First, we must get down to contest business! Last week, I announced that I’m giving away three Wahl shavers. All you had to do was write a Haiku. I brought in guest judge Physician on FIRE (aka Poet Laureate of the Frozen North) to judge your submissions. Here are the winners per Dr. Haiku:
Grand prize (Wahl Elite Pro): HeatherH
My spouse pays 30
For each head and beard shaving
Save him from himself
Joe C. wins a Wahl Color Pro:
I’m silly looking
Stylists can’t work miracles
Pay for a cut? No.
And so does Phoenix:
Zip, whir, goes the blade,
Up the back is one long line
A reverse mohaw
And, because I’m a nice guy (and really because I enjoy fart jokes), I’m giving Missy one too:
Husband is balding
And is constantly farting
Last week, I asked what you thought of my idea of a Fun Money Account. This is a separate pile of money for silliness like vacations, dinosaur expenses and toys like this:
That device is a OneWheel, a fancy, self-balancing electric skateboard. I first saw one on the beach in Florida. A senior-citizen, wearing nothing but shorts, was carving up loose sand on the beach. I had to have it.
I’ve been trying to come up with a reason to blow the $1,300 on one, but so far, nothing. It would be purely for fun. Even worse, I bike or walk mostly now, so this toy would have an adverse effect on my health. Plus, I’d probably break my neck or something. Also: $1,300.
Potential health issues aside, if I let my fun money account grow, maybe I’ll pull the trigger on this thing someday.
Enough about me and my silly wants. Here is what you had
Nearly Fit Mom’s fun money account didn’t work:
I don’t have a fun money account. I used to and guess what happens to fun money? It gets spent. It didn’t matter if I put $20 a month in it or $200, if it was there, lets spend it! I’m still working for the man at this point so I want to keep a little more conscious thought behind spending money than how my brain processes a fun money account.
Fun money accounts don’t serve frugality at my house. They serve my marriage. We discuss our major purchases in depth. We are financially responsible. We watch our spending.
Mr. Tako had my favorite comment:
Mrs. Tako and I have had fun money accounts for decades now. It’s also a really important part of why we’re still married. She gets to spend her fun money however she wants. It gives us a sense of independence and financial autonomy without fear of criticism or argument.
If she wants to spend her fun money on a fancy hair cut — so be it! Likewise, I can spend my fun money however I want
Agreed! The Mrs. can have her fancy haircuts and I’ll have my ridiculous skateboard. Someday. Done.
I rarely make resolutions, but this year I did. And amazingly, I’ve stuck to most of them. The most important one is finally getting really fit. I wasn’t in bad health, but for a while, I had an oversized gut:
And by “a while,” I mean two decades. I topped out a
- Fat %: 16.6,
- Body mass index: 22.1
However, I’m getting close. I started the year at about 163 and need to get down to somewhere around 150. So far, so good. But it isn’t always simple either.
It’s easy to sprint to the health club on January 1st and join the hordes when resolutions are fresh and your enthusiasm is at level 11. Do most feel the same on March 1st? No.
How about you?
Have you stayed on track? Why or why not?
How do you stoke your internal fire?
Is the OneWheel insane or brilliant? Will it be the end of me as Done by Forty has suggested?
This is how Carl meets his maker.— Done by Forty (@Done_by_Forty) March 8, 2019
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