Thursday Numbers

My wife made me coffee this morning & winked at me when she handed me the cup. I’ve never been more scared of a drink in all of my life. – @AndyAsAdjective

Welcome to “Thursday Numbers!” In case you’re a first-time visitor, this is the weekly column where I take a look at the numbers that are in the news (in descending order) and provide commentary sometimes sprinkled with sarcasm, humor, and bluntness.

This week’s topics include Rand Paul & rubbish, the 2020 Census, unemployment, Amanda Knox & Italy, Super Bowl tickets, Super Bowl dates, Super Bowl Monday, January is ending, New England Patriots, Los Angeles Rams, John Elway & interceptions, and much more!

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Terrific News Tuesday

I am prepared for the worst, but hope for the best. – Benjamin Disraeli

Welcome to Terrific News Tuesday (TNT)!

In case this is your first time reading TNT, this column is all about good news. I know it’s hard to believe, but I won’t be complaining or criticizing anyone or anything in this column today – just writing about some terrific news that caught my attention!

Here is some of the good stuff in this edition of TNT:

  • On the Road
  • School Lunches
  • George H.W. Bush
  • 2017 Pro Bowl
  • Super Bowl
  • End of January

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January Makes Me Shiver…

Back in January 2011 I wrote a column about my feelings toward the month of January. These are not good feelings because I actually hate January.

I thought about the old column as I was scooping about a gazillion inches of snow this week in the single-digit temperatures, wondering if, after several years, I would actually see a city snowplow on my street.

This was about the same time when I broke another snow shovel, which will go into the snow shovel graveyard in the corner of my garage.

Since the holiday break is over and we’re well into this terrible month, I thought today would be a great day to re-post the column with some additional thoughts.

Enjoy!

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The Sunday Message

Happy New Year!

Well, we made it. We made it through another holiday season. Now we face the cold reality of January – a month that seems excessively long. Are you sure there are just 31 days in January?

It’s pretty easy to be lonely and depressed in January. The fun of the holiday season is over. The Christmas decorations are taken down and put away. Friends and family have left. There’s less daylight in January. It is winter. The credit card bills start rolling in. Football season is about over.

But there’s good news! God is still around – and just a prayer away!

Isaiah 41:10 (NIV)
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

So hang in there and trust in the Lord – take a few minutes each day to pray and talk to God. You will be amazed!

Have a wonderful January!

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January Makes Me Shiver…

Back in January 2011 I wrote this column about my feelings toward the month of January. Since the holiday break is over for most folks, I thought today would be a great day to re-post the column. Enjoy!

In the song “American Pie” Don McLean sings “February makes me shiver…” but it is January to me.

I started thinking this as I was taking down the Christmas decorations today. By the way, they are a lot more fun to put up.

In fact, I vote for January as the worst month of the year. It’s long, the weather’s usually ugly, and it’s cold in most places. January is just a dark month. Nothing very good happens in January. The credit card bills roll in from all those Christmas purchases, so January is downright depressing.  Continue reading

January Makes Me Shiver…

In the song “American Pie” Don McLean sings “February makes me shiver…” but it is January to me.

I started thinking this as I was taking down the Christmas decorations today. By the way, they are a lot more fun to put up.

In fact, I vote for January as the worst month of the year. It’s long, the weather’s usually ugly, and it’s cold in most places. January is just a dark month. Nothing very good happens in January. The credit card bills roll in from all those Christmas purchases, so January is downright depressing.

There are a couple of holidays in January to give us some relief – New Year’s Day and Martin Luther King Jr. Day (third Monday), but that’s about it. Between those two holidays we face a dreary month.

January is the month we have “National Static Electricity Day” “Bean Day” “National Pie Day” and we can’t forget “National Kazoo Day.” Continue reading