I'm doing something a little different this week and splitting the links up in half. There will be some today and more tomorrow. The split of links themselves is random and not related to the Jekyll and Hype situation I'm going to discuss.
I've mentioned more than a few times that I'm a Red Sox fan. It's been a wonderful summer where the Red Sox have lead the AL East approximately the whole season. I believe the lead over other teams peaked around 14.5 games. The last time the Yankees didn't finish in first place in the AL East, I was giddy about Netscape 4.0 browser (i.e. 1997). It looked like the first time the Yankees wouldn't be a playoff race since you could say, "What's e-mail?" or "O.J. Simpson committed a crime?" and no one would look at you funny. Okay, the second one isn't the best example given the latest events.
As I write this that huge 14.5 game lead is down to a small 2.5 game lead. The Red Sox can't seem to manage a win. Everyone on the team is just running out of gas. My new favorite player, Jacoby Ellsbury, who I wrote about months ago, is back with the team and playing tremendous baseball. On the other side, the Yankees keep finding ways to win. Some days they'll win 12-0, with the contest never in question. Other days they tease me with a win 2-1 by holding on in the bottom of the 9th with the bases loaded. I don't have the exact stats, but the Yankee are approximately 70-3 since the All-Star break.
In the end, the division winner is just going to get home field advantage in the playoffs. It's a bit of an advantage, but it's not insurmountable as the Red Sox showed in 2004. Both teams are virtual locks for the playoffs at this point. However, it's clear that the Red Sox don't have momentum. In the playoffs, momentum means everything. It's a sad, sad time for the Red Sox fan in me.
What does this all have to do with Jekyll and Hyde? The Red Sox season is flailing out of control, just like Hyde. [People from Boston can probably guess where I'm going with tomorrow's post.]
On to the links:
- Money Smart Life tells us how to quit your job in six not so easy step. I love the idea of having a goal of 2013. I really need to set a goal myself and break it down into years and months.
- Money, Matter, and More Musings has some thoughts about high-yield savings accounts.
- The Sun's Financial Diary asks, "Are you a Better Investor?"
- No Credit Needed has an update on his goal to save $48,000 this year. Since that's 60% of their household gross income, that's really aggressive in my eyes. Taxes alone make it difficult, but he's able to save a fair amount pre-tax which is certainly a help.
- Blueprint for Financial Prosperity says it's okay to spend $13,000 on college preparation. I can't argue, one of my best friends makes a living working of a company that provides a similar service.
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