It wasn't supposed to be like this; not for me, at least. I was the kid whose attention was grabbed by the financial splash screen on the nightly news that highlighted the day's close for the Dow Jones Industrial Average, the S&P 500, and prices for things like gold and oil. When I would spend … Continue reading How Did This Happen…TO ME?
In my last post, I alluded to the state of my finances in the first decade of the 21st century. How bad had my finances gotten? Well, at their worst, I can remember something along the lines of this somewhere in the neighborhood of 2005: About $20,000 in student loans (already consolidated at "record lows" … Continue reading A Tough Cell
In September of 2008, I had a chance to visit the country of Zambia in sub-Saharan Africa. And, while that trip still holds so many memories for me, I wouldn't realize how one of those memories would remarkably parallel my financial state of that time, until recently. On the last couple of days of the … Continue reading Broken Down and Stranded
Sulphur Springs, Texas… Third grade… P.E. class… Baseball! I step up to the plate, ready for that time-honored battle of hitter against pitcher. As the pitch is delivered, everything seems to be moving in slow motion. I swing the bat, crushing the ball (and, the ego of some poor woman’s 9-year old son).