Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Japan to the U.S.- "I'm King/Queen of the World

After reviewing information provided to me by the Research and Demographics Department here at .alt>mike.com, it appears that our "frequent users"(those who check out .alt>mike regularly) are comprised of two very distinctive "groups" of people. Without getting into too much detail or devulging propriatery information, I can sum it up this way....
There are them....and there is you.
My goal is to keep everyone happy and try to keep .alt>mike one of the fastest growing blog sites on the web.* So for this reason I have decided to post this entry regarding the rise of Japan at America's expense in two forms- I have one version of the post for them, and then another version of the post for you. Hopefully one of these versions will be effective in illustrating the point in a manner that you, our loyal reader, can relate. The versions are presented in no particular order. Here we go.



Alternative Version #1:

Japan is taking over the world! And I don't have a problem with that. Just a fact.

The magnitude, size and scope of the shift in power from the U.S to Japan is becoming evident. For the first time ever in history, Toyota sold more cars and trucks around the world than General Motors in the first quarter of 2007 according to this article from the New York Times.


Alternative version #2:

Japan is taking over the world! And I don't have a problem with that. Just a fact.

The magnitude, size and scope of the shift in power from the U.S to Japan is becoming evident. For the first time ever in history, Japan's ladies garnered both the Gold and Silver medals at the 2007 World Figure Skating Championships while the U.S. ladies could do no better than 4th and 9th place according to this article from the New York Times.

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UPDATE! Apparently, some of my loyal readers may need guidance to help determine which version is right for them. If that is your case, leave a comment and I will do my best to help you figure it out.

9 comments:

Kevin said...

Uh oh. Which one is for me? Decisions, decisions. If I get this wrong, do I get deleted from your blogroll?

Oh, the pressure .........

Anonymous said...

Interesting point about Toyota. I've seen all their ads for the Tundra during the NASCAR races, but never dreamed they would come so far, so fast.

As far as the figure skating, I must be honest and tell you that I didn't realize they were still having 'exhibitions', outside of the Olympics. And even then, I only watch so that my wife will let me watch the hockey later.

But anyway, if you want to talk more about the Toyotas, count me in!!.... :)

altmike said...

Here Kevin, let me help you.
Version 2.

As for you Anonymous, the term would be "competitions" (ex. World Championships)not "exhibitions"(ex. Stars on Ice)... understand the difference?
Just trying to help someone out who is an obvious version one guy.

J.P. said...

But I thought we (meaning the U.S.) owed most of our money to China??

Kendall said...

Well since I am a former figure skater and still follow the sport closely, obviously #2 is more important to me!

Kevin said...

Whew. Thanks. That could have turned ugly if I chose incorrectly.

Lewis said...

Hold on here...I thought it was "okay to have exhibitions outside of the Olympics.".....so, what have I been having all of these years? I'm with Kevin, I don't have a clue. But, remember, I suffer from oxygen deprivation from living in a metal tube with crazy people.

Kevin said...

So does this mean that someone who enjoys exhibitions is an exhibitionist?

Cuz I love exhibitions ...

Bobby said...

Oh Shit! Where are our American girls???

Kristi Yamaguchi...
Michelle Kwan..

Come on, it is time torepresent for us again against the Asian girls..

Hey...

Wait...

No comment!

Btw, I think we can tell which group I am in!

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