But first . . .
Kevin: ‘The Utah 529 plan now has a sixth option which is split among the S&P 500, vanguard small cap, vanguard midcap, and Vanguard international growth and value index funds. That’s pretty good diversification and still the lowest expense ratio. I think Utah is still the best 529 plan.’
☞ Good advice. Folks interested in these plans may want to check out savingforcollege.com. It’s been newly enhanced with a ‘compare’ feature and a way to request up to five state 529 information packets direct from the site.
And now . . .
CAN YOU TOP THIS?
My friend Steve Tomlin, entrepreneur and estimable venture capitalist, imagines a Christmas bell on our front door. (We have no bell; we have a wreath.) He further imagines our efforts to entice Leona Helmsley to come over for a holiday drink. (We don’t know Leona Helmsley; we’re OK with this.) Having thus imagined the set-up, Steve suggests we lure her to our door by messengering this note up to her suite: “A Noel gong gets a fast eggnog, Leona!”
Sharp-eyed readers will note that this odd exhortation is a palindrome. It has two humps and can walk for days without water. Wait, no, that’s a pachyderm – a palindrome. (No, wait, that’s a dromedary. A pachyderm has a trunk, but I’m straying from the point.) Saturday was a palindrome – 12/21! Indeed this whole year has been a palindrome – 2002!
I know about Abba and Madam, I’m Adam. Everyone knows about them. But a 30-letter palindrome? And themed for the holidays? And not just gibberish? (Sure: ‘A Santa’s rats top Nat, as Satan pots tars at NASA’ – thank you, Jim Kalb – but what does that mean?)
Hats off to Steve Tomlin for this inspired work.
I know you have wrapping to do . . . ‘My name is Andy T / and I’m rapping you this present / may your two thousand and three / be so very, very pleasant. The ribbon here is red / and the wrapping paper’s pleated / and to all you [dum-tum dum-tums] / I say [expletive deleted]’ . . . but if you care to send in a holiday-themed palindrome of any length, it will, of course, be appreciated.
Quote of the Day
It turns out that advancing equal opportunity and economic empowerment is both morally right and good economics, because discrimination, poverty and ignorance restrict growth, while investments in education, infrastructure and scientific and technological research increase it, creating more good jobs and new wealth for all of us.~Bill Clinton
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