A favourite poem: The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

Driving only one vehicle

While creating our 2011 budget, I engaged in a thought experiment about creative ways to dramatically reduce our costs in order to live within our means and save for our dreams: ditch one car.  I'll explain my thinking to provide some insight into how the financial mechanics work.

Total cost of ownership

When looking at the cost of owning a car, there are many costs involved, with an example of monthly costs in parentheses:

Embedding fonts in web pages

I am pleased to report that embedding fonts in web pages is now possible.  We are no longer limited to the 13 or so web-safe fonts trading style for seo-friendly pages!

Step by step

I followed NiceWebType.com's article, filled in the gaps and arrived at the following procedure:

Airport hassles: my saga

My recent trip through airport security was incredible.  The news reports had me preparing for the worst.  Then it happened: nothing special.

Perhaps this is a side effect of the news and our thirst for it.  The reports of a few people having trouble have received so much attention.  But what are the real statistics? 1 out of millions?  

How to handle more stress.

One of the common questions I hear over and over again is "How do I manage more stress?"

Well, my dear, this is a trick question.  A stress management expert told me that the amount of stress in your life equals the amount of stress you can manage.  Therefore, if you choose to learn how to manage more stress, then you will take on more stressful projects and increase your amount of stress.

As a business person, the whole concept started worrying me.  Notice I am stressing already over the concept!  PHOOEY!

How to buy healthy, sustainable, local beef

There is a lot of evidence that grocery store meat may be poorly raised with chemicals and hormones injected and poorly slaughtered.  Also the meat is hung only for a short period of time, which does not produce the high quality you get at a famous steakhouse.

Knowing the source of your food at one level is difficult, and we get along find without knowing.  So why bother?

Three reasons:

Charlotte airport is a lovely layover stop

Charlotte CLT airport is a gem.  Each time I travel through here I can't help but to relax.

How to save money at Starbucks

Home of the $5 cup of coffee, Starbucks is a money pit.  Just like a car.  That daily dose can cost you $1825 per year! Right now that's the cost of a budget cruise for two.

We buy coffee because we are in too big a hurry or because we're just lazy.  My wife tells me she likes to socialize over coffee or tea, so it's part of the decorum of friends.

New website launched

Today, I have launched a new website for myself to discuss and share ideas, opinions that are hopefully useful to people on the web.

Please give comments.