Temporary Home

The first 22 years of my life I lived in a total of three homes.  The first one I don’t even remember because we moved out of there before I was 2.  So, in my mind I really only lived in two homes growing up. The one I went to elementary school in, and the one I went to middle and high school in. Once I left home I still stayed in the Northern Virginia area for the next 6 years, most of which was spent in the townhouse I purchased in Sterling, VA.  Then I started an online poker affiliate business which enabled me to leave the Northern Virginia area and live anywhere I waned.  So, we headed to Las Vegas and the rest is history – including being “settled”. Since leaving Northern Virginia in the fall of 2005 I’ve lived in 9 different homes, all but two of which were furnished rentals.  I’ve only lived in one of those homes for longer than one year – in Costa Rica.  I’ve discovered a couple of things during that time.  1) I’m really sick of packing and moving.  It’s a total pain in the butt.  2) I don’t really need as many “things” as I once thought.  Once you start moving a lot you learn how to live a much leaner life in terms of possessions.  3) I think it’s time to pick a place and settle down. Right now we are in the waiting process to purchase a house in Las Vegas that will be yet another temporary home.  We are purchasing it mainly for investment purposes, but...

You have to start somewhere

It’s hard to believe that someone with the technology background that I have is just starting a blog in 2010. The truth is that it’s not something that I really cared about all that much until recently.  I don’t have a big ego and I’m not full of myself enough to think that people will actually care what I write.   At least I’ll have one reader – thanks mom!  However, as I get older, I find myself wanting to express my views more and more. For instance, I went to see Bill Maher the other night with my wife at The Orleans in Las Vegas and some of the stats he rattled offer just depressed me.  Like, the United States is ranked 18th in the world in education, ranks 37th in health care, and over half the country doesn’t believe in evolution.  We do rank number one in something though – obesity.  That’s right – the United States is the fattest country in the world! I don’t consider myself a Republican or Democrat; I just consider our political system broken.  Spending continues to rise and everyone in Washington just blames the other party.  Its never their fault.  I know with my personal finances I tend to save first, then spend.  Of course I never spend more than I actually have.  I just wish the US Government would live by that same philosophy.   I really don’t understand how and why a balanced budget amendment hasn’t been added to the Constitution yet, but that’s another story all together. Anyway, I don’t intend for this to become a political blog.  That was...