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Ron Brounes
In the “real world,” through his company Brounes & Associates, Ron Brounes writes about investment and economic issues for financial services professionals. (He has yet to hire an associate.) In his “other life,” he offers mindless gibberish, personal observations, sarcastic rants, and even feeble attempts at business advice. As an “older” dad of two young daughters, most of his musings these days focus on marriage, fatherhood, and family, told from the perspective of the guy occasionally confused for a grandfather. Past ramblings can be found at (though he still has no idea what a blog really is).”

Entries by Ron Brounes

Refusing to Surrender

(0) Comments | Posted March 18, 2014 | 11:23 AM

My younger daughter is clearly entrenched in the "terrible threes" (a slight derivation from the "terrible twos" because she is so much more "mature" now). To the outside world -- her teachers, her friends' parents, especially her Mamaw -- she is charming, polite, and outgoing; they scoff at our insistence...

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Reflections on Boston

(0) Comments | Posted May 6, 2013 | 4:04 PM

A few weeks ago, my family participated in the Run for the Rose, a fun run benefitting brain cancer research. This year represented the fourth time we have tackled the "treacherous" 1 kilometer course around the scenic Reliant Stadium parking lot in Houston, Texas. As a runner (using the term...

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Dear JJ (Watt)

(12) Comments | Posted February 6, 2013 | 4:48 PM

As a 50-year old die-hard sports fan, I have spent much of the past five decades following the Houston football scene. I have cheered through many "thrills of victory" and suffered more than my fair share of "agonies of defeat." I lived through the "Luv Ya Blue" era when Bum...

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This Is 50?

(6) Comments | Posted February 2, 2013 | 7:16 AM

I remember it like yesterday (thankfully my memory is relatively intact). Age 35 was one of my more "challenging" birthdays. As the big day approached, a much older friend (by two months) pointed out that I would be closer in age to 50 than to 20. (In my mind I...

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A Different Day, a Different Time

(0) Comments | Posted October 18, 2012 | 2:19 PM

That was Then...

When I was growing up (half a century ago), life was different. Telephones had rotary dials and did not double as game consoles. Kids sat next to the TV because we didn't have remote controls to change to the other three channels and rabbit ears needed constant...

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20 Things This Older Dad Has Learned About Parenting (and Life)

(20) Comments | Posted August 14, 2012 | 12:20 PM

As an older dad, I often find myself "holding court" with younger fathers as they hang on my every word, hoping to gain some wisdom from my years of life experiences. (At 49.5 with two daughters almost 6 and almost 2, I can't protest much about being considered an "older"...

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'A (Very) Little R&R'

(4) Comments | Posted July 23, 2012 | 5:05 PM

'Tis the season. Who doesn't look forward to a summer vacation, some much-needed time away from the daily grind? What can be better than soaking up rays on a beach, completely lost in a good book on the Kindle or a heated contest of Words with Friends on the iPad?...

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Will You Be My Friend?

(4) Comments | Posted July 19, 2012 | 12:14 PM

My wife and I got married later in life, and we each brought wonderful friends to our union, many of whom we continue to socialize with today. I love going out with her lawyer buds, and the old Grisham novels and countless episodes of The Practice allow me to hold...

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Reflections of Dear 'Old' Dad

(4) Comments | Posted July 13, 2012 | 1:16 PM

Ten years ago in my "crazy" bachelor days, I was so busy chasing lingerie models (or rather watching SportsCenter in the back of the bar) that I never thought I would have a family of my own. As the calendar took me into my 40's, I fell in love with...

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