Fighting giraffes, surreal landscapes, dancing with unicorns and restoring a Vanagon

eat ice cream daily

What better advice than this?

As I mentioned last time, this whole retirement thing has turned out to be a bunch busier than I would have guessed. Or have planned for.  Like a kid dishing out his own ice cream, I’ve heaped far too much stuff into my bowl.  At least for the first part of the year.  Net result?  My planned post for today on Social Security is still under construction.

I am please to report I have passed the various exams and am now fully VITA certified by the IRS in Basic, Intermediate and Advanced Tax Preparation, along with Ethics.  Hmmm.  Seems I can’t have client refunds directed into my personal account after all.  I can’t even put out a tip jar!

This past Tuesday I attended the second of our French classes.  I am reminded as to why I struggled so with it in college. What makes it challenging for me is looking at how the words are spelled and then hearing how they are pronounced. Big difference. Hopefully, with time, it will become more obvious. With Spanish, I can look at a word and be pretty close at guessing the pronunciation. With French, I’ve a lot to learn!

Ordinarily, I save these collections of cool stuff for you for when I slip away for a few weeks or months.  But, why wait?

Let’s start with these…

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surreal landscapes

There’s ways of looking and then there are ways of seeing.


Who knew giraffes were fighters?


These guys look pretty beat up, right?

Three Princeton students pose after the Freshman, Sophomore snowball fight.

Snow ball fight??  Seems college guys were tougher in….

1893. Princeton, NJ.

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The only known photograph of an African American Union soldier with his family.


No question, in places like Spain these are hard days.  This brought a smile to my face and a tear to my eye:  Here Comes the Sun.

And this guy is just incredible.  Just wait til he goes up the lamp post.

Here’s FemmeFrugality on…..

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….what to do when you have all the money in the world.

Here’s James Altucher on….


 ….the Six People You Must Find Today.



10 Reasons You Have to Quit Your Job This Year

Glenn writes a blog called To Simplify about living and traveling in his van.  Recently he decided to downsize even further.  He picked up an old Vanagon, gutted it and has begun rebuilding it.  His posts on the project have fascinated me.  Maybe you, too:


Simple Living thru Insane Projects

There’s finally some ambition lacking going on over at Lacking Ambition.

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a moment of ambition lacking

Meanwhile, Paula had trouble renting this beautiful house:

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$2700 lesson learned

Mr. Money Mustache presents his annual review of not-so-much money spent:

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Living the high life on low bucks

101 Centavos tells us what we really already know:


Bacon is way better than New Year’s Resolutions

You’ll find my tale of a vanilla/bacon milkshake in the comments.

My pal Sean is back posting in a big way.  Learn how to…

Go Broke with Self Storage



What We’re Up Against

Finally, if Monday will see you returning to the daily grind, here’s…


How to Tap Dance to Work

Until then, have a wonderful weekend!

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