As I write this, Hurricane Dorian is taking aim at Florida. What’s fun about that? you might ask. Well, nothing. And I don’t want to minimize the potential for disaster. But the hurricane hasn’t hit yet and the runup to a storm provides a lot of amusement and some educational moments. I just can’t resist.
Here’s a tip for you.
If some guy comes up to you in a gas station parking lot and tries to sell you gold, don’t buy it.
Seriously. Just say, “No!”
A recent video ad produced by a digital currency asset company titled “Drop Gold” created some waves on social media last week. The ad encourages investors to drop gold from their portfolios and replace it with digital currencies such as Bitcoin. “In a digital world, gold shouldn’t weigh down your portfolio,” the ad proclaims.
But is Bitcoin really a replacement for gold? While the Drop Gold ad may seem clever and cute, cryptocurrencies aren’t a replacement for gold.
I was perusing my local newspaper’s website the other day when I came across this headline – “University of Kentucky to Give iPads to All Incoming Freshman This Fall.”
I have to admit, just seeing the headline kind of annoyed me. Because you know what I got when I started at UK as a freshman in 1985?
I didn’t get squat!
There’s a video going around on Facebook blaming Trump because tax refund amounts are lower this year. I’m telling you, this video takes dumb to a whole new level!
So, what do you think about the Muller report? I think it completely exonerates the president! No, wait. I think it shows he’s absolutely guilty and should be impeached! No, wait…
Actually, I think the whole thing goes to show how people can spin political theater any way they want to, depending on their political proclivities. I don’t really have any political proclivities – at least not when it comes to party politics. I haven’t been following the whole saga, so, I don’t know much about Russiagate at all.
But you know what I do know about? Hockey! And it’s Stanley Cup playoff season!
It’s time for Fun on Friday and I have to be honest — I’m not feeling very fun.
Because the tax man cometh! And no matter how you slice it, taxation is not a fun subject. It’s no wonder “death” and “taxes” are often mentioned in the same breath.
But April 15 is lurking right around the corner and that means it’s almost tax day.
I’ve written about gold-covered food here in my Fun on Friday column from time to time. People cover all kinds of foods with gold — including traditional blue-collar fare such as beer and chicken wings. I’ve even told you where you can get coffee with real gold mixed into it.
Well, this week I’m going to up my game. How about an entire meal covered in gold? And how about if we call it “art.”
I used to hate it when my parents would tell me how much easier I had it than they did. But as I rip through middle age and rapidly approach “old,” I am becoming much more sympathetic to my parents’ point of view. Not that my parents really had it harder than me… But kids these days? Yeah, they have it way easier than I ever did.
I mean, yeah, my dad may have had to walk two miles to school in the snow — uphill both ways — while I got to ride with mom. But hell, kids these days don’t even have to get up to change the channel on the TV.
OK. I’m going to set up a scenario for you.
You’re in Hawaii. Yay! Right? Anyway, as you enjoy touring around the tropical paradise, you stop at a local gas station to fuel up the rental. As you’re pumping the gas, a guy saunters up covered in bling. He’s got gold chains, gold bracelets and several gold rings. Then comes the sob story. He’s down and out. He lost his wallet. He needs cash. But he’s willing to part with his expensive gold for a bargain basement price.
What do you do?