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HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

October 31st, 2008 at 06:10 pm

Happy Halloween everyone.

Last night I finally went to the other "Crybaby Bridge" that I was wanting to see. Didn't see any ghosts or anything, but it was a cool spooky place in the middle of no where. It was really weird how they blocked the road off there. For some reason whoever runs things don't want anyone in the area after a certain date in the fall. So the road is blocked off with about a ton of dirt on both ends. You can get to the bridge but you can't get past it. I was tempted to walk but they have pretty stern warnings about trespassing. It just adds to the mystery I suppose.

NSD, and otherwise not much to do with finances.

October 29th, 2008 at 07:13 am

Didn't do a whole lot of anything today but I feel pretty good overall how the day went. First of all I didn't spend any money at all today. Yay! I rarely ever ever ever have a complete No Spend Day.

I made chili today. I'm not a great cook but it was pretty tasty.
I spent most of the day doing my "Halloween Movie Marathon". My nephew and my sister even came over and watched some movies with me which was nice. "Boogyman" was probably the best and most scary movie I watched. The worst (IMO) was "Shadow of the Vampire". I just didn't like that one. I planned on watching the original "Night of the Living Dead" on Halloween night. But I ended up watching it today. I'll probably watch it over again anyways. Now, dare I make a terrible confession?
I was thinking how I've watched that movie way too many times. I honestly couldn't even give an accurate number. But I was thinking today how the first time I watched it was on Halloween night about 24 years ago. Since then I've watched it at least once a year. And a number random times in between.
I also did do some necessary cleaning today. Mopped my kitchen and bathroom, and vacuumed, etc. So I had a simple, non-eventful but decent day.

OK I caved

October 27th, 2008 at 03:53 pm

And not the kind I would like to do.

I turned my heat on about 11 am today. Its set very low but its on. I guess that cold front came in and I just couldn't handle the temp in my house under 50 degrees. So please mark me down for Oct.
27 on your heat contest Fern. I put up a good fight but was no match for the Californians.

I watched several of my horror movies last night. I watched "The Equinox",
"The Nurse", and "Howling 4".
Horror movies don't usually bother me at all. And these ones were pretty mild really. But something must have got to me last night. I had a strange dream this morning about an amusement park and a guy
trying to kill me in my garage. I think he was trying to make bacon out of me.
I think it was the cold getting to me. Or maybe I was getting hungry for some bacon. LOL.



On Vacation

October 27th, 2008 at 01:36 am

Well I started vacation on Saturday. Pretty boring truth be told. But I'm getting paid and not at work, so it can't be all bad.

I went to a corn maze thing this evening. Then took a little hike ( about 4 miles total)through a park. The corn maze was nice but cost $5 and wasn't really worth it. The walk through the park was free and very nice. Walking in the woods kind of clears my head. I should do it a lot more than I do.

If anyone is in, around, or visiting Ohio, the Cuyahoga Valley National Park is a wonderful place you should check out.

Tonight I'm half watching some movie on TV. I have no idea what it is but its fairly good. Then I'm going to watch some
horror movies on DVDs. I do a little Halloween movie marathon every year and try to watch as many scary movies as I can throughout October. I know I'm silly or just plain odd. Might be why my romantic life is as dead as a doorknob.

I've recovered well from the injury that I had at work.
The stiches in my head came out last week and I just have a very slight scar. I got a statement for what it cost my employer. It was $679. Unbelievable.

Still no heat turned on here. I might turn it on tommorrow but it depends if the cold front comes through that I saw on the news. Well thats all I got for now.


Been MIA, but I'm still here

October 23rd, 2008 at 05:26 pm

I haven't been posting much again but I'm still reading your blogs and still around. I just haven't had much interesting to write about. I don't really get as worked up about the stock market as everyone else. I mean it does upset me terribly that I've lost thousands of dollars over the last few years or so. To be honest I don't even keep track of it. I look at my statements to make sure of any apparant mistakes but otherwise I don't bother with it. I never put a huge ammount of money into stocks and basically I "let it ride".
I have been tring to tweek things and make needed adjustments lately. It just seems like the right thing to do. But after I make my little tweeks I intend on going back to my usual of "letting it ride". I have quite awhile before I can retire. And I know things will pretty much work themselves out. So thats my Bart Simpson slacker approach to finances. LOL.

Still no heat here. I'm a very stubborn slacker.

A few little notes.

October 10th, 2008 at 05:13 am

I tried making a few changes on my companies 401K and profit sharing investments and didn't get very far. They have it set up so complicated that I just couldn't do it. I talked to a customer service guy on the phone and he wasn't much help.
I did do one thing but I'm not sure if it was a wise idea. I actually upped the amount I'm putting into my 401k by 1 percent. I figure its a small difference but might as well buy a little more stock while things are low.
I'll take my time with the other changes I wanted to do.

I got hit in the head at work Weds. and had to go to the hospital. Got 6 stiches and a tetanus shot. There goes the modeling career I was planning on. :-)
It cost my company a lot of money for a fairly minor accident. They not only had to pay for the emergency room visit and the shot, but they also make you take a drug test if you get injured. Waste of money completely but if they want to waste it ohh well.

Nothing much else new here. I did buy gas at $2.95 a gallon today. That was kinda nice in comparison to what it has been.



Annuities

October 8th, 2008 at 12:54 am

I had a meeting with the investment guy at my bank today. I have put off talking with them for a very long time and figured
its time to be a little more active in my finances with the way the economy is right now.
He gave me some good basic advice that wasn't anything too drastic for me. But he also said that next time we talk that I should consider transfering the money from my IRA CD's to Annuities. What he explained to me made sense and he didn't pressure me into anything.
BUT, I do not know anything about annuities and if they are good for me or not. I seem to recall someone else on here that said annuities are a bad investment. If anyone on here has a recomendation or common sense advice I'd appreciate it. I like my Cd's but they are hardly earning anything right now. I definately want the money in something thats considered safe and conservative.
But I think I can do better than interest rates on CDs.


On a different note. Still no heat used here. I'm still in Fern's No Heat Contest! Its warmed back up a little so I should ok for awhile yet.

I also went to the dentist yesterday for a checkup. "Look MA, No Cavities".