Surviving the Week of April 30, 2012 Tweet Me!!!
RANDOM THOUGHTS: I’ve always said that if people knew the “real” me, they would never talk to me again. I was told early in grade school that I should always keep a pen or pencil in my mouth, to keep me from saying anything that would get me in trouble (Lead poisoning? What’s that? Ah, the Texas educational system…). This has resulted in several chewed pens over the years, and the occasional black streaked tongue, however, the benefit of doing this is that you can always tell which pen is yours. This does make it easier to foil the dreaded PEN BANDITO! Now, if you find yourself in this particular dilemma, I may have a cure for you… Thumbtacks! Yes, thumbtacks… push one in the chewable end of your pen and you are much less likely to chew on said pen. One added benefit is that your pen no longer will roll off the table and under the icebox where fingers fear to tread…

A stream of highly charged particles from the sun is headed straight toward Earth, threatening to plunge cities around the world into darkness and bring the global economy screeching to a halt.

A body found in a stable the morning after the Kentucky Derby was being treated as a murder, police said.

FOOTBALL SUICIDES: Earlier today Junior Seau became at least the seventh former NFL player to commit suicide since 2005, joining Terry Long, Shane Dronett, Dave Duerson, Andre Waters, Kenny McKinley, and Ray Easterling.

BUFFETT: "Gold is a great thing to sew into your garments if you’re a Jewish family in Vienna in 1939," the Berkshire vice chairman said, "but I think civilized people don’t buy gold, they invest in productive businesses."

Am I the only one who has been following the Gold Conspiracy? "Given such a dour outlook, it's no surprise that fears of a government gold seizure - akin to the one ordered back during the Great Depression by President Roosevelt ('FDR') - are escalating."

Adam Yauch, one-third of the pioneering hip-hop group the Beastie Boys, has died at the age of 47, Rolling Stone has learned. Yauch, also known as MCA, had been in treatment for cancer since 2009. The rapper was diagnosed in 2009 after discovering a tumor in his salivary gland.

It’s now official — Marvel’s The Avengers is a monster worldwide hit for Disney in 2D, Digital 3D, RealD, and IMAX 3D theaters. The studio says 52% saw it in 3D, 40% in traditional 3D, 8% in IMAX, and 4% on premium large format.

Social Security Is NOT Going Broke!!!!!!

At the other end of the spectrum, Texas ranks first on the CEOs' list of best states for business for the 8th consecutive year. It has been the receiving state for Allstate Insurance's $12 million customer center in San Antonio, Caterpillar's new plants in Seguin and Victoria; eBay/Pay Pal hiring 1,000 people for its Austin facility.