A Bodey in Motion

Building momentum, one step at a time

Quick Hits of the Week

  • Is it OK to settle a debt for less than the amount owed? It’s legal to do it, and thanks to the recent recession a large number of people have learned how to game the system. Usually payments are stopped, and the credit score is sacrificed, to gain some negotiating power with the lender. Still, even though it’s legal and happens frequently, is it ethical? Is it something that followers of Jesus should be doing? As a finance coach, and a Christian, I never advise anyone who comes to me to not pay on a debt if they can afford to pay and still keep themselves healthy, safe, and productive. Honor your agreements, but feed your family first.
  • It’s been a while since I’ve mentioned the TSA, but a couple of juxtaposing posts by author Christopher Elliott made me want to bring them up again. First, he suggests that there are five things you should never say to a TSA agent. Then, after a bit of backlash from that post, he suggests that there are five instances that you should stand up to the TSA. I think the main thing Elliott is trying to point out is that attitude makes a lot of difference when dealing with these situations. I agree with that. My recent trip to Nashville required me to fly, and I got the chance to experience the new nude image scan devices. No, I didn’t opt out. Yes, I did ask for a souvenir print of the image. No, the agents didn’t respond to my request.
  • A Florida Sheriff’s Deputy claims he could smell marijuana in a car traveling 35 mph and with the windows up. They should consider drafting him into the Justice League. What happened after he used his super sniffer was described as “going a little too far” by the Deputy’s supervisor, but it makes me glad I don’t live in Florida, and it’s the kind of thing that makes me worry about our future.

Is there something valuable or important or cool or funny or weird or awesome out there I missed this week? I can’t hit it all, but you should let me know about it by dropping me a line or sharing it in the comments below! I’d appreciate the heads up.

August 30, 2012 Posted by | Quick Hits and Links | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Links of the Week

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  • I don’t want to be constantly beating the TSA drum here, but I do like to pass along links that I find insightful and funny as I find them. The Economist would like us all to consider whether or not we’re safer than we think. Over at CATO, Gene Healy wants us to remember that this isn’t just a government problem. It’s a result of unthinking alarmism. Finally, if you have walk through one of those naked scanner machines, you might as well give the bored TSA guy in the other room something to read.
  • If you’re married, or you’re going to be married soon, or you are thinking about becoming married, then you should consider doing this with your spouse. Six seconds really can change your marriage.
  • My Seth Godin link of the week: The Fear of Claim Chowder. I love this post. We shouldn’t fear having opinions and defending them. It’s alright that we’re occasionally wrong. Seth Godin’s blog is one that everyone should be reading.
  • We cut up our credit cards last year. It was a conscious and life changing decision. Others have done the same, but they haven’t all been doing so willingly. Our elected representatives may have had good intentions, but all actions (especially legislation) have unintended consequences. Can I just encourage everyone, once again, to start getting out of debt on your own? Please?
  • Alright, I admit it. I am horrible at remembering names. It’s a really important skill to cultivate and grow. Matt Keller was too, so he learned six tricks to help him remember peoples names. I’m already starting to try these out, and they’re making a difference.

December 3, 2010 Posted by | Quick Hits and Links | , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Links of the Week

Links of the Week

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  • NPR’s All Things Considered spent a little time talking this week about the future of Social Security (or the lack thereof). Several members of the blogosphere are excited that they’re finally saying what just about anyone with a basic understanding of math and a passing familiarity with the term ‘Ponzi scheme’ have known for decades.  I’m not going to be that harsh, but I’m also not counting on Social Security to be around to supplement my investments when they think I should be retiring.
  • If the following video doesn’t strike you as familiar, you haven’t watched the news in a long while.

    While I find the video very dry and very funny, it does make a good point about the way television news has become homogenized. On the other hand, the rise of social networks has begun to reform the nature of investigative journalism. Maybe TV news will be just one more casualty of the communication revolution.

November 26, 2010 Posted by | Quick Hits and Links | , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Links of the Week