If anyone here ever does try the post office auctions, or any auction or new business for that matter, just please be careful, and stick with things you already have a lot of knowledge about.
And while ago in another thread LTG was AWESOME!, he told someone never ever even try to start your own business if you do not have funds saved you can survive on for at least a year, in case things do not go the way you planned.
I always thought I was doing ok, I have never been rich, and not even trying to get rich, (but just enjoy life as much as I can), anyway, that 2008 stuff hit me hard.
2008 I had 3 mortgage payments on 3 rental houses and a sorry property manager and sorry tenants and a long distance girlfriend that took too much of my time.
To this day I do miss that gal, but I could not keep staying out of town at her awesome place, I had to be right here taking care of my business, I was getting close to losing everything, just to keep her happy.
At one point I was about ready to let my places go, and try to buy others. Everything sucked and was just depressing.
Damn 2008. Better houses than what I already had 80k loans on were selling for 50k.
I confess I am glad I never took the easy way out and just went bankrupt or whatever.
The path I chose has made what little hair I have left all gray, but all is worth it now.
I am happy and content now. And again by no means am I rich.
I do not need any of that, I do not need a mini mansion in a gated community.
My newest vehicle is a 2005 GMC Yukon I bought with 129,000 miles on it. (and damn it is nice, even has a sunroof I have never used) $6500.00
Unless you just have tons of money you will never use and want to waste, or a business and doing awesome and need a tax write off, there is no reason to blow 80k or whatever on a pick-up truck, suv, or any car.
Save that car money and retire earlier, or at least semi-retire earlier.
I am glad I was frugal enough to semi-retire long ago, and pick and choose what I want to do now.
I confess I have been using this virus stuff making excuses to my biggest customer that I want to be left alone.
His response: can you help me install a underground backflow preventer next week.
Me: ok, I will be there.
And I confess that even though I hate like hell to have to get up at 5am to help Eric, as long as he keeps being nice, and fun to be around, yeah, I will keep helping him.
It is not even like a job or even working for someone else.
Eric is self employed like I am, and sometimes asks me to help him for a while. and he is fun to be around and he pays good. I bill him 4 times a year, some customers I bill monthly, one I bill yearly.
And very funny that some people only know me as doing construction, and when I mention when it comes up I get paid 4 times a year from that work, it blows their mind.
I have heard this many times: "you are unique, how many people that do work like that can go 3 months without getting paid, most get paid on Friday and are broke on Monday".
Well, I also have 3 rental houses, and other businesses, and try to stay frugal but at the same time try to have as much fun as I can.
And I confess I am finally tired of paying 7k for a nib pin, and after 800-1600 plays selling it here for 5500-6000. (except I did make money on the JJPPOTCSE. and I actually do feel guilty from making a profit on a pin).
After up to 7-8 pins, and making room for more, I downsized to 2, and have been just totally going after variety, and variety is working great.
Big Buck Hunter is on a truck headed here now. I have never seen one, I have never played one. I seen comments here about it and talked to some friends, and they lit up and said it is a awesome game, and they were right about Golden Tee, so here I go again.
And yeah, the Natty talking now, but if anyone likes the Simon Birch movie, I am a tad like that, just not quite that small. He was eager to help and give advice, I try to also.
The last couple of days I noticed a pattern with my neighbor. I feared the worst, he is a tad big and his work has a lot of stress and I feared he had died. I called, emailed, and I was about ready to call the cops or something when he emailed back that yes he has been very sick for a few days.
Later we talked on the phone and just talking he seemed to feel a lot better.
And I confess, anytime I see that mail thing jumping on here, I instantly think, shit, what did I do that the mods are after me.
The last time it jumped it was the tracking # for Big Buck Hunter!
I am just here for fun, trying to entertain, and help when I can. I kind of always figure I will get in trouble for being so long in some of my posts.
Sorry for another long post, I confess I will try to not type so much again.