CAVEMAN MONEY – A Affinity For Personal Finance

cavemanmoney2The Caveman Money on BlogCatalog is a personal finance blogger who uses his anonymous internet handle “The Caveman” on the internet because he found that after blogging for about six years he started feeling a little uncomfortable discussing his own personal finances in detail.  He also found that using his anonymity name allowed him a little more freedom when it came to sharing his own ideas and his blog while still giving him a great excuse to refer to his wife as “Mrs. Caveman,” which elicits an eye-roll every time she reads one of his articles.

So now I have to ask, how does a young man such as yourself in his twenties grow to know so much about personal finances?

Caveman:  I suppose I don’t have a good answer to that question. Personal finance has always been a fascination of mine, ever since I first learned about the beauty of compound interest. The idea that I could make money simply by letting it sit somewhere has always amazed me. As a young kid, all you really know about money is that it is meant to be spent on toys. I figured out pretty early on that if I invested my money for a while, I could buy more toys later.

Angie:  Are your parents the same way and are you their only son?

Caveman:  Well, I am an only child, but my parents think very differently than I do when it comes to personal finances. That isn’t to say that they are bad with their finances because they are not, but they are definitely bigger consumers than I am. My father works in manufacturing and puts in 60+ hours in any given week, and he’s not afraid to spend a little bit of his hard-earned money when he wants. Overall, though, my folks are more responsible with their finances than probably 90% of people out there, so I can’t complain!

Angie:  Why did you choose a career in corporate finance?

Caveman:  As much as I love personal finance, most jobs in that field require a lot of cold-calling and a lot of sales ability. Selling things for other people is just not something I’m interested in, so I decided a career in corporate finance was right up my alley. Working in corporate finance allows me to gain valuable experience and perspectives, and I can spend my free time blogging about personal finances. It’s a great balance!

Angie:  I read on your blog that you listen to Dave Ramsey’s teachings.  When did you start listening to him?  Before or after you started your financial analyst career?

Caveman:  I started reading Dave Ramsey’s books when I was in college. At the time, I was working full-time in a call center while attending college and I had built up a good bit of debt after I bought my first home in 2006. I was still trying to make sense out of “being an adult,” and Ramsey’s teachings really helped guide me back toward a good path, financially.

Angie:  I also read that even if you do agree with Ramseys teachings there are a few things you don’t agree with.  Can you share those with us?

Caveman:  Well, Ramsey is a great teacher for the average person. I think that once a person has a good hold of their financial situation, though, some of Ramsey’s teachings can seem a little too extreme. A great example is Ramsey’s view on credit cards. He advocates that you just never use them, but the reality is that responsible use of credit cards can yield to several hundred dollars in benefits each year. I’ve got about $350 sitting in my Capital One Rewards Cash right now from the last six months of spending, and I have never paid them a dime in interest.

Angie:  Have you ever had someone challenge your advice?  And if so, how did you resolve it?

Caveman:  I always say that personal finance is not a science, but rather an art. People challenge my numbers and assumptions constantly, and I encourage that. If you’ve found a better path toward financial freedom than following the advice I’ve laid out, then I say blaze your own trail. Just be sure to share your knowledge with the world once you’ve been successful doing it your way. Remember: If you’re reading articles on my blog, then you’re probably already doing more than 95% of the United States is doing to help themselves. It’s all about doing your research and implementing a plan that works for you.

Angie:  Have you ever gone a little crazy spending some serious money just for fun?

Caveman:  All the time. I advocate a balance between paving your way toward financial freedom and enjoying life today. We want to be as stress-free and independent as we can be when we’re older, but not at the expense of suffering while we’re young. I go on a nice vacation every couple years. Most recently, I converted my empty basement into the ultimate “Man Cave.” I’ve got a 100-inch projection setup with a nice surround-sound system, a full stocked bar, a 7-seat wrap-around couch and my own separate recliner, and all sorts of signs and memorabilia hanging on the walls representing my favorite NFL team. I even built up a little bit of zero-interest debt to make this happen. It puts me in a little bit of a squeeze in terms of meeting my financial goals in 2014, but that just means I’ve got to work a little harder.

Angie:  Your post on the APMEX silver bars was fun to read.  I then noticed below that you  mentioned to “TonyB” that your all time favorite company to invest in that also made you the most money was Disney.  Is that really true?  And If so, how much are you investing in it this year?

Caveman:  Unfortunately, I had to liquidate all of my Disney stock when I bought my house a year ago. To give you an idea of what that has cost me, I sold the stock at $60 a year ago, and it is worth $80 today. They’ve also paid out some dividends over that timeframe as well. I love my new house, but a stock gaining over 30% in the last year would have been really nice. This year, I’m a little apprehensive on Disney because of their major run-up in 2013. I’d like to move a little bit of my Roth IRA funds into their stock, though – maybe 25%.

Angie:  Do you have any major financial goals you’d like to share?

Caveman:  Actually I do! Recently, I shared on my blog that my long-term goal is to have $1 million in net worth by my 40th birthday. That’s about 12 years from now, and I’ve got a long way to go. Loyal readers of my blog will get an opportunity to follow my progress via my monthly net worth reports!

Angie:  Who do you most admire in todays world? And why?

Caveman:  Honestly, I admire my father more than anyone. He has worked his tail off for the last 30 years to support me and my mom. While he is successful in his industry, he still puts more hours in an average week than I put in even during my busiest times at work. He has taught me a lot about work ethic and being thankful for what I’ve got. While we all want to do better and have more than our parents, he has set the bar pretty high and has given me a lot to aspire to. On my journey from child to independent adult, he has never shied away from telling me he’s proud of me, and he has also never stopped giving me advice and life lessons. 

Angie:  Those are really nice words, and thank you for sharing some good and constructive sound advice with all of us on BlogCatalog.

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Our Very Own “Viral Video Box” on BlogCatalog

Hello Chris Monty from Baltimore, MD.

Chris Monty

Chris, I believe you have one of the best entertaining blogs out there, which we will soon share with our BC members as everyone on BC enjoys getting to know the blogger behind the blog.

Chris’s blog is called Viral Video Box  and when you visit his blog you’ll know instantly why he chose that name.  In fact here’s a taste of his latest post that will blow you away.
Click here >  Swedish-subway-hair-care-ad-will-blow-you-away-video/

Chris is a husband, father and a blogger that loves meeting other bloggers because he enjoys the social aspect of the blogging and who wouldn’t?  It is fun.  ;D

Chris in reading your BIO on BC you wrote that you started blogging in 2008 and never looked back.  Were you really so serious about it that you gave up your day job?

Chris:  No, I became serious about blogging after I was laid off from my job in mortgage.  I began to realize the potential in blogging and decided to “take the bull by the horns.”

Angie:  Well, looks like you grabbed him really tight  and didn’t let go.  What was it that you use to do at the mortgage company?

Chris:  I was a mortgage loan officer.

Angie:  Yup, been there and done that….it’s boring alright.  Is that all you did, work on your blogging career?  If so, how did you make ends meet so quickly?

Chris:  No, I had a few jobs in between…I took a job at another mortgage company, then did some local SEO for a marketing company in Baltimore.  Eventually, the blog took off to the point where I could give up my day job.

Angie:  Was that before or after the three daughters came around? Just wondering b/c that couldn’t have been so easy to leave your job.

Chris:  Quite right.  My daughters are 16, 10 & 6 so they were born before I started blogging.  It wasn’t easy walking away from a day job, but things were going well enough at the time that it was possible.

Angie:  That’s pretty awesome.  Not to many people can say that.  So back in 2008 who’s blog or article was it that inspired you to start blogging?

Chris:  I used to spend a lot of time reading the ProBlogger blog and bloggers like ShoeMoney.  I think they make it sound a little easier than it is, but at the time, it was very motivating.

Angie: How do you select the videos you’ve chosen to use on your blog?   Because the ones you presently have are all so much fun to watch.

Chris:  I subscribe to about 80 different video feeds, some from YouTube, some from Reddit, some from Vimeo, etc.  I take the ones that look like they’re going to resonate with our audience and those are the ones we write about.

Angie:  Can you remember a time when someone might have criticized what you wrote about?  – How did you respond?

Chris:  There are times when people think a video goes too far, or back when I wrote a local news blog, there were people who objected to me portraying a certain part of the city as being a “bad neighborhood.”  Being a blogger, you learn to develop a thick skin pretty quickly.  You can’t please everyone.

Angie:  One of your videos under your “Prank” tab, I thought was horribly cruel yet the ones that did the prank and the ones watching it while it happened thought it was so funny.  I’m referring to the one called “Most Extreme Wake-Up Pranks Ever”    I mean really……if that  was you what would you have done afterwards to those people?

Chris:  You have to understand, a lot of these pranksters will do anything to get more views on their videos.  Sometimes, the pranks are real, and sometimes it’s clear that the victims were in on it.  I don’t know if that wake-up prank was real or not, but that would be an incredibly dangerous prank to pull on an unsuspecting victim.

Angie:  I got a kick out of the way Samuel L. Jackson DESTROYS the Reporter who mistakes him for Laurence Fishburne who did the Super Bowl commercial.
And for those who didn’t watch the Super Bowl here’s Laurence Fishburne in the commercial.

You also have what is called:  “Get Viral Videos in Your Inbox.   Is that the same as a news letter only you’re sending videos?  Or is there something more added to your subscription?

Chris:  Yes, that’s just a way for readers to get the daily VVB feed sent to them.  Some people like RSS, some people like Facebook or Twitter, some people like email.

Angie:  How does your family feel about your blogging?  Do they help you with finding great videos for you?

Chris:  My family has some idea of what I do, but I try to keep my work life separate from my home life.  Every once in a while, if a video is REALLY funny, I’ll show my teenage daughter and she’ll get a kick out of it.  Sometimes, my wife will show me a video that’s circulating on Facebook and I’ll realize I need to get that on our blog ASAP.

Angie:  After blogging for over 5 years now professionally, what advice would you give to bloggers that are new and serious to blogging?

Chris:  Never give up.  Just when you think you’re done and you’ll never make it, don’t give up.  Just when you think all is lost, don’t give up.  Never ever give up.  The universe rewards the persistent.  Also, make some connections (i.e. – friends).  Find other bloggers who blog about what YOU blog about and make friends.  It’s not WHAT you know, it’s WHO you know.

Angie: Was there something you learned the hard way?

Chris:  There are a lot of ad networks out there who will try to screw you out of the money you’ve earned.  Trust no one.

Angie: Besides Facebook, which social network would you say you’ve had the best experience using and why?

Chris:  I would say definitely Pinterest.  As Facebook has completely destroyed the news feed for brands lately, Pinterest has really picked up as a valuable traffic source.  If you can get invited to contribute to some of the big boards out there, you can generate a lot of traffic quickly.

Angie:  If you weren’t blogging professionally what would you be doing today?

Chris:  I still work as an SEO for a local digital marketing agency.  With three kids, it’s nice to have health benefits.  :)

Angie:  Will you still be blogging 10 years from now?

Chris:  No one knows what tomorrow brings, but I certainly hope I will be. ;)

Angie:  I’m glad to hear you say that.
And If you could choose one superhero power, what would it be and why?

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Chris:  Jedi mind trick…obvious reasons.

Angie:  And who wouldn’t want that?   :D

Connect with Chris Monty aka “blippitt” on BC

On FaceBook as himself or as The Viral Video Box                   On Twitter            On Pinterest

 

Tell It Once And For Autism

Autism – What is it?
If you look it up it says:  Autism is a mental disorder of neural development characterized by impaired social interaction and verbal and non-verbal communication, and by restricted, repetitive or stereotyped behavior. The diagnostic criteria require that symptoms become apparent before a child is three years old. Autism affects the information processing in the brain by altering how nerve cells and their synapses connect and organize; how this occurs is not well understood. It is one of three recognized disorders in the autism spectrum (ASDs), the other two being Asperger syndrome, which lacks delays in cognitive development and language, and pervasive developmental disorder, not otherwise specified (commonly abbreviated as PDD-NOS), which is diagnosed when the full set of criteria for autism or Aspergers syndrome are not met.

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Sandra Adcock

Sandra: Frustration comes to mind. Like a tantrum that really isn’t a tantrum but reactions to overloaded sensory issues.  Compounded issues because of people that only see what looks like is a normal person….if there is a normal.  I could give you many examples of when my son and I are together and its hard to see how much people are oblivious to people who may have a disorder and are clueless to their basic needs.

Angie:  From reading your blog I learned that your son was diagnosed with Autism.  Going back to that time and date when you first learned of it, what was it you wish you would have known that might have made the news a little easier to deal with back then?

Sandra:  I would have gone with my instincts a little more.  That is partly what my book is about.  Learning to discern your strength’s as a parent about knowing your child and run when your gut says run.  The diagnosis is only a label.  For me it was a label to start finding things that helped.  Research the things that worked best and I could afford.  What would make it easier is all the information I want to share in the book.  Another book I read recently explains plenty of this called “Autism and Assholes.”  The mother had a son that was blind and autistic.  She talks about all the people and the way they reacted.

I would have pushed more for serviced that I now know my son qualified for…like the 0-3 program. IN part that is one other reason to write this book/blog.  Help other mothers not to miss out on resources due to misinformation.
I was told it was based on income.

Tanner at age 13

Tanner at 13

Angie:  You mention that having a son with autism has been a learning curve and that’s why you write about it so that others will benefit from your own experiences.  But can you please share how much of a “blessing” this has been to you in your life and why you have such a passion for sharing this information.

Sandra:  He has shown me how to live.  Let me share how my son beat a neuropsychologist on a diagnosis.  I had an auto accident that left me with 5 to 7 fractures and a mild traumatic brain injury.

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Tanner at 17

Actually, found out I had vestibular disorder of central origin, which would go along with the tbi…causing me mood issues and fatigue.  The neuropsychologist almost had me believing I wasn’t fit to take care of my son.  But a special needs kid new best. Plus, he has shown me to slow down and that I need to look for others for help. He has taught me many things but basically about myself and how to live.

Angie:  Do you really think believe that our society makes more excuses for people with disabilities and that causes us to lower our expectations to where we don’t give them enough credit with what they can actually do?

Sandra:  Yes, I do.   Read Wanda’s book “Your Child is Smarter Than You think!”  If I had listened to my husband and others then we would have a son in institution most likely on a sub level or resentful we put him there. I can read to you from a book I just read on autism that give many examples of this, “Artism, The Art of Autism.”  One explanation for the rise in autism is more people are just getting diagnosed with it than in the past.  If that is one reason…what happened to all those that didn’t get diagnosed?  I can think of a few names….

Angie:  Can you please tell a little bit more about your Project “Oklahoma Infinity and Beyond” that you write about on your blog?

Sandra:  I will go into just a little bit of this.
I have a new use for a product Cisco makes.   The project is based on the fact that those with autism often have a slight curvature of the spine.   I can write a social skills curriculum that can be replicated in autism support groups or other development delays using this product.  Another issues are getting insurance to pay.  Well this would get insurance to pay…it is a physical reason to bill insurance for services.  I wish I could say more about this but I want Cisco to talk to me about the product use.  I know it is worth billions to them.  I don’t want that much…I do want assistive technology for the school district where my son goes to school for ten years.   I want 5 of the devices to use in my own support group…head up the study. Or be a part of it and yes one or two million to start some other businesses.  That is why I am being sketchy about this.  I want to do my book first.

Angie: On one of your blog post “Tell It Once And For Autism” you are requesting that others to give you feedback on what they might think should go into a new book from a real world perspective.  Did you get many responses and would you do us the honor in sharing some of their responses now?

Sandra:  I get mostly likes and sharing about what they have done.  Mostly the likes.  I want feedback on writing style, more of what people want to hear about in a blog about autism, am sometimes wonder if I am overdoing the resource information?  I’d love it if they would be guest bloggers on my blog.  I also want to know what they would like in an autism book while I can work this into by book.  I want this book to be a real world book that helps people not just my experiences.
I want to be big on resources.  Not that they have to read them but scan them and know where they are listed in the book.

Angie:  How far have you gotten with your book and when can we expect to see it published as It’s so obvious you love to share your wisdom in so many different areas.  On your blog you share so many learning tools resource links that are so helpful to others.

Sandra:  One that I found to be so very helpful to teachers is:  http://www.cast.org/learningtools/index.html

Angie:  Do you or others you know use this now?

Sandra:   I haven’t had direct feedback but a lot of Easter Seals pages like it and autism pages love it. Individuals are thanking me.  Many are just astonished as I was that this stuff is out there.  They are just getting started using the information.

Angie:  You mention “things that have gone wrong in our society”?  Which one would you say is the biggest problem?

Sandra:  The disconnection with each other.  Part of this is due to the net.  Also, I think this is part of the rise of autism.  Less interaction means poor social skills.  Where in the past the social interaction may have built skills that helped autistics get along.  But I mean overall.  By loosing touch with each other we loose tolerance for each other. …faith, passion, and giving.  That is what makes us human.  Without the willingness to do for others we get selfish.  However we expect others to do for us.

Angie:  So very true. I see you just launch your new nonprofit home based business with some old friends that will be for profit.  Can you tell us your vision for this and how it came to be your old friends joined in?

Sandra:  My nonprofit will have to wait.  I want to make it a Social Entrepreneurship.  I was having trouble getting people to serve on a Board.  But my concept is to get a third party business to pay me to give resources to their customers.  Thus, I can make a living at it and it remains free to those that need resource information.

ThusKA!  SSS means (Selecting Specific Solutions) for our customers and their needs. I want to convey the commitment we have to the customer and their own issues. We work on issues like billing for one health part of industry, a product to market a franchise and other.

Angie:  What is it you still haven’t done that you are wishing to do in the near future?

Sandra:  Become a paralegal so I can truly advocate for those with autism and special needs.

Angie:  Might you have a favorite quote on this subject that rings close to your heart?   Will you please share it with us here on BC and tell me why you chose that one.

Sandra:  I haven’t used it much but think it often. Autistics are often single-minded hyper focused in conversations and such.  A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.  ”A single-minded man or person must be therefore stable in all his ways!”    ~James 1:8 King James Version (KJV)

Angie:  Can you share with us a little bit about what it is we may not know about you?

Sandra:  I am a pharmacist, I have taught school, I have 30 + years in volunteering in nonprofits from food pantry, clearinghouse, PTA, with autistics, pharmacy non-profit.  I have a Master of Science in Management.  I came from a family of 4 where you didn’t just throw money around.  I understand that people can’t afford all the therapies needed for autism.  Thus, the resources that are already out there that help parents need to get to them.

My husband Bill

My Husband Bill

I am all about helping people help themselves.  Yet, before my wreck I had little time to find this information out.  That is why I feel God has put me here.  To get the information to those like me before my car wreck.
I also have the heart and passion to do this.  Most of all the people I have made friends with are still my closest friends. I always remember what people have said.  I remember what makes them the person they are.

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Spike my favorite dog

 

 

Angie:  Reminds me a little of a quote by Maya Angelou:

 “People will forget what you said
  People will forget what you did
  But people will never forget how you made them feel”.

Tell me what is the main driving force behind you wanting to write your blog and book?

Sandra:  It’s the amount of money I know it takes for therapies.  Early intervention is key.  Tanner missed out on Sooner Start the 0-3 programs for developmental delays…I am pretty sure most states have some kind of program and is mandated by Federal guidelines.  Misinformation even after calling twice. …given to me said it was based on income.  That was untrue.  I feel guilty and wonder how much further my son could have come with that early intervention.  I do not want another mother to feel she missed out on resources …especially free …that might have advanced the chances for person to reach their full potential.

Angie:  What person/provider do I think is the best or has the handle on children in the US?

Sandra:  That would be Wanda Draper and her book, that has just been rereleased, “Your Child Is Smarter Than You Think,” gave me back my belief in myself as a parent.  She proved me right.  This summer I finally nailed my son on reading level of 11th grade 6th month.  His school tests show 3 and 4th grade level.  I saw him reading the Wikipedia and used Microsoft 2010 grade readability calculator to get the reading.  Now this is only one test so there may be variation and he may be a little lower but I doubt he is much lower than start of 10th grade.

These kids often hide their abilities for fear of being wrong or having harder work put on them, which means more stress.

Angie:  I believe you are right. God has given you Tanner to help educate the world on what a blessing Autism is and how uniquely and magnificent a child is with it or without it.  More over your blogs and passion for the subject is well felt throughout your blogs and pleasant conversation.

Connect with Sandra Adcock better known as “Reframing Resources” on BlogCatalog.

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Dusty, D-man Against The World!

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Meet “Dusty Lalas” a towering 6′ tall! TV reporter, musician, comic artist, and radio promo team guy.  AND Blogger

Meet Dusty one of our newest VIB members who not only blogs but is pretty much a geek-of-all-trades. I say that “respectfully” as I did do some research on some of his latest projects.  He draws, creates music and reports the news, and does  photography, and videography.

Presently he’s known on BC as being an awesome comic strip artist as I’m sure many of you have already seen his work.

Dusty, thank you for taking the time to answer a few of my questions so that our blog community can get to know you a little better as its always fun getting to know the blogger behind their blog.

I understand you also do some TV reporting and are a radio promotion guy.  Which stations are you on and how did you get that job?

Dusty:  The TV gig’s with a local community station and I do promotions for Toronto’s new rock station 102.1 The Edge. They’re both pretty fun, I found them both after I’d graduated from the university.

Angie:  I think I heard some of your music.  Is this yours? https://soundcloud.com/composera

Dusty:   Yeah that’s mine. I dabble in songwriting from time to time. It’s just demo recordings for the most part, synth pop and other electronic blips and   bloops.

Angie:  I liked it and this one too?  https://soundcloud.com/composera/an-ocean-moon-composera        < IS that yours?  It’s also has a great sound and unique. Did you write it and is that you singing?

Dusty:  Yes,that’s actually an older song from 2009. I felt I didn’t have enough of my original work up online so I threw it on there just as an example of what most of my songs sound like. I play everything except drums. I am super terrible on them! 

Angie:  I read on your bio that the reason you blog is so that one day you may be the very best blogger that ever was?  Is that the main goal to be the best blogger/writer in the world?

Dusty

Dusty:  Well sure if that’s an actual title that can be acquired then yeah I’ll take it! [laughs] My goal is to entertain people, it always has been.

Angie:   I’d say you do that well.  How and when did you get started?

Dusty:  Back in the halcyon days of 2002 I used various non-blog profiles to post music lists and reasons my taste in music was SO MUCH BETTER than everyone else’s [looks away sheepishly].  It was very much an interest in music journalism that led to blogging.

Angie:  Is “A Forever Quest” your 1st blog?  Is there another blog?

Dusty:  No, my first “official” blog was my LiveJournal account. It’s essentially defunct now but it served me well through high school and all the related telenovela drama back then.

Angie:  You’re so good at drawing comic strips?  How did you get started on that? What motivated you to go in this direction?

Dusty:  I discovered webcomics in 2005 and enjoyed them so much that I promptly started to make my own. [laughs] They were incredibly amateur in every respect but I’ve grown sentimentally attached to them and they can be found on AFQ. I’m still not at the level I’d like to be with my drawing but I’m confident in saying that I’m getting closer. One thing I’ve always liked about myself is that I am really good at getting better at things fairly quickly.

Angie:  How long have you been blogging?

Dusty:  12 years. [double checks] YUP. 12 years.

Angie:  Wondering why are your avatars always seem so sad?  There’re great but why so sad all the time?
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Dusty:  [laughs] It’s drawn in jest. I tried to make it as stereotypically dramatic as I could. It’s basically a self portrait of my high school days. Full emo.
Honestly, I’m not a big fan of complaining. I am so extremely grateful for everything I have. And the last thing the world needs is another milquetoast sad sack moaning and groaning.  That said, there are a few aspects of my life that I think are a little bit sad, and keeping my feelings to myself actually led to adverse effects on my health over the past few years. Kinda scary! This blog/comic has given me a creative outlet and very much helped me.

Angie:   Oh yea, then on your last post -  “Soft Escape”  what went so wrong on the date?

Dusty:  It didn’t happen. [shrugs] Everyone has had the experience of anticipating something (a date, a concert, a promotion) only to be disappointed when it gets cancelled or just doesn’t happen. It’s even more of a bummer when there’s no explanation. Uncertainty is the worst!

Angie:  Uh huh …ok…sure….lol.
I’m just fooling with you.  :)
Are you usually so funny?  Or does that part of you only come out through your comic strips?

Dusty:  ALL THE TIME. [laughs] No, it depends entirely on the time of day. Sometimes I’m an unstoppable joke machine, other times I hit a brick wall.

Angie:  Well lets see, tell me what song best describes who you are and why? Being a music guy, you should be able to relate to that.  :)

Dusty:  “Mr. Brightside” by The Killers. I try to be a rational guy buy I feel like I’ll never lose the wide-eyed theatrical optimist inside me.

Angie:  Oh yes, that sounds just like you.

And what would be your favorite quote?

Dusty:  “It’s time to kick some ice.”- Arnold Schwarzenegger
The fact that that line made it from the script to the screen is nothing short of incredible.

Angie:  Where will we find you 10 years from now?

Dusty:  Eating onion rings at A&W’s.

Angie:  What is it that most people don’t know about you that you feel they should have known by now?

 Dusty:  Very few people know ALL the things I do. Everyone knows one or two of my skills or hobbies but every so often one of my friends will be like “I didn’t know you (insert talent here)”. And I’m just like, ok, really? I’ve never once told you about a song I’ve written?

Angie:  And If you could change something in your past what would it be?

Dusty:  Up until 2003 my only actual skill was writing. I wish I could have started developing all my creative ventures earlier than I did. If I had a time machine I’d go back and yell at my teenage self to get motivated. And also to lose the teen srache. 

Angie:  Hmmm it all makes sense now.  lol
In a good way…in a good way. :)
Besides you’re own comic strips, which others are some of your favorites that you read now days?

Dusty:  Penvy Arcade, Overcompensating. I also love going over the archives of a comic called Bohemian Drive. It finished a few years back but it really resonated with me.

Angie:  I have a feeling that your own family and friends don’t know of your blog and your wonderful comic artist strips.   Am I right?

Dusty:  Yes, you are right and No they actually don’t know! I’m waiting until my storyline and drawing skill have hit their stride before I show it to the people I know. I want them to see a fully realized world with continuity both on an aesthetic and narrative level.

Angie:   I’m sure you’ve had some great challenges with creating these comic strips and writing the funny stuff.  I know that isn’t so easy coming up with your own comical content. 

Dusty:  It’s tough walking the tightrope between intellectual musings and comedy. I want to create a piece of work that is true to my life but isn’t overly serious or over-the-top silly. That balance is what I’m aiming for. 

Angie:  I think you’re coming along fine and will get there sooner then you think.
You’re a pleasure to meet and its easy to see you’re a fun guy. :D

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Lemon isn’t always a juicy fruit

There are many, outstanding,  auto bloggers reviewing the latest and greatest cars.   Despite dramatic technological enhancements, or perhaps, in part, because of them,  often times cars that we expect to make us feel that warm fuzzy feeling again,  start to rattle,  shake and do things that don’t quite feel right.

Many of us will rationalize away the sound, or the strange sensation – yet deep down be questioning whether this is how our new car should really drive.   The problem is who really wants to believe that their new car purchase is a dud.

The good news, if you’re prepared to face reality, is that you may just have a “lemon” and there are laws that will protect you.

So, how do you know if you car is a lemon?  There’s a pretty standard definition of a lemon, and that is, “it’s a car that doesn’t perform up to the standards that were promised upon purchase.”

The following graphic offers some basic “scratch and sniff” tests that will confirm what you already may be thinking.  ”I bought a lemon.”   It also provides you with a roadmap of what to do if you are driving one.

Via: The Lemon Law Attorneys

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