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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Commuting... the best part of your day?

What's the worst part of your day from Monday to Friday?

For most people I'm going to guess it is your commute time... Am I right?

I'm now going to toss around stats about the average time from home to work around the world and how my city compares, I just want to know how you make the most of it.

I found that through school and now working over the past few years that having an iPod helps pass the time - and plus I have blogged about my love of music before... my commute is a good time to zone out and listen to some tunes.

But I like you so I'm not going to lie to you - my iPod is getting old and I'm thinking it might be time to replace it.  The one I have is about 6 years old now, which I guess is old for technology and certain breeds of dog.

The battery life isn't as long as it used to be, sometimes it is not as responive as I would like... and plus have you seen some of the new tablets?

I have thought of getting a tablet because the price seems to be going down on these things and I'm thinking that they would make my commute time on the subway not seem quite so long - not only could I have music, but games too! Maybe even do actual work!

My only concern might be the size, because sometimes I use my ipod for the gym.

I'm trying to decide... should I upgrade to a tablet, or should i get a new (younger) more attractive iPod?

How do you make your commute bearable?

Saturday, September 10, 2011

We are the Economy!

I blogged not too long ago about this possible 'double-dip' recession that world seems to be worried we're going to go through.

After Obama's speech this past week, there doesn't appear to be alot of good new out there about our world economy.

There is job losses on both sides of the border here in North America, and Europe is wondering if it can maintain the Euro in light of Greece and other heavily indebted countries to make up the EU.

Can't we all take a step back and look at the big picture?

We are the economy... we are the markets... therefore - isn't it us who is in need of repair?

I don't want to come off like a hippy or anything, nor do I want to sound like the average economist saying we're going through a 'market correction'. 

What I do want to say is - evaluate what is important to you.

To me, I think things like my personal health, and the well-being of my family are important... this doesn't take a ton of money to maintain.

I'm not going to tell you to destroy your credit cards and run for the mountains - I'm just saying: evaluate what is important to you and keep moving forward!

The economy is based on how we spend, and the reality is there's a ton of baby boomers who make up a good portion of the North American population that aren't spending that much.

I mentioned before that there will no doubt be swings in the market as spending patterns change and industries lose their relevancy (i.e. Blockbuster leaving Canada).

This is no reason to panic, and I'm not saying to make it Credit Card City either. 

If any correction needs to take place, it is from within - evaluate what is important and keep moving forward.