Hunger Games Coming to Big Screen

I read a ton, unfortunately my wife would disagree.  If I don’t have my head stuck in a book, I’m not a reader.  It’s very convenient for her to ignore the countless hours spent reading blogs, forums, and online news articles.  So, to appease my wife I agreed to read some non-fiction last year, my first assignment was Hunger Games.

Hunger Games is a young adult book (YA), targeted at the same generation responsible for Twilight.  Thankfully, the quality of writing is far superior to anything vampiry and even as a 30 year old male I was entertained.  What’s not to enjoy?

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Heartworm Preventative Medicine at Petsmart

Nope, there is none, so don’t bother looking for 30 minutes because there are no sales people on the floor.  I rushed into my local Petsmart to pickup 2 items on Sunday, which included flea preventative drops and heart worm preventative meds for my dog.  How is it possible that a pet specialized shopping center the size of Home Depot doesn’t carry preventative heart worm medicine?

Furthermore I still can’t find a link to the medicine even on their online site.  What is the problem with this picture, is there some radical movement within the pet medicine infrastructure that I don’t know about?  Does this have anything to do with animal Obamacare?  I hope not.

At any rate, this may have been an isolated incident at a local Petsmart, but be warned, there was no place on the shelf for such simple medicine that every dog owner needs.

I’ve Been Busy

Ugh, 2 months since I’ve made a post and yet I feel like I have so much to talk about.  For the few of you that are interested in what I’ve been doing, I apologize for the absence.  I’m optimistic that I will be able to focus more on some products that I’ve been using, methods that have worked, and more importantly those that haven’t.

Furthermore, it’s been a real interesting Fall so far, right?  No more eBay with Pepper Jam, global recession, and online retailers knocking each other over trying to score some Cyber Monday deals.  So where does that put an online marketer just 1 month away from the big holiday?

I’m going to assume sales and commissions will only dwindle up to and dieing on Christmas Day.  However, like my intention to post more, I’m optimistic that sales will grow exponentially after the first of the year.  I think people will have more disposable income and use it wisely by purchasing on the web.  I hope to isolate a few target niche markets and have these take off through 2010.

Not everything is growth however, I’ve had to make the difficult decision to not renew a handful of domains.  They just weren’t justifying their own existence and more importantly I didn’t have the time or money to develop them properly.  These domains became a drain, I had to think about them, spend some time on them, but never really develop.  So, I cut them lose and am now currently focusing on a few core domains.  Hopefully this will spell success in 2010.

So, expect more frequent postings.  Merry Christmas!

Hard Times In Evansville

The economy is obviously affecting everyone, so ingenuity, creativity, and some sort of other ‘ity’ is required to stay afloat.  I was visited at my work by a local restaurant startup owner, whom was touting his wares and business as a family oriented delivery restaurant.

“Family Oriented”, was repeatedly stressed by this middle aged man of color.  My guess is because my employeement is in the rough end of town, so suspicions run high of anyone offering anything.  One thing I do have to give this guy, he had creativity on his side and was not going to let a down economy stop him from getting the word out about his new startup.

He dropped off the menu pictured below.

Everyday Menu
Everyday Menu

Is Blu-Ray For Me?

Bah, I just can’t decide, rather I just can’t justify spending over $250 on a decent Blu-Ray player when my TV is already 4 years old.  Yes, it’s high definition, but until I step up to a brand new LCD, at least 46″ and a surround sound system, I can’t justify the purchase.  This becomes an increasingly difficult decision as well when I figure that I can stream HD movies from my cable provider for less than $7.

If my wife wasn’t such a movie nut I might just buy a PC Blu-Ray player for under $100.  However, my wife would probably kill me, because it would force her to watch her Disney Blu-Ray purchases on a 19″ monitor at my PC desk.  Perhaps I’ll hold off a little bit longer and purchase a PS3 here in the next few months.  Maybe they will have an emergency drop in price mid summer. 🙂

Living In Southern Indiana

You may or may not realize it, or care for that matter, but I live in Southern Indiana.  I live in a city of about 130,000 called Evansville.  I’ve been living here since late 1999 and to be honest, I love it, I just don’t love the house I live in, but that’s another story.

Since I’ve had my daughter, which is now 18 months old, I’ve been looking for things to do around town.  Normally my evenings and weekends we be used up drinking, partying, or generally lounging around, but now I want to expose my daughter to the great things the city of Evansville have to offer.  As it turns out, there is quite a bit to do.

The Evansville Zoo offeres all kinds of events that are fun for everyone.  My daughter loves the animals and it makes for a great afternoon.  Evansville also has the Children’s Museum of Evansville, which so happens offers a free night once a month.  This is very enticing and at the beginning of March I took my family.  We had a great time and it was FREE!

I just can’t imagine living anywhere else at this point in time.  Although, my wife would argue the closer to Disney World, the better.

Paid Off, Exiting Debt

Last summer I paid off my F150 pickup truck and then last month I paid off my Jeep Grand Cherokee.  Well, yesterday I went and made the second to last payment on my Dodge Durango.  It feels amazing and without a doubt I wouldn’t be where I am without the affiliate income I earn on the internet and the motivation my 18 month daughter brings.  Of course, also, I would be lieing if I didn’t give credit to Dave Ramsey.  But more on that later in the post.

In total, in just vehicles, not including other debt, my wife and I have paid off more than $30,000 in debt.  Every check I wrote felt like a stone had been lifted from my shoulders.  The vehicles feel different when I drive them now and they look just a bit more shiny setting in my drive way.  Never again do I want to go back to a vehicle payment, to become a slave to the bank.

My wife is in agreement with me, we will never go into debt to purchase a vehicle ever again.  Furthermore, we have been working to remove ourselves from debt all together and the goal is within sight.  Other than the mortgage on our house, we intend to be debt free by the end of 2009.  This long journey started with the planning of my first child and has now continue 18 months later into a way of life.  As mentioned previously, listening to Dave Ramsey and reading what he suggests has been a great motivation and inspiration.

What I’m Currently Reading

Last week I went to the library and checked out Richest Man in Babylon, per Dave Ramsey’s recommendation.  Although I will typically only read nonfiction, this book has been a great way to solidy ideas I already have.  It’s an easy read, straight forward, simple sentence structures, and everything written holds true today as the day it was written.

Are you looking to get out of debt?  Do you want to know how others became successful or why those who win the lottery almost always eventually go into bankruptcy?  This book will get you started on how to build wealth, by eliminating debt, and keeping what’s rightfully yours…your income.

This post was not meant to gloat, because I know how fortunate my family is.  But now more than ever, it pays off to be frugal and focus on eliminating that slave feeling to your lenders.  I’m proof positive any happy spender can turn over a new leaf and become debt free.  Hell, I haven’t even used a credit card in more than 18 months.  It’s a lesson that has made my work life that much more rewarding and my wallet smile.

Nails and Ticket Sales

I’m sure by now anyone interested in Trent Reznor would have already seen his forum post on the state of concert ticket sales.  Specifically his hate of scalpers and the monopoly of such companies as Ticketmaster pandering to such low lifes, artificially inflating ticket prices.

So, I did some checking on my own, specifically for his concert coming up in May in Indianapolis.  The concert will be at the previously known as Deer Creek, which is an outdoor venue.  On StubHub most tickets are already averaging close to $100 each for freaking lawn tickets.  WTF, what are these people thinking?

Trent, thanks for speaking out and helping to make concert going an affordable outing for your fans.  I’ve signed up to the NIN Website and hope to get my hands on some presale tickets direct.  To hell with the low lifes that feel it’s ok to sell out a concert and make their own markup.  Fight the machine.

I’m Not Irish

No Irish in me, nor do I want any, but I do enjoy a brewsky and time spent with friends.  Unfortunately, unless I feel like binge drinking and staying out all night, it’s probably not going to happen.  So this year, it will be a quiet night in with my daughter, while my wife goes in to work the crappy retail hours.

As for the drinking, I have a brand new digital breathylzer sent to me for review on my automotive blog.  Once little Emma is in bed I may have to crack open a few and see how I register.  Should be interesting and the little gadget is so neat, its small enough to keep on a key chain.  Maybe these should have been given out to patrons on St Patricks day, so the idiots know when it’s safe to drive home.