So I’ve been hearing a lot about this Financial Blogging Conference, being held in the windy city of Chicago during the first weekend of October. At first I dismissed the idea of going, figuring that the conference is only for the big boys. The more and more I think about it though, the more I want to go. The longer I spend in this business and the more I get to know other bloggers, the more I want to meet them and hang out with them in real life.
My goal for the rest of the year is to make enough money off this blog to go to Chicago for 5 days or so, giving me some time to wander around the city and going to the conference. I figure $1500 will be enough to do it. Plus, I could be in town for the Blue Jays’ final series of the season, against the Chicago White Sox.
Next step is to try to get the time off work and to start earning the $1500 I need to cover expenses. So yes, you guys may see some more sponsored posts.
Random Thing That Irritated Me This Week
I hate people who brag about how little sleep they get.
One of my chip customers was bragging about how he only gets 4-6 hours per night. He even went as far to point out how much more productive he was than others who get their whole 8 hours every night. He works at a gas station. The only reason he can afford his own house is because he lives in the middle of nowhere where a house rents for $400 per month. I think he spends his additional waking hours smoking weed. So good for him.
Getting less sleep isn’t really that good if someone doesn’t accomplish anything.
Random Thing I Enjoyed This Week
I met the redhead for the first time since she rejected me. Well, sort of.
I got my haircut on Tuesday. The hairdresser is in the only mall in town, where the main anchor tenant is a grocery store. I went into the grocery store to pick up some lunch. Being a former grocery store employee, I like to wander around grocery stores and check out their displays, new products, and so on. I know, I’m so cool.
Anyway, I walk towards the bakery, seeing a whole bunch of kids getting a tour. I remember touring a grocery store when I was about that age, so I thought that was pretty cool. The kids start walking toward me, and their teacher, bringing up the rear, suddenly appears around the corner. Guess who it was?
If you guessed the redhead, you’d be very warm.
So she looks up, makes eye contact with me, and instantly looks down towards her shoes. She was clearly embarrassed. This amused me.
Song That I Like And Therefore You Should Too
Let’s go with a song that is ridiculously fun to play on Rock Band. Sorry Young and Thrifty, I’m not talking about that stupid Friday song. It’s Jimmy Eat World kids.
I dare you not to play air guitar during that solo about two thirds of the way through.
Simpsons Quote Of The Week
Homer: Son, when you participate in sporting events, it’s not whether you win or lose. It’s how drunk you get.
Sports TV You Should Be Watching This Week
I’m watching Shark Tank while I type this post.
For those of you unfamiliar, Shark Tank is the American version of Dragon’s Den, going as far as having both Kevin O’Leary and Robert Herjavec as sharks. It’s not quite as good as Dragon’s Den, but it’s pretty much the same thing, so I’d recommend it.
I’m starting to get bored of NCAA basketball. The MLB season starts at the end of the week, so that’ll be fun for at least two of us.
Blogging Snack of The Week
I usually don’t get too excited about new products that my employer introduces, but I am for this one. I am almost convinced they’re going to make me fat again.
They’re Rold Gold Chocolate Covered Pretzels, and they are more addictive than crack. The mixture of the sweetness of the chocolate and the saltiness of the pretzels is wonderful. We cracked one open today during work and it didn’t last the whole day. I think they’re only a limited time product, so run to your local grocery store and stock up today.
As for the weight loss, I had a good week this week, dropping down to 231.4. That’s over 4 pounds this week and over 37 in total. I’m only 11 pounds from my goal, which I figure I can get done in about 3 weeks. I still have a little belly, but it’s barely visible over my shirt. I’m so sexy.
Babe Loosely Related To Finance
Rather than a picture, let’s go with a video this time. These sexy babes are brought to you by Rachelle from Landlord Rescue.
That might be the best ad I’ve ever seen for a house. Those dirty Aussies!
Oh Right, Time For Links
I’m not a big fan of I Will Teach You To Be Rich, because most posts make me feel like I’m reading an infomercial. This week though, Ramit posted a terrific guest post on Avoiding Paying For Credentials You Don’t Really Need.
Money Smarts posted a review on Interactive Brokers. The biggest appeal for me is the ability to trade on the European or Japanese markets.
Jim from Retire Happy Blog debunks the myth of half of your earnings going to taxes.
I think The Financial Blogger is a little bit attracted to his business partner. There are very few people I’d be willing to partner with, so I end up trying to do most things myself. This arrangement works out quite good for me.
Andrew Hallam talks about how ridiculously easy it is to become licensed to sell mutual funds in the U.S.
I liked six ways to make extra money, posted on Financial Highway.
Brip Blap explains why everyone should want to be wealthy. His post didn’t have an awesome picture of a Wal-Mart greeter though.
Lazy Man and Money lists the 15 most profitable movies of all time. Surprisingly, Spice World wasn’t one of the movies.
And finally, some dude in Nunavut dug up a dead body and made sweet love to it.
Carnivals I Was In This Week
I was in the totally money carnival over at Money Mamba.
I also participated in the carnival of personal finance at Fiscal Fizzle.
I was once again in the Canadian finance carnival.
That makes three carnivals. Aren’t you all proud of me?
Have a good week everyone.