Stock indexes at all-time highs. Solid hiring and jobs numbers. Housing improvements. Low gas prices. Analysts on TV saying it's fine to buy stocks or houses or just about anything else. I guess we should be happy that the economic picture looks better.
Remember when you first loved Facebook? Those days when you suddenly realized you could connect with friends from long ago instantly. Viral "news" that made you laugh or somehow seemed relevant. Lots of pictures that brought a smile. Then, you hated Facebook.
Remember when the financial world was melting down? Like six months ago, right? A barrel of oil was as cheap as an Uber ride and the markets were off to their worst year since the 1988 Baltimore Orioles (my hometown team growing up) had a record-setting yet disastrous year.
Nearly all of my career in media has involved change and a battle for survival. Long before I joined Bankrate, I graduated from college in the final days of traditional newspapering and then learned from some of the best reporters and editors at the time.
It's always baffled me that so many journalists demand accountability and change yet are unwilling to be accountable for their own need to change. Since I've joined Bankrate, I've had the good fortune of being able to recruit for jobs. For many of my media colleagues, this is now a disappearing concept.
I'm guessing a lot of us have been reading and hearing the same thing for the past few years: Millennials won't buy homes or cars, people aren't saving for retirement, and paying for college is becoming nearly impossible. Some of that's true, a lot of it isn't, and the common thread is that they all relate to the reasons I joined Bankrate.
NEW YORK - How much for a guitar played by Bruce Springsteen, an hour lesson on how to play it, a lasagna dinner at his house and a ride in the side car of his motorcycle? $300,000.
Springsteen auctioned off two such packages Wednesday night at Stand Up For Heroes, a mashup of comedy and music involving this week's New York Comedy Festival and the Bob Woodruff Foundation, which helps military service members and their families after they return home.
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Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
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Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
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Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
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