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A place where I share the experience of becoming a single father

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Calvin Ball

Calvin Ball

Calvinball is a game invented by Calvin and Hobbes in which you make the rules up as you go along. Rules cannot be used twice (except for the rule that rules cannot be used twice). No Calvinball game is like another. The game may involve wickets, mallets, volleyballs, and additional equipment as well as masks.

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Shit my kid said: #2 Dentist at school

Shit my kid said: #2 Dentist at school

Daughter: A dentist came to school today
Dad: Did you tell her you had a sore tooth?
Daughter: No, I didn’t, You or mom usually come with me and tell dentists and doctors that kind of stuff… but I did get a toothbrush

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Secrets to a Successful First Date

Secrets to a Successful First Date

A lot of newly single dads are probably pretty nervous about re-entering the dating scene, in many cases they may have been out of it for up to a decade!

So today I thought I’d share some of my Secrets to a Successful First Date

#1 Relax

Dating really isn’t that hard, so why are you so stressed out about it. At the end of the day the two of you will be a match or you won’t, so there is no reason to hyperventilate.

On your first date try and envision the person across the table from you as an old friend that you are catching up with.

Keep things casual and just try and get to know the other person.

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Recent Posts: Reviews

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Review of InformalChildSupport.com

Review of InformalChildSupport.com

As a single dad blogger I’m always on the lookout for relevant things about my chosen blog topic. One category that I stumbled upon was “Custody Management Software”.

I was intrigued by this category of tools and decided to try one out and see if it was for me. I reached out to a fellow twitter user who has actually created one of these tools to see if I could try it out.

InformalChildSupport.com Story – Interview with the Founder

Most business endeavors start with a simple goal, and that is usually to make money. Every now and then a business sets that as their secondary goal, and chooses something more altruistic as their primary goal. That’s the case with InformalChildSupport.com

I spoke with founder and CEO Alpheus Lockhart about why he thought this tool as needed

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Anker PowerCore 13000

Anker PowerCore 13000

I stumbled upon a review somewhere that swore by the Anker PowerCore 13000, so I took the plunge and ordered one from Amazon for around $30

Boy and I happy I did. This beast will fully recharge my phone at least 3 times before giving up the ghost.

If it was slightly smaller I would have given it a 5 star rating

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Recent Posts: Finances

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Net Worth Update (End of Q1 2016)

Net Worth Update (End of Q1 2016)

Welcome to my Seventh Net Worth Update.

If you haven’t read my Million Dollar Journey post yet, then I recommend you start there before consuming this update.

Q1 was an odd quarter. There were ups and downs, unexpected expenses, lower than normal business revenue, crappy stock market, and a bit to much spending on partying by yours truly. As a result, my overall numbers were not very good.

First the numbers, then the explanation of what happened in this quarter’s Net Worth Update.

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Single Parent Budgeting for the New Year

Single Parent Budgeting for the New Year

Today I’m going to cover a topic I’ve been thinking about for awhile, Single Parent Budgeting.

Specifically I’m going to cover Single Parent Budgeting from the perspective of the things that you may not have put into your regular budget, but which may end up effecting it throughout the year. For more general budgeting advice you can read my previous post about it.

Review Last Year

I like to start my new year budget by doing a quick review of the last year. Specifically I’m looking for the following things:
– Were there any surprises that caught me off guard?
– Did I have any categories where my estimates were way to high or low and could use an adjustment?
– Where there any categories that I didn’t budget for that would be good to work into this year?
– How did I do overall with sticking to my budget?
– Did I save enough money throughout the year?

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Net Worth Update (End of Q4 2015)

Net Worth Update (End of Q4 2015)

Welcome to my Seventh Net Worth Update.

If you haven’t read my Million Dollar Journey post yet, then I recommend you start there before consuming this update.

Q4 was a mello quarter. Nothing much happened, other than Christmas spending. As a result, my overall numbers were good.
First the numbers, then the explanation of what happened in this quarter’s Net Worth Update.

ASSETS: $383,482.52 (+3.2%)
– Cash $3,079.15 (+58.5%)

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XKCD – DROP Tables STUDENT…

XKCD – DROP Tables STUDENT…

I’ve been a long time fan of XKCD, the humor is right up my alley.

In my younger days I was a computer programmer, so this one was especially funny to me, and I just had

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Instead of getting married again, I’m going to find a woman I don’t like and just give her a house.

-Rod Stewart

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Warped Guitar Neck

Warped Guitar Neck

It was a sad sad day in my house yesterday. I’ve been really busy the last few weeks and haven’t been playing my acoustic guitar.

It’s been sitting in it’s guitar cradle in the living room… and it turns out that was a huge MISTAKE!!!!

You see, my living room has a wood burning fireplace, which I don;t use, but is a bit drafty. It is also the room with the thermostat, so there tends to be significant shifts in temperature, and since I live in the great white north it’s been fluctuating a lot lately.

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