Tuesday, June 21, 2016

TWTW June 13th through 19th The Mystery Bruise

Random funny cat gif

This should have actually been in last weeks TWTW but I didn't really do one. Two Tuesdays ago I woke up and found this on my arm.

Well not actually that. That picture is from a week later. The bruise was about twice the size and much nastier looking. It was all green and yellow. The oddest part is it didn't hurt at all. It is almost gone now.  I still haven't figured out how it happened.    And man do I need to start lifting weights

My boss ordered us new laptops at work. If you know anything about nerds you know how much we love new tech.  I was so excited I kept checking the shipping and IT people to see if they had come in. Finally on Wednesday a pile of 5 laptop boxes appeared.  My coworker and I grabbed our laptops and ran gleefully back to our office. We opened the boxes and started checking them out.   Something wasn't right. These laptop were frankly kinda crappy.  They were not nearly as good as what we were promised.  I looked at the model number and a realization slowly started to dawn on me.  These weren't our laptops... we had stolen some other laptops.  You put everything back.. Turned out our order of laptops wasn't coming in until next week.

Tuesday, June 07, 2016

TWTW: May 30th to June 5th Never Trust a Nap

Monday was memorial day here in the USA, so I had the day off.  One of the first things I did that day was go for a jog.  That impressed me since usually I am not in the mood to do anything in the morning.  The weather had listed a slight chance of some rain in the afternoon.  It was sunny most of the day and the cat lay out on the balcony. A few clouds were about.  A few more clouds were about. Suddenly there came a crash of thunder and it started to pour. Jobu bolted inside in terror.  It rained and rained.

On Tuesday I finally finished a long term project I had been working on. I felt very relieved when  it mostly all worked right. Just about the time to leave work the clouds rolled in again. I might have never seen rain like this in my life. It poured and poured and poured. I believe they said we got 2 inches in an hour. Streets were flooded everywhere. It took my double the time to get home.

When I woke up on Saturday, a nice steady rain was falling. It wasn't a complete downpour but a good solid rain. Being the fool I am I decided to go for a nice long walk.  I got soaked, which was fine. I don't know If I have mentioned it on here before, but I have been doing some extra work on the side. I like to do this work when I can at the office since I like my setup there.  About noon I drive out to the office.  Instead of getting down to work I decide to go for a walk around the now deserted and rainy campus to take pictures. When I finally got to the office I found an email about my actual day job. So I did about an hours worth of work on that. By this time it was about 2 pm. I found myself suddenly very tired and with a mild headache. I couldn't concentrate. With nobody around, I decided to take a short 1/2 hour nap on the couch.  I lay down, got comfy, and drifted away. I woke up a half hour later.  I rolled over and lay there a minute with my eyes closed, just to help me wake up.. and then I could get started with this couch is surprisingly comfy... i'm just gonna.... ZZZZzzzzzZZZZ
I woke up two and half hour later and realized it was time to go to the gym.

Saturday, June 04, 2016

Campus when the students are gone

A campus becomes a very different place when the students are gone. Here are some pictures I took this morning.

I call this collection Campus when the students are gone

I call this collection Campus when the students are gone

I call this collection Campus when the students are gone

I call this collection Campus when the students are gone

I call this collection Campus when the students are gone

I call this collection Campus when the students are gone

I call this collection Campus when the students are gone

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

TWTW May 23rd through 29th: I decided to buy a Jeep

The worlds reaction at my terrible that was the week posts.

I lay down on Sunday night to fall asleep. For some reason I started to think about needed to write the TWTW post. I came up with an idea and started to flesh out the post in my head.  It would be a good three paragraphs.  Several times today I've tried to remember what I was going to blog about. I can't remember. Never trust your brain at night.

So instead I am going to talk about a jeep.  I have a list of cars I want to own in my life. A Jeep Wrangler is high on that list. I think it is because MacGyver drove one. Specifically I want an old one from before they switched body styles, pre 2007. It is really hard to find a good one and if you do they are astronomically priced.  Most ones you find are covered in rust and falling apart.

On Thursday I look over at a car dealership on the way to work and I notice this teal but nice looking jeep. I didn't have time to check it out then but on Friday night I stopped by to look at it.  All the sales people had gone home so I wasn't bothered.  It was beautiful.  I haven't seen an old TJ jeeo with so little rust. All I could find was a few bits on the hinges for the windshield.  It was also a manual though it only had the 4 cylinder engine. The price was even very reasonable.

I thought about it a lot that night and decided that I would buy it. It is so rare to find one in such good shape I decided to actually allow myself to get a loan. The jeep sold first thing on Saturday morning. I knew a jeep that nice wouldn't last long.

Monday, May 30, 2016

Music Monday: Etienne Daho - Week-end à Rome

Good to know that 80s French music was awesome.
I admit to being a little confused why they are in Rome and yet at the beach.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

How I got my Finances in Order part 5: Increasing income DEBT BELOW 10K!


As of Monday afternoon, for the first time in at least 10 years if not more, my debt level fell below 10 thousand dollars.  I am not on the final leg. I cannot see the finish line. It is like I am running a marathon and I am in the last third.  I know that around a few more turns and over a couple of more hills I will see the finish line.

We now returned to our regularly schedule programming. I managed to think of four ways that I could increase my income.

Get a Raise

You can get a raise at your current job. That isn't really apply to me. But maybe you can ask for raise and show that you deserve one.

Get a New Main Job

You could get a new job that pays more. I am not going to do that since I like my job and I have no intention of leaving. 

Sell Things

I have been amazed at the amount of junk I have had around my place.  Over years of unwise spending I had accumulated many things that I never used.  I keep finding new things in drawers or closets that are still good but that I don't use. I mostly sell o ebay. I generally get a fair price and I like not having to worry too much about getting scammed or mugged. I have a few buyers try and scam me but ebay has had my back both times. You can also try craigslist and garage sale type things. 

Work a Second/Third Job

This is the route that most people take to bring in extra money. There are all sorts of second jobs that can be found. You can make money with things you have, or with things you can do. For example, I knew a guy who had a whole bunch of nice lawn maintenance equipment, and the debt to go with them. He decided to open a part time landscaping business.

For a couple of years I kept telling myself I needed to get another job. I toyed with the idea of being a bartender on the weekends(using something I could do). I also though about delivering pizzas with my car(using something I had, a car).  Two friends getting mugged while delivering pizzas cured me of that idea.

I debated with myself, whether I wanted to use the same skills I used for my day job or if I wanted to do something completely different. A good argument can be made that if you use you mind for you day job having a second job that used physical skills would be less stressful. You can wear out your mental energy during the day and then work with your hands/body later.

I decided to use my programming skills in my off time when a good opportunity to make money showed up. Plus it pays well.

Next up in the series: Tips, Tricks, and should you get a consolidation loan.