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M-Cubed for 2/7/2011

Posted Feb 07 2011 5:12am
Monday Morning Musings for February Seventh, Twenty Eleven. A smattering of thoughts that alone don't constitute a blog post but together end up here on Monday morning.

- Alright, let's get it out of the way quick.  Christina Aguilera botched our beloved National Anthem at the Super Bowl last night.  Knowing the words should be a prerequisite to this gig, right?  Right.  I nearly came out of my skin when I heard it.  Didn't hear it?  Don't worry, it was on YouTube within minutes of it happening.   Here's the very short story of what she did and video to prove it .  'nuf said!

- Packers?  Well, I'm not really a fan but for last night, anyone playing the Steelers has my vote so yea, I'm happy about the outcome of the Super Bowl.  To me, though, it's the commercials.  I am somewhat disappointed, though.  Where was the heart-tugging Budweiser Clydesdales commercial?  Yes, they made a cameo in another commercial but that was it.  BIG disappointment there.  In our house, we did enjoy that finger-licking Doritos commercial...shock value points, big time.  However, probably our favorite was Volkswagen's Darth Vader spot with the little kid.

- This past Saturday, my family and I made our way to the Haven of Rest again.  The Haven is in downtown Akron and serves the homeless.  The first Saturday of each month is our church's turn to set up and serve lunch.  Truth is, they serve three meals a day and do so much more for the homeless like temporary housing, education, and equipping people with the tools to get back on their feet again including getting a job.  It was only our 2nd month at the Haven but it proved to be another priceless way to spend a few hours together as a family.

- Did you catch Fox's controversial Bill O'Reilly interview the president yesterday during the pre-game?  Tucked away quietly at 4:45pm, I caught it.  It was Bill's 14min, uninterrupted, to ask whatever he wanted to.  Nothing said when exactly it would be on so you just had to cross your fingers if you wanted to see it.  I did.  With less than 4000 hits on the YouTube interview, I'm guessing most folks don't know it happened.  Regardless of which side of the aisle you are on, you'll probably find it interesting.  I'm no big fan of O'Reilly but to get the president on Super Bowl Sunday, live, in the White House, is a pretty good accomplishment. Here it is if you'd like to watch it. (I really do believe they hid this commercial to minimize viewership).  

- Highest blog traffic in a very long time?  Absolutely!  Last Monday through Wednesday broke any records previously held here on RTRSBM.  Since I was fortunate to be called off on Tuesday and Wednesday (due to an ice-covered Canton, Ohio), I finally blogged about the "7 Baby Steps" and our financial plan to become debt free.  That blew the cap off my blog traffic and a few days later, I constructed a Google Doc shell of the budget, self escrow spreadsheet, and the Debt Snowball spreadsheet and currently, have shared that with 18 different people.  People really are interested in it and if only one person/family grabs this by the horns and changes their life, it's all worth it!  If you are interested in getting the link to the Google Doc and the Excel file I downloaded of the same thing so you can edit it yourself, please e-mail me and I'll reply with it all.  If you're one of the many who I sent it to, please let me know how it goes and contact me with any questions.  I am standing by to help!  Didn't read the original post, it will remain linked on the top right of my blog under "Favorite Posts".

- I won't deny it.  I'm a NASCAR fan.  Now that football is done, NASCAR is standing by to go racing!  This weekend starts Speed Week at Daytona with the Duels and the Shootout followed by the Daytona 500 in 13 days on February 20th.  Looking forward to it!   Here's the schedule .

- Valentine's Day on tap a week from today, March around the corner...Spring is coming!  It can't come to northeast Ohio quick enough.  The thick, frozen slab of ice in my driveway needs to go!

- Lots of great things going to happen in the next 3 weeks.  However, like many things, the stories will be told on the back end.  It will be great, though!  Looking forward to it all!

Have a great week, everyone, and Happy Trails!
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