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I called a buddy of mine last week to see if he wanted to go to lunch. He said that he couldn’t because of a bad toothache. Now that may have been just an excuse not to go out with me, which I’m used to, but it got me to thinkin’ about a toothache that I had about 15 years ago. It was one of those toothaches that you never, ever forget. At first it was really just a dull pain and I really didn’t think too much about it, because I’m always doin’ somethin’ I shouldn’t like crackin’ pecans, walnuts, chompin’ on ice, and stuff like that with my teeth. more
Across the nation, young people -- and many who are not so young -- have begun a new school year. For those attending higher education institutions, a new semester also means a tuition bill. The cost of college has risen substantially, as have living expenses for students. more
Well, it’s about time. It has come to my attention that Sunday, Aug. 26 is National Dog Day. This isn’t to suggest that finally – finally – someone figured out it was time to honor dogs. more
I can’t believe school’s started already. Man, when I was a kid you got a full three month vacation -- or I should say, the teachers got a full three month vacation. Oh well, at least I don’t have to go back to school. That’s one of the advantages of gettin’ old -- you don’t have to do what you don’t want to. Well, most of the time. more
The percentage of Americans who are working continues to fall. Labor force participation peaked in 1997-98, when about 67 percent of people aged 16 through 64 were employed or seeking work (according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. During the past 20 years, it has trended generally downward and now stands at less than 63 percent, a significant drop from even 10 years ago, when the rate remained about 66 percent. more
I was havin’ breakfast with one of my buddies a while back, and he made the comment that, in his opinion, the greatest invention ever was soft spread butter. I know when I looked at him after he made this statement he probably thought that I thought he was crazy, but I didn’t. I was thinkin’ that he may be right. more
Texas metropolitan areas are leading the way in employment growth, claiming two of the top three spots in the nation in job gains between June 2017 and June 2018. Based on U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates of the 12-month change in nonfarm employment in metropolitan areas with more than a million residents as of 2010, the huge New York-Newark-Jersey City area had the largest change, with 117,400 net new jobs. more
Amid the growing concerns and very real costs that are accumulating regarding a trade war, there was recently a glimmer of hope. President Trump announced that the United States and the European Union would begin negotiations immediately, working toward zero tariffs and improved cooperation. A strong trade agreement is in the interest of both sides, and a little success might help set the stage for other progress in the near future. EU members are major U.S. trading partners, and, if zero tariffs can indeed be achieved, the benefits will be substantial on both sides of the Atlantic. more
The other day, just after finishing an afternoon of yard work (yes, yes, I understand that’s the WRONG time to do yard work) I felt as if I were stuck in place. Looking down, it became apparent my feet had melted into the driveway, kind of like a crayon left outside during a Texas afternoon. more
Well, I’m finally home for a couple of days. Man, I’ve seen more of our country this month than I really care about. Of course, I’ve had to see it from about 30,000 feet up. Now, as you know, I travel quite a bit, but that’s usually in my truck. Oh, every once in a while, I’ll have to fly somewhere, but that’s not that often for me. I really don’t mind flyin’, though. Well, actually the only thing I really like about it is the take off and landin’. The rest is usually pretty borin’. more
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