It’s time to sit back, relax and enjoy a little joe…
Welcome to another rousing edition of Black Coffee, your off-beat weekly round-up of what’s been going on in the world of money and personal finance.
Aloha! I’m writing this from Maui, where my main activity all week has been laying poolside and drinking a steady stream of Cuba Libres. Needless to say, because of that, I’ve got an abbreviated espresso edition of Black Coffee for you this week.
I tried to convince the Honeybee that we should expand our horizons and check out the Big Island this time around, but she loves Maui — so here we are again.
To be honest, that’s fine by me! It’s kind of hard to improve upon perfection anyway.
That being said, the sun is hot and the melting ice in my glass is diluting my drink — so let’s get started …
The Way-Back Machine: Past Posts Of Mine You May Have Missed
From June 2012:
What I Learned from the Worst Vacation of My Life – I’ve had some really great vacations in my life. This is the story of my worst one.
And Here’s Some Other Posts You Might Enjoy …
Retire by 40 – The Pros and Cons of Working Less
Three Thrifty Guys – Turning Down the Upsell
The Chicago Financial Planner – 4 Steps to Make Your 401k Work as Hard as You Do
Prairie Eco-Thrifter - The Cost of Doing Nothing
Wealth Informatics – How Do People Survive on Minimum Wage?
Credits and Debits
Credit: Seven days on the Maui coast, doing nothing at all. Absolutely fantastic, folks.
Debit: My vacation will soon be coming to an end. In fact, it seems like I just got here!
By the Numbers
A little more info on Maui, which is also known as “The Valley Isle”:
2 Rank in size among all of the Hawaiian islands.
2.3 Percentage increase in Maui resident population since 2010.
158,316 Maui resident population as of July 1, 2012.
808 The island’s area code.
120 Miles of Maui coastline.
80 Number of beaches.
31 Age at which I made my first visit to Maui.
6 Number of vacations I’ve spent in Maui.
0 Number of vacations I’ve spent on the other Hawaiian islands.
The Question of the Week
How many siblings do you have? Total Voters: 320
How many siblings do you have?
Total Voters: 320
Last Week’s Poll Result
What is the color of the primary car you drive?
- Silver (24%)
- White (17%)
- Something else (17%)
- Black (13%)
- Blue (13%)
- Red (10%)
- I don’t own a car. (5%)
With over 300 people responding this week, it looks like most of my readers drive silver cars. Until 2006, silver was the most popular color for cars. Today, white is most popular color — it also happens to be the color of my new car.
Other Useless News
Here are the top — and bottom — five Canadian provinces and territories in terms of the average number of pages viewed per visit here at Len Penzo dot Com over the past 30 days:
1. Prince Edward Island (2.25 pages/visit)
2. Saskatchewan (2.20)
3. Quebec (2.02)
4. British Columbia (2.01)
5. Alberta (1.96)
9. Nova Scotia (1.81)
10. Yukon Territory (1.50)
11. New Brunswick (1.31)
12. Newfoundland (1.13)
13. Northwest Territories & Nunavut (1.00)
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Letters, I Get Letters
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After comparing the carrying costs of Tiger Woods’ massive estate to my own modest home, Roger had this burning question for me:
What I really want to know is whether any female has ever chased you around with a golf club?
Only in my dreams, Roger.
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