Game Theory

Playing Quote of the Day: “We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.” – George Bernard Shaw

I’ve found my share of religious figures and Presidents in my food over the years, but never one this good.

Deep down, When Harry Met Sally was quite a scary movie.

Wuss’up This Week: Some stuff happening that can sway interest rates in either direction. Today the Fed meeting adjourns and Bernanke will report if the prime rate should be raised and what they ordered for lunch (prediction: prime rate to stay at 3.25%, Jimmy Johns). Tomorrow we have Weekly Jobless Claims (expected number: 328k), and on Friday the Q4 Employment Cost Index is released. This is a report that measures wage inflation (expected up 0.3%). A weakness will lead to lower interest rates. And where are rates at, you ask?

My shrink always tells me to find my happy place and stay there. Wish interest rates would take her advice. The 30-year fixed rates are bouncing from the low-to-mid 4s with ARM rates about a point lower. As usual, rates vary based on type of home, equity in the home, credit score, and Super Bowl score.

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Playing Quote of the Day 2: “Three decades of playing Tetris have apparently not improved our nation’s ability to stow overhead luggage.” – Mark Sample (@samplereality)

Timeout for Trivia: Congrats on those of you who guessed Neil Diamond last week. Want to be entered into a drawing to win a Dolly Parton wrist watch? Simply email me the answer to this week’s “Who Am I?” question. Good luck: “Today I turn 69. My glory years were in the 1980s. I starred with a bartender, a guy from four Police Academy movies, and a really, really young actress in the #1 grossing movie of 1987 (beating out Fatal Attraction). TV was my biggest claim to fame, though, as I starred in a series that ran for eight years (my character’s name can also refer to a gun or a condom made by Trojan). In the 1990s I made a few appearances on a hit TV sitcom as a middle-aged eye doctor who dated a much younger cougar (this is the best hint I’ve ever come up with, Mortgage Fans. Think about it…)

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