Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Special Ask-The-Readers Edition: How do you choose a financial advisor?

"I've got to make money and save it. I've got to do that thing that rich people do where they turn money into *more* money. Can you teach me how to do that?"
--Liz Lemon (30 Rock)

Hitherto, all of my money matters have been handled by the soon-to-be-ex Mr. Pants. He was good at it and increased our net worth very well over the years. It's a good thing, too, because I'm pretty hopeless when it comes to money, and I haven't a clue about what constitutes a wise investment. I know I should regularly put money into my IRA, and I need to be frugal (although I'm not always good at it). Oh, and earning high interest is good, owing with high interest is bad. And it's either a good time or a bad time to buy a house, depending on whom you ask. And something something no-load mutual funds something blah blah blah.

So I think I'm going to have to outsource my financial thinking to a professional. I've had some friends recommend theirs to me, and I think I'll contact a few to see if they are a good fit ... not that I have any idea what would constitute a good fit. I really have no idea what to ask them, other than "How much is this shit going to cost me?"

So that's where you, dear reader, can help me. Tell me: what the hell do I ask these people? How do I know which one to choose?

Friday, April 18, 2008

El mariachi loco quiere bailar

Went to Taqueria Lopez tonight with the cool kids to see the mariachis (real name: Mariachi Amanecer Tapatio) and eat really, really good tacos. I ate too much and had a great time. Here's a clip of their most action-packed number (I got the idea to grab some video a few seconds after the song started, so the opening bars are cut off. Sorry.):



They'll be back at Lopez in two weeks. Mark your calendars.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

I hanker for a hunk of, a slab, a slice a chunk of ...

I think Durham definitely needs to hold a Grilled Cheese Invitational. I should be one of the judges because nobody is as much of a grilled cheese connoisseur as I am. I have attempted to make grilled cheese sammiches out of so many breads and cheeses that I can't even keep track. (Link via boingboing).

Also, speaking of Durham stuff: Mariachis this Friday night at Taqueria Lopez. 7 pm. It's way fun. You should go.

Monday, April 14, 2008

Gratuitous puppy photo blogging


the silence of the squeaky toys
Originally uploaded by bunchofpants.

Damn my puppy is cute. I don't even mind picking up the toy guts.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

She's got eyes like saucers, oh you think she's a dish

Hey, I just discovered that one of my photos made it to Cute Overload! Teh cool.

Speaking of teh cute, I need to take more pix of Pinky Laverne Del Fuego, because she's grown into quite the goofpuff:

funny little dog
That was a few weeks ago. She's gotten no less goofy since.

In other news, I looked at two houses in Raleigh today, both on Waycross Street. I really like the street, even if it is in Raleigh. It feels semi-rural. In fact, behind one of the houses (the cute one that I probably won't be able to afford) is a goat farm! Yes! And all the little goatses were cavorting and doing goaty things and saying "Mmaaa-aa-aa-a." Very cute. I would really like to live there, even if it is not in Durham. Unfortunately, the house on Waycross that I can afford is not very cute at all, with really low ceilings and a very weird layout. I'm pretty sure that at one point it was a two-room shack that got added onto gradually over the years. I did rather like the window that opened from the dining room into the master bedroom closet, however. It would be nice to know that if I were ever to become accidentally locked in the closet I'd have a way out.

Friday, April 04, 2008

Fight 'em until we can't

Once again I'm sort of bummed that I have the cheap-ass ghetto cable package. No Sci-Fi Channel. Even though I've maligned it somewhat in the past, I'm really ready for more Battlestar Galactica, which starts its final season tonight. I just watched the entertaining eight-minute recap of the first three seasons, which does a good job of skipping all the crap storylines (most of which involved Starbuck and/or Apollo being poor tortured souls ... boring!) and getting me excited about the series again. I guess I'll just have to buy the episodes from iTunes.

In other news, Durham and it's blogosphere are all abuzz over the world-famous Full frame Documentary Film Festival this weekend. Meanwhile, I will be competing in yet another dog agility trial. If you get sick of movies you can come watch crazy people running around a wet field with their dogs.