There is no water in hell

Naive Evian

There might not be water in hell, but there sure is a crap load of water here on earth,ย ย  326,000,000,000,000,000,000 gallons to be exact. That’s 326 million trillion in case you didn’t know. Seventy percent of mother earth is covered with the stuff, but did you know only one percent of that water is drinkable. Suddenly, the abundance of water doesn’t seem so, well, abundant.

Today is a pretty epic day. It’s Blog Action Day. What is this day I speak of? Blog Action Day is an annual event held every October 15 that unites the worldโ€™s bloggers in posting about the same issue on the same day with the aim of sparking a global discussion and driving collective action. This year’s topic is water.

Did you know there are over a billion people on earth that don’t have access to clean, safe drinking water? That’s freaking crazy if you ask me! Especially when I can go walk in to my bathroom and have an endless supply of potable water. I guess sometimes we forget how good we really have it.

I know I’m guilty of taking long showers and buying bottled water. (In my defense, San Diego tap water does taste like hot garbage so there is no way I’m drinking straight from the source). To try and decrease my environmental foot print, Wife Ninja and I went ahead and bought ourselves a Brita filter for the fridge. The water tastes exponentially better and now we should get off without having to buy bottled water as frequently which in turn saves us money! And for the shower side of things, I’m going to only shower as long as it takes me to get clean, not a second longer. Or even better, I’ll convince Wife Ninja to give me sponge baths!!!

sponge bath

If you are feeling generous, like just a few dollars generous, you can head over to one of my friends’ Charity Water websites and make a small donation. They are trying to raise $5,000 by next week. They already have $3,044 raised which is pretty dang sexylicious if you ask me, but are really hoping to meet their goal. This would be especially sweet because they don’t know I’m posting their water link on the blog. How cool would it be to surprise them with a couple hundred dollars straight from PDITF readers!? And yes, 100% of your donation goes directly to funding water projects in developing nations, this ain’t no charity scam ๐Ÿ™‚

If you don’t have the means to donate that’s okay too. At least you are a little more educated and can move forward making positive choices.

What is your preferred method of water consumption? Bottled, tap, purified? Is the water in your city as disgusting as San Diego’s? Why do long/hot showers feel so good, when they are soooo bad? Do you have any random water facts for me?

p.s. Here’s the video about Charity Water….

Update (8:20am): So far we have over $400 raised for my friends’ fund and it’s only 8am! Booya! Let’s keep on blessing them! They will be soooo excited.

When Chuck Norris jumps in water, Chuck Norris doesn’t get wet, the water gets Chuck Norrised.

Gettin’ vulnerable (round two)

Back in February, I had the brilliant idea to copy a brilliant website PostSecret.com. If you aren’t familiar, PostSecret is a community art project in which random people like you, mail in post cards containing deeply personal confessions. My post about it, “Share your secret”, remains my #1 most commented article. Since I’ve gained some new readers since last February. I figured it wouldn’t hurt to run this little social experiment again.

Here are some PostSecret confessions that caught my eye…

You can’t help but be interested right? There is something about being vulnerable that just feels good. So, I’m hoping you will, once again, participate in Post Secret PDITF style.

The rules are simple. Drop a comment in the section below with one secret related to finances, money, family, life, etc that you havenโ€™t shared with anyone. I recommend you comment anonymously or under an alias, but itโ€™s really up to you how you want to be identified.

Here are some of the secrets shared by my readers last time I did this…

  • I’m contemplating losing one of my part time jobs so I can be eligible for welfare
  • I think people who complain about money are too lazy and stupid to make more.
  • I resent my mom because she abused my child support money and doesn’t pay for any of my expenses now, leaving it all up to my dad.
  • I never told my parents that I was so in over my head during my first few years of college I donated plasma just to eat. I had too much pride to accept help from anyone, so I sold plasma to put a few bucks of gas in the car for a weekend trip home and used the rest to eat out of vending machines for a week. Until the next week, when I’d do it all over again.
  • I secretly loath stay-at-home moms. Nothing about being cooped up in a house all day with kids sounds appealing to me. Problem: my husband expects me to do that when we have kids.

This really is a great opportunity to not only share your secrets, but to understand that you are not alone. Who’s willing to get a little vulnerable and answer the question…

What’s your secret?

You are what you eat

It’s a good thing the phrase “You are what you eat” isn’t true, otherwise I would be a french fry filled burrito…

But I did hear something the other dayย that I think holds a little more truth. Someone told me if you average out the income of your five closest friends, your income is probably pretty close to that average.

While I may not have asked all of my close friends their annual incomes, I think I have a good idea of what they’re making. Let’s see if this little hypothesis works…

Friend 1: $110,000

Friend 2: $70,000

Friend 3: $28,000

Friend 4: $40,000

Friend 5: $80,000

Average salary of all five friends: $65,600.

My salary: $62,000

Whoa. I guess the theory has some legitimacy to it. I need to go find richer friends…joking…kind of. Let’s run a little social experiment today shall we and see if this works out for you too. In the comments below list the average salary of your five closest friends along with your salary. If you don’t feel comfortable sharing that information you can either just say “Yeah it worked” or “This was the stupidest blog post I’ve ever read” or you can always just comment anonymously. Is your salary close to your friends’ average?

Tomorrow I blog, today I post stupid video

Good news. I took your advice and spoke with Sister Ninja (who is a computer genius) and she walked me through how to restore my busted Macbook. It turns out my 80GB Hard Drive crapped out. Fifty dollars later, I’m up and kicking with a 250GB new hard drive (self-installed).

Saved myself a crap load of money by not panicking and buying a mac mini. Thank you all. Only problem is the wife is going to bed, and I ain’t about to make her sleep by herself ๐Ÿ™‚

Tomorrow I SWEAR I WILL BE BACK IN FULL FORCE, with wedding pictures, stick figures, and all my PDITF shennanigans.

I’m hoping this hilarious news interview will hold you over ๐Ÿ™‚

see you tomorrow peeps!!!

Lying is the best policy

Let’s face it. We are all liars. We sometimes say things we don’t mean for the sake of saving face. I was always told honesty is the best policy, but I’m afraid that simply isn’t true. Sometimes ya gotta lie. And here are a few situations where I have..

Babies:

Am I the only person in the world that thinks 95% of newborns are gross looking? I mean a squished head, splotchy skin, awkward hair, and random fat deposits don’t come to mind when I think of the word “cute”. But for some reason, we are forced to pretend like our friends babies are. Don’t get me wrong. I have a friend (who reads this blog) whose daughter is legitimately a beautiful baby, but I also have a friend (who doesn’t read this blog) whose child is….how should I put this nicely…weird looking. Would I ever tell them that? Heck no. I may think “Good lord what is that thing”, but out my mouth comes “Ah, she’s so precious.”

People that make dumb choices:

This is a tough one to communicate without sounding like a judgmental jerk face, but I’m gonna do my best. I’m talking about the person that just bought a new car, but two weeks earlier was complaining about how broke they were. Or the person that has $100K in undergrad loans, but decides to get a masters in some random field, only because they don’t want to work, not because they actually want to use their graduate education. These people frustrate, but I am rarely in a position where I can call them out on their stupidity. This old blog post is a perfect example of how I felt obligated to pretend I was excited for a friend that bought a new car, when really I thought she was crazy!

Job Interviews:

Now don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying I walk in to an interview and just make up random skills and life experiences, but I’m not saying I don’t ๐Ÿ˜‰ Seriously though, a job interview is your one chance to sell yourself to your future employer. Is a little withholding of the truth so bad? What about embellishing a tad to make yourself look better than you actually are? Don’t act like you haven’t done it before. I guarantee you have. Take for example the infamous interview question “What’s your biggest weakness?” Did you really tell them it’s that you are quasi-lazy and surf the internet and read PF blogs during the day (Yeah, I’m talking to you). Or did you make up some mumbo jumbo about “Well, my biggest weakness is that I am a guilty of being such a hard worker I sometimes don’t know when to say no.” Well buddy, I ain’t buying it. Welcome to the Liars Club, pull up a chair.

I’m hoping some of you will humble yourselves and share a few areas of your life where you feel like telling a fib every now and again is actually the RIGHT thing to do. Under what circumstances will you lie?

Voice of Ninja

It’s my birthday today. Hitting the big Two-Five. I guess it’s time to have a quarter life crisis ๐Ÿ™‚ Before I do that though, I thought I would share with you all my first podcast interview. It was part of the Unlock Your Wealth Radio program. If you’d like to listen to my interview go to this link…

My first interview

You’ll see the music bar on the right hand side. You’ll want to skip forward to 32 minutes (that’s when my interview starts) by clicking about a quarter way through the “time” bar. I tried to make the interview fun, so hopefully you’ll enjoy it.

Alright it’s time for me to go partake in some birthday shenanigans. See you on Monday….if I’m still alive ๐Ÿ™‚

Don’t forget the smaller things

Fridays are so legit. They give me warm fuzzies inside and make me want to be a happier person. You know what though? I often forget to appreciate some of the smaller things in life. I watched a YouTube video the other day of a guy that was freakin’ out during a “double rainbow” spotting, granted he was probably on some sort of drug, but nonetheless he still was appreciative of something as insignificant as a rainbow. So today I share with you all, some of the small details of life I often forget to appreciate.

Food

For those of us that live in a developed country, we often forget roughly 1/3 of the world’s population are malnourished. While I debate having the Whiskey River BBQ Chicken Burger or the Chicken Salad Sandwich, there are over a billion people just hoping they get access to clean water. Today I’ll make a conscious effort to appreciate the ability to feed myself on demand.

Girl Ninja

Yup, I’m guilty of taking GN for granted. We’ve dated for 4 years. Been engaged for seven months. And are 30 days away from tying the knot. I want to be a pretty freakin’ awesome husband and the best way I know to do that is to tell her how much I appreciate her. While I may never understand why she loves flowers so much, I find it important to meet that need and surprise her with the occasional bouquet. I’m convinced the three ways to make a woman feel loved are words of affirmation, flowers, and a coach purse ๐Ÿ˜‰

Rain

I grew up in Seattle. Obviously this means I am use to rainy weather. After living in San Diego for the last seven years, I’ve almost forgot what the stuff looks like. That was until yesterday. While everyone else I knew was b*tching about the crappy weather, I couldn’t help delight in the gray clouds and falling rain. It was a nice change of pace and much welcomed.

Bagels

Yes, bagles. I bought them from the grocery store this last week and I gotta tell you, my mouth is in bagel heaven. I’m totally diggin’ the cinnamon raisin bagel and cream cheese combination right now. I haven’t bought them in probably three years, but you can guarantee they will be on the shopping list the next couple of trips. Mmmm… I think I’ll have one right now.

Alright, so there are a billion more things I’m thankful for (puma socks, craigslist, dove cucumber and green tea body soap, weekends), but I’ll shut up now and turn the mic over to you…

I know it’s not thanksgiving, but I’d love to hear some of the “smaller” things you forget to appreciate

Oh and here is that double rainbow video I was talking about…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rGqtxdKjqbI
Happy Friday!