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. …

Dressing your children – Thoughts from a color blind Dad.

Dressing your children – Thoughts from a color blind Dad.

Putting on clothing is hard.  Not the actual act of placing each leg into the pant hole one at a time, I’ve got that mostly mastered, but rather the act of putting on clothing that looks good with the other clothing I’ve decided to wear simultaneously. Clothing is a nightmare, when you add in the fact that I’m color blind, dressing to impress becomes a Sisyphean task. I’ve mostly learned to manage this challenge by only wearing blue jeans, or black pants / shorts, ensuring that I can wear nearly…

Looking back can sometimes show us the way forward

Looking back can sometimes show us the way forward

I enjoy reading about others who have achieved financial freedom, it motivates and inspires me to do the same, sometime however, it makes me impatient.  These people are where I want to be, doing things I want to be doing, and yet here I am with student loans totaling $45,668 and a mortgage balance of $113,620. I want to pay off these debts, invest in my tax advantaged accounts, and continue to grow my real estate business.  As you can see, I have several different goals, all competing for my…

To save $1,800 – How hard would you work?

To save $1,800 – How hard would you work?

Once, I bought a house. This house came with a tree. Ordinarily, I like trees, but this tree and I do not get along.  Its a wild mulberry tree, which means it grows extremely fast, several feet in one year, quickly negating any trimming.  This tree, grows in a fence row, in the alley beside my property.  The alley is only a walkway, about 3 fee wide, its no place for a tree. Two or three years ago, this tree had branches rubbing against my house and roof.  Not good….

Some taxes are optional

Some taxes are optional

I awoke, much like I do every morning, and will hopefully, continue to do for the foreseeable future.  I put my feet on the floor, stood erect (inspiring envy from countless evolutionary ancestors), and traversed across the house using a bi-ped motion. I walked. What an exciting skill.  Using my feet I can easily move my whole body from one place to another.  I wondered if this worked outdoors?  I gingerly stepped outside, delightful; I thought, as I experimented with various surfaces, pavement, concrete, and grass.  Soon, I grew apprehensive…

$1,500 Lost!

$1,500 Lost!

Creating content for Gentleman of Leisure has motivated me to keep better records, evaluate my savings, and monitor my investment progress.  I have recorded my dividend income for the past few years, which has proved to be revealing and motivating, as I’m able to watch these numbers grow each year. My real estate portfolio has been a bit of a financial wild west.  I have a separate bank account for my real estate LLC, and I’ve basically just checked to make sure the account has enough money to pay the…

Marriage and Money

Marriage and Money

Whenever I needed cash, I just wrote myself a check, took it to the bank and cashed it.  I was in my mid 20’s and had never owned a debit card.  I addressed envelops, licked stamps, and wrote checks to pay my bills.  The year was not 1955, but rather 2009. My then girlfriend, now wife thought I was dimwitted. I didn’t own a computer, which is a prerequisite for online banking, thus my hands were tied (I hadn’t considered buying a computer).  I had a system that worked for…

Free Car Inspection

Free Car Inspection

I don’t condone or recommend what is written, its just something that brought me personal pleasure for a few years. I have been participating in a little project to gain a free years car inspection.  As far as I know, this project is my own idea, how good the idea is, remains debatable.  Here in PA, we must get our vehicle inspected annually which I find annoying and expensive. Nearly every year, I drop off the car, and wait for the phone to ring. “Yes, hello, its Greasy Wrench calling,…

The Winter Olympics (Ski Jumping, Curling, Biathlon)

The Winter Olympics (Ski Jumping, Curling, Biathlon)

Unlike the events of the first week, which weren’t nearly as good as my description leads you to believe; the events of week two will be placed in my permanent file to be used again in four years. We participated in ski jumping, curling, and biathlon.             The ski jumping center consisted of a stack of folded mats with several open mats for the landing area.  Giving students’ permission to jump off an elevated surface is a rare thrill, and greatly aided me in my quest to be the most…

The Olympics (Luge, Speed Skating, Skeleton)

The Olympics (Luge, Speed Skating, Skeleton)

            The Olympic ideals of fair play, good sportsmanship, and friendly competition were on display in the gym and for a few moments the students had Olympic dreams. Today we will be participating in the Olympic Winter Games, I announced to student cheering, applause, and general merriment.  I never get tired of announcing the day’s activities and being treated as if I have just proclaimed Christmas to occur twice each year.  Recreating the winter Olympics with its many variations of skiing, skating, or zipping down and icy tube on a…