Tuesday, December 20, 2005

'A' for effort...

Jail for being bad, bad boys. These guys represent the best of American business: ingenuity, creative and environmentally-sound use of space, effective use of technology, cheap overhead labor costs, efficient production of in-demand goods. And what do we do with them? We put them in jail!

For those of you too lazy to click the link, the story is about some guys in Tennessee who set up a high-tech pot growing operation in a naturally occurring cave. Here are some excerpts from the article:

The cave was beneath a stylish A-frame home where authorities say three men were able to grow as much as 100 pounds of marijuana every eight weeks. "It's pretty amazing what they had under there - water for irrigation, special lighting, devices to keep the humidity just right." ... "They could grow in 60 days what it would take four and a half months to grow outside."

"The front of the cave used to be a hole that you'd crawl into, and it opened up into a pretty big room that was 20-feet high. They cut the side of the hill so you could just drive right into the cave."

To harvest the illegal crop, Thompson said the men would hire a half-dozen Hispanic workers in Arizona and drive them to Tennessee. For part of the journey the windows on the van would be covered so the workers did not know where they were.

Should we really be putting creative entrepreneurs like this behind bars? I say put them on The Apprentice and let The Donald rehabilitate them.

And special thanks to Lovely Wife for making the thickest ham and cheese sandwich I've ever had for my lunch. It was yummy!

iPod: No Sensitivity" by Jimmy Eat World, "Minuet" by Braid, "Absolute Zero Drive" by Hey Mercedes, "Standard Lines" by Dashboard Confessional, and "Drugs or Me" by Jimmy Eat World.