Odds and Ends
TV Time: Blue Bloods
Up until a year ago, I regularly watched four TV shows. Unfortunately, one of them got cancelled for reasons I’m not going to get into here. For the last few TV seasons (usually running from Sept to May), Blue Bloods has been my favorite show. There is just something wholesome about watching Frank Reagan (Tom Selleck) and his family run integral parts of fictional New York City. On Friday May 14th, the Season 11 finale aired. It spanned 2 hours. I don’t want to spoil it for any of you. It is available On Demand as Episode 15 (The End) and 16 (Justifies the Means). It’s a great mini-movie of sorts and it would be perfect for you to jump right in if you haven’t watched Blue Bloods in a while. To set the table for you, all you need to know is that Frank has a grandson in the NYPD and he has been “missing” for several months. It was very emotional viewing for me and I loved it.
Additional Thoughts on Car Buying
I just wanted to add a couple more notes to my last newsletter…
-People buy used cars all the time. Maybe you like the deal or it is a discontinued model. Please get the car inspected by an independent mechanic. If the dealer or seller won’t let you get it inspected, move on.
-This might be more for your kids than you — but if you have an unstable income / career prospects, buy rather than lease. I helped someone last year on a car deal. She made all of her lease payments, but the rest of her credit got trashed over the 3 years of the lease. I had to put on my A-Game just to negotiate with the dealer to get an 8.7% loan rate to buy out the lease. We could have easily been looking at 15%.
I don’t know about you but my family watches way more You Tube than TV. It is still my sincere goal to be done with traditional cable TV by the end of the year. If you like You Tube and you like music, you may want to consider You Tube Premium for $12 a month. It gives you ad-free You Tube viewing and also unlimited music from the You Tube Music app. You Tube Music is very similar to Apple Music. You can download your music to the app, listen offline, stream in the house or play in the car. It’s on my radar to check out. One thing I have noticed recently is that my ad blockers on the iPhone and computer no longer block You Tube ads.
New M1 Macs — Truly Are That Fast
I have finally set up some M1 Macs for clients. They are night and day better than even recent Intel Macs. The Mac Book Air starts at $999 and the Mac Book Pro is $1299 (if you need more than 256 GB hard drive you will pay a little more). Need a desktop? Apple’s got you covered. You can select either the Mac Mini or the brand new M1 iMac. I sent out an update a few weeks ago on these Macs. I want to mention that the upgrade in price for the iMac is not just the beautiful design but you are also getting a Retina Display. If it were me, I think I would probably still choose a “business quality” monitor with the Mini but if you want to most pop in the picture, then the iMac is for you.