Love is Forgiving the Unforgivable (Reader Participation)

I read that platitude on another website and at first thought the post about it was quite good, arguing that the statement was an impossibility ( if it is unforgivable how can you forgive it?), but then I started wondering about the format of the statement and know that I have seen this form of gibberish before:

{Important Life Verb} is _____ing the Un____able

I guess this was a precursor in the writing world to Twitter (i.e. getting an inane point down in 144 characters or less) (remember to follow the Big Cajun Man Twitter Feed).

Pyromania is burning the unburnable!

I then started thinking of how you could fit this innocuous format into a financial format and came up with some quite vapid phrases that you can feel free to use on your friends:

Saving is NOT spending the unspendable

This one is actually quite logical, since the unspendable is money you don’t have, or money you should not spend! The opposite of that might be:

Debt is spending the unspendable

Seems pretty clear and also true.

Profit is selling the unsellable

I have some salesman friends who believe that is where they make the most of their money, selling the things that others thought were unsellable.

Hoarding is valuing the invaluable

Had to change it a little to be grammatically correct, however, that is really how hoarding starts for lots of folks, valuing stuff that really has no value to you (any more).

Investing is believing the unbelievable

For me a lot of the time, buying some of the more interesting stocks has meant I have believe something I should have not believed (i.e. Nortel), oh well. This is much less the case if you do passive investing techniques.

Blogging is writing the unreadable

Now this comment I have heard about many sites (including this one), whether it is true, I will leave with you gentle reader.

Any that I might have missed? I invite you good reader to add your platitude that fits the above format (maybe with a short explanation).


Happy Father’s Day and Sunday’s Best

Happy Father’s day to all the Dads out there, hope your kids at least did a “Wassup? Happy Dad’s Day. Can I borrow the car?”, or something similar to that (Dads understand what I mean). It is a little melancholy for me as it is my second Dad’s Day without my Dad, but I will choose to remember him and celebrate him (his sense of humor and all the things he did for me).

Hopefully you all at least called your Dad? Bought him a tie? You don’t have to do much, but do something, just so he knows you appreciate him.

On my world-famous twitter feed (well not yet, but maybe soon), you missed me rehash many of my favorite old posts, many pointing out the importance of Dads:

Do you need a Father’s Day video? How about a talk from Ted by Sarah Kaminsky: My father the forger, now does that not sound cool?

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What do Fathers Worry About?

Here is one Father’s perspective on what we worry about (every day).

We worry about money, pretty much every day:

  • Enough money to get through this month?
  • Enough to pay for this year?
  • Will we|I ever pay the house off?
  • Will we|I ever retire?

Pretty simple really. I think there are some Fathers out there who aren’t “masters of their own monetary domain”, however they then worry that they don’t know anything about their money (which I think is a more insidious worry than the ones I just noted).

We also worry about our kids’ and the money they will need, or the money we will need to raise them (or get them to move out, like I said on Tuesday).

We really worry about the next boyfriend that our daughters will bring home. Will he drag his knuckles on the my hardwood floors? Will he try to talk to me during an NHL or NFL game (my kids and wife have learned not to do this, for a good reason)?  Want to know why Fathers initially loath any new boyfriend of their daughters? If you can’t figure that one out, please don’t date my daughter(s) (you are too stupid).

Our biggest worry is what to do with the tie that we get on Father’s Day. Some folks look great in a tie and can easily tie a killer double Windsor knot (Mr. Preet Banerjee for one), but most of the times we don’t wear a tie, so what can we do with them? If someone can point me to a neat site to help Fathers create pop art or other useful things with old ties, I would appreciate it.

We Really Want to Know?

Your Dad just wants to know you are Happy and Safe. Father’s Day used to be the day the most collect phone calls were made, and we are OK with that.


Sure Fire Father’s Day Gifts

Being a Father of 4 I feel I have a certain level of expertise when it comes to Father’s Day and what the ideal gift for a Father would be, so with this in mind I will offer you my suggestions for the perfect gift for your Dad on Father’s Day.

Remember, that before Skype, free long distance and such, Father’s Day was the day when the most COLLECT long distance phone calls were made (which sums up Father’s nicely (in my opinion)).

What are these great Father’s Day Gift ideas?

  • Move out of your Dad’s basement, and start living out of your own pocket, and not out of his. Yes, your Dad says it is OK, but ask yourself do you want YOUR kids living in YOUR basement?  This sounds so simple, but you’d be surprised how many kids don’t quite get that one.
  • Show your Dad your latest Credit Card bill with a ZERO dollar balance, to show him that you are not in debt and you know how to take care of your money. Your Dad would LOVE to see that one.
  • Buy your Dad a coffee, or a bottle of scotch and give him a day of peace and quiet, again, you’d be surprised how many folks haven’t figured that out. Dads are OK with a small celebration, a card and a Happy Fathers Day, that’s cool (and also remember it’s his day, so don’t bring YOUR friends over).
  • Buy your Mother a lovely gift, because most Fathers are really happy,  when their wives are happy (think about this one folks).
  • Tell your Dad the favorite thing that he said to you. He most likely won’t even remember saying it, but also tell him why it was important to you.
  • Say thanks to your Dad for working hard for you. How?  “Let Dad have the big piece of chicken!“, to quote Chris Rock

Just Call

He’d love to hear from you.


Free Advice: Worth Every Penny

Best Things in Life are Free?

What was the best advice you ever received for free? Let’s not include the important facts of life taught to us by our parents as we grow up, no, let’s concentrate on the advice from others, where they thought they were helping us out? Better still, advice from the media, how did it work out for you?

Free advice is easily given out and is worth every penny, you paid for it.

As I have mentioned sometimes Free Advice is not really Free either, someone is making money on the advice, so you should be always on your guard when it comes to financial (or finance related) advice. Sometimes your advisor is just really misguided:

  • A relative who thinks they are helping you out by giving you a “hot tip”.
  • A friend who doesn’t really know much about the advice being given but wants to help.

Advice is a dangerous thing, as I have written about before I gave advice and it caused a dear friend to make a terrible mistake.

Steer clear of free advice, and question all other advice as well (yes, look the gift horse in the mouth (and check its legs too)), when it comes to your money (or things to do with your money).


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