Happy happy, joy joy! I’m trying to be happier, so on Fridays, I’m writing about all of the stuff that has put me in a good mood lately. Hey you, stop gagging!
Anyway, this is a great mind exercise because knowing that I have to write this post makes me focus on positivity. Today, I write about Transformers and my alternative lifestyle (I’m polyinvestmentamarous). Don’t judge, Mrs. 1500 approves and even encourages it!
I had a conversation that I never, ever thought I’d have a couple of weeks ago. I was picking up my older daughter from a friend’s house and started talking to the mother. The conversation soon turned to Transformers. Yes, the robots that turn into other things:
I swear on my nest egg, the conversation below actually took place. I can’t make stuff like this up. It started when I noticed the family was watching a Transformers cartoon:
- Me: Hey, Transformers!
- Mother: I love Transformers!
- Me: Oh yeah? I still have mine from when I was a kid. I even have a couple Dinobots*.
- Mother: Wow, which ones!?
- Me; I have the stegosaurus and the triceratops.
- Mother: Holy cow, that’s awesome! By the way, their names are Snarl and Slag.
- Me: Wow? You know their names?! Is that what they’re really called?
- Mother: Oh yeah, I totally remember.
The conversation eventually turned to Megatron, the leader of the evil Decepticons. The mother was impressed that I still had the original and asked me to bring him over next time we met. Upon returning home, I verified that she actually knew the names of the Dinobots. She did. I was highly amused.
The Transformer loving mom is just one person in our local tribe who my family enjoys spending time with. We’re thankful for all of the people in our life. We go camping and have spontaneous gatherings in the middle of the street with our neighbors (we live on a quiet, dead end). This last weekend, some of us walked over to a local beer fest.
And I’ll tell you what isn’t fun: living around people you I don’t like. The neighborhood we lived in prior to this one was beautiful and we had a huge home, but our neighbors were shallow and we were miserable. We’re much happier in our small home with good people around us.
I’m obsessed with making money and I freely confess that I’m an investing slut (thanks Mrs. BITA for putting that word in my head). Yes, I’ll spread my wallet wide open for a chance to make more money. I consider all different types of investments, as long as they’re ethical. I currently hold individual stocks, index funds, two hard money loans and a private equity investment. Call me polyinvestmentamarous.
I don’t understand why some folks get stuck on one investing style and dismiss everything else. I go where the opportunity (and polyinvestmentamory) takes me. On InvestmentZen, I wrote about real estate versus stock market investing (hint: I love both). In the post, I’ve included a free download that lists my favorite landlording tips.
And check me out on the ChooseFi podcast. At the time of the interview, I was going on about 3 hours of sleep, so it wasn’t my best performance. However, at one point, the conversation turned to Jocko Willink which was awesome. And Jocko even liked a tweet about the podcast which made my day (I’m easily excited):
What awesomemess is happening in your life?
Tell me about some good stuff going on with you! Let me have it and make it good or I’ll send Megatron and over. Or even worse, maybe I’ll send Jocko. You don’t want me to send Jocko:
And do let me know if you’d like to play Transformers someday**. Just kidding! Maybe…
*OK, so the Transformers were supposed to turn into stuff like cars and trucks to disguise themselves. As cool as I thought the Dinobots were when I was a kid, how on earth is a mechanical dinosaur a disguise?
**Maybe we can play Transformers after my last day of formal work which is 4/13***. I’m putting this way down here to see if anyone notices. Ha! Much more soon…
***Life is good****.
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