Friday, May 28, 2010

Moving into a new home

This is a guest post by Angela Walker.

We just bought a new home on the other side of town and I am so excited to get moving! I started packing up boxes last week and we have so much stuff. I did some shopping around for internet and tv and made a call to get it hooked up at our new house. I am really happy that I got a better deal than we had before. I got the electric and gas ready to be set up too.

On moving day we started right away. We moved everything we could in one day. It made for a really long day but all that is left at the old house is the beds and essentials. We will be sleeping at our old house for the last time tonight. It is crazy thinking we will never stay there again. I am so ready to start the new adventures in our new home.

Dallas Crime

Guest posted by my friend Matthew Thoms

As with any major metropolitan city, Dallas, TX has its fair share of crime. Additionally, certain areas of the city appear more prone to crime than other neighborhoods. Statistically, there was a time when Dallas had the highest crime rate of any U.S. city for 10 years. However, in 2009 it dropped to the number two slot. This is a significant improvement for those living in the DFW region.

Living in Dallas, TX for the past 15 years has offered many benefits. We have lived in many neighborhoods over the years but particularly in the smaller suburbs surrounding Dallas. Regardless of the neighborhood we have lived we take necessary precautions in order to keep us safe. When we purchased our last home, we had all the locks changed with state-of-the-art locks, and we installed a highly sophisticated alarm system with motion detection from an online dallas adt security company we found. We have three large dogs that are part of the family, but also would make an intruder think twice before entering.

Regardless of the area we have lived in the city our main concerns have stemmed from burglary, car jacking, and violent assaults. Living in a “safer” neighborhood in Dallas, does not mean you let your guard down, on the contrary, you must always take the necessary precaution in order to remain safe. Many crimes occur because the victim failed to use common sense, shopping in the wee hours of the night or not locking doors and windows in their home. Overall, my family and I do feel safe living in Dallas, TX.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Putting It All On Red 36!

Right before the housing bubble I did some day trading. It was fun, but hard to make money. I did like the ability to do online trading. It was like I had my own online broker. Mobile trading was not even around at that time. Sometimes, I get the urge to put in a couple of hundred dollars and try my luck again with stock trading. It has come a long way in such a short time! I also have learned a lot on what stocks to buy. The difference, is I am now working at a 9-5 job, and cannot sit at home in front of the computer and watch the market.

One of the good things I have now, which I did not have before, is a few IRA accounts.