Cold day in Massachusetts! It will be cold for the next 10 days as well. My favorite! Game conditions for tomorrow's AFC title game look ok. The wind will be the largest factor, not the cold. If the wind is not too bad the Pats can play their entire offensive plan, which is unstoppable. Bad wind will require a more limited attack. The Green Bay/New York game looks to be about -15 degrees! Now that is just crazy.
The Fox business block this morning had a worried tone. After the drubbing the markets have taken to start 2008, even the perma bulls were suggesting more defensive strategies. Most even said to AVOID the financial stocks! What is this world coming to?
Lots of debate about the stimulus plan. Consensus of the talking heads was pretty funny and confusing: A stimulus plan is not going to do anything to help, but we need a shot of stimulus to avert a recession. Got that? It won't help but we need it. Ok.
More talk and some outright pleading for the US government to take over the monoline insurance business after MBI and ABK now look to be toast. Another wonderful idea. Maybe a new entity can be started like Fannie Mae for the insurance field. It could be called "Saving your Fannie" or something.
The wife and I checked out a large chain furniture store today. It was empty and about 5 sales associates were very pushy about trying to help us. Anecdotal information only. It could have been just that store and just today, but 3 years ago when we went there it was packed and you could not find anyone to help you.
People are very angry lately. Usually around Christmas time people's nerves are a little shot, but since September it seems everyone is pissed off to the max all the time. Anyone else seeing that?
Will Tuesday be a "Black Tuesday"? It certainly feels like it could be. The new poll question asks this, so please vote.
Any Chess Players?
I used to play chess all the time. At the Internet site POGO.com they have a pretty good setup for playing online against people all over the world. I used to favor the Barcza opening as white, and the Sicillian Scheveningen defense as black. I stopped playing for a while when I fell in love with Texas Hold'em. Cards are fun. The major sites do not accept real money from US players anymore (a detail snuck into the Port Protection Bill to stop online gambling) and so I have not played cards since last May. I may start playing some chess again. Anyone here play chess? It truly is a magnificent game.
Sorry for the light post, but it has been a relaxing day and I am too chilled out to write too much. Thanks for all the comments on the last post.
Have a good night.