Racking it Up, 2200 Posts, Advent Begins and Friday #Shoutouts

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This week I (and my regular commenters) have been having a lot of fun with Mrs C8j’s new enhanced rack, and I’d like to clarify that while this rack is amazing, I do not love Mrs. C8j only for her astonishing rack. For those who have not joined into this off colour discussion feel free to add your voice on whether getting your wife a new rack is a good holiday idea. There was another off colour anecdote in another of my posts this week, so I guess that was where my mind was this week.

So Torontonians are playing catch up with Montrealers, as they had to throw their Mayor out of power, whereas in Montreal their Mayor stepped down. Toronto is always playing catchup with Montreal it seems, but congrats to the Argos for winning the Grey Cup. The other good news is that the Leafs are still undefeated in this NHL season.

On Tuesday I reached another milestone with post number 2200, it is actually I think post 2250, but I deleted about 50 posts over the past year, after reading them over and feeling that they were absolute drivel (and that is really saying something if I think it is drivel). I have been at this for almost 8 years now, which means I am pumping out one hell of a lot of posts, my credo seems to be QUANTITY over QUALITY!

This Sunday Advent begins for most Christians out there (I am sure there are some sects who don’t observe Advent, but I am not aware of them). As Mrs. C8j (who many claim is a Nun) likes to point out the themes of Advent are: Waiting, Preparing and Anticipating (the birth of Christ). Keep this in mind as you are fighting with that other parent to get the last Furbee, or you lament how the Christmas season is a crock of bovine feces.

Weekly Recap

The Cyber Monday week gave me lots to write about, but I did seem to go into a rather lurid set of subjects at times too:

And thanks to those who added me on Twitter I am now over 1300 folks who follow me, Zut Alors! If you join my “Twitter Posse“, you might notice I am also re-Tweeting some posts from the French Media as well (hell, if I am learning the language, shouldn’t we all?). Check out my Facebook page and find us on Google+as well (but no I didn’t buy Facebook stock). The page includes many different posts, not just my own (kind of like this Friday post, but all week-long), and I have changed it a little bit too (note the new background).

Links for the Week

As Advent is coming, what have some of our favorite writers cooked up this week?

Top Stories of the Week of November 30th 2012
Financial Literacy Month and Advent Eve

RRSP/RRIF Spousal Transfers on Death – Not so Automatic – Be Careful you don’t Create a Family War

The Blunt Bean Counter wades into another sticky family issue of what happens to RRSP funds on your death. Luckily my family won’t have any of this to worry about (there won’t be any money left!)

Why I will never, ever buy a house in Montreal

Vane$$a’s Money writes a post that makes a former Montrealer proud, the time honored question of whether to buy or rent your accomodations. I think she’s on the right track with this one.

The Promise of Low Volatility

The Canadian Couch Potato did some digging and found that the claims of High Volatility stocks giving higher growth, may not be as valid as first thought.

Giving the Gift of Tax Freedom

Evelyn Jacks points out that the Government announced a bump up of the TFSA allowance by $500 this week, which is great news for those who are using this saving vehicle.

RRSP vs. TFSA Debate Misses an Important Detail

Michael James looks at the debate from a different angle, which might make you think differently about where your savings should go.

 Your Future Self

Gail Vaz-Oxladed asks, do you want to send yourself in the future a message?

Mine would be, don’t expect any money to be left, I’m enjoying it right now!

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 Why waste time picking a financial adviser? Because it matters

Our friend Preet gives his opinion of why it is important to get the right financial adviser.

Why using your nest as your sole retirement nest egg is a bad idea

Mark at My Own Advisor points out that if your retirement plan includes using the value of your house as a cornerstone, you might be in for an ugly surprise. You might be OK if you have a nice rack, though.

30% off Ontario tuition? It could happen to you!

My Canuck Buck points out that if you live in Ontario and are a student you could get more money from the government. If you’ve already applied for OSAP, you are already registered.

 50 Stocking Stuffers for Men

Is from the Art of Manliness and points out some awesome gifts for that certain Manly Man on your list!

 Another Bad Tattoo

Yes if you “Trust” in God, have a look at this tattoo, maybe you should just get the tattoo in a language you can understand!

Remember the career to choose for the future is DERMATOLOGY or Tattoo removal.

Tweet of the Week

Other Bookkeeping

The Spirit of Christmas is Watching YOU!

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  • My Own Advisor December 3, 2012, 7:53 AM

    Late to comment….thanks for the mention and hope you had a great weekend enjoying the new rack.


    • bigcajunman December 3, 2012, 8:51 AM

      The rack continues to astound me….

  • Joe November 30, 2012, 6:21 PM

    2200 posts is an incredible milestone. Congrats, BCM!

    • bigcajunman November 30, 2012, 7:20 PM

      I was thinking more like FUTILE, but I’ll take incredible too…

  • The Blunt Bean Counter November 30, 2012, 7:44 AM

    If I was not so distracted reading about your wife’s new rack, I would congratulate you on 2200 posts and think you are goading me into a comment on Toronto.

    Now that I have seen the picture of your wife’s new “tire rack”, I can concentrate on the matter at hand. Wow, I am about 10% your 2200 posts. You sure have a lot of useless stuff to talk about 🙂

    As for our mayor, the rumour is he will be the Argo’s new left offensive guard next year, ensuring a repeat Grey Cup Performance. The offensive line coach however was apprehensive since he is concerned his lack of discipline will lead to many penalties and thought him grossly out of shape.

    ” The other good news is that the Leafs are still undefeated in this NHL season.” Burke is quite happy about that, he is privately hoping for the season to be wiped out so he can get another high draft pick and expunge another bad year from his record.

    • bigcajunman November 30, 2012, 9:42 AM

      I think your comment about my “useless stuff to talk about” is more of a damning statement about my regular readers, than it is my Verbal Diarhea.

      The Senators are claiming they are undefeated against both the Canadiens and the Leafs this year. At least I have more time to write!

  • Michael James November 30, 2012, 7:32 AM

    Thanks for the mention. Have fun with your wife’s new rack.

    • bigcajunman November 30, 2012, 9:40 AM

      Let me tell you, it is an astounding rack, well worth the money.


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