Winter Time Preparedness And Our Pets (Transcript)

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They’re nice enough to send us a nose and ear hair trimmer this week to promote on the show.

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They also sell all products all aimed towards men.

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You can find the link in the show notes if you do we get the credit for it.

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But like I said they sent me this wonderful nose and hair trimmer to talk about here.

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It’s actually USB chargeable so it actually saves the environment.

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It’s waterproof, you have a cleanable head.

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It’s quiet, it lasts a long time. I charged it once and I’ve used it a bunch of times and it still hasn’t.

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I still haven’t had to recharge it so it’s really wonderful.

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It’s a three in one trimmer. Like I said it’s got a replaceable blade head, cuts easily, safely.

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Hasn’t snicked my nose or anything like that.

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Like I said USB rechargeable.

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It’s quiet, like I said on a full charge.

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I think it can last like three or four hours on it.

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But that’s Pete and Pedro. The link will be in the show notes. Like I said they sent us the nose and ear trimmer this week to try.

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That’s a wonderful product. We appreciate their support of the show.

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Like I said if you use the link in the show notes we get some credit for it.

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They were nice enough to send us a bunch of free products to try.

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Have used their shampoo.

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It actually is really nice. It smells really nice.

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It’s not like a typical guy product.

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Sometimes guy products are kind of crappy but it actually is kind of a nice product and all that.

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So I do appreciate that and their support of the show and sponsoring today’s episode.

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We don’t have a whole lot of sponsors on this show as you know.

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So we appreciate that and appreciate them working with us.

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So we can get some sponsors for the show.

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Like I said if you use the link in the show notes we get the credit for a small percentage of any of the purchases you guys do.

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So we appreciate that.

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Also to folks on the website,

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I’m actually going to be doing some Amazon suggestion links.

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Stuff that I’ve actually used. Stuff that I’ve actually tried.

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If you click on the link and buy it we do get some credit for it that way as well.

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Like I said I’m not looking to make a fortune doing the show.

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Actually I’m not going to make any money actually.

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I’m just looking to try to break even with the cost of the hosting for SoundCloud.

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With the website and with supporting the little social community we have.

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So like I said I’m not looking to make a ton of money on it.

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But I would actually like to break even rather than keep spending money.

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So I do appreciate that.

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I’m not going to be like Alex Jones and talk about how they’re trying to shut me down or anything like that because they’re not.

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But like I said if I could break even I really would appreciate it from you guys.

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So I thank you very much for that.

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And again thank you to Pete and Pedro for having us as having a sponsor and having us as part of their group to sell their product.

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So I appreciate that.

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So folks I wanted to talk for a few minutes kind of as a kind of as a public.

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I always talk about the news and we’re going to get to the news. A lot of news this week.

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But I do want to talk about for a minute kind of as a public service.

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It is going to be up on the website as well.

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But there are a few that do our if you are a pet person and you are in the northeast Pennsylvania or northeast P.A.

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or where it gets cold in the northern part of the country.

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You know public service you know is going to be good.

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We have a cold front coming through. Please make sure you bring in your pets and your animals if they are outside.

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I don’t recommend ever having an outdoor pet.

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But if you have a dog or anything like that make sure you bring him in for the cold.

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They do have as well heated dog houses. I have actually got one of those for my dog even though he is an indoor dog.

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When he’s outside or if he wants to go out on his run.

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I actually did get him a heated dog house. I did get him a heated bowl.

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All that stuff. I have all that stuff up on the website.

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But again if you do have a pet it’s supposed to get pretty cold now.

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We are in December and things are getting pretty cold.

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So if you do have a pet that you do leave outside for a certain amount of time make sure you bring him in at night.

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And if you do as well have a pet there are things you can do that make it a little bit easier for them.

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Like I said a heated dog house, heated bowls so their water doesn’t get cold.

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Frozen so they have water. Very important.

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And obviously always make sure you use the anything for flea and tick prevention.

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Not as big of an issue now.

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But you know if you nip it in the you know kind of take care of it now so it doesn’t get worse.

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You can still have eggs and larva and stuff that can be brought in with them that can hatch in the house because it’s warm in the house and stuff.

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So all that kind of stuff. Like I said kind of a public service.

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Like I said I actually went out and we actually did get a heated dog house for him even though Obi the Wonder Dog is actually an indoor pet.

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We actually actually went and got the heated dog house for him.

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So when he is outside for like during the day and something if he gets cold or if it gets tingly the temperature should drop.

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This way he’s actually you know has a warm place to go.

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Again you know I do understand that a lot of people I know a lot of people say well they’re pets they’re animals but animals still are friends they’re still people.

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And you know like I said we take extra good care of our pets here at the homestead because he is a working dog.

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He does go hunting with me and stuff like that so he does make sure too all your pets have the shots and all that kind of stuff.

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So kind of a public service announcement kind of an important thing especially with the winter.

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The heaters are not expensive. I think you can get a heater for the dog heater for your dog’s house which is made for them.

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If you are going to put a heater in there I do recommend you do get one that is for pet related.

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And the reason why I say this is some of the newer heaters that are for the dog house is actually have wire or a harder coil wire.

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So if your pet should be a wire chewer.

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Very fortunately OP is not but if you do have a pet that is a wire chewer there’s actually have metal wire coiled around it.

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Which actually makes it so the pet can’t chew through it. I have it on both the bowl and the dog house.

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So this way if him or the dog should for some reason start chewing you know they can’t chew through the wire and get electrocuted.

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So I think it’s very very important like I said you don’t have to do it but I do it.

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Just so he has a warm place to go in case the temperature drops and we’re not home.

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The bowl so he at least has water. Make sure he’s put in fresh water by the way. Don’t leave the water in there forever.

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It doesn’t matter if it’s freezing or not. Parasites and like still live in it.

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Empty the bowl every time you put them out.

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You know just so he has you know it’s better sometimes it’s better to not have water than to have water with you know any kind of germs or sickness in it.

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So please make sure you go ahead and he needs the bowl regularly.

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All that kind of stuff very very important like I said to make sure that we do our best.

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Try to keep our furry friends healthy especially in the cold.

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A little bit like even if you have an outdoor cat they do have outdoor cat houses. Heated cat houses especially if you have an outdoor cat.

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Very important to give them some place they can stay warm especially if they’re an outdoor cat.

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I don’t recommend that but some people do have them.

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Especially around a farm or some of that so have a warm place they can go.

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Like I said they do have heated heated cat houses they have heated bowls for cats.

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Everything for dogs they have for cats we all know that.

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You know let’s just make sure we keep our furry friends happy and healthy.

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And like I said you can like I said especially dogs I find are a little bit tougher being outside than cats are.

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But cats are tough too don’t let them fool you.

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I’ve seen many people with outdoor cats that do really well in the cold and stuff like that.

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Especially if your dog is old like when they’re young like Opie’s still got a lot of puppy in him yet he’s still only 3 years old 4 years old.

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But you do have people that pets that are getting on in age.

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And just like older people sometimes can’t take the cold those older dogs bones and joints just can’t take the cold.

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So if you have an older pet you might want to be especially a lot more cautious of it.

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If you have a puppy he probably would be okay but sometimes those older dogs can’t take the cold just like the younger dogs can.

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So kind of like I said I wanted to talk about that today on the show.

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Also too kind of a little public service announcement for the pet owners out there.

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Just take care of our furry friends especially if they’re a little bit older.

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Any pet just like when they get older needs a little more tender love and care.

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Just like a car just like people as they get older they’re going to need a little more love and care.

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Especially when they’re older sometimes they just cannot take the cold and freezing temperatures like they can when they’re a pup.

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So just like I said just wanted to get that out there.

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Kind of a little public service announcement.

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Kind of remind everybody sometimes we just need a little reminder when it gets a little cold.

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You know to make sure we take care of everything and take care of our furry buddies.

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Like I said it is getting a little bit cold out there.

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It’s 28 degrees out there today.

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It was it was you know what it was it was 41 today but it was it’s 28 now it’s 23.

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We’re actually gonna get snow here in the northeast coming up here after the weekend but it is getting colder.

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Frost in the morning most mornings.

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Another thing too by the way I just want to point out.

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Any of you that are listening if you want to try to be prepared.

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I would check the date in your battery this time of year.

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You kind of find out how strong your battery is in the cold.

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I know myself I had to put a new battery into my pickup truck a couple months ago.

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We had a really you know bitter cold night and just Chuck was just not taking it.

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So you know get your battery checked.

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And by the way folks I would like to point out.

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Those of you that are like well I don’t want to spend the money.

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If you go to Advanced Auto they will test your battery for free.

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So it won’t cost you a dime and they will actually put the battery in for free if you buy it there.

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So those of you that maybe think your battery might be a little old or might be getting if you’re not sure.

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You can check the year on it if you’re not sure go to Advanced they will test the battery for free.

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It won’t cost you a penny.

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And like I said they will actually even put the battery in for you if you’re not the most technical savvy person.

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I’m not.

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So like I said I went and did that and I actually had a.

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Not the battery wasn’t bad but a couple cores in the battery were bad.

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So the guy had said let’s do it and I knew because we had the cold weather I had to jump it.

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So kind of like I said if you if you’re not overly handy and you don’t overly know what you’re doing.

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Advanced Auto like I said will they’re basically pride in themselves on being a battery company.

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I mean they’re one of the only auto stores I’ve ever been to.

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They have a whole wall just for batteries.

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So like I said go there and they will test the battery for free.

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Also too Walmart if you go to Walmart you take your battery to Walmart they will test it for you for free.

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Most places will test it for free.

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But I know Advanced will put the battery in for free Walmart won’t.

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But I know like I said Advanced.

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Advanced is nice because you don’t have to take like I know I think at Walmart they’ll come out and test it.

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But I know sometimes they’ll say well bring the battery in or put it in the machine test it.

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With Advanced you just pull up say I need my battery test I think it’s bad.

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Pop the hood and they’ll do it right for you one two three.

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So like I said they’re very good.

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They’ve got the really good testers too.

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They’re not like cheap.

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They’ve got the actual like tester where they can test it.

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The battery tests okay they can test the different cores.

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So I know they’re very good.

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Like I said I’ve had personal experience with them.

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That’s why I’m telling you guys.

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And like I said it won’t cost you anything.

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So if you don’t have a dollar on you.

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Well I mean you need to get money to buy if the battery’s bad.

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But if you don’t want to spend the extra money to get it tested at a place like you know Jack Williams or Coast or whatever the whatever those are.

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You know any of the chain repair places.

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Go to Advanced Auto and they will do it for free.

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And it won’t cost you anything.

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At least and even if you don’t have the money for the battery.

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But you think your battery might be an issue and you’re you know you want to budget for it.

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They test it for free.

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You know even if you don’t get the battery changed you should know if you got a battery or you know need one or not.

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So like I said kind of kind of important especially this time of year.

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You don’t want to get stuck with a dead battery.

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Especially it’s usually always in the morning it’ll happen.

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Because it’s cold but I’ve actually seen it where people will go someplace.

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And then all of a sudden the car battery just won’t run anymore.

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Or if you know sometimes in the morning it’s warmer.

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And you drive to a place then it gets bitter cold while you’re at work.

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You can come out to a dead battery.

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That has happened to me before.

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Sometimes it’ll work in the morning but then in the afternoon when it gets cold the temperature drops it won’t.

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So you don’t want to get, it mostly will happen in the morning.

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But I have seen it where it actually happened at work.

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Especially if the temperature drops while you’re at work.

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And there’s nothing worse than being in a snowstorm and the snow’s coming down.

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You can’t get, you want to get home before the roads get too bad.

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And now you’re stuck because of a dead battery.

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And you know unless you want to start snowing AAA gets busy.

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Or you have to call a friend to come and then they have to drive in those icy roads.

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You can avoid all that if you just go get your battery tested.

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If you think it’s old.

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So like I said very important.

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Again being prepared is not always hey the world’s coming to an end.

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Sometimes it’s a little common sense stuff.

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And this sometimes, this could really help you out.

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Especially you don’t want to be stuck at work with a dead battery with snow and the roads getting bad.

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And you can’t make it home because you got a dead battery.

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So take five minutes.

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Stop in advance.

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Let them test your battery if you think it’s old.

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If you have a brand new car you don’t probably have to worry about it.

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You don’t have to worry about any of this.

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If your car’s, if you just got your car and it’s only a couple years old you’re probably fine.

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It’s some of us that are driving around with six, seven, eight year old vehicles.

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That really got to worry about it.

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You know like I said if you’re driving, I know a couple people are going to say well, I know people are going to say well I have a new car.

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And if you have a newer vehicle then don’t worry about it.

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If your car’s been a couple of years old and you just got it.

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Or you just bought it a couple weeks ago or whatever.

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You don’t have to worry about this. This is for people that are driving around with a little bit older vehicles.

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Six, seven years old that maybe have the battery.

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Might have a dead battery.

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And like I said it’s just for safety purposes.

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You don’t want to get stuck somewhere. The dead battery can be avoided.

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And especially this time of year.

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This is when you really find out if the cold cranking amps on your battery are working.

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Also to folks, a couple of things I want to mention as well.

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We’re getting into those winter months.

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We’re going to have frost and snow on your windshield.

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Check your windshield wipers as well.

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Make sure you get new wipers. I know they’re going to up on price.

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These are going to be the cheapest thing. They’re not anymore.

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Just take five, just take a minute or two.

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One day just check your windshield wipers.

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If they’re old or if they’re not.

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You know if they have rips in them, tears in them.

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Or they look like they’re pretty beat.

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It’s time for new ones. Just go ahead and go get a new pair of windshield wipers.

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Get the ones that are rated for the winter.

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It really can help.

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Also too folks, a couple of other things I recommend this time of year as well.

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Have a blanket in your car if you can.

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Try to make sure you have at least half a tank of gas.

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Anything like this this time of year in this cold weather.

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Could really be the difference between some comfort and possibly a bad situation.

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Like I said, also too make sure your windshield washer fluid is good.

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Make sure you don’t put water in there.

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Make sure you put one that’s got the de-icer that can be in the cold, bitter cold weather without freezing up.

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You don’t want to put regular windshield washer fluid in.

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You want to put in the one that is rated for the cold temperature.

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So you don’t end up having a block of frozen washer fluid.

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Do you want washer fluid in? The roads get dirty, salt, cinder, ice.

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You want to be able to clean your windshield so you can see where you’re going.

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Also too, it can also get the one with the de-icer in it.

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You can spray it on your windshield and it’ll help you in a bind, get the frost off.

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So like I said, all handy useful tips for these winter months that can make life a little more difficult.

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Like I said, I’m not a huge one for, you know, I know a lot of people say,

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“Oh, they’ll bleep food in your car, canned goods.”

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With cell phones nowadays, I think we can all get ourselves help.

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But I think, you know, a blanket in the car, if your car stalls, you can get started again, keep you warm, is a good tip.

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Having extra gas is a good tip.

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Having at least a half a tank of gas is a good tip.

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Having a good battery.

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Making sure you can clean your windshield when you’re driving.

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Make sure you have good windshield wipers.

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Those are kind of little things that, you know.

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The other thing I do recommend, and I know this is going to be crazy.

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The only thing I do tell people is what I would do is I do recommend, I do stay in one of my cars.

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I keep the Lysol wipes or the Windex wipes.

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You can even get them from the dollar store in the car.

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And I’ll be glad you guys can say why.

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It’s not just for, what I always recommend is just because this time of year with the dirt and the cinders and the salt and all that,

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it’s useful sometimes to be able to pull over and get out of your car for a second and wipe your headlights to clean them off.

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I do recommend that because I know myself I get in many situations where it’s like, wow, I can barely see because the lights are so dirty.

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I get out and wipe them down and keep you driving.

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A little thing like that can really help you quite a bit.

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Especially at night when you have dirt, if you can just pull over for a second, wipe them, pull one or two of these out,

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wipe down both car headlights and get back going again.

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Help you seeing at night or during the, you know, it’s a really big thing.

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Like I said, you can get the cheap wipes or whatever.

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You can even keep a little bottle of the, you know, name Windex and a bottle of paper towels in your car, you know,

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and just wipe down your lights if they get dirty.

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So, or two if you go stop for gas.

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A lot of people say to me, well, I’ll just clean my thing when I go to get gas.

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But a lot of times they don’t either have those squeegees there or the water’s frozen and you can’t use it.

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So, like I said, just having those couple things in your car could really help.

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So, busy week here for the news.

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You know, where to even start?

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First of all, Herschel Walker didn’t win down in Georgia.

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So, the blue wave continues.

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You know, I just think that I really, anybody that Trump really endorsed did not do well.

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So, I think America has spoken and people went out and voted and they just didn’t want it.

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So, that is kind of the way things are going right now.

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The blue wave continues.

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Like I said, I’m just, I don’t know, I’m to the point, I didn’t like Herschel Walker to begin with.

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I don’t know, I don’t think he’s well suited for politics and he’s tried to get in before, didn’t work out for him.

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But, like I said, I saw that, that was in the news this week.

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That was kind of, I think, the big news of the week was that, because a lot of people were like, “Oh my God, no, no more blue.”

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And I’m like, well, no, you know, nothing you can do about it now.

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I know a lot of people have said about the Kristin Sinema, she was in the news this week.

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I guess she registered as independent and I guess the Democrats are upset because now it’s supposed to be 51 seats.

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And they’re worried her being independent now that she might actually vote.

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They’re afraid she’s going to actually vote Republican is why they’re afraid.

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Because if she goes, her going independent now means that they might not have the 51 seats they were hoping for.

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So, we’ll see what happens. I don’t know.

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She’s saying she’s going independent because she’s done with, I don’t know, being registered Democrat.

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But if she’s still, I don’t know, I don’t know, we’ll see what happens as she votes as things go further.

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But I thought that was a little bit interesting that she went independent this week on the same week that Herschel Walker lost.

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So, that was kind of a little fishy.

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We’ll see what happens as she votes. We don’t know yet, but she’s registering independent now rather than Democrat.

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And a lot of people are freaking out.

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But she didn’t, like I said, I don’t know, we’ll have to see what happens with that.

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Like I said, she just went independent. She didn’t go Republican, but people can change parties.

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We’ll see what happens. It depends on how she votes.

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We won’t know for a while until, you know, until we see what happens.

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Actually, so, something for those of us that are, well, I haven’t served, but I know a lot of my friends have served or are serving.

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The vaccine mandate apparently is going to be repealed for the troops.

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The troops were being forced to get the COVID vaccine.

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And apparently now the Democrats are rolling it back.

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Part of the reason I’m hearing they’re rolling it back is because I think they said they’re actually getting less enrollment.

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And people are getting worried about that.

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Obviously, we need our military.

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So, they rolled it back.

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Part of the thing is trying to help boost, you know, enrollment into the military.

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So, that’s what they’re saying it is.

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I’m not really sure, but I know they did roll back the mandate.

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So, now people in the military don’t have to get the vaccine anymore.

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So, those of you in the military that have already got it, and unfortunately already got it, but if you didn’t get it yet, you don’t have to if you’re doing the military.

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I got it, and I think, you know, whoever, you know, it should be everybody’s choice.

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I don’t think it should be mandated.

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China getting rid of, by the way, their zero COVID policy.

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I guess they kind of got sick of everybody, the rebellion and everybody, the uprising and all this stuff with the zero mandate policy.

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And I guess they finally, they’re just going to go ahead. They rolled it back and said, “Hey, we’re not going to do the zero COVID policy anymore.

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People can kind of not do what they want, but we’re going to roll it back.”

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So, they are not doing the zero COVID policy anymore.

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I think, you know, I think that, you know, China is a dictatorship.

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They can kind of do what they want.

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But I think the people finally, you know, I think what’s happening in China is exactly what Biden and a lot of other leaders hope would happen in Russia with the sanctions and the tariffs.

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But it just didn’t work the way they wanted it to in Russia.

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I think they were hoping they were going to have an uprising like they had here in China, but it just didn’t happen in Russia.

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And I don’t think it’s going to at this point if they haven’t done it at this point.

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So, and, you know, the Chinese government wants their people to work. They don’t want them to keep running away from the factories because that’s, you know, they’re big moneymakers.

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So, they are actually going to, like I said, they’re actually going to be rolling it back now so that people can get back to, get back to, you know, life again.

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So, you know, kind of good for those people.

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Like I said, they were, I think, like I said, they were hoping that this was what was going to happen over in Russia with the tariffs and the sanctions.

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But it just didn’t happen. So, you know, but at least China got, you know, at least now those people don’t have to be stuck in factories with none of the food or water.

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And welding the door shut and everything, that was just insane.

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So, Elon Musk apparently wanted to buy Wikipedia. That was in the news this week.

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Apparently, Jimmy Wales said, “No, you are not buying Wikipedia. You’re buying Twitter. You’re not buying Wikipedia.

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We’re not for sale. That’s it.”

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So, but apparently it looked like Elon Musk was actually trying at some point to go ahead and buy Wikipedia.

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I guess he said Wikipedia was too far left-leaning and he wanted to buy it.

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And Jimmy Wales, the owner and founder of it, said, “No, you’re not buying Wikipedia. Not going to happen.”

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Apparently, he wanted to buy Wikipedia before he bought Twitter.

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So, I guess it was interesting that he tried to buy that before he tried to buy Twitter.

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But I thought that was interesting. That was in the news this week as well.

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Biden released $36 billion for pensions of the Teamsters Union. I thought that was another interesting story.

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The reason why I brought that up was I really think that, you know, the Teamsters Union has been, I mean, we also, if you have Netflix, go ahead and watch the Jimmy Hoffa story.

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The Teamsters Union has been a tough thing for a lot of years.

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And, you know, I think it’s one of those things where I feel, you know, unions are a tough thing to talk about in general.

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You know, it’s one of those things where you’re paying dues. The union’s supposed to protect you.

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But then when they have mismanagement of funds and people are going to lose their pensions, it’s not the people.

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The people that work to earn their pensions, they put money into the pension fund.

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You know, it’s there for them to use when the union mismanages the funds or doesn’t do it right or has issues with, you know, investing in the wrong things.

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And then all of a sudden, you know, the pension’s not there for these people. It’s not right.

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I mean, these people work their years. They put their money in. If the union mismanages it, now you’re out of a pension. That’s not right.

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I mean, you know, this is kind of my issue with union-run pensions. You got to hope that the people that are running the union and these—

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and unions are run by lawyers, folks. That’s what they’re run by. They’re run by lawyers.

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You have to hope that these lawyers do the right thing with your—

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And then, you know, a prime example of this was about maybe 15 years ago when Ford was supposed to win on strike.

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Ford had said, “Well, what we’ll do is we’ll give you guys higher wages by getting rid of the pensions for the older workers.”

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And I’m thinking to myself—and obviously the workers said, “No, you can’t do that.”

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But, you know, that’s a prime example of, “Okay, wait a minute now because the current union workers are striking.

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We’re going to take money away from the older people that worked all their years and now are retiring and enjoying their union pension.

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How is that right?” But that is the kind of stuff that happens in a union because remember, you’re paying union dues every month,

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and that union is supposed to fight for you. And even after you retire, you know, union dues comes out of your pension,

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and that union is supposed to protect that pension for you as part of those dues you’re paying.

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And, I mean, obviously it didn’t happen with Ford because the union pushed back on it,

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but the union was basically—you know, the union is supposed to keep fighting for higher wages, higher, better benefits,

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better pension plans, but at least for that. But part of the problem is, you know, these unions keep pushing the prices of everything up,

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keep pushing the prices of this up, and that’s fine. But then when these jobs go overseas,

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then all of a sudden the union has nothing to fight for anymore.

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And the union at times fights so hard for these workers and constantly keeps fighting for better everything from these big companies,

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these big companies showing these jobs overseas, and the union kind of pushes themselves out of jobs.

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And it’s not the workers’ fault. The workers just want to go to work and make their money.

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They’re paying into these union fees, and they want something for the money they’re paying.

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And I don’t blame them. I was paying money—I want the union to get me better benefits, better healthcare, better wages, better retirement.

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But the problem is these unions never will tell these union workers, “Hey, you know, we’ve got a lot. If we keep pushing, they’re going to send your job overseas.”

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These union people never say that. They’re just going to keep saying, “Oh, we’re going to keep fighting for different people.”

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Yeah, because they want these people to keep paying their dues because that’s how they make their money.

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I really honestly respect unions, and I respect what they’re doing, but I do believe that the unions, a lot of times, take advantage of some of the—

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take advantage of the workers. And I say that in the nicest way because I think a lot of times the union—

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the unions basically hope that these people that are working aren’t smart enough to understand that—

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I don’t want to say they don’t want to be smart enough, but they don’t want these union workers to understand that there is another side of this.

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The company has to make money, and if the union fights to the point where these people are making so much money that it’s not cost-effective for the company anymore,

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they’re going to get rid of their jobs. And these unions hope that the workers aren’t smart enough to say that back and say,

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“Hey, if we keep doing this, we’re going to push ourselves out of a job.”

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They don’t want these people to push back like that because, remember, these unions only make money if they—

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these unions make money on people, keep paying their dues, and then they make money on fees, they’re charging the union.

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I think unions are a great thing because I do think that they help protect workers.

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I just don’t like the way the unions sometimes treat the workers because they act like, “Hey, we’re there for you.”

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And sometimes they’re not. They’re there for themselves. And I think, especially something like the Teamsters Union,

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these guys are on the road, they’re working hard, they’re trying to put food on the table with their family, and I hate to see unions take advantage.

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And that’s what the union did. The union mismanaged these funds, and now it’s not my—

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Thank goodness the go—and in my opinion, the government should step in because, you know, and I’m not one to say that,

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that the government should step in, but in this case, those pension plans are supposed to be protected.

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And the fact that the union did what they did and these people lost their pensions, were going to lose their pensions,

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you know, it’s a good thing—I think it’s right the government did step in because those pensions were supposed to be protected.

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And it just shows you sometimes how the unions don’t work for you. So, very important, and I just want you to know,

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if you are in a union, I’m—believe me, I’m not against a union, I’m against the union taking advantage of the people that are paying their dues.

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They’re supposed to be working for you, and it just shows you sometimes they’re not.

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So, very important, if you are in a union, always keep up on what’s going on and make sure you say,

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“Hey, you’re working for me,” not if you’re working for yourself. Very important.

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Also, too, House is trying to pass that bill last—this is going to be the last bill under Pelosi because Pelosi is stepping down,

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but, you know, to kind of protect same-sex marriage. I just want to point out that the House could have passed bill—

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when the Democrats had the House, they could have passed that bill a year earlier to protect Roe versus Wade, and he did.

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And now you’re going to be stuck with this Roe versus Wade and being, you know, one state abortion, one state abortion is going to be legal, one state it’s not.

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The House could have passed—when the Democrats had the House, they could have went ahead and passed that bill to protect Roe versus Wade, and they didn’t.

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So, now they’re passing a bill to protect same-sex marriage because they want to over—

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they’re saying the Supreme Court wants to overturn that, but they could have a year earlier, once Biden got into office and they got the House and the 50/50 Senate and Senate,

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they could have passed a bill to protect Roe versus Wade. They were just too busy with other things.

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I blame the president and I blame the House for that. They really could have—instead of worrying about passing all these infrastructure bills and they build back better bills,

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they could have passed a bill that would have protected Roe versus Wade for the whole country.

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I blame the House and the Senate—the House and the president for that. I’m sorry.

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They should have been definitely more worried about that than passing their infrastructure bill.

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AOC is under investigation. I don’t think Aiden’s going to go for that. I think that’s going to just—

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they’re saying she might have taken a bribe. I don’t think that’s going to go anywhere, to be honest with you.

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I just don’t. I mean, I’m not a big fan of hers, but I do think that it’s not going to go anywhere.

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She does seem pretty incorruptible. She’s there for women’s rights. She’s there for a lot of things.

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I just can’t see her taking a bribe. She just seems—and I don’t really say that about many politicians,

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but I do think she’s one of those people that is—she’s too—she’s too—I don’t want to say—she’s too there for the people, really.

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Her is one I really can’t see doing it. I really can. I don’t like her. I’ve had issues with a lot of her,

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the way she is and the way she—what she pushes for and stuff like that. I don’t really agree with a lot of the things she says,

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but I just can’t picture her taking a bribe or anything like that. But she’s under investigation.

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I really—and I don’t say that about many politicians. I just don’t think it’s going to go anywhere, personally.

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I just don’t. Something, too, I want to point out that I forgot to mention. A lot of people are blaming Mitch McConnell, by the way, for the loss in Georgia.

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I just—like I said, I just don’t—I don’t know. I don’t know why. A lot of people are upset with him over his feelings on January 6th.

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If you saw the thing today, people were—the other day, people were coming in, and they were shaking everybody’s hand for the January 6th meeting,

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and people were passing right by him. He was shaking his hand because they were pissed at him.

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Which he—I mean, I don’t know. He sided—he’s a Republican. They always side together. They never go—

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they’re not like Democrats who take their—you know, each have their own thing or whatever.

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He always takes the side of the Republicans. They all stick together, and he stuck together to protect Trump.

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And a lot of people are still pissed off at him about it. A lot of people are blaming him on that whole thing with Herschel Walker.

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I think Trump’s a lot to blame for that. I don’t know if you can blame him. I think him and Mitch McConnell both are to blame.

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But anyway, long story short with that, that was in the news this week.

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European—but I want to bring this up, by the way. I just want to bring this up.

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Europe is gaining access to Apple’s self-repair service program that started in the U.S.

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And I’m actually really for this, the whole right to repair thing.

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I really don’t—I understand that some people can’t, but if you want to repair your own phone, you should be able to.

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I mean, you bought the phone. You—it’s not like Apple’s giving you the phone and saying, “OK, use it,” you know, whatever.

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It’s—no, you’re paying for that device. That is your device. You paid for it.

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You should be able to repair it if you want. This whole crap that Apple’s fighting where people shouldn’t be able to repair their own devices is ridiculous.

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I mean, I know they want the repair money, but I mean, it’s really ridiculous.

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I mean, you paid for that device. That’s your device. Like, it’s not—I don’t understand why Apple’s fighting it.

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But now, apparently, now Europe is going to find—America finally got right to repair, and now apparently Europe’s going to get right to repair.

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I’m very pro right to repair. Like I said, it’s your device. You paid the money. You bought it. It’s yours.

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So I don’t—like I said, at least they’re getting right to repair now.

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Apple released the Apple Apps of the Year. A lot of people thought TrueSocial would be on it because of how big that was when it released.

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It didn’t. A lot of problems, a lot of issues. It hasn’t really—it did gain some traction, but not what it expected.

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So that—it’s not App of the Year. A lot of people on the Internet were like, “Oh, TrueSocial should be App of the Year.”

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No, why would it be App of the Year? It’s only got like 9, 10 million people on it. It’s not nowhere near what other apps have.

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Despite what Trump will tell you, it’s not that big of an app compared to other companies.

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Let’s see. Other news. Trump’s company got a slap on the wrist for tax issues.

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They’re not breaking the company up. They’re not—I think they’re going to get like a million dollar fine, which is nothing.

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It’s for the whole tax thing. I just think it’s, you know—I was in the news. I just—I don’t—I mean, I get it, but it’s just not going to be, again, a million dollars.

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They’re going to have to pay in a fine. That’s nothing for them, I’m sure. And they’re not breaking the company up or anything like that.

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So I don’t understand why that was news, but it was in the news.

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Apparently, the Chinese—a hacker’s link to the Chinese government—I’ve said to have stole tons of COVID benefits to Group APT41.

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Like I said, they do say they’re linked to the Chinese government. Who knows?

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But apparently they stole like 20 million in U.S. COVID relief benefits.

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Like, I know we’re not going to have it yet, but they are. They’re investigating it right now.

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That was in the news. Let’s see, what else do we have in the news?

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So I want to bring this one thing up. It’s kind of old news, but we all know Christy Alley passed away this week, 71 years old.

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I just want to bring this up only for a minute, only because I didn’t realize she was in Cheers.

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I was looking up her after she passed away. I looked up what she had been, and I didn’t realize she had been in Cheers.

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I knew she was in a lot of shows, but I didn’t realize she went that far back in acting.

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Obviously, a lot of those people did Woody Harrelson was in Cheers.

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Obviously, they had the spinoff Frasier, which was pretty funny. I remember that.

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Like I said, I’m not going to get too much into it, but I didn’t realize she was in Cheers.

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I knew she was in Look Who’s Talking. My wife and I like that show. We watched that together.

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I knew she was in a bunch of different movies over the years.

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She’s obviously an A-list actress, but I didn’t realize she had gone all the way back to Cheers.

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So that was pretty cool. Like I said, I didn’t realize she had been around that long.

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I knew she was an A-list actress.

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The other thing I do want to bring up as well. There was an interesting article, as you saw in a couple different things,

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talking about the inflation issue that’s still going on in this country.

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This is the kind of thing that kind of concerned me a little bit.

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They’re saying that credit card debt is going up at an all-time high.

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This is kind of the scary part. They’re saying, and I know, granted, you’ve got to take these numbers with a grain of salt,

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because obviously a lot of these things can only gauge so much stuff.

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They’re saying the majority of a lot of the credit card debt we’re seeing right now is for necessities like food, clothing.

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Utility bills, things like that. So I thought that was an interesting article.

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One of the things they’re talking about the inflation is that the problem is that, especially the country right now,

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they keep raising interest rates to slow down the buying power of the consumer.

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But the problem is they’re driving up the inflation more. It is a broken system.

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The more they keep raising interest rates, the more people obviously are going to have to spend on stuff.

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But some of these credit cards, because the Fed keeps raising the interest rate,

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some of these people have credit cards that are way over 20% some of them, and they weren’t that high a couple years ago.

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So now they’re paying more in interest on these. You could have somebody with, say, only had a little bit on their credit card,

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and now because the interest rate is going up now, these cards have gone up from like 10%, 12% to 18% and 20%.

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And people are using their credit cards now to pay for necessities that they need, because the cost of food has gone up so much.

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That was the big thing too, is that people are using their credit cards to buy food, because food has gone up.

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They’re saying that the old thing of inflation went up 4 or 5% a year. It’s gone up substantially more than that.

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And because the federal government keeps raising the interest rates to slow down the power of the consumer,

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it’s pushing up the prices of food, it’s pushing up the prices of their credit cards,

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and now it’s pushing up the credit card debt in America.

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And they’re saying it’s going to lead to another 2008 if we’re not careful.

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But they’re already saying housing prices are going to go down, and you have people that bought at the top of the market,

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and now they owe more again than what the house is worth, because they bought at the top of the market.

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And the other thing is too, now their mortgages are going up. People that have adjustable rates are going up tremendously.

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What was 4%, 5%, 6% now is up to 10%, 12%. Some people are paying 10% or 12% on their mortgage,

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which we have not seen rates like that in forever, probably since the late ’70s or early ’80s.

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So, you know, this whole thing, and the problem is the federal government,

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the only tool they have is to keep raising the interest rate, and it’s a broken system,

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because the more they raise the interest rate, the more everything else is going up with it.

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So it’s really a broken, and I’ve been saying this for a while now, it’s a broken system.

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But down the aisle problem is people are getting told they’re using credit cards now for the necessities,

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and that’s a concern now that they’re saying that is becoming a bigger, bigger concern now

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with the government is when they start seeing people using credit cards for needs, not wants.

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Very, you know, and I’m not going to lie, we all do that, in a certain degree anyway.

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You know, myself, I’m not going to lie, we had a big car bill recently, like three grand on one of our cars,

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and we just didn’t have it to lay out at the time, so, you know, we got one of those interest-only credit cards,

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so I’ll take the payment, divide it by 11, and pay that much every month, so I have it paid off by the time the interest hits,

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which is fine. There’s nothing wrong with that. But you have people that are floating balances,

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they’re not paying them off, they’re floating balances. And, you know, we all have credit cards,

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some credit card debt, all of us do, that’s kind of a normal thing now.

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You know, and I have a couple credit cards that we pay every month, too, and we’re not drowning in credit card debt,

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but there are people that are, and that’s, you know, man, what’s going to happen is,

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and what is going to happen with this is this, and this is kind of what happened, really the bubble,

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what burst in 2008 was, you had people that kept charging on these cars, and they would declare bankruptcy,

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and unsecured credit card debt does not have to be paid back, so you get all these banks now that have all this unsecured debt,

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and, you know, it led to a problem, and that’s kind of, you know, not only did the mortgages drop out,

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but then you had these old unsecured debt that people declared bankruptcy, you don’t have to pay it back.

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People drove up their credit cards because they knew they were declaring bankruptcy,

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and this is kind of what led to 2008. So it’s kind of a scary situation.

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You know, we’ve seen recessions before in this country, but the sad thing is it’s getting closer to what happened in 2008,

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which is even the scarier part. The housing market eventually is going to fall apart again.

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You know, a lot of people, a lot of my friends are getting into real estate because real estate is hot right now,

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but it’s not going to last forever. You know, usually what happens with real estate, it’s good for about six, seven years,

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then it dries up again, and I think, you know, I think the real estate market was due to roll over again,

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and we kind of started seeing that prior to COVID, by the way, about a year prior to COVID,

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so a lot of people moving out of New York, moving out of California, moving down south, stuff like that.

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So that wasn’t, I think the housing market was due to boom, by the way.

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It just, I think it was going to take another year or two, but COVID accelerated it, maybe trimmed a year off of it,

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because I know for a fact a lot of my wife’s friends and I were looking to move maybe a year prior to COVID.

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So I think the housing market was due, was definitely due. It just took a while to kind of get there, if you know what I’m trying to say.

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So I just wanted to point that out. I guess I do think COVID accelerated it or trimmed a year off of it,

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but I do know the housing market was on a turnaround prior to COVID because a lot of my friends were buying,

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and up here especially, a lot of rentals were getting chewed up and there were less and less.

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That’s how you know, especially in our area, maybe not everywhere, but in our area, what happens is,

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that’s kind of how you know when the housing market is turning around, when you’re striking less and less and less rentals,

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that means more people are buying to own and are going to buy to live there,

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and that’s kind of how you know the housing market is turning around.

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And when you’re searching less and less and less rentals, that’s kind of how you know the market’s kind of turning around.

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What’s happened here and having a lot of places, there are very few rentals available right now in our area and in a lot of other areas,

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even down in the cities and places that people are used to renting, they’re becoming harder and harder to find,

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so the biggest people bought to live, not to rent it out.

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So that’s, and it’s good for people like me that own property, because property, in my opinion, is always valuable,

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even when the market’s bad, property is always valuable.

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It’s a little bit different than the stock market, but that’s my opinion, and I’ve done podcasts on this and I’ll continue to do podcasts.

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I really believe that land is the most valuable thing you could own.

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And regardless of whether real estate’s good or bad, owning land, because land always is valuable, no matter what.

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You know, and maybe I could do another podcast. It’s been a while since I did it again.

00:46:12.000 –> 00:46:17.000
I probably should do it again now that the market’s turned over, but I always, that’s one thing I’ll tell everybody.

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If you learn anything from listening to my podcast, it’s buy land, because God’s not making any more of it.

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That’s what I tell everybody. Any kind of real estate is always good, even, you know, because real estate is always valuable.

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It’s not like the stock market. A piece of property, if it’s run down, has value to it.

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You shouldn’t overpay for it, but it still has value to it, where sometimes in stock markets, things could have no value.

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So that’s one of the things, if you can ever get out of my podcast, is knowing how I feel about land.

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I always say the best thing to do is to buy land, because God’s not making any more of it,

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and the more land you own, the more borrowing power you have to get other land.

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I mean, it’s one of those things, and you know, I’ve talked about this, and I will do another show on it again.

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Maybe that’ll be next week’s show, but I’ve always said land is valuable, and the more you have of it, the better it is.

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So, but I do want to bring up, though, that it is, we are in a spot right now, though,

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where it is scary when people have to use their credit cards for their needs, not their wants.

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And I’m not talking just car repairs or that TV that went bad in your house.

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I’m talking about food, food, things you need, okay, your utilities, your water bill, your electric bill, okay?

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When you’re using credit cards for necessities, like food, electric, or water, things are tough.

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I can tell you that. Things are tough if you’re using your credit card for that.

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And sometimes people have no choice, you know.

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Dave Ramsey does a radio show every day where he talks about people managing money,

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but you know, some people are not good at managing money, and that’s okay.

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But sometimes, you know, if you’re working, especially like a single mom that’s working, trying to support herself,

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she may have no choice but to put that utility bill on the credit card, especially this time of year at Christmas.

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And it’s, you know, she might not have a choice.

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Or she might not have a choice, but to use her credit card to be able to give her kids food or lunch money or whatever.

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You know, hey, it happens, you know, you’re working hard, you’re doing your best to support your family,

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and if that’s what you have to do, that’s what you have to do.

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And I don’t, and like I said, I feel bad for those people, and they, you know, and some of them working two jobs, you know.

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It’s not easy. And I really, I really don’t like it when people like Dave Ramsey come on and says, talk to me about this, this, that.

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And the other thing, you should be doing this, you should be doing that.

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Well, guess what, Dave, as much as I like your radio show, it’s hard, some people cannot put away six months of bills,

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you know, six months of, you know, expenses into a savings account, just leave it, sit there.

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I know you’re supposed, you should do that to be prepared, and being somebody who’s into prepping,

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yes, you should have that to be prepared, but some people can’t.

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Or they may have to dip into that money so they can have a car to go to work,

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or they can have a car to be, you know, or be able to eat, you know, have food on their table, okay?

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I mean, you know, it’s sometimes easier said than done.

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And I’ve had a lot of people message me recently saying they listen to some of these business shows,

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and they realize, you know, that they’re not prepared financially as well as they should be.

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And some people maybe aren’t prepared financially because they’re not good at money.

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Other people aren’t prepared financially because they can’t, they can’t afford it.

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So that’s, you know, I want to bring that up to, you know, you can listen to as many radio shows

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and business shows and business podcasts if you want, but if you’re literally not able to put the money away,

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there might not be anything you can do about that, you know.

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And I don’t mean to say that, I mean, I think everybody, we all should, you know,

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we try to do our best to be financially prepared, but there are some people that just can’t do it.

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They live paycheck to paycheck, and they struggle to ski the roof over the head.

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They can’t put away money on the side of that.

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And those people, while they’re using their credit cards, maybe that’s not the best decision they could,

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but they have no choice.

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So it’s very important to bring that up because I think sometimes we put people down when they do things

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that maybe they shouldn’t do, but sometimes they don’t have a choice.

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And it’s important to know that there’s a difference between needing to use a credit card, needing to borrow money,

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and having no choice but to borrow money because you don’t have any other way to get it.

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And especially when you’re talking about necessities, food, clothes, utility bills, stuff like that.

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So it’s very important.

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And, you know, if you’re listening to this show and you’re in that situation, it’s tough and I feel bad for you,

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and believe me, what you can do is keep chugging away and just doing the best you can and just keep working

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and just keep pushing through it.

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And it stinks and hopefully things are going to get better, but I think it’s going to take time.

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And I think this is still full of COVID, and unfortunately that’s one of those things that I think this is kind of like the aftermath of COVID

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that we’re still dealing with.

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It just is, unfortunately. I think it’s going to keep going on.

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And I hate to say it, but when you look at Europe, I mean, we’re talking about inflation here is bad.

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I’m not saying, you know, it doesn’t make it any better, but you’re looking over in Europe, they’re doing like 18% inflation.

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You have people that are costing them something double and triple the heat in their homes.

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And Europe’s not like here.

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And you have people that, you know, the government’s not stepping in to help.

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And I’m waiting to see what’s going to happen over in Europe over the next couple of months,

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especially when it starts getting bitter cold over there because they have pretty brutal winters over there.

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So I’m curious what’s going to happen with that.

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I think you have a lot of people in Europe that are going to be able to heat their homes, and that’s unfortunate.

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But I’m waiting to see what’s going to happen with the government over there and the European Union and stuff,

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because they’re trying to just step in energy prices, but as long as this thing with Russia and Ukraine keeps going on,

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those prices are not going to go down.

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So we’ll have to see what happens with that overseas.

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And I know we do have a lot of listeners overseas.

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And believe me, guys, I feel for you, and I hope this thing in Ukraine gets resolved.

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The prices over there may go down, but I just don’t think it’s going to.

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I think this thing with Ukraine and Russia is going to keep going on.

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But the one thing that I thought was a little bit interesting, and by the way, to point it out,

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I didn’t even know People magazine.

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I knew People magazine was still around, but — or no, I’m sorry, Times magazine, I’m sorry.

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The Russian president, the Ukrainian president, Times Man of the Year this year,

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and my whole issue with that is — and I think he deserves it.

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There’s no doubt about it.

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But does anybody still read Times magazine?

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I didn’t even know it was still around.

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I knew it was around, but I didn’t know it was — I was actually in the news the last time I read it on the course.

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So, but I thought he deserved it.

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I thought that was pretty cool.

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And, you know, cool for him.

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He has really been doing a great job, and his people love him.

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America, you know, everybody watching loves him,

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and he really is a great leader, and it’s funny to believe that he was on Dancing with —

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their version of Dancing with the Stars, so good for him.

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Time Man of the Year.

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Maybe that’s the reason I’m being present after this war is over.

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Maybe he’ll be — maybe he’ll — maybe he’ll be dancing with the stars again.

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That’d be pretty cool.

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I am going to kind of wrap it up.

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It’s getting a little late here for me anyway.

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I want to thank everybody for listening, and we will see you on the next episode.

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So thank you very much.