One drop leads to another?

One thing I have never understood is that when gas prices drop, the stock market also drops.

It seems to me it should be exactly the opposite, because according to what I have read, when gasoline prices at the pump drop like they have now, folks have about $100 billion more to put back into the economy.

I would think this occurring would have a very positive effect on sales in all categories as petroleum is woven into just about everything that is made and delivered.


And the stock market just hit the 18,000 mark for the first time last week. It is no wonder to me either, as where else can you put any money these days and make a return? Interest on savings amounts to just a bit more than nil.

The thing that works the best is to buy low and sell higher?almost every time.


The end of the year is a great time for me and it is especially great now. It is a time when you can look back and see what you have done and also look forward and plan what you want to do in the coming year.


This past year was a great one for me and very significant for my days ahead.

I made the decision to sell my interest in the Free Press and the entire company to Joey and Lindsey Young. It was eight months ago that I transferred ownership, and I can say I am extremely pleased with my decision.

Steps have been taken all along to transfer some of my duties to others in the company who have shown they are very capable of taking my place. It is gratifying to see this happening.

I see my involvement in the newspaper declining each month. Eventually, I will be writing my column and maybe batting cleanup if there is a need to do so.

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.


This may shock you, but I realized only recently that the ?f? and ?j? keys on the computer keyboard have little raised knobs on them so when you place your hands to type you will be at the right position. This is really helpful. I presume everyone else in the world already knew this.


It was great talking with our children and grandchildren on Christmas Day via Google Hangouts and cell phone. The Atlanta kids were via video and the Bend, Ore., kids via cell phone. (I guess that was because we had just seen them last month).


I became a Shocker basketball fan for the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic just in time to jinx them into losing the championship game. You start believing they will never lose and then it happens.

I think the lesson here is that no team can win all of its games, even though it is expected.

If you wish to share your comments or ideas, my e-mail address is joel@

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