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Dow 15,000

I never would have imagined this kind of run-up in the stock market. By the end of 2008 I expected it might take ten years for the market to recover and for us to recoup our losses. I like this chart from the Wall Street Journal that chronicles the DJIA march from 8000 to 15000:

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The Passing of “Caballo Blanco”

El Caballo Blanco

I might not even have noticed today’s news about the death of Micah True, the legendary ultra marathoner known as “Caballo Blanco, had I not just a couple of months ago listened to the book “Born to Run.”  Caballo was clearly a one-of-a-kind character and somewhat of a godfather to the ultra running community.  In what little I’ve read about him he seems like a soul that found his way early on in the simple act of running. I can totally understand it.

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Ugly Front Page

Yikes! Today’s advertisement-laden Seattle Times weighed something like five pounds.  A real monstrosity.  Even worse though, is the home page of the Times online edition.  Is this one of the ugliest things you’ve ever seen?

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Saber-Toothed…. Squirrel

Illustration: Jorge Gonzalez/Guillermo Rougier

What a concept.  I look at the little guy munching on peanuts all day in our back yard and it’s hard to imagine him with big fangs sticking out of his little muzzle.  But his ancestors apparently had a more ferocious look.  Scientists describe Cronopio dentiacutus as a mouse-sized critter with a long snout, large eyes and super long canine fangs.

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Local Library Named “Library of the Year”

The King County Library System has been named the “Library of the Year 2011.”  We don’t use the Library often but I’m always impressed when we do.  The facilities, even the little local buildings like those here in North Bend and Snoqualmie Ridge, are just excellent.  And with an easy to get library card, you get access to all kinds of online reference services.

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Hey, Gov. Palin

How’s that “Drill, Baby, Drill” thingy workin‘ out for ya?

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DJIA at 11,005.96

Who woulda thunk it? The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at 11,005 today, up 4,458 points from the close of business on March 9, 2009. I remember thinking around that time that it would be five years at least until we saw DJIA at 10,000 let alone over 11K. This all reminds me of the 1987 crash when the market dropped 500 points to close at 1,738. I was attending a trade show that day at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim and figured my tiny little savings and incipient 401k account would never amount to much. But here I am just a little over twenty years later planning on living on those savings.

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