Some of you will wake tomorrow to find the same post at GRS you saw briefly on Tuesday morning (the bike metaphor). You’ll be confused. “Is this a re-run?” you’ll wonder. It’s not. It’s a technical glitch, for which I apologize.
This site runs on WordPress, a popular blogging platform. There are many good things about WordPress, but the software was recently upgraded, and frankly WordPress 2.5 sucks. There’s a lot of behind-the-scenes suckage from a blogger’s standpoint, but what’s worse is that there are at least two problems that affect readers.
Sometimes — for no discernible reason — posts I have scheduled for days (or weeks) in the future suddenly “go live”. This happened a few Sundays ago when an entry scheduled for June went live in April. (An entry that currently only contains a single link!) And it happened on Tuesday, when the entry scheduled for tomorrow went live. There are other problems, too. For example, I cannot delete comments on some entries. Very frustrating.
Enough grousing. What you really want are articles about personal finance. I’ve collected a pile of them!
What would you do with $1,000? That’s the question U.S. News and World Report‘s Alpha Consumer, Kimberly Palmer, asked three personal finance bloggers recently. She posted my reply today, and will share other responses over the next couple days. Palmer is also holding a contest. She wants to know what you would do with an unexpected $1,000 windfall. Would you save it? Spend it? Give it away? Answer this question at Alpha Consumer to have a chance to win.
Meanwhile, Kristy at Master Your Card has an awesome piece about not judging a book by its cover (where book means: “dude in a bank”). She works in the banking industry, and has learned that you cannot assume that you know someone’s worth just by looking at them. This is 100% true, and someday soon I’ll share an example from my own life.
JLP at All Financial Matters recently wrote about a topic very relevant to my life: how to squash the new car bug. “Our Buick Rendezvous will be six years old on June 1,” he says. “The idiot side of me wants a new car.” JLP wants a Buick Enclave and not a Mini Cooper, but otherwise our situations are similar. I, too, have had to learn to shake the new car itch.
Elsewhere, Money magazine has a great “money makeover” this month. They profile a wealthy couple in their mid-thirties who keep a lot of their money in money-market fund. They’re much too young to play it safe, the article says, and should be thinking long-term. I often find these sorts of pieces boring, but for some reason I liked this one.
Finally, the Los Angeles Times recently printed a piece from P.J. O’Rourke about fairness, idealism, and other atrocities. I’m not a big O’Rourke fan, but I liked this article. His advice: go out and make a bunch of money, don’t be an idealist, get politically uninvolved, and forget about fairness.
See you tomorrow morning with the “re-run that isn’t”.
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