Wednesday, November 28, 2012

$500 Million! Now what do I do?!?

It certainly is the stuff of fantasy, isn't it? Tonight's PowerBall jackpot is going to be around $500 million. That's a half a billion dollars! Almost an inconceivable amount. I'm not sure how I'd start spending it, but I'd sure like to try, wouldn't you? Let's just say for a sec that you do win tonight. Then what? 

Well, the experts, including financial advisers and former jackpot winners, list some common sense ideas as the most important: 1) Set a budget and stick to it. 2) Invest wisely. 3) Learn to say no. 4) Be prepared to lose friends and even family members through guilt and mistrust. That would be a tough one wouldn't it? Family members and friends you never knew you had come out of the woodwork and try to guilt you into giving them money. There are even stories of total strangers showing up at winner's doors begging for a handout. Is it really worth all those millions? Probably, if you're smart. Get a  lawyer, and financial adviser, and a good accountant and tax expert. 

Oh, and don't forget to take me to lunch! After all, I am your long lost 3rd cousin on your mom's uncle's sister-in-law's side! For more info on what previous winners suggest, follow this link. And head over to our Facebook page to join the Jackpot discussion!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Put Your Brain To Work On This One!

Saw this one out on Facebook and thought we'd share it with you. It just shows how amazing and adaptable the human brain is. After just a few lines your brain will instantly convert the numers to letters and you should be able to easily read it. Very cool!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Han Solo Returns? Possibly!

Now that Disney owns Lucasfilms, and therefore Star Wars, they have announced there will be more sequels on the way, maybe as many as three. Does this mean the return of Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia  and Han Solo? Well, Harrison Ford, who played Han in the first three flicks says he'd consider playing Solo again! "Harrison is open to the idea of doing the movie and he's upbeat about it, all three of them are", said a source, referring to Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher. The first new star wars film is due in theaters in 2015. We may all laugh at the thought of old versions of the three star Wars heros, but speaking as a huge SW fan, I'd love to see what's happened to them since Return Of The Jedi came out in...are you ready? 1983! 30 years ago! Read more here.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Miranda's Got Milk!

Miranda Lambert is the newest personality to join the "Got Milk?" campaign. The singer revealed the ad campaign's photo of her sitting on a porch wearing a denim shirt and jeans while holding a guitar and holding a glass of milk. The photo also shows her sporting the iconic "milk mustache" that is featured in all of the ads in the campaign. The campaign's slogan is posted in the right hand corner of the photo and it reads, "Fine tune your morning. Got milk? Nourish every day." Miranda says of her involvement in the campaign, "It's such a good fit. I'm a girl from Texas. I grew up having big breakfasts with my family, and milk was always on the table. My mom was always up with us before school and made sure we had protein, which included cereal with milk or a pop tart as we headed out the door with a glass of milk to go." Of course, we'd love to get her here to Wisconsin more often so she can enjoy the best milk in the nation!

Monday, November 5, 2012

Check Out The "Dragon Baby"!

Awesome video! This "Kill Bill" style video pits a toddler vs. a stuffed dragon. No surprise, the baby wins! Check it out!

Daylight Savings: Is It Still Relevant?

So, we're all still adjusting to the time change from the weekend. We essentially gained an hour with the "falling" back of time. As a kid, I LOVED this weekend, and conversely absolutely HATED the spring jump forward, as it made me so exhausted. (Who am I kidding?! I STILL hate the "spring forward" of time!) But is this time swing still necessary these days?

Daylight savings is often erroneously attributed to being encouraged by Benjamin Franklin. He never suggested it. Instead, he was a proponent for "early to bed, early to rise." Which many of us already do, but there STILL isn't enough time in a day to get things done!  I think we've all longed for a few more hours in the day to get things done, but moving the time back or forward an hour doesn't really assist with that now, does it? We still only have 24 hours each day.

I've even heard that it was farmers who pushed for the time change, but that wasn't the case either. Allegedly, farmers wanted more daylight hours to harvest their crops. And while that makes sense, it wouldn't benefit certain farmers, who were unable to start their daily harvest until the dew had evaporated off of their crops.  As a matter of fact, many farmers were against the time shift. 

The act of changing the time was actually first implemented during World War I, by the Germans and their allies, as an effort to conserve coal. And pretty much everyone else decided that was a pretty brilliant idea, so they all followed suit.

Many modern-day "thinkers" have attempted to illustrate the benefits of the time change as a "win" for a variety of things from energy consumption to public safety--because it stays "lighter" outside longer. For me personally, I think it's a waste of energy. MY energy and yours! I think it's a downright drain on my body to adjust twice a year to the change. Plus, by the time I finally get as comfortable as humanly possible with it--we swing the other way again!

And any of us with computers and smart phones know all too well the frustration over them either not making the change or not having the "correct" day to make the change in their system, since we "moved" the date for the fall change back in 2007. As a side note, we REALLY rely far too much on computers for things these days, don't we?!

There are parts of the world, including places here in the United States that do not observe the time change at all. I'm currently considering moving there. 

Ok, not really--I like it too much here, but I really wish we didn't observe this silly time dance twice a year. It's a nuisance, in my opinion. What do you think? Are you in favor of keeping Daylight Savings in effect or do you think it's time to yank it? Drop us an email.