The Difference between Moms and Dads at 2am.

The Difference between Moms and Dads at 2am.

If you have been following my writings, you may have noticed that I’ve not generated much content lately.  Sleep recently has become a highly valuable commodity around my house.  Any parent will surely relate to what I’m about to share, and those who are kid free will continue their blissful nights rest without a moments second thought. As you know, I’m the father of two little boys.  The older one has been, and continues to regularly sleep though the night, its wonderful but it wasn’t always so.  Our 2nd child…

Why do we depend on the govt?

Why do we depend on the govt?

Yesterday, splashed on the front page of the newspaper, was an exciting article.  Pennsylvania, home of the former Pennsylvania Railroad is full of abandoned railroad tracks.  Happily, these tracks are being converted into multi-use trails, not only in Pennsylvania, but throughout the United States.  I use these pedestrian trails on a regular basis. I run on the Lancaster Junction Trail, which is located less then a ½ mile from my front door.  However, in the 1980’s a highway was cut through farmland and now provides an impenetrable barrier between myself…

Is exercise worth it? Be more productive.

Is exercise worth it?  Be more productive.

Have you ever wanted to perform physical feats that leave others stating, “I could never do that?”  I’m here to tell you its possible, your body is a lump of clay moldable into whatever shape your effort and commitment will allow. I’ve performed a few such physical feats and yet at one time or another, each one of those activities sounded completely out of reach.  There was a time in high school where I considered running anything more than a mile to be extraordinary.  I once ran to a friend’s…

Buy Now Pay Later – Spend an extra $7,000 for stuff you already own.

Buy Now Pay Later – Spend an extra $7,000 for stuff you already own.

Coupons must be one of the worlds most wonderful ideas.  First, one gets to enjoy a scavenger hunt in order to find the appropriate one, check the date, store, and brand, now figure out where you placed it.  Coupons arrive in the mail, newspaper, email, and are often dropped from airplanes. Not only do they allow people to save money, but they allow people to buy things they never knew they needed in quantities large enough to stock warehouses.  My dad was especially found of the, buy 12 get 18…

I Strive to be Below Average

I Strive to be Below Average

Do you feel like you just aren’t getting ahead, like everyone around you is succeeding in life and passing you by?  Well, it’s true; there are many people that are good at lots of different things, so in reality, people are better then you.  At first, this information can be a jolt to one’s ego, but eventually becoming a failure in the eyes of society can in turn be liberating.  In the quest for liberation, I’ve embarked on an audacious plan to become decidedly below average in comparison to my…

Storage Wars Part II – Renovations

Storage Wars Part II – Renovations

Part II – Renovations to 368 Ice Ave. As you now know, or if you don’t, read this first, in 2014 I had bought a house along with its contents.  Now that the house was empty I could assess the situation and begin renovations.  As if undressing, we’ll start at the top and work our way down.  The upstairs windows needed replaced, and in two locations the plaster walls were crumbling due to moisture from long ago (there was no sign of current moisture problems).  There were decent wood floors,…

Storage Wars – How I bought a house filled with stuff.

Storage Wars – How I bought a house filled with stuff.

By 2014 I had become a wily veteran of real estate investing at least that’s what I liked to pretend whenever I fantasized about collecting rent checks, renovating attractive properties, and using my vast resources to fund various goodwill projects.  In reality, at this time I owned 4 investment properties, one of which was constantly filled with annoying tenants who were always surprised that when one month ended another would begin. Related: House 1, House 2, House 3, House 4 With this in mind, I called up my realtor (link to…

Real Estate Income Report – June, July, Aug, Sept. 2017

Real Estate Income Report – June, July, Aug, Sept. 2017

My real estate portfolio currently consists of 6 rental units.  The monthly reports highlight the income and expenses associated with each property as well as the total monthly profits or losses. I haven’t issued a real estate report since May, mainly because I had grown lazy and stopped working on the blog.  Luckily, I’ve still been keeping track of my income and expenses, so I will attempt to get everyone up to speed and I promise to be more diligent with my reports in the future.  I also need to…

Free TV – Would you still watch?

Free TV – Would you still watch?

New rule, you can only have television viewing rights if you save 10x more then the costs.  Example – $100 per month cable bill requires $1,000 per month put into savings.  Now enjoy my witty musings on television. You may have read previously, that in the spring of 2005, I bought my first house and thus began my real estate empire.  The house had many great features including worn carpet to which we added food stain designs (one roommate spilled a microwave dinner weekly), a kitchen that showed its age,…

Have you ever restored something of value?

Have you ever restored something of value?

As a kid, I spent many hours exploring my grandparents barn. They didn’t farm, so the barn was used in a unique variety of ways; space was rented for an antique car collection, mounds of sawdust were heaped in one area, the purpose unknown to me, some truck repair appeared to occur in a shop in the back, and there were stacks and stacks of old chicken crates and other chicken related apparatus. I am recalling these things through the lens of a 8-12 year old boy so my understanding…