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Starting Music for Saturday, Feb. 12, 2022

Good morning, NE Ohio and the rest of the world! It’s Saturday, Feb. 12th –the 43rd day of the year. Here in the Hall of Fame city, we have cloudy skies to start the day, with an expected low of 19 degrees Fahrenheit tonight. Our high was 39 earlier this morning. We saw a 0.08” of precipitation and a trace of snowfall yesterday and overnight. The recorded overnight snow depth is still approximately 6.00”, but it is now sheen with a top layer of ice. Winds are out of the N at 5 to 15 mph, barometric pressure is now up at 30.09, and the humidity increased slightly to 76%.

The sun came up 1 minute earlier than yesterday at 7:23 a.m. and will set 1 min. later than yesterday at 17:56 hours. The moon is still waxing gibbous (84.7%) and will be out again at 13:56 hours. It set early this morning at 4:59 a.m.

On this day in 2000, “America’s Coach” Tom Landry passed away at the age of 75. Although I’m a hardcore Cleveland Browns fan these days, I actually grew up a Dallas Cowboys fan, got a one-year subscription to their monthly newsletter as a birthday present for a couple of years (my Mom was awesome!), and even worked at the old TX Stadium during their Superbowl runs in the mid-90s.

I became a fan at a young age after visiting the Hall of Fame here in Canton with my uncle. This was shortly after their Superbowl XII triumph over the Denver Broncos. I wasn’t paying a lot of attention to sports yet, and neither my dad or step-dad were big sports fans, but I noticed a lot of Cowboys stuff around, so I was kind of interested.

Anyway, that year they were showing a film with Queen’s newly released “We Are the Champions” dubbed over a film of the Cowboys winning the Superbowl, and I was hooked. When we went to the gift shop afterward, my uncle said I could get something. We were standing near the Browns stuff. Well, I wandered down a bit and saw some Cowboys wristbands that I thought would be cool for riding around on my bike. My uncle just shrugged and let me get them, and thus began my Cowboys fandom. I still held all of my uncles in high regard, though, so the Browns would become my second-favorite team.

The Cowboys remained my number one team until, ironically, I was living in the Dallas area and saw how fair-weathered most of the local fans were. If the Cowboys weren’t having a good season, attendance dropped and people would root for some other team enjoying success, or just pay more attention to something else. I knew that was something you would never see here in The ‘Land, and so my allegiances were flipped. I still root for the ol’ Cowpokes, but these days my sports heart is definitely with my hometown teams. Cleveland Rocks!

Today’s birthdays include President (16th) Abraham Lincoln, assassinated because he believed all men are created equal and should have equal rights. A man working for the greater good assassinated by a man with self-interest ahead of all else. {SMH} Other birthdays include the legendary Bill Russell (NBA), Cleveland’s own Arsenio Hall (comedian/actor/talk show host), and actress Christina Ricci (Wednesday in The Addams Family reboot franchise).

Moving on to sports -today is a full slate! I’ll be rooting for the Cleveland Cavaliers (NBA) vs. Philadelphia 76ers, the Dallas Mavericks (NBA) vs. the Los Angeles Clippers, The Columbus Blue Jackets (NHL) vs. the Montreal Canadiens, the #16 Ohio State Buckeyes (NCAA Men’s Basketball) vs. the Michigan Wolverines, The SMU Mustangs vs. the East Carolina Pirates, the North Texas Mean Green vs. the Rice Owls, and Team USA in the Winter Olympics. Last night, the Cavs beat the Pacers, the Stars won in OT (vs. the Jets) -much like the Blue Jackets the previous night, the Golden Flashes got by the Zips, and Team USA saw mixed results again, but did add to their medal count!

Here are the results at the close of yesterday’s markets for my itty-bitty (but growing!) portfolio and the stocks that I’m watching (Overall refers to “since I’ve been tracking daily since mid-January).

MTCH -$1.64/share; -$3.08/share overall

NOA +$0.36/share; +$0.66/share overall

T (AT&T) -$0.12/share; -$1.08/share overall

My portfolio was mixed (DIS was down; MJ was up), and the Minds coins cryptocurrency (based on Ethereum) was down this morning -$0.06 to $2.07/coin; -$25.15/coin overall.

Check out Stockpile for traditional shares because you can order by a dollar amount instead of whole shares and build from there.

Well, that’s a wrap. I’ll be starting the day off with the next song in my playlist –“Eyes Without A Face” by Billy Idol from his 2nd album “Rebel Yell” (1983). The song includes the chorus sung back-and-forth between French “Les yeux sans visage” and English. The song refers to the French film with the same title.

Remember, Fear is the Mind-Killer, Don’t Panic, Keep Your Head Right with Ball, and May God be gracious to you and bless you and make His face shine upon you.


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