I actually got in late Wednesday evening after over 24 hours of straight traveling, but I took that night and yesterday to get through all my email, read all your comments on the posts (Thanks to Shawn for moderating!) and getting through about 800 new posts in my Google Reader (I still have about 400 to skim through).
Thanks again to all those who guest posted on this site. It felt great to know my readers were still being treated to some good (and some controversial) opinions and information while I was gone.
I’ll hold off talking about Israel until I can put together some more dedicated articles this weekend. But I will say the weather was BEAUTIFUL, especially compared to what we came back to in DC. No rain, sunny skies and 70s/80s the whole time. But I’m glad to be back anyway. There’s something to be said for sleeping in your own bed and sitting on your own toilet.
As far as financial tidbits, it was nice to see gas prices drop another 20-25 cents while we were gone. There’s a few stations north of us at $1.99 per gallon now.
And I checked the 6-month LIBOR rate and was shocked to see it down to 2.63% today. Our first mortgage is an interest-only, 5/1 ARM set to reset a year from now. It’s at 5.25% currently, but if it were to reset today, I’d be paying only 4.88%! I can only hope it continues this trend for another year, but I doubt we’ll be that lucky.
Since Israel did carry Fox News, I could keep track of the market each night (they’re 7 hours ahead of EST). No shock that it continued its triple-digit fluctuations.
And lastly, it was good to find out that absolutely nothing of interest happened at my job while I was gone. Not that anything interesting happens while I’m here either. It’s one of the most boring jobs, but the pay is great, as are the hours.