The Optimizer

LET’S GET READDDDDDDYYYYYYY TO RUMMMMMMMMBBBBBBBBBBBLLLLLLLLLLEEEEEEEEE” Deaf­en­ing cheers from the crowd fill the air as heavy bass is pumped into the room. Strobe lights flash. The antic­i­pa­tion is pal­pa­ble. All of the sud­den, a con­cen­trat­ed beam of light appears on the announc­er stand­ing towards the front of the ring. All eyes focus on him as the cheers … Read more

9 Month Rental Update

I’ve now been a land­lord for 8 months, 4 days, and 23 hours.* I nev­er would have imag­ined learn­ing so much about myself, oth­er peo­ple, and how the world oper­ates in just a few months, but I’ve crammed what feels like a life­time of knowl­edge into that time frame. Neigh­bor inter­ac­tions I was a bit hard on my neigh­bor­hood when I moved … Read more

Monthly Status Report: November 2017

Dis­claimer: some links may be affil­i­ate links. They help off­set the cost of keep­ing this blog run­ning! Why do I do a month­ly sta­tus report? I find it best to do a month­ly sta­tus report for a few rea­sons. It helps me eval­u­ate how I did the pre­vi­ous month. Did I hit a tar­get reduc­tion in spend­ing or did I go way over bud­get for … Read more

Giving Thanks 2017

Anoth­er Thanks­giv­ing is upon us! Out of all the hol­i­days, Thanks­giv­ing is one of my favorites. It’s less con­­sumer-dri­ven than oth­er hol­i­days despite the retail market’s best efforts, the weath­er isn’t super cold, I get extra days off from work, peo­ple type what they’re grate­ful for all month long online, and there’s tons of deli­cious foods … Read more

I’m Turning Down 2.7 Million Dollars

That’s right, you read that head­line cor­rect­ly. By quit­ting my job, or in cor­po­rate office jar­gon “resign­ing my posi­tion”, I am turn­ing down the oppor­tu­ni­ty to earn at least 2.7 mil­lion dol­lars. (Based on my cur­rent salary and assum­ing I wouldn’t get rais­es or pro­mo­tions.) That’s like get­ting a lot­tery tick­et, win­ning, say­ing no thanks, pour­ing lighter flu­id on it, … Read more

Two Years with Project Fi

It’s time for anoth­er update on my awe­some phone plan, Google’s Project FI. I wrote one post when I switched and anoth­er post last year with my impres­sions of the plan. As a quick recap, I was on a grand­fa­thered unlim­it­ed data plan with Ver­i­zon until late 2015 when they announced they were jack­ing up the costs to $110/mo. My … Read more

Takin Care of Business: FinCon 2017 Recap

At last! Gwen writes her recap of Fin­Con 2017! I know you all were los­ing sleep all week wait­ing for it, so with­out fur­ther ado.… my recap! Now, I’m not going to get super into the details this year. It’s not going to be an epic 4500+ word post where I write about each per­son I met (cough … Read more

Monthly Status Report: October 2017

Dis­claimer: some links may be affil­i­ate links. They help off­set the cost of keep­ing this blog run­ning! Why do I do a month­ly sta­tus report? I find it best to do a month­ly sta­tus report for a few rea­sons. It helps me eval­u­ate how I did the pre­vi­ous month. Did I hit a tar­get reduc­tion in spend­ing or did I go way over bud­get for … Read more

Chautauqua 2017: Lessons Learned

As pre­vi­ous­ly dis­cussed in my Chau­tauqua recap post, I had a real­ly amaz­ing time hang­ing out with new and old friends, tak­ing in the beau­ti­ful scenery, and learn­ing some pret­ty inter­est­ing things. I cov­ered the friends and scenery in the last post, so.….… time to talk about the lessons I learned! Les­son 1 Our host Cheryl gave a pre­sen­ta­tion on … Read more

Mew’s Big Adventure.… and My Big Crisis

Side­note: I write this from Dal­las! Things are heat­ing up down here as Fin­Con final­ly approach­es. I’m look­ing for­ward to see­ing every­one and learn­ing lots of things. Respons­es to emails, tweets, and com­ments will prob­a­bly be delayed. There will be a new post next Mon­day, though. Stay tuned! The scene: Me, com­ing home on a Sun­day after­noon after … Read more