Saturday Review 11-29-08

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Nothing to report here this week, and no new blogs added to Google Reader, either. I’ve started using Blogger’s new “follow” feature to keep up with some new-to-me blogs on that platform, and I did pick up a couple of newbies there – if you’re a Blogger blogger, are you using that too? You can see the full list of blogs I’m following on my profile, if you’re curious.

From around the blogiverse:
Coming together as equals in the chemotherapy room

“Doorbusters” went much too far at a Long Island Wal-Mart on “Black Friday” – one blogger’s response

A former SAG member suggests that this is NOT a good time for an actors’ strike

Five good things to teach your children, two parenting tools, and the latest in potty-training aids. Also, you don’t have to be a mom to read “mom blogs”!

I’m in favor of adopting shelter/rescue dogs myself, but aside from that, I agree with a lot of the considerations in getting a dog mentioned in this post.

Just because you want it doesn’t mean you should get it. But she’s getting what I want – her very own library.

A very inauspicious start to a week’s vacation, and the holidays are made bittersweet by a breakup (of the “friendly” kind). Speaking of the holidays – one family’s new Thanksgiving tradtion

Ah, someone else who wears nail polish on her toes but not on her fingers.

Top 10 Pickup Lines used by chefs

If you like popular music and quibbling over lists, find some time to peruse The Popdose 100: (Their) Favorite Singles of the Last 50 Years. I think they make pretty good cases for just about every song they included, although I might not agree with the rankings. Also, happy 20th anniversary to MST3K! More entertainment: I’ll bet you can beat my 50% score in The Movie Blurb Game.

E-mail of the week

Thanks to my sister (now a resident of the blogiverse herself as a fellow LA Moms Blog contributor):

Just in case you don’t understand some of the terms you have been reading in the news lately:
CEO –Chief Embezzlement Officer.
CFO– Corporate Fraud Officer.
BULL MARKET — A random market movement causing an investor to mistake himself for a financial genius.
BEAR MARKET — A 6 to 18 month period when the kids get no allowance, the wife gets no jewelry, and the husband gets no sex.
VALUE INVESTING — The art of buying low and selling lower.
P/E RATIO — The percentage of investors wetting their pants as the market keeps crashing.
BROKER — What my broker has made me.
STANDARD & POOR — Your life in a nutshell.
STOCK ANALYST — Idiot who just downgraded your stock.
STOCK SPLIT — When your ex-wife and her lawyer split your assets equally between themselves.
FINANCIAL PLANNER — A guy whose phone has been disconnected.
MARKET CORRECTION — The day after you buy stocks.
CASH FLOW– The movement your money makes as it disappears down the toilet.
YAHOO — What you yell after selling it to some poor sucker for $240 per share.
WINDOWS — What you jump out of when you’re the sucker who bought Yahoo @ $240 per share.
INSTITUTIONAL INVESTOR — Past year investor who’s now locked up in a nuthouse.
PROFIT — An archaic word no longer in use.
If you had purchased $1,000 of Delta Air Lines stock one year ago, you would have $49 left.
With Fannie Mae, you would have $2.50 left of the original $1,000.
With AIG, you would have less than $15 left.
But, if you had purchased $1,000 worth of beer one year ago, drunk all of the beer, then turned in the cans for the aluminum recycling REFUND, you would have $214 cash.
Based on the above, the best current investment advice is to drink heavily and recycle.


Book wish list/notes
What Happened to Anna K., by Irina Reyn
Grit for the Oyster: 250 Pearls of Wisdom for Aspiring Writers, by Suzanne Woods Fisher, Debora M. Coty, Faith Tibbetts McDonald, and Joanna Bloss
Off the Menu, by Christine Son
Riding Lessons, by Sara Gruen
The Mighty Queens of Freeville, by Amy Dickinson

Hope you’re enjoying your weekend! Still making your way through the Thanksgiving leftovers?

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