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Holiday Cheer Volume 7: 2009 Ends

For my regular readers, I am so lazy swamped over the holidays that I am taking some time off and putting up a “Best of” anthology until the New Year (January 4th, to be exact). Enjoy two Best of posts a day over the Holidays, and have yourself a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

For me, the year 2009 was a roller coaster of ups and downs both financially and in my life. As some of you know, I worked at Nortel for 20+ years and got laid off at the end of 2008, but I was lucky enough to find a job this year, and I have no complaints about 2009, other than the everyday rants my regular readers have seen.

I have picked out three posts that sort of sum up Nortel and me in the past year. I don’t bear any ill will to the folks I worked with at Nortel. They were great, but I still have a festering loathing for the upper management team(s) and some specific on how this all “went down.” I guess that Karma, or God or whatever force that makes things equal in this world will get them eventually.

It is interesting that I never really had a specific post stating I was back at work. I slid it into a Random Thoughts post.

A Questionnaire for Everything (2009/01/06)

In August, as part of the entire severance process that I lived through with my former employer, a few odd things happened, and this incident was the most bizarre…..

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Sometimes It’s Better to Be Lucky (2009/01/15)

With Nortel’s bankruptcy protection announcement yesterday, there is a sickening scenario for some very unlucky folks (many I know personally). Today’s title comes from one of my favourite expressions, “Sometimes it’s better to be lucky than talented,” and that is how I feel right now.

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A Year Ago (2009/07/30)

This is the first anniversary of my lay-off notice from Nortel. A lot has happened in the past year (unfortunately, not a job offer for me, but I am still optimistic) that has me thinking that something terrible may end up being a good thing.

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Random Thoughts: Back to Work Edition (2009/08/07)

You will know I have been on the hunt for a new job for over a year now for my regular readers. Still, I am pleased to say that I will be embarking on a new career as of Monday, which is a great relief to me (and my wife, who will gladly have the house back in regular working order soon enough).

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Holiday Cheer Volume 6: Taboos

For my regular readers, I am so lazy swamped over the holidays that I am taking some time off and putting up a “Best of” anthology until the New Year (January 4th, to be exact). Enjoy two Best of posts a day over the Holidays, and have yourself a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

The year slowly draws to a close, but fear not a good reader. I still have a few more morsels of financial fun for your reading satisfaction. Tomorrow will be an absolute corker, but I don’t want to get you too excited, so here are three more exciting Posts from the past year.

Taboo Subjects With Kids (2009/12/01)

Larry MacDonald asked me a few questions for an article he is working on, and it caused me to think a bit more about a subject that it is essential as parents to talk to our kids about. This subject is taboo in most families and is certainly not a regular dinner table topic. I must say that as a child growing up, my parents never brought this subject up, and I must also admit that most of what I learned about it initially I learned “on the street”……

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Men’s Health  (2009/12/17)

More studies are coming out that are pointing out that, thanks to Erectile Dysfunction medications (like Viagra), men seem to be getting healthier.

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Sometimes the Problem Changes (2009/10/20)

As part of my everyday life, I help out at my Church with the computers (remember volunteering is an excellent thing to do), and one of the weekly events that should happen is back up of the computers at the Church (as it should for all of us, are you doing backups?). For the longest of times, I used a CD-RW (read-write CD) to back up this data, but over time the data set grew, and eventually, we had to use 2 CD’s to accomplish the task……..

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Holiday Cheer Volume 5: Almost Over

For my regular readers, I am so lazy swamped over the holidays that I am taking some time off and putting up a “Best of” anthology until the New Year. Enjoy two Best of posts a day over the Holidays, and have yourself a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

The year ticks down, I trust you have completed all of your essential end-of-year stuff, and yes, there are some other exciting things to think about too!

Eating Your Own Dog Food

Interesting turn of phrase I have seen used to mean a few different ideas in the software development world and a few other places.

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Don’t Buy the Model Home

I was chatting with my fellow financial bloggers a few days ago. I mentioned to Larry MacDonald about how I had purchased one of the model homes in my area and the issues I had run into having done this, and he encouraged me to expand on this for a post here.

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Registered Disability Savings Plan

This relatively new savings vehicle introduced by the Government a while ago has been taking a bit to appear as a Savings Vehicle in many banks. I have been checking with TD for a time, but they have finally come out with their version of the RDSP.

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Carnival of Money Stories: Happy Pseudo Boxing Day!

Welcome to the Carnival of Money Stories, the End of Year and Pseudo Boxing Day Edition.

Boxing Day was actually on Saturday, but most of us get the Monday off from our work, thus I view today as Pseudo-Boxing Day.

Hopefully to counteract the orgy of post-Christmas shopping, I present a cavalcade of articles about Money (some think the root of all evil, but still something most of us think about every day of our lives)  grouped by the Great Boxers of our time (yes I know Boxing Day has nothing to do with pugilism, but what do you want during my Christmas vacation?).

Muhammad Ali Section

These articles float like a butterfly and sting like a bee (good solid money talk)

Rocky Marciano Section

Hard hitting these articles can also take a punch and will not go down no matter how hard you hit them (good advice on Money issues):

Sugar Ray Robinson Section

Quick posts that are going to sting you if you aren’t watching closely (may not really be exactly about Money, but still quite interesting):

Rocky Balboa Section

Stories that are all heart, and give their all (the ones left I couldn’t group together, diverse topic come at you from everywhere):

That concludes this edition. Submit your blog article to the next edition of carnival of money stories 2 using our carnival submission form. Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page.

 

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Holiday Cheer Volume 4: Happy Boxing Day

For my regular readers, I am so lazy swamped over the holidays that I am taking some time off and putting up a “Best of” anthology until the New Year (January 4th, to be exact). Enjoy two Best of posts a day over the Holidays, and have yourself a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Well, that was a blur. The toys, the noise and excitement and then the Boxing Day sales that will now go on for the next four months, isn’t capitalism a wonderful thing? For most of us, we get Monday off as “Boxing Day,” but fear not good reader, I still have my shovel out digging up old “nuggets” from the past year.

The Most Hideous (2009/02/09)

I opened my Ottawa Citizen on Saturday, and I saw this picture, and I felt a combination of disgust, anger, and lurid curiosity.

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Boxing Day: Just Because it’s on sale  (2008/12/26)

That doesn’t mean you have to buy it!

This mantra you should be repeating to yourself as you walk through the Boxing Day sales.

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Car or Bus? (2009/08/11)

That is one of the big questions I have to think about given my new appointment.

In my previous job, there was no reason to take the bus because: …….

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Christmas Wishes from the Past

I seem to do this a lot, so here are my Christmas wishes from years gone by:

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