August 2008

Last night, I made what may be an important move in my attempt to get my electronic life under control. I separated my work e-mail from my personal e-mail. I’ve complained for months that I’m overwhelmed by my e-mail load. I’m also overwhelmed by my browser tabs and my text documents. Things are out of […]

This is how geeky I am (as if you all needed another example). For years, I’ve bemoaned the fact that I’ve been unable to find a good college-level grammar class to take. All of the college-level grammar classes around here are remedial. I don’t want a remedial grammar class. I want an advanced grammar class […]

The Idea of Having

26 August 2008 · 5 comments

“You know our house isn’t really cluttered, right?” Kris said last night. “What do you mean?” I asked. “When you write about your battle with clutter, it makes it sound like we live in a house filled with junk. We don’t. Our house is pretty clean. You’ve just got a lot of stuff you’re holding […]

The Curse of Clutter

24 August 2008 · 2 comments

While Mom was in the hospital, Kris and I spent several hours at her house cleaning. I’ve noticed before that it’s easy to see the clutter in another person’s house, and this time was no different. The trouble is that it’s difficult to see the clutter in your own house. Coming home from our cleaning […]

I find NBC’s Olympic coverage maddening. Asinine, really. I’ve always been a huge fan of the Olympics, and I like Bob Costas. So I’m willing to watch television for the first time since the Academy Awards last winter. But NBC doesn’t seem to care. Everything here in Portland is tape-delayed. Events that could be live […]

Improper Usage

18 August 2008 · 9 comments

I have an editor. Each week one of my posts from Get Rich Slowly is reprinted at MSN Money’s personal finance blog, Smart Spending. I work with a woman named Karen Datko, whom I admire a great deal. She’s funny and helpful and full of advice. Karen and I have a difference of opinion on […]

Gros Manseng

15 August 2008 · 3 comments

Kris’ parents were in town last week. While they were here, we took them to some of our favorite restaurants. (We didn’t get to Pok Pok — maybe next time.) On Sunday night, we dined at South Park for the first time in two or three years. South Park has altered its menu a little […]

This has sort of turned into the “dumb things J.D. does” blog. Here’s yesterday’s dumb thing. I drove to Eugene to participate in a neuroeconomics study. I spent an hour inside an MRI scanner answering questions about personal finance. For this, I was paid $120. Because I knew I might fall asleep, I had a […]

Here’s the product of my recent misadventure: Yes, those are as painful as they look. Kris feels smug in an “I told you so” kind of way. Several people have told me I need to print up those “Kris Gates is always right” t-shirts. Lisa even did research on where I could get them done.

Live Radio, Take Two

04 August 2008

In February 2007, I did my first radio interview. It was a disaster. I was a nervous wreck. I swore I’d never do another interview on live radio again. In the past eighteen months, I’ve held true to that promise. I’ve given probably a dozen interviews for newspaper and magazines, given several recorded radio interviews, […]