Tuesday, December 18, 2007

On this day in: 1865 - The Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution is ratified by Georgia, fulfilling the two-thirds requirement for ratification, and banning slavery in the United States. 1892 - The first performance of Tchaikovsky's ballet The Nutcracker is held at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg. 1932 - The Chicago Bears defeated the Portsmouth Spartans 9-0 in the first ever NFL Championship Game.

Have you ever noticed how money and time seem to just slip away?

Here’s a well written column about where the money goes. Waste thirty dollars a day, which isn’t hard for a family to do, and at the end of the year we’re missing $10,000!

Businesses have this same problem, profit leaks that can eventually sink the ship.

When it comes to waste, government is the worst offender, because there our millions and billions just don’t seem like real money. We can always raise taxes just a little, like we did again this year in Denver.

The Mayor’s A thru I campaign gave us the choice among 9 self imposed tax increases for worthy projects. “Let's take them all," we said, "they are small.”

We read and talk a lot about what we want the government to change, that’s a big part of the Presidential campaign right now. But what about me and you? What can we do about our personal money leaks?

And what about time? Can you believe it is already the end of 2007? Or that we are this old?

To stop the clock at the personal level, Joseph Heller had a solution called “Catch-22”: Don’t do things you enjoy and time will slow down. As a result, we won't necessarily live longer, but it will seem longer.

And we will die rich.

Merry Christmas.

John Wren

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