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As you can see, what the sign actually said was, "Linda Shaw, Chairmen." You know, like she was just one of many chairmen of the Board of Commissioners that we have running around the county this year.
Down. The price of gas. I never thought I'd find myself jumping for joy over $3.12 cent a gallon gas prices, but, these days, I am. In January of 2012, a CNNMoney.com article said, "The new year has greeted Americans with the highest January gas prices ever, and some analysts say prices could get close to $5 a gallon in some areas during the warm-weather driving season."
However, a few months ago when gas was almost $4 a gallon, my 99-year-old grandmother, Nana, who lives in Florida, gave me a heads up. She is always saying to me that "Jesus speaks to me," and she told me that Jesus told her gas prices were going to start falling. A few days later, the price of gas began to drop like a rock.
By the way, I talked to her last week and she – again, I am not kidding – told me the stock market was going to really take off in either March or April.
She said: "It's going to be big – the Dow will go up. The Nasdaq will go up. Everything will go up. Jesus said so."
Up. Apple stock. 2012 was a great year for Apple, which saw the release of the new iPads, new iPods, and the absolutely magical iPhone 5, with the newest version of my best friend forever, Siri.
Two yeas ago, on Dec. 9, 2010, when Apple stock was right at $318 a share, I wrote "Here's my Christmas present to everyone in Guilford County: Apple's stock price will be over $400 a share by this time next year. Probably over by a lot."
Apple's stock went way over $400 in 2011, and then, last year, when it was bouncing around $400, I said again, buy Apple stock because it would be over $500. It got up to over $700 this year and now it's about $523.
Once again, my Christmas present to all Rhino readers is investment advice that will make you a lot of money: Apple stock will be over $800 a share by this time next year, and that's no joke. Nothing in life is a sure thing, but Apple is the closest thing we have in this imperfect world.
Next time I talk to my grandmother, I'll ask her about it just to make sure Jesus thinks so as well.
Down. End of the world prognosticators. You know, Thursday night – the night that was supposedly the night before the end of the world – I called my bosses up on the phone and let them have it, and then I went out and spent all my money on women and whisky and then, the rest of the money, I just squandered.
Because, why not? I mean, it was the end of the world and you can't take it with you. And then I wake up on Friday, Dec. 21, and there's nothing – no black hole, no zombie apocalypse, no planetary collision, nada.
I'll tell you what, I just can't win for losing.