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'HAPPY whatever doesn't offend you'!!! Version III

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Welcome to the 3rd annual... Because I like MOST of you, I'm here to give you some knowledge about finance, computers, cars and a few things in between so YOU can have a net worth of $1 MILLION DOLLARS like me! HA!!!!!! KIDDING OR AM I!?!??!!? You decide............. SO YOU KNOW, being this is the 3rd edition, I add links as I think about them throughout the year and they are in RED!
The majority of stuff I am about to give you is FREE and info that I think will help you out! WOO HOO!!!

FINANCE:
https://www.mint.com/ It's a great way to MANAGE your finances. It downloads all of your bank and loan accounts.https://www.feex.com/So with ANY investment you have, 401K and stuff like that, there is a FEE the company running it charges you. This site runs the #'s for you and tells you what the total fee will be when you retire! Sure it asks you for the log in to your investment BUT IT IS TOTALLY LEGIT!!!! KRIPES if Clark Howard mentioned it then I am aoooooooooo cool with it!ht…

The way it is! So I am just going to RAMBLE!!!

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I like to be somewhat prepared for stuff to happen, which in life, happens A LOT!!! I knew things at my former employer were slowing down. Let me first state, that I ANDY MCBRIDE made the choice to stay at a company 14+ years. I was COMFORTABLE... To put it in another way 'it was MY dirty diaper and I was happy sitting in it'. I knew I was just a # so I ALWAYS kept an emergency fund of 6 months of expenses. HELL, EVERYONE should have one of those. I have that AND they have to pay me until Dec 2016 for the 14 years of service I gave them. ANYWAYS!!! I live 'below my means' so $ has not and will not be a problem for me while I am looking for a job.... Not just ANY job but one that I actually enjoy going to......


CHRIS!

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This is CHRIS!!!!


 My cousin, who 6 years ago, I didn't have too much contact with.... Mostly because of the age and distance (Mansfield, OH) difference BUT things are way different now... I see him at least twice a year... In June when I go on my tour to see my friends and family in OH, NY, PA and VA. Also in October when he and his girlfriend come down to casa de McBride in L-TOWN! I WILL NOT elaborate but the guy has lived and seen A LOT in his life but he is still standing and we have become great friends throughout the six years of actually getting to know each other. When I go up there he takes me around Mansfield and shows me the places where our grandparents worked and other stuff he knows I would like to see. He also tells me stuff about my grandparents that I didn't know- like our grandfather use to smoke A LOT!!! WHOA! He is also VERY handy and brings me on jobs he does like re-plumbing a bathroom! WOO HOO!!!! I know how to do it now!!!! Anyways, he CAN'T sit s…

Path to a little slice of HEAVEN!

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That's my brother Mike and Grandpa McBride in 1972 and after seeing this picture, I decided to make my own little brick path from the patio to 'DA ODE' AKA fire pit. So with the PLETHORA of bricks the Boike's have, I made my version....




Sorry for such a SHORT entry but I SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO finally cut the cable company out of my life. The 'high speed' internet and it's really high payments are gone and I have one of these now. I made the cheapo mistake of only buying 1GB of data to get me through a month, well that went over like a fart in church! I blew though that faster than a college kid 'shotgunning' a beer on a Friday night but don't worry, I bought more GBs and I should be good; even though I had to wait until the 20th of September. So I didn't have any internet service unless I went to someplace with WIFI access like McDonalds. HA!! I went there every morning to download my pod casts I like to listen to at lunch and…

The 1st annual 'Mystery Beer' night....

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Welcome to 'MYSTERY BEER' NIGHT'!!!! Take your 4 Advil and glass of water before you go to bed because the hangover is going to be hell!!!!  I sooooooooooooooooo stole this idea from the Klondike Cafe in Boone, NC when I went to college up there in the 90's. YES I went to college! CRAZY HUH?!?!?!?!?! AHHHHHH sitting outside on a spring day and drinking beer! GOOD STUFF!!! So, there was a barrel full of ice cold beer and for a dollar, you reached inside of it and pulled out a beer. Now it was a crappy beer....

...but it was only a dollar and you weren't too picky, because you were a broke college student for Christ sake!
 Fast forward to 2014 and I am pondering this while taking my TOUR of OH, PA, NY. I broke it up into two trips this year. On the 2nd trip I got some SWEET beers for Boike and others to drink so we can 'enjoy' the beers while pondering important issues like:
Me- "Do you think there were so many dirt roads in Hazzard county because Boss …

ALL IN ALL, YOU'RE JUST ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL!

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If ya want to go all 'negative' on me and say 'the wall' is "DA MAN keeping you in the walls of conformity then by all means go for it!!! My wall is a 'happy one' and cheap too! 98 cents a brick!!!! YEAH BUDDY! So I have one in my front yard that I built last year. So this year I have starting building one in the back right next to DA ODE!!!


This one has 3 levels:

The first level has ONE day lily and ONE canna (I went on a trip and when I come back there were THREE already!!! GOOD LORD!)   The second will be my little garden where I will (have to wait till next spring) grow my spinach and kale, YES I EAT GREEN STUFF NOW!!!!! I chop it up and put it in EVERYTHING I eat, and next H@LL will freeze over!!!!The third is WELL I don't know what it is, I planted a bush there that my mom gave me years ago. SUGGESTIONS????
Not bad for someone with a freakin' 'hang nail' that has been kickin' my @$$ for the month BUT I remember what Mike Wilber t…

HAIR!!!!!

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Captain's log, star date 1-30-12-5150  After seeing Stephanie's husband and Mary (co workers) 
do it, I decided to embark on a journey to grow out my hair and then donate it. After hours of research (NOT REALLY, I freakin 'GOOGLED' Donate my hair and they were the first ones to pop up) I found a place to donate (Lock Of Love= BAD Wigs For Kids= GOOD), how hard can it be? Grow it and then cut it right!?! WELL after two+ years of not cutting it, I can say with no doubt that it SUCKED!!!!! How do all of you women deal with it? I had to wear a sweat band




when I worked out in the morning, I had to ALWAYS flop my hair out of my face when I was going to bed or doing anything that required my freakin' hair NOT to be in my mouth, I looked like Sideshow Bob when I washed it that morning and it was super humid outside. Or OTTO if I was wearing a hat.  I had a constant battle with it ALWAYS getting in my eyes and FYI- I lost the war too!!! During this over 2+ year journey, I was…

Say a good word up there for me will ya?

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We on this Earth lost a really good one. Mr. Boike lost his battle with the D@MN 'C' word, cancer. It's just not fair that good people like him are not here with us but THIS @$$ CLOWN is!
Here are a few things I want to thank you for:

THANK YOU for paying me to clean your accounting firm even though there were nights I did it after I worked promotions for the Checkers and then an after party at Samson's Hole (Don't bother looking for it because it's gone) and 95% of the time I was PLASTERED and I THINK I cleaned your office... HA!

THANK YOU because you are one of the people that 'exposed' me to The Clark Howard Show.... You see when I cleaned your office, a few times it was on your radio at your desk and so now I download his podcast and listen EVERYDAY!

THANK YOU for ALWAYS being in the SAME section every time I did a promotion for the Checkers so I knew exactly where to throw a 106.5 'The End' t-shirt.....

THANK YOU for being one of the peo…
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Go ahead "MAKE MY DAY punk"! HA!!! But seriously, it's that time of the year when you can ask me anything and I will answer it..... So fire away!!!!! The ground rules are that there ARE NONE!!!!! Leave me a question and I will TRY NOT to be a politician and SPIN IT!!!! I'd say write me a question on DA BOOK, Instagram, Twitter or MySpace (Is that ever around anymore?), but I'm hardly on them so just ask it here. OKIE DOKIE?

Before I go, I want to present a great piece of history which is now the center piece to my table on 'DA ODE'. I PRESENT to you the 'leaning tower of hot dogs'!!!! HA!!!!! Boike made this like 30 years ago in an art class.


Sure, it has a 'phallic' look to it, but I don't think the 8 year artist was going for that; I think his love of hot dogs was the main inspiration. Here, let's have the artist describe his sculpture:
"Dude, I did the thing in like 4th grade. I don't even know what I was thinking last …

DA anatomy of a blog entry

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I ALWAYS revert back to Ms. Kautz' class in 1985 and start with a rough draft of ideas that I have pondered, usually during my 'moment of Zen' AKA 'PICKING ROCKS'! HA!!!! Some have the bottle, a pipe or a TV to 'veg out' in front of to cope with things we alllllllll have to deal with; an @$$ clown at work, AHHH H@LL anything there, relationships, money, choices... The list goes on. I have ROCKS! I just throw on some old clothes, work gloves, knee pads and put my iTouch to 'shuffle'. I then pick rocks that I can use for one of the many projects I have going on at casa de McBride1. Being that I really don’t have a deadline per se, I work on the topic, adding stuff, grammatically fixing for weeks, months, sometimes even years!!! I look at it like a virtual diary that the nurses at the old folks home can go to and put me in front of so I can reminisce about stuff I use to do. I forgot about this until BUBBY, a GUY I work with, sent me his wife's blo…

Update, thoughts and....

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Other stuff that are on my mind that I think the 5 people that read this might like to know...
Health-wise I have my good and bad days, and I know I need to go to Duke Medical and have another neurologist look me over and NOT try to charge me 12k for blood work! YEAP!!! 12 thousand EFFING DOLLARS! Needless to say, I almost had a heart attack in my kitchen when I opened the bill!!! I will soooooooooooooo tell ya the story if ya want to hear it.....Oh, and for you people that only spew out sounds bites from your political party, the Affordable CareAct AKA OBAMACARE would NOT have changed that. Where was I, OH YEAH, an old A-TOWER, DEEE LITE (the girl on the right)
         had some brain surgery up there and gave me all the info of who to see... Also, I feel VERY comfortable when Mrs. Boike comes with me, she is like a pit bull and asks and DEMANDS all the questions her and I ask to the doctor are answered. I love that the Dr. will say something and she will look at me, if I have a '…