Last Saturday we conducted another Erwin Pawn Trade-A-Thon on KIXZ.

It's the show where you can buy and sell pretty much anything but guns and ammunition, that's what Erwin Pawn is for!  We had a good time even if we were one man down.

McWilley needed the morning off and I was unable to find a replacement typist in time for the show.  This means things moved along a little slower.  That didn't stop us from fielding over 35 calls during the show, which is pretty fantastic.  We could have done more if not for a lull in calls from 10:40am-11:00. Over 10 an hour is a pretty good pace.

THE BIG QUESTION

We ask all our callers a poll question before they list their items.  It's an effort to get to know you better and provides a "stream of thought" during the show.

Last weekend was the annual sales tax free weekend in Texas.  That's the weekend people loose their minds shopping for back to school with all the fervor of Black Friday.  I'm not about to get out of the house to fight the throngs of shoppers mistakenly believing the deals are any different than they are next weekend.  We were curious if you were shopping or not.

Will you be shopping during tax free weekend?

No 31

Yes 4

Always good when the callers and I think alike.

RULE #6

Along with the regular rules of the program I always bring you a special rule #6.  It is usually inspired by something that happened to me over the previous week and sometimes it's inspired by local headlines.

Like many, I've been watching the Amarillo City Council basically gut plans for Downtown Redevelopment.  Like many, I've been hearing about it for years and seen little progress.  And like many, where they see a Multi-Purpose Event Venue, I see a baseball stadium.

Regardless of what you see I think it's important to note, just because we build a facility capable of hosting top shelf musical acts and our discount baseball team, it doesn't necessarily mean Amarillo becomes any more attractive than Lubbock is right now.  They have a top shelf facility in United Spirit Arena and the hold that facility and city have on the top touring musical acts won't be broken just because we build a big room(or baseball stadium with a stage) for them to perform in.

Rule #6: Just because we build it doesn't mean they'll come.

In closing, I'd like to add.  If it looks like a baseball stadium, plays like a baseball stadium, and is built like a baseball stadium, its a baseball stadium. A stage drug into the outfield for concerts does not a multi-purpose venue make.

See you Saturday for another Erwin Pawn Trade-A-Thon!