Shelf in a deep frost. Loved it. That elf gives me the creeps. . . .

Friends boast of going to New England to enjoy beautiful fall foliage, and I'm sure it's worth the trip. But if you don't want to trek that far, drive into northern Georgia. It offers its own scenic array of autumn leaves. . . .

I wish stuffing was fat-free. . . .

Seen on a bumper sticker: No Matter How Cynical I Get, It Never Seems To Be Enough. . . .

David Jolly and Mayor Rick Kriseman faced off over St. Petersburg's sewer issues. Will they battle again in a mayoral race? . . .

Kudos to the University of South Florida and coach Willie Taggart for producing the football program's first 10-win season. The Bulls likely will begin the 2017 season ranked, and their first major test will come in a September game against the University of Illinois and former Bucs coach Lovie Smith at Raymond James Stadium. Interesting. . . .

And by the way, until Florida gets a quarterback who can pass well and make plays with his feet, the Gators will continue to struggle against Florida State. . . .

Top three animated holiday specials: Frosty the Snowman; A Charlie Brown Christmas and the underrated Santa Claus Is Coming to Town. Sorry Rudolph. . . .

That's all I'm saying.

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