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Flood victim? Here’s help

If you’re a flood victim, FEMA opened four offices in the STL today.  You can go to any of the offices to get help.  In St Louis County the office is at the Jefferson Barracks Visitor Center.  In St Charles County FEMA has set up at Immaculate Conception Community Center in West Alton.  For Franklin County, head to the Tri-County Senior Center in Pacific.  The Jefferson County FEMA office is at the Arnold City Hall.

Hours are 7a – 7p through Saturday.  They’re closed Sunday.  Starting Monday Feb 8th, hours will be 9a – 7p.

Advice From a Billionaire

Business Insider reached out to billionaire Mark Cuban to ask about his tips for big time lottery winners.  Here’s what he said.

Hire a tax attorney.

Don’t take the lump sum.  You don’t want to blow it all in one spot.

If you weren’t happy yesterday, you won’t be happy tomorrow.  It’s money.  It’s not happiness.

Tell all your friends and relatives no.  They will ask.  Tell them no.  If you are close to them, you already know who needs help.  Feel free to help SOME.  But talk to your accountant first.

Don’t make investments.  You can put it in the bank and live comfortably forever.

Be nice.  No one likes a mean billionaire (like Stan Kroenke).

How to make Thanksgiving more fun

You’re probably going to spend Thanksgiving with family, right?  Here’s how to make it more fun.  Do a drinking game!  For instance, when your mom apologizes for the turkey being too dry, have a drink.

When your uncle asks you to pull his finger, have a drink.

When a cousin announces he’s coming out of the closet, drink.

When your great aunt Mabel asks who you are, drink.

When there is an awkward silence, drink.

What should you drink?  That’s up to you, but I recommend Wild Turkey.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Attention Mom, Dad

Making children wait for treats does NOT improve their self control.  Researchers studied 150 three-year-olds and had them play a self control game where they had to wait for treats.  They found that making the kids wait didn’t improve their self control.  It only made them cry.

Here’s my take.  I don’t know many three-year-olds with ANY self control.  Come to think of it, I don’t know many DJ’s with any either.

World Cup Action

The St Louis Cardinals and U.S. Soccer have released a schedule of events surrounding the U.S. Men’s National Team World Cup qualifying match against Saint Vincent and the Grenadines this Friday night at Busch Stadium.  Festivities are launched Thursday when FanHQ opens at Ballpark Village.  The party starts at 7pm with free admission and music by Feel Good Inc.

The 8th Street box office opens at 10am Friday.  At 11am, all restaurants at Ballpark Village will be open for lunch.  FanHQ features music from DJ SlantE starting at 1:30pm.  Busch Stadium gates open at 4pm, and the March to the Match begins at Market & Broadway featuring the Budweiser Clydesdales at 4:30.  Kickoff is at 5:30.


Are we becoming less social?

Recent research would say, “Yes, we are becoming less social.”  In fact, it’s social media that is actually making us less social.  In a recent survey, 87% of people admitted to missing out on a conversation because they were distracted by their smartphone.  It appears that talking face-to-face is fading away.

When should you get your kid a cell phone?

Experts say that depends on their maturity level.  Cell phones can be a big distraction at school.   But, by the time your child is a teenager, they should probably have a cell phone.  Twice as many children have cell phones now as in 2004.  Most teens – 85% from 14 to 17 have them.  So do 69% of 11 to 14 year olds, and 31% of kids aged 8 to 10.

The experts say if your child is walking home from school or participating in after school activities, a cell phone is a good way to reach you.  But when you decide to get your kid a phone, you should set some guidelines on when they can use the phone, and how many apps they can download.

Laugh an hour earlier

Starting today, we’re beginning and ending your work day with the Hour and Six Minute Commercial Free Music Sweep.  The first sweep airs at 8:50am, and the second one kicks off at 4:50pm.  So, we’re moving the Laughter at 5 After from 5:05pm to 4:05.

It means more music and earlier laughs!

People trust Apple more than the government

Researchers surveyed people all over the world to find out what companies and organizations they trust.  The conclusion is that people would rather give their personal information to a brand than to politicians.  Apple was the most trusted followed by Google and Microsoft.  Facebook finished near the bottom but ahead of the government.

Personally, I think the government is behind Facebook in order to make privacy uncool!