Worth Mentioning #30

I was traveling for part of the week, while Mr. PoP stayed home.  So what was the mouse up to while the cat was away?

At least this set of visitors got good weather!

Well… I came home to an empty wine glass on the patio table and copies of some of Warren Buffet’s old shareholder letters set aside in different areas throughout the house, making it absolutely clear that Mr. PoP had a blast re-reading many of those old letters while I was away.   He’ll get a post together soon with some of the insight that he’s garnered from his recent reading for you guys.

We had another set of visitors come through and stay with us – friends of mine from grad school that I haven’t seen in many years – and it was an absolute blast.  We ate.  We drank.  We talked.  We played mini-golf.  A good time was had by all.

Between the travel and the visitors, the week did fly by and we have a lot of people to thank this week, so here we go.


Love From Others

Love For Others

  • Kathleen over at Frugal Portland asks How Do We Define Success On The Internet?  The blogosphere (and the personal finance blogosphere in particular) always seems ripe for comparison with our own lives.  But Kathleen advises us all to remember why we started writing (or reading) blogs like this one and that “defining success with a dollar amount misses the point”.  How true.  We strive to remember that in our own lives as well.
  • Ross at Cash Rebel is wondering if he should Switch to His Employers Smart Phone Plan.  The switch would save him $40/month, and amongst all the commenters I think I was the lone person that said I wouldn’t.  I tend to look at it from both a privacy and ownership perspective – that $40/month that Ross spends means that whatever he creates using his phone is his property.  Often employers have ownership rights over IP that is created using technology the company pays for, so I think paying $40/month is equivalent to an insurance policy retaining that ownership and independence.  What do you guys think?
  • And Pauline at Reach Financial Independence continues to fascinate me with her alternate investments.  First it was the RE investment that she rents by the room to maximize rent, then the livestock investment, and now she tells us about her Investment in a Coconut Farm.  Sounds pretty awesome and I’m really eager to see how it’s going to turn our profit-wise for Pauline.


17 comments to Worth Mentioning #30

  • At the very least I’m loving runkeeer! Thanks for the mention!
    Budget and the Beach recently posted..Link Love/Week in Review 3/22/13My Profile

  • “I came home to an empty wine glass on the patio table and copies of some of Warren Buffet’s old shareholder letters set aside in different areas throughout the house…”

    Sounds like a great way to spend the weekend, a although I would substitute a microbrew for the wine. The current Buffett letter is lying on my desk with a bunch of highlights and notes.
    Mr. 1500 recently posted..10 Questions and a Pizza Place with Lacy from EarnVerseMy Profile

  • Haha, I bet Mr. Pop had a wonderful time wandering down memory lane with Warren…

    Thanks so much for the mention! You are still the lone dissenter (out of 11 commenters), but you really got me thinking. For now, I think I’m going to keep my personal line and revisit the issue in a few months.
    CashRebel recently posted..The CR Weekly Wrap Up #5My Profile

    • Mr. PoP is still enjoying it. There are hundreds of pages of Buffett’s writing out there starting even before Berkshire Hathaway was formed in the 1970’s that Mr. PoP has been working his way through.

      I’m a little bit surprised that I’m the only dissenter – at my company very few of us have company phones. No one seems to want them for various reasons. For the PoP family, I know that we tend to skew towards the viewpoint that sometimes maintaining autonomy and individual liberty and ownership comes with a cost – and we’re usually willing to pay it. I like to think it’s because we’re looking at the long game, but who knows…

    • Karen

      I’m surprised that everyone is in favor of giving up their personal cell phone in favor of a company paid one. I want my phone to be mine only.
      At our company, receiving emails onto your personal phones means that technically your phone is now theirs. I’d be afraid of IT accidentally wiping my phone.

      But then again, I’m one who is anti-iphone/Apple, google/gmail (my real email isn’t gmail), FB. :-)

      • I went through the cell phone debate last year. I opted to save the money and let Big Brother keep tabs on me. My logic was that there wasn’t anything I could recall doing over the past few years on my cell phone that I would care if anyone at work saw. Plus, having unlimited everything was great so I could stream music/videos from anywhere without worrying about overages. We always have Mrs. Bonner’s phone in case there is anything that we’d like to keep private, we just haven’t come across that situation, yet.

        • I don’t do anything that I think is worth hiding – but I don’t want anyone else to have ownership rights to anything I create. =)

      • Glad to know I’m not the only one! Someone told me once (and I took it to heart) that I shouldn’t put anything on a service owned by someone else (even an employer!) that I wouldn’t be comfortable with appearing on the front page of the New York Times. I try and adhere to that as much as possible.

  • Sounds like you had a busy but fun week with friends. Can’t go wrong with good eats and a bevie or 10. Have a great week my friends.
    Canadianbudgetbinder recently posted..Mr.CBB’s Crock-Pot Beef StewMy Profile

  • Thanks so much for the mention! Your husband really knows how to let loose when you’re away! :)
    Kathleen, Frugal Portland recently posted..Credit Card Debt is for LosersMy Profile

  • Thanks for the link! It’s true. Yall are definitely among my favorite bloggers. I read every day via e-mail, but I definitely need to make the time to pop over and actually comment more often. :)
    Cat Alford (@BudgetBlonde) recently posted..The One Thing I Didn’t Think About When I Got MarriedMy Profile

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