First off, I need to apologize for the lateness of this post — it’s already mid-May! Sorry folks! I’m running *a little* behind schedule on the blog these days. Let’s just say I’ve been a little distracted by this whole moving process. Not only am I doing a ton of work fixing up the house, but I’m also packing up everything and putting it into boxes…Read more
Wow! Has it been a month already since I last posted an update? Don’t worry, this blog isn’t dead! I’ve just been super busy! While it might seem like nothing is happening on the surface, behind the scenes I’ve been working like an absolute madman these last few weeks.
As I mentioned in a prior post, we’re moving this summer, and I’m doing my best to fix up our home for an eventual sale…Read more
Is January over already? Some months seem to pass by faster than others, and this January feels like it sped by at light speed. Like most winter months, life was pretty quiet here in the Tako household. We stayed indoors much of the time, avoiding the cold and wet weather…Read more
Are you “happy as a clam” with your stock returns in 2022? If you have money invested in the U.S. stock market, it’s probably hard to be happy at the moment. Instead of the positive returns that we’ve come to expect in recent years, the stock market has been falling into negative territory this year…Read more
December can be a difficult month. On one hand it’s the coldest, darkest, and (at least here in the Pacific Northwest) the wettest part of the year. It can be rather depressing. You also have a great number of “cultural holidays” packed into the month — Christmas and New Years being the primary ones…Read more
Happy New Year! It’s time again to do the final accounting for 2021 investment gains, and this is traditionally the one-time a year I look at our family’s net worth.
Why only once a year? Looking at net worth is a lot like taking the temperature. It’s changing constantly (like the weather), and almost certainly “wrong” only moments later…Read more
At times, it can seem impossible to get ahead in the world. Last week, the latest U.S CPI came out, announcing a 6.8% increase in consumer prices — the highest level of inflation the U.S. has seen in decades. The last time we saw inflation at these levels or higher was 1982! It’s been 39 years…Read more
Has it been a month since I last posted already? As you can tell dear readers, I’ve been posting a lot less frequently here at MrTakoEscapes. The truth is, I just haven’t been feeling the blogging ‘groove’ lately…Read more
Ah, Fall! It’s that time of year when the weather turns chilly and damp, cold drinks get switched out for hot drinks (cocoa, tea, or coffee), and the leaves begin changing all sorts of beautiful colors…Read more