Before we start the blog today I feel I should send my thoughts and prayers to those affected by the shootings in Florida on Wednesday.   I feel each and every one of us is affected by senseless tragedy like this were at least 17 were killed for no reason except someone decided to do something evil.

After the shootings at the concert in Las Vegas, I joined others in the news media by not mentioning the shooter by name.  I feel like by using the name of those who choose to do these acts of violence that it somehow ads to the infamy of the act.

I want answers just like you do on why acts like this happen and what we can do to prevent them.  However I am not sure we can ever stop them.  Mass Murder has been a part of history but now we have more horrific ways to kill.   I will not try to blame any segment of society, I will not put the blame on anyone other than this punk who made this decision to kill.

I have a friend who is agnostic and once after a tragedy like this shooting I said I know you do not believe in God but you have got to believe in the evil that grips this world.

I will not let these acts of violence alter my life but it will make me more vigilant, more watchful of others actions and most importantly I will be more loving to my family and friends because as we know these acts can happen anywhere at any time.

With much sadness in my heart

Dave

As I have told you I am not much on Valentine’s Day.  My wife and I spent a quite night at home together and had a nice fast food dinner.  I am such a romantic.

I read something this morning that made me think of the song.  “THINGS THAT MAKE YOU GO HUMMM”

According to American Express nearly 6 million people got engaged on Valentine’s Day. Yahoo Answers says about 10 percent of proposals happen on the lady of LOVE.

So now with all the proposals it is time to start planning the wedding and an online wedding service called the KNOT claims that the average cost of a wedding is $33, 391.   Holy wedding cake Batman!  I guess I am kind of old fashioned but that is more than shocking

Here are a few stats from THE KNOT

Top 2017 Wedding Statistics

  • Average Wedding Cost: $33,391 (excludes honeymoon)
  • Most Expensive Place to Get Married: Manhattan, $76,944 average spend
  • Least Expensive Place to Get Married: New Mexico, $17,584 average spend
  • Average Spent on a Wedding Dress: $1,509
  • Average Marrying Age: Bride, 29.2; Groom, 30.9
  • Average Number of Guests: 136
  • Average Number of Bridesmaids: 5
  • Average Number of Groomsmen: 5

Top 5 Most Expensive Places to Get Married

  1. New York – Manhattan: $76,944
  2. New Jersey – North/Central: $62,074
  3. New York – Long Island: $61,113
  4. New York – Westchester/Hudson Valley: $55,357
  5. Massachusetts – Cape Cod: $55,083

Top 5 Most Affordable Places to Get Married Based on average cost of a wedding in 2017, couples spend the least on their weddings in the following areas in the US.

  1. New Mexico: $17,584
  2. Utah: $18,516
  3. Oregon: $20,652
  4. Montana: $20,814
  5. Iowa: $21,982

When I got married all I my wife wanted was some friends and family there and lots of presents!

What I am trying to say is that if I thought a wedding was going to cost more than 33 thousand dollar I might still be single.  But luckily I am not!

If you have the money to spend go ahead spend it on the wedding it is a great day, I highly recommend Marriage!

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