Make a Joyful Noise

April 13, 2009

By Janet Walgren
Unemployed 47 year old Susan Boyle lives alone with her cat. She confesses that she’s never been married, never been kissed, and has always wanted to be a professional singer. She decided to pursue her dream by appearing on Britain’s Got Talent. Simon greeted her with his usual cynicism… this will put a smile on your face. Enjoy!

I wish more folks had the courage to follow their dreams.

I think we could fix the world if we were more like Susan Boyle or the Belgium’s in Antwerp’s Central Station.

I think I’ll go outside and dance in the street:)


House Hunting

April 11, 2009

No, I haven’t disappeared of the face of the earth. I’ve been house hunting and it takes hours every day. We put in an offer $10,000 above list in a bidding war and the listing agent cussed my agent out. Go figure. The house is still on the market and sitting vacant.

Tomorrow we will make an offer on another house that has huge potential, but it has been totally trashed by the last occupant. It needs a total rehab but the price and location are great. Wish me luck!

Earmarks – Who are the fools who elected these guys anyway?… Sadly, it is us!

March 20, 2009

Congressional earmarks are a way for congress to usurp the power of the states to self-direct. One of the most effective ways Americans have to restore some integrity to congress is to eliminate earmark spending.

Basically what is happening currently is:

  • Congress taxes Americans at a much higher rate than is necessary
  • Congress gives some of our tax dollars back to the states
  • Congress tells the states how to spend the money
  • Political action groups and lobbyist (pay, donate, gift…) congressional representatives then demand federal tax money is spent on their special projects

Don’t you think it would be better if we got to keep more of our hard earned money? And, if we need something at a state level, don’t you think you could better decide how to provide for it on a local level?

Earmarks provide a way for special groups to get the EAR of the (often corrupt) officials who write our government’s checks.

It is amazing to me that congress can be so specific in telling a state how to spend tax dollars, or a public school what to teach but, they can’t be specific in telling private corporations (especially Wall Street and international banks) how to spend hundreds of billions of our tax dollars.

Who are the fools who elected these guys anyway?… Sadly, it is us!

No child left behind?

March 18, 2009

My grand-child’s cousin tested poorly and had to repeat kindergarten when he moved to Denver. He is a smart boy. Unfortunately, there were only three English speaking children in his 25 pupil kindergarten class and the teacher, a native Spanish speaker, taught the class in Spanish.

This wasn’t in Mexico. It was in central Colorado on the I-70 corridor.

False Advertising? Fraud? or Bidding UP!

March 17, 2009

Have you ever noticed that the only ones who get away with committing fraud are the banks and real estate agents?

If a house is in foreclosure and is owned by the bank, don’t you think you ought to be able to buy it if you offer $10,000 ABOVE the listing price?

NO! They sit on your offer, let it expire, then wait for the next party to offer more than your offer that they didn’t respond to.

Putting a price on a house that’s on the MLS isn’t like a starting bid on eBay folks.

On Record???

March 17, 2009

Why does Congress have to ask who received the bail out money they spent? It gives a whole new meaning to “BLANK CHECK.”  And we wonder why they can’t balance the budget…

9/11… 9/16. Can we just skip September this year?

Selling Ice to an Eskimo

March 10, 2009

By Janet Walgren

It snowed today and it’s cold outside. It’s also dark and the kiddies should be getting ready for bed by now… so why is the ice-cream truck parked outside blasting it’s music while the driver knocks on 3 doors out of 24? It happens almost every night except after a drug bust. Money Landry truck perhaps…anyone, anyone, anyone?