Thursday, October 28, 2010

L.A.'s crooked heart - Los Angeles Times

Downtown LA laid out neither North-South like Thomas Jefferson's ideal or at 45 degrees like the Spanish might have planned.

L.A.'s crooked heart - Los Angeles Times

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Contact Us | Merchant Violations | MasterCard�

Report MasterCard violations here:

Contact Us | Merchant Violations | MasterCard�

ConsumersUsing Visa | Report a Merchant Violation | Checkout Fees | Personal | Visa USA

One of my biggest pet peeves are merchants who attempt to surcharge for using a credit card.

This is a violation of VISA (and Mastercard) rules and is illegal in 10 states (including California).

Places that try to surcharge:
P.G. King La Mesa, CA
Barne's BBQ Lemon Grove, CA
Ms Donuts Lemon Grove, CA
Golden Bagel - Fletcher Hills - El Cajon, CA


ConsumersUsing Visa | Report a Merchant Violation | Checkout Fees | Personal | Visa USA

Saturday, October 02, 2010

Monday, September 20, 2010

Recession is Officially Over

It certainly does not feel like it, or are we in a new recession ?

CAMBRIDGE September 20, 2010 - The Business Cycle Dating Committee of the National Bureau of Economic Research met yesterday by conference call. At its meeting, the committee determined that a trough in business activity occurred in the U.S. economy in June 2009. The trough marks the end of the recession that began in December 2007 and the beginning of an expansion. The recession lasted 18 months, which makes it the longest of any recession since World War II. Previously the longest postwar recessions were those of 1973-75 and 1981-82, both of which lasted 16 months.

Business Cycle Dating Committee, National Bureau of Economic Research

Monday, August 16, 2010

The Advantages of Discover Bank's Long-Term CDs

Interesting Math - Pay early withdrawal penalty and still come out ahead ?

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The Portabello Estate | Oceanfront Estate in Corona Del Mar

Not exactly down to my price range, yet !

The famous Portabello Estate, which is located at 4627 Brighton Road in Corona Del Mar, CA, has been re-listed for $49,600,000. The 30,000 square foot mansion is situated on close to an acre of oceanfront property. It was built by Frank Pritt, the founder of software company Attachmate Corp. He first put the home on the market back in 2006 for a whopping $75,000,000.

The Portabello Estate | Oceanfront Estate in Corona Del Mar

Realtor.com Listing

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Credit Unions Beckon With Open Arms

I love Alliant Credit Union

And still have a 6% CD at Pentagon Federal Credit Union

Your Money - Credit Unions Beckon With Open Arms - NYTimes.com

Another Teardown

Atlanta’s most notorious pink elephant is about to go the way of the dinosaur.

Dean Gardens, a huge, and very pink, mansion finally sold, after 15 years on the market and a whopping $25 million price reduction. The buyer plans on demolishing the 32,000 square-foot home, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Another Teardown | bubbleinfo.com: "- Sent using Google Toolbar"

10 Amazing Swimming Pools

10 Amazing Swimming Pools | Zillow Blog - Real Estate Market Stats, Celebrity Real Estate, and Zillow News: "- Sent using Google Toolbar"