by John Walters

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Starting Five

Bring On The Nastros

Our guy D.J. LeMahieu ended an heroic 10-pitch at-bat in the top of the 9th inning with an opposite field two-run game-tying homer. Then in the bottom of the 9th with two-outs Yankee closer Aroldis Chapman gave up a home run to Jose Altuve to end the season.

Aaron Judge called the season a “complete failure” and he’s correct. And hopefully the Yankees will learn and move on from Edwin Encarnacion and Giancarlo Stanton (impossible, I know) and maybe even Gary Sanchez. Also, they need an ace on the mound.

Nats-Astros will at least give us outstanding pitching match-ups with Gerrit Cole vs. Max Scherzer followed by Justin Verlander vs. Stephen Strasburg.

Champaign Nirvana

One of the better sports photos of the year

This is what NFL types will never understand about college football: Illinois has no shot at “the playoffs” but who cares? On Saturday a bunch of 18-22 year-olds overcame being 30.5-point underdogs and beat No. 6 Wisconsin thanks to a last-second game-winning 39-yard field goal by the dude above (James McCourt). Illinois trailed by 9 points with under 6 minutes to play but then a TD followed by an interception at midfield gave them the chance they needed.

Illini coach Lovie Smith is an easy dude to love and no one on the Illinois team will ever forget what they did and overcame Saturday. And that’s why Saturday rules.

Pompous Pompeo

With so many blustering and deceitful egos to choose from (Mick Mulvaney, the president, Stephen Miller, etc.), no one in the Trump administration comes off as more imperious and pompous and if-these-cameras-were-off-I’d-choke-you-out than Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. I truly wonder why he ever sits for a single interview.

Above, Pompeo sits with News4 pro Nancy Amons out of Nashville. Go to the end of the interview. You can just see the rage seething just below the surface.

Meanwhile, as many have said since Mick Mulvaney’s presser last Thursday, no three words better describe the Trump administration’s cavalier attitude toward democracy, toward the rule of law, toward ethics and toward the Constitution than “GET OVER IT.” It should be Trump’s 2020 campaign slogan if he is still in office. “GET OVER IT.” We’re going to do whatever it takes to remain in power, to make sure America wins, to keep rich men in white power. Get over it.

Was It The ROY Bus, Though?

Clemson coach Dabo Swinney likes to joke that for years Alabama rode in one vehicle and the rest of college football rode in the “Rest Of Y’all” or ROY Bus. On Saturday Tiger defensive back Andrew Booth had to ride a bus home after the team’s 45-10 win at Louisville, a 450-mile journey.

Booth was kept off the team plane as punishment for throwing this punch, above. He news ejected from the game and Swinney opted to give him some good ol’ fashioned discipline by making him ride the team bus home.

Where The Buffalo Roam

I mean, it’s a start. Good to see.

Music 101

Now You See It

We were watching the 1942 film This Gun’s For Hire (TCM’s “Noir Alley” pick) late Saturday/early Sunday and came across this little Veronica Lake number in the midst of the movie. Lake was only 4’11” and like her co-star in this film, Alan Ladd, would die at the age of 50. Lake battled alcoholism and in her later years worked as a waitress in a cocktail lounge in midtown Manhattan (note: we are not alcoholics and are over 50) under an assumed name.

4 thoughts on “IT’S ALL HAPPENING!

  1. Query about your most recent tweet – you don’t think 15% (roughly) of Millennials have $100k saved? I dunno. The oldest Ms are 36-37 I think & from various money blogs I read (mostly the FIRE type), there’s a chunk that make 6 figures before they even hit 30, I’d say probably 15%. 🙂

    BTW, I’ve always disagreed with that table referenced in the article – unless you plan on living out your retirement OUTSIDE the USA (or in the poorest US states), to say you only need 8 times your final yearly income is delusional or at the very least, projects a very restricted retirement income that will be decimated by inflation in 15-20 years. For example, say you make $75k & retire this year at 65. They’re saying all you need is $600k? HAH! What you’ll spend out-of-pocket on health care will cost close to $200k & that’s not counting LTC (long term care). Sure, if you’ll get a FEDERAL pension that will pay you at least of third of your final pay PLUS that 8-times-final-income nest egg, you’ll probably be fine, but less than 20% of those not yet retired will get one of those & the number goes down every year. IMHO, that nest egg should be at least 20 times (I’m personally shooting for 30) final yearly income unless a severe restriction in expenses is planned.

    In other money mewsings, I was remembering today that I bought a little more of AAPL back in the Spring of 2016 at $90/share. It had progressively gone down the 1st 5 months of that year & at the time, almost every article on CNBC, Marketwatch, Yahoo Finance, etc all blared “APPLE’S GROWTH STORY IS OV-UH!” so I did wonder a bit if I was making a mistake. Seems I’ve done alright. 🙂 Too bad ALL my stock picks have not gone as well. Sigh.

    • If you make > $100K under 30 you almost certainly went to grad school which means you are in even more debt which means you are less likely to have saved $100k. That % seems high to me.

      • Well, it is backed up by 19th Annual Transamerica Retirement Survey, which actually states that 22% of Millennials have at least $100k saved. (Yes, I, uh, read 132 page reports like this for fun. Every year. I’m a money nerd, alright?!).

        On the other hand, I think I read something like 45% of Millennials think “WINNING THE LOTTERY” is their “retirement plan”. 😉

  2. I should warn you & all MH readers that almost every time I mention (here) one of my stocks that has done well, it proceeds to plummet within a few weeks. LIKE CLOCKWORK!

    Apparently, this “magic touch” has now branched off to “touch” other holdings. One of my loser stocks announced today they will DELIST in early November. This was NOT expected! The stock TODAY is down more than 60%! “Luckily”, my quuiiite hefty paper loss on that stock had ALREADY left me numb, so today’s cliff-jump barely registers. AND, now I’ll HAVE to sell & declare the loss which I needed to do on one of my losers for tax purposes this year anyway & I couldn’t decide which one & this takes care of that! Er, silver lining? Oh, ok, LEAD lining. Plus, one of the great things about diversifying is that you don’t put TOO much into any one stock. Still, it stings! Excuse me while I reach for a tissue. BWAH!

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