Odds&ends

As a consumer reporter I’m always giving advice (actually advice from the experts) on how to spend and save money.  I was filling out the FAFSA (federal aid for college) tonight.  Talk about confusing.  No wonder the government is, and always has been, a mess.  I didn’t get any aid last year, and won’t again this year.  The middle-class gets hosed.  Sorry.  That’s my rant for the day.

Does teaching abstinence to kids work?  Apparently, according to a study.  Washington Post reports: “Only about a third of sixth- and seventh-graders who completed an abstinence-focused program started having sex within the next two years, researchers found. Nearly half of the students who attended other classes, including ones that combined information about abstinence and contraception, became sexually active.

The findings are the first clear evidence that an abstinence program could work.”

Had a great time at the annual “Taste of Tulsa” last Saturday night.  It’s Big Brothers and Sisters’ black-tie fundraiser auction.  I’ve emceed it going on nearly ten years now.  It’s always one of my favorite events of the year to emcee or host.   We didn’t know really how many would show up because of the snow/ice storm, but between 700-800 were there.  My son Jacob and three of his friends crashed the event and stuffed themselves.

Today Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow, meaning six more weeks of winter.  How accurate is the groundhog?  Apparently, not very.  He’s been right only 39 percent of the time in the past 100+ years.   But it’s tough forecasting the weather six weeks out.  Just ask any meteorologist.

That’s all.

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