Archive for November, 2011:

interesting read on Mark Cuban’s blog

Written on November 22nd, 2011 by Jamesno shouts

The owner of the Dallas Mavericks and former internet tycoon has an interesting take on the tax debate and politics.  It’s worth a read:

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random thoughts and iPads

Written on November 14th, 2011 by Jamesno shouts

Another recent case of writers block as I just could not come up with any non-serious musings.  This blog is supposed to be a bit light hearted regarding financial topics, I save the more “serious” discussion topics for my monthly e-newsletter ( along with some posts that I do for Fi Guide (  The problem I often face is that sometimes it is just plain tough to post items that don’t dwell on the more serious financial side.  With so much going on in the world economy these days and the constant newsflow about debt issues, housing issues, 200 point market swings and how to help folks make sense of it and still save for retirement, it becomes an issue when trying to come up with funny rants about my personal finances.  Well, that was until this past weekend……..

So how exactly do you explain to a 7 year old that Santa does not deliver iPads from his sleigh?  My wife made sure to point out that my daughter had already begun working on her Christmas list this weekend.  In addition to the pet turtle, Taylor Swift CD (and autograph?), there was a top request for an iPad!  Really? an iPad?  Why on earth my 7 year old needs or wants an iPad is something I can’t quite figure out.  She saved her own money and bought a used apple iTouch earlier this year.  (it basically looks like an iPhone but only allows the user to download and play games when connected to a wifi system).  The problem is this thing now sits uncharged for weeks laying around the house, she does not use it at all!  Now she wants a $400 iPad?  For what?  We already have 2 home computers (which the kids already complain are to slow).  My only rationale explanation is that she must be getting influenced from some of the TV shows she watches on Nick or Disney Channel and feels like if the “older” kids in those shows have one then she must as well.     Oh well, I guess somehow we will have to break the news to her that Santa doesn’t deliver iPads.  She can check back when she gets to be a teenager and maybe he will have started delivering them by then.

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