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CupidValentine's Day Trivia
  • Valentine's Day is named after the Patron Saint - Saint Valentine.
  • Cupid, symbol of Valentines Day, became associated with it because he was the son of Venus, the Roman god of love and beauty. Cupid often appears on Valentine cards holding a bow and arrows because he is believed to use magical arrows to inspire feelings of love.
  • In the Middle Ages, young men and women drew names from a bowl to see who their valentines would be. They would wear these names on their sleeves for one week. To wear your heart on your sleeve now means that it is easy for other people to know how you are feeling.
  • 73% of people who buy flowers for Valentine's Day are men, while only 27 percent are women.
  • 15% of U.S. women send themselves flowers on Valentine's Day.
  • In the United States, 64 percent of men do not make plans in advance for a romantic Valentine's Day with their sweethearts.
  • About 1 billion Valentine's Day cards are exchanged each year. That's the largest seasonal card-sending occasion of the year, next to Christmas.
  • Teachers will receive the most Valentine's Day cards, followed by children, mothers, wives, and then, sweethearts. Children ages 6 to 10 exchange more than 650 million Valentine's cards with teachers, classmates,
    and family members.
  • About 3% of pet owners will give Valentine's Day gifts to their pets.
Economic News  
Retail sales posted a better-than-expected increase in January, a welcome development that could mean stronger economic growth in coming months. The Commerce Department said Friday that retail sales increased by 0.5 percent last month, the best showing since November and better than the 0.3 percent increase economists had expected. Strength in consumer spending is important because it accounts for 70 percent of economic activity.  The overall economy grew at an annual rate of 5.7 percent in the October-December period, the best showing in six years.
 The number of people filing for unemployment benefits fell sharply in the past week, dropping by 43,000 to 440,000. It is very likely the number will plunge next week because of the harsh winter weather across most of the country - we had a little rain this week - and that means that many government offices where people go to file for jobless benefits have not been open. That, of course, means that the number will likely spike higher in coming weeks once the weather improves.
A new report from Travelocity shows "a dramatic increase in travel intentions, indicating traveler confidence is on the rise." It reports that 49 percent of people surveyed plan to increase their travel in the year ahead, compared to 21 percent six months ago and just 10 percent in 2009. And, 30 percent said they would take a trip this year that they had not expected to take.
The urge to travel may be linked to another report that shows Americans are generally feeling better about things. The Healthways Well-Being Index - which measures emotional and physical health, life evaluation, behavior and work environment - began 2010 at near record levels. The report said, "Americans in January reported more optimism about their current life circumstances and prospects for the future than at any point since Well-Being Index measurement commenced 25 months ago."
A new report from Comerica Bank chief economist Dana Johnson says the Great Recession we are emerging from now could have more aptly been called the Great Panic. The financial markets were in turmoil as equities fell 55 percent from October 2007 highs to the bottom in March last year. "But the panic that led to huge layoffs and plunging capital spending is likely to be more easily and quickly reversed. And with many companies operating with unusually lean work forces, job growth may rebound surprisingly fast as businesses ramp up production in reaction to expanding sales," said Johnson.

This Day In History

February 11
1752 - Pennsylvania Hospital, the first hospital in the United States, is opened by Benjamin Franklin.
1861 - American Civil War: United States House of Representatives unanimously passes a resolution guaranteeing noninterference with slavery in any state.
1963 - Julia Child debuted her French cooking show, "The French Chef."
1964 - Sarah Palin, 11th Governor of Alaska, is born.
1973 - Vietnam War: First release of American prisoners of war from Vietnam takes place.
1990 - Nelson Mandela was released from a South African prison after serving 27 years of a life sentence.
Website of the Week
Shop Goodwill Logo
Now that everyone knows about eBay, the auction site is not the bargain hunter's paradise that it used to be. On eBay you always find what you're looking for, but so does everyone else - and that drives prices up. The solution is to fish in a less crowded pool, and one of the largest charities in the world, Goodwill Industries, has a little-known auction site filled with treasures. Unlike on eBay, the people selling stuff on Shop Goodwill often don't know what they've got, so great deals abound.


Jennifer Ross

Experience Counts!
Over 21 years in
Real Estate sales
Serving all of San Diego
Office: 800.913.7677
Direct: 619.985.7340
Love Quotes 
"There is only one happiness in life -- to love and to be loved."
 George Sand 1804-1876, French Novelist
"When you are in Love you can't fall asleep because reality is better than your dreams."
 Dr Seuss

"Women wish to be loved not because they are pretty, or good, or well bred, or graceful, or intelligent, but because they are themselves."
 Henri Frederic Amiel 1821-1881, Swiss Philosopher, Poet, Critic

"You come to love not by finding the perfect person, but by seeing an imperfect person perfectly."
 Sam Keen
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 As always, feel free to give me a call 800-913-7677 with your real estate needs.  Coldwell Banker logo
- Jennifer