How was your summer?

How was your summer?

Today’s post is also featured on a blog called 1500days.  Please check it out! As I sit down to type, summer is within days of completion, which has no bearing on me personally.  The weather forecast is decidedly summer-like, and school has already started, the start of fall is merely a footnote on a calendar or the answer to a trivia question.  I was planning on writing a reflective post of my summer, fall provided me with a nice introduction. Let’s check the rear view mirror. This past summer was…

Free time isn’t Free

Free time isn’t Free

Who among us doesn’t enjoy some quality free time?  Certainly all hands should be raised.  Personally, I live for free time.  I don’t like when things get to busy.  I don’t even keep a planner, not on my phone, notepad, or written on my hand.  If I can’t keep things straight using nothing but my noggin, then its time to cut back a bit and simplify. Now that you think I’m lazy, let me tell you a bit about my free time.  First and foremost, I use this time to…

About Me

About Me

First and foremost, I’m a big picture guy.  I don’t get overly concerned with the specific details, as I usually figure things out as I go along.  I started running, then became a runner.  I started saving, and then became and investor.  I bought my first home, then became a landlord.  I got married, then figured out how to share our finances.  Knowing that I dress poorly myself, I had kids and now allow them to share in my misery. I’m a elementary physical education teacher and high school soccer…

Other drivers hate me – Why?

Other drivers hate me – Why?

Like every other lemming, I drove to work today.  I pulled out of the driveway at 7:26, and arrived at my destination at 7:55.  For a wonderful 29 minutes I was a member of the heard, although not really as I have this odd habit of making eye contact with other drivers.  Clearly it unnerves them, as often they gesture frantically at the pole or guard rail I’m drifting towards.  Casually, as if everything is normal, I calmly drift back into my appropriate lane of travel. Some people are very…

Would you share with me?

Would you share with me?

Would you take a few minutes and come look around my garage with me?  I’ve recently cleaned up, creating actual usable floor space, and my workbench is free of clutter for the first time in years.  Normally, my garage looks like the scene of a robbery in which the burglars were unable to find whatever they were looking for, but boy did they search high and low.  My tools are strewn about; like vines, my electrical cords are twisting and chocking everything in sight. I also have all manner of…

Become an expert at something!

Become an expert at something!

How many things do you use on a daily basis in which you actually know how the item works?  Take my car for example, I know how to turn it on, I even know how to drive it, but how does it really work?  If it won’t start, or begins to make funny noises, I’ll open the hood, and peer inside just for show, but the brilliance of the engine is lost on me. I know that my refrigerator keeps things cold, and my oven makes things hot, but other…

Gym memberships

Gym memberships

Millennials turning to more expensive boutique-type fitness studios that offer a tailored exercise experience – read a recent headline from the LA times The above headline and its accompanying article recently got my running shoes tied in knots.  Exercise need not be expensive.  As an aspiring financial humorist, and chronic exerciser allow me to examine the topic. Is there an industry more trendy then fitness?  I think not, allowing perhaps for the nutrition / diet industries which are really all just different legs of the same stool.  As a professional…

Make some extra cash – Officiate

Make some extra cash – Officiate

Several years ago, I decided I needed a diversion from the wintertime darkness, the fact that this diversion offered compensation in exchange for my time sounded wonderful.  I spent the winter months officiating young student athletes competing on the basketball hardwood. These students were looking to develop character and leadership through the avenue of athletics. They would learn to thrive under pressure, making split second decisions, while also exercising their bodies.  Happily, I could be a small part of their success by guiding their understanding of the rules of the…

Leaky toilets and noise complaints: Why I invest in real estate.

Leaky toilets and noise complaints: Why I invest in real estate.

One of my favorite things, is buying houses.  Sorry to startle you there, I’m sure you were expecting something harmless like drinking beers, playing fantasy football, or using my hand to un-jam the snow blower, all quality activities in their own right, but I rather like buying houses more then any of those other pastimes.  Generally speaking, I go for the ugly ones, they need bought too. I dress them up, and rent them out. I imagine it’s like being a pimp, except I’m dealing with property and not people,…

The day the Bird flew in…

The day the Bird flew in…

Students enter the gym with whoops and hollers, and immediately break into a run.  Entering the large empty space must be more then they can bear.  No matter how many times we go over that they are to walk in and sit on the circle at least one class per day will completely lose their marbles immediately upon crossing the threshold to the gym. This happens even when the gym is just empty space. If pieces of equipment are out they are pushed right over the edge and into hysterics. …