The Magic Bank Account

 A friend of mine sent this to me:

Bear Bryant, the legendary Alabama football coach, used to carry around in his billfold two slips of paper. On one was written the story about the magic bank account.   This is “why time counts.”


The Magic Bank Account    

Imagine that you had won the following *PRIZE* in a contest:
Each morning your bank would deposit $86,400 in your private account for your personal use.

However, this prize has rules.  The set of rules are as follow:

  1. Everything that you don’t spend each day will be taken away from you.
  2. You may not simply transfer money into some other account.
  3. You may only spend it.
  4. Each morning,  upon awakening, the bank opens your account with another $86,400 for the new day.
  5. The bank can end the game without warning; at any time it can say,“Game Over!”   It can close the account and you will not receive a new one.

What would you personally do with your prize?

You would buy anything and everything you wanted right? Not only for yourself, but for all the people you love and care for. Even for people you don’t know, because you couldn’t possibly spend it all on yourself, right?   You would try to spend every penny, and use it all, because you knew money would be replenished in the morning, right?

Actually, THIS GAME IS REAL.  Shocked ? Yes!   Each of us is already a winner of a much more valuable *PRIZE*.   We just don’t seem to realize it.

The prize is *TIME*

  1. Each morning we awaken to receive 86,400 seconds as a gift of life.
  2. And when we go to sleep at night, any remaining time is NOT credited to us.
  3. What we haven’t used up that day is forever lost.
  4. Yesterday is forever gone.
  5. Each morning the account is refilled, but the bank can dissolve your account at any time WITHOUT WARNING.

So, WHAT WILL YOU DO WITH YOUR 86,400 seconds today?

Those seconds are worth much, much more than the same amount in dollars.  Think about it and remember to enjoy every second of your life, because time races by so much quicker than you think.

So take care of yourself, be happy, love deeply and enjoy life!  Here’s wishing you a wonderful and beautiful day. Start “spending” your valuable *PRIZE* wisely.

My mother put this statue of the Infant Jesus of Prague in our bedroom 30 years ago. On New Year's Morning when I woke up, the sun was rising and thru the closed curtains, a shaft of sunlight shone upon it. Happy New Year everybody!


How I cut my cable bill from $400 a month to $125 a month!


So I was getting really upset, every month I noticed my cable bill was going up, and it finally got to the point where it was about 400 dollars – a month!


And I thought, ‘what was I paying for?’  It included something like 300 channels, DVR, record a bunch of shows at the same time, High speed internet service, telephone and home security. Also there were charges for renting the equipment etc, and charges for movies and so on.


And what channels was I watching?  Fox News and Fox Business and an occasional movie, a couple of network shows, and that’s it!


The telephone?  What a joke, since I retired and home all the time, I noticed the only calls coming in on the land-line were telemarketers and scam artists and fund raisers!


So one day I scooped all the equipment up took it into the cable store, and said, “I just don’t want this anymore!”  The very friendly clerk did not ask me why, just re-arranged my service to keep home security and high-speed internet.


So now what do I watch on TV?  Well I bought a “Fire Stick” from Amazon (about 30 bucks) and installed “Hulu Live,” about 40 bucks a month.  Hulu Live has all the networks, the local news shows and movies etc.  Awesome!


No, I don’t get paid for saying this, I pay like everyone else. I  also subscribe to Netflix which I think is also amazing.


And this is a good time for me to make the follow observation,  the Broadcast networks can’t hold a candle to the streaming live services.  From a technical standpoint, you don’t need a DVR or special box to rent, you want to watch a show, you watch it, if it’s live you watch it live, if it’s already been aired you watch it when you want to, you don’t need to schedule a recording.


And the biggest advantage to the streaming channels, the original content is far superior than anything the Broadcast networks can do!  Hulu’s “Handmaid’s Tale” won all the Emmys last year, awesome show, Ruth and I binged watching it! TNT’s “Good Behavior” is another one.


Netflix?  The stuff Netflix has produced so far will blow you away, “House of Cards,” “Peaky Blinders” “The Punisher” “Frontier” ““Mud Bound” “Godless” and “Bosch” to name just a few.  8 or 9 bucks a month?  What a bargain!


So now I’m trying to get our food bill down, if I can only get everyone to eat just once a week!

We need to go to New York and get some learnen!

So I was watching TV on our boat “Airtime II” and should emphasize that our boat has a broadcast TV antenna, so the only stations I could get are off the air, no cable.


The reason I mention this is because my boat is in San Diego, and there are not a lot of good TV News Operations there, so I was forced to watch, I’m so sorry to say, PBS!


The PBS News hour was on, with Judy Woodruff, and towards the end of the broadcast there was an interview with the authors of “One Nation After Trump.”


The authors E.J. Dionne and Norm Ornstein were being interviewed and making the case that President Trump is unfit for the office of the president.


So Mr. Ornstein opens up with the following to justify that premise:  The intellectual and educated people, over time, ended up in the large urban areas of the northeast, and Southern California, and the rest of nation, in the middle, who elected Donald Trump are, well, uneducated! Dumb!  Not his exact words, but that’s what he meant.

Did the PBS reporter challenge that statement?  Oh no, he just let it go because that's probably what, he along with the entire PBS news organization, believes.


So I quickly turned the TV off.  Did you know you were dumb?  We who live in the crappy little cow towns of Phoenix, Houston, Dallas, and other western cities, need to move to New York and get some learnen!

Why Left Wing Dems hate Donald Trump!

A wise old man once told me a long time ago the difference between successful people and losers. 


He said, losers care and complain about petty things.  For example, they don’t like the paint on the wall of the office, or the computer or copy machine doesn’t live up to their standards. They need more time for lunch, they don’t like the boss’s clothes, etc.


While winners are concerned about the big picture, becoming financially secure, or becoming  wealthy to secure their families, etc.


I once had the occasion to talk to a very successful radio newscaster who worked for probably the biggest and most successful news radio station in Phoenix, Arizona.  The station was about to move into new offices at a new location.  I said, “Hey congratulations on moving into that new office complex.”  And he replied, “Yea, well have you looked at the parking lot?  It sucks!”

Yes I was dumbfounded, why would he care about that? 


You probably have worked with many people who concern themselves with petty things in the work place rather than the big picture, why they are there in the first place?  If you read my book, “It Just  Wasn’t Perfect For Me,” you know my first job paid me 78 bucks a week. My first thought on receiving my first pay check was, ‘How can I make more money?’  So I asked successful people and I was told, “Find a better higher paying job!”  And if you don’t have the skills to do so, get them and move up, so I did.  (Notice no one told me to organize a protest and stand outside the radio station and demand they pay me more money!)


The reason I’m writing this is because I got a little ticked off this morning about a Facebook person who criticized me for praising President Donald Trump’s achievements.  She said, as most extreme liberal people either think or say, that the president hasn’t accomplished anything at all, and she hates him for what he says.


I’ve been thinking a lot about this lately.  The only criticism of the president from the left is for what he says, not for what he’s accomplished!


Here’s what President Donald Trump has accomplished to today’s date:


From “The National Review”: 


 • The Dow Jones Industrial Average, NASDAQ, and S&P 500 all hit record highs on This week. The Wilshire 5000 Index calculates that some $3.4 trillion in new wealth has been created since President Trump’s inauguration and $5.4 trillion since his election. Fueled by the reality of deregulation, expectations of lower taxes, and a new tone in Washington that applauds free enterprise rather than excoriate it, the economy is on fire.


• Atop the second quarter’s 3.1 percent increase in real GDP, and 3.0 in 3Q, the New York Federal Reserve Bank predicts that 4Q output will expand by 3.8 percent. This far outpaces the feeble average-annual GDP growth rate of 1.5 percent on President Obama’s watch. Meanwhile, the IMF expects global GDP to rise by 3.5 percent this year. So much for a Trump-inspired “global recession.”


Unemployment is at 4.1 percent, a 17-year low. New unemployment claims in September were at their most modest since 1974. Goldman Sachs on November 20 “lowered our unemployment rate forecast to 3.7 percent by end-2018 and 3.5 percent by end-2019.”


According to the Wall Street powerhouse’s chief economist Jan Hatzius, “Such a scenario would take the U.S. labor market into territory almost never seen outside of a major wartime mobilization.”


• American companies have been expanding operations here rather than shipping jobs overseas. Corning, for instance, announced a $500 million investment in new U.S. production, launching 1,000 positions.


• Foreign firms have been unveiling facilities and creating jobs in America. Insourcing is now a thing. Taiwan’s Foxconn will spend $10 billion on a new Wisconsin electronics plant with 3,000 new employees. During Trump’s recent visit to China, Beijing agreed to invest $84 billion in new energy projects in West Virginia.


• If the Senate cooperates, Santa Claus will deliver $1.5 trillion in tax cuts, including a dream-come-true 43 percent reduction in corporate taxes, from a 35 percent rate to 20 percent, well below the global average of 22.5 percent. This major blow for international competitiveness should turbocharge the economy even further.

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And the list of his accomplishments in this article goes on for miles.  BUT The left-wing democrats hate him for what he says and say he should be removed from office! 


How could these people be so sadly informed? 

If you read my earlier blogs about Donald Trump, I don't particularly like him, I wish he would just keep his mouth shut and do his job, but he is what he is, and his supporters accept him for what he is.  To my left wing friends, do you think this is outrageous?  Well let me end with a little true story.

One morning I was sitting in on the morning radio show on KFYI in Phoenix with radio host at the time, Ed Walsh. President Clinton was in office at the time during the Monica Lewinsky scandal.  We were talking to left-wing commentator Eleanor Clift now on MSNBC and The Daily Beast.  I asked her, "Arn't you just outraged that President Clinton had sex with a young girl in the oval office?"  And she replied, and these are her exact words, "So the president is a philanderer so what?!!"



What Blows me Away About McCain and Flake!

What blows me away about John McCain and Jeff Flake and other Washington Swamp Dwellers, is how out of touch they are with America and their constituents.

            I remember when President Trump was elected, Senator Jeff Flake scolded Trump for not being consistent with the tenets of the Republican Party.  And my immediate reaction was, “You dumb Ass!  That’s why he was elected!”

            For 8 years we watched while the Obama Administration and the Democratic Party attack Republicans, with scathing, salacious, outraging accusations, and the Republicans never fought back.  We heard comments from republicans like McCain say things like, “Well that’s not characteristic of what it is.”  Rather than say, “Barrack Obama is lying!” 


            We watched the economy slide, wages fall, unemployment up, people on welfare and disability skyrocket, and the whole time Obama and the Dirty Dems lied and said the opposite. 


            We watched the Obama Administration use the IRS as a political tool to attack conservatives.  We watched Obama denigrate our police officers, endorse violent racial groups, and help exsascerbate the racial divide in America. 


            We watched while the Clintons amassed enormous wealth in using high government positions in what was truly a conflict of interest.


            We saw the FBI Director indict Hillary Clinton with high crimes and misdemeanors and then say he would not prosecute her.


            We watched as the liberal, immoral and unethical mainstream news media totally ignore the Obama transgressions against the constitution, including the 2nd Amendment,  to destroy American Business with a tremendous increase in regulations and red tape, and along with Hillary Clinton lie to the American people and to the parents of those who died in Benghazi yet the corrupt media rips into President Trump unprecedented in the history of our country.  How many times did you see John McCain, Jeff Flake, Bob Corker, Mitch McConnell and other R.I.N.O.’s vociferously defend President Trump?  Never!


            And there’s so much more, and the point is:  The Republicans never fought back! 


            So now we have a blue-collar fighter in the White House, who is looking out for the average blue-collar family in our country who is tired of being kicked around and the Washington Ruling Class, living in their lavish Washington and Arizona homes and their two floors in the Biltmore High Rise Condo and their sprawling Ranches, don’t get it. 


            We Watched a Senator who campaigned to repeal Obamacare Vote against repealing Obamacare - which would have lead to a more successful approach to Tax Reform, but he and his Washington ruling elites just didn’t know or care what it’s like for the average family to pay exorbitant amounts for Health Insurance and a huge income tax bill among other day to day expenses in raising a family.


            They just run over to “The View” and praise the Democratic Party and go home to their elite lavish life style.   That’s not the Republican Party, that’s just being a fat Washington Ruling Class, liberal who will say anything to get re-elected.



I certainly would never disparage anyone from living in an area where they "have" to live, because of jobs, careers, family etc.  But when it comes to "choice," living and owning property in areas from the gulf coast to the Florida Peninsula to up the east coast is, in my view, dangerous.  

I spent 50 years in Broadcasting, mostly as a Broadcast Meteorologist, and for years and years, climatologists, meteorologists, NOAA and other government agencies have been warning about the proliferation of development  in these areas.  Everyone wants to live on the water, (  you ever watch "Beachfront Bargain Hunt or those other shows on HGTV?) but when a storm like Irma and now Jose comes thru, it's almost impossible to protect one's property and nearly impossible to evacuate.  How do you evacuate the entire state of Florida?  How can the federal government protect all these people?

I don't even know why I'm writing this because I have no answers to this problem.  All I know is I "chose" to put my sailboat in Southern California, the water is too cold there for tropical storms, so all I need to worry about is earthquakes! 

Rick D'Amico

Lessons from Hurricane Harvey

If anything good is coming out of Hurricane Harvey, it’s this:  We as Americans, in spite of the socialist left wing media outlets, have compassion for one another.


The images of people helping people, whites helping blacks, blacks helping whites, Hispanic and white and black people and all people  having compassion for one another, aiding each other, this is the real America.  


It’s not about those extremist organizations that spew venom and hate, it’s about real people and love.


First responders, organizations, businesses, churches, and just people, people with trucks, people with drinking water, people with boats,  people with blankets, people with money.  Budweiser stopped production of its beer and is filling cans with water for the victims, is just one example.  The Red Cross and the Salvation Army, the firefighters from all around the county all pitching in.


Once again this nation comes through to help those in need. 


Despite the cruel, shameless, socialist CNN’s and MSNBC’s and CBS’s, who have found time to criticize the president’s wife for her shoes, or President Trump’s timing of his visit, or his demeanor. 


Can you imagine people are dying and/ or losing just about everything they have in this disaster and the mainstream media continues its hateful diatribe against President Trump and his family?


When will they do their job? Accept their responsibility to tell the truth and celebrate what this country is really all about.