Back in the early 70s I fancied myself as a poet of sorts….I even self-published a short book of a few of my shorter poems…the book was titled “Mongrel”….

Over the years I had lost many of the volumes and Katrina made sure the rest were totally destroyed…then a woman that was friends with my father had a copy that she eventually returned to me…to say I was thrilled would be an understatement.

Mongrel because it was a mixture of short poems…..some are dark….others are metaphysical and others are just a commentary….

This is the cover….


These are a few of the poems included in the volume….



I apolgize for the crappy photos…..

Like I said…there was a time in my youth that I fancied myself a poet….I tried to generate some interest by posting some of my earliest poems here on IST…..they bombed badly so I discontinued the effort….but these are the first of several that I posted…..

Poem #1–1969

Poem #2–1969

If interested then my search will get you there…just type in POEM…..

Keep in mind that these were written in my early to mid twenties……some are morbid and metaphysical and some are risque…..

Enjoy the poetry and the rest of your weekend……

Be Well….Be Safe….


You Are Your Credit Score

Your credit score is you!

It is used for shelter acquisition, transportation buying, employment, etc.

Very little accomplishments in life mean nothing but your credit score is there for you to live or die.

For those that do not pay attention to such menial things….

Companies use a mathematical formula – called a scoring model – to create your credit score from the information in your credit report.

Some factors that make up a typical credit score include:

  • Your bill-paying history
  • Your current unpaid debt
  • The number and type of loan accounts you have
  • How long you have had your loan accounts open
  • How much of your available credit you are using
  • New applications for credit
  • Whether you have had a debt sent to collection, a foreclosure, or a bankruptcy, and how long ago

Companies use credit scores to make decisions such as whether to offer you a mortgage, credit card, auto loan, or other credit product. They are also used to determine the interest rate you receive on a loan or credit card, and the credit limit.

Keep in mind there is no “one” credit score. It is important to know that you do not have just “one” credit score and there are many credit scores available to you as well as to lenders. Any credit score depends on the data used to calculate it, and may differ depending on the scoring model, the source of your credit history, the type of loan product, and even the day when it was calculated.

Usually a higher score makes it easier to qualify for a loan and may result in a better interest rate. Most credit scores range from 300-850.

In other words accomplishments in life mean nothing….it is all about the math.

Did you know that if you join one of the many credit score people you can add points to your score?

It has nothing to do with your ability to pay or not….just that you have spent money to access your “score” at any time.

Now that I have set the stage I would like to tell my better half’s story.

She owed a house for about twelve years and recently sold it….she got enough to pay off her mortgage and a SBA loan that she took out to do repairs that her house had been given by Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

She had a great credit score…..she had credit cards and such…but after she sold her home and got her new score she learned that it had decreased by about 100 points.

The moral of this story is that you are supposed to be in debt to retain your “good” credit score.

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