November 11th A Special Day
For me this week has been very short, as I am a Civil Servant and got Remembrance Day off, and am taking a day’s vacation to make this a gloriously long weekend. One of my co-workers actually dubbed November 11th as Remember It’s Time to Start Christmas Shopping Day, which is a little disrespectful to Remembrance Day, but still quite apropos for Ottawa. The stores were jammed on Thursday afternoon with happy Civil Servants starting their Christmas Spending Debacle early (but there will be more on this in the coming weeks, no doubt).
This short week the topics I covered included:
- We Shall Remember 2010 is an off topic post about Remembrance Day here in Canada.
- Glory Days where I pointed out that things were not really better when I was younger, I was just younger then.
- Canadians now have over a Trillion Dollars in Mortgage Debt, and I pointed that out in That is One Big Mortgage.
- I discussed my obsessive compulsive side in Can I have a Refund Please.
- An off topic for this blog, but not for the week of Vimy Ridge.
While a somber week in Remebrance of our fallen countryfolk, there is some excellent posts from other folks in the Personal Finance Blog world:
- Financial Highway talks about how Conviction is for Convicts – I mean Stock Investors, tell that to Conrad Black!
- Michael James pointed out the shabby way we treat some Veterans in Remembrance Day – Going Beyond Symbolic gestures.
- Jim Yih writes about RRSP and RRIF Tax traps, there are traps everywhere, aren’t their Admiral Akbar?
- Canadian Capitalist asks the interesting question Why Are Gold Prices Going Up? Did Bugs Bunny find another gold strike in the Yukon? OK he never mentions that, but I like that one with Yosemite Sam and Bugs.
- Should you be Taking Risk in an RESP, is the question the Canadian Couch Potato asks, and the answer is, only as much as you can stomach.
- Larry MacDonald keeps up the Gold Plated commentaries with his post Dividend Investors and Gold Stocks, it is Au-some (for those who love periodic table puns).
- Million Dollar Journey shows that there are Ways to Save Money on Winter Tires, and NO he does not say don’t buy them (in Ottawa, that would be suicide (if you drive a car)).
- 2 Cents at BalanceJunkie asks What Happens When the Glass is Too Big? Drink a lot more is my answer, but that would be telling.
- Preet writes an article over at the Globe&Mail that shows that he is a Latte Sucking Elitist, with his comment Quit Bashing my Latte Habit, I bet he is a LIBERAL too! Latte sucking elitist Liberal, I like that turn of phrase, think I’ll trademark it.
- Boomer of Boomer & Echo, showed he wants to be an elitist new car buying snob in the post My Brand New Car, was it at least a hybrid? Elitist new car driving LIBERAL, maybe I’ll trademark that too.
For the record I am a Civil Libertarian at heart, drive a used Toyota and drink Tim Horton’s coffee (but I am White Collar too).
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