Flowers & Candy

Valentine’s Day Quote of the Day: “True love stories never have endings.” – Fortune Cookie I got a couple weeks ago (along with these lucky numbers: 2, 11, 33, 34, 42, 50)

Didja Know…? The approximate weight of a currency note, regardless of denomination, is one gram. There are 454 grams in a pound; therefore, it takes 454 bills to make one pound. Also, it’s interesting to note that the only people who understand what I just wrote are drug dealers and people from Canada. It’s true!

Interest rates continue to wade in the water, not sure whether to swim out further or come in to dry off. (I’m writing this on three hours of sleep so please excuse this horrible analogy.) 30-year fixed rates remain in the mid-3s with ARM rates about a point lower. Don’t forget, Mortgage Fans – ARMs are a great instrument to go to if you only plan on living where you are for the next 1-5 years.

Wuss’up This Week: Lots of economic activity swirling around this week that can push interest rates up or down. Today we’ve got Retail Sales (expected up 0.4% — should hit it as I bought two new belts and a bucket of Play-Doh yesterday), tomorrow we have Weekly Jobless Claims (359k expected) and a 30-year Treasury Note Auction – a strong demand will lead to lower rates.

Did you ever wonder how much better Titanic would’ve been if Melissa McCarthy had played Rose instead of Kate Winslet? Me too! Anyway, here’s an interesting list of 10 original endings to famous movies that changed at the last minute.

This just in from my pants: Fat Tuesday has now merged with Bloated Wednesday.

Valentine’s Day Quote of the Day 2: “Valentine’s Day is almost here! Ladies, get your hopes up! Fellas, get your apologies ready!” – Stephen Colbert

Timeout for Trivia: Congrats to those who guessed Chris Rock last week. Want to be entered into a drawing to win a “More Cowbell” t-shirt? Simply email me the answer to this week’s “Who Am I?” question. Good luck: “Today I turn 63. The writer of this blog argues that people that leave successful bands for solo careers are never as good (see Natalie Merchant, Sting, Belinda Carlisle, etc.) but I would be a case against that point. My first hit after leaving the band was a huge hit and contained lyrics about my choice to leave (my friends would think I was a nut/turning water into wine/ open doors would soon be shut). Here’s the crazy thing – the guy that took my place – he also left the band for a solo career and became one of only three artists to sell more than 100 million albums both as a solo artist and part of a group (the other two being Sir Paul and Michael Jackson).”

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