With everyone talking about the upcoming elections and the hopeful change that will come with the results, I want to talk about my own kind of change.
We’ve lived in Ruston, this time around, for more than three years. In that time we have never really had any issues with anyone in our neighborhood. Luckily, we live around some pretty amazing people.
In fact, there have been times that our neighbors directly to our left have come over just to make sure we were doing OK, and weren’t in need of anything.
Early on the morning of Sunday, May 23, 1999, I put on my photographer’s vest — the kind with a bunch of pockets for extra lenses, film, notepads and other stuff — grabbed my camera bag and headed to Grambling State University.
The pin knife I normally carried in my pocket, I left on the dresser. After all, I was going to cover the president of the United States.
Surely it wouldn’t be good to have anything resembling a weapon. Never mind I had passed the Secret Service background check and had my officially issued media badge. The knife with its tiny blade could do me in, I figured.
Ruston namesake Robert E. Russ knew what he was doing when he made a deal with the Vicksburg, Shreveport and Pacific Railroad to locate their line on 640 acres of his land in exchange for two-thirds interest in the property.
“Russ Town” aka Ruston, was founded in 1883 after construction of that first rail line from Shreveport to Monroe. Now, 132 years later, there’s talk of another Shreveport to Monroe line, actually a Shreveport to Vicksburg, Mississippi line with stops in Ruston and Monroe.
Summer is here — which means a vacation most likely isn’t far away. Whether you’re hitting the road, jumping on a plane or even enjoying a “staycation” at home, you’re probably looking forward to some down time with your family. But not every aspect of your life should be relaxed.
Specifically, you don’t want to take a vacation from investing — which means you need to become a diligent, year-round investor.