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Warren Says:

The other day, I read a piece on Warren Buffett. It outlined his ten steps to success. I listed them here in case anyone else wants to be worth $62 billion other than me.

I (of course) editorialized to make it practical for the "common" man.
1. Reinvest Your Profits: When you first make money, you may be tempted to spend it. Don't. Instead, reinvest the profits. Warren Buffett learned this early on. In high school, he and a pal bought a pinball machine to put in a barbershop. With the money they earned, they bought more machines until they had eight in different shops. When the friends sold the venture, Warren Buffett used the proceeds to buy stocks and to start another small business. By age 26, he'd amassed $174,000 -- or $1.4 million in today's money. True story.
NOTE: I'm trying a similar process at the casino. I invest in one machine ... then another ... then another ... then another ... now I gotta work on the money making part.

2. Be Willing To Be Diffe…

What do Theater Chairs, Elton John and Sno-Balls have in common?

Been a little lax with my blog entries lately. Sure I've been busy at work, I'm also writing another novel and a nonfiction book and been trying to spend more time with the family. But those are flimsy excuses. 
Everybody is busy. Debbie sure is ... planting St. Joseph statues upside down all over the place to sell houses and writing personalized novenas. She tried to get me to carry one upside down in my pocket last week. Wonder what that's about? 
Last week we were "communicating" about things. Actually, Debbie turned off the TV set and asked me what I REALLY wanted as new seating elements in my man cave.
"Theater seats," I said.
"No REALLY want." 
"That is what I really want. It's the same thing I said I wanted last week and last month and six months ago."
"We really need to have a discussion about this."
"We did. I like theater seats."
"I know but Michael (who helps her look for furniture and fixtures lik…

St. Joe's Knows

This week, Debbie and her sister Lee have had some challenges in the real estate market.

Apparently, these challenges were more serious than I thought because Lee visited St. Jude's to buy some St. Joseph's statues. Now ... many of you who are not Catholic might not be aware of what I will tell you next. I just found this out myself.

If you bury a St. Joseph's staute in your yard, your house will sell faster.

I'm not kidding. There is a whole industry out there for this. You can buy a St. Joe's Home Sales Kit for $5.95. There are instructions and a novena included:

1. Make a hole in the ground that is large enough to bury the St. Joseph statue (in protective wrap) vertically.
2. Place the statue upside down in the ground.

3. Face the upside down statue TOWARDS the home that is to be sold.

4. For nine consecutive days, pray to St. Joseph (Novena included).

5. Once the home is sold, remove the statue from the ground.

6. Display the statue in a place of honor …

Dinner at the "Mia"

Went to dinner late last night at Italia Mia in St. Pete.

It is THE BEST Italian restaurant on the planet. Okay ... so I haven't tried all the Italian restaurants on the planet  ... but this one is pretty darn fantastic. Not much to look at, it's located in a strip mall on 62nd Ave North (1165 to be exact), but I love it.

The owner hangs out in the kitchen ... you'll see him as you walk through the door. His name is Pompello and he always has a TB Rays cap on.  When he sees me, he will yell ... "Hey! You been to Vegas lately? How much-a you win?"

My buddy Mike introduced me to the "Mia" about 10 years ago ... maybe more ... we used to eat lunch there a lot when I worked in St. Pete. A mother/daughter team usually served us. The mom had a string of boyfriends, all bikers and all ticked her off at some point. She served them some interesting dishes when she was unhappy. Not sure any of them are still alive. Her daughter told us all about her family. I re…