Best Personal Finance Writing – Week 21

Well, it’s Saturday and I’m at work today, so I hope your weekend is better than mine. Hopefully I can leave in time for my daughter’s soccer game (and have time to change out of my suit because it’s going to be over 100 degrees).

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Earlier this week I went to a retina specialist about my vision issues. He saw nothing of immediate concern, and will see me again in two weeks to be safe. I still have the “floater,” and probably always will, though people say it could break up, fade away or my brain will learn to ignore it. Here’s hoping to that because it’s rather annoying and sometimes gives me a headache.

What I’ve learned from this is something I probably already knew, but had forgotten.


We could talk endlessly about living every day like it could be your last, but I won’t.

Granted, I really dodged a bullet by not having a detached retina, and I’m not in pain, but the very essence of my waking life is now altered by this strand of darkness.

To be honest I had some moments of private panic – will I be able to SEE my daughters graduate college and get married? Will I be able to see the faces of my grandchildren? Would I be homebound for the rest of my life?

Those questions are the “old me” trying to come through. I have worked hard over the last year to try to be positive. The positive here is “it coulda been worse.” When I think of all the people who have health problems, I realize that everyone has something wrong with them, or some adversity to overcome.

That’s what life is about.


  • Eric at DollarVersity shares a chronological slow-motion meltdown in customer service as he worked through the application process for a HARP 2.0 refinance on his home.
  • American Debt Project asks a great question: why should a car be embarrassing? She then lays out some good reasons for buying a used Crown Vic.
  • It’s garage sale season and I’d rather be out wheeling and dealing than at work. Canadian Budget Binder has a warning for Canadians (and probably everyone) that you are liable for what you sell at a garage sale. Scary thought that we could be sued for tens of thousands of dollars over a three dollar toaster.
  • I recently shared my thoughts on minimalism, and Bog of Debt shares her thoughts on why minimalism is not for her.
  • My friend Matt quit his personal finance blog (RamblingFever Money) to start another one documenting his quest for passive income. Check out the intro at Dumb Passive Income. (Yes, that’s an intentional homage to Pat Flynn at Smart Passive Income).

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4 thoughts on “Best Personal Finance Writing – Week 21

  1. Thanks mate for the blog post mention. I think most Canadians are saying sod it, I’ll do what I want,, for now. Should be interesting to see where it leads as Garage Sales, and online selling is the new to me buying for people who can’t afford NEW out of box items.

    Have a great day at work, don’t worry I’m with ya mate, I work all sorts of odd hours… I suppose the suit don’t help ya with the heat though. Keep Smilin! Cheers Mr.CBB
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  2. That whole retina problem would be scary to deal with. Here’s to hoping that it fades away or breaks up. I really hope you don’t have to deal with that for too long. I guess it does make you really appreciate other things in life though. And good luck getting out of work in time to change out of your suit.
    Modest Money recently posted..Late May 2012 Blog UpdateMy Profile

  3. Thanks a ton for the link to my new site John. Definitely unexpected for a mere intro post. Now the blogger in me feels the need to give the readers some more asap. Fortunately, I am stuck in a camper at a campground for the holiday weekend and only have my phone for internet activity.

    Hope all goes well with your vision and whatnot. Let me tell you something I heard on the CB one day that might help you stay positive about your situation… Look at it this way. At least you’re not a Siamese twin whose brother is gay and he has a hot date tonight and you got the only butthole!
    Matt recently posted..An Introduction to Dumb Passive IncomeMy Profile

  4. Yup stuff like this can really mess with things up, my little world is going through something scary like this at the moment too. Trying to stay positive, but an uncertain future ensure a few moments of concern. Seeing a loved one in pain is horrible. Life is a balancing act isn’t it? It CAN change in an instant.

    I wish you all the best with your eyes, hopefully soon all of this will be behind you.

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