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September 11, 2020 / philosophermouseofthehedge

No small potatoes. Picture that.

Dog face on potato (screenshot Potato Parcel )

No dogs were hurt in this face-off..although Molly Malamute wants to see the model’s release form and to be reassure the pup is not stuck inside looking out.(screenshot Potato Parcel )

The gifts of 2020 are endless: potatoes, lattes, and hold-ups.

  • You’re seen them on Shark Tank as well as your table.

Classy or mushy. Fork over some money and put some starch into your December gift giving plans. Potato Parcel is waiting with a personalized spud sure to throw them for a hoot. If you’re feeling at a loss for words, they have suggestions baked into their website. Who couldn’t love a veggie with a message? Gets to the root of nurturing. Santa is bound to approve.

What chance this company will just end up with a lot of potato salad? Maybe a bunch of greens: “Now, Potato Parcel brings in $10,000 a month in revenue. And since the company’s costs mainly consist of potatoes and postage, that’s a recipe for major success.” (Source.) Everyone knows veggies are a big thing these days. Shark Tank 2020 update here (“…they’ve sold over 70,000 potatoes since the show aired, earning over $700,000 in sales.”) Watch their Shark Tank pitch here.

Potatoes Parcel: Mail someone you love or hate something unique. (And hope 1) the postal carrier doesn’t get hungry along the way and 2) that the USPS actually delivers it before it sprouts?)

  • Talk about changing up the daily grind: Do you really want your coffee staring back at you?

Steam CC heard people pouring out their hearts over Latte art and stirred things up even finer with 3-D printing and ink jet technology that can grace a coffee cup with any message or intricate image. (Fast Company article here)

The Ripple Maker completes the task in ten seconds using images from customers or the company’s website images. Or maybe a hot marriage proposal would be more your style?

Hmmmm, works on beer and cocktails, too? After a few, how would you feel about your Happy Hour beverage staring back at you?

Wanna see it work? Here’s Emily:

  • Roasting, boasting, and half baked. Guess what’s one major hold up with the coronavirus aid relief bills? Federal Income tax code changes.

Candidate Biden, Speaker Pelosi, and Senate Minority Leader Chuck (and some other political Potato Heads) want to be able to deduct all state income taxes paid from their Federal Income Tax Bill. (article) That would really “help out” those in states with high income taxes like NY, CA, NJ…and it would really really “help out” those who have lots and lots of money and live in certain states.

A bit confused, here. Certain people (politicians, celebrities, professional athletes, corporate giants…) keep talking about how “everyone should pay their fair share – and the rich can afford to pay more” in Federal Income taxes and “Many wealthy individuals would happily pay higher taxes”.

So why do they want a change so they can pay less? (And why are the hypocritical  wealthy politicians using this to hold up needed funds needed to help those really hurting due to COVID?)

  • Don’t ask me. I’m just small potatoes.

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge

potato with a message (screenshot Potato Parcel)

How about a contest of what message to letter and send to the potato heads? (Screenshot Potato Parcel)



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  1. easyweimaraner / Sep 11 2020 6:45 am

    maybe that is the real intention of star(e)-bucks coffee ? ;O)))


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Sep 11 2020 7:19 am

      The starry eyed above the grounds! Everyone will pay more for class decorated consumable coffee. I think you’re right. Thanks for pawsing to point that out


  2. marina kanavaki / Sep 11 2020 6:52 am

    Politicians… hypocritical? Never! 🧐
    Weekend’s here! Enjoy! Paw waves from Hera. 🐾


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Sep 11 2020 7:22 am

      A cool front-ish is here. We got up early so as not to miss it…they usually warm up to the area by noon this time of year. Molly was thrilled to walk out and dance with her friends who are also emerging. IT is a great way to start the weekend. May you and Hera prance with delight this weekend! Thanks for stopping by here

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  3. Kate Crimmins / Sep 11 2020 7:08 am

    For working folks, deducting state income tax would be a boon for middle class workers in my state. Some states have higher income taxes than others and that’s true for all classes of workers not just the rich. Perhaps it would be better to block deductions completely at a certain high level of income. Just a thought.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Sep 11 2020 7:36 am

      The real issue is that politicians are continually stuffing/piggybacking in their pet projects into legislation instead of putting it into a bill all on it’s own to pass or fail. Really wish Congress was forced to be one issue – one bill so everyone could read/understand them and then see how legislators vote on individual issues. (That will happen about the time term limits arrive HAHA)
      Having family in states with income tax, I do agree it is a burden…especially for the middle class who seems to always have to pay more and get fewer chances to avoid paying – accountants of one class are different than the kitchen table. And I, too, wonder why not an “end zone” for state taxes…the problem has been what is “rich” in one community/region is dirt poor in another – but something has to change. Of course, states need money and their residents have to decide/vote on what is the proper/affordable level for their state taxes…those can be altered, too.
      Here there’s no state income tax, but there’s property tax (on real estate owned – apt people pay nothing – none of these taxes- except their rent), and community college taxes, highway taxes, gas tax (some goes to Fed; some to state), public school taxes, metro tax, county tax, city taxes…and more – quite a list(some state tax vehicles once a year, too) and there’s alway the sales taxes on what your buy (hits everyone) – NONE of those state level taxes are allowed as deductions on Federal Income taxes.None. …So it’s really a draw as far as state which don’t have an “officially named” income tax..not sure which is a better system or more fair.
      In any case, the working people are getting cubed.
      Thanks for the reasonable remark. (Hope you got a smidgen of cooler weather – a tiny front is visiting this morning…for about 15 min. but Molly is making the most of it. Hope you have perfect weather this weekend)

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      • Kate Crimmins / Sep 11 2020 11:39 am

        We have all those taxes too. Our gas tax is the highest in the country yet our highway infrastructure isn’t great. There has to be a better way and I agree that every bill passed should only contain provisions on that topic. Nothing else. I lived for several years in Delaware. The income tax was 7% (at that time) but there was no sales tax and the property/school taxes were very low. That way the more you made the more you paid. I thought it was a better idea. Oh, this is my favorite — we are still paying a tax on utilities to cover the Johnstown flood. That flood was in 1936. The legislators kept the flood tax and siphoned it to other projects. Then they wonder why we don’t trust them.

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        • philosophermouseofthehedge / Sep 11 2020 12:17 pm

          WOW. Now that’s a taxing situation. Apparently the tax was made permanent in 1951 and even increased twice in the 60’s. If you blink, elected officials take advantage of you. Once that money goes into the general fund, it’s MIA – we constantly fight moving money out state budgets into that black hole.
          Delaware has good idea – that’s why so many boats/sailboats are registered in that state. Such an easy and fair concept…so no chance of it being adopted elsewhere most likely.
          I can’t believe a couple of local/county official have mentioned raising taxes “to build a rainy day fund for emergencies” (which brings up what did you do with all the money that was already in the existing one?). People out of work and they want to raise property and all sorts of other taxes…families have to live in their budget, government should have to do the same…maybe do without the massive firework displays a couple of times a year – and all the “special block party events” than only a small segment of (tax paying) people attend? I bet a bunch of people could find ways of cutting costs without cutting essential services (and moving money out of the fire dept. budget is so shortsighted. Stupid)
          What is really bad? Those medical people who went to NYC and places that needed help will be hit with a NYC and state tax bill for the efforts. It looks like those who fled the big number covid case areas to other places to work remotely/by computer/zoom will also have to pay the taxes to the state where they were staying. Accountants say it’s gotten very very complicated. The companies that somehow managed to get fed grants/loans to keep their business from failing will also have to pay taxes on that “income”. You just can’t win.

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          • Kate Crimmins / Sep 11 2020 1:35 pm

            It all does give you a headache. Anyhow don’t vote on a flood tax. They never go away.

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          • philosophermouseofthehedge / Sep 12 2020 10:05 am

            When we live in New Orleans, we – and everyone – paid extra gas tax to provide funding for maintenance of the levies. Hmmm, where did that money go…no one knows. All I know now is if it goes into the General Fund you never see it or what it was supposed to be used for ever again.
            Sigh. (Wonder if the West has extra taxes for fire prevention/fighting? There’s always something)

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  4. 1bl0gr3ad3r / Sep 11 2020 8:53 am

    Just sent my first potato — what a crazy[:-)] fun idea for someone who needs nothing, but a paper card just doesn’t fit. Perfect timing of your post! Taxes definitely need an overhaul. Want to pay my fair share; wait, my fair share is more than someone making more than my pension amount??? Know you saw we got snow Labor Day Tuesday– dampened the fire, but it is into the Park. Potential to reach Fall River Valley via Chapin Pass. Glen Haven is on Voluntary Evac., Estes is stressing be prepared. Plenty of sticks for Molly to carry!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Sep 11 2020 9:13 am

      Who thought potatoes would be firmly planted as a great gift item. Made me smile that the guys are making money with whimsy – smiles and laughter desperately needed to stay grounded.
      All we hear from family is how bad the ashes and air quality are. So little coverage about how one of America’s favorite parks is being burned. Take care. Molly says she’s sticking with practicing making fire breaks. (As a kid on the farm – where we ended up raising timber, fire was always a threat. We did scrape and did cut a wide path between forest and house…but winds can ignore those efforts. We are staying tuned to CO fires. Please keep alert.)
      Thanks for checking in here.


  5. disperser / Sep 11 2020 9:39 am

    So, yet another intrusion of machines into time-honored human tasks. When will it stop!?


  6. disperser / Sep 11 2020 9:42 am

    In this post:

    I tried my hand at melding photos with (in this case) a coconut. I used Photoshop, but I assume they are using a laser or something like it.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Sep 11 2020 9:46 am

      It’s a 3D ink jet printer using pure coffee extract. The company has floated the idea out to artists suggesting they could widen their audience and raise awareness of their art work.


    • disperser / Sep 11 2020 10:11 am

      Are you referring to the potato guys or the coffee design machine?

      I didn’t see/hear anything about how they are drawing faces and messages on the potatoes. I assumed it was some kind of ink.

      For the coffee, the coffee extract makes sense and they said they use 100% pure coffee.


      • philosophermouseofthehedge / Sep 11 2020 10:57 am

        Oh, sorry for the confusion – not enough coffee to avoid distraction HAHA
        The founding potato guy in 2015 was actually using felt tip/magic marker (a TV news story had some pictures). I contacted Potato Parcel to ask if it was a vegetable dye or organic ink…they do suggest you plant the potato when you stop laughing. (The company didn’t seem too eager to explain how the images were done. But that makes me even more curious…hmmm) Will advise if they respond

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Sep 11 2020 11:28 am

      I’ve seen hand painted coconuts, but Photoshop/lazer/ink jet/3D printing could be a changer…the texture is an issue? (Will check out the post). The “nuts” our fan palms grow are about half the size of a pingpong ball and smooth…it’s always a game of Keep-a-way with the dog when they fall. But the tropical citrus trees produce like crazy…and are smooth enough…might have to get together a Shark Tank pitch HAHA
      Thanks for printing up a comment

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  7. sustainabilitea / Sep 11 2020 2:06 pm

    Just FYI, there ARE small potatoes. I got a lovely bag of the at Costco recently and any that aren’t consumed with dinner make delicious fried potatoes to go with eggs in the morning. Now that that’s out of the way…

    The whole tax thing makes me furious. “The 1%” (which goes much further down than you’d think, although pay virtually all the income tax in the country. Any mega-rich people are welcome to send more (as some of the talk about) but I have yet to see it happen. No poor people in Congress, yet free health care, etc., etc. , not down here with the rest of us.

    Tax codes? A flat tax would take care of all that and save everyone who has to pay a tax person to do their taxes and then hope the IRS, which can’t be responsible for information they themselves give out, another completely ridiculous gov’t thing, doesn’t find something wrong a few years later and then feel they can charge you interest on something you didn’t know was wrong until they told you. SNAFU.

    The three politicians you mentioned at the end, give Mr./Ms. Potato Head a whole new meaning. 🙂


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  8. The Coastal Crone / Sep 11 2020 3:20 pm

    I didn’t know about the potato thing but do remember the Mr. Potato Head. And I take my coffee black. Who knows where those saved taxes will go! Have a good weekend. Slightly cooler here, in the 80s so we will take it.


  9. Curt Mekemson / Sep 12 2020 12:56 pm

    It does seem a little strange. On the other hand, the national government has done so little to help the states in the Covid-19 crisis other than to tell them it’s all fine, maybe it makes some kind of weird sense. 🙂


  10. Trent Lewin / Sep 13 2020 6:51 am

    I… the potato thing. No word. The tax/deduction thing… also no words. I like reading you, man. No one else posts stuff like this.


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