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February 13, 2006 10:09 AM Business & Finance  |   Link
When It's All About Self-Control

Well I think this is more like Personal Finance and thought it was interesting.

Out of the retail rat race (SF Gate)

J and I finished a budget/finance class last month and have actually been able to reduce alot of our expenses by 20% first and foremost just by shopping at certain stores. The other thing is that we've always looked first at Craigslist to shop for 2nd hand goods. In most cases alot of the goods were hardly even used so we end up with a really good deal on something almost new. Even when we redecorated the house we found things on Craigslist to supplement things we bought retail...but if I were to do it all over again I think I'd probably be more diligent with Craigslist and buy pieces over time rather than hit up the retail shop for new.

So when I stumbled upon this article I was really excited to hear that there are alot more folks out there are more aware of their spending and want to make a difference. Our friends who took the finance class with us tells us about the fun treasure hunts of thrift store shopping. Like finding an Armani suit for a few dollars. I used to go into those shops once in a while in college to hunt for just a set of shirts but in my bigger days couldn't really enjoy the stores...however I have a new buddy who knows all the great finds and I'm more than half my size from those days.

But I've noticed these days I'm not really much of a shopper. The money I'm saving is actually making a difference in maintaining a one wage-earner house...and the biggest thing is I am not hung up on what people think and I'm not going into debt to buy new things.

February 10, 2006 05:38 PM Just Because  |   Link
RFJ: Request for Jacket

If you can tell me where I can get a German Olympic Team jacket please email. I love the green and orange colors...they just go so well with my site!

Whine  |   Link
Ok Ex-AV'ers You'll Love this One

Remember way back when in 1999-2001, Altavista ventured into portal land to go up against Yahoo and created "Live!"

Well guess who's rebranding their portal and renaming it "Live!"?

Microsoft Rebrands MSN to Focus on Content

How funny!

February 09, 2006 05:25 PM Whine  |   Link
When It's Coming Down There's Still More To Keep it Going Down

Gosh this week didn't start well and it seems that it only got worse over time...there are of course some highlights of spending quality time with some women I've gotten to know more over the last 6 months. But the negatives are definitely a heavier burden when there are 3 big things you want so bad to turn out right.

In other areas of my life it seems that God is listening and watching out for folks in my life...I pray that continues...I'm just hoping that things turn out better for me in the next few days or I'll really turn into a mess. I think I'm at the lowest and I'm hoping that something will turn around.

Update on car accident: things were settled and a cut was check...I can't remember if I wrote about it. J and are fine and the car will be getting new doors shortly. J is of course looking for good deals and plans to replace them himself.

PS: The book exchange was a success and some have highly suggested of having another one before summer...you know before you head off for those nice long vacations to get away from work(sorry I can't relate) and stock up on a new batch of books.

Whine  |   Link
All the Words are Mixed Up

Don't get me wrong I totally enjoy many cultures and languages but I've come to this point when I can't find the right words in one language I remember it in another language. I can definitely get my Cantonese, Spanish, and even a bit of Tagalog and Hebrew all mixed up.

I'm confused.

February 07, 2006 03:55 PM Food & Wine  |   Link
When My Favorite Winery Has a Blog...

...I know my family is going to tease me like crazy. I remember one cousin joking that she wasn't surprised that my church has a blog(Taproot)...and btw just added podcasts(Resonate) to that list of technology.

Hey Bryan, why not a podcast of the Wine Club parties? Or even video? Would help bring more wine lovers to your site!

St. Supery Wine Club Blog

Just Because  |   Link
It's Beginning to Feel Alot Like Summer

It's in the 70s today...get that 73 to be exact. Decided to clean up the garden and clean some windows. It was really nice to be home today...heck I'm home everyday :)

Whine  |   Link
When It's Coming Down

I can be up 100% and in 2 weeks down to 20%...argh.

On top of bad news from client side...this past week has been horrible.

On the happy side, the book exchange was a really fun event. I have thoughts for next time but all around it was great to see the books and pick up a few for myself. It was a blast.

February 05, 2006 02:42 PM Just Because  |   Link
Sand Art but No Castles Here

Sand Fantasy
This lady perform sand artworks by hand over a glass top that is projected on a screen. It's pretty amazing and the music is very relaxing. I wonder what it's like live but watching some of the clips was quite fun.