I've made it up to Maine. The RV has performed perfectly, and we're even getting 13mpg. I was expecting more like 10-11.
Here's what I've done so far:
I hung out in NY with Ross Jeffries and Jlaix, who both just happened to be in town at the same time. While I was there I had some fantastic Ethiopian food (no, it's not sand and ants like you'd guess...) as well as some NY Pizza. To stave off the inevitable comments : yes, I break my diet somewhat when I travel.
I also visited my friend Nick and his girlfriend, Cindi, in Pennsylvania. Nick lived in Austin down the street from me for a while and worked with me on my gambling stuff.
We visited another friend in Boston who is in the process of renovating his house. He has a karaoke machine in his home theater that has 18,000 songs! That's more than we have for Tazeroke (Which, by the way, will be back in full swing with a more powerful tazer. If you want to come, send me an e-mail).
I played Quiddler, which is an awesome game that combines Gin Rummy and Scrabble, with my little cousins, aunt, and grandmother. My nine year old cousin was extremely good at it for her age. It was amazing. My friend Elisia bought me the game because she knew I'd love it and now we play it obsessively. I play a lot of scrabble so I have all of the 2 letter words and "q" words available, so playing with me can be frustrating.
Right now I'm in Maine with Jonah. We've done pretty well going to Whole Foods and making healthy food. If anyone is wondering what the tastiest beverage in the world is, it's "C Boost" by Bolthouse Farms. We call it "C Monster". Try it... it's incredible.
We're at Jonah's mother's house which is two blocks from the beach. I'm sure the water's too cold to swim in, but it's still really nice to breathe the fresh beach air and listen to the waves. My friend Jake, who recently got engaged to his girlfriend, is stationed here so we're going to hang out with him today.
Tomorrow I'll leave Maine and head up to Vermont to see more of my family. Before that, though, I'm going to...
.. VISIT ED AND ELAINE BROWN!
In case you don't know, they're some tax protestors who are now in a standoff with the police at their COMPOUND in New Hampshire. Their power and water have been cut off, but they have stockpiled water and have solar and wind power. I'm pretty sure that they'll soon get stormed by the police and get shot, so I want to meet them before then.
I saw them on Digg and realized it was kinda on my way, so I HAVE to go visit and check out the compound. I'm going to bring them some produce or something too.
After Vermont I'll head back down to Boston for a week to see my grandparents and Boston friends (Seth, Jay (the guy who owns fastseduction.com), and Mmmaybe Charlie). Then I'll head to New York to meet back up with Krystal. Kristen is going to fly in to NY the same day to meet us and drive back with us.
After a few days in New York we'll make our way back to good ol' Austin, TX where I'll have just a few days to get the last few things left in the Condo out before we close on the sale of it.
P.S. I should mention that the forums here have been really good lately. We talk about some great stuff and there's no drama or flames. If you don't read and post there, you should check it out.
What kind of RV is it? Brand and photos? Thanks and can't wait til the next installation of your travels.
Hey man! My name is Toli, and I'm the NYC intern for RSD! Jlaix told me about some cool socks and a cool blender...:)
I'm very inspired by your tour of glory for 2008! I want to do something similar, and possibly hit up Panama as well. Would love to meet up and chat up if you're still in the city. Let me know at my email address!
And props for this awesome blog and forum!
Ryan: I'm coming back on the 5th and I'll be there for almost a week. Anyone interested in meeting me can come to the NY Lair meeting where I'll be speaking. I'm still in for the island... let's do it.
Mollie: I was in Scarborough, a couple blocks away from the beach.
Um, yeah. Ya coulda let me know you were in NY. Remember the whole North Brother Island thing? So pissed right now.
Will.. I'm just going to show up and try to get in. I think compounds sounds cool. I'll take pictures and let you guys know what it's like when I get back.
That's awesome about going to meet Ed and Elaine Brown! I'm jealous.... a pointer though: Have you been in contact with them yet? I hear that Ed is pretty paranoid, so if you're expecting to just show up at his front door and be let in, you might be disappointed. I think his thinking is that anyone could be a fed.
I'm curious whether you think his house could really be deemed a compound. I know people who have visited him, and just describe it as a really nice house. I think the mainstream media is just sensationalizing it (as well as possibly trying to get the public to align against him) by calling it a compound.
I apologize for the lack of updates over the past week. I went to Boston and Vermont and brought only my tiny laptop (Libretto U105) with me. Besides being busy spending time with my family, the keyboard of the Libretto doesn't lend itself to lengthy updates.
I did a pretty good job sticking to
The first night I slept 3 hours extra (seems like the magic number, doesn't it?), and the second night I didn't try - I overslept by almost 6 hours.
One of the biggest mistakes I see young people making is spending their money capriciously and not saving. If your bank account or investment portfolios aren't growing, or you are not expecting them to grow something is awfully wrong. S&P 500 has been shown to go up around 10% every year in the long run. There are treasury bonds and other investment vehicles as well which can ensure that your money is at the very least keeping up with inflation.
When I started earning some money last year I ended up investing or saving up 4/5 of it, and kept spending my money frugally and only splurged once or twice. Being frugal, saving up, and thinking about the future is crucial, especially at a young age because you have so much time for compound intrest to take hold
One of the clearest ways to picture this was an example given in the book the slightest edge, whereby two young post-graduates at the age of 24 agree decide that they want to retire millionaires and will invest 2,000 a year into an 12% account every year until they can make it a reality.5 years later they meet each other and ask how its been going. One of them has followed the investing religiously, while the other hasn't. The one who hasn't asks the other how close he is to his investment goal and the the other friend says "I'm done". It turns out that with just 6 years of investing, the compounding interest will be sufficient enough to get him to 1 million at retirement. The other friend decides he has to get to it, but when he does the math, he realizes he has to invest 2,000 a year for the next 33 years!
This story underscores two things. One the cost of waiting, how waiting to long to do something keeps you from taking advantage on the magic of compounding interest. and second how important investing and not overspending is.
The biggest reason by far not to overspend though, is so you can increase your freedom. I'm not saying money always equals freedoms, but having a good amount of money in the bank significantly opens your options and lowers your anxiety levels. Living paycheck by paycheck, or not having a clear long term financial goal can lead to distress and insecurity.