Friday Hodge Podge

Day 26 | $24,666 paid | $66,051 till freedom

Legalized Prostitution
I  was at the gym after work today,  and when I got back to the locker room, this text was waiting for me from an ex:

Message 1: saw you again..I must say I love your body…

Message 2: Going to be out for a bit tonight…I know you r trying to save money…but if I buy…would you join?

My ex goes to the same gym, and I’m guessing she saw me while I was working out.

Definitely feeling like a piece of meat right now, but at the same time…hey, what’s a guy to do?

New Day Job Is Great for NMHD
In other news, the new job is definitely supports my cause. My new role deals with strategic alliances/business development, and I had a lunch today with a supplier. It was my first ever B2B business lunch, and it was a great change of pace from what I’m used to, work-wise and lunch-wise.

Work-wise, as a product line manager, I worked with a number of groups internally, from marketing to engineering to supply chain, and beyond. Lunch-wise, I cook two boxes of spaghetti at home on Sunday and bring it to work for lunch every day. On Thursday, I had an exernal-facing meeting with a supplier for lunch, and also had a delicious reuben sandwich…for free. AWESOME. Right now, life is all about the big things (career development) and the little things (free lunch).

George Best
I saw this quote on my buddy’s FB wall and  I’m stealing it shamelessly.

“I spent a lot of money on booze, birds and fast cars. The rest I just squandered.”

Reminds me of somebody I know. …Or used to know? TBD.

We Are Useless
My friend, Sunil, sent an email out to the crew on Wednesday afternoon–the crew being my close group of friends–that sparked an interesting exchange.

From: Sunil
Sent: Wednesday, September 21, 2011 4:01 PM
To: The Crew
Subject: We are USELESS!!!!

 Forbes came out with their list….

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg was the biggest dollar gainer on the list, with a net worth of $17.5 billion that earned him the No. 14 spot.

From: Khalid
Sent: Wednesday, September 21, 2011 4:07 PM
To: The Crew
Subject: RE: We are USELESS!!!!


We are not useless.. but we are clearly not hungry enough..

NMHD is proving that motivation can get you places.. by pedi-cab or lawn mower..

Kidding aside – we’re in a situation where the corporation will take 12 hours from each of our days and pay us enough to be happy, but not enough to break our dependence on it..

By the time we make enough money to invest or break away, we’ll be too old and have too many responsibilities to risk it all..

What to do? Let’s talk..

 Oh, and one more thing.. Mark Z ain’t got sh*t on us!!!



Of course I absolutely had to get a jab in, especially after what I had blogged about the night before.

From: Me
Sent: Wednesday, September 21, 2011 4:10 PM
To: The Crew
Subject: RE: We are USELESS!!!!

Saying you’re useless by equating your net worth to your self-worth is sad.

I’m planning to get out of debt so I have a wider range of options going forward—which may include selling my house and getting completely out of the rat race.

I completely agree with Khalid’s assessment. It looks like my friends are getting hungry–or will need to get hungry if they want to stop talking and actually do something. And I’ll soon be in a position where I’ll have some free cash flow…good things could happen if we want to work for it.

This Weekend
This weekend I’m going to go through the SAT curriculum to prep for the training/interview session on Monday. I need to nail it. The job pays $25/hour, and there’s about three hours of work a week, or $300/month, so $2,700 over the next nine months.

Michael and I don’t have any customers yet for our landscaping business, so we’re going to buy some signage for his yard that he landscaped, flyer up some neighborhoods, then take a couple sections of his fence down and work on his backyard, which he’s upgrading. Michael said he always gets several passersby asking him if he’ll do their yard whenever he works on his backyard. I said he’s just trying to get free work out of me! That being said, it will allow us to do time studies and rationalize our pricing system.

I’m also going out tomorrow night with the crew for the first time in three weeks. Pretty darn pumped for that. Flask-in-hand (or pocket), of course.

Comments on Your Comments
Last night, I spent a an hour or two trying to reply to all the comments that dated back to the beginning of this blog. My life was super busy when I started this blog, and I regretted not being able to reply to comments, but now that I’ve  caught up, I plan on being more prompt with comment replies.


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9 responses to “Friday Hodge Podge

  1. Mike

    Nice changes in your life, and I saw the string of comment replies this morning (my email alerts went wild!).

    You do sound hungry. Just look for the right venture or start your own. You’ll have that debt paid off in no time — I predict within 5 years max.


  2. Ron

    Speaking of cheap things to do, here are a couple resources I found for Austin in just a few minutes of googling and some more hints at where to start looking for parties…

    The Cheap Bastard’s Guide to Austin Life:–/dp/0762773006/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1316833423&sr=8-1

    Also, like I mentioned, I would befriend people like bartenders and salesmen who get invited to industry events regularly. Sign up for mailing lists for a bunch of alcohol brands too. (I’ve been to events sponsored by Absolut, Jameson, and Johnnie Walker to name a few.) You usually have to RSVP but that’s not hard

    Finally, I’ve been to parties at hotels, restaurants, new condos, bars, clubs, furniture stores, clothing stores, magazines, etc. when they have a grand opening / anniversary / promotion.

    Last Point: If you get invited to a party sponsored by a bank, go! Banks and financial institutions go ALL F-ING OUT wining and dining their top clients. I can’t overemphasize this enough. I recently went to a hosted event at SF MOMA with a showing of the Picasso exhibit. I heard they spent $60,000 on catering for just a couple of hundred people. On top of several open bars, they had gourmet versions of every type of food standard food you can think of. (Now that I’ve seen what rich people do with our money, I have very little sympathy when banks whine about needing to be bailed out by the government.)

    Maybe it’s time I start a blog, haha.


  3. Good luck with the SAT stuff. $25/hr is good but, since we know you’re all about the benjamins with regards to this side job, I wanted to mention that you could do a lot better teaching a grad level test like the GMAT if you’ve got the right score on record. I made $60/hr teaching LSAT prep during grad school. You might try Manhattan GMAT–I’ve heard that they pay $100/hr.

    • Thanks, Gigi. I would definitely like to be a GMAT tutor because of the massively better pay scale, but the instructors have to have scored in the 99th percentil on the GMAT, and quite frankly, I’m still trying to figure out how I landed in the 96th percentile, especially considering all my practice tests put me in the lower 80s!

  4. Nice update! I’ve been enjoying your blog big time. I’m so busy I’m lucky if I can type something once a week. I’m glad someone else around my age is fighting the good fight to get out of debt.

    Sounds like everything is going well for you. I need to type about my personal life a bit more in upcoming posts. I’ve kind of neglected the “dating” aspect of my blog lately. 😉

    • Thanks, Double-P. Yeah, writing a blog takes a lot more time than I thought it would, and our current lifestyles–the very nature and subject matter of our blogs–are not at all conducive to the bandwidth required to maintain the blog!

  5. anongirl

    Long time reader 1st time commenter here, totally thought you were being a braggy douche when I first read that text your ex sent you then I saw your body on your dating show and thought, “yep, I’d send him texts like that too if I had his number.” 😉 Perhaps your ex wants to get back together?

    You clearly should have gone into male modeling to payoff your loans.

    On behalf of girls everywhere, thank you for taking your shirt off in all the episodes.

    • HAHAHA! I try to keep the braggy doucheyness to a minimum, but yeah, I was just trying to share a funny story, not brag. Thank you for the compliment 🙂 And for the record, I took my shirt off in only two of the seven or eight episodes I was in!

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