Lockdown Week 7: When The Food Ran Out

Three weeks ago it was the shortages of toilet paper making big news.  That made for plenty of good toilet paper jokes and internet memes, because… well, toilet humor wins the internet!

Thankfully, like migratory birds, toilet paper has now returned to it’s regular nesting grounds on store shelves.

As if we didn’t have enough to worry about (a new virus, unemployment, the economy, homeschooling the kids) — Now we have to worry about the freaking food supply!

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Lockdown Week 6: Market Perturbations & Sushi

Well, would you look at that!  Here we are 6 weeks into the pandemic lockdown, staring down directly into the precipice of a humongous recession … and the stock market is rising.  Incredible!  Absolutely incredible.

This seemly bizarre market move has the so-called “experts” calling it a “sucker’s rally”, warning investors to stay away.  Yet the stock market is undeniably rising again…

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Lockdown Week 4: Birthdays, Projects, and Frugal Food Failures

Week 4 under lockdown is complete!  Schools have been closed for only a month, but right now it feels like years.  Can stay-at-home dads get PTSD?

If this pandemic has taught me anything (and it’s already taught me several things), it’s that I have the greatest respect in the world for teachers.  People who willingly teach 20-30 rambunctious kids, day after day, year after year, without going insane are amazing people.  They’re obviously saints or super-humans.  Possibly both…

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Lockdown Week 3: Board Games And Investing In Bear Markets

Are you starting to get a case of “cabin fever” under the coronavirus lockdown?  Maybe you’re not under a lockdown order yet.  Some places around the world are just now starting to go into lockdown mode, but here in the Pacific Northwest we’ve already been at it for 3 weeks…

So, the cabin fever has really started to set in!

Just kidding.  It’s quite the opposite in fact…

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Garlic Butter Yaki Udon

When it comes to Japanese cuisine, most people are pretty familiar with what you can find in restaurants  — Sushi, ramen, tempura, miso soup, and perhaps (if you’re really adventurous) sukiyaki.

It’s too bad, because many delicious Japanese dishes just aren’t very popular here in the States.  Udon in particular gets very little love.  Maybe it’s the wide chewy noodles that turn people off…

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February 2020 Expenses And Dividend Income

February was a pretty wild ride.  I started the month with a bad case of the flu, and ended the month with a bad case of a stock slump!  What a month!!

Why did stocks slump?  Most likely it’s due to the Coronavirus pandemic.  People are freaking out.

We live right next door to the hot-bed of the virus infection in the USA too — Kirkland, Washington…

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Don’t Miss Out On Life’s Incredible Abundance

When I see personal finance blogs writing about abundance, they’re usually talking about abundance in the context of “There’s a huge abundance of money in the world!!  Go out there and start a side hustle to capture some of that abundance!”

Which is completely preposterous when you think about it  — money is simply a method of transferring value.  Managing the money supply is one of the primary jobs of the Federal Reserve…

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January 2020 Expenses And Dividend Income

I wish I could say, “I like Winter.”  But if we’re being totally honest with each other, I really don’t.  Not even a little bit.

Our little corner of the Pacific Northwest had 28 days of precipitation in January (out of a possible 31).  That’s 28 days of measurable rain and snow under a blanket of dark clouds.  Woohoo!! 

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