It’s My Birthday – BP #60


Thanks all for your readership, loyalty, and support. I’m now a quarter century + 1, a.k.a. super old.

//Little Caesars Coupon//

And here’s the only gift I can give Readers to mark this auspicious occasion. Well, all of you who are Canadian and who happen to enjoy Little Caesars. It’s a $1.99 Crazy Bread + Crazy Sauce combo coupon. I found this coupon last Friday, and it’s supposed to be good until April 15th. When I found this deal, I tweeted it at GroceryAlerts and Mrs. January so they could share it with their much larger audiences. If somebody else had found this coupon, I’d want to know about it immediately. I’ve only used it three times thus far.

//Old Dog, Old Tricks//

leons - old tricks

The fridge in the middle is a great deal at $399. But that’s only if you purchase it with a slightly overpriced dishwasher and an INSANELY expensive stove. My question is: who falls for this stuff?


She is a character actor Smiles although she hates the ears Chilling at the mall Her winning grin She finally grabs those stars herself


Gene's Meme - "Not Sure if X" - emergency funds

Courtesy of loyal Reader Gene.

Courtesy of the Department of Obsolete Industry (an initiative of the International Fund for Animal Welfare)


1. I shared this Zen Family Habits article in my post about dealing with stress, but it was kind of hidden. So I’ve shared it again. It’s a list of great tips for how to simplify your life. There’s nothing Earth-shattering in the list and I usually hate these sorts of posts but I found it to be valuable insofar as it’s a large compilation of solid ideas.

2. Canuck Business is a blog about Canadian taxes written by a tax preparer named James. He presents an individual, useful insight in each post. The idea that first caught my eye was about foreign currency income. Apparently a taxpayer can choose one of two methods for calculating the Canadian equivalent of such income. Choosing the correct calculation can reduce a person’s tax liability.

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39 Comments… Share your views

  1. Hi Joe, Happy 26th Birthday, I think I know where you are going to eat sometime today!

  2. Happy Birthday Joe!!! You’re so old, haha.

  3. Happy Birthday Joe!

    If you are super old at a quarter century +1, what does that make me me at a half century + a few….no need to rush with a reply, it is time for my late morning nap….

    • Thanks! lol not to worry — it’s well known that the aging process accelerates rapidly between ages 25 and 26, then slows down. In 2013 alone I started hating popular music and was completely confused by a newfangled operating system, Windows 8. Hallmarks of old age.


  5. Happy birthday, Joe. Time for your complimentary birthday salsa dance lesson! I think I’ve got T-shirts older than you. Have a great day!

  6. Happy birthday, Joe. In honour of this special occasion I think you should forget you ever saw that Little Caesars coupon and spend a few more bucks on some decent pizza.

  7. Happy birthday Joe! Have a good one.

  8. Happy birthday, Joe! Maybe this is the year you finally get distinguished greying temple hairs :)

  9. Happy birthday meatbag! Hope you have a great weekend!

  10. Let the party commence! Congratulations!

  11. Happy Birthday Joe – good time to have a birthday pizza!

    Btw, thanks to you my wife is now unwillingly hooked on “And We Danced”. Great tip!

  12. This might not be the best time to bring it up, considering it’s your birthday and all, but I think your daughter’s real dad might actually be a rabbit. I suggest a visit to Maury, he’ll help you out with that.

  13. Happy belated B-day Joe.

    Remind me to pick your brain sometime concerning some of your hard-earned knowledge about how to make great radio. We’re considering starting up a podcast over on MUM. I’ve now been on a couple due shilling for our book, and I like the idea. I also found it much less difficult than I thought it would be from an interviewee perspective. Have you ever considered doing a few podcasts?

    • Thanks Kyle!

      Making great radio… hm… that’s an awesome question. Obviously it’s super subjective; I’m sure some people think that I made terrible radio. Have a plan, not a script. AVOID repetition at all costs. Recognize your comfort expressions (e.g. “Uhh” “Um” “You know what I mean?”) and eliminate them gradually — these habits die hard, and after being out of radio for a long time means I’m sure I’d need to brush up. Speak clearly. Remember that you are speaking faster than you think. Rule #1 of ANY form of communication is: it’s all about the audience.

      I would love to do podcasts, but to do a great podcast takes as much hard work as at least a blog post or two. A good podcast also requires a lot of up-front work for audio production but I can’t do that by myself so it’d cost money. Finally, I’d need to setup a better home studio (specifically a sound booth) to record full length episodes. Doing quick Interactive Voice Response systems, clip by clip, is easier to do with a blanket over your head than a full podcast. If I did a podcast with my current non-existent infrastructure, it’d sound like garbage.

      BTW, I got the copy of your book on Thursday. Been busy getting back to work after parental leave, but I’m really looking forward to giving it a read. From what I’ve skimmed it looks great.

      • Thanks for the thorough answer Joe!

        See I wondered if there was that much preparation required for good sound quality. I talked to Preet Banerjee about it and he said he just uses Skype to record everything, so that must be the clip by clip strategy you’re referring to. We’ll talk more I’m sure. I also seen there was a podcasting presentation at FinCon, so I figured we might wait for that. It would be something different to offer anyway.

        Hopefully the read goes well – it’s always a little nerve-racking to find out someone’s reaction!

        • Preet puts out a great podcast (obviously). I did radio, not podcasts, so prefer his advice over mine. If you’ve got time and it’s something you want to do then don’t be afraid to experiment. If it’s a good product, broadcast.

      • Is “blanket over the head” a thing? (I ask as someone who wonders if I should, you know, try something like that…)

        • lol if you’ve got a quiet room and it doesn’t echo badly then, no, it shouldn’t be important. I love the examples given on my post re: voice work where people record sitting in between clothes in the closet, etc. Very original ways to tackle an age old challenge: replicating the studio environment without being in a studio.

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