The View From The Golden Dome

Views on the week's events plus some of mine.

Les Berman Weekly 12/8 Anniversaries. Shocking Discovery. Capital Punishment and much more.

Happy Anniversary ! There has to be something going on this week that is worth commemorating .. good , bad, or just worth noting. But the best was the headline from the Science Recorder last week.

243 Million Year Old Dinosaur Discovered in London Museum. Yes, we all have the same question – where was it hiding? And I want to know what it was eating while it was hiding. I mean, really, it must have left some evidence that it was there ! Did it clean up after itself? And does Scotland Yard have any reports of missing persons? So many questions… and so few answers…

Hard to believe that it was around this time in 1972 – that’s 40 years ago – that the last man walked on the moon. It was President Kennedy that moved the space program forward. I remember watching live TV when Neil Armstrong stepped out onto the moon. What I didn’t ask at the time was the names of the guys working the cameras at the time. Think about it ! Someone had to be doing the camera work ! Who was it? I wonder if we’ll ever get that answer?

And back in 1917, the City of Halifax, Nova Scotia (that’s on the Canadian east coast) was nearly obliterated when two munitions ships collided in the harbor. More than 1600 people were killed. And of course, it was 71 years ago that the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor.

Of course, there were other notable anniversaries at this time of the year. It was 60 years ago that the iconicChevrolet Corvette first came off the assembly line. I had always wanted one but I never got there. I don’t remember if I have ever driven one, or even had a ride in one. I do remember other great automotive moments though.

I remember being in my 1971 Datsun 510 4 door sedan, and on either side of me, on the street, was a Rolls Royce. How ironic was that? A $1700 Japanese car, essentially, as I used to say, made out of rice paper, sandwiched between two of THOSE automobiles.. I thought that was really cool. And I also remember my first ride in a Rolls. I tried so hard to act nonchalant. Failure!

Funny that the importance of the vehicle is not as important to me as it was 25 – 30 years ago. And having been at the LA Auto Show this last weekend, it seems that the cars mostly looked the same. No Ferraris, Lamborghinis, or Maserattis. I did comment, when I was looking at one car, that I never would have guessed that I would be looking at a vehicle made in Korea as well as one made in Detroit. There were so many models there.. and there were a lot of cars too.

And the big anniversary that we should have celebrated last week, and please raise your glass, was the end of Prohibition. I wonder if any of the G-men lamented the destruction of all of those barrels of whiskey and more, in the years when the drink was forbidden.

And in 1992, Neil Papworth developed something that has evolved into a total phenomenon. He sent the first text message. It may be worth noting that in June 2012, approximately 184.3 billion text messages were sent in the US, up a little since the 28.9 billion just five years earlier. Now those of us who are of ancient years may be amazed by these numbers. However, an analyst has reported that people are now using email from their smart phones and text messages actually declined. There are so many alternatives now.

That’s almost funny – alternatives. All these doctors who prepared themselves for surgical repair of muscular thumbs – what will they do now? And I have to admit that I have decided to embrace Twitter on my cell phone. Note please that I said “I have decided”. I just have to find a 7 year old who can show me how to do it !

And one of my favorite missives of the week said “I’m not saying there should be a capital punishment for stupidity, but why don’t we just take the safety labels off of everything and let the problem solve itself?”

I wonder what it takes, sometimes, to convince people to look after themselves. I’m finding that some people can’t get out of their own way. I’m sure that you have also found that to be true, in differing circumstances. I wrote some weeks ago, about some people, who, when shown, how they could save $140,000 on their mortgage payments, opted to do nothing. These savings would have been on a mortgage of $320,000. They could qualify for the loans very easily.

And the other day, I received an enquiry from someone referred to me. His initial statement was that he didn’t want to do anything for six months. I ran some numbers for him and told him, that based upon the information he gave me, I could save him about $800 per month in payments. We started the process the next day.

There is a simple lesson here. The lesson is one word “ASK”. Ask me if you can save money. Ask about values. Ask what can be done in your situation. 818.305.4695 is the ASK number.

Remember what your parents told you. If you don’t ask, you don’t get. When you ask me, you will always get an answer. It may not be the answer you want, but you will have the information. It’s your call.818.305.4695 is the ASK number !

It’s not too early to wish you and yours the best of the holiday season and of course, a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year.

Have a better week !



Q:  Why are people in the public eye said to be ‘in the limelight’?

A:  Invented in 1825, limelight was used in lighthouses and theaters by burning a cylinder of lime, which produced a brilliant light. In the theater, a performer ‘in the limelight’ was the centre of attention.

Q: Why is someone who is feeling great ‘on cloud nine’?

A: Types of clouds are numbered according to the altitudes they attain, with nine being the highest cloud. If someone is said to be on cloud nine, that person is floating well above worldly cares.

Q: In golf, where did the term ‘caddie’ come from?

A. When Mary Queen of Scots went to France as a young girl, Louis, King of France , learned that she loved the Scots game ‘golf.’ So he had the first course outside of Scotland built for her enjoyment. To make sure she was properly chaperoned (and guarded) while she played, Louis hired cadets from a military school to accompany her. Mary liked this a lot and, when returned to Scotland (not a very good idea in the long run), she took the practice with her. In French, the word cadet is pronounced ‘ca-day’ and the Scots changed it into ‘caddie’.

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 Les Berman CMC
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