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Hey, where did all the "About Me" stuff go?

September 12th, 2009 at 05:24 pm

I haven't been here for a few weeks and it looks like there's been a somewhat big change. The place seems more boring and generic now without all those pics and background info. So did we have some kind of online stalker or security breach or something?

I have been just hanging in by my toenails financially lately. I've been walloped by several big unexpected bills all at once. I need some kind of break! To top it off some kind of wrist injury is keeping me off my bike, which is my stress reducer and main form of exercise. I guess I need to step up the dog walking in its stead! Anyway, I hope the rest of you are doing better than me!

10 Responses to “Hey, where did all the "About Me" stuff go?”

  1. Ima saver Says:

    The "about me" stuff is still here and I have not seen any changes at all. I have had several large bills also lately, including over $1000 in vet bills and $2000 new tile for the porches, so I feel your pain.

  2. frugaltexan75 Says:

    The About Me stuff seems to come and go lately. All of my tickers have not been showing up for several months now - not sure why.

    I've had a lot of expenses lately too - car related.

  3. whitestripe Says:

    i haven't noticed anything not being there - but i know that they have been playing around with things. i don't think it is a breach of security or anything.

  4. kimiko Says:

    If you use firefox and have installed adblock, you'll want to enable the ##adleft (or something like that) It doesn't show up for me anymore, now that I enabled it, so I can't recall the exact name. That will let you see the About Me as well as the Blog Stats sections.

  5. frugaltexan Says:

    Hmm. . . That may be the problem. I've used adblock for years, but maybe one of the updates has caused the about me, etc. to be blocked.

  6. ralph Says:

    Excellent! Thanks, kimiko and others! FTR, it is ###ad-left under preferences. Yup, Firefox was just recently updated so that 'splains it.

    Another annoying thing about Firefox is it won't let me register my computer with my bank, so I have to answer the extra security questions every time. Oh well.

  7. ralph Says:

    Oh, on the extra expenses, I really feel bad for you, frugaltexan (Ima, not so much - you can handle it! Smile - sorry, I do feel for you, just more for frugaltexan right now). That sounds like a true horror story, and right when you are trying to move. I hope things turn around for you on that front. I am having similar car woes. Once they get pretty old, things just start going. But is surely beats a car payment as long as the problems don't mushroom out of control - a fine balance. I'm not sure where the sweet spot is for used cars, either. I think probably the best deal if you have some money is a 1-3 year old one that has taken the big showroom depreciation hit. But since I have little disposable income, I last tried the very cheapie $3000 10 year old car route. I have had to put more than expected into it, about $1500 or so, but a lot of that was an expected routine maintenance cost, replacing the timing belt, and also the exhaust system. The surprises were the distributor and radiator. so $4500/36 = $125/month costs excluding gas and insurance. Not too shabby! By comparison, the 2002 Accord cost maybe $17,000 including maintenance and loan interest for 5 years, so 17,000/60 = $283!! So driving a fully depreciated car can be pretty darn cheap and still reliable! Of course the Accord never stranded anyone, versus just once for the older car. I had enough warning for the radiator to take it in, but the distributor just died on the road.

  8. Jerry Says:

    I am sorry to hear about your unexpected bills, I know that can lead to a bit hit on the financial front. We once had a medical expense that was denied by the insurance company that threw us off kilter for like five months. Hang in there!
    Jerry

  9. LuxLiving Says:

    Hey Ralph - hope things are getting better??

  10. ralph Says:

    Thanks for asking, LuxLiving. Well, it's still a steady onslaught of expenses. Just wrote a BIG check for dance. Very frivolous, I know. I will be SO happy when dance is over next year. I just can't deny my daughter her senior year of it even though it should be one of the first expenses to go. But of course next year I will have two in college. So that is about $45k total, IF she goes to a state school. I need to bring up the Community College idea. I knew the college years would be bad! I'll live, I suppose. I'm going to try to get more positive or at least constructive here!

    One thing I'm wondering is if the Expected Family Contribution will stay at what it is for one student when I have two, and therefore at least next year we should get some aid? Of course if we do I bet it will just be loans. I HATE the college racket. You would think supply and demand should work - now the state college is bursting at the seams, so I would think there would be SOME private colleges that respond to market forces and lower their prices. Hmm, sounds like a blog entry! Smile

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