Coffee heat rising


What a depressing week. Yet another madman goes off the deep end; the President of the United States calls for “justice” and all the anti-gun nuts rattle their tambourines again, but not a soul remarks that we need a medical system that includes mental health care and that has the capacity to hospitalize and treat dangerous lunatics. Elsewhere, the Syrians stay busy killing each other, the Arab extremists have reached out to Bulgaria to kill Jewish tourists (or so we’re told…), and a U.S. ambassador opines that Israel has the right to defend itself, presumably countenancing more retaliation. Meanwhile, at least one of the girls who disappeared last week in Iowa is the child of a meth dealer. Lovely.

On the local level, I bombed the interview to get my little enterprise into the two year AAAME program yesterday. Failed to make them understand what we do and why it should matter and ended up with one of them remarking that my business is not a business but a hobby. Right. I get up at 4:30 in the morning six or seven days a week and work all the way through to 10 o’clock at night for a “hobby.”

Oh well. I guess we’ll just have to figure out how to make the thing work on our own.

As a practical matter, we’ve been doing pretty well over the past couple of months. Our biggest challenge now is marketing—getting desirable work to come in steadily—and clearly in that department the issue is to make other businesses understand how much time we can save them, and how having professionals prepare their major documents improves over giving the job to some admin or to a committee of employees who are already fully occupied with the the tasks that fit their own job descriptions.

So…is anything less depressing going on in the world? Surely there must be something

Donna Freedman is seeking votes for not one but two of her excellent articles in the Financial Olympics. She explains how to cast your vote. If you like Donna’s writing as much as I do, you should follow the links in at her post and vote for her.

A while back, Neale Frankle posted a nice piece titled “Why You Are Broke: Top Ten Reasons.” Some of these are pretty insightful: among them, marrying the wrong person and divorcing. To which I say yup, divorce’ll do it to you! If I had stayed put, I’d still be living with a man whose remarks about me behind my back were so mean-minded one of his acquaintances told me he would have no more to do with the man. But I wouldn’t be trying to get by on $25,000 a year (at best), either: by now he’s making almost three hundred grand.

There’s a very interesting discussion at Invest It Wisely: three articles positing that you could live to 100 and therefore should have an investment portfolio to keep you going that long. The last of these contains links to the first two. It’s an intelligent—and, one might add, unusually conservative—approach to retirement saving and drawdowns.

Nicole&Maggie, nearing Due Day, report that it’s mighty nice to have money to throw at a problem…and how they got to that point.

Teacher Man reflects, with dark humor, on the profitability (for him) of other people’s stupidity when it comes to credit cards.

Over at Brip-Blap, Steve contemplates the things that interfere with creativity.

Eemusings posted photos of the Sydney trip this week. Gosh!

TB has an encounter with one of the Dumb and the Feckless who populate our planet. {sigh} Where do they all come from?…

Good news at Budgeting in the Fun Stuff: Mr. & Mrs. BFS can now actually SEE the outline of their new house! Quite the palace, eh?

Evan explains what is meant by “invoice factoring” and how an entrepreneur can use it to raise cash without going into debt.

Which brings us back to one of the topics I began with and reminds me I am wayyy too depressed to keep writing this morning. And so, to breakfast…

10 thoughts on “{sigh}”

  1. @ Evan: Apparently not. Yesterday, though, I saw some reports indicating that he’d shown some bizarre behavior (at least toward the end) and that, contrary to the popular story that he was a brilliant student, he really wasn’t a particularly good student, at least not on the graduate level. The school’s not talking, so we don’t know why he was withdrawing…he may have been asked to leave, for all we know. In these parts, if you’re considered to be disruptive or a danger to classmates or faculty, you will be told to leave.

    I expect it will all come out eventually. But hey: if a guy who dies his hair red, gussies himself up in a bullet-proof Batman costume, booby-traps his apartment with enough incendiaries to blow up the building, and then goes out and starts shooting people in a movie theater is NOT batsh!t crazy, what is he?

  2. Thank you for the link. I’m split on the gun issue, myself:

    * I think this is a case where this guy could have been stopped from acquiring guns, with more rigorous checks in place. The general attitude of “if you ban guns, only criminals would have them” doesn’t apply to the psycho lunatic who buys them legally yet loses his mind.
    * On the other hand, if some people in the theater had been packing heat, he could have been taken down earlier.

    I don’t like guns, because I don’t like the idea that one pull of the trigger can end someone’s life so quickly, but at the same time, if you have them in society I think it’s a necessary evil that citizens have the right to defend themselves using the same tools that criminals are likely to use against them.

    So I don’t know. If there was a more reasonable way of banning guns so that nobody could harm others with them I’d be all for that. I’m not for a situation where citizens are defenceless against criminals or their own government.

    P.S. Thanks for the include. 🙂

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