I forgot to put on deodorant the other day. Is it any wonder I’m single?
I’m not telling you that so you’ll laugh at me. (Okay, maybe a little) I’m taking this opportunity to make a public service announcement about the importance of getting a “stink buddy”. A stink buddy is a simple concept. It’s somebody you work with on a daily basis, probably a friend in the office. You and your buddy make a pact, letting the other one know if there’s ever an odor problem. This extends beyond body odor to things like breath and making sure there’s nothing stuck in your teeth. Or visible boogers. Nobody likes those.
As an independent chip guy, I really don’t have any co-workers. I just have customers. As a result, I can’t really have a stink buddy. Luckily for me, my job is physical enough that I end up sweating pretty good before noon anyway, so I probably just stank a little worse than usual.
Before we get to the good stuff, I just wanted to tell you guys about a short little investing book written by John, the author of the Holy Potato blog. It’s a relatively short book, directed at Canadian investors without much experience in the arena. He does a nice job of explaining the basics of RRSPs, TFSAs, ETFs, and all sorts of other acronyms. If you’re an investing rookie, I’d recommend the book. I read it and was entertained, and we all know I have the attention span of some sort of farm animal. So go pick it up already. Plus, there’s pictures of bunnies. Not just regular bunnies either. Cute ones.
Song I Like And Therefore You Should Too
This is the only good song by the Dropkick Murphys. But man, is it good. These guys have a wee bit of Irish in them methinks. Does anyone know why I have the sudden urge to drink a bunch of whiskey and hit all my relatives?
Simpsons Quote Of The Week
Grandpa (at the Social Security office): I’m old! Gimme gimme gimme!
Gambling Is Fun
After a solid 2-1 performance last week, I’m starting to think maybe I should start wagering actual cash. Then I look down at my overall record and reality hits. I’m taking my Colorado Avalanche to win straight up against the lowly Flames, especially considering Calgary got hammered by Chicago just last night. I’m taking the under (10.5) for the number of rounds in the Pacquiao/Marquez fight tonight. (And no, I won’t be watching.) And finally, even though this won’t be published until after the game starts, I’m taking Nebraska minus the 3 points against a very distracted Penn State team.
Overall record: 4-7-1
A Post You Might Have Missed
Everybody likes a good list post. Add hot chicks to the mix and you’ve got blogging gold!
My post about the 5 hottest women on business tv was one of those posts that got a fair amount of attention around the blogosphere, helping launch my greatness. Plus, it greatly increased my chances of getting slapped in the face if I ever meet any of these women in real life. Click through to relive the awkwardness.
The More You Know
Come on random Wikipedia article. No whammy! No whammy! Stop!
The Walk of Life was an expedition from London to Khartoum in the Sudan that began on 5 December 1985 on the South Bank, London and was completed on 22 April 1986 in Khartoum, Sudan. The distance covered was 2,500 miles. It was organized and led by John Abbey. There were five members of the team. Three walked; John Abbey, Brian Seymour, and Andrew Stuart, and two drove the back-up vehicle; Alan Munro and Peter Lawton. Their involvement was to organize publicity and fundraising on-route and to support the walkers in the desert. It is notable that this was the first time anyone had walked from London to the Sudan.
Meh. It’s no Terry Fox run, but whatever.
Pick A Stock. Any Stock.
This category was not well thought out. I’m starting to run out of ideas like 4 weeks in.
Have I picked Research in Motion yet? (Checks archives) No? Good.
The stock is trading right around book value, which is almost unheard of for a technology company. The balance sheet has plenty of cash, and there’s not a nickel of debt. While earnings and revenue are declining, they’re still making money, making 63 cents per share, during what’s be traditionally their weakest quarter. Using that as a base, they can easily make $2.50 per share, which is pretty succulent for a stock that trades under $19. This one needs more research, but it passes the back of the napkin test.
Babe Loosely Related To Finance
Considering yesterday was Remembrance Day, let’s go with Hitler’s mistress Eva Braun!
I’m just kidding.
I’m generally not a fan of chips that don’t come from the company I work for, but I’ll make an exception for these Australian ones.
You probably didn’t even notice the chips, did you?
Time For Links
Mike from Money Smarts Blog wonders why more people don’t buy annuities. The answer is because seniors are kind of paranoid that as soon as they buy the thing, they’ll keel over from a massive heart attack. That’s just a risk you’ll have to take Mildred.
Krystal looks at the optimistic future salary expectations for teenagers and asks if they’re out of touch with reality. Uh, yeah, of course they are. Hell, I know adults that are out of touch with reality. Why should teenagers be any different?
Control Your Cash had a mailbag. (Well, they had two actually. Link is to the second one) Methinks they might have made up some of the questions. Quick, get your question in for the next one, so you can be mocked in front of an audience.
My weekly effort over at Canadian Finance Blog, reminding everyone that maybe we should think about stuff other than money once in a while.
If you’re a blogger and you’re reading this, you’ve probably had some of these thoughts. Fabulously Broke asks if blogging is a waste of time, considering how it’s not terribly profitable. Interesting thoughts.
Darwin’s Money takes a look at U.S. unemployment by college major. The results are pretty much as obvious as you’d think.
How could I forget this? My
internet girlfriend chick who tolerates my awkward advances for some reason, Young and Thrifty, is giving away some stuff to celebrate her second blog birthday. Luckily I hit on her and not her blog, or it would make me a major pedophile.
Canadian Capitalist has all the info on the new Vanguard Canadian ETFs. Lower fees are good for all investors. Well, except for the dumb ones.
And finally, congrats to Broke TO for convincing me to get a flu shot. I guess I’ll have to go a whole winter without getting someone sick.
Control Your Cash had one. I link to them a lot. Google probably thinks we’re lovers.
Have a good week everyone.