Halloween is an ugly mix of fun and, well, ugliness. Kids love the costumes, of course, and adore the candy. I don’t like the candy – I don’t care for sugar in the first place but the horrendous, chemical-laden packets of sugar/high fructose corn syrup are truly appalling. I like the costumes, but I don’t like what I view as an increasing “horror-ization” of Halloween – trying to add gore to the mix. And honestly (put on the grumpy old man voice in your mind) I hate the final straggling remnants of the door-to-door trick-or-treating ritual. Every year it’s fewer and fewer kids, but you still have to prepare, deal with the intrusion, etc. Can we just declare that dead and gone? Our kids went to two different “hosted” trick-or-treat events, where there were candy stations, music, games, etc. It was much more fun than begging door to door.
Anyway, end the grumpiness. Hope you had a happy Halloween!
- Can Social Networking Really Land You a Job?: My last contract, which lasted a year, was landed through a connection made on LinkedIn – so yes, it can land you a job.
- : The rules are almost always the same.
- Don’t Look Now! The Christmas Shopping Season Is Just Ahead: Don’t get me started. Consumerist society, start your engines.
- MBA Programs for Generation Earn: I’m still not convinced MBA’s have the gloss they did 10 to 20 years ago.
- Wealth Building Tips for New College/University Graduates: That’s the time to start. A large portion of the wealth I do have – that wasn’t wiped out in 2008 – came from my early maxed-out 401k contributions when my colleagues were using that money for new cars and expensive clothes.
- Safeway’s Just For U Program Reviewed: Too bad we don’t have anything but Publix – and a few scattered Winn-Dixies – where I live.
- How to Live on One Income: Going from Two Incomes to One: It can be done, but it’s tougher than you might think. My prime piece of advice: take one spouse’s income for about one year and save ALL of it. See what it feels like before you live it.
- 9 More Free Web Services: Free is always good. Right?
- A Single Girl’s Savings Plan: Never hurts to save.
- The RESP Book Chapter 1 Published At Globe & Mail: Hey, kudos, Mike!
- Buying and Selling Websites as Alternative Investment Opportunity: brip blap’s for sale at the right price, but then again – everything has a “right” price at some point, right?
- How I learned to stop worrying and love the “end of the world”: Another insightful post from Jacob, whose blog I count as one of the few “original” blogs out there. This quote appealed to me: “You can’t save others before you can save yourself.”
- Top 25 Small Things You Let Ruin Your Mood: Almost all of these ruin my mood, and point taken: I shouldn’t let them.
- The Fed’s Magic Money-Printing Machine: I’m not completely sure I agree with the assessment, but the lack of news coverage about QE1 and QE2 (read the article) is disappointing. We (and I include myself in that ‘we’) ought to be paying more attention to these types of extra-governmental shenanigans (which is basically what the Fed’s actions are).
“Bernanke printed over a trillion dollars out of thin air, then used that money to buy, among other things, mortgage-backed securities (MBS) and Treasury Bonds. In other words, the government was printing money to a) lend to itself and b) prop up the housing market, with Wall Street stepping in to take a big cut.” That happened – and it’s happening again, soon. When everyone’s complaining about high taxes they should stop and redirect their anger towards this move, which fundamentally weakens the US economy and makes the dollar worth less – far more dangerous than a 3% tax hike.