Archive for February 2009

Twitter Updates for 2009-02-28

Saturday, February 28th, 2009
  • From @crispyteriyaki via @damontucker: …@HonAlert was an I.T. experiment OKd by the mayor. DEM was not involved, though. #
  • OK, I feel better today. :) But still, the mayor did this and the affected dept. wasn’t involved somehow? Something’s funny. #
  • Going to bed early…have an early day tomorrow. Taking my ham radio General Class exam in the morning. #fb #

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Twitter Updates for 2009-02-27

Friday, February 27th, 2009
  • Day 2 of #Lent, fighting back that “urrrrgh…what was I thinking when I decided to give these up?” feeling. :P #
  • RT @crispyteriyaki: Alert: @HonAlert is NOT an official Honolulu Dept of Emergency Mgmt (formerly OCDA) Twitter account. … #
  • That might be the last RT I make for a while. Crud. #

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Friday 5: PayDay!

Friday, February 27th, 2009

So far this place has become a dumping ground for my Twitter tweets. So let’s add some REAL (OK, sorta real) content here for a change.

I haven’t done a Friday 5 for a while, so let’s dive into the one for today: PayDay!

1. How often do you get paid?

Now, every two weeks. It used to be twice a month on the 15th and the last day of the month, but for some reasons unknown my employer decided that they would go to an every-two-week cycle. The thing is, bills tend to come on a monthly schedule. So it was a lot easier to budget when I knew that I have X dollars coming in each month. Now, with a two week cycle, I end up with a little less than I would have had on a semi-monthly schedule, but then twice a year I end up with three paychecks in a month. It makes planning ahead a bit more of a challenge.

And here’s more fun. We get paid biweekly, but certain deductions still come around on a monthly schedule…we get Y dollars deducted each month for health insurance, Z dollars toward my flexible spending, etc. On those periods where we have three pay period endings in a month, we’ll have those deductions for two of the periods, and then on the odd pay period we don’t get the deduction which means an even bigger paycheck.

That really makes it challenging to budget month-to-month. I really liked the semi-monthly system better, but what the heck.

2. Do you tend to splurge a little on (or shortly after) pay day?

Not so much. I tend to be pretty steady, although I do get myself stuff once in a while. I try to time my major purchases toward the last week of the month, right after I get my credit card statement, so I get the maximum amount of time to pay it off. Yes, I pay my credit card in full each month like a good little boy.

3. What are the few days leading up to pay day like for you?

Ordinarily not much different, but around mid-month I do find myself skimping a bit between my credit card payment and the following payday. I use Quicken, and my calendar usually shows me where my bank balance may fall short so I can plan accordingly.

4. If you had the option, would you like to be paid daily for each day’s work?

When I visualize the concept of being paid daily it brings to mind “day laborers”…down on their luck people who when they get paid will spend all of that money on their daily needs of food or whatever.

Maybe it’s human nature or just me, but if I had the choice of saving the one dollar I have left over from my day or using it to buy a candy bar…I might just choose the candy bar. Whereas, if I had the choice of saving $14 over getting 14 candy bars, I’d be more likely to save the money. (I don’t think I’d need or want 14 candy bars at one time.)

And if you’re using it to save for a longer-term goal? It takes discipline to physically put a dollar in a piggy bank each day, and perhaps writing a deposit of $30 off the top each month may be easier, even if it requires just as much discipline.

The point here is perhaps there’s an advantage to getting your money in larger chunks less often. Up to a point of course. I don’t think I’d ever want my annual salary to be given to me on January 1 in one lump sum.

When did you get your first paycheck and what was it for?

It was at 16, when I was working part-time at Flora-Dec Sales, where my dad also worked.

Twitter Updates for 2009-02-26

Thursday, February 26th, 2009
  • RT @politicalticker: Budget will include $646 health care reserve fund – http://tinyurl.com/cwjpr9 (Don’t spend it all in one place.) #
  • Testing Twitter-Facebook link. #fb #
  • Testing again – this tweet should not show on Facebook. #
  • Via @damontucker, the Honolulu Dept. of Emergency Mgmt is now on Twitter: @honalert #

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Twitter Updates for 2009-02-25

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009
  • My Starbucks card didn’t quite cover my drink today. TOTAL DUE $0.02. I had no choice but to give them my two cents. #
  • No caffeine, no drinks other than water, no sweets, no between-meal snacks. Let’s see how long I can keep this up starting tomorrow. #lent #

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Twitter Updates for 2009-02-24

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009
  • Upsy-daisy. It’s a 59 degree morning. Brrr. #
  • Practice for General exam going well. Should be ready for Saturday’s exam. #hamr #

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Twitter Updates for 2009-02-23

Monday, February 23rd, 2009
  • Brrr…down to 66 degrees in Kailua w/ 62% humidity so bound to get even colder before the night’s done. #

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Twitter Updates for 2009-02-22

Sunday, February 22nd, 2009
  • Perusing my baby pictures. I lost my baby fat at age 6. Only now is it making a comeback. #
  • Ran 3.95 miles in 41 mins and felt alright. First run since the Great Aloha Run. Taking it easy. #

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Twitter Updates for 2009-02-21

Saturday, February 21st, 2009
  • On the front page of the Advertiser this morning: A mother who had to bury all 3 of her boys within 2.5 years. Very sad. #
  • Performance review went well…room for improvement, of course, but at least I don’t have to worry about being fired for cause. :) #

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Twitter Updates for 2009-02-20

Friday, February 20th, 2009
  • Yo! The GOP is gettin’ jiggy wit’ it…at least, so their top dawg sez. (via @politicalticker) http://tinyurl.com/alf2q2 #
  • Office called re: problem from last month. Told them abt it (their error). They didn’t correct. Small wonder it’s still happening? Sheesh. #

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