Tuesday, June 7, 2011

D-Day Special Event & A Little QQB Fun!

1 - The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 2.3% last week; that's five weeks in a row that stocks have been down, and the market is off 5% from its recent high in May. But a news story by Reuters indicates that most investors are more cautious than panicked.

The recent slew of unsettling news -- weak jobs data, government debt squabbles, European debt problems, and unrest in the Middle East, among others -- has been building for some time. We need to understand that our economic problems are not over. Things will likely be rocky for some time to come. As is always the case, we need to be vigilant an continue to work our plan.

2 - Before we get too caught up in 2011's problems, we should consider what it must have been like to live through a real life-or-death struggle. Today is the 67th anniversary of D-Day, and along with the Tryon American Legion post, we are saying "thank you" to local World War II veterans by screening The Longest Day. The movie is a re-enactment of D-Day; it stars John Wayne, Henry Fonda, Richard Burton, Robert Mitchum, and nearly every other male actor who was famous in 1962. The show starts at 1:30pm on the big screen in the Depot Room. If you can, come spend the afternoon with us while we honor a few members of the Greatest Generation.

3 - This week also marks the Blue Ridge BBQ Festival's 17th anniversary. This is the biggest community event in Polk County, and I, along with hundreds of others, will be volunteering yet again. On Friday night (which is also graduation at Polk County High), up-and-coming country music artist Chuck Wicks will perform, and it looks like my parking crew may have a challenge on its hands. At least I hope so.

Have a cool week!



Ike talks with troops before sending them into harm's way on June 6, 1944.

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