On How Much Did You Spend On Music This Year

I guess I spent $399 on music this year because I caught the DAW bug taking a Coursera course where I learned Reaper, and then a friend showed me Reason. SO I bought Reason, which has improved my quality of life tremendously.

Posted on December 17, 2014 at 1:10 pm 0

On Transitional Furniture

$10 from Craigslist. Espresso in color. I think I'm going to keep mine for a while because I laminated a world map onto the top surface and it's a great conversation initializer.

Posted on December 17, 2014 at 1:00 pm 0

On The Economics of Dating, OKCupid Edition

I filled out the entire OkCupid survey with the results, "Sorry, we are unable to find any matches for you." I don't want to get married again, and many of the OkCupid questions are based on getting married. I have no objection to living with someone else but the survey ignores that aspect.

Posted on December 9, 2014 at 12:57 pm 0

On The Cost of Buying a Washer/Dryer from Sears Outlet When Six (then Seven) Months Pregnant

Ummm... I have that exact set that is shown in the article photo, but the washer is on the left and the dryer on the right. I was looking at it thinking "Why is this familiar?"

Posted on November 26, 2014 at 12:37 pm 0

On How To Get Our Belongings of Questionable Worth Across The Country

I've moved cross country 3 times: 1) Used ABF which is kind of like PODs but you fill up part of a semi trailer, section it off, and pay per foot. Cost: about $4000 including the (at the time) $99 cross country flight. 2) Used freightquote.com and packed what I wanted to move on a 40" x 48" palette. I had a lot of fun packing it, covering it with shrinkwrap, and then a forklift picked it up and put it in a semi. Cost: about $2000 not including flight (about $350). 3) Used FedEx and packed stuff into 18" x 18" x 24" boxes. By this time I had stopped moving with any furniture. Cost was about $1000 for 12 boxes and I drove the width of our great nation in 4 days (about $800 for gas and decent lodging). I enjoyed this option the most. There is a pattern here of shedding material possessions. Gradually, I got rid of lots of stuff I don't miss one bit. Finally, I got rid of all those books. Finding furniture is easy and the only thing I bought new is a bed. Since you are two persons, using the POD system is probably the best and you will have a new home with all your familiar stuff. I got rid of all the spices on the first move and emptied each container into the compost and recycled the containers. I buy salt and pepper new after each move along with cinnamon and chili powder.

Posted on November 24, 2014 at 6:20 pm 1

On Good Enough Homes & Destinations: What You Get For $475,000

Bold and whimsical? More like tasteless and kitsch. It's like a dog urinated in every room leaving its inimitable mark. Makes you want to wipe your feet ON THE WAY OUT.

Posted on November 21, 2014 at 12:12 pm 0

On American Workers Want to Know When Their Workday Ends

I used to be in an advertising agency where everyone pretended they didn't have a home. It was very stressful and almost killed me. It's important to recognize the tradeoff between success and sanity.

Posted on November 19, 2014 at 1:35 pm 0

On Eating Thanksgiving Dinner in a Restaurant is Cheating Y/N

Um... cheating? Cheating what? I avoid the entire holiday season from October to January. Is that cheating? I usually feel better around Valentine's Day but I don't get involved in that mess either.

Posted on November 19, 2014 at 1:06 pm 5

On The Allure of the Free Thing

Love the photo for this article. That pretty much sums up my feelings about free things.

Posted on November 18, 2014 at 1:45 pm 0

On How to Charge: By the Hour or By the Project

Likewise. I was told to never quote a flat rate. When I do need to create an estimate I look at the number of hours it will take and then double it. Most people who farm out to freelancers are given no budget at all. They are required to find out how much something might cost and then sit around a conference table for the rest of the week trying to figure out how to do it more cheaply.

Posted on November 14, 2014 at 1:01 pm 0