Over the weekend, I was exiled from the Internet. I’m not sure what happened but Comcast decided that it didn’t like our house and pulled the signal from our house. We thought it was because of the weather and it wasn’t until the paltry snowstorm stopped that we realized it was not at all weather related. It was us. So we called and eventually, our service was restored. Hooray for being de-exiled!
While I was sitting in exile, a meme starting going around. I don’t know where it originated but I got a tweet from my friend John at Married with Debt letting me know that I’d been tagged. I’ve never been one for tag–mainly because it involves running–but I figured I’d play along this time. After all, the rules seemed simple enough:
#1 – Post these rules.
#2 – Answer the 11 questions from the person who tagged you.
#3 – Create 11 new questions for the people you tag.
#4 – Tag 11 people and link them to your post.
#5 – Let them know that you tagged them.
Those rules seemed simple enough and, best of all, no running! This is a kind of tag I like! So let’s see what lurks inside my mind:
- What is your money philosophy in one sentence? Never, ever forget what debt did to you and don’t ever let that happen again.
- Have you ever had a crazy adventure? If so, describe. Well, yes, as a matter of fact I have had numerous crazy adventures. One of them lasted 7 days and was called “My Spring Break in Cancun”. In an effort to keep this site relatively PG, I’m going to leave it at that.
- Did you get an allowance as a child? I did and I didn’t. Until I was about 15 or so, I did receive a formal allowance. Then my parents just started giving me a set amount of money each week as I was my little sister’s permanent babysitter. I babysat whenever they told me and received compensation for it. Once we had this arrangement in place, I stopped being paid for all of the other chores for which I had previously received an allowance.
- Name the most famous person you’ve ever met. Adam Sandler. When I was a freshman in college, I was part of a group that hosted concerts and Adam Sandler was one of the performers. I was on the hospitality committee so I got to hang out backstage with him. For the record, he’s weird
- What is the biggest financial problem facing America today. Lack of personal responsibility. Yes, the banks and big industry and Wall Street and whatever are a problem. But when people fail to take responsibility for their situations, nothing is ever going to improve. We can pass laws regulating and controlling industry but we can’t pass legislation forcing people to stop spending more than they earn. Until more people start owning up and accepting accountability for the bad financial situations they’re in, our economy will not change (I could go on and on about this).
- What did you most want to be when you grew up? A writer. Of plays and books. My mother actually recently reminded me that I promised my 5th grade teacher that I would dedicate my first book to her. I probably should get working on that book, then…
- What is your most embarrassing guilty pleasure? Well, I would say hair bands but if you’ve seen any of my Money Tune Tuesdays, you know that I’m not exactly embarrassed by that. This is actually a hard question for me because I’m not embarrassed by anything that I read or watch or listen to. I like what I like and I’m not ashamed.
- If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be? Washington DC. Seriously. It’s my absolute favorite city in the world and my only regret in life is choosing to work in Philadelphia over Washington DC. It’s a long story as to why and I’ll explain it someday. But if you want a better, more exotic answer, I’ll say…Aruba. Because it’s beautiful and almost never rains.
- What is your biggest financial pet peeve? I have to pick just one? And is this a pet peeve for myself or in others? I’ll go with others. I hate when people say that their broke only it’s a convenient broke. As in, they’ll spend $8K on a TV but when you ask to split a restaurant bill or a mutual gift, they tell you that they can’t because they’re broke.
- What do you think the biggest news story of 2012 will be? Honestly, I have no idea. I’m a news junkie but because things just happen, the biggest news story of the year is really hard to predict.
- If you found out you had 6 months to live, what would you do with your life? It’s interesting that John asked this question because I was just watching Biloxi Blues the other day and they play a similar game. On the other hand, I hate questions like this because I’m painfully afraid of death. But I’ll be a good sport and answer. If I had 6 months to live, I’d travel to all the places I want to go, take in as much time with my family as possible and create a blog/YouTube channel a la My Life, giving my daughter instructions and commentary for all the situations I’ll miss. I’d write a book for her, chronicling my life and our family history so she’d have that. I’d eat everything I’d ever want to, read books that I’ve never gotten around to and watch movies that I’d always wanted to see. I’d sleep as little as possible to get it all done.
I’m not going to tag 11 people because my exile completely left me out of the loop and I don’t know who’s already been tagged. Instead, I’m going to ask 11 questions and you can either respond in the comments or write your own post. If you do write your own post, make sure you add a link in your comment or email or tweet the link to me and I’ll do a round-up this weekend to all of your answers.
Now, here are my 11 questions:
- What is the one item you like to splurge on?
- Do you buy books or use the library? Why?
- If you were to lose everything tomorrow, what is your back-up plan?
- If you were to win the lottery tomorrow, what would you do with the money?
- Who would win in a fight—Wayne or Garth?
- If you could eat one crayon color, which one would it be?
- What is your opinion on dogs wearing coats?
- How do you plan to teach your kids about money?
- What is one hidden talent that you have? Would you exploit it for money if you had to?
- Do you approve of the designated hitter position?
- Which president not currently on money do you think belongs on money? Which denomination would you put him on?