@pengu1n Tell me more! I'm kind of doing this already but with a business account set up as a DBA (My checks get written to the DBA, I deposit them in the business account and pay myself from there, leaving estimated taxes behind). Can you set up an S-corp online? If so is there a legit site you used? Do you need an attorney or an accountant to do it? Is it expensive? Now I have so many questions.
Wow. This was really interesting. I actually yelled "holy shit!" out loud when I read the amount though. I guess I don't know much about casinos because $50k/month for 300 or so people sounds like an almost inconceivable amount of profit to me.
@Erica Yeah, it couldn't hurt! I mean, interest rates on savings accounts are super shitty still, but maybe your bank (or somewhere online) has a high interest savings account. We have one at our credit union for our emergency fund. There's a limit to how much money you can have in there that gets the high interest, but I think ours is $1500 and anything over that gets the "regular" rate. Still it's a great no-hassle way to earn a tiny bit of extra money for no effort and no reason.
I think recognizing bits of our own world in the Discworld is...kind of the whole point. You caught a lot more depth to the novel than I did though, even this second time reading it. I'm always too happy to read about Carrot to look for the serious themes. The Watch is my favorite character. I love how Vimes is an equal opportunity grouch. He's working day in and day out with the "low lifes" (read: poor) that a rich person disparages so he's allowed to dislike them, and this rich person coming from a position of oblivion is not. For him it's not that we can't judge others but that you shouldn't do it from a position of total ignorance about them. I definitely see this in our world, for example in the recent articles on this site about Paltrow and the food stamp challenge. "Theft was just theft. But there were people out there who, with one easy word, would steal the humanity from people." Characters are a lot more honest in the Discworld. CMoT Dibbler for example, thinks at one point that "money in the possession of other people seemed...to be against the proper natural order of things." Could be that's what it all boils down to for thieves and extreme socialism alike.
I'm sad that this is a thing now that we have crammed into a portmanteau. "Promposal?" Blegggghhh. I'm pretty sure I was never even asked to a prom. I was already in a relationship so it was just assumed we were going. I did hear third-hand about a guy I used to have a crush on asking his girlfriend by spelling it out on her ceiling in glow in the dark stars, which is kind of neat I guess, if you're going to do anything. But that probably cost $25 tops for those sticky stars.
@pearl Well we debated too long instead of just booking the flight we saw and now the deal is off. :( Hope I'll see it come back in my RSS feed soon.
@pearl @sp8ce Hmm, those appear to be practically the same sites--colors are the same as is the post scheme. But I will check them out! I am super intrigued by the STL to Tokyo deal I saw since the hubs and I have been talking about that trip for years now.
@BornSecular OK I just learned you can ask Google and there is a sweet map that shows all the places and prices in a continent or country. I might lose my afternoon to this thing.
So what's the best way to find these flight deals? I'm not picky about my destination for this theoretical trip to Europe. I'd be more interested in finding the cheapest flights and then building around that. Do airlines list their flash sales or anything that I'm just missing?
If ever I win the lottery or some other unexpected and huge sum of money, my husband and I would use it to take the Grand Tour. Of course this will never happen as we refuse to buy lottery tickets, but still, a girl can dream, right? Also about being a poor, plucky heroine who suddenly becomes an heiress?