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Old 05-23-2009, 08:21 PM   #1561
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My goodness Elvin, you've been through a lot and seem very mature for a young man of 18.
Ive been thru so much that i wanna write a book i just dont know how i would go about starting one.
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Old 05-23-2009, 08:30 PM   #1562
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Ive been thru so much that i wanna write a book i just dont know how i would go about starting one.
Chapter 1:

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Old 05-23-2009, 08:32 PM   #1563
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Chapter 1:

"Once upon a time...."
Nope,

My life is not a fairy tale
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Helped our daughter and son-in-law move to a new home!! Grandma (me) and other Grandma entertained the kids (2 year old and 6 week old) by having this Grandma swim for 3.5 hours in the hotel pool with the 2 year old and the other Grandma rest in the shade with the baby. Returned to the new house and witnessed my husband, other grandma's husband, son-in-law, and his brother and sister all looking totally bedraggled. Had picnic type dinner on new deck, now DH and I are resting in the hotel -- tomorrow through Tuesday -- unpacking and cleaning. We will need a vacation from this "vacation"!! But SOOO worth it for our lovely daughter and family........
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Hey, I was just joshing. No offence meant. As bbamI says, you seem to have more insight than the average 18 year old. I'm sure your experiences have a lot to do with it.

So, where are you at with the Big Financial Plan?
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Hey, I was just joshing. No offence meant. As bbamI says, you seem to have more insight than the average 18 year old. I'm sure your experiences have a lot to do with it.

So, where are you at with the Big Financial Plan?
i know you were just joshing around lol

i just had to reply so i said that =]

as far as my BIG financial plans there not so big im currently getting out of the rat race.(typical 17 yr old with a checking account at the time) i wanna learn more about investing , living in the broke part of boston and studying the "poor" and "middle class" behavior a car wash would be a great investment in the near future i plan on owning some car wash's then moving up to franchise businesses but until those days come i need to learn how to better invest and how the stock market and government bonds work theres alot i need to learn along with alot of saving i need to do before i get my ball rolling so if i start young i figured ill get places faster
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i know you were just joshing around lol

i just had to reply so i said that =]

as far as my BIG financial plans there not so big im currently getting out of the rat race.(typical 17 yr old with a checking account at the time) i wanna learn more about investing , living in the broke part of boston and studying the "poor" and "middle class" behavior a car wash would be a great investment in the near future i plan on owning some car wash's then moving up to franchise businesses but until those days come i need to learn how to better invest and how the stock market and government bonds work theres alot i need to learn along with alot of saving i need to do before i get my ball rolling so if i start young i figured ill get places faster
Elvin, I recommend you check out your local library for "The Wealthy Barber" by David Chilton. It's all about how getting started early with your savings is key to financial success. He talks about "paying yourself first", which means setting up automatic savings with each paycheck. As soon as you have a paycheck, put those savings (say 10% of earnings) into a high interest savings account or a money market fund for the short term while you read about Asset Allocation. Also, don't borrow for stuff that won't make you money, unless it's a home (which is a ways off). Borrow to buy a car if you need a car to work, but don't go into debt for electronics, toys, vacations, entertainment, etc.
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Elvin, I recommend you check out your local library for "The Wealthy Barber" by David Chilton. It's all about how getting started early with your savings is key to financial success. He talks about "paying yourself first", which means setting up automatic savings with each paycheck. As soon as you have a paycheck, put those savings (say 10% of earnings) into a high interest savings account or a money market fund for the short term while you read about Asset Allocation. Also, don't borrow for stuff that won't make you money, unless it's a home (which is a ways off). Borrow to buy a car if you need a car to work, but don't go into debt for electronics, toys, vacations, entertainment, etc.
Thanks , i have been reading a few things including the book rich dad poor dad, Reading is the key to success , I appreciate the advice and i will look the book up online and buy it, as far as going into debt for all those things trust me i have had many chances to buy Tv's and video games but i dont do any of that , its not that i dont wanna have fun or wanna live my teen years up its just that i truly understand how important life is in the long run and instead of spending 60$ on a video game release ill spend it on a book that will show me things that will benefit me in life .Later on when i increase my income i will get the "Entertainment" devices . Unlike other Teens i listen with my ears not my mouth.
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The drive home from Las Vegas started at 10AM today, and ended 300 miles later. We did not do any gambling, nor touched any slot machine. In fact, I often wondered why we went there. I guess we wanted a cheap vacation and to see how the place has changed since we were there last in 2001, just a few days prior to 9/11. This being the 5th time I have been there in my life, I now have enough of LV to last me a while. We drove up to Fremont St. last night. The last time we were there was perhaps 25 years ago, and I hardly recognized the area now.

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Phew!!! Thank god you have a hotel to retreat into.
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Watered, dusted leaves, cut off dead blooms, added new shorter support stick on this amazing supermarket orchid which has been in bloom continuously since it arrived in Aug. 2007. I’ve used the neglect technique of no re-potting or fertilizer while it’s in bloom. Miraculously, it’s trying to put out a couple more blooms at the end of the flower spike and is putting out a new spike at the base. Do I dare re-pot it after the last flower drops before the new spike blooms?
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We went to a Memorial Day observance at the courthouse square today, marred only by one speaker (a Desert Storm vet) who used it as a (very unfortunately timed) opportunity to make political statements against what we're doing in Iraq, including words like "invader," "occupation" and "torture" before a stunned crowd. (No, it's not an invitation to talk politics! But wow, what a wildly inappropriate time and place for THAT regardless of one's position on the issue.)

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Watered, dusted leaves, cut off dead blooms, added new shorter support stick on this amazing supermarket orchid which has been in bloom continuously since it arrived in Aug. 2007. I’ve used the neglect technique of no re-potting or fertilizer while it’s in bloom. Miraculously, it’s trying to put out a couple more blooms at the end of the flower spike and is putting out a new spike at the base. Do I dare re-pot it after the last flower drops before the new spike blooms?
My wife loves orchid, and has been buying a pot every few months. However, they never rebloom, and she has half a dozen pots with just leaves. So, she sticks a silk flower in there and keeps the plants as decorations. Eventually, the plants die, and must be tossed out.

Could it be the heat and dryness of AZ? I know people have had success here, but they are more devoted fans and willing to put up a greenhouse. Having it rebloom while sitting on your coffee table is unheard of, sadly.
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