"If the implementation is hard to explain, it's a bad idea."
- David Lindquist, via Twitter
"I have worked with investors for 60 years and I have yet to see anyone — not even when capital gains rates were 39.9 percent in 1976-77 — shy away from a sensible investment because of the tax rate on the potential gain. People invest to make money, and potential taxes have never scared them off."
- Warren Buffett, "Stop Coddling the Super-Rich" in The New York Times
Congratulations to Summer & Brett on the birth of their daughter, Eliza! I'm so happy for them and can't wait to meet Eliza. I'm also excited to see what an awesome big sister Violet will become. Sisters are the best!
My parents celebrated their 42nd wedding anniversary yesterday. I'm so thankful that they love each other and have chosen to stay together through the good and bad. They are truly a fantastic example of the way marriage should be. I've got absolutely wonderful parents. I'm so very lucky!
The last couple of weekends have been about hanging out with friends. It is so refreshing and wonderful to be with people I love.
Briana & Cherish
I finally got to meet Cherish, Briana's four week old daughter. She is so beautiful and Briana is a great mother. Briana told me her birth story - she did it naturally! She is a strong young woman. For the couple of hours that we hung out, Cherish slept almost the entire time. I'm so happy for Briana and thankful for health for both mother and child.
Three years ago, I met Karen at a wedding. We hit it off when I learned she worked for a non-profit that found sponsors for kids in foster care. We developed a friendship that I'm very thankful for. We met up for coffee at Lola's in downtown and got to talk like good girlfriends do. It was a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon.
Amanda & Arie
Friday evening we met up with Amanda & Arie for happy hour at The Mint in Scottsdale. Scottsdale clubs/lounges aren't typically our thing, but it was fun (and cheap) at happy hour. I loved their signature drink, "The Mint." We had interesting conversation about The Four Hour Work Week and other time management techniques. They're definitely a couple we have a lot in common with. The highlight for me was learning about a project Arie wants to work on (ZNG) and his openness to letting me help with it!
Saturday we had originally planned to float the Salt River with Kristen and Brandon but none of us really felt like having such an epic trip. So we opted for swimming and BBQ. We managed to gather a bunch of other friends at the last minute and had a fun afternoon lounging around together. It's the perfect time of year to spend a Saturday in the pool.
Sunday, I hung out with my best friend all day. We stayed close to home working on research for a possible business venture. Then we cleaned house and folded mountains of laundry. It's interesting talking about a business venture together, but the most interesting is what it is revealing to me about myself. I feel like I have a slightly different personality when dealing with business or money-type things that I do in my normal, social life. I've known for a long time that I'm risk-adverse, which doesn't exactly make me great entrepreneur material. I've also found that I have little patience and sometimes a superiority complex. Neither which I feel particularly proud of. Thinking about how I'll have to fix these tenancies/poor behaviors if Chris and I are going to start a business. I certainly won't want to ruin my marriage because I'm horrible to work with. How do other married couples do it? Surely there's a book about it.
"Because neither party is blameless for the decisions that led to this problem, both parties have a responsibility to solve it."
- President Obama, from his speech on the debt limit
I totally dig this song, Loving You Tonight, by Andrew Allen. So happy. So poppy. Such an awesome, love song. Plus, Andrew has a great smile.
I saw him play in Nashville a couple weeks ago at 12th and Porter, which has absolutely fantastic sound. It was the first live show I've gone to in years. It was a Tuesday night and I got out of work at a decent hour. Since I only have a few more weeks in Nashville, I decided that it was really a shame that I hadn't seen any live music. In Music City, there's live music every night!
Along with Andrew Allen, I saw The Young INTL, Ocean Grove, and He is We...none of whom I had heard before. I just needed to get out of the hotel room and wanted to finally see some live music in Nashville. I found Ocean Grove on Twitter. Chatted with John from the band after the show. Turns out they played with the Jonas Brothers and when the Jonas Brothers took a tour break, these guys decided to start a band. Apparently they appeal to a similar crowd as the Jonas Brothers (younger women).
The biggest thing I was struck by was how "rockstar" the lead singers (and many of the band members) are. There's this whole stage presence and aura about these people. It's so appealing. I thought a lot about channeling more of that style into my daily life. Does that sound crazy? (I kinda think it does.) What I'm trying to say is that I'd like to be more charismatic.
I also think I'll try to go to more live shows. I really enjoyed it. Lots of great entertainment for the price ($10 cover).
"I miss Mike to a degree that is painful. I know he misses me as hard - does this make me happy, to be so loved? Or sad, because I don’t want him to ache?
- Shreve Stockton, on Honey Rock Dawn