Gary Johnson 2012.
You know, I feel somehow soiled by even writing about politics these days.
Buying a car...My youngest daughter, who is starting her second year at West Chester University in just two weeks, just passed her driver's exam. Needless to say, this is just one of many reasons why I am very proud of her (others include the fact that she works full time during the summer, she has always gotten very good grades in school & she has a big heart...but so I digress). Anyway, at some point over the next few months I will be giving her my Kia Rio to drive back to school. This creates the need for me to start the process of buying another car. Now for someone like me, this is no small undertaking. Here's just a sample of how my mind works with things like this...
- I think about how I foresee using a car
- I gather key attributes of the kind of car I like (for example, I loved the 63 cubic feet of cargo space in my old PT Cruiser & use that as a benchmark...note that I didn't like the fact that it was an unreliable piece of crap towards the end) & create a set of key specifications
- I research vehicles that I think might have those specifications (www.edmunds.com is a great resource) & post their specs on a spreadsheet
- I begin to narrow the field of cars down based on how they match to what I am looking for; I also factor in Consumer Reports quality ratings
- Once I have the field is narrowed down I start to physically look at some of the vehicles
Introversion...I saw this terrific graphic on Facebook and just had to share:
Cable Wars...My Comcast cable bill has ballooned up to $130.59. This is something I pay to get internet service and watch, maybe, 6 different channels. Definitely on my radar of financial things to address. I love Comcast's internet service, but the TV stuff is horrid. Sorry, but why do I have to pay for stuff I will never watch?
Australia & Cigarettes...Kudos to the court system for requiring that tobacco companies do something that sometimes marketers hate: tell the f&^king truth! Article link HERE. My general life philosophy on things like smoking & drinking is this: if you want to do it fine, just...
...don't force me to do it as well (via second hand smoke, for example)
...do it with your eyes wide open
Forcing a company to say that their product, when used AS DIRECTED, causes your teeth & lungs to rot out seems pretty reasonable to me. "But, but, but...candy makes you fat! Should a Hershey bar have a picture of a fat kid on it as well?"...I can hear the illogical smoking apologies retort in my head as I type this, so allow me to respond: Food...of any kind really...is inherently necessary for our existence. In fact, if you were stranded on an island with just a crate of Hershey bars as food, Milton Hershey's creation would save your life. Smoking, on the other hand, has no benefit. Bottom line? If you want to smoke, then go ahead. Just don't kid yourself about what it does to you.