Probably about the time you’ll read this, I’ll be on my annual vacation to Las Vegas. This is either my fourth or fifth visit to Sin City, because if I lack anything, it’s imagination. I’ve already looked at the forecast, and it’s going to be above 30 degrees every day I’m going to be there. That’s the main reason why I’m going to be there.

There are people who get a little excited about vacationing, talking about how visiting Europe or Central America or whatever changed their lives, who are more obsessed with checking off some new destination off their list. We all know I think that kind of stuff is really overrated, that those people are more concerned with being able to brag that they’ve been to exotic destination ‘x’ than they are about anything else. Among a certain crowd, the places you’ve been have replaced the big house or nice car as the luxury item worth bragging about.

So where’s the line? How can you tell whether a vacation is because someone wants to go somewhere, or because it’s an actual legitimate desire? Damned if I know. It’s a tough call.

You know when people say “I want to see ALL the places?” I’d be willing to bet those people are just looking to one up all their traveling friends. There’s no desire to go to certain places and see certain things, there’s just a desire to escape and have stories to tell people once they get back home.

I’m no expert on psychology. I don’t know the answers to stuff like that. All I know is it’s obvious to me this exists, and it’s no better than any alternate form of materialism. Avoiding stuff like this is key to becoming rich.

Song I Like And Therefore You Should Too

I was all set to give you guys Romeo and Juliet by Dire Straits, and then I realized I featured that song like three weeks ago.

So instead, let’s CRAZY THIS CRAP UP, YO. It’s Rammstein, German heavy metal. This song is about fire. Because it’s heavy metal, and of course it is. Just once, I’d like to hear these guys singing about cute kittens.

Simpsons Quote

Lisa: It’s awful being a kid. No one listens to you.

Abe: It’s rotten being old. No one listens to you.

Homer: I’m a white male, age 18 to 49. Everyone listens to me – no matter how dumb my suggestions are.

Thing You Should Watch

Have I mentioned how much good stuff is on Youtube? It’s amazing. There’s a ton of full documentaries on there now. Interesting stuff too, not just something some guy with an iPhone ripped off his TV. Plus, you can listen to entire audio books. I continue to be flabbergasted at the free content that’s available online.

Anyhoo, here’s a full documentary about the business of marine amusement parts. It’s interesting if you’re invested in Sea World.

Note: if you watch this, you probably won’t want to go back to any sort of marine amusement park. Not that you’d want to anyway on account of you’re an adult, but still.

A Post You Might Have Missed

I went and saw the Moneyball movie. And because it’s what us bloggers do, I got all motivated and wrote a blog post about how baseball analytics is like value investing. Hey, don’t judge me. I was inspired. Yes, it’s possible to be inspired without a vision board on Pinterest.

Nelson’s So Funny

That joke was terrible. I regret nothing.

Dirty Word In Words With Friends

Let’s go with ‘swabber’ which isn’t a word according to my web browser. YOU CHEATING WORDS WITH FRIENDS BASTARDS I’M ONTO YOU.

My user is ‘nelsmi’ and your user is probably ‘nelsonisntcool’. It seems like destiny that we’d play.

Babe Loosely Related To Finance

Oh hey, I should probably reveal the winner of the hottest woman on business TV bracket. Voting for the final was as close as I predicted, with the winner pulling out the victory by a mere three votes. Without further adieu, she is…

Catherine Murray

I know of at least one person who is glad this contest is over once and for all. Oh hell, it’s all of you.

Time For Links

Let’s start things off with Robb from Boomer and Echo’s new blog, because apparently the dude doesn’t have enough going on. The new offering is called Earn. Save. Grow., and it’s all about increasing your income and investment returns. He makes fun of Derek Foster and Robert Kiyosaki, which is always fun. God, Kiyosaki is such a scumbag.

Garth Turner has a nice tribute to recently departed former Finance Minister, Jim Flaherty. I liked Flaherty, but I have to admit being surprised on how sad everyone was about this. I guess it was just because of the crappy timing of the whole thing. Imagine kicking it less than a month after you retire? Damn.

Also, I dare you to read his very last tweet and not feel genuine human emotion.

Charles from Getting A Rich Life thinks travel hacking is a “game changer.” While I think the idea is pretty cool (and much more feasible for readers south of the border), I’d just like to point out the easiest way to save money on travel is to, you know, not travel. Still, good post. Interesting stuff.

I was in the Carnival of Wealth last week over at Control Your Cash. It’s worth your time, even with the professional wrestling references.

An important lesson over at Save. Spend. Splurge., reminding everyone how important negotiating a competitive salary really is. Look for more on this later on in the week, but I really think this phenomenon has more to do with the gender wage gap than the ladies would care to admit.

That’s about it. Have a good week everyone.

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