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Who Can Fill This House Over And Over Again?

Wednesday, January 7th, 2009

When I think of Las Vegas, I think of a number of things: fast paced action and gambling, spas and of course shows. Great shows. Over the years I have seen some amazing shows and concerts. I really enjoy going to a show at the Coliseum at Caesars Palace. If you haven’t been there, the venue looks much bigger than its 4,000 seating capacity. In the past Elton John, Bette Midler and Cher have had long sold out runs at the Coliseum.

The question is who else can do it?

  • Who can pack the house night after night?
     
  • Who would you pay $150+ per ticket to see?

Before I share with you my list, please remember my earlier posts which illustrate that my musical taste is weak at best.

To fill the coliseum night after night the entertainer needs to appeal to a lot of people and captivate an audience for 90 minutes. So who can do it?

Here are a few to think about:

  • Bruce Springsteen — without question. He is amazing and could have a long run there
     
  • Liza Minnelli — classy lady, beautiful voice, amazing stage presence
     
  • Jimmy Buffett — fun time had by all. Buffett could do some really wild things in Vegas
     
  • Madonna — still has a tremendous fan base and great costumes (perfect for Vegas)
     
  • The Beach Boys — fun concert. They have so many hits you lose track.

I think my top two choices would be Madonna and Bruce Springsteen.

  • Who makes your list?
     
  • What do you think of my choices?

Look forward to reading your comments.

Get Your Picks Ready For The 3rd Annual Merrill Dubrow Blog Stock Contest. Yes, There Is Money Involved And It Costs Nothing To Join! (** Contest Closed **)

Monday, January 5th, 2009

This contest is now closed. Click here to follow the stock contest leader board. Good luck to all participants!

First of all, congratulations to Magda Cooling whose stock pick Hawaiian Airlines went from $5.10 to $6.38 — an increase of 25.1%. This was a difficult year with only six people who had a stock that showed an increase. I am sure I am not the only one who wishes they had bought thousands of shares. For winning the contest, Magda will receive $300.00

To participate in the 2009 contest, here is what you need to do:

  • Respond to the blog with your stock name and if possible symbol
     
  • State the reason why you picked the stock you did

It’s as simple as that. We’ll do the rest.

A few things to remember:

  • You need to respond by 7:00 PM CST January 19, 2008
     
  • You can only have one entry
     
  • The stock price needs to be at least $1.00 – anything less will not be accepted into the contest.
     
  • Only one person can have a particular stock, so the person who responds first gets the pick and we will notify anyone who has a duplicate stock (we had at least 10 duplicates last year and I am sure there will be more this year).
     
  • If a stock splits, we will make the necessary calculation and adjustment
     
  • If the company you pick gets acquired during the year and their company doesn’t have their own stock price, you won’t be counted in the contest
     
  • We will use the stock prices as they were at the time the market closed the last trading day of 2008.

Like last year we will post a leader board.

First prize will be $300.00 for the person whose stock goes up the highest percentage in 2009.

I will get the ball rolling with my choice for the 2009 contest: Wal-Mart (WMT). With the challenging economy I believe they are poised for a strong 2009!

Take the stock challenge of 2009! Get your entries in today!

Again, the deadline is 7:00 PM CST, January 19th.