It was 68 perfect Florida degrees when I got off my bike this Friday morning at exactly 8:03 AM having returned from Key Biscayne. Just in case you're interested.
Update: we have our first reader prediction- below.
RESOLUTIONS AND PREDICTIONS FOR 2009.
Post yours in the comments sections and we will put the most intriguing ones on the front page.
Rumpole resolves to 1) try more cases; 2) write more and follow my writing schedule;
Speaking of reclusive authors....
HAPPY 90TH BIRTHDAY J.D. SALINGER.
You da man. The title of the post clicks to the NY Times article on his 90th birthday.
"HAPPY" 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF YOUR OPPRESSIVE "REVOLUTION" FIDEL. They said it wouldn't last (just like our anonymity). But you showed them- on the bodies of the Cuban people, you sure showed them.
Our First prediction: Our anonymous blog will be around long after Fidel is gone and Cuba is once again free.
Our Second Prediction: The second shoe of the mortgage crisis (not the sub-prime mortgages) falls and another 500 billion in mortgages goes bad. The stock market falls to 6500 before rallying. The economy goes sideways in 2009. No real growth and no signs of consumer spending or confidence until the fourth quarter. It's going to be a rough year money wise folks.
Our Third Prediction: President Obama's recovery plan will have real success in 2010.
Our Fourth Prediction: The first major member of the Obama administration to resign will be Larry Summers. Passed over for the Treasury Cabinet position, Summers is the head of the White House National Economic Council.
Your Super Bowl winner, on the pages of this humble blog, Sunday.
OUR FIRST READER PREDICTION:
Prediction for this weekend:
This year's Phins were one of the most improved teams in NFL history, but they also had a weak schedule and a division in turmoil. The Phins have a promising future, but their youth and lack of playoff experience will show against a seasoned Ravens team.
And I also predict that Rumpole will pick the Steelers to win the Super Bowl (although even as a die-hard Steelers fan, I think that Baltimore, the Steelers, Indy and the Titans all have about an equal chance of making it).
Rumpole replies: The Steelers merit close consideration. Can they run through the playoffs relying mostly on their superb defense? Maybe. If Ben R gets hot and doesn't throw more than one pick in three games. The real problem is that they don't have a punting game. You need a good punter to work hand in hand with the defense.
The Titans? I'm not convinced their QB is for real. But they are. Indy is Indy, Peyton can carry that team to a SB win, no problem. I do think Indy will whoop San Diego and that Indy will play the Titans. If the Fins win, they can't beat Pittsburgh. But if the Ravens win, they can, and may well do so, except it is in Pittsburgh. So we have a lot of factors to ponder over the weekend.