Consumers continued to spend right up to Christmas. Considering the post-holiday sales over the next few weeks and consumers' eagerness to purchase items they may not have received during the holidays, we expect that spending in the final days of 2004 will continue to rise.
The Christmas season this year might well bring cheer, but consumption growth next year is bound to slow, ... From an annual pace of nearly 4.0 percent in 2004, consumer spending will likely grow at a 3.5 percent rate this year, decelerating to a 2.25 percent pace in 2006.
During Christmas break, my dad was going to mail a tape of me to the house Coach Glanville has here in Georgia. When he found out it would take about three days to get there, he drove the tape over there and rang the bell and talked to him for about 15 minutes. (Glanville) called me that night and said he loved the tape and it all kind of went from there.
It was strictly his decision. We did his evaluation before Christmas, and he said he was thinking about resigning. I told him to think it through and if he wanted to, we'd like a letter in the first week of January.
We call this marathon eve. You know, just like on Christmas Eve, when everyone is scurrying around to get stuff done. If it's not done by tomorrow, well, I mean, the marathon is open for business at noon.
We've been competitive. Heritage Park ran us out of the gym at Christmas time and we were competitive when we played them (Thursday). Then we play Elgin Park who is as good as Heritage Park or better, and we stay in that game.
Before Christmas I thought he was hitting a little bit of a wall, but after Christmas I thought he really started to understand things a little bit better and run things a little bit better. And his shot is getting a little bit better.