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Starting Music for Valentine's Day 2022

Happy Valentine’s Day, NE Ohio and the rest of the world! It’s Monday, Feb. 14th –the 45th day of the year. Here in the Hall of Fame city, we have sunny skies to start the day, with a low of 9 degrees Fahrenheit earlier this morning. Our forecast high is 22 later this afternoon. We saw 0.04” of precipitation and 0.90” of snowfall yesterday/overnight. Nonetheless, the recorded overnight snow depth dropped 1.00” to approximately 3.00”. Winds are relatively calm out of the NW at 0 to 5 mph, barometric pressure is up slightly at 30.26, and the humidity has jumped up to 80% (guess what’s coming).

The sun came up 2 minutes earlier than yesterday at 7:20 a.m. and will set 2 min. later than yesterday at 17:59 hours. The moon is still waxing gibbous (95.3%) and will be out again at 15:52 hours. It set earlier this morning at 6:32 a.m.

This morning I removed 8,354 trackers (mostly social media and advertising) from my PC. This is the real cause of internet lag and slow connections. It’s an endless source of frustration for me knowing how fast and amazing our technology would be without all the background tracking and bloatware.

On this day in 1747, James Bradley (astronomer) put forth his discovery of the Earth’s wobble on its axis. In 1803, any acts by Congress that conflict with the Constitution become void as officially declared by U.S. Chief Justice John Marshall. In 1931, our obsession with vampires begins with the first film depiction (“Dracula”) of one by Bela Lugosi. In 1962, First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy conducts a popular TV tour of the White House. In 1967 Aretha “Queen of Soul” Franklin records the song of the year, “Respect”, and 4 years ago Shaun White won his unprecedented 3rd Olympic Half-Pipe Gold Medal.

Today’s birthdays include Frederick Douglas (abolitionist, lecturer, editor), Christopher Latham Sholes (QWERTY keyboard inventor), Mickey Wright (LPGA), actor Simon Pegg (I thoroughly enjoyed his portrayal of Scotty in the Star Trek reboot movies), and Rob Thomas who fronted Matchbox 20 before becoming a successful solo act.

Moving on to sports –tonight I’ll be rooting for the Ohio State Buckeyes (NCAA Women’s basketball) vs. the Illinois Fighting Illini and Team USA in the Winter Olympics. Yesterday/last night the Stars got blanked by the Avalanche, the Mean Green Ladies beat the Lady Owls, the Bengals lost a close, entertaining game to the Rams, and Team USA won a few more medals!

Here are the results at the close of Friday’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). I’ve added NOA to my portfolio, and replaced it on my watch list with Vimeo (VMEO).

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

VMEO –no stats yet

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

No change in my portfolio due to it being the weekend, and the Minds coins cryptocurrency (based on Ethereum) was down this morning -$0.01 to $2.07/coin; -$25.16/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 a Rob Thomas/Santana collaboration –“Smooth” from the album “Supernatural” (1999). This was the last #1 song of the 90s, and the first #1 of the new millennium. It wound up winning the following 3 Grammy Awards: Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals. For me, though, that entire album is one that I can play all the way through without hitting “skip” for any of the songs.

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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