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In keeping with my word of the year, “relationships,” January has been the month to focus on our relationship with money. I’ve covered the question of who and how much to tip, and discussed the topic of greed in the movie, The Big Short. Now a more personal question arises, do I have goals in place for 2016 that include a financial checkup?
I have always loved a good story. My favorite question in the world asks, “Did you hear the one about…?” Southerners have been visiting with each other and telling tales since before fans were blowing over blocks of ice to keep us cool in the summer.
Down here in the heart of Dixie where our family and friendship roots run deep, you’d never dream that we sometimes have trouble getting along with each other. Forgetting the Hatfield clan with a patriarch by the name of “Devil Anse;” for the most part we are a civil society. Still, we do encounter people from time to time who are just hard to love. So how can we mind our manners and learn to love difficult people?
Mr. Dixie and I love to eat out. For the longest time, we had a favorite restaurant and with it, a favorite waitress. Her name was Anna and we loved her for many reasons. She was, of course, a great waitress, always getting our food and drinks in the most timely manner; but more than that, we loved Anna because she was engaging, funny and always remembered our names.
Buildings burned. Bricks from those 200-year-old structures were strewn down the block along with the hopes and dreams of a city losing it’s historical district. It seems that just when you think your ship has come in, it catches fire and sinks in the harbor.
I did a brief survey on Facebook, asking my friends what their first thought was about fruitcake. One in particular described it as a “brick-like-thing,” which made me laugh out loud. So, how do you describe fruitcake? Is it a dessert or a doorstop? The response on Facebook was almost unanimous. “YUCK!”
Don’t think for a second that I am any kind of financial wizard that can break down all the details of the bubble-busting financial crisis of the mid-2000’s. I actually fell asleep in the movie, The Big Short for just a few minutes, so I am no help in deciphering mortgage deals.