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Learn art slowly.

Twenty years ago, when I was trying to figure out how the hell to get out of debt, I was fortunate enough to find two silent mentors from which to learn financial skills: Dave Ramsey and Vicki Robin. I say silent mentors because I didn’t have any actual relationship with these people. I read their …

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My five-year journal.

I started two new habits on 01 January 2021, and I’ve managed to maintain both habits for more than three years. First, I began logging every movie I watch on Letterboxd. I usually write a short review and/or assign a star rating, but even if I don’t have the time or inclination to do that, …

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For more than five years now, Tom and I have had (nominally) weekly calls. Every Tuesday morning, we meet to chat about work and life. These started as calls to work on Get Rich Slowly, but because neither of us was wholly motivated to do that work, they eventually evolved into general bullshit sessions. Lately, …

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Young fathers.

Last night, Mac and I drove to Portland to catch Depeche Mode in concert. He’d intended to take his wife, but they had a miscommunication about dates. Turns out Pam’s in Taiwan right now haha, so Mac took me instead. The Depeche Mode concert was fine. It was just what you’d want from them. It …

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The Smell of Love

Here in Corvallis, our friend Michael is a fan of perfumes. He’s a scent collector. He watches perfume YouTube videos, makes vacation excursions to buy perfumes, and otherwise educates himself on the subject. His enthusiasm for scent is contagious. Recently, Kim and I have met with Michael (and his wife, Rae) for a couple of …

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Abstract art.

Have I truly not published anything here in November? That’s crazy! I guess it’s because my November so far has been packed with friends and fun. I haven’t had time to write. I continue to enjoy my watercolor class. Like, I really enjoy it. For a hobby/art I never intended to explore, I’ve become surprisingly …

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Watercolor meadow.

It seems strange to think that I’ve reached the end of my fifth week of watercolor classes. The time has passed quickly. At last, though, I’m beginning to feel like I can do something besides “childish scrawls with crayons”. There are still plenty of those, no doubt, but every so often I create something that …

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Fincon? Funcon!

Well, it’s taken two nights of extraordinary sleep (13 hours and 11 hours, respectively), but I’ve recovered from last week’s trip to New Orleans. I made the journey with 1500+ other money nerds to attend Fincon, the annual “digital marketing event for anyone creating personal-finance content”. (We used to just call it a money bloggers’ …

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My obsession with the music of Taylor Swift is no secret. I’ve been fan for more than a decade. I think she’s one of the great songrwiters — not just of her era, but of all time. I think the best way to demonstrate the quality of her writing is to listen to other performers …

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Watercolor eggs and trees.

I’ve finished my second- and third-ever watercolor paintings. These are both assignments for my “Jump into Watercolor” class. I’m not unhappy with either of them, but I’m not happy either. I liked my jellyfish better. First up, we were supposed to paint three eggs. This painting was an exercise in the value of light, shading …

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