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Thursday 9/20/07 (2503 days ago)

On Facebook, and, By the Way, What I'm Doing Exactly

Posted by tdave365 under Personal at 2:42:50 PM
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I've finally settle on Facebook as my social connection app of choice. I mean, if the web itself can't be "the" social app, I need to go along to just get along - dammit. If you have a Facebook account, hop on board. Use that badge to the left, or just click here.

I have a pretty set routine these days, but you'll see some pretty strange Facebook status updates. As you all recall I left my job with USF to pursue a "dream of private investigation". Predictably, that dream lasted about two months - and the money supporting that dream lasted only slightly longer than that. But hey, I had to get it out of my system and no one has ever accused me of being a practicalist.

I've since concentrated on reorganizing my finances and subsequently preparing to either re-enter support level IT, or, taking another stab at private investigation, whichever seems most feasible when I'm done rearranging the furniture and paying off my one remaining debt. As well, I have a personal commitment to the company that hired me back (quite literally my old college job - bearing in mind my "old college job" lasted nearly 6 years) in my hour of need, which works out nicely for each of us. For the moment that has me shucking burglar alarms, and for fun on the cheap, I loiter around in Ybor and Channelside on free weekends. It's not the most fulfilling existence, but it's a nice contemplative period that has served me well developmentally.



The Simple Dollar is One I Highly Recommend

Incidentally, in relation to the personal finance angle in all this, I highly suggest readers follow The Simple Dollar or Get Rich Slowly, which are personal finance blogs that seek to change the philosophy of spending, as well as the personal strategy and mechanics for doing so. Nearly everything in life is tied to good spending and financial habits. For a single guy, my USF job was probably optimum for what a techie of my skill and training level (I actually suspect it well exceeded) makes. But most of that money, rather than being saved and invested along the way, went straight to such frivolous comfort conveniences such as eating out or charging up more credit with near sociopathic impunity. When the time came to try something different in life, as a bachelor with no kids, I should have had the dough to support that pursuit in spades. When I left USF I was happy to have saved a few months worth of life support to give it a shot. In retrospect, that turned out to be a tawdry amount. Way too many McDonald lunches over 8 years or so not only added too many extra pounds, it severely diminished my capacity to sustain a complex career conversion of the sort I undertook. The fact that I couldn't wait another year to eliminate the aforementioned debt, didn't help (yes, yes, yes, a few of you warned me!). As a new PI I should have been almost 100 percent focused on acquiring the new skill sets being put to me, not dogged by concerns over the next billing cycle or how I would replace my vehicle if I totaled it while following someone. Money in the bank would have not only materially shielded me from those issues it would have psychologically as well. That we're talking squandered income only makes that reality more stinging.

I'll recover, and partially, because I have a better sense of personal priorities. This is one point that The Simple Dollar makes very clear. You have to have a set of priorities and ones that compliment who you are as a unique individual. Most people will screw that assessment up if they don't consider it carefully. The trick? Know yourself, or come to know yourself, very, very well. Based on those realities, only then can you chart a course toward financial responsibility tailored to you and your future. Or at least, that's how these personal finance blogs pose it and I for one find true.

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