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Camp Mustache was a huge success! Here’s some feedback from attendees

Got Mustache?

Welcome MMM readers! We held a 2nd Camp Mustache in 2015 and plan to do it again in 2016! Leave a comment here if you’re interested in getting in on the pre-sale for our next Camp Mustache.

Camp Mustache went swimmingly. It was exactly how I envisioned it: interesting people sharing wisdom and generally having fun while getting into a small amount of mischief.

Here’s a blog post from one of the attendees:

http://ohyonghao.com/blog/camp-mustache/

And here’s an amazing poem written by another attendee:

T’was two days before the first day of June
Spendthrifts powered through traffic on this afternoon
In anticipation for a weekend of fun
Just south of Seattle… there were rumors of sun

The group was diverse in geography:
Alaska, Florida, and Washington DC
Arizona, Canada, and Las Vegas
Oh, and a few from the Pacific Northwest

Some single, some couples, and some families
From recent blog readers to Mustachian groupies
We all convened for this camping trip
To meet Mr. Money and glean a free tip

After dinner in circles we played a few games
Yelling non-existent sports and guessing last names.
For dessert we roasted marshmallows for smores
As the night grew chilly in the outdoors

Conversations varied as we were warmed by the fire
Financial calculations and countdown to retire.
Women discussed tiny houses and riches forlorn
As men listened in pleasure to this frugality porn

The next day began with a group hike
Followed by breakout sessions to choose if you like:
Homebrew, bikes, and urban homesteading
Creative suggestions to reduce your spending
Budget, save, finance a plan
Concerning real estate notes–RebelSpy’s your man

New credit cards, Brett began to unravel
with these funny points the world you can travel.
We learned Carla derived great satisfaction
From minimum spend with faux cash transactions

Nighttime fell and entertainment resumed
Wine in a box by some was consumed
As were small squares of chocolate infused
With fun legal herbs as some were amused

The final morning, before we would go
Gathered a last time for a group photo.
These fancy people as it so happens
Were okay sharing bunks in the same cabins

Though we started off the weekend as strangers
In common we’re all time vs. money exchangers
Likeminded souls in quest to be free
On the financial path via Badassity

A special shout out to [the other organizers] and Joe
And to Pete who’s attendance was so apropos
To the understated volunteers who helped run this bash –
Thanks for great memories at 2014 Camp Mustache

I changed the poem a bit since it mentioned people by their real names…

We’re already thinking about next year’s event. Some folks jokingly said we should have it in Leavenworth and call it Das Mustachen-Kampen

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Materialism is the only game in town

Thought Catalog

I was recently struck, like knocked to my knees, by a quote of George Saunders’. Asked of the pressure of raising kids in our society, where desire to give them the world and to keep up with the Joneses butts up against reality, Saunders noted, “Materialism is not only rampant and ascendant but is fast becoming the only game in town.”

“Materialism is the only game in town.”

Saunders was being interviewed w/r/t his new book of short stories, Tenth of December. The centerpiece is a story called “The Semplica Girl Diaries,” in which a family attempts to leap from middling- to upper-middle class by engaging in the common practice of hanging live young girls from the third world by their heads in the front yard as decoration. The point of the story is that we have massive moral blind spots when something becomes the only game in town…

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jeffjlin.com

Recently I was going through some old things I had put away for safekeeping, and I found these:

In 1993 I interviewed film director Ang Lee before the US premiere of his second movie, “The Wedding Banquet,” at the Seattle International Film Festival (at the time I was editor of the International Examiner and we were one of their media sponsors). At the time, Lee was an unknown in the U.S., an anomaly as a Taiwan-born immigrant director in the United States, mostly notable for having been the NYU classmate of the more famous director Spike Lee.

Nearly two decades later, it’s Ang Lee who’s up at Sunday’s Academy Awards for Best Picture (his fourth nomination) and Best Director (his third), for “Life of Pi.” And in terms of overall tally, “Life of Pi” (11 nominations) trails only Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln” (12 nominations).

It’s hard not to root for Lee…

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(Late) September Challenge: Bike To Work Every Day

This one wasn’t my idea, and I’m sort of cheating since I was off work last week. But I’m going to try to bike to work every day this month. I usually bike 2 or 3 days a week, but last month my legs were so tired from all the jogging I did. No more excuses! It’s 100% this month!

You can follow along with the other participants here: http://www.mrmoneymustache.com/forum/throw-down-the-gauntlet/bike-into-work-every-day-in-september/

Mini Book Review: Spent

I usually don’t write book reviews before I’m even done reading the book, but this book is blowing my mind so much I’ll make an exception. It’s called Spent and it’s about how our evolutionary instincts to show off reproductive traits are exploited by marketers. For instance, here’s why high-end fashion ads always look so weird:

The typical luxury ad includes a highly attractive model dressed up as a high-status heiress, wearing an expression of contempt and disdain for the viewer. The ad does not say “Buy this!”; it says, “Be assured that if you buy and display this product, others are being well trained to feel ugly and inferior in your presence, just as you feel ugly and inferior compared with this goddess.”

The ads aren’t designed for trying to get the average person to buy the product. They’re designed to remind the relatively few high-class buyers that the purchase (and display) of this expensive product will signal wealth to the rest of us.

Seriously, so much more of my previously-unexplained shopping behavior makes sense now. Especially the junk I bought in college, when I was subconsciously most concerned with displaying signals of my reproductive fitness to those around me.