Archive for March, 2009

Birthday Traditions

Whenever there’s occasion that requires gifts or celebration, the BF and I like to clarify our expectations – such as a budget and activities – in advance. He really enjoys giving and receiving presents, so we pretty much try and participate in all the obvious things, such as Valentine’s Day, birthdays, anniversaries, and Christmas . The key to this being a success is that 1) we both get a say in the activity (which means there are no surprises surrounding any event – I think Lance’s GF is kind of lame for insisting that Valentine’s Day is all about the girl) and 2) there is a budget that we agree not to exceed.

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How Much Do You Care That Spitzer Nailed a Hooker and Can He Save Our Economy?

Remember Eliot Spitzer, the New York governor who got pimped out of office last year for nailing a high priced hooker? Well, he’s back in the news and I tell you, I totally love this guy. Seriously, I do. Why? Because he sits at the intersection of politics, economics, bad relationship decisions, and $1000-an-hour hookers. You can’t beat that.

Spitzer was recently interviewed on CNN’s Fareed Zakaria GPS about everything from the AIG bailout to the screwed up economy to his marriage. The interview is interesting and well worth checking out. Total run time is about 20 minutes:

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Give Freebies To Build Your Creative Portfolio

networking1For you entrepreneurs and bloggers out there, here’s a cool tip that could help blow up your business. For the PUA’s and relationships people in the audience, this is good networking advice.

I work full-time and run a little side business as a web developer and technical consultant. What I’ve recently done is set up WordPress blogs for two different clients. I didn’t do this out of the goodness of my heart, I did it to help generate more business for me. Here’s what I did.

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Moving Closer: Anger, Recession, and Relationships

Well, we’re finally in our new place (phew!).  I have to say that while moving is unequivocally not fun, I think that this move has brought us closer in many ways, and I don’t just mean the fact that my commute went from an hour plus to about 10 or 15 minutes.  I mean the BF and I are closer, and this is a very good thing.

Despite the fact that he obviously adores me, I have had lurking insecurities about this relationship from the beginning – not because of anything he’s done or hasn’t done, but because that’s just the way I am.  Statistically, every single one of your relationships will fail except maybe one, and that is only if you are very lucky.  Plus, there’s no way you can know in advance if that’s “the one,” so while you may believe it at certain points, all too often you are later proven wrong (this has certainly happened to me before).  So even though everything has been going very well on the surface, it is extremely difficult for a Virgo like me to not keep waiting for the other shoe to drop.  You know, for him to really get to know me and decide that, well, he doesn’t like me so much after all. Continued

Here’s How a Bankruptcy Works

money1This is off-topic, but I thought it was worth blogging about. I had a close family member file Chapter 7 bankruptcy in August of 2008 and the process reached a closing point on March 17. I’ll describe it a little bit and give some perspective. Hopefully you’re not in a position where you’re considering one of these, but if you are, here’s the skinny. Don’t go filing a bankruptcy without consulting an expert first.

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Add Contxts to Your Game

Discovered this little gem on Mashable.com, I’m adding it to my game immediately.

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Contxts are cool text message “business cards” that anyone with a cell phone can access. You set up an account, chose a handle, fill out your contact info, and start giving folks (re: chicks) your username. When someone sends a text with your username to 50500, they get back a text that contains the info you punched into your Contxt account. Typical info would include name, phone number, email, Twitter ID, Facebook ID, IM name, etc etc. You get 140 characters to play with, so really you can put anything in there. Simple and easy.

This way you either ditch the business cards entirely or supplement with Contxts.

Also, it’s totally free. Nice.

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