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Sep 172011
 

The other day, after watching my Toronto Blue Jays beat the suddenly useless Boston Red Sox, my buddy and I decide we’re going to crack out our ball gloves and head outside for a game of catch. It was really windy that day, but it was a warm wind, making it a reasonably nice late summer day.

So we’re chucking the ball, and all of a sudden I hear something fall down about 20 feet to my right. I look over, and there’s a wasp nest about the size of a football just sitting on the ground, with a whole bunch of pissed off wasps buzzing around it.

Call me a wuss, but I am absolutely petrified of bees and wasps. I don’t really know why, I can just always remember having a phobia about them. Can you imagine how much I would have freaked out if that nest would have hit me? I would have screamed like a girl and would have refused to go outside for two weeks.

Random Thing I Enjoyed This Week

I was featured in the Globe and Mail’s Me and My Money column last Saturday. Go check that out if you want a little closer look about my contrarian investment philosophies.

Naturally, I was nervous being interviewed for Canada’s national newspaper. So, I’d just like to take this opportunity to apologize for talking way the hell too much during the interview. Except, I was assured there would be a blog link in the story, and there wasn’t. So I guess we’re even.

Random Thing That Irritated Me This Week

I’m going to talk about Canadian TV, so my American readers should probably just skip down to this week’s song.

Since I watch a lot of Blue Jays baseball on Rogers Sportnet, I see a lot of Rogers Communications commercials. And, Rogers, if you’re reading, enough is enough. There’s a series of commercials starring two guys, one of which always gets into predicaments because he doesn’t use Rogers’s services. Rogers has been playing these commercials for what seems like the past 75 years, and enough is enough.

As an aside, one of the guys in those Rogers commercials is comedian Levi MacDougall. If you ever get the chance to watch his stand up routine, do it. He’s much more hilarious than the commercials would indicate.

Song I Like And Therefore You Should Too

I downloaded In The Navy by The Village People, but I won’t subject you to that. Besides, I don’t really want to admit to liking that song.

I have three songs on my ipod that are called Breathe. This one is, by far, my favorite. Plus, it doesn’t hurt that I have an unreasonable crush on Michelle Branch.

Simpsons Quote Of The Week

Homer: Florida? But that’s America’s wang!

Psychiatrist: They prefer the sunshine state.

Me So Hungy

I went down to Wal-Mart yesterday afternoon, since it’s their anniversary sale. And man, are they giving some stuff away. I loaded up on toilet paper, deodorant and toothpaste, since they were giving those things away practically for free. And because I don’t want to be a smelly bastard. The ladies don’t like guys who smell, or so I’ve been told.

Anyway, I also picked myself up some Fudgee-0 cookies, the delicious fudge centered cookie. I’m just gonna come out and say it, I think Fudgee-os are better than Oreos. Oreos are nothing without milk to dunk them in. Fudgee-os can be enjoyed naked, without the crutch of milk. Feel free to argue all you want, but facts are facts. I have better restraint than I once did, since I only ate 3 for dessert for supper.

Entertain Yourself Dammit

A tip: if you tell your real life friends that you have a blog about money, they will not care. Some will pretend to care to be nice, but they will all laugh at you. Some will be more subtle about it than others. Of course, we’re just talking hypotheticals here, this didn’t happen to me. Twice.

Here’s what I’m going to do this weekend. I’m going to fire up my laptop, plug in a gaming controller, and play Mike Tyson’s Punch Out, a game I recently downloaded to play on my NES Emulator. For those of you unfamiliar, a Emulator is a program that’ll let you play old video games on your computer. You probably shouldn’t bother with one though, or else you’ll fart away your whole weekend playing old Nintendo games. And I don’t want to be responsible for your slacking. I’m already responsible for my own.

Babe Loosely Related To Finance

This week, suggested to me by Dividend Ninja, let’s go with Jodi Beggs, the author and sexpot behind the site Economists Do It With Models. They do it with models because they can’t get real girlfriends! ZING!

Pretty hot, even for an economist. Hot and smart? I have no chance.

As an aside, if anyone wants to make a suggestion for babe of the week (or any of the categories, really) just leave a comment or shoot me an email. You’ll get credit for your idea.

Oh Right, Time For Links

Kevin from Thousandaire handicaps the Platus awards nominations in the categories he’s nominated in. He doesn’t like my chances. But he did say kind words, so I thank him for those.

My home slice (could I be less cool?) JT from Money Mamba has a really interesting look at how overcapacity in the commercial real estate market could affect residential. Great post.

Sandy may be cheap. She’s also super pissed off at Bank of America. This post is massively large and in charge.

I’ve just recently discovered Mr. Money Moustache. He’s like Jacob from Early Retirement Extreme, without the crazy. Check out how he amassed close to a million bucks in 10 years. And then, ask him for a moustache ride.

I continued my series on financial statements over at Canadian Finance Blog, this week’s was about income statements.

Holy Potato wrote an investing book. He was kind enough to supply me with a copy to review for the blog. I will most likely rip it to shreds praise it as the most wonderful book of all time.

Young and Thrifty ran a guest post by Andrew Hallam, all about how ridiculously cheap southeast Asia is. It’s titled The Ultimate Peace, Adventure and Hedonism on a Budget. Whenever I hear the word Hedonism, I always think of Hedonism Bot from Futurama. How pointlessly decadent!

Carnivals I Was In This Week

Invest it Wisely hosted the carnival of personal finance.

Control Your Cash uglied up the internet with their carnival of wealth.

That’s it, I gotta poo.

Have a good week everyone.

Tell everyone, yo!

  15 Responses to “Saturday Morning Dump: Don’t Link Or You’ll Miss Them”

  1. I don’t know about assured, but it was implied that I’d get a link in the Me & My Money column too, and didn’t… which I suppose let me put off revealing my secret identity for a little while longer.

    Go ahead and rip the book to shreds if you like. It probably deserves it: I think there is a target market for it, but it’s not for everyone.

  2. The wasps were probably angry you doubt the Red Sox.  (Yeah, I grew up in a suburb of Boston).

    I finally followed up my comment on your “Athletes are Not Overpaid” article.  Direct some of your nervous wasp energy to ripping that apart, if you’re bored.  I gave a shoutout to Wayne Gretzky so I should be safe from any Canadian readers!

  3. Congrats on the feature!

  4. Congrats!  Hey you’re the same age as me.  I thought you’d be younger since you act a little immature… *ooh below the belt* (just kidding FU, I wouldn’t say such a thing- you are awesome and I’m happy we’re both born in 83?)

    Thanks for the mention!

  5. Its been a while since I actually came on here, but your site looks awesomee! Google Reader clearly did not indicate this. 

    Also, what Rogers commercial?

    • The one where the two guys are in the museum, and the lady is talking about how some people still get their internet through the phone. And then the guy who doesn’t have Rogers knocks the head off the mannequin.

      And thanks for the compliments on the site’s look. It was time for a new look.

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