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Entries from December 2004


Friday, December 31st, 2004 · 2 Comments

When I wrote the other day about the early death count of those killed by the tsunami — 40,000 — I was having a hard time coming to grips with that number. The latest death toll, however, is mind-boggling and utterly staggering: 125,000 and rising. The majority of the deaths are in Indonesia, where nearly […]

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Tags: the world

The Automatic Millionaire

Wednesday, December 29th, 2004 · Comments Off on The Automatic Millionaire

On Saturday Jordan recommended that I read a book called The Automatic Millionaire by David Bach. I picked it up on Sunday and finished reading it yesterday. It’s a really good and motivating quick read that I’d strongly recommend everyone should read — especially those of us in our twenties and thirties. The book covers […]

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Tags: books


Tuesday, December 28th, 2004 · Comments Off on Tsunami

If anything should put things into perspective, it should be the multi-continent tsunami that has struck 11 countries in Southeast Asia and even part of Africa. The death toll has risen to 40,000 and the situation doesn’t seem to be improving. Just let that sink in for a moment: 40,000 people killed. That’s bigger than […]

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Tags: the world


Monday, December 27th, 2004 · Comments Off on Perfect

Soft, light, fluffy. Not too cold. Not too wet. The perfect snow fell over night and continues to come down this morning. There’s nothing that energizes me more or gets me out of the bed with such enthusiasm like a good snow. Perfect skiing snow. Perfect stand outside and stare up to the heavens while […]

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MBNA Debates

Sunday, December 26th, 2004 · Comments Off on MBNA Debates

If you haven’t noticed, there’s some good discussion going on in my Buh-Bye, MBNA post. Someone who calls herself Kalora started the debate by slinging insults my way (telling me “get a clue” and to “grow up”) because she seems to think that my eyes are not “wide open,” like hers apparently are. I shot […]

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Tags: rants

ING Orange Savings

Thursday, December 23rd, 2004 · Comments Off on ING Orange Savings

Not too long ago I read a book called The Millionaire Next Door. It really struck home with a number of chords, and among the many lessons learned, one was to constantly monitor your budget and track where every penny goes. Outflow is equally, if not more so, important than inflow. There was also mention […]

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Tags: money

What Snowmen Do in the Summer

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2004 · Comments Off on What Snowmen Do in the Summer

(Thanks, Jen, for the photo.)

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Tags: comedy


Monday, December 20th, 2004 · Comments Off on Snowonderful

Dear California Friends: Aren’t you jealous that you don’t get to partake in the ass-cold Northeast winters like I now do? My treemometer reads 8 degrees this morning and the Weather Channel tells me it’s -1 degree (maybe my treemometer froze?) and feels like -26 degrees. That’s right, my friends: Feels like minus twenty-six degrees […]

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Tags: saratoga springs

Debating the CA Conservative

Thursday, December 16th, 2004 · Comments Off on Debating the CA Conservative

As many of you who read my blog know, Alan, an old friend of mine from Sacramento, has a blog that he encourages those of us with differing world views to read (recently re-branded as The California Conservative). Though I haven’t engaged in direct dialogue as much with him lately, Jen has certainly risen to […]

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Tags: politics

Saratoga First Impressions

Wednesday, December 15th, 2004 · Comments Off on Saratoga First Impressions

One year ago today I wrote a pretty comprehensive blog entry about my first impressions of Saratoga Springs. I had just returned from a three-day trip to the town that’s now been my home for nearly a full year. Time really flies when you’re having fun. Everything I wrote in that post about having a […]

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