“The ramblings and grumblings of author Ad Hudler”

About that checkbook, Mr. Hudler ...
Saturday, January 3, 2009

Whoops. Got sidetracked there for a few days. I guess it's because, after setting our New Year's Goals (see previous post), we had to go to Georgia to visit our financial planner. And guess what? According to his estimate, Carol and I only have to earn $3.5 million dollars every month for the next 63 years in order to have enough money to eat. Gosh, I guess things could be worse, right?

At any rate, I only met about 35-percent of my goals. Our daughter, Haley, won this year's goal contest with a very ambitious set of 2008 goals. One of them was this: "Help Obama win the White House." Not bad, considering he hadn't even won the democratic nomination at the time she made the goal.

So, even though I did set new goals this year, I'm tossing them all aside and instead going to dream up ways to save money. I've started a list:

1. Use toilet paper ONLY WHEN NECESSARY

2. Pour leftover milk from bowl back into carton after done eating cereal.

3. Work on advising Carol, my wife, that she does NOT need that 23rd pair of brown sandals. They really do ALL LOOK THE SAME!!

4. Teach the cats how to eat their hunt. (Wouldn't it be nice if they actually consumed that rat or lizard instead of letting it rot on the doorstep or in the back of my closet?)

5. Eliminate showering. (See this blog entry on why we want a bidet.)

6. Shoot the neighbor's barking dog and eat it for dinner. (Just kidding ... or am I? Hmmm, one of my books, "Southern Living," DOES include an antagonist who poisons the neighbor dogs because they're messing in her yard.) Or was she a PROtagonist? I can't remember.

Sorry. Very much on edge these days because of the bad news from my financial guy.

Excuse me now. I've got to go siphon my neighbor's gas before he wakes up.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think you've pretty much mastered steps #3 and #5, Dad. :)

January 4, 2009 at 11:49 AM  

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