Happy Sunday. I hope everyone is having a good weekend. Since we didn’t have much to mention last weekend, this is a double dose of worth mentioning.
First off, thanks to everyone that left their comments and guesses about what Mr. PoP’s $500/year hobby that we talked about in our latest He Said, She Said: Expensive Hobby or Male Bonding? To end the suspense – the hobby is shooting at a gun range. Mr. PoP grew up in a pretty rural area and hunting and target practice is a sport in his family. I grew up in suburbia thinking the only people with guns were cops and criminals.
Despite my discomfort with guns (it mostly has to do with not feeling safe in their presence rather than an ethical or moral obligation to them), I did actually suggest that Mr. PoP and his dad consider taking part in a community python hunt in the Everglades this weekend. (He declined.) It’s the 2013 Python Challenge, and hundreds of people in Florida have signed up to participate in rounding up and hunting some of the 30K Burmese pythons that are literally decimating natural wildlife populations in the Everglades.
For those concerned with my potential misuse of the word “literally” – decimation is sadly a huge underestimate of the wildlife population decline since the mid-1990’s for species like raccoon, opossum, bobcat, and bunny rabbits in the Everglades. We’re talking 90%+ declines in populations for most of these species in the glades. It’s a really big deal, and Burmese pythons are thought to be one of the primary reasons for the declines.
For the sake of the bunnies and the bobcats, I hope the Python Challenge has some measure of success.
So…I’m now going to step off my little eco-soapbox for the day and get on with the weekly “Thank you’s”.
Love From Others
- Over the holidays, Kim at Eyes On the Dollar hosted a PoP guest post on some of the Hidden Benefits of Foreclosure Hunting. If you haven’t caught it, it’s a funny story that actually happened when we were hunting around for cheap investment properties a couple years ago.
- Our post: Why We Can’t Itemize Taxes (deductions if we want to be technical about the terminology!) was included in a couple of carnivals, namely The Tax Carnival hosted by Don’t Mess With Taxes, and the Carnival of Personal Finance hosted by Good Financial Cents. If taxes are your thing, the Carnival of Taxes is definitely some interesting reading.
- Easy DIY – Get Rid of Fluorescent Lighting was included in the Carnival of Personal Finance hosted by Frugal Portland, the Carnival of Wealth over at Control Your Cash, the Yakezie Carnival hosted by Money Wise Pastor, and in the I’d Rather Drive Roundup over at Eyes on the Dollar.
- Fearless Men liked my Book Review of The Journal of Best Practices, and included it in the Fearless Men Weekly Roundup.
- Emily from Evolving PF and TB over at Blue Collar Workman liked How We Restored An Old Map and included the post in their Weekly Update #45 and Blue Collar Roundup – Sick Edition. Hope the whole family is healthy again, TB!
- And last but not least, our He Said/She Said from this week, Expensive Hobby or Male Bonding was included in Erin Shanendoah’s What I’m Reading, and Mr. CBB’s Weekly Reading List over at Canadian Budget Binder.
Thanks to everyone who has shared PoP over the past couple of weeks. And as always, if there are any mentions that I missed, please let me know!
Love For Others
- Crystal over at Budgeting In The Fun Stuff had a post on Why She Writes that I really enjoyed. We’ve hit the 6-month mark of writing here, and it’s inspiring to see someone still writing a PF blog, and enjoying doing so, years later.
- Holly at Club Thrifty writes about her year Churning Credit Cards. I thought we had done well with ~$1100 in credit card rewards in 2012, but she churns through them for sign-up rewards and managed to score $2,500 in 2012.
- The last two posts run through a similar vein. TB at Blue Collar Workman talks about Knowing When It’s Time To Quit Your Job, and Flexo over at Consumerism Commentary writes a bit of a “how to” in Quit Your Job This Year.