The Power Of A Phone Call

Haggling. It’s a word that conjures up exotic imagery of wet markets and distant locations around the globe….you know, the kind of thing you expect to do on vacation.

Unless you’re shopping for a car, or traveling overseas, “haggling” just isn’t a word that comes up frequently in the “first world”. Most people walk into a store, restaurant, or other place of business, and assume that prices are just fixed…

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February 2017 Dividend Income And Expenses

Is winter over yet? I’m SO ready for Winter to be over…but sadly spring is still a long ways off in the Pacific Northwest.

Technically spring is supposed to start in April, along with the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival. Unfortunately, Old-man winter always takes a lot of convincing to leave.

In my mind, spring really doesn’t get started until May around here. Usually the snow and freezing rain have stopped by then…

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Who Wants Free Entertainment?

“All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.” Truer words were never spoken. Maybe Jack should have tried financial independence or early retirement (FIRE).

That quote (of course) is from The Shining, a Stanley Kubrick classic. If you haven’t seen the movie, I highly suggest you put it on your “to watch” list.

Jack has a point — Without entertainment and socialization, humans can get a little nutty…

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Always Be Making Mistakes

Have you ever had one of those days when you feel like a giant failure? At times, life seems to be a giant pile of mistakes…one piled on top of another.

Today’s post is brought to you (in part) because of a mistake. Last week, my son came home from daycare with a serious look on his face. Normally he’s a happy goofy guy, but something was on his mind that day…

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