November 29th, 2010

Interesting words

"It is not nice to think of man of the present being what he is and how he is because of something happening millions of years ago. It makes man seem a helpless, impotent creature. The mind shies from visions of valleys rising and falling. It is easier to think of the world when earth had achieved some permanence."
Eric Knight

157 - Managing money

This whole retirement managing money business is hard to get used to. After a lifetime of getting a paycheck at the end of the month, now I have to create that phenomenon myself, or I pay financial consequences. You may not know it, but Social Security pays out on Wednesdays of each month, but the payment Wednesday is connected to how early in the month one's birthday is. My early date means that payment is the second Wednesday of the month. I have to commit absolutely to putting that money aside and taking it out as "salary" at the end of the month. Then on the first of the month I get another pension payment from my UW pension. Then I will get another payment (when I set it up for myself) from my Salt Mine pension. The totality of the three payments is my share of the monthly income, and we should be able to live on it. But paying myself my income is a strange experience. And I have to fight the tendency to dip into that early Social Security payment. It has to sit quietly waiting for the 30th, and that isn't natural.

Quiet in the house today. I pick up the grandson after kindergarten.

Nielsen agreement

I have been looking at the various comments posted on the news items about the death of Leslie Nielsen. It is surprising to see that almost every single one of the hundreds of comments is respectful of him and regretful of his death. About half are seriously sad; half are funny recalling his greatest lines. But there seem to be no trolls degrading him or mocking him or calling him to negative judgment. I have never see that before. Always there is a large segment of negativity, people who can't bear letting someone famous pass without some critical comment. It is a nice discovery that Nielsen was so loved that even the trolls seem to have loved him. And to see that no matter how different we are as people, comedy can unite the nation. I liked him as much as anyone, and I am very sad to think that he is gone.