In the book Artemis, the term “Leaking Money” was used. It kind of struck a chord with me. While I don’t want to be miserly, I too occasionally buy things that, after I bought them, I didn’t really need. Or eat out alone when I have food at home. Or purchase a more advanced version of something I already have that works fine.
I need to come up with a personal code of conduct, a rule of thumb to use to decide when to spend and when to not spend. Do you have any ideas? Program s already implemented? Let me know.
It’s back to work today, running late. It was a good weekend!
Sunday we went diving at Cobalt Coast. It was quite good. Cobalt Coast had been closed and used for staff, and some quarantine during covid and hasn’t been dived much in the past two years. Colors and fish life seemed much better than other, frequently dived places.
its Monday, spell check wanted to put money, of which I could use more.
Yesterday I took these pictures using macro mode on my phone camera. I think it works surprisingly well, I think these are borderline quality because the camera wasn’t close enough.
Last night I started a 4 week meditation workshop. It was interesting. Lots of talk about bran parts and nerves and scientifically how it works. Among other things, I discovered that I can’t sit cross legged as long as I need to. It should prove to be a very beneficial class, if I apply what I learn. Meditation has been, I think, a weak point in my recovery program.
Yesterday i got my tires changed on my scooter. Those little tires cost almost twice what my tires on my van costed! And I finally got a new battery. It costed a lot too, but supposedly is a really good battery and will be the last I ever need. Wee shall see! It was shockingly expensive. But I’m glad to have it behind me.
And it’s Friday!
In other news, my Monstera plant is making a flower, it’s going to be real purdy. More to come.
I have a piggy bank, that for years, I throw nothing but quarters in. if I recall, last time it was full, it had about $60 in it.
My bank is Butterfield, the worst bank in the world. I mentioned that I would be bringing in a bunch of quarters. The teller informed me that Butterfield now charged a 2% fee for counting coins. After I said I’d bring them in counted, I was told that even then, they have to re-count them, and charge 2%.
Sooooo, I dumped the piggy bank, and every day I take a pocketful of quarters to spend. Then, everywhere I go, I apologize profusely while I count out quarters and tell the story of how crappy Butterfield Bank is.
I know, I know, I should leave. While other banks are a little better, they’re almost as bad. And it just hasn’t been worth it. All the banks are in cahoots.
Maybe crime DOES pay… Have a great day! (That rhymes)
You’ve heard me complain about money many times. I don’t think money is in the cards for me.
I pay homeowners insurance 10 months out of the year, these are the two “off” months. Instead of having a little extra money, I get extra bills. New tires for the car and scooter. Dentist. I have accepted the fact that I will always be broke. God doesn’t want me to have money.
At least it’s Friday! And I live where I want to live!
When we were at (and on) the Athabasca Glacier, there were photos that showed the glacier receding over the years. My brother in law in Drake Bay, Costa Rica, last night was telling my wife about his colleague/associate/acquaintance has been measuring the decline in the numbers of frogs and snakes in the rainforests. When I got certified to scuba dive in 1981, we’d see sharks on practically every other dive, often groups of sharks. Now, seeing a shark is rare, one in ten or more dives.
Glacial decline has been measured since the 1850’s, (according to an article on Wikipedia), so I’m not sure it’s all humans fault, but I think humans main power is destructive and we need to change. I remember a book I read years ago, “Mutant Message Down Under”, and ask, Which society is more advanced? One that lives in a place 10,000 years, and you can’t even tell they were ever there? Or a society that practically destroys it’s environment with pollution and war in 250 years?
I think the answer is obvious.
Today is my first day back at work since my vacation. blah. Why do I have to go work to get money to buy a fish for dinner when I could just go out and get the fish myself. Because I also have to pay for my house and the bills. The whole system of money has something inherently wrong with it.
Same story every year:
1: I don’t know what gifts to get people for the holidays.
2: I don’t have the money to buy anything anyway.
3: I don’t want anything for Christmas
4: I don’t want to buy anybody anything for Christmas
5: I don’t want to participate at all.
I hate to sound like a scrooge, but a spaceman observing our behavior from space would think we are idiots. We have “Thee Holiday of Thanksgiving”, then we spend the next month greedily grabbing up all this unnecessary crap. Nobody wants to do it, everybody does it because everybody else is.
And don’t try to hand me any of that Jesus crap, if you’re celebrating the birth of a great man, this period of insane behavior is NOT the way to do it.
And you know what? I don’t give a rats ass if I DO sound like scrooge!