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Memorial Day Weekend Reading: Guinea Pigs and the End

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It’s been a hectic weekend so far. I’ve spent many hours on the road between my home in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Queens. Friends of mine will be married to each other in a few weeks, and they wanted to have some wedding photographs shot including their pet guinea pigs. They were concerned about dealing with these pets on the day of the wedding, so I volunteered to put my photography skills to the test for a small assignment.

We took sets of photographs outside their house in Pennsylvania, with the bride and groom in full dress and tuxedo holding their guinea pigs. For the sake of their privacy, I won’t include a photo of my friends, but I will share a photograph of one of their three guinea pigs.

My day job requires me to work for a few minutes on Monday morning, and after leaving Pennsylvania to go to Queens on Saturday, I realized I did not have the materials I needed. Sunday afternoon I trekked back to my home, stopping at my office to pick up a necessary slip of paper. Later that evening, I drove back to New York to be in town for Monday’s Memorial Day parade, a family tradition for my girlfriend.

While enjoying your holiday, take a look at these articles.

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I do not, however, act in person as if I am more well off or less well off than I am. There was a time, when I didn’t have a strong cash flow, that I would be mindful about my spending. By this I mean I would not spend much when out with friends, though when it came to splitting costs I would always submit my fair share. Now that my cash flow situation has improved somewhat, I’m not watching every cent, though I am still mindful and aware.

Oops! The world is coming to an end. Financial Samurai offers five suggestions for dealing with your money when the financial world seems to be collapsing. This is something you might believe is going on now, particularly if you are thinking as I was when I questioned whether it is time to give up on the stock market. I don’t believe it is, for the long term.

The Carnival of Personal Finance was hosted by Money Relationship earlier this week and featured my article, Should We Discourage Some Students From Attending College?, as an editor’s choice. The Yakezie Carnival was hosted at Free From Broke and this carnival featured The Best Cash Back Credit Cards.

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Luke Landes, also known as Flexo, is the founder of Consumerism Commentary. He has been blogging and writing for the internet since 1995 and has been building online communities since 1991. Find out more about him and follow Luke Landes on Twitter. View all articles by .

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avatar Financial Samurai

Happy Memorial Day Flexo! Nice Guinea Pig shot! Did you dangle something at them to make them look that way?

Best,

Sam

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avatar Luke Landes ♦127,364 (Platinum)

Guinea pigs don’t exactly take direction very well. For every good shot I have, there are ten in which they turned at the last moment or moved right before I snapped the shot, moving out of the focus plane. I have some better shots with the proud couple and their pets.

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avatar Craig/FFB

As I look at these guinea pig photos I have Wonder Pets going in the background!
I’ve had a similar route but in reverse – We went from Queens to Jersey to visit friends.

Thanks for mentioning the Yakezie Carnival.

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