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Avon 39 - The Walk to End Breast Cancer

Once again, I was honored to be a part of the Avon Walk To End Breast Cancer in Santa Barbara.  Since this walk started in 1992 the event has raised over $600,000,000 for the cause.  The funds are funneled by the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade to local and national organizations that help women and men, regardless of their ability to pay for treatment, get the breast cancer health care they need. These programs provide funds for accelerated breast cancer research and improve access to screening, diagnosis, treatment, and education.

In Economic News...

The LA Times had a lot of good economic news in the Saturday 8/5 paper.  The US jobless rate drop to 4.3% in July from 4.9% in July of 2016.  We added 209,000 net new jobs during that period.  In addition, the unemployment rate dropped to 4.3%  in July which is a 16 year low!  They also pointed out that the average hourly wage is up 2.5%



Have you ever noticed that it seems no matter what stage our economy is in, most of the news is BAD news?  I believe the old adage about “bad news sells” is true.  Most people would agree that we are in the beginnings of a recession recovery.  Yet, the news seems to always talk about the negative: the new jobs are not as high paying as the ones lost, most sections of the economy are looking good, but there may be a bubble looming, etc.




I’m a great fan of old movies.  I think I got hooked when I had to take a class on the history of cinema in college.  I’m sure just about everyone has seen “It’s A Wonderful Life” at Christmas time or “The Wizard of Oz” when they were young.  I have grown to love the station Turner Classic Movies.  I love being able to watch all the oldies but goodies.