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Silly Sellers and the Buyers They Lose

(Cue the Britney Spears music). Yep, we did it again. We terminated the contract on the house we were buying. You may remember that last spring we also walked away from the contract to purchase a home, but that time it wasn’t the sellers that were the problem……it was their attorney. Yes the attorney worked for the sellers, but I never could convince them of that. (Click HERE if you want to read that little tale.) We’ve been looking, and will continue to look for a house, but we are pretty damn particular. For one, housing prices have run up tremendously in our part of Florida. Second, we’ve identified our ideal neighborhood…..but not wanting an enormous house with a pool…..leaves a relatively small number of potential homes. Three, we don’t want to saddle ourselves with debt…..and thereby lose what Flexible Independence we enjoy. Speaking of which, I am publishing today from Denver’s Startup Week. This morning’s panel on “What’s New in Tech”, still has my head spinning. AR/VR, Robotics, AI/ML, and Blockchain was all covered…..and the discussion made me realize that predicting the long term implications of these technologies is really tough. (Sigh) Continue reading

The Storm

Uprooted  Trees

Uprooted Trees

Where has the past week gone?! It was a wild week, but it turned out pretty well in the Tampa Bay area. Certainly, much better than it could have. The flood prone areas are still flooded, and the coastal areas lost a ton of trees….but this storm really threaded the needle. We evacuated over to Tampa, because the 40 year old….termite infested…..stick built….apartment we rent is no place to ride out a storm. Due to weak steering currents, the storm’s path shifted all over the state. Initially it was to hit Miami and then come up through the middle of the state. Then it was to hit Naples/Marco Island, and come up the west coast. Then it was to come ashore around Tampa/St Pete as a Cat 4. Did it do any of those things…..um, kinda….maybe. Ultimately it came ashore down around Marco and went up the middle of the state, before hooking west. (It’s a good thing that meteorologists aren’t required to be correct!). Continue reading

Skills Matter- Differentiate Yourself

IMG_1032The past 50 years have substantially changed the labor market, and employment prospects, for employees in the developed world. Automation and technology have reduced the number of employees needed to perform a specific task, by increasing the productivity each employee can achieve. The tremendous expansion, or I would suggest “bubble”, of organizations offering higher education have meant that college and professional degrees are available to more people than ever. In fact, I often laughed by butt off while briefly working in county government….because EVERYONE had masters degrees or PhDs. Seriously, both of the administrative assistants in the department I ran were working on post secondary degrees. One a masters degree and the other a doctorate. Three years later they have earned those degrees, but I would venture that neither is more employable as a result….. and they are earning essentially the same income……as before they received the degrees. Continue reading