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Osama Bin Laden is Dead (and Personal Finance Links)

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I can't very well ignore the news about Osama Bin Laden and write about the royal wedding or the NFL draft today. This news has consumed me like few other events in my lifetime. I didn't even stay as glued to the television during 9/11 - I had to get out and walk around. I didn't stay glued to the election that went all night - I knew it would be sorted out eventually. This feels differently newsworthy. I think it's because it's one of the few pieces of news that everyone seems happy about. There are some folks who are more tempered and reflective and to a large degree I share that. It's not like this is the end of terrorism. I'm sure that every news and commentary outlet has covered everything that can possible said... I don't have much more to add.

I made a big deal out of the NFL draft over the weekend. As potentially the only run football activity that may happen for some time, it was a particularly important time for me. The dreams of many men came true that day and football fans everywhere are rejuvenated with hope. The days where I can tease Gen X Finance's Jeremy Vohwinkle about his Lions likely came to an end.

I made some draft predictions on Thursday before the draft on what my hometown team, the New England Patriots would do. I missed about as badly as every professional prognosticator in thinking that the Patriots would draft someone on defense to boost the front 7. They avoided them like the plague until the 6th round. Coach Bill Belichick suggested that with everyone focused on those players, it freed up top players at the other positions that they took. That makes some sense. Those who wear rose-colored glasses could make an argument that the Patriots got 4 first round quality players in Solder, Dowling, Mallett, and Cannon. Mallett and Cannon were projected to be 2nd rounders, but fell down the draft due to character issues and a (treatable) cancer diagnosis respectively. It has been a polarizing draft for analyst to judge since most agree they got talent, but not necessarily at positions they needed it at. Sporting News gave them an A+ and FoxSports gave them a D. Over the next three years or so, we'll find out who was right. This is part of the reason the NFL draft is interesting.

Before I get to the links, I suggest you come back later today for a little contest. I'm going to give you a chance to invest some of my money. The person who comes up with the best idea that I actually use, with get $25 in some form (Paypal, Amazon or Ebay gift card, I haven't decided).

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3 Responses to “Osama Bin Laden is Dead (and Personal Finance Links)”

  1. “Before I get to the links, I suggest you come back later today for a little contest. I’m going to give you a chance to invest some of my money. The person who comes up with the best idea that I actually use, with get $25 in some form (Paypal, Amazon or Ebay gift card, I haven’t decided).”

    My suggestion is that you give away the $25 in the form of gold. It’s the absolute perfect asset, as it’s a hedge against inflation and the evils of fiat currency, yadda yadda yadda …

    Do I win? :)

  2. I can relate to your feeling reflective about this weekend’s news. But on the whole – I’m happy about it. A lot of Americans gave their lives (and limbs) in the fight against terrorism. Let’s hope they all feel a little better about their sacrifices today.

    How about buying a website or two? I’ve been checking out Flippa (a website and domain marketplace). Plenty of them are “absentee owner” type sites. Just a thought (no, I’m not a shill for Flippa – just a frequent visitor of late.) Then donate a small percentage of your investment to the USO in honor of our service men and women as homage to their fight in a successful victory within the war on terror.

    • Lazy Man says:

      I’m too busy with the stable of websites that I already have without buying new ones :-). If you are volunteering to manage them… ;-).

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