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Personal Finance Links: Levity edition

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I thought I'd have a little fun today and go with some humor. It seems appropriate since I missed posting this on the weekend. It's not always my strong suit (which is why I don't write a comedy blog), but every now and then, you have to do something a little different. Hopefully, it will cheer up your Monday.

One of my favorite quotes of the past week comes from former Red Sox relief pitcher Julian Tavarez. This is the guy who had one of the most jaw-dropping moments of sports history when Fox mic'd him up on July 22, 2006. He was talking with Jonathan Papelbon about his horses and how they had "sexy lips" like himself. Unfortunately this great moment is well documented on the Internet, but I can find the video or transcript anywhere. I put it up there with the Joe Namath, "I wanna kiss you" interview with Suzy Kolber and the Janet Jackson wardrobe malfunction in the top 3 most outrageous sports moments I've seen live. I literally fell out of my seat laughing at all of them. I think this quote tops them all...

"Why did I sign with the [Washington] Nationals?" Julian Tavarez said on Sunday. "When you go to a club at 4 in the morning, and you're just waiting, waiting, a 600-pounder looks like J-Lo. And to me this is Jennifer Lopez right here. It's 4 in the morning. Too much to drink. So, Nationals: Jennifer Lopez to me."

I watched Bill Cosby Himself last night (thanks Comcast OnDemand). It was (and maybe still is) one of my mom's favorite comedic performances. It's amazing to me that it's 25 years old... and it still timeless. Well timeless except for the bit about the "beatings." I think Jillian Michaels the only person on television who can still policatically correctly administer beatings? (As for the performance itself, I still use the "uphill, both ways" in everyday conversation.)

I'd still give Steven Wright the title as my favorite comic (narrowly edging out George Carlin). I have his HBO special from 1985 (or so) on DVD. Like Bill Cosby, it's pretty timeless as well except for the bit about his learning to speak Spanish and his record skipped - so he can only stutter in Spanish. Jokes I still use too much in everyday life include:

  • "my typewriter types in pencil"
  • "I made a few mistakes" (when asked if he slept well)
  • "I couldn't find my socks, so I called information" - I actually did this when I was little. I asked for the score of the Celtics' game... They gave it to me.

Okay, enough of the fun, let's go back to boring financial topics (cue the big groan):

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I owe some apologies to Trevor from Financial Nut. He tagged me to write about myself. I have done this numerous times in the past and still provide a bit of that once a week in this links post. I just think the tagging of people gets old after a few years... especially when it's the format of "X things you didn't about me" which I think I've done before.

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5 Responses to “Personal Finance Links: Levity edition”

  1. Flexo says:

    Thanks for the mention!

  2. kosmo @ The Casual Observer says:

    Nice to see Tavarez endearing himself to his new team.

    I wasn’t aware of the full context of “sexy lips”.

    Roger Clemens trying to impale Mike Piazza is near the top of my outrageous moments. He thought the bat was the ball. Very easy mistake to make.

  3. tom says:

    If you don’t mind me posting here.

    What is everyones’ emergency fund and what is your situation?
    By situation I mean single, living at home, single with an apartment/house, living with someone or married, etc.

    What is everyones thought about having a minimum 6 months of expenses saved up?

  4. Thanks for this great post. For those of us who lost our shirts in the past several months, levity is what we need!

  5. Great post…and anyone who pays homage to Steven Wright is RIGHT–he’s hilarious!

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