Calico saw a group of Alabama students on campus yesterday. She didn’t know why they were visiting, but their crimson University of Alabama shirts were hard to miss in the sea of purple and gold attire worn by the Tennessee Tech crowd.
It brought back memories of a bright red school jacket, the not-so-secret desire of my high school days. The jackets were primarily worn by athletes and cheerleaders, who had earned the school letter awarded for athletic achievement. The letter was out of reach for a budding geek girl, but the jackets could be purchased from the high school supply room for fifty dollars. My oldest brother, a basketball star, had been wearing his for two years. My other brother had been pestering my parents for one.
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The small creek behind our house has been pretty dry since we moved in. That changed with recent rain that caused over five inches of water to fall in less than a day. It caused flash floods in some locations, but we didn’t see any of that. I rather enjoy being able to look out a window to view our small stream. While far too small to hold anything but a toy boat, the water got me reminiscing about the best summer of my childhood.
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Seven years out of the work force have taken a toll. I can still write computer code and design a web page, but every day, I spot new software that I know nothing about. My ignorance runs much deeper, however. I don’t know how to program our television. I rarely use the remote and my sole skill is hitting the power button.
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I was on summer break from college and working as a waitress in the dining room of a local hotel. At the end of my shift, I’d check in with the cashier, who would exchange any coins I had received for paper money. One of my customers watched this transaction and then gave me some advice. “Cash in everything except the quarters. When they stop making silver quarters, they will be worth more.” It was the first investment advice that I ever received. For a week or two, I followed the advice. Then I needed cash for something and used the quarters. That was the end of saving my silver coins.
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Back in the days when I kept the books for my husband’s small business, I did it by hand. Businesses that could afford a mainframe computer might utilize bookkeeping software, but it wasn’t something that could be done on our Commodore 64. I got myself an adding machine, attended an IRS class for small businesses and enjoyed the chance to put my accounting classes to practical use. Income and expense records were the main focus. The business had no employees, excepting the unpaid bookkeeper, so I didn’t need to worry about payroll. Selling a service removed the inventory concerns associated with product sales. Read more »