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Fort Kent Maine Floods

I never thought I’d see the day when Fort Kent, Maine would be number 7 in Google searches. Fort Kent, Maine is my hometown. Most of my family lives there. And it’s flooding.

Fort__kent_43008_2_3I called my family and they are ok. The lumberyard of the family hardware store is a total loss but it sounds like they had insurance. My family members helped with the evacuations and said the water was rising pretty quickly yesterday while they were doing that.

The sun is out today though and it seems like the water is receeding. My mom said this whole thing has prompted people to think of rebuilding the International Bridge, which has apparently been swaying. The dike kept the water from spilling over onto Main Street by a few inches (at least, in some places). For awhile, everyone was in suspense because it could have gone either way.

My friend Roland sent me this photo via email. The next day, I saw it on the front page of the Bangor Daily News.

Please keep Fort Kent in your thoughts. I sure am.

Why I Don't Have Television

The good news is that I wrote an entire post on this.

The thing is I put it on someone’s blog. Peter (he writes for the blog Bible Money Matters) has had some family medical trouble and a fellow blogger (Lynnae at beingfrugal.net) is organizing guest posters to keep his blog going. I put in my efforts for a guest post this morning. Keep him and his family in your thoughts and if you want to guest post, contact Lynnae.

If you want to read why I willingly don’t have television, click here. That’s right, twice in one day. It can’t happen often, folks so enjoy!

Why I Don’t Have Television

The good news is that I wrote an entire post on this.

The thing is I put it on someone’s blog. Peter (he writes for the blog Bible Money Matters) has had some family medical trouble and a fellow blogger (Lynnae at beingfrugal.net) is organizing guest posters to keep his blog going. I put in my efforts for a guest post this morning. Keep him and his family in your thoughts and if you want to guest post, contact Lynnae.

If you want to read why I willingly don’t have television, click here. That’s right, twice in one day. It can’t happen often, folks so enjoy!

It's My Birthday

Ist2_1973758_birhtday_cake_the_cartI’m taking off today from blogging to celebrate my turning 27. Feel free to use it as an excuse to celebrate!

I’ll be back tomorrow for the usual fun. Have a great day.

Photo from istockphoto.

It’s My Birthday

Ist2_1973758_birhtday_cake_the_cartI’m taking off today from blogging to celebrate my turning 27. Feel free to use it as an excuse to celebrate!

I’ll be back tomorrow for the usual fun. Have a great day.

Photo from istockphoto.

A Theoretical Birthday

Dadintux_2Today would have been my dad’s birthday. He would have been 52 years old. I would have been calling him about the time that I am writing this. We would talk for approximately two minutes. I would have asked him what he was going to do special for the day. He probably would have said he was going to work though he would come home early and my mom probably would have cooked him a nice dinner, like steak or a roast chicken. He would ask me how I was and I would say I wish I could have been there for his birthday. I would have meant it. We’d have joked a bit longer and then I would have hung up the phone and gone about my day, probably calling again later in the evening to see how his birthday turned out.

Instead, I have to create a new ritual around his birthday, now that this is my dad’s "theoretical" birthday. A couple people have asked me if I’m doing anything special for the day. I think I’ve decided I should maybe take the day to do things that he would have done. Little things done consciously so that I’ll remember him.

The white wine is chilling now (though I can’t bring myself to drink it with ice cubes). I’ll pick up a Snickers bar today to put in the freezer at work. I’ll put on my "Life Is Good" t-shirt and sweatpants when I get home from and maybe grill on the back deck. I’ll sneak Sadie a good size chunk of food while I’m cooking. I’ll have the chilled Snickers bar/white wine combo for dessert. I’ll watch some Harrison Ford movie that he would have liked or maybe just put on some rock music from the 70s. At the end of the day, I’ll lean back and think of how lucky I am. Because that’s what he really thought, and because I am so happy that I got gratitude and a positive outlook from him.

That’s how he felt about life, and that’s how he felt about money. He believed in being generous and enjoying simple pleasures that don’t cost a fortune. So I’m going to take time to salute that today as my daily thought on personal finance.

Tomorrow, back to personal finance completely but for now, this is all I can think about. I hope you understand and have gotten the very smallest of somethings out of this post. Happy Birthday, Dad!   

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