We’ve talked about what a Roth IRA is along with a handful of its advantages but how about the disadvantages? Despite being a fairly complicated Individual Retirement Arrangement that can be invested into along side your 401(k) plan, for those of us who are lacking in financial awareness, it’s an important retirement option that invests heavily in securities, common stocks and bonds typically through mutual funds (other options such as real estate and derivatives are available). With tax free withdraws and tax-advantage transactions made within the account avoiding current tax liability, it’s a popular plan. Continue reading
I am having a girl over tonight and I am trying to think of the perfect night. I want to download a bunch f movies and I am going to hop on Piratebay and try to get that started, so that all of the movies are done downloading by the time she gets over here. I must admit that I am kind of nervous, because this is the first time I have had a girl over at my place in over a year. I want to make a good impression, and I do not really know what she is going to want to watch with me, so that is why I am going to just download a lot of movies and hope that I hit on one that she really enjoys.
I am not sure what good movies have came out recently either though, and so that is another big question. Continue reading
Two of my passions are reading and collecting antiques. Though I tend to enjoy modern books for my reading pleasure, I have combined my two passions to start an impressive collection for books that are rare. I don’t need to read them to enjoy the significance of the collection. To me, a rare book is a first edition copy written by one of the many great authors to ever grace our bookshelves with their literary thoughts. The first time I held such a book in my hands was quite by accident, but it started me down a path that I truly treasure.
When family or friends ask me why I collect books that I don’t even read, I explain to them how first editions of certain books have their own stories. Some of them were thought to have little appeal only to sell out on the first day they were published. Some of the greatest first edition books printed less than 1,000 copies each. Times were different back then, and costs were very prohibitive without knowing how well a book would fare.
Though they all were printed many times over afterwards, there is only a certain number of first editions available for those classics. Continue reading
When I was a child my grandfather had a great big bookshelf upon which he had all sorts of books. He was interested in all sorts of things, but he especially liked the novels of Zane Grey and Lour L’Amour. I read Riders of the Purple Sage for the first time when I was 11 years old and I probably read most of the Zane Grey Novels. Pappy had a very nice set of them, which I would guess included around 20 or more novels in hardbound editions. I really wanted to have them when he died, but they ended up being donated to the local library in a tiny town in Western Kentucky.
Right now I have become well enough off that I have started collected books much seriously. Continue reading