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Macklemore Partners in Crime

As I packed my bag to get ready to spend the day at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, I stopped in the hotel lobby for my free continental breakfast. Have you ever wondered about other hotel guests? When I traveled more often for business, I often wondered what project they were working on, I wondered what industry they’re working in, I wondered if they enjoyed business travel. I would keep these questions to myself as I hurriedly ate my breakfast and prepared for my work day. Since this trip was personal, I decided to change the script.

I asked two girls eating next to me, what were they in town to see? They excitedly gushed that they were in town to see the Macklemore concert. I replied, “That’s cool! He’s awesome.” I enjoy his music and his original rapping style. Something about music and concerts just brings people together. Isn’t music the universal language?

The reason this conversation stood out as they continued to tell their adventures, they drove five hours from Arizona to see him. I drove six to seven hours before to see friends and family, but I never dreamed about driving more than an hour or two to see a concert. This is passion and dedication at its finest. As if that wasn’t enough, the two relayed that their car was towed and they had to spend an additional three hours to rescue their impounded vehicle. Younger concert goers were in tears and crying for their parents as this towing company possibly victimized 100 other concert goers.

Final Thoughts

Down $200 bucks and out three hours, they weren’t phased one bit. They would have liked to go to the zoo like I was going to, but since they were lighter in their wallets, they were going to spend the day at the beach before heading back home. I was reminded of Mrs. Buck, Baby Buck, and my friends from elementary school who all are my Thelma and Louises. What’s that saying? All you need are a few good friends, right? I summarized their memorable story by saying, at least you both have your partners in crime to get through these adventures together. They looked at each other and chuckled and simultaneously chimed, “Yeah.” I excused myself, thanked them for the lovely chat, and wished them a safe drive back home. They said the same and added “Have a fun day at the zoo.”

Would you drive five hours to see your favorite musician? Who are your partners in crime to get through life’s adventures?

Stay Inspired!
Buck

Glass Half Full Yakezie Black Belt

Earlier this week, I got my Yakezie Black Belt. Kudos to Sam the Financial Samurai for founding such a great personal finance blog network (Yakezie) and for creating the belts of honor system that rewards points for forum posts. After 11 months and 1200 points later, I received the highest belt of honor possible. Sam may need to add higher degrees of black belt because of all the lively discussion we have on the forums.

Black Belt Role Models

Here are the black belts before me who were great blog role models. Although they all have their own personalities and niches, they all provide excellent content, have great communities, and are super passionate about their blogs. If you don’t read them now, please stop by and you’ll know instantly what I’m talking about.

Financial Samurai
Budgeting In The Fun Stuff
KNS Financial
My Personal Finance Journey
Buy Like Buffett
Sustainable Personal Finance
Wealth Informatics
Invest It Wisely
Prairie Eco-Thrifter

Out With The Old, In With The New

Recently, you all got a taste of how I mentally beat myself up. In Steve Jobs Resigns, Why I Hated Apple, one commenter said “Brutal” while another commenter mentioned Milan Kundera who is described as humorous, skeptical, and fundamentally pessimistic. Half I was flattered, but the other half wanted change. Why you may ask? Since most of my Milan Kundera type posts are aimed at me, that means I am pessimistic about myself. I’m sure it makes for an entertaining read, but I am my own worst enemy. I am holding myself back from being the best me I can be!

Initial Dejection, Final Motivation

When I got my Yakezie Red Belt (600 points), I was happy at my accomplishment. Visiting the Yakezie Personal Finance Blog Network page, I couldn’t help but look at all the black belts before me. I started comparing myself. Is this Keeping Up With the Jones, blog style? I was outclassed in every category. Who do I think I am? What business do I have being mentioned in the same breath of such great company? What am I trying to prove? Why continue? You would look odd being a Yakezie Black Belt with such less than stellar stats! I was momentarily dejected. Momentarily that is…

Final Thoughts

Finally, a switch clicked. My years of beating myself up like the albino in the Da Vinci Code disappeared. I figuratively turned my glass of water upside down and made it half full. I altered my mindset and attacked my new goal with fire. Visitors, page views, advertisers, rankings are all out of my control. Why not focus on the things I can control? “I would be the lowest ranking Yakezie Black Belt and be damm proud of it!” Kudos to all Yakezie members for their high-powered, thought provoking forum posts. With such great content from my peers, I could not just skate by with hundreds of “Nice post!” comments. We had many great discussions and on a variety of interesting topics. It has been a very fulfilling, personal growth experience for me, and I hope for others as well. Last, but not least, thanks to Miss T at Prairie Eco-Thrifter for pushing me to produce high quality content and starting off the Happy Dance congratulations. Just like a Hollywood script, it is now my turn to congratulate her. Today, Prairie Eco-Thrifter is a Yakezie Black Belt, too!

Stay Inspired!
Buck