Archive for June, 2009

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009

Too Busy To Blog

Once again, I am considering putting my blog on hiatus for a long while as, despite being unemployed, I find myself busier than ever.   Between gardening (just replanted corn seeds), mentoring people over at LiveMocha, learning a new language at LiveMocha, spending time with kids, checking on my investments and preparing for going back to […]

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Sunday, June 28th, 2009

A Great Capitalist Dies At 50; Goodbye Billy Mays

I’m sorry to hear of the passing of a great capitalist Billy Mays. At first I was usually annoyed by his late night commercials but after watching the show Pitchmen it became one of my favorite shows and I found a whole new level of respect for the man and his profession. I had planned […]

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Saturday, June 27th, 2009

Why I Hate Mortgage Brokers!

So I have a family member that is interested in purchasing a home.   They asked if I could join them at the mortgage  brokers office to look over the documents and make sure there wasn’t anything weird going on with the process.    First, I have to give you a bit of a background and you’ll […]

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Friday, June 26th, 2009

Will Someone Please Explain…Cell Phone Carriers

The iphone came on the scene back in September 2007 and two years later I’m still waiting to buy one.  In theory, I should have owned at least two different version by now: the original and the new 3G; That would likely translate into some nice cash for Apple but I haven’t done it.   I […]

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Thursday, June 25th, 2009

Lessons Learned During Unemployment: Best Things In Life Are Free

It’s a cliche to say that the best things in life are free but if you pay close attention, you’ll find this statement to be very true. I’ve had an extraordinary opportunity to do what many people would consider mundane things but they’ve had a tremendous impact on me. First, spending an unprecedented amount of […]

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Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

Credit Card Arbitrage Being Stomped Out By Transfer Fees; Effectively Dead

According to Bloomberg, Chase will up their balance transfer fee to 5% and with Advanta shutting down their credit card division and banks continuing to cut credit lines, it looks like credit card arbitrage is effectively dead and I suspected as much back in October 2008 but was hoping for a turn around. The math […]

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Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

Lessons Learned During Unemployment: Generics

During my unemployment phase in life, I cut back on nearly every expense and this included not going to Costco. I’d easily spend $1000 per month at Costco on wine, fish, and other great food but with a bleak uncertain future I opted to skip shopping there. Instead I opted to experiment and try some […]

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Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009

The Most Ludicrous Statement On Health Insurance Ever

If there is a single thing that gets my blood boiling, it’s the damn health insurance industry.    I found this article on Yahoo and read this year’s most ridiculous statement ever. Another obstacle was evident Tuesday — the insurance industry. In a joint letter to senators, the two largest industry groups warned in stark terms […]

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Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009

Lessons Learned During Unemployment: Hard Work

So now that I may be heading back to the corporate world of hard work I thought I’d share some thoughts on lessons learned during unemployment. The first relates to “hard work” and during my time off I worked outdoors a great deal doing various projects. The largest of these projects has been home gardening […]

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Monday, June 22nd, 2009

Getting Back In The Saddle

Well I’ve been unemployed now for five months and I’ve just about become accustomed to my time off routine but I’ve been interviewing in the process periodically. My interviews haven’t been with multiple companies, they have been with only two and I’ve been interviewing with these companies for the past 10 weeks. The schedule works […]

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