The Simple Dollar Morning Roundup: Kurt Vonnegut Edition

“Oh, she says well, you’re not a poor man. You know, why don’t you go online and buy a hundred envelopes and put them in the closet? And so I pretend not to hear her. And go out to get an envelope because I’m going to have a hell of a good time in the process of buying one envelope. I meet a lot of people. And, see some great looking babes. And a fire engine goes by. And I give them the thumbs up. And, and ask a woman what kind of dog that is. And, and I don’t know. The moral of the story is, is we’re here on Earth to fart around. And, of course, the computers will do us out of that. And, what the computer people don’t realize, or they don’t care, is we’re dancing animals. You know, we love to move around. And, we’re not supposed to dance at all anymore.”
- Kurt Vonnegut, 2005

God bless you, Mr. Vonnegut, and may you rest in peace. Your novels got me through some very tough times in my life, and your interviews, writings, and speeches always made me both think and laugh. I don’t believe that there’s any greater compliment I could pay to you than that.

Burning it Up or Burning it Out? Eight Way’s We’re Surviving a Great Debt Payoff Basically, they figured out how to trim the fat from their lives, but leave the meat. (@ money dummy)

10 Banking Moves To Make Today Is your cash wasting away in a checking or savings account that doesn’t earn anything? This is a useful checklist to get your cash reserves into a better situation. (@ personal finance advice)

Frozen Credit Card Experiment I’ve talked about freezing your credit card in the past (to keep you from using it). These people actually did it – and have the pictures to prove it. A credit card popsicle! (@ dual income no kids)

The Simple Dollar Retro: Review: The Millionaire Next Door The first review in the 52 Books in 52 Weeks series, and still among the best ones, I think. I really got to the core of the book here, both good and bad.

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  1. kev says:

    You know, if you didn’t know the context of that quote, one might assume its author was a raving lunatic! ;)

  2. cynthia says:

    I personally sold a computer to Kurt, many years ago, in the Hamptons. I taught him how to use AppleWorks, which is a word processing program for the mac. He was so impressed with my computer skills, he kept asking me to marry him. Three times, in fact. I just laughed. Then I met his wife and understood why he asked me to marry him. (just a side note)
    Kurt was a wonderful, charming, kind man. I have often told this story to others, but they never believe me. But it is true. Kurt did not like computers. (and his wife didn’t like the printer I sold her and demanded it’s pick up, at her NYC apartment immediately. My experience with her was not a pleasant one.) Kurt, on the otherhand was a true gentleman. He calmly tried his best to learn how to use his Apple computer.
    May he rest in peace. I shall miss him.

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