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  • Naomi"Mom, isn't the Charleston that dance on that show Fresh Prince...or....?"
  • Pete"We should all act out a Shakespeare play. Maybe Macbeth?"
    Anna "Oh! I want to play MacMeth!"

  • Josh"Owe! I bit my tongue!"
    Mom "That's not part of dinner, dude."
    Josh"I know. That's why I didn't bite it off, Michael Tyson"

  • Dad "Josh, do you know who Mike Tyson bit?"
    Josh"Uuuhh...yeah...like... Leonard Skimmer?"

  • Anna [When we were all talking about love languages, Dad explains how you can change over your life]"Oh yeah, totally. 'Cause I used to be into drawing."
  • Anna [after falling off her bike]"I'm OK! I don't need the arcade kit!"
  • Dad [Getting ready to give a gift to the girls for their piano recital]"Alright girls, we're going to do something that's long overdue."
    Anna "Ha. Probably taxes..."

  • Josh [After reading Peter's sign that said, "DJ takes requests, and tips] "Hey. I have a tip for you. If people don't like the song you're playing, you should change it."
  • Anna "Sometimes I look around and think, I am Anna...and these are other people..."
  • Josh "Listen. You give me the Simon's Quest code and I'll shop in the women's section!"
  • Josh "You smell like an air freshener, Mom."
    Dad "oh Josh those are kind of cheap so that sounds like you’re kind of insulting Mom when you say that."
    Josh "MMMMmmmm…you smell like a $100 air freshener."

  • Anna "Mom. Where’s the first Bible ever. Like ever."
    Mom "Ummm, I’m not sure. But maybe you could ask Dad about that"
    Anna "Well. I was gonna, but I didn’t want to get a whole sermon…so I asked you"

  • Dad "Hmm. These chips taste stale."
    Mom "They're not stale. They're just from Aldi."

  • Naomi "Look Mom! My foot is bigger than Anna's whole face!"
  • Peter [Interrupting Mom quizzing Naomi on Science by asking, "What's inside the membrane of a cell?"] "...Insane?"
  • Anna [Seeing Almonso Wilder grab Laura Ingles' engagement ring from the kitchen on Little House] "Hmph. He just grabbed a chill pill."
  • Josh "Dad, my grammar book must be in labor. It keeps talking about contractions"
  • Josh [After Dad picked a crumb off Josh's shirt]"Dad, you're like a parasite, cleaning me."
  • Anna[Watching Dorothy's friends break her out of the wicked witch's castle]: "Well. That's why you always keep your axe with ya."
  • Josh: "I wonder if there are any tornadoes at the campground we're going to."
    Anna: "Yes. There are. I know. I checked on E-Bay."

  • Mom: "Mmmm, Josh. You smell really good. Are you wearing cologne?"
    Josh: "Wait. My.....Clone Trooper, you mean?"

  • Mom: "I delivered all four of these kids. The least they can do is let me have the rest of the dill pickle potato chips!"
  • Josh: "You're a weak-aholic!"
    Dad: "A weakaholic?!"
    Josh: "Yeah. You're addicted to being weak!"

  • Dad: [After listening to the long piano intro to Chicago's Does anybody really know what time it is?] "I don't like that dissident music. It's all crazy and off time."
    Anna: "I like it! 'Cuz that's how I play!"

  • Paul: "So according to this book kids, who shot JFK?"
    Josh: "Lee Elvis Hardwell?"

  • Paul: "How Many Kings by Downhere is a perfect running song. The beat is just my pace."
    Jen: "Oh yeah? My song is Canon in D."

  • Anna[while washing herself in the shower]: "Hmmmmm. Arms are helpful."
  • Anna [Seeing Mom running water in the kitchen sink]: "Hey! You want to pay bills?!"
    Mom: "Huh?"
    Anna: "You're wasting!"

  • Josh: "Mom, can I play Mario?"
    Mom: "No Josh. Today is craft day. We're doing stuff for someone."
    Josh: "Yeah. I was gonna beat the game for Dad."

  • Anna: [Laying in bed, in a depressed voice]"Naomi, what do I do with life?"
    Naomi: "Uhh...how about you go to sleep?"

  • Mom: "Weird, I've always heard that song differently. But hey, what am I?"
    Anna: "A human being!"

  • Anna: [After being told to eat her dinner]"Mom, I took two bites! You can see the ground!"
  • Josh: "Man, I want to go to a casino."
    Mom: "What?!"
    Josh: "Wait. Is casino the same as gazebo?"

  • Jen to the kids: "Guys, don't forget toppings for your salad. The more colors on your salad, the better it is for you."
    Josh: "Even if it has Superman ice cream on it?!"

  • Anna"Huh? Craig has a list?"
  • Anna"Naomi, can you look at your calendar with your eyes closed?"
    Naomi"No. No one can, silly."
    Anna"Chuck Norris can!!"

  • Mom"Thanks to Naomi, who passed her headache on to me."
    Naomi"Pastor Headache? Who's Pastor Headache?!"

  • Darefamily: “Night, Pete. Night, Naomi. Night, Mom. Night, Dad...”
    Anna: “Night, vision!”

  • Anna: “Dad, do you believe in Santa?”
    Dad: “Sure, St. Nicholas was at the council of Nicea. He punched Arius in the mouth for his heresy…”
    Anna: “Hmmmm…I don’t remember seeing that in the video…”

  • Pete: "Josh, you know what the Pope is, right?"
    Josh: "Yeah. The stuff in the orange juice."

  • Anna: "Yeah! Let's get this starty parted!"
  • Josh"Bummer Mom, you're not ticklish. But I can still hurt you, because your nervous system is working!"
  • Josh"Sorry Grandma, I don't really like antiques...unless they have up to date stuff."
  • Naomi:"I'm not sure what I'm more afraid of, a whale or a shark, 'cuz I know how to fight a shark, 'cuz they're really weak in the eyes..."
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    How I’m cutting my debt

    The US Federal Government is in financial shambles and has been for years. The saddest part about the debt we owe, the spending we’ve increased and the taxes we’ll raise is that these are the only topics really getting any air time in mainstream media. I have a Time Magazine subscription right now (discounted at $5/yr for filling out some online survey) and every article I read about the political problems of debt ceilings, budget deficits and proposed solutions say the same thing: The only fixes are either to raise taxes or cut spending (or both, obviously). There is something mysteriously missing from most of the conversation: Selling off assets.
    Let’s make this personal for a moment. I have debt. I owe on a house and a credit card. What are my options to get rid of this debt? I could increase the money coming into my home. Yeah, not gonna happen. At least right now. I could also cut spending. Give a little less to Uncle Tim for that large double double hazelnut coffee twice a week. But are these my only two options? Of course not.
    On my desk, I have a package that is ready to mail. It’s heading out to a dear friend in Pittsburgh who just bought a used book from me on the internet. OK, he’s not a dear friend. He’s just some random guy, but hey, he’s friend to me because he’s helping me cut down on my debt. He’s doing this by buying one of my assets! And this is the problem. Selling off assets is one of the ways I can reduce my debt (of course, as long as I actually use this money to pay down the debt).  Is this any different than the federal government? Or any government for that matter. The father of economic theory, Adam Smith once said, “What is prudence in the conduct of every private family can scarce be folly in that of a great kingdom.”

    I couldn’t agree more.  What is wise in the micro, is wise in the macro.  Generally speaking, of course.  Why do we private citizens have to act one way (increase actual earnings [not taxes!], cut spending and sell assets) but somehow the federal government (our representatives?) get to play by different rules and ignore worthwhile options?  Selling assets works in every home in every part of the world.  That’s why people still have garage and yard sales every year, Craig’s List is hopping and Auto Trader magazines fly off the rack.  We all sell assets at given times to bring in funds to pay down debt or spend somewhere else.  Is it time for our government to do the same?

    Look at this article for specific assets ($193 Billion from Gold alone!!) our government could sell to raise 1.5trillion dollars. Why is virtually no one talking about this option?

    I’m floored that we’re not hearing more folks propose this option as a main strategy that could bring in revenue that could be used to pay down debt more immediately than either tax revenue increases or spending cuts scheduled for ten years out!



    4 Responses

    1. Technically we should be glad that they don’t sell our gold assets. I think the reason it isn’t being proposed is because everyone knows that in reality gold and silver are the only real standards of a dollar. Eventually america will need to back our currency by gold again, despite the blind optimism that says we won’t have to.

    2. Now your hitting a nerve Paul! How dare you suggest that the federal government act responsiblly with our tax dollars. Us average Joe citizens don’t know how this all plays together. We can’t understand global economics! Sure what some guy hundreds of years ago makes perfect logical sense, but that’s not the way it works now days! Don’t you know that just like our Constitution, our economy is an evolving thing. Just because trading coin or paper for goods and services has been around for thousands of years doesn’t mean that it works the same way now!
      Ok, enough of the sarcasm. Now for my real thoughts. I believe that this country (economy and all) is going into the spin cycle that we all have in our bathrooms. The government “of the people, by the people, and for the people” doesn’t work when the people become appathetic toward the control that the government has over them. I keep hearing politicians talk about how they’re going to stimulate, matriculate and pontificate the economy with they can’t create a single private sector job. They can give tax breaks or incentives, but those only work when the people creating the jobs feel secure that they’re going to make money. With our one sided “free-trade” aggreements with third world countries who will work for pennies a day, we can’t expect to have companies opening doors here when it lowers they’re profit margin. That’s what competition and free markets are all about. Trying to earn more that the other guy. One thing that keeps getting lost in all this economy talk is that business is business and they need to make profits. All this “share the wealth” talk doesn’t work because then no one has enough capital to “pay the bills” and government comes in to rescue us.
      My wife and I live debt free, with an emergency fund. We have our assets as well. The great thing is that when you get out of debt, you don’t have to worry about selling off assets. You don’t have to worry about creditors calling at dinner and giving you indigestion. If our government could fill this hole they’ve dug for us we would be a much safer country, with fiscal leverage over future enemies. I have a great plan that would have our country debt free with a surplus and very few assets would have to be sold. Hmmm…. maybe I should blog about it.-Chuck

      • HAHA! Love it, Chuck. Have you read any of the Austrian economic school of thought? Right along the lines of what you’re saying here. These guys predicted the great depression and the current recession. Ron Paul is an Austrian and he’s been right for decades! Check out the Austrian school at mises.org (named after one of their main leaders Ludwig Von Mises). Enjoy.

        • I’ve not read any books on economics except for Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace and Total Money Makeover. To me it’s just common sense when you run the scenario out to the end. I dunno… maybe I’m a genius when it comes to this kinda stuff, it just seems so easy. Honestly reading a book on economics sounds as exciting as watching paint dry minus the high from the fumes. I get a little strong on my oppinions when talking about the economy and how bad/ good it’s doing because my job is a direct reflection of what it’s really doing. Hint, Hint. Freights been really good the last year and a half. 🙂

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