This article from Harvard Business Review—”Six ways to befriend future tech billionaires“—is not about what I thought it was going to be about. I read that headline and couldn’t click fast enough—yes, please, tell me how to be friends with people who will become very rich and then take me to the riviera. French. Italian. Any riviera.
We already have a solid history of groundbreaking cereal coverage here at the Billfold, and today I’d like to continue that legacy with my recipe for summer cereal, or: the only food I will be preparing at my house until it’s not hot anymore.
Sometimes the hair is all I can think of and sometimes I forget for a few days and then look in the mirror at the tiny whiskers growing out of my chin, my cheeks, my neck, and cannot believe, literally cannot believe, I’ve been walking around like this.
Our pal Mitchell Sunderland interviewed Alexis Neiers—partial inspiration for Emma Watson’s character in the Bling Ring and it’s SOMETHING. She’s had an insane life, and it’s crazy to read the crazy parts, obviously (“My sister Tess and I just decided we wanted to start acting and modeling—not really to get famous, but to sustain my drug habit … I was smoking 20 80-mg oxys a day, I was doing tons of cocaine, I was panhandling for drugs. I had an over-$10,000-a-week drug habit”). Her rock bottom involved reality TV and jail and rehab, but she overcame and is doing well now. Impressive, inspiring.
And the first person to get rich off of Gossip Girl fan fic will be Amazon. Followed by Warner Bros. Television Group’s Alloy Entertainment, which holds the licenses for Gossip Girl (and Pretty Little Liars and Vampire Diaries). And then the person who wrote the story about Dan and Chuck Bass’s torrid love affair will get 35% of sales revenue. If that person was me would you buy it?
I am out of money and don’t get paid for a week. I do this every single month and I am so mad at myself and I’m never going to change, am I. — B.
It costs about $3,000 to build a storm cellar. FEMA might pay you back for up to $2,000 of that, but it takes time/effort/qualifying paperwork. You also have to own the land you’re living on, presumably.