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Monday, December 31, 2007

A Blonde's Year in Review

Took new scarf back to store because it was too tight.

Fired from pharmacy job for failing to print labels.....

Helllloooo!!!.......bottles won't fit in printer !!!

Got really excited.....finished jigsaw puzzle in 6 months..... box said "2-4 years!"

Trapped on escalator for hours .... power went out!!!

Tried to make Kool-Aid.....wrong instructions.
...8 cups of water won't fit into those little packets!!!

Tried to go water skiing.......couldn't find a lake with a slope.

Lost breast stroke swimming competition.....learned later, the other swimmers cheated, they used their arms!!!

Got locked out of my car in rain storm..... car swamped because soft-top was open.

The capital of California is "C".....isn't it???

Hate M & M's.....they are so hard to peel.

Baked turkey for 4 1/2 days . .. instructions said 1 hour per pound and I weigh 108!!

Couldn't call 911 "duh".....there's no "eleven" button on the stupid phone!!!


A man was in his front yard mowing grass when his attractive blonde female neighbor came out of the house and went straight to the mailbox.

She opened it then slammed it shut and stormed back in the house.

A little later she came out of her house again went to the mail box and again, opened it, slammed it shut again. Angrily, back into the house she went.

As the man was getting ready to edge the lawn, here she came out again, marched to the mail box, opened it and then slammed it closed harder than ever.

Puzzled by her actions the man asked her, "Is something wrong?"

To which she replied, "There certainly is!"

(Are you ready? This is a beauty...)

My stupid computer keeps saying, "YOU'VE GOT MAIL!"

Saturday, December 29, 2007

Thursday, December 20, 2007

The Verdict is in: Your 30 Year "Fixed" Mortgage is NOT fixed.....

The Verdict is in: Your 30 Year "Fixed" Mortgage is NOT fixed.....

I was one of those "company men" that worked and still does work for a Large commercially well known Mortgage Bank....I was set in my Ways of how I thought things worked or were supposed to work in regards to Institutional lending....I am your "typical" type A personality that thought I had it ALL figured out...


I was Blown away when this finally sunk in....Be prepared to be shocked...continue reading....

"The Asher Institute for Consumers is a non-profit consumer advocacy organization that was formed in 2003 to educate and inform consumers about various issues so they can make informed decisions in regards to finances, banking and mortgages. The 25 page article, a.k.a. consumer guide, they wrote is entitled, "Profiting from the Banking Industry's Biggest Secret."

We will show how the mortgage profit game works and how consumers are misled into making a decision that ends up costing them their single best opportunity to be wealthy.

The Truth about the 30-Year Fixed Loan

When it comes to mortgages, most consumers are fairly knowledgeable and are able to choose between the various loan products available and select the one that best fits their needs and risk tolerance. The most highly promoted and most sought after loan is the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage.

Why? Because consumers like the stability of a low fixed rate and a low fixed payment. However, the Asher Institute revealed some shocking truths about the 30-year fixed that stunned both consumers and mortgage industry experts alike.

The Asher Institute found that only one of the two reasons consumers like the 30-year fixed mortgage was actually true.

Which one is false?
The part about the interest rate being fixed. Contrary to public opinion, the interest rate on a 30-year fixed rate mortgage is actually an ADJUSTABLE RATE MORTGAGE and the rate consumers are paying on them is much, much higher than they could ever imagine.

The rate is so high, in fact, that it completely blocks the average consumer's path to financial freedom.

In a couple of pages, you'll see an Amortization Schedule for an average American conforming loan, a $150,000 30-year loan at a "fixed" interest rate of just 6.0%. The Amortization Schedule shows how the loan really works.

Here are some of the facts gleamed from the Amortization Schedule:
Each year the consumer pays $10,792 but a different portion of that total gets credited to Principal and to Interest.

It takes 19 years before just half of the payment goes to Principal.

It takes 24 years before 2/3 of the monthly payment goes to Principal.

After 10 years, 84% of the starting balance is still owed.

After 21 years, half of the starting balance is still owed. (At that point, the consumer will have paid $226,800 with only $75,000 of it going to Principal.)
Amortization Schedule

1............$8,949.89...........$ 1,842.02..........$148,157.98
3............$8,715.66...........$ 2,076.25..........$144,126.11
6............$8,307.30...........$ 2,484.61..........$137,096.93
9............$7,818.63...........$ 2,973.28..........$128,685.25
12...........$7,233.84...........$ 3,558.07..........$118,619.16
15...........$6,534.04...........$ 4,257.87..........$106,573.27
18...........$5,696.60...........$ 5,095.31..........$ 92,158.18
21...........$4,694.45...........$ 6,097.45..........$ 74,907.92
24...........$3,495.20...........$ 7,296.71..........$ 54,264.88
27...........$2,060.08...........$ 8,731.83..........$ 29,561.75
30...........$ 342.70...........$10,449.21..........$ 0.00

The numbers are heavily skewed in favor of the lender because they are designed to be. It's due to something most consumers are familiar with - front-end load interest.
The result of this system is that the lender collects their interest first, up front. Seems fair, right? But, the Asher Institute also found that the front-end load completely throws off the fixed interest rate schedule.

Look at Year 1. The consumer pays $10,792 ($899.33x12) but only $1842 of it gets credited back to Principal.

What if this house was sold after the first year? Would it seem like 6.0% interest rate was paid? Look at what happens if we were to sell after 9 years. The consumer will have paid $97,128 but less than $21,315 will have gone to Principal. That's not a 6.0% interest rate!
The same holds true for a longer period of time like 21 and 24 years.

So if a 30-year fixed mortgage loan is kept for even 1 month less than 30 years, the rate consumers really wind up paying is higher. How much higher?

The Asher Institute came up with a formula, called the "Effective Rate Formula", that reveals what the real interest rate would be if a front-end load loan was kept for less than the entire 30-year term.

When they applied this formula to the sample 6.0% 30-year loan, the results were scary:

After 25 years, the consumer would have paid almost $270K, with only $104K in loan equity. The actual rate paid would be 9.43%, not 6.0%!

After 20 years, the effective actual rate paid would be 14.82%

Holding on to that low 6.0% interest rate for 10 years would result in paying an actual 43.48% interest rate!

Holding it for 3 years yields an actual 182% rate

1 year --> a 580% rate! <--

Hundreds of consumers and mortgage industry experts were informally polled with the following question:

If you held a 6.0% 30-year fixed-rate loan for 7 years, considering that the interest is front-end loaded and you're not waiting the 30 years, what rate do you think you'd really wind up paying?

The responses given by consumers were what spurred the Asher Institute to develop their consumer guide. Without fail, each consumer and expert guessed between 8% and 12% with an occasional high guess of "triple" which would represent 18%.

The guesses were logical but so far off that it was clear that a major misconception existed!
It was also clear that these numbers had never been disclosed to consumers. No one had ever heard of an "Effective Rate Formula" - it seemed like consumers were aware that mortgage interest is front-end loaded but no one realized exactly how front-end loaded it really is.

Due to the interest rate being front-end loaded, the rate becomes ADJUSTABLE based upon how long the loan is kept. On a 6.0% 30-year fixed, the low "fixed" 6.0% Note Rate is the absolute MINIMUM rate the consumer will pay.

Even though the monthly payment is fixed, the consumer may wind up paying as much as a 580% interest rate, thereby actually making this fixed-rate mortgage an Adjustable Rate Mortgage.
The banks have been relying upon consumers to concentrate on the fact that it will all even out 30 years later. But who keeps the same mortgage, let alone the same house, for 30 years? Nationally, homeowners keep their mortgages for 5 years on average.

Millions of consumers believe that the 30-year mortgage is a smart home loan with many benefits.
But that belief has been very costly - Americans have been standing in line to sign up for loans that are the equivalent of giant credit cards with APR's well over 100%!

Found at: http://lasvegas.craigslist.org/rnr/515488387.html

Monday, December 17, 2007

Looking for a soulmate? Date me first! - w4m

That's right, I'm offering to be the primer for the love of your life. Come one, come all! I am currently running a 92% success rate. If you are looking to be married or domestically partnered, date me first, and you are assured to find your soul mate as soon as we break up! Current data has shown that the more intense we get, the more quickly you will find that special someone...so don't hold back!

HELPFUL HINTS: From analyzing 15 years of accurate data (verifiable by friends and family), the following may be helpful:

1. Practice makes perfect. Please use phrases like "I want to spend the rest of my life with you" and "I want you to have my children". Studies 3, 7, and 12 demonstrate a 100% success rate with this practice run alone!

2. Introduce me to your family. Studies have shown (1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 9, 11, and 12) that odds increase when you bring me home to meet your gene pool. Bonus points include having a mother whose Hummel collection I can admire, taking me to a wedding where I can dance the Chicken Dance, and having an incredibly creepy family member who likes to stare at my breasts.

3. Have a tragic past (1, 3, 5, 6, and 10). I am proficient at sitting quietly, gently stroking your back, while you sob about a.) your parent's divorce, b.) your inability to find meaning in your life, c.) past relationships (pictures a plus!), and d.) abuse in any way, shape, or form...most successful in this arena has been the ambiguous lone sexual interaction with a distant relative (see 2).

So that's right, folks...all you men looking for a soul-mate, I AM your answer. I will guarantee an earnest, naive belief that you either love me "like you've never loved anyone before" or that you've actually "never really been in love before now".

I will patiently buy into your confusion while you slowly fall in love with a.) your child's ballet teacher, b.) your ex-wife, c.) the woman who works at the used bookstore where you obsessively buy Cheever hardbacks, or d.) your Tai Chi instructor. These, of course, are just a few examples of the many potential soulmates towards whom you can rebound after (or before) leaving me!

With a 92% success rate, you are almost GUARANTEED to find your sweetie. And if you act now, I will throw in an offer to actually BE FRIENDS with you after we break up - that's right, just picture it - you, me, and the love of your life can all go to the movies! What more could you want? There's someone out there just waiting for you to date me.

Source: http://lasvegas.craigslist.org/msr/512225813.html

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Saturday, December 8, 2007

The Aptera typ-1

I need to get one of these!!

Friday, December 7, 2007

Leaving Las Vegas

Yeah! It's about time! While Vegas is a fun place to visit, it's a terrible place to live. Of course I'll still come back for conventions and to dance. BYE-BYE!!!!

:-) :-)

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

If you could see into the future

If you could see into the future, would you make a preemptive strike against someone you knew was going to screw you over?

I wouldn't. Most people probably would.