Black Coffee: The Working My Fingers to the Bone Edition

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. Here’s what caught my attention over the past week…

Boy, I have been working some incredibly long hours lately. In fact, I’ve been averaging 13 hours per day for the past two weeks, not counting my 40-mile one-way commute which, depending on the traffic, takes another 1.5 to 2.5 hours of driving time off my schedule. I’m not complaining — okay, maybe I am just a little — but over a sustained period those kind of hours really take their toll on a person.

And so it is with me this week. I just didn’t have the time to put together my typical Black Coffee column this week. Thus the extremely brief single-entry format for today’s espresso edition.

The good news for me is that at least I can say I am still employed — for now, anyways. I certainly realize there are millions of unemployed folks out there who would love to be in my position right now. Hopefully, I can somehow manage to remain employed in this terrible economy we find ourselves in.

The Only Blog I’ve Been Following This Week…

Yakezie – Real Estate Mistakes I Made and How to Avoid Them. Says MD: I find these days that most people on the internet aren’t modest at all with their accomplishments. I really don’t know what MD is talking about here. Oh by the way, did I mention to you folks that everybody — and I mean everybody — who sees my lawn always say it’s the best one in the neighborhood?   I’m not kidding.

The Way-Back Machine: Past Posts Of Mine You May Have Missed

From February 2009:

Why Coke Rewards Is For Suckers – I was a Coke Rewards addict for almost two years. This is the horrifying story of my descent into addiction hell.

Credits and Debits

Credit: A recent survey shows married couple have sex on average 109 times per year. Really? That’s once every three days or so on average. I reckon the majority of married folks questioned for that survey don’t have kids.

Debit: A North Carolina man surrendered to police after he robbed a bank for $1. Why would he do that, you ask? To get free healthcare in prison, of course. I know.

The Question of the Week

How many residences have you had during your lifetime?

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By the Numbers

65 Hours I’ve put in at the office this week. (And 121 hours total over the past two weeks.)

Other Useless News

When I was 7-years-old, I swallowed a quarter. (Do with that information what you will.)

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Letters, I Get Letters
Every week I feature the most interesting question or comment — assuming I get one, that is. And folks who are lucky enough to have the only question in the mailbag get their letter highlighted here whether it’s interesting or not!

This week’s letter comes from Brenda G. : “Not counting your house, what’s the most expensive thing you’ve ever paid for?”
That’s easy — the Honeybee; in fact, I’m still paying for her.

Carnival News

This week I had articles featured at the following carnivals:

The Carnival of Personal Finance @ Stupid Cents

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      Len Penzo says

      Some people are just lucky that way. What’s really interesting is that the same survey also noted that single people, on average, have sex 130 times a year. (I’m just not sure if they were counting times they were by themselves or not. LOL) 😉

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    I’m going to question that survey as well; and I DON’T have kids. I wonder how old the couples asked were, or how long the couples had been married. 😉

    It’s great you have a job, Len, but hopefully you won’t be pulling these hours for too much longer. They can really wreck havoc on your body!

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      Len Penzo says

      It’s not bad if I leave work before rush hour — 40 minutes one way. All bets are off though when I don’t.

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    Len, Take care of yourself. Last time I checked there was only one Len Penzo-don’t deprive us by having a heart attack or something.

    And it takes more than a pay-per-view to wind down.

    How bout a vacay?

    I would write more, but I have to go take care of my 3x/wk job…

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      Len Penzo says

      Aww, thank you, Dr. Dean. I hope I don’t have a heart attack either… And I’d love a vacay but I can’t seem to find any free time.

      (3x/week, huh? I knew I should have become a gynecologist!)

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