Satellite Radio

Are you a subscriber? Not me. And why would one be?

I mean,  with my Kindle Fire,  I can listen to many radio stations of countless formats. My favorite – the BBC World Service.

Satellite radio may have been a good concept several years ago but now, why pay to subscribe when there are free alternatives?

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$500 million Powerball!

If you don’t have a ticket, why not

I purchased one ticket today (random numbers). Plan to purchase two more tickets tomorrow. Will spend a total of $6.00.

Is it worth spending $6.00 for a chance to win it all? Of course 🙂

And as you know,  you’ve got to play to win.

Grateful Not Stuck in Part-Time

As you hunt for deals this Black Friday, elbowing another customer for some merchandise, do you ever consider the employees working at the store?  Probably not.  Many of those employees may be part-timers.  And you say, so what?  At least they have a job.  Well, you may want to be concerned.

Listen to the episode of On Point with Tom Ashbrook entitled “Stuck in Part Time” (show aired on November 15, 2012).   It was really eye-opening and scary.  Do you have a 9 to 5 job with benefits?  You are fortunate (I also fall into this category).  Apparently less than 25% of employees have such positions.  Now that was truly surprising.

Some employers, using sophisticated software, have their employees work shifts at certain times where this high demand only.  These part-time employees don’t have fixed schedules (such as Monday – Friday, 9 – noon) [Starbucks is an exception].  Instead the employee’s schedule is Monday, 10 – noon, Wednesday, 2 – 5, Friday, 5 – 9.  With such a patchwork schedule, it is hard for a part-time employee to obtain another part-time job or even to go to night school to try to better himself/herself.

And some employers have employees call in each day two hours before a potential work time to learn if the employee must report to work that day.  Crazy!  One guest compared the present system to sharecropping.

Please listen to the link below.  The employment situation in the United States is truly scary.

http://soundcloud.com/onpointradio/stuck-in-part-time

Resistance is not futile – BOYCOTT big box retailers on Thanksgiving Day

Send the big box retailers such as Walmart and Target a message. The one holiday that is truly about family is Thanksgiving Day. And you, as a consumer, value the importance of family over saving some money.

So decline to force other families to cut short their Thanksgiving celebration. And send  Walmart, Target and other retailers a message: opening for pre-Black Friday shopping on Thanksgiving evening is unacceptable.

If enough people refuse to shop on Thanksgiving, maybe the retailers will change their policy and their workers may enjoy the day.

Happy Thanksgiving!

You can’t make this up!

As reported in yesterday’s The Washington Post by Miranda S. Spivack on page C4,

The committee selected Hall to replace Alston [in the House of Delegates] after she was sentenced in October for stealing $800 from the General Assembly to pay an employee of her law firm.

. . .

Assistant States’s Attorney General Dan Friedman had advised the General Assembly that Alston’s seat was vacant upon her conviction.  But an Anne Arundel County judge last week agreed to modify Alston’s one-year suspended jail sentence to probation before judgment, essentially striking her conviction.  She and her attorney have asked Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler (D) to review the finding by Friedman.

. . .

Alston and her attorney  have said they are preparing a lawsuit to seek her reinstatement.

I frankly was unaware of this story until reading it in yesterday’s paper.  Unbelievable.  A family member, who keeps up with the news, told me this delegate allegedly stole money also to pay for some portion of her wedding.

Hmmm, maybe someone has forgotten that we are still in a recession, many Americans are unemployed and looking for work and governments are not flushed with cash and thus must ration or eliminate services.  And this is public money to be spent on or for the benefit of the public.  Plus, there is the issue of being a public servant and one’s obligation to serve and protect the public’s interest , not raiding the public treasury.   HELLO, what was this official thinking!!!

You can’t make this up!

 

In search of Pumpkin Pie Spice

Yes, Thanksgiving is this Thursday and I have two recipes requiring pumpkin pie spice as an ingredient.

When I conducted an inventory of my cabinets on Saturday, I checked the expiration date on my pumpkin pie spice – July 2011.  Well, can’t use that again (luckily all of my Vanilla Extract is still good).  I made a list of everything I needed to purchase and headed to the store on Sunday.

I visited two local grocery stores.  Neither had pumpkin pie spice.  How is that possible!  Also, neither store had mini marshmallows.  The Money Heifer was not happy.

This morning, before work, I stopped by a third grocery store operated by the same chain.  Finally, I found the pumpkin pie spice (cost  $5.79 , size = 1.12 oz (31 g) ).  [BTW, that’s the price of lunch for a day].  And, I am happy to report that I finally found the mini marshmallow s at $1.25 (now that’s reasonable).

Okay, so now The Money Heifer can relax.

Nelson the goat

No, Nelson is not another blogger. He is the real thing, meaning a goat. So what does Nelson have to do with money matters?

Well I, The Money Heifer, drove to a rural area about an hour outside the District of Columbia to pick up composted manure for my backyard vegetable garden. This was my 3rd annual trip.

During the visit to the farm Nelson walked right up to my car and stuck his head inside the window (I had the window down to speak to the farmer). Nelson was curious. Nelson subsequently moved to the passenger side of the car (my mother kept her window up). After we collected the composted manure (no, it doesn’t smell), we headed back to DC.

Later that evening I noticed a crack along the passenger side window. How did that happen? I don’t recall anything striking the window during my journey. And then I thought of Nelson. He had some seriously thick antlers. Was Nelson the source of the crack to my windshield? I can’t prove it.

Long story short, the windshield was replaced yesterday with new wipers. Total cost = $302.91. Thank goodness I have plenty of money in my car maintenance fund (so no stress).

Too bad I didn’t take any photos of Nelson but other photos attached.

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Nelson the goat

No, Nelson is not another blogger. He is the real thing, meaning a goat. So what does Nelson have to do with money matters?

Well I, The Money Heifer, drove to a rural area about an hour outside the District of Columbia to pick up composted manure for my backyard vegetable garden. This was my 3rd annual trip.

During the visit to the farm Nelson walked right up to my car and stuck his head inside the window (I had the window down to speak to the farmer). Nelson was curious. Nelson subsequently moved to the passenger side of the car (my mother kept her window up). After we collected the composted manure (no, it doesn’t smell), we headed back to DC.

Later that evening I noticed a crack along the passenger side window. How did that happen? I don’t recall anything striking the window during my journey. And then I thought of Nelson. He had some seriously thick antlers. Was Nelson the source of the crack to my windshield? I can’t prove it.

Long story short, the windshield was replaced yesterday with new wipers. Total cost = $302.91. Thank goodness I have plenty of money in my car maintenance fund (so no stress).

Too bad I didn’t take any photos of Nelson but other photos attached.

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Attitude of Gratitude

A friend called me this evening.  Over two weeks ago she left a job she hated.  Fortunately she was able to secure another job, in another town.

She has been on the job for a week and is complaining.  She expected to be working in a specific position but that has not come to pass.  As she explained things to me, I realized other circumstances which have nothing to do with her are delaying her settling into the position for which she had been hired.

I advised my friend to be patient.  She is experiencing whiplash due to circumstances beyond her control.  I suggested she just roll with the punches [she replied she is tried of rolling with the punches], smile and excel at the work assigned.  I remarked that things will likely settle down within in a week or two.  During our 10 minute conversation, I must have explained to her at least three times that what’s going on is beyond her control and just ride the waves until order is restored.  She remarked the situation is like the last job she left.  I reminded her that she complained about her last job.  

My friend is fortunate to have this job.  There are still many Americans unemployed or under-employed [in fact, I had a conversation with a family member after my conversation with my friend.  My family member asked me to keep a look out for accounting type positions.  A friend’s son has been unemployed for a year.]

My friend needs to adjust her attitude.  She should have an attitude of gratitude.  She shouldn’t forget that she is fortunate to have a job.  What would her attitude be if she didn’t?

Unpaid Social Liaison

When the news first broke about a woman receiving threatening e-mails, the recipient of the e-mails was described as a military liaison.  As more information was gathered, she was identified as an unpaid social liaison for the military.  I served in the military.  I assumed this individual was the wife of  an E-6  through E-9 or the wife of a retired military member.  Then photos of her surfaced.  And this evening a friend posted a link to the article below on Facebook.

http://www.tampabay.com/news/military/macdill/petraeus-friend-jill-kelley-found-place-hosting-military-parties/1261272

The couple has a lot of debt.  Have been sued several times.  An unpaid social liaison?   Must be watching too much reality television.  A paid position is a must!!

 

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