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June 22, 2009
The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly is in my top five favorite movies of all-time. Yes, it has a lot of shoot 'em up, head 'em off at the pass-type action, but it also includes a lot of mind games and double-crossing. The cerebral part of the movie is, I think, why I enjoy it so much more than your typical Western.

Since I like to finish my blogs on an upbeat note, let's start with the bad. Many of you read about HR 1728 in my June 1, 2009 entry. Last Thursday, several representatives from the seller-financed industry met with representatives from both the House (who already voted to pass this bill) and the Senate, who will at some point this summer follow the House's lead and vote whether or not to make HR 1728 law. (By the way, it is no coincidence that no sooner do I mention mind games and double-crossing than I start talking about politicians.)

My friend Dave was one of those who traveled to Washington D.C. to meet with several of these advisors. In an e-mail summarizing Thursday's meetings, Dave commented to me:

"An interesting side note, we questioned the policy directors of House members who voted in favor of it and they told us, after reviewing 1728 they realized their vote was a mistake and they have been in contact with the Senate trying to derail it. Interesting how things work in Washington, huh? First they vote and then they review what they voted on to determine if it is good or bad."

You read that right: Our esteemed House of Representatives, who OVERWHELMINGLY voted for passage of HR 1728 by the count of 300-114, are now trying to get the Senate to derail what the House has already put into motion. EFFICIENCY IN ACTION, wouldn't you say? Really, I shouldn't be surprised, but am I too far out of line to expect my elected representatives to know what the hell they are doing? Unbelievable.

That's the BAD from this weekend. The UGLY was our weather. The first day of summer and our low temperature was 43 degrees, the high was 58. Sounds more like mid-February to me. As a bonus, we got strong winds and nonstop drizzle. Oh what fun.

Now we come to the GOOD, which is probably more accurately described as GREAT. My daughter and I had to share yesterday - not only was it Father's Day, but it was also her ninth birthday. My kids always make me cards and express their love for me, but my daughter outdid herself by writing me a letter. In it, she listed several things she loves about me being her dad. I felt a lump in my throat at about the second sentence, and by the end of the letter I was downright misty. She finished the letter by saying "I love you so much I never want to move out of the house." My wife and I agreed I will be keeping this letter close by, as I"m sure the sentiment will change as my daughter moves into her teenage years. But that's beside the point.

We all have the good, the bad, and the ugly in our lives. Economic conditions as they are, it's easy to dwell on nothing but the bad and ugly. My charge to you is to look for those 'good' things, even if they aren't making themselves readily apparent. The bad and ugly things always pass, but I'll have that letter for the rest of my life, and that's a very 'good' thing!

Make it a GREAT week.


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