It has been a long week and I haven’t completed as many things as I would have liked to; however, I did mention to my supervisor at my day job that I plan to take an extended leave of absence. It’s not quite quitting, but this is what works for me for the present.
This will, of course, allow me to focus on Consumerism Commentary. Years ago, I was able to write two or three articles a day, but when my writing style changed, the most I have been able to do, in addition to other writing responsibilities and administrative tasks, has been one or slightly more than one. With more time, I believe I will be able to take this website to the next level.
Here are some interesting articles for weekend reading, starting with one I’ve written as a freelance author. You’ll notice I’ve begun using a real name (insofar as it is a “non-cartoon” name) for some writing; expect to see more of that.
Snagging a Great Holiday Travel Deal. This is my latest contribution to Currency from American Express. Booking travel early, but not too early, is the key to finding the best fares. I lucked out this year and found a great deal on my flight to California for Thanksgiving, while in previous years I searched too early or too late.
Renting Gives You More Freedom — So Take Advantage. Here’s more from Currency. All of us renters out there should be celebrating some of the advantages we have over homeowners.
Actions Have Consequences. Investor Junkie talks about his family problems involving drugs and alcohol, and points out how every choice you make has an effect on the path your life takes.
Verizon Promo Code: FiOS Internet & Cable TV Deals. One of these days, FiOS will be available where I live. Then again, I may move before that happens. When it comes to watching television, the FiOS experience is significantly better than traditional cable or satellite service. Television itself may be a poor way to spend time, but it’s harder to argue that the past few years with the emergence of incredibly well-written shows (though the acting is often lacking).
Peter Thiel Wants To Give Kids $100,000 to Drop Out of College. This is a nice follow-up from the discussion of whether to drop out of college. Some people can drop out of college and be successful. Most people won’t. $100,000 is not nearly enough incentive to take the risk of a lower lifetime income, cognitive development, and all the other benefits that a college experience can offer. People should not be swayed by stories of outliers like Bill Gates who were successful after they dropped out of college; they were successful beforehand.
Updated June 20, 2014 and originally published November 6, 2010.