Category Archives: Money

Inspection Day Miracle

The spouse’s Chevy S-10 has had the service engine light on for months. One of those silly emissions-related things that cost a fortune to fix and seem designed more to support the repair industry artificially than to be necessary to … Continue reading

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Parting is Such Savory Sorrow

As I posted previously, I had so much planned for the spouse’s week away visiting family. Muck out and rearrange my room. Deep clean the whole place. Go through 20-something computers, computer carcasses, etc. Maybe, just maybe, work on web … Continue reading

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Forms Misqueue

So I am attempting to fill out IRS forms 433-A, 656 and 656-A, and part of the way through some of the basics, I open 656-B, which is not a form, but a booklet. However, it incorporates copies of the … Continue reading

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Messy and Fluffy

Rob May has possibly his best post yet, which rang a huge bell with me, on both business and personal levels. Not surprised, mind you, just that it’s cool to see someone come out and say it, reminding me of … Continue reading

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What a Gas

We are up to $200 a month for bare bones gasoline usage in the main vehicle both of us commute in. There’s no more reduction to be done. I drive the other one little enough that it still may be … Continue reading

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Atlas Shrugged

I’m extremely pleased it will be playing in Bellingham, Massachusetts on opening weekend! That’s not super close, but it’s an easy drive, not utterly absurd for an event movie, and not in the city. I didn’t want to be tempted … Continue reading

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Computer Show Shock

I went to my first computer show in 1992, almost 19 years ago. I used to go regularly, buying parts to build or fix my own machines, or ones for other people. It was the place to go. It was … Continue reading

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Focus

While this and some others in the collection are new blogs, even if ultimately old content will be ported here to consolidate my writing under one roof, some are old blogs, and it is no secret I’d neglected them for … Continue reading

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Debtor’s Prison?

I had no idea that debtor’s prison still existed! It always struck me as counter-productive. A strategic pound of flesh, as it were, appropriate when a creditor has crossed over from caring about collecting to caring mainly about punishing in … Continue reading

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$7 a Day??

Via Glenn Reynolds, things like eating on $7 a day articles really get me going. There are five of us here. That would be $245 a week! Luxury! Riches! We can afford about $100 a week, for somewhat tortured values … Continue reading

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More on the Merger Plus Wireless News Generally

Fear the merger? Don’t fear the merger? Mileage varies! Maybe everybody loses and it’s unthinkable, or maybe the industry overall is so vibrant there’s no need to block it (which we all know has no bearing on whether or not … Continue reading

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Coconut Milk

With Henry’s allergies to dairy and all nuts, he has to use soy milk. It’s a good thing he likes all things soy! To him, soy butter is as yummy and natural as peanut butter is to most of us. … Continue reading

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Drugs and Change

Recently I got an ear infection.  Not shocking, given my childhood propensity for them and the fact that I’ve been almost continuously sick since Sadie started kindergarten in September, culminating with and resuming after a quick bout of flu and … Continue reading

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Geek Practitioners

This is another in the series of posts explained/introduced here, on subsidiary blogs.  This is one of my more troubled ones. Geek Practitioners spent a long time as the name for a business I was starting as a sole proprietorship … Continue reading

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Still Poor

Just checked. Didn’t win Megamillions. Don’t often do it, but bought one a few days ago on a whim when I saw the jackpot sign in Hannaford. $127 million would solve everything! And yes, I know, but even after taxes, … Continue reading

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New Blogs

While this place has been rather fallow, between my not tweeting and the feed from Twitter failing to work properly for a while, I’ve been working on new blogs. Not sure what will happen to this, which never had much … Continue reading

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On Third Thought…

Reaching the decision from a matter of pure practicality, I should just use my original elhide.com/solo and transition a domain to map it later.  That already has page rank, so could attract ads immediately.  It still has links in the … Continue reading

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Poll of Sorts

I plan a new old blog, to which I will attempt to port my original and which will be more like that than the marital blogs have been.  Not sure to what degree I may continue/resume posting on special topics … Continue reading

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Changes

As you know if you actually read this place, which few do, it’s been mainly a repository for digests of my @jaysolo Twitter activity each day.  All well and good, but not the most compelling reading, and not what I … Continue reading

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Debt Benefits

Here’s a new and different idea: Companies offering debt-related benefits, as opposed to the more traditional emphasis placed on retirement and other things. Because yes, it is distracting (remarkable that link is from 2002, when the good times still rolled … Continue reading

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Speaking of Pricing & Value of Time

Interesting Erica Douglass post on being worth more than you think, setting a baseline and sticking to it. I’ve been having related thoughts lately, exactly the opposite of where I had been and could be taking my attitude in this … Continue reading

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Nagging Question

What does one charge as an appropriate rate to migrate a blog, from MT to WordPress or otherwise, for a blogger?

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Not Surprising to See Issues

Credit Card Ghosts, including somr interesting links to factoids and statistics about credi cards.

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Imposter Syndrome

I’ve always had trouble battling imposter syndrome, which ties into my trouble charging a lot and accepting too little income, as I discussed with the recruiter yesterday. Not that it helps for what’s a good income to change so dramatically … Continue reading

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Recruiter

Just talked with a recruiter who apparently found me on Monster.com, and had a very favorable impression of him. I’m not a fit with the specific opening he had in mind, which would have required Foxpro background, but I’m going … Continue reading

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Hoarding

Apart from cost and fussiness, depending on model, I actually like the compact florescents, and what they did to the electric bill. At least, until the electric usage we were getting billed for nearly doubled for no apparent reason. One … Continue reading

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Selling Those High Fees

On an amusingly related not to my consulting fees post the other day, here’s a post on how to sell overpriced services. The dressing part feels tongue in cheek, even though it’s tried and true advice I first saw decades … Continue reading

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Consulting Fees

This is good post on determining consulting fees, even if it does date back to January. I famously have trouble with pricing, which may be tied up somewhat with self-esteem and excessive desire to please others on my part, and … Continue reading

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Retirement

This is exactly my view of it.

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Massachusetts Income Tax Repeal On Track

This is just remarkable. Trouble is, you can vote it into law, but the legislature and governor are above the law and can twist and warp accordingly.

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