Never Own Your Home Outright.
Never Own Your Home Outright. Instead, Get a Big 30-year Mortgage, and Never Pay It Off — Regardless of Your Age and IncomeWell, according to this guy, I did EVERYTHING wrong. It's fun to do everything wrong sometimes, though. I paid it off today. All of it. My home is now free and CLEAR. The only thing that even slightly marred the experience was when I marched in, cash in hand, to make the final payments. The nice young gal behind the desk asked my name, since I had forgotten (of course!) to bring the account number along. Strangely, I was not in the computer anywhere. Hmmmm....turns out I don't exist. "You should have given me your husband's name right away--everything is in his name" was her only comment. Figures. I've been writing --and backing up-- the checks for over twenty years, but as far as the world is concerned I'm still the "widdle wifey at home", lol. Do I hear Bob Seger's "Feel like a Number" playing in the background?? I don't care. It's done. It's DONEDONEDONEDONE!!!! Bring it on, ye equity-loan-spammers, ye home-improvement-mailbox-stuffers!!! <:-P<:-P<:-P<:-P
Buried in schoolwork, but still around... How the heck did I do this when I carried a full load of classes? Oh yeah... I was only working 30-hour weeks back then, not 48 hour weeks. And no business. And no union job. No wonder it was easier then...sigh. Yup, and still had time for a beer now and then. Those were called weekends.
When I'm working on night shift, at least one of our two-ways is usually turned to scan the emergency channels. Friday and Saturday nights are one 10-55 after another, sometimes 20 or 30 of them in one evening. Isn't there *any*thing else to do up here? movies? anything? One crash leads to four OWIs
TOWN OF MILTON-It's not very often that two drunken drivers are arrested after a crash. Or three. Or four. But that was the case early Sunday morning on Highway 26 just north of John Paul Road, according to the Rock County Sheriff's Department. After two drunken drivers collided, a third drunken driver crashed into them, and a fourth later attempted to drive through the crash scene. "It was a heck of night," third shift patrol Sgt. Josh Lund said.
ODE TO FALSE SPRING The birds were all atwitter in the bony, barren trees Oh, could it be that spring was here To rout grim winter's freeze? The dirty snow was melting Melting like our winter hearts I'd swear I heard once long ago That this is how spring starts. The temp'rature was sixty Yellow sun had pierced the gray The air felt kind as feathers, 'twas A picturebook spring day! No longer did I hate the world Yes, life again looked bright The stormy moods, the deep black thoughts Had just been lack of light! I heard the lilt of music Strains of violins and lutes I tossed aside my winter gloves Kicked off my cruddy boots. I opened up the windows and I dreamed of summer sports I even sifted through my drawers and pulled out skimpy shorts. AND THEN....... And then as I was gazing At my pasty winter thighs A voice came out of nowhere And it took me by surprise. "You call this spring, you sucker?" cried the ghost of winters past. "you really think you've seen the end Of winter's icy blast? "You think you're out in Tucson Or that you're some Georgia peach? You're living in Wisconsin, hon This ain't no Tampa beach." I turned to see this cranky voice~~ A pinched and gnarly guy His face was raw and red as rage H scratched his crusty eye. "For years you're in Wisconsin And you still don't get this thing? A day or two of warmth in March? That's what we call false spring!" "It's phony as a breast implant Like Britney, it's a tease It's fickle as some lovers And as fake as processed cheese." I reached up toward his collar And I pried his wool scarf loose "No wonder you're so grumpy, sir Your scarf is like a noose." He cackled then he coughed and Then he cleared his throat and spat His phlegm soared through the balmy air And landed with a splat. "Two days from now," he muttered "Wisconsin's days will not be nice! The wind will whip up from the lake That spit will all be ice." I felt the blue sky darken then My body shook with chills I hugged my sweater closer Tried to think of daffodils. "So tell me, ghost of winters past, If springtime now is false How long must poor Wisconsin wait To do a springtime waltz?" He said, "Dear girl you surely know That springtime here is cursed! Why, here it's normal if it snows On April twenty first!: "So keep you shovel handy And don't put away your coat Steer clear of all your Sunbelt friends 'Cause all they'll do is gloat." AND SO...... And so the old man shuffled off He gave a little wave, "Real spring will come by June, my friend 'Til then you must be brave."From Mary Schmich's column in the Chicago Tribune.
Saw this on the evening news last night--kinda makes whiny Olympians and pro athletes look pretty bad. Make sure you watch the video--those were some good shots! CBS News | Autistic Teen's Hoop Dreams Come True | February 24, 2006 17:04:52
(CBS) It was the stuff of Hollywood, but it was real. Senior Jason McElwain had been the manager of the varsity basketball team of Greece Athena High School in Rochester, N.Y. McElwain, who's autistic, was added to the roster by coach Jim Johnson so he could be given a jersey and get to sit on the bench in the team's last game of the year. Johnson hoped the situation would even enable him to get McElwain onto the floor a little playing time. He got the chance, with Greece Athena up by double-digits with four minutes go to. And, in his first action of the year, McElwain missed his first two shots, but then sank six three-pointers and another shot (video), for a total of 20 points in three minutes.UPDATE: video available here
CNN.com - 'Retired for about four days now' - Feb 22, 2006 and the quote of the day is????
When asked if he still worked at the meatpacking plant, Eric Zornes, 40, a maintenance mechanic, said, "I've been retired for about four days now."Even if it wasn't *my* workplace lottery pool that hit the big one, it sure is neat to see these guys win it. And hey guys......the woman is single!! and cute!!! and it's all hers! :-D
Clutching an oversized $22.1 million check -- the amount each of the eight received before taxes -- Rutjens said she was single, and added, "It's all mine." She added that she is just "trying to grasp that we're millionaires now."