It’s kind of amazing, living in the modern world. You’re almost never really apart from your loved ones, when it’s possible to contact anyone you know or love with a few clicks on a keyboard or a quick call using a phone that fits in your pocket. You’re almost never out of contact with anyone you could want to contact (or anyone who wants to contact you, as far too many people who found themselves called into work at unusual times could attest).
Still, there’s nothing yet invented that can truly replace the ability to look into your beloved’s eyes and tell her how much you love her. Unfortunately, as my medical condition prevents me from driving, the seventy miles or so of road that separate us have turned from a quick trip that takes a little over an hour that I can complete anytime I want into a serious obstacle, one that requires us to plan around her work, my research, and any number of other problems that can arise on either end of our journey. As much as it helps to be able to pick up the phone and talk to her whenever I want, or to use the videophone features of our computers to get a view of what the other one is currently doing, it’s still no comparison to being able to lay down with her in bed, have her lay her head on my shoulder, and listen to her fall asleep in my arms.
One of the few good things about my on-campus sublease running out at the end of July is I’ll be able to return to her permanently, and we can start our lives together properly, wherever that shall take us. It’s still going to prove to be a pretty tough time not being able to spend every weekend with her for the next month or so. I’ll just have to find some other way to use my time, like going through all the good posts shared by my fellow Yakezie (did you like my transition there?):
Good Yakezie Posts
Put Every Dollar into Paying Down Debt – If you are looking to get out of debt, and want to do so as effectively as possible, this is a great method to take. It’s how Kevin of Thousandaire managed to pay off more than $33,000 in student loan debt in just over four years (and if he keeps it up, he’s soon not going to be able to call himself a ‘Thousandaire’ anymore).
The Secret Business I am Dying to Open Up – We all have our own dreams and fantasies we have yet to fulfill, many of which concern our perfect job or business to run. Apparently, Evan of My Journey to Millions would like to open up and run a laundromat. It’s not the most common dream job I’ve heard (that’d probably be Playboy photographer), but he does lay out a good case for the advantages of owning a laundromat compared to most other businesses.
Is This the Beginning of the End for the Mall? – You keep hearing so much about how online shopping is wiping out brick and mortar stores that it’s easy to picture them all disappearing. (Going the way of Circuit City and Borders, to name but a few.) Barbara Friedberg shares some thoughts on the disappearance of such stores, and what it could me for investors, store owners, and consumers.
You will Always be Viewed as Arrogant if You Have More – I’m not sure I agree with the ‘always’ here, but the Financial Samurai does a pretty good point about how the well-off are generally viewed by the less well-off. It’s hardly a one-way street of assumptions, though; if I had a dollar for every time a wealthy commentator who made sweeping statements about the poor or middle-class, I would be pretty wealthy myself.
Are House Flipping Shows About to Make a Comeback? – If you had asked me this yesterday, or really, anytime since 2007, I would have said no. But if what Money Beagle is saying about the Detroit housing market can apply across the country, it might not be too long before house flipping makes a comeback, on TV and in real life.
How FOREX Works – I’m always interested in different types of investments, and it’s nice to see other bloggers sharing their thoughts on some of the more obscure methods. Here, Eric of Narrow Bridge Finance shares some thoughts on the Foreign Exchange (FOREX) market. A bit too risky for my blood (even when I had money available to speculate), but it could be interesting for some people.
I Might Be a Cow… – Okay, I couldn’t resist a post with this title. It appears that Crystal of Budgeting in the Fun Stuff has applied for a possible position as the cow mascot of Chick-Fil-A. I’m at loss for words (other than, since she seems to be really eager to get the job, good luck Crystal!)
Contests and Giveaways
Speaking of Crystal from Budgeting in the Fun Stuff, remember that she is still running a giveaway for a Miche Bag until July 1st.
That’s it for this week; as always, thanks for reading, thanks for enjoying all these great posts from around the web (particularly the Yakezie network), and here’s hoping you don’t have to go as long without those you love as I sometimes have to go without