Trip of a Lifetime!

 

A woman was at her hairdresser’s getting her hair styled for a trip to Rome with her husband. She mentioned the trip to the hairdresser, who responded,

“Rome? Why would anyone want to go there? It’s crowded and dirty. You’re crazy to go to Rome. So, how are you getting there?”

“We’re flying Continental,” was her reply. “We got a great rate!”

“Continental?” exclaimed the hairdresser.” That’s a terrible airline. Their planes are old, their flight attendants are ugly, and they’re always late. So, where are you staying in Rome?”





“We’ll be at this exclusive little place over on Rome’s Tiber River called Teste.”

“Don’t go any further. I know the place. Everybody thinks it’s gonna be something special and exclusive, but it’s really a dump.”

“We’re going to the Vatican and maybe get to see the Pope.”

“Ha! That’s rich,” laughed the hairdresser. “You and a million other people trying to see him. He’ll look the size of an ant. Boy, good luck on this lousy trip of yours. You’re going to need it.”




A month later, the woman again came in for a hairdo. The hairdresser asked her about her trip to Rome.

“It was wonderful,” explained the woman. “Not only were we on time in one of Continental’s brand new planes, but it was overbooked, so they bumped us up to first class.

The food and wine were wonderful, and I had a handsome 28-year-old steward who waited on me hand and foot the entire flight. And the hotel was great! They’d just finished a $5 million remodeling job, and now it’s a jewel, the finest hotel in the city. They, too, were overbooked, so they apologized and gave us their owner’s suite at no extra charge!”

“Well,” muttered the hairdresser, “That’s all well and good, but I know you didn’t get to see the Pope.”




“Actually, we were quite lucky, because as we toured the Vatican, one of the Swiss Guards tapped me on the shoulder, and explained to me that the Pope likes to meet some of the visitors, and if I’d be so kind as to step into his private room and wait, the Pope would personally greet me.

Sure enough, five minutes later, the Pope walked through the door and shook my hand! I knelt down and he spoke a few words to me.”

“Oh really! What’d he say?”

He said, “Who messed up your hair?”

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We’re running out of chocolate, candy-maker warns

Source:  NBCNews.com

There’s no need to start hoarding Hershey’s yet but the world could be running out of chocolate.

Cue screams. Cue tackles at the office candy bowl. Let the streets run brown from “The Chocolate Wars.”

After all, there could be a “a potential cocoa shortage by 2020,” said international candy-making giant Barry Callebaut in its 2014 annual report. That’s if current farming methods don’t get an upgrade, industry giants say.

 

 

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This echoes warnings by confectioner Mars, which has previously predicted a global shortage of 1 million tonnes of cocoa by the year 2020.

Several trends are to blame for the sweet shortfall, said Matthew Bradbard, a commodities analyst at Chicago-based RCM Asset Management.

For starters, “China has a growing appetite for chocolate,” said Bradbard. Meanwhile, a fungal infection called “frosty pod” is estimated to have wiped out 30-40 percent of the world’s cocoa production.

On top of that, the big ups and downs in the cocoa market, like the recent Ebola scare that sent prices spiking 15 percent, continue to scare off smaller farmers from the market.

chocolate shortage

 

To ensure steadier supplies, big chocolate producers like Mars have pledged to buy 100 percent “sustainably grown” cocoa by 2020.

That’s a ways away. What about this season? Are our stockings and Hanukkah gilt in peril?

“I don’t think so,” said Bardbard with a laugh.

And likely for seasons to come. You just might have to pay a prettier penny at times to get them.

 

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