Making up for being absent

It’s been a full month since the last entry, and I feel like I should have tracked it better. I kind of wish this blog was private so I could actually write everything that goes on, but it’s still nice to share.

Anyhow, I was in California for 2 1/2 weeks for business/fun, and the trip was very successful. I spent a total of $2,100 which was slightly over budget, and rings in an average of $123/day. I still feel that’s a lot, because I didn’t pay a cent the entire trip for housing (Thanks to awesome friends).

During the trip I spent over $600 on rental cars. I had to make sure I got full insurance coverage on all the cars since I recently got in a wreck, plus I’m under 25, generally meaning an extra $25 per day….plus you have to fill up your own gas.

My rental car for 21 days after the wreck was taken care of by the insurance company, but I had to pay $315 for the extra insurance ($15/day). I made sure to take this, because if I wrecked the rental WITHOUT insurance, I’d be doubly screwed.

Soon as I got back to Austin, I realized my lease on my summer apartment had expired! I got back to Austin at 1:00am on a Sunday night, and the apartment management had threatened to move my stuff out of the apartment by THAT NIGHT. Obviously I haggled here and there and eventually got them to slightly extend my stay for free, but I needed an apartment FAST.

Craigslist came to the rescue. I now have a larger room in a nearby apartment for only $270/month…and I paid out the entire lease up front, so all the way until December I don’t have to pay a monthly rent. Total was $945 till December 1st, 2006.

Unfortunately I had to move IMMEDIATELY when I got back to Austin, but the Camry was gone, so fortunately my parents gave me their spare van to use for the move. Also with a temporary car to use, I don’t have to go car shopping immediately. Plus I also have my scooter and bicycle to use….and legs….and the buses.

The van actually came in handy because I needed to move quick in one trip, I don’t think the Camry would have fit all my stuff (even though I have very little). It’s not the most fun thing to drive, but it does get me around having to buy a new car immediately! Here’s my new pickup line:

Blog posted on: August 21, 2006

13 comments on “Making up for being absent

  1. Anonymous

    Now you have me wondering about what you don’t write. I wanna know everything. Just kidding,(reminding myself this is a financial blog) glad you are back.

  2. Anonymous

    What happened to the good content? I’m dissappointed…this reads more like an autobiography than an entrep who is trying to find ways to make money.

  3. Anonymous

    Good to hear again buddy! Hope you are doing well.

    BTW $270 for rent is AWESOME. I am paying $1050/month. (although I have a lot more room)

    I wish I had a low rent like that :)

    Post often. We love to hear from you.
    Also update your earnings progress.

    Take care

  4. Meinhaj

    Glad you’re still posting! Post more about your business and how you’re running it. You’re our guru dude.

  5. Brad Spencer

    That is hilarious. I love how you take a lemon and make lemonade. Plus I bet if you said that pickup line with a bit of a grin…you might get a laugh…and a phone number :)


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