Monday, August 20, 2012

Father Nature's Stairmaster

Up in Arctic Massachusetts this weekend...

My wife and I decided to tackle the *most climbed mountain in the world* yesterday morning.

It's only 3,166 feet, but ascending and descending Mt. Monadnock (in NH) at a brisk pace is quite the workout. It took about 3.5 hours of motoring on the popular White Dot trail.

My wife is still a little sore, but I feel energized and fantastic.

I wish I could figure out how to get that kind of quality vigorous exercise in more often. For some reason lifting weights, running, yoga, and other stale activities don't deliver the same uplifting results.

Maybe I need to start playing basketball or something again???

That pic is a little misleading...

The leaves have not changed up there, yet.

But just give it a week or so!

The kids, I left at my parents' house...and my wife is en route to Zurich on a work trip.

So I'm here alone in New York this week with my lengthy to-do list...

Thursday, August 09, 2012

The Dog Days of Blogging

Check out that massive, amazing sunset. Pic was snapped in Ocean City, NJ during our little vacation there on one of those 97 degree days.

I've been very busy, of course, this summer. Teaching accelerated math in a classroom for the first time has required a little bit of work - but I think I've got a system in place now. Anyways my 6-week class ends next week and I will welcome the break.

It's been good. It's helped me *get out there* a little more; given me experience and $$$; it's helping to establish me as THE local accelerated-math guru, AND it's helping me produce the math content for

I'm tentatively scheduled to continue teaching there on Saturdays during the school year (4.5 hours). Those POOR Asian all year long, 7-days a week!

Other stuff...

My father hit a casino jackpot for 180k this week.

But get pays out over 20 years! So he only gets something like $8,600 per year and may not even live to see the ultimate payment.

I'm queuing up blog posts for September rather than publishing them presently. Traffic is dead in the summer anyways, and I can certainly use the break.

Y'all have seen the hideous Google Ads on my website by now. This *experiment* has yielded from $6-$11 per month. And that was what I was really interested in finding out - how profitable it would be. I will leave them up for the time being, though.

The summer has been great, as it always is here in *on the Island*. Several trips into Manhattan, the state parks, the beaches, etc. We were taken out in a Boston Whaler that could go 50 mph! It was positively awesome. Thank God I wasn't paying for it - OR for the gas. The guy told me he drove it along the North Shore (of Long Island) and down to the South Fork (The Hamptons)....and it cost $1,500 in gasoline!!! Yikes.

My wife is also in *work limbo* and has been able to spend a lot of time at home lately as well - actually since February her workload has been light. So she's been able to get a lot of her academic work (Charlotte Mason, The Story of the World, etc.) done with the kids - at least between summer camps and whatnot.

I've only played two rounds of golf in the past 2 months (albeit at fancy country clubs!) since my big Wildwood golf tournament in NJ....BUT I've been hitting a bazillion balls at the driving range and my game continues to take off. In fact, I finished the 40,000 range balls I bought two years ago and had to buy another 40,000!

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Friday, August 03, 2012

Kicking Above The Belt


The internet is still ripping off that went-viral pic of my son when he was in my wife's *little* stomach.

See - You'd Never Remember - for the pic.  Bet you didn't know it was my son, didja?

Buffett - One BLIND Old Bat!

"For the last two years, I’ve seen everything except housing moving forward in the economy," Buffett, 81, told Betty Liu in a July 13 interview on Bloomberg Television. "In the last few months, the rest of the economy actually has flattened out. Housing is picking up."

Yeah, the economy has been *moving forward* the past 2 years.

What a freakin' Moron!

I guess by economy he means stock prices....but not food prices, energy prices, taxes, or debt.  And I guess he's not talking about jobs either.

This 'old coot' sees housing picking up too? Figures.  I guess he thinks mortgage rates will NEVER tick up or *extreme over-supply* simply doesn't matter.

I really do hope he's still alive when it all falls apart.