First You Need a Plan
I can’t emphasize this part enough.
Before you visit another website, turn away from the screen and list the half-dozen things you – YOU (the one with the money) – really want to accomplish in 2021.
Steal Your Eyes from Click Bait! Every time you see a “news story” about products today, remember there’s likely an affiliate commission paid on almost everything on the net. Stories like “10 Best Wal-Mart Deals” and of that ilk are not there because of “news value.” (Sucking you dry ain’t “news” – it’s the American Way!) It’s all about “setting a cookie” on your computer and monetizing your ass.
Because? What do we preach? EVERYTHING’S A BUSINESS MODEL!
A Fool and His Paper Are Soon Toast
I don’t mind sharing our plans because they are dirt simple and goals-grounded:
- Remain healthy, active, and debt-free.
- Scalp a few bucks out of the market.
- Raise more of our own food.
- Expand on the “Disney-like House theming.”
- Invent 2-3 new 3D printable products and take ’em to market.
- Finish my second novel. (Oddly, this also means starting it, too!)
- Not run out of toilet paper.
See how little we really need to buy? Our 15-year old Lexus may last us the rest of our lives. We have tools galore. A pair of 3D printers (one small, one larger). We have about every skill needed for any medium: wood, metal, plastic and “arty” stuff like pottery. Elaine’s got the green thumb. I’m the “arm-strong” around here. (I don’t take direction well, but neither does she, so that balances out, lol.)
For us, Black Friday is totally optional. Your situation may be different, however.
Cyber Monday is just ahead: We have been “dollar-cost averaging” into a decent cache of printable filament. Other than that, this is the time of year to buy veggie seeds if they were packed this year. Cool enough temps they should survive shipping.
Still: Look at your BIG Goals for 2021 and figure out what you could buy on sale today that will really fit and support what you’re setting off to do.
Do we need more electronics? Nope. five with 43-65 inches is plenty, thanks. Still, a spare 65″ if they come down to $299 <Cyber Monday> maybe.
Do I need another tool for the shop? Nope. (Though another “parts cart” to tame the chaos was ordered – 15% off today. Under $100-bucks for a: Sandusky Lee MWS361838 Adjustable Wire Shelf Cart with Pull Handle, 800 lb. Maximum Capacity, 38″ Height x 36″ Width x 18″ Depth, Chrome.)
That’s the point: Other than some hot-bed glue for 3D printing (Elmer’s Disappearing Purple School Glue, Washable, 12 Pack (E1559) for under $4-bucks is a deal if you have a ‘printer farm’) be hard on yourself shopping.
But the pattern you should see is what”
N.U.S. (No Useless Shit!)
Buy Goal Solutions
Money is to solve problems not make them.
One of the goals out here in the Outback of East Texas is grow more of our own food. So, two more early morning purchases are worth discussing.
Long-term readers know that because (some lazy, bad dog) didn’t get the green house fired up early enough this year, that when came time to set fruit in the green house it was already too hot. And I didn’t get enough plants outside to give a good yield.
Two solutions: First, although the large pots are good, I need to be using white (less heat absorbing) pots. Which resulted in buying a 50-pack of six-inch pots for under $20 bucks. Yeah – garden stuff is cheap in the middle of winter.
Second strategic food-growing move? Since I upgraded the shop to a real A/C unit, that leaves the swamp cooler free for installation in the green house. So the last item on my list today was (another under $20 buck deal) a thermostate with a heat sensor that can be placed up high. When the temp hits 90, the swamp cooler will cill things down to the upper 70’s to 83. Even Romaine ought to survive that.
Since we have solar, the electricity cost is nominal. Works for us, may not pencil out in Midtown.
Be Smart on Amazon Scores
As a rule, we don’t buy anything on Amazon unless we have an 80% chance of getting “Happiness.”
Here is the “UrbanSurvival Scoring System.”
Take any Amazon product. Try not to buy anything with less than 100 purchases if possible. That way, the odds of “company-cooked reviews” is (are?) lower.
Then do the calculations as follows to get the Urban Score:
In this example (which might indicate why I bought the same brand of shop cart again, here’s how it works:
The 5-stars percent (82%) plus 4-stars percent (8%) totals 90% very positive. Minus the 1-star whiners (3%) = 87% happy.
Those are odds you can be confident of in Vegas. (If the town was still there…different discussion, though.)
When we really want something new (like 3D printers, for example), not everyone is smart enough to drive new technology.
We will lower our threshold to 65 or 70% knowing not everyone is smart. (If you doubt us, look at recent election returns for proof, or watch useless prime-time network TV. Hints are all over the place!).
We absolutely love Amazon and have been happy Prime members for 20-years. Because of Amazon – and Starlink when built-out and ViaSat in the meantime, living in the city has become optional. Except when heavy rain showers take down access to satellites, like this morning. All goodness and holiness these “rural life supports” because in the city? Lot of people are sick.
Last point here: Sometimes it’s fun to look up a common household product that everyone uses (toilet paper, for example…) and read reviews from one-star and two-star users. Once again, this brings into question whether we should be allowed to vote. Just sayin’…
Financial and Other
In the “Old Days” this used to be called “National Call Your Broker Day.” Because before the invention of the online Black Friday wars, people had lives that were not soley online events.
Calling the broker sounded like fun. Mine back in the 1970’s always had a good joke or two. Saved up for this very day. Today all jokes are distasteful, politically-incorrect, or “insensitive.”
Today, since many people don’t have someone they can call their broker? Online will have to work. Go look at your account balances.
Bottom line: This is a “half-day” for the market. Except, like so many other things, the market can’t even do this simple bit of math right!
On a normal day there are 6-1/2 hours of trading. Today’s half-day its 3-1/2 of trading. It’s really a 58.33% trading day.
And almost no news of interest EXCEPT:
- The weekly Fed H.6 money stocks (which will reveal things around election time) will be out after the market closes and Midtown empties out to Long Island.
- The Fed Balance Sheet will be out at the same time. If you’ve missed going to comedy clubs for stand-up, a review of America’s financial position will have you laughing to tears.
In the Shorts
Any of this qualify as real “news?”
And better late than never? WHO Sends Another Team Of Scientists To Investigate Origins Of Coronavirus In Wuhan.
What’s REALLY Interesting
The spotting by the Utah DPS of a stainless steel “monolith” earlier this week is worth tracking. Latest is “Utah monolith: Internet sleuths got there, but its origins are still a mystery.”
Hey! Maybe it points to the Georgia Guidestones?
On the Horizon:
BTC’s are trying to break back above $17,000. After getting an ass-whupping earlier this week.
And gold has dropped under $1,800 this morning.
Maybe word that the Fed’s not going to be so loosey-goosey will have an effect,. after all?
Fear rising ahead of employment numbers next week.
Cooking the turkey tomorrow. 20-pounds for two may sound a bit large, but we have freezers, you see. And one and a half cats. (Zeus has a p/t GF…)
Would have happened earlier, but was on Coast Wed. night, so taking it easy.
Today, finishing 3D printing of my new Beverage array antenna insulators and working on the greenhouse. We may get our first freeze of the season Monday. Warming, huh? Not, oh, you know: WEATHER?
OK, Dow futures down 173 with 45 to the open. As goes gold, so goes the rest…eventually.
Write when you get rich (or run outta dough),