Writers Block – Sports disappointments

So I haven’t written here in a long time as I’m suffering from a serious case of writer’s block. There’s so much I could write about, yet my mind is unable to focus on.. So from now on, I’m going to write free form and write about things that interest me..

writers_blockOverall, I guess it’s just laziness… I’ve been so busy with just doing nothing that I’ve mastered the art of nothingness!

I was pretty depressed that my favorite hockey team the New York Rangers choked this year (again). They were ahead 3 games to 1 against the Washington Capitals and they couldn’t finish them off. Of course, they lost the 7th game of the series and are off to their summer vacation., First time in their history that they lost a playoff series after being ahead 3 – 1. Every year I say, that I’ve given up on the Blue Shirts, but every spring I sit with hope that they will:

a. Get into the playoffs

b. Get beyond the first round

To compliment this, my native NJ team the devils followed suit and lost their 7th game as well last night against the Carolina Hurricanes.

Now as a sports fanatic, all I have is the Metsies… New stadium, same inconsistent team… oh well such is life.

Oh I did find a great site a few weeks ago that put a smile on my face: fmylife.com — Now let me forewarn you that this site is not for the kiddies. I’m sure you can figure out what the initals stand for…

The one good thing that’s been going on is that I’m playing more and more tennis…..

Personal Finance – Spreadsheets

u10018241Here’s  a topic that I haven’t written about in a long time. Personal Finance.

I was reading about personal finance and paying off debt (credit card especially) and I came across a site that’s really great if you are into data analysis and are looking to utilize  spreadsheets to manage your personal finances.

Even though this posting at Get Rich Slowly is from 2006, the listed sites and spreadsheets are excellent and allow you to figure out financially where you are and where you want to be.

Excel spreadsheets are useful because:

  • You can modify the fields and formats to meet your own needs,
  • You can create “what-if” scenarios by making copies of a sheet, and
  • You can save the data for later use.
  • Truly learn to harness the power of Excel to do personal finance and what-if calculations.

You can also go to Microsoft to get templates for personal finance.  Of course you will need Excel to utilize these spreadsheets. workstation

On a more humorous note, I learned a new word today. Sploggers (Sites that act as SPAM in the form of blogging).  To give an idea of this, I googled “free personal finance spreadsheets” and came across many of these sites.

I personally utilize Quicken to do most of my financial analysis. On this site I especially liked the personal finance calculators.