The second episode of The Simple Dollar Podcast focuses on the fulfillment curve. I talk about my own battles with overdoing it and finding a healthy balance, and relate some tips for finding good balances in your own life. Also discussed: coffee shop stereotypes, M.C. Hammer, Oddibe McDowell and Gregg Jefferies, a critique of the first season of True Blood, and how my book stands in the pantheon of modern literature. Total length: 14:52
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0:00 – The theme song is a public domain recording of a Camper van Beethoven concert on October 25, 1986. Listen to the concert in its entirety.
0:14 – Background reading: the fulfillment curve.
0:28 – Your Money or Your Life comes up again – here’s a reading guide.
0:48 – Great book suggestion: The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami
0:58 – Great book suggestion: Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
1:06 – Great book suggestion: The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
1:14 – Essential book suggestion: 365 Ways to Live Cheap by Trent Hamm
1:34 – Some further thoughts on guilt and spending.
2:04 – Stop! Hammertime!
2:26 – How Fahrenheit 451 had a huge impact on me.
3:55 – Why, exactly, do people like Starbucks? I don’t get it.
4:25 – I wrote about the coffee shop thing before in Splurges, Habits, and Projection.
5:29 – The Fruit Bats are a perfect example of this kind of music. Listen in.
6:22 – Like, this Andrew Jackson biography, or this Augusten Burroughs memoir.
6:40 – Woo hoo! PaperBackSwap! I LOVE THIS STUFF!
6:50 – My mouth got really dry here.
7:02 – I snuck a drink of water here.
7:42 – This second is for you, Carolyn!
8:15 – I’ve actually sold a big pile of DVDs before. Here’s how I did it.
8:23 – I recommend using a very simple Mead pocket notebook for this – it works really, really well and fits nicely in the pocket. Don’t forget a pen!
9:45 – True Blood is goofy and over the top, but very fun.
11:12 – The Baseball Card Blog sums up this passion brilliantly.
11:56 – I actually had to find out if I was pronouncing Oddibe McDowell’s name right.
12:15 – A great discussion of Gregg Jefferies and late 1980′s baseball cards by Dave Jamieson.
13:04 – Slate on the enduring popularity of the 1989 Upper Deck Ken Griffey Jr. card – a symbol of the boyhoods of countless guys that are now around age 30.
14:19 – The Frugal Golfer – for all your frugal golfing needs!
14:43 – A preview of next week.
One thing I’d like to do in a future episode is have an audio reader’s mailbag. If you have a microphone on your computer and can record an MP3 of a simple, short question you might have on personal finance, careers, pop culture, or anything else you’d like me to answer, record it as an MP3 and send it to me. Keep the total recording under 15 seconds, please.
Comments and suggestions welcome.