Thoroughly Thursday - the "Spring Break" Edition
Welcome back to Thoroughly Thursday, the Spring Break edition. As you may have guessed from this week's title, my daughters are off from school this week. We took off on Easter for a road trip to the Bay Area. As my oldest is now looking at colleges, we checked out Stanford, UC Berkeley and UC Santa Cruz in an unhinged drive-tour-drive-tour-collapse mania. We've been doing various college tours for a couple months, and I'm beginning to respond to every place with an "it's the same, but different" mentality. When my daughter was tiny, I wanted her to go to a prestigious college (eventually, not as a toddler). Now that she is 16, I just want her to go to the school where she'll be happy (and doesn't cost a fortune).
What I'm Reading - All the Personal Finance You Need in a Handful of Sentences
As it is close to Tax Time, I'm thinking a lot about $$'s lately. I have read dozens of personal finance books over the years. I do have a few favorites (Richest Man in Babylon (pdf), Rich Dad, Poor Dad, The Millionaire Next Door, and The Total Money Makeover to name a few), but most books are often 300 pages largely summed up with "wow! Life is great when you're rich and not drowning in debt". This week though, I checked out what I thought might be one of the last personal finance books I'll read. The Index Card is a short book that that explains the handful of key steps for successful money management for 98% of working Americans. That being said, if you one of the lucky few with millions that need proper investing, I do suggest you talk to Gary or Tom. They're both really good guys.
What I'm Learning - The Interwhat? And it's All Over Me?
Way back in the days before TT, I was a young college biology student. In school we learned that "organs" were distinct parts of your inside that were preferably differently colored and could be held aloft above the prone body of your enemy (or your plastic anatomy dummy) during lab class. Then it was suddenly agreed that the nervous system was an "organ", and later, that your skin is actually the biggest one (I know, right?). Well, now we've got the interstitium, which was assumed to be connective tissue but is rather a continuous network of cells and proteins that hold your organs and muscles in place, kind of like Spanx, under your skin. This, of course, means Hollywood will have to remake Hellraiser and (I guess) college textbooks.
What I'm Doing (for Work) - The Business Benefits of Being Only Mobile
During our Spring Break/college tour road trip, I decided not to bring my (usually) ever-present laptop. I decided to just use my smartphone and a Bluetooth keyboard for all my work, filming, and writing projects. A few years ago, trying to work on a mobile device for anything other than a badly worded text (LOL BRB) felt like some terrible torture thought up by nerds. Miraculously, I didn't break my phone in a Bluetooth-pairing tear-filled meltdown or just surf cat videos all day. I found that I was actually more efficient with most of my work since I wasn't tempted to multitask (which I do constantly on my laptop). I can't do everything on my phone (like this newsletter), but I'm becoming more confident in leaving my laptop (aka security blanket) at home when I go on long trips (like to the grocery store).
What I'm Thinking About - I'm Not Sure This Room Conveys the Impression You're Going For
I've been thinking a lot about this photo for the last couple days. I will say that I was disappointed in the lack of snacks but the chairs were comfortable enough for napping.
All the best, and remember, tomorrow is Friday. :)
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