Month: October 2015

The Loss of a Car and Finances

The very first time that I had my car stolen, I was shocked. I could have never imagined a scenario that would leave me standing there in the parking lot of the mall staring at the spot where my car used to be. At first, I honestly believed that I misremembered where I parked – it wouldn’t be the first time that it’s happened! You can bet that the experience taught me a lot about myself and about what I needed to do – get a keyless theft prevention system that would ensure I could never have my car stolen from someone with my key again.

That’s apparently what had happened! They had found my spare key that I kept under the car in a small magnetic box, just in case something happened. Well, I guess something did happen considering someone found the key and took the car! Now every car that I have had since then has not had a key – I refuse to let something that is clearly a weakness in any security system be responsible for the loss of a car. My insurance barely covered the loss of a brand new car, only about 75% of the cost that I lost.

It’s kind of ridiculous that they wouldn’t cover it. I needed that car and I needed that money – it was bought and paid for, it’s not like I actually owed money on it. On top of choosing a new security system I was able to find a new insurance company that would cover the entire cost of theft. It was certainly a painful lesson that was learned that day and it’s definitely one that I don’t want to ever have to go through again – it set my back several months purely on a financial level.

My Dad Junoed from a Plane

What do you get for a person who has everything they could possibly want? That has been my dilemma with my parents for a long time, and I finally realized that buying them an experience rather than an actual physical gift was the best thing I could do for them. For my dad’s last birthday, I decided to look into skydiving in the UK. He has often told us stories of when he was in the military, and his one regret was that he never got to skydive on a regular basis.

He has jumped out of a few planes, but it was at least 30 years ago, and I knew that he would cherish the experience to do that again. I wanted to do it for both of them, but I knew my mom would never agree to jump out of a plane that is a couple of miles above us in the sky. My dad is super adventurous though, and he was excited when I told him what I had bought him. He liked it even more when he found out that the instructors are also former military men, and he was eager to get with them.

He still had to go through the obligatory training, but that only lasted about 30 minutes. He told me that it was like riding a bike though. Once you know how to, it is something you never really forget, no matter how much time has passed. He had so much fun that day, and I have not seem him glowing like that in a very long time. He is talking about doing it again, and he is actually trying to talk my mom into jumping with him next time! I have to say that this is one of the best gifts I have given him.

Prices from Reliant Energy in Texas

I am always looking for a discount, or a way to save money. A friend of mine told me that he buys his electricity through Reliant Energy, and that the prices were really good. I was a bit skeptical, because I thought I was paying the least for electricity, that any provider offers in this area. I ended up doing some searches, and I eventually found, http://www.energyproviderstexas.com/reliant-energy-texas/l/laredo/ , and I have been looking at it for the last couple of minutes. It does seem like the prices that are quoted on this site, are slightly less than what I am currently paying for my electricity.

That is a bit astonishing to me, and I did not think it would be the case. I guess that I should have realized that I could be wrong about how low my electricity bill. I need to call this company up, and see if the information on this website is actually accurate. If it is accurate, then I probably need to switch, and to get my electricity from them going forward.

I wonder if there any other bills I am paying, where I am paying more than I have to. I hope not, but maybe it is something that would be worth looking into. No, I take that back. I think it is definitely something that is worth looking into. But I am going to wait until after I handle this electricity situation, to try to look at my other bills. I need to save more money towards retirement, so lowering my bills is definitely a good move for me. I do not have much saved up yet, but I need to start accelerating the rate at which I save for retirement. I am getting too old, to not have money saved up for it.

Best CC TV Systems for Security

I have been worried about the babysitter for awhile, and I do not really trust her. It all started when I noticed that one of my beers was missing. If a teenager is willing to steal a beer from their employer, there is no telling what the actual lengths of their depravity are. I will be looking for cctv systems, so that I can buy one for my house, and monitor what the babysitter is actually doing when I am out with my wife. She really messed up when she stole that beer from me, and I am going to make sure that I find out what she is doing.

I would not be the least bit surprised that she was doing other illicit things around the house, such as smoking, and heaven forbid, illicit drugs. I really hope that I am just overreacting and that this is not actually such a serious situation. My heart is racing right now, as I continue to imagine all of the possibilities. The girl who babysits my children is only 16 years old, and I have no idea why she would even want to drink a beer. My wife won’t even drink a beer, and she is in her thirties. I am very troubled by this situation, and I hope that I am wrong about a few things.

I want to get to the bottom of this though, and I will try to do that in the near future. I just have to find the right television set to use to monitor the house when I am away. I never thought that I would have to worry about something like this, but I guess that was a naive thing to think. I wonder where I should put the camera for the security system.

Teaching a Search Engine How to Think

I often think about our relationship with search engines. Google has become both verb and entity. It’s a word that has taken on a profundity of meaning as to almost predict its own impact upon how we treat the meaning and naming of things. Exposure to the Internet has changed how we think about the way we communicate. Emoticons are memes are used to convey specific emotional expressions otherwise poorly conveyed with only words. Even the simple line in an advertisement like click here invoicehome.com is one now laden with meaning driven from our experiences on the Internet.

Google and the rapid rise of popularity of texting have influenced change in the way we speak. Approaching Google with a query that is unfortunately vague is something we’ve all experienced. In that moment before a search we seek to define ambiguity as best as we are able. Doing so requires us to choose our words carefully as if they are precious gemstones to be polished and left on the mantle of the search bar. We give our offering to the massive repository of knowledge and wisdom that Google holds but like any good teacher might say to their students, ‘Framing a question is as valuable as the solution.’.

Sometimes we don’t know what it is we’re searching for. Words escape us and so we have learned to make do with a broken structure of words thrown together haphazardly in the hopes that Google understands us. How much have we taught Google and how much is that reflected back on ourselves? We’re forced to analyze the way we think about our words and the meaning that we subscribe to them; that alone has allowed us to become a society capable of communicating a great deal said in the most brief of spoken words.