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Conversations About South Dakota, Interest Rates, and Weird Homes!

Conversation Quote of the Day: “If you can listen well, people will say you’re a good conversationalist.” – Stanley Bing (a.k.a. Gil Schwartz)

Happy Birthday Shout Out to my Mom who turns 83 tomorrow – don’t forget, Mom – 83 is the new 46.

This Week in Economic History: It was on January 23rd, 1964 that with the passage of the 24th Amendment in South Dakota the poll tax became illegal nationwide.

Parking, Gasoline, Rates, and Snoop Dogg!

I’ve been in three car accidents in my lifetime, the first was on the day I got my driver’s license. I rammed the dumpster at the Dairy Queen by my home in Wilmette because I thought I had the car in reverse, panicked as the car moved forward, and slammed headfirst into it. The dumpster was full – it was during the 1982 garbage strike, and one big garbage bag fell onto my hood – it looked like a Dilly Bar pipe bomb exploded all over my car.

Angels Keeping Rates Low, Big Dogs, and Gold!

Angel Quote of the Day: “Never travel faster than your guardian angel can fly.” – Mother Teresa

Today in Economic History: It was on this day in 1878 that due to a decrease in demand, the US Gold Exchange closed its doors, only to reopen again in 1879. What’s that, you want 10 fun facts about gold? Okay, here you go .

Bowling, Stray Cats, and Stable Rates

When I was in the 4th grade our school tried to get us to learn the Metric System, I hated it. I came home and was complaining to my sister – who was in 8th grade at the time. She said, “I know, it’s so confusing – we learned today that in Canada a perfect game in bowling is 306 instead of 300 – all because of metrics.” I had no reason to think my own sister would screw with me like that, and I believed this lie until I was a freshman in high school when I bet this kid named Bruno that a Canadian bowler’s perfect score was 306.

The Greatness of our Veterans, Rates Inch Up, and Fast Food Facts!

I’ve been to the emergency room twice in my life. The first happened my freshman year in college when I was complaining to the girls sitting next to me in class that I had a headache. One of them reached into her purse and gave me a Tylenol. After I took it they both started cracking up – as a joke she gave me ‘the pill’.  I freaked out, rushed to the hospital thinking I would have some weird reaction and die, but the doctor who saw me said nothing would happen and as I left the room he told me, “at least you won’t get pregnant tonight.”

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