LSU Football Season Could Be Canceled

LSU Football Season Could Be Canceled

I will never forget. Parents took me on a long summer road trip that spanned almost two week in our terrible mini-van. Visited well over a dozen schools I might one day attend for grad school. Not sure why we visited most of them, Duke or Auburn (just to name a few), since it seemed almost forgone thing I’d go to LSU as my father had.

It is at times hard to explain to people what my time in that place meant to me. My time in Red Stick, and that is the meaning of Baton Rouge, could not have been better. I could go on for hours about how important this city and university was to me.

When I was born my father was finishing his PhD under T. Harry Williams. Go Google that. He won a Pulitzer Prize for his book on Huey Long. Mom worked for Edwin Edwards in the Capital. I so love Baton Rouge. But the level of corruption was hard to put your mind around. I thought my state of Illinois was fucked up, but Louisiana is worse.

In a bizarre headline:

Louisiana Is Broke, And Now The Governor Is Threatening To Cancel LSU Football

Louisiana has no money. The state is currently operating with a $940 million budget deficit that is set to balloon to $2 billion in the next fiscal year. Not only could the football season be canned the University itself is in danger of going bankrupt.

The flagship university of the State is close to closing, all because former governor Bobby Jindal thought that massive tax cuts, as Republicans always so and it never happens, would trickle down.

Now newly elected Governor John Bel Edwards is left to clean up the mess left by Jindal. He has no easy choices.

Buckle-up Garden Gnome

Buckle-up Garden Gnome

So I just finish having lunch with my parents in a strip mall. I head down to a Sears Hardware store to see if they can match the paint color in my home office. My mom and dad step into a thrift store. About 10 minutes later I head to the car and see this. A huge Garden Gnome in the backseat of the car, blanket wrapped around it and with the seat beat. You might think my parents just have a great sense of humor and this was a joke. It was not!

P.T. Barnum’s 20 Rules for Making Money

In 1880 P.T. Barnum published a book of rules for making money called The Art of Money Getting. Here are the 20 rules from the book:Th

1. Don’t mistake your vocation
2. Select the right location
3. Avoid debt
4. Persevere
5. Whatever you do, do it with all your might
6. Depend upon your own personal exertions
7. Use the best tools
8. Don’t get above your business
9. Learn something useful
10. Let hope predominate but be not too visionary
11. Do not scatter your powers
12. Be systematic
13. Read the newspapers
14. Beware of “outside operations”
15. Don’t indorse without security
16. Advertise your business
17. Be polite and kind to your customers
18. Be charitable
19. Don’t blab
20. Preserve your integrity

I was a little surprised, you can actually still buy the book.