Thursday, February 10, 2011

This is Life.

I want to make a change, but I'm not sure what.

I want to be happier during the day to day, but I'm not sure how.

I feel good today, I want this to be typical.

I'm not that sad, but I'm not that stoked.

There are too many stressors in life. Not big ones, just little ones. I want to change my state of mind.

Things are too busy.

Some days I hate my job, and some days I love it.

Some day (sooner rather than later!) I want to do my own thing. Live my own life. Work for myself. Get my expenses down so that I can work for myself, and not for everyone else.

I need a plan. I have a plan, actually. It's direct in some ways and vague in the other. I need to work toward what will benefit me and not worry about the rest.

I do not believe that our culture sets us up to be healthy, rested individuals. I want to be a happy, healthy, rested individual.
**Photo of my favorite park as a teenager.  From City of Bellingham's Website,**

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Ke$ha: Personal Finance Guru?

Following Trent’s from The Simple Dollar’s lead ( I have been putting some serious thoughts into inspiration lately.  Who inspires me?  What inspires me?  There are many things.  Most of these things are dull.  Ke$ha is pretty high up there on the inspiration list, financial and other wise. 
I’m not going to spend this post calculating the pennies per use for toothpaste vs. a bottle of Jack Daniels, but I will bring you the solid lyrical evidence of why Ke$ha can set an example for us twenty-somethings trying to party and live well.  

First of all, the name:  Ke$ha.  K-E-Dollar $ign-H-A.  I don’t know if it gets any better.  I know it’s been a sign of controversy, but from a personal finance perspective, she really does represent for the symbol of currency.  

Starting with her first hit, “Tik Tok”, Ke$ha states:  

“Drop top and playing my favorite cds, rolling up to the parties, trying to get a little bit tip-ssssyyyy.” 
How can Ke$ha afford to get tipsy?  Because she listens to CDs.  (I mean, in all honesty, she probably does get her drinks for free, but that’s not the point in this example.)  Many of us think of CDs as ancient, a lost form of musical representation.  The eight-track of the 90’s, but not nearly as cool.  Ke$ha name drops CDs with no shame.  Ke$ha doesn’t NEED a goddamned I-Pod, folks.  She doesn’t need to tell the world she’s better than everyone else because she has a little pod full of shit she purchased off of I-Tunes.  Hell, Ke$ha has FAVORITE CDs.  She may not even have an I-Pod hook up in her car, which probably means she drives an older model, which is probably paid off.  

Later, in Tik Tok, she states “Don’t got a care in the world but got plenty of beer.  Ain’t got no money in my pocket but I’m already here.”  

Ke$ha shows in this statement what she really values:  beer.  This proves a couple of things.  The first is that Ke$ha is not against drinking beer.  She doesn’t need any damn Cristal or Grey Goose.  Give her a 6 pack (or more) and she’ll be just fine.  This statement also alludes that she values fun, and supposedly, friends.  Even when she doesn’t have money in her pocket, she can value the experience for what it is.  She’s not going to sit in the corner complaining that she has no money.  She’s going to party, be carefree, and probably dance.  

“You build me up, you break me down, my heart it pounds, yeah you got me…”

You’ve got me, Ke$ha.  


Friday, February 4, 2011

Hobbies R Kewl

I have been sucked into the realm of mopeds by my dear friend Bunny.  I held off on getting one until I could find a good deal/was in the right mental state.  After two rallies the itch just wouldn't go away.  I had to be part of this fucking club, even if I am entering at 10 mph. 

This is my 1979 Puch Maxi, Goldie.  I really know very little about her just yet.  She is slow as SHIT and needs a lot of work.  In general, though, she is quite stylin and will serve me well.  I will get more pictures soon.  She basically has rocket blasters on the back (not pictured).  She runs (YAY!) but will still need a lot of TLC.  I am going to learn to do some maintenance, with the help of a friend, since I am a social learner. 

And if Goldie weren't enough, there's also SYLVIA! 

Sylvia is a 1977 Columbia Commuter.  She works really well, actually.  There are a couple of things I want to do to her, but I want to keep her "stock" and not make her too damn fancy.  I love her the way she is, for the most part.  This way, when Goldie is being a pain in the butt I can ride her. 

After meeting people at rallies I am finally meeting  some moped people in the Seattle area, which is great.  Also, my dear Bunny is moving here, so I'll have even more moped friends in close proximity.  Having a new way to spend my time with fun people is really all I need in life.  There's something about bonding and socializing with a community that helps with my level of value and happiness. 

Financially speaking, the mopeds were only $700!  $700 for two running mopeds, even if one runs kind of bad is great in my opinion.  There will be extra costs with fix up, but generally speaking they're not going to run me bankrupt. 

This is one big financial thing I've been wanting to do for a bit.  Next:  paying off the car.  By May!  Let's go!