My Wireless Network

It’s kind of interesting to think about how much we use the online world for everything regardless of what we’re doing.  I know there are a few people who don’t use it that much, but I think most people do, and I know just about everyone I know does.  One of the things I have

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Lease Or Buy?

I think that I’m going to try and get over to the car place today and see if I can find any good deals on Mercedes C Class.  I’ve been driving a Toyota Corolla for a while and it’s been a really great car but I think that I am going to get something else. 

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Socializing Online

Facebook is one of the things that has made a big change to how the internet is used.  Well, first it was MySpace, but I don’t think anyone even uses that anymore.  And then slowly everyone went over to Facebook and now that’s what everyone does.  They post about what they’re up to, what they

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Sleep Another Way

My friend has been talking to me about trying to stop snoring.  I don’t know how any of that stuff works but apparently he said there is this mouthpiece you can get and you wear it at night when you sleep and it’s supposed to move your mouth in a certain position so that you

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Going To See This New School

I am going to call this karate school that I saw and see what they are all about.  I have heard that you should always make sure a school is decent before you join.  I suppose that prevents you from being in class with people you don’t like, or like if the school isn’t run

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My Wireless Network

My Wireless Network

It’s kind of interesting to think about how much we use the online world for everything regardless of what we’re doing.  I know there are a few people who don’t use it that much, but I think most people do, and I know just about everyone I know does.  One of the things I have been doing recently is reading a lot of stuff online about cool new electronics and things.  I like to stay up to date on the new processors and everything that are coming out.  It’s not that I’m necessarily looking for a new computer myself, but I do like to see what is out there.  The one I have is pretty good for what I need it for, I mean, it’s not the most up to date system in the world but it’s still perfect for what I need to use it for and I don’t even know what I would want to get if I were to get a new one.  Now that may change if I see something that I think would be better, but like I said I like the desktop I have now.

One thing that I am looking to get is a new router.  We have an older slower one right now and there are a few people here who need to use wireless on their laptops and I think that a new router would help out.  So basically I’ve been reading different reviews online to try and find the one that I think would work the best and I also want to get something faster than the one I have.  For our wireless we’ve been using an 802.11n router and I want to get an 802.11ac router instead.  They are supposed to be faster and I don’t think you can ever have too fast of data transfer when it comes to surfing the internet.  So according to this Netgear r6300 review I found, that one might be what I want.  I still have to read some more opinions online and then I will probably go to newegg.com or another site and order it.  I generally order stuff like that because then I don’t have to pay tax like I would if I were to buy it at the local store, even though I do like shoping at the stores around here.  If they price match then that’s cool, but some places don’t, so I’ll just get it from an online store instead.  But as I said, I still need to read a bit more about it.

Lease Or Buy?

Lease Or Buy?

I think that I’m going to try and get over to the car place today and see if I can find any good deals on Mercedes C Class.  I’ve been driving a Toyota Corolla for a while and it’s been a really great car but I think that I am going to get something else.  It’s not that I need a new car, it’s just that I’ve been thinking about getting something a little different.  One of the things I’ve been thinking about that I haven’t done before is leasing this car.  I haven’t done that before but it seems like it might be one way to handle this type of thing.  I don’t think that I want to buy the car because I’m not sure if I’ll want to keep this car and I know that with a lease you can give it back after the terms of the lease expire.  So that might be the best option here, plus I might want another car or something.  So I’m going to look and see what I can find at the place around here and I’m also going to look online at Mercedes C Class lease deals because I know there are some specials online that you can’t get in person.   It’s interesting, though, because I’ve never really thought about doing this before.  But I saw a Mercedes that I really liked and I’m going to see if I can get one.  I’m not even really that much of a car person, to be honest.  I mean, I like car and stuff but I don’t really get into them the way some people do, although I do watch a few car shows and stuff.  I like looking at them but I don’t really think about them all the time.  But when I saw that Mercedes that I wanted I decided that it was something that I wanted to try and buy.  Except I don’t mean “buy,” because like I said I’m going to try not to buy it.  But I’m definitely looking at getting one and seeing if I like it.  I probably should wait until I drive it since I haven’t ever been inside a Mercedes before, but I’m pretty sure that I’m going to like it.  I mean they’re designed with comfort and stuff in mind, right?  And performance.  That’s why i want it.  I just think that it would be something I like driving and that’s why I’m going to see if I can get one.  But first I need to see what’s available.  I’m going to try and find one that is the right price.

Socializing Online

Socializing Online

Facebook is one of the things that has made a big change to how the internet is used.  Well, first it was MySpace, but I don’t think anyone even uses that anymore.  And then slowly everyone went over to Facebook and now that’s what everyone does.  They post about what they’re up to, what they want to share, and that kind of thing.  It’s almost like it’s replacing the time you spend with your friends.  No one seems to call each other anymore, they either text or send a message online.  It’s crazy, and I think that it’s easier to use online media to do that because it’s less personal and therefore less afraid, especially when you think about people having anxiety and stuff.  Although I don’t know, it seems like you get used to doing it one way and then you only want to send people messages.  It’s also convenient, though.  Calling someone requires that you are both available at that moment to talk on the phone, but if you’re going to send someone a message you can do that quickly and then they can get it when they are able to.  So it’s easier in that way.

I have noticed that a lot of stores and stuff online want you to “like ” them on social media.  It’s as if they have to get a lot of likes in order to be considered trendy.  There is even a buy Facebook fans review site you may use to buy Facebook likes for your page to make it seem like everyone thinks you’re page is great.  I’m not sure why I would ever want to do that but it’s interesting to know the option is there.  I think that might be more for like marketing and stuff, though.  The internet is designed so that good posts and stuff are supposed to get shared and I don’t know how buying stuff will affect that.  It’s something that I found out about and was kind of surprised but then I realized that it actually kind of makes sense.  There are also places you can go to make your posts a certain way to try and get more people to want to post them on their own page.  I think when you’re trying like that it kind of takes some of the personality out of it, but I guess that’s what marketing is all about in some sense.

Sleep Another Way

Sleep Another Way

My friend has been talking to me about trying to stop snoring.  I don’t know how any of that stuff works but apparently he said there is this mouthpiece you can get and you wear it at night when you sleep and it’s supposed to move your mouth in a certain position so that you don’t snore or something.  I don’t know.  I’ve been accused of snoring but i think it was just as a joke because it was by someone who was mad at me.  So anyway I told my friend that he should just get a different bed or something but he said that his girlfriend likes the mattress they have now and she doesn’t want him to change it.  So I guess he has to come up with another way to stop from keeping her up.  The other thing I was reading about since I’ve been doing some research for him is that there are a few different things you can do that might help you stop.  There’s the mouthpieces like I mentioned, and there is a special pillow that is supposed to hold your head in a certain way, and I guess that sleeping on your back isn’t supposed to help.  I will have to check out this site and see what Aaron says about mouthpieces and then show my friend.  I think he’s going to try a few things and see if any of them help.  I’m not sure what he should do, though, because I guess he’s the only person I know of who has told me they are trying to stop snoring.

I also want to talk to my friend and see if he wants to go to this concert with me.  One of our favorite bands is going to be playing here and I definitely want to go but concerts are always more fun if you bring a friend so I’m going to see if he wants to go with me since we usually go to concerts together, anyway.  I always bring some clothes to change into afterward because I tend to jump around a lot and get kind of gross so I like putting on a clean shirt when the concert is over.  I don’t think that’s too nasty, though, as it seems that a lot of people have the same issue.  It’s just something that happens at concerts.  Anyway, my friend and I are going to go hopefully and rock out to some songs that we actually know the music for and knowing the songs at a concert is clearly the best way to do it when you’re showing up to see your favorite group.

Going To See This New School

Going To See This New School

I am going to call this karate school that I saw and see what they are all about.  I have heard that you should always make sure a school is decent before you join.  I suppose that prevents you from being in class with people you don’t like, or like if the school isn’t run correctly or something.  I have never trained at a dojo like that before so I do want to call them and make sure everything is ok.  I think it’s pretty cool some of the stuff that I’ve seen in martial arts books and I want to learn how to do it.  Not just so that I can defend myself but also so that i can get in good shape.  I’m not very flexible, either, and I think that it wows people when they see that you are really flexible so if I am able to kick high or do something alike that it would be pretty cool.  But I also want to make sure that I don’t go crazy and burn myself out.  I am going to need some karate equipment that I will probably get from www.karatemart.com but I need to talk to the teacher first and see if they provide the stuff or if I have to buy my own or what.  I’m also going to wonder if there is any kind of sparring or anything that goes on there or if it’s just drills.  I would like to spar because I’ve heard it’s important but if they don’t spar that’s ok too because I will still learn the techniques.  I also think that I’m going to have to get a new set of t-shirts to work out in because I don’t wanna use these.  I sweat a lot when I exercise and I’m pretty sure that doing karate is going to be the same and if I sweat thorough all the clothes I have right now that would suck.  So I’m gonna get something that I can wear and I guess people wear something under their uniform but maybe not?  I’ll have to ask the teacher.  It might be a good idea, too, to see if any of my friends have studied karate so they can tell me what to expect.  I have wondered if karate classes are a lot of fun or if they are hard work or maybe both, so I think that if I can find out how it’s going to be that would make me ready to start training but I also think that it probably varies and different schools do it different ways so since there is probably some room for each place to do it their own way I’ll probably just have to see how this school does it when I go there, but I bet it’s by class, too, like the beginner class is probably different than the experienced class, so that probably is another thing to consider.

Choosing A Sofa

Choosing A Sofa

If you would have told me that decorating a new house would be hard, I would have laughed in your face. Until recently, that is. I’ve lived in many different houses in my day, but I’ve always had hand-me-downs from family members and freebies from friends. It also helped that until a few months ago, I was a single guy. Life is easy for a single guy. If it’s comfortable and / or functional then I should keep it. If not, then I should get a new one. That’s it…that simple. Well, things have changed.

Now I live with my fiancee and things are a lot different. She actually wants our new home to look halfway decent and apparently part of that is buying new furniture, furniture that really sets our house apart. We have a lot of stuff picked out already, but we hit a roadblock on the couch. She wanted traditional, I wanted more contemporary, kind of like the ones on this French site: canapé convertible. It took a lot of coercing, but after she realized that 99% of our new house qualifies as ‘contemporary’ she started to budge a bit. She’ll still have the final say, of course, but she’s more open to trying something that does fit my style a little more….after all, most decorating decisions are best left to the fairer half.

Right now our house is basically a combination of all of my old stuff with all of her old stuff. We have a lot of stuff, but none of it goes together and most of it is for lack of a better word trash. Just looking at the stuff we’re getting rid of, it’s easy to see that I’m a bit more on the contemporary side of things. Even looking at couches that qualify as “contemporary,” I still find challenges. The material the couches are made of varies greatly. From leather to fabric, and even synthetic and couches accented with wood, there are tons of different styles of couches for us to choose from.

As a personal preference, we have decided to avoid leather couches though. There’s nothing more shocking than sitting on a leather couch in either the heat of the summer or the icy months in the winter and having all of that heat transfer either towards you or away you almost instantly. We have been shopping around and we do see a few contemporary cloth couches that are out of this world. I’m hoping we can make a decision in the next few days.

The Travel Bug

The Travel Bug

Well, I’m in vacation mode now.  After that last entry I made where I was talking about how I want to take a vacation, it’s pretty much the only thing I’ve been thinking about. Heh.  I’m thinking about the places I want to go.  I think it would be awesome to go somewhere that is halfway around the world.  I mean, after going to Costa Rica, which is another country but still pretty close to home, I’m gonna want to go to Europe or Asia or something.  I think I have the travel bug.  I’d like to go to Europe and visit Amsterdam, take a ride in a gondola in Italy, and visit a brewery in Germany.  Or maybe go visit the great wall in China, go see a Muay Thai fight in Thailand, or relax on the beach in Indonesia.  I recently learned that Indonesia is really a group of islands and you have to fly or take a boat to get from one to the other, so if I go there I’d probably travel across the different islands and stay at a different hotel on each one.  I’d find a hotel Bandung and plan my activities there and then head over to the next island, etc.

I’m not sure if I’ll be able to get enough PTO from work to do all this traveling, though.  I usually have a lot of vacation time available but I’m always kind of hesitant to take it because I always feel like I’m gonna get behind or miss something important and then be behind when I come back.  I hate that feeling.  I worked at a company like that in the past where they would give you a lot of time off but you could never really use any of it because it was always so busy.  The worst part was if you wanted to use it you would have to do extra work ahead of time.  So say you wanted to take Thursday and Friday off, you would probably end up working 40 hours Monday through Wednesday and then having to use your paid time off on Thursday and Friday, anyway.  So you basically worked the same amount you would’ve worked anyway and had to use vacation time.  No thanks.  I think that’s probably why no one ever went on vacation there.

My current job is better, though, and as I said I plan on going somewhere this year just to expand my horizons.

Taking a Vacation This Year

Taking a Vacation This Year

Many people seem to take vacations every summer.  Our family never seemed to, though.  Growing up, my friends would always go somewhere each summer and then when school started the following year the teacher would always have us write papers about what we did over the summer, and they’d always have these stories to tell.  I can really only remember a few places that we went.  I’m not sure why.  I think maybe my parents just didn’t like to travel much.  It seems that people do the same things into adulthood, too.  Most of my coworkers take a vacation each summer, but I never really have.  As I’m approaching middle age, now, I think it’s time I change that habit!

This summer I’m going to go somewhere and do something awesome.  I still haven’t decided where I want to go, although I am leaning very heavily toward this luxury surf resort in Costa Rica I read about.  Basically it’s a little resort you go to for a week and learn to surf, except when you’re not surfing you can chill on the beach, go shopping, get massages, and just relax and enjoy the scenery.  So it’s basically like a tropical vacation designed around learning to surf.

Growing up in a non-coastal state it’s not like I really ever had the opportunity to go surfing.  I’ve seen people doing it on TV but that’s about it.  I have a few friends who have gone surfing and they said it’s tons of fun.  So I figure why not give it a try?  It will be like a combo of going on vacation and learning to do something that I’ve always wanted to do.

Then when people at work ask me “where was your last vacation?” I’ll actually have an awesome story to tell them other than “uh… I don’t really go on vacation that much.  Saving that PTO.”  Actually, I have used a bunch of my PTO at work but it was usually because I had something I needed to do at home or because I wanted to visit someone who lived far away, but neither of those really classifies as a “vacation.”  My company has a “user it or lose it” policy regarding PTO anyway, so I figured I need to use it for something.  It’s be silly to let paid time off expire.  I might as well just take a staycation and have a Star Trek marathon or something so at least I’m using it up!

A Rough Patch

A Rough Patch

Today is going to be one of those days where I just wish it was over with already. I got a DUI last week and I am finally going to sit down and deal with it. I have sort of been putting it off because I know it is going to be bad. My court date isn’t until the end of next month so I have some time to get my ducks in a row so to speak. What that means I don’t know yet but I plan on finding out today. I am still kicking myself for even getting charged with one in the first place. I was supposed to go out with my girlfriend Stacy instead but she got tied up at work and had to cancel our plans. I was just going to stay home and wait for her to get off but then my friend Rob texted me asking me if I wanted to go out. I should have said no and just stayed home but for some reason I went out. I wasn’t even drinking that much because I still planned on meeting up with Stacy when she got off work. I ended up hitting a sobriety checkpoint when I left and the rest as they say is history.

I guess the first thing I need to do is research DUI lawyers in Sarasota and retain the best one that I can afford. I have at least talked to a few people at work about my situation and they all told me I need to be represented in court. They said if I show up and represent myself the judge will definitely throw the book at me. This one guy Mark I work with told me a few years ago he got charged with one and his attorney was able to get his reduced to reckless driving.  I doubt that will happen in my case since I got pulled over at a sobriety checkpoint but we’ll see. It at least gave me some hope and I really need some of that right now. I am just imagining losing my license for however long and not being able to drive anywhere. I know I am not going to jail or anything like that but there are also the court fines and fees and maybe counseling. I also heard I might have to do community service hours which wouldn’t be good.

So, that happened.

Intelligent Advice

Intelligent Advice

I’ve been having a bit of an ongoing discussion with my cousin via email.  We’re talking about different ways to be smart with our money and that kind of thing.  This whole conversation got started because I told her that I had just gotten a new car (new to me; it’s a used car) and I was looking at the car insurance rates of different providers.  That comment kind of got us talking about various ways that we save money.  Here’s an excerpt from an email she sent me:

Sounds like you’re pretty good at managing finances…good for you. If I had a little more sense to be as careful as you were in my early 20s, I wouldn’t have spent the few years after that getting out of debt.

But if managing money consumes you, I agree that isn’t healthy. Life isn’t all about money right? I think as we will all one day lie on our death beds, the last thing we will think fondly of is how much money we have in the bank.

What you need to do is turn your skills at money management in your favor such that you wouldn’t need to worry so much about it. Have it work for you. Perhaps put portions of that away into more long term investments where your money earns you even more. If you just have that money sitting around in some savings acct, it’s just money sitting there waiting to be given to someone else.

Another method that could help is to plan a budget. Use a spreadsheet and just work out how your cash flow is month to month. Set aside some for retirement, some for bills, some for a rainy day, and don’t forget some for fun too. If you plan ahead this way, you may feel more secure in knowing you can freely spend $50 on that next meal without it meaning that you’ll suddenly go broke.

I know where you’re coming from, now as I’m running my own business, it freaks me out senseless when I don’t have “padding” in my bank accounts not knowing month to month how my revenue will be. You have to then realize that it’s not the money itself that is causing you to freak, but maybe the insecure feeling that there are things you can’t control. Perhaps just accept that feeling and have confidence that you can deal with anything that comes your way in the future WHEN it comes.

I posted that here because I think that’s pretty good and simple advice that can benefit many people.

It’s not that I want a ton of money just for the sake of having money or so I can buy a lot of stuff.  In fact, if I was loaded I would still probably live the same style of life I live now.  You wouldn’t even be able to tell I was rich.