Author Archives: mikeBOS

Self-Watering Container Garden

I’ve wanted a self-watering container garden for establishing hedge and flower bushes for my house which, right now, is just one giant unfettered lawn with some natural forest on a couple of borders. I don’t particularly care for large lawns because when I look at them all I see is a bunch of work. I […]

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Busyness

Now that I’ve quit my job, have no classes to attend, and no tests to study for, you might think I’d be grasping for things to fill my days with. In fact, between rehabbing my new investment property and finishing up some other projects around my own house, I have a full plate. What’s interesting […]

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House #3

About two weeks ago I walked out of my latest job and about five hours later walked into a real estate office to sign some papers and pickup the deed for my third house. It’s another bank-owned foreclosure in need of lots of rehab. It’s a 3 bedroom, 1 bath single family home built in […]

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Let There Be Light

My basement was really dark when I bought the house. I’ve been fumbling around down there with a headlamp and flashlights to supplement the one light bulb that the previous owner had down there. So yesterday I decided it was time to do something about it. I’ve never installed a complete electrical circuit before but […]

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College as an Investment

I’ve written before that I think of college mainly as a luxury consumer good and not as an investment. So this article in the Washington Times about a paper from the Brookings Institute caught my attention. The Brookings Institute wanted to answer the question, if an 18 year old had $102k in cash, would he […]

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I Quit

I put in my two week notice at my job last week. I’ve been working quiet, part-time overnight shifts at a non-profit that cares for people with mental health issues. I thought I was going to hold onto this job through the winter or so, until I had setup a couple of more rental properties […]

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Heretic!

Just a few months ago I wrote about how I thought my attitude towards work was more like that of a member of the upper class in the Edwardian era than that of a modern American. Just this past week two similar articles peaked my interest and offered some insight. William Deresiewicz writes of the […]

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Paul

When I was 15 I was at an amusement park with a friend. I was showing off to her by balancing a folding chair on my chin (do my talents ever cease?). A manager was walking up to me, “Hey, I need that chair back. But you should apply for a job. We’ll hire you.” […]

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Escape

I just returned from a two week trip where we flew to San Francisco and then rode a train across the country back to Boston. Back in January I was reading some blogs like millionmilesecrets.com and spent a few weeks going back and forth between forums, articles and blogs that cover using rewards points for […]

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The Trailer

After doing some research I decided to pickup a little utility trailer to help me with my rehab projects. With my first couple of houses I was borrowing/renting trucks when needed, or having to pay for the delivery of materials. While that method really wasn’t so bad, it was inconvenient and sometimes a little costly. […]

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