Here's an extended look at what's coming up next week:
On Sunday, the final season of "Mad Men" premieres. I had to put on my go-go boots and pour myself a martini for that tidbit.
On Monday, while we all drink heavily at a business meeting we've dressed up and styled our hair for, the Commerce Department is scheduled to report retail sales data for March.
On April 14th, 1939 John Steinbeck's "The Grapes of Wrath" was first published. The depression era novel went on to win the Pulitzer Prize. Speaking of the Pulitzers, Prizewinners are scheduled to be announced on Monday.
Did consumers pay more or less for stuff in March than they did in February? On Tuesday, the Labor Department issues its Consumer Price Index. And it's tax day. An American tradition.
That brings us up to hump day. We'll get numbers on construction of new homes for March. And the Federal Reserve releases its latest Beige Book summary of commentary on current economic conditions.
Wondering why I'm not talking about any hearings on Capitol Hill? It's because Congress is on recess.
Markets are closed for Good Friday.
Television host and comedian Conan O'Brien turns 51.
And since we here at Datebook love cheese, let's end with this deliciousness: April is National Grilled Cheese Month. Start melting.
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