Sunday, July 30, 2006

The Best Strategies for Using Work Vacation Days, Part 6

Author: Nick
Category: Money
Topics:

time for this series to go on permanent vacation

And to close out the series, here’s one last bit of advice that will help you better plan and enjoy your time off.

  • Never, ever start back to work on a Monday following a long vacation. Monday is, of course, the worst work day of the week for many. There’s a whole weekend’s worth of work to handle, and it’s a good five days until the next weekend. So skip the hassle of having to return to work on a Monday and come back on Tuesday instead. At the very least, you’ll find yourself enjoying that last Sunday of your vacation much more than if you had to go back to work the following day.

I hope you enjoyed this series and will use it to help strategically plan your vacations from work. If you have any other suggestions for optimizing your time off, please feel free to share them here so everyone can benefit.

Really Hard Trivia Contest Question #22: Technology

Author: Nick
Category: Money
Topics:

Previous Really Hard Trivia Question:
Part of a close-up of what restaurant chain’s logo is pictured here?
what restaurant logo is this

Correct Answer:
Chipotle. Hmm, I think I have some of their burrito bol in the fridge still…
chipotle

The current standings:
Arthur 29
Jessica 28
Amberlynn 16
ricemutt 14
Jono 3
Mack C 3
luna 2
Mike 2
Luka 1
Rickie Beth 1
Tasha 1

The rules in a nutshell:

  1. One question every hour for 24 hours.
  2. One (1) point to the first guess (correct or not). Three (3) points to the first correct guess. One (1) point to subsequent correct guesses before question closes.
  3. One guess per person per question, but you can guess once at every question!
  4. When next question is posted, previous one closes and score is tallied to that point.
  5. Score the most points to win!

In case you’re just joining us, here are the full rules of the contest. Remember, first place gets a $50 eGift Certificate and second place gets a $25 eGift Certificate.


Really Hard Trivia Question #22:
The following code prints the phrase “Hello, world!” in what computer programming language?

?((pp "Hello, world!"))

Adventures in First-Time Homebuying #3: How to Find Your First Home, Part 4

Author: Nick
Category: Money
Topics:

find me in the funny pages

Throughout the blogathon, I’ll be sharing some of the different ways you can find your first home.

  • Hop in your car and drive around town. What better way to find a home is there than to motor around your area of interest and look for “For Sale” signs? Be sure to take a map with you to help you navigate unfamiliar streets so that you don’t miss out on any hidden-away property gems. When you find a house that interests you, jump out of your vehicle real quick and grab any sale literature for later consideration. Just note that not every house for sale has a sign hanging in the yard, so be sure to consult real estate listings for a full lineup of available homes.

Really Hard Trivia Contest Question #21: Business

Author: Nick
Category: Money
Topics:

Previous Really Hard Trivia Question:
What is the only animal that can see light of wavelength between 100 and 300 nanometers and also between 1,000 and 100,000 nanometers?

Correct Answer:
Goldfish. They can see both ultra-violet and infra-red light. Too bad they’re stuck living in bowls or they might also take over the world.

The current standings:
Arthur 29
Jessica 28 (+1)
Amberlynn 16
ricemutt 14
Jono 3
Mack C 3 (+3)
luna 2
Mike 2
Luka 1
Rickie Beth 1
Tasha 1

The rules in a nutshell:

  1. One question every hour for 24 hours.
  2. One (1) point to the first guess (correct or not). Three (3) points to the first correct guess. One (1) point to subsequent correct guesses before question closes.
  3. One guess per person per question, but you can guess once at every question!
  4. When next question is posted, previous one closes and score is tallied to that point.
  5. Score the most points to win!

In case you’re just joining us, here are the full rules of the contest. Remember, first place gets a $50 eGift Certificate and second place gets a $25 eGift Certificate.


Really Hard Trivia Question #21:
Part of a close-up of what restaurant chain’s logo is pictured here?
what restaurant logo is this


The Best Strategies for Using Work Vacation Days, Part 5

Author: Nick
Category: Money
Topics:

take the case out of vacation

In each post of this series, I’ll share another bit of advice that will help you better plan and enjoy your time off.

  • Be unreachable during your vacation. The most relaxing and enjoyable vacations are those where you know nobody can find you and work can’t bother you with whatever major crisis has developed since you left. If you can manage this sort of retreat, then take it without hesitation. Even if you’re just hanging around your home during your time off, say that you’ll be unreachable and use your Caller ID or answering machine to screen calls for co-workers.

Better yet, buy a private island and vacation there.