BEFORE YOU GET TOO EXCITED, OR ASK TO BORROW MONEY….. I would simply like to remind you that April first is just around the corner. (i.e., April Fools’ Day!) Perhaps I should have gotten your attention with a different headline. How about….. CRACKPOT WINS JACKPOT! Did you know that our national day of pranks is based upon ancient Roman and Hindu festivals which occurred just after the VERNAL EQUINOX? (Which is similar to the VENAL MAALOX.) Me neither. Some folks believe it was ushered in as part of “spring fever,” and others think it is connected to the Jewish spring holiday of Purim. (One of my favorite holidays. You bring the wine, and the host will pour ’em!) I think it has something to do with the I.R.S., but I can’t prove it.
Today, March 30th, was an interesting day in history, too. On this very day, in 1856, Russia signed the Peace of Paris Treaty ending….. the Crimea War! (What goes around, comes around.)
On this day, in 1870, Texas became the LAST Confederate state to be readmitted to the Union. (Clearly a foolish mistake on our part.) Whose idea was that? (Somebody get a rope!)
On this day, in 1976, INDIANA went undefeated and won the NCAA Basketball Championship. Are you from Indiana? Hoosier mama? Hoosier papa? What the heck is a hoosier, anyway?
On this very day, in 1992, Anthony Hopkins AND Jodie Foster won Academy Awards for acting in a sweet, family-oriented animal movie. (The Silence of the Lambs.) Hey, I’m only trying to “pull the wool” over your eyes… this is one scary movie!
Speaking of scary things….. Last week I appeared on a local radio show, sharing some insurance insights into the tragic disappearance of Malaysian Airlines Flight 370. You might be interested to know what I discussed with the host….. The Boeing 777 that was lost was valued at….. $320,000,000! (Yep, you read that right.) The plane contains over 3,000,000 different parts, manufactured by over 500 different companies around the world. The insurance coverage is “All Risk,” which covers nearly every peril known to man. (Which is why the companies involved have already begun to pay out claims.) The high cost of the aircraft is due, in part, to the fact that it can travel at close to 600 mph — and has a cruising range of 6,000 miles. I thought you might like to know these details, as the “insurance angle” is seldom discussed in the media.
On a lighter note….. My esteemed publisher is working on the final book cover revisions for THE SECOND MOURNING. I am very pleased with the cover and will be doing the final editing one day next week. I really think you’re going to enjoy this story and I will keep you informed of my progress. In the meantime, if you would like to listen to my coast-to-coast radio interview of last week, simply go to the website I listed on last Sunday’s blog. You will find a convenient link. Let me know what you think.
If are the first person to correctly identify the attached photograph, you will win a $25 gift card to Target. (But if I were you, I would not give them your credit card information!) Unless, of course, you want to become a target. (Of identity thieves) Did I mention that somebody stole my identity last week? The son of gun cancelled his credit cards and told the police that he was embarrassed to be me! He actually resumed his former identity! (The cops told me that he was a voracious reader, whatever that means.) Well, have a great week, and love to all…..
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