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The new 'perfect' wedding gift....

Friday, 7:47 am

By Cyn

Sep

24

2010

light cloud

Just read an article about Divorce Insurance.  Darn, why didn’t I think of that!  The insurance is designed to provide financial assistance
in the form of cash to cover the costs of a divorce, such as legal proceedings or setting up a new apartment or house. It is sold in “units of protection.” Each unit costs $15.99 per month and provides $1,250 in coverage. So, if you bought 10 units, your initial coverage would be $12,500.  The company apparently adds a certain amount per year as long as the policy is in effect--out of the goodness of their hearts??

If you get divorced you have to send the company proof of your divorce and I suppose once your proof is accepted, you receive a sum of money back.  There are safeguards in place to be sure people do not purchase the insurance while they are contemplating or in the process of getting a divorce (DUH) and a waiting period once you purchase the policy, but I read that if you pay an additional amount, you can cut the waiting period back a few months.

A long time ago, I used to refer to myself as “cynical cyn,” but I do not think I was ever so cynical that I would have considered divorce insurance was a good thing.  There are people I know--some fairly new at the marriage thing and some who have been in for the long haul that probably could benefit from it, but..............  I suppose in the long run it is not much different from life insurance--you are either betting on living or now, betting on whether your marriage will last or not.

So, we all missed the boat on starting up a company like this.......maybe we can get in on the gift certificate business.  Perfect wedding gift--divorce insurance!!

Anyone have any thoughts??

Ciao’



 

Oh come on...

Thursday, 12:04 pm

By Kate

Sep

23

2010

sunny

Ethical much? I suppose it’s a fine line since I lifted an Edward Gorey image and created the darned thing to use as an avatar on Goodreads and Kindle Boards and as a much larger screen saver on my Kindle, but geez, at least I don’t have the brass to try profiting from stolen property squared. I want a commission. Well, okay, maybe not.



 

Does This Happen Often?

Wednesday, 1:20 pm

By Kate

Sep

22

2010

sunny

I happen to own the first book—it’s in my To Be Read pile. The second book was recommended because I have just finished reading a young adult book. I likely would not have known about it otherwise. The cover is distinctive and whenever I see it, it means Mavala Skikongo to me. Pretty strange to see it sporting another book title. Assuming that this isn’t a copyright issue that somehow fell through the cracks, how often are covers duplicated for different books, authors, and publishing houses? I don’t recall having run across it before. It doesn’t seem like good policy....

The Second Coming of Mavala Shikongo

Publisher: Back Bay Books

Date: 16 May 2007

ISBN: 978-0316066334

Amazon store link: http://tinyurl.com/2v68lvr



Chanda’s Wars

Publisher: HarperTeen

Date: 11 March 2008

ISBN: 978-0060872625

Amazon Store link: http://tinyurl.com/3239d5r





 

Kindles

Friday, 2:25 pm

By Cyn

Sep

17

2010

light rain

Truthfully, I would rather stay on the THE GAUNTLET discussion but I do have a question or two...........

Kindles--I think you, Kate, love to read even more than I do and of course, read things that are far better for your mind!!  I know you have a kindle so my question to you and to your loyal followers is...is it a worthwhile investment?  Should I not feel guilty about using that instead of purchasing books?  Is it easy to use?  How expensive are e-books (keep in mind, I read popular fiction). 

When we went to Hawaii I took (as I do on every vacation) a stack of books for the beach, for the plane, for sitting in airports, etc.  Lots of books, lots of extra weight.  The good news is that I left everything I read there for my friends to read and they will, in turn, take them to their local library book sale. Bad news is I bought a stack more for the return trip. I noticed more and more people with Kindles and have really been considering it.  I also saw that the price has really dropped.

SO, after you post on Kate’s Gauntlet post, tell me your thoughts...........good and bad.  Any suggestions, comments, criticisms will be appreciated.  If I decide I want one, then it goes to the top of my Christmas or birthday list as both my sons like ‘lists’ and never know what to get me!!

Ciao’



 

The Gauntlet has been thrown down

Saturday, 10:37 am

By Kate

Sep

11

2010

partly cloudy

Oh.My.God. A neighbor across the street just installed two Tea Party candidates’ signs in her front lawn. Where I can’t miss them whenever I walk out my front door. I knew there was something off about her. I hate those signs. I hate them with a rich, deep, and abiding passion. If I wasn’t the person I am, I would rip them out of the ground some dark foggy night. But, I’m fair minded. Kind of. I believe, however, the answer to this is two signs for Democrats in my front yard. The Democratiest Democrats that I can find.



 

Hawaii!!

Saturday, 3:51 pm

By Cyn

Aug

21

2010

partly cloudy

OK, so been here a week and a half and today is partly cloudy with some light showers, first time!  Usually it rains through the night and is gorgeous all day.  But I am not complaining--somehow a rainy-ish day here is not like one in New England, it really is not a factor at all unless it is torrential!  So I just might postpone my daily swim at Kailua Beach until later.

After all of our trips here, we pretty much have it down to a science Our first day here, Joe joins a gym for a month (yeah he is one of THOSE types), this year it is 24 hour FItness.  On the days he goes to the gym, he drops me off at Kailua Beach--me, my boogie board and my books (life is VERY good), when he finishes whatever he does, he comes and joins me for an hour, back to the house, shower, change and off.  If it is not a gym day, then we go early to sightsee, explore new places and revisit all of our favorites.  Already made one trip out to the North Shore, will hit it one more time before we leave.
A hike in the Waimea Valley is on the schedule next week, along with a tour of the Macademia Nut Farm.  We have been there at least 4 times--in fact we took our friends who live here to it!!--but never took the tour cause we were never there on the right day, so we are determined to do it. 

Spent yesterday at the Blaisdell (sp) Center in Honolulu at an “All things Hawaiian” show (Steve, if you are reading this, I would recommend it, it was terrific, lots and lots of samples of foods etc to try - and lots of made in Hawaii products.  We were there, along with another college friend of mine Marcia for over 4 hours.  Then off to Waikiki Beach, watched the sunset - spectacular as always, and dinner at one of our favorites.

Did I mention I could get real used to this??  My body is totally on Hawaiian time right now, I so do not want to go back to NE.  Love swimming every day, being able to stay in the water for hours without freezing to death!  Not too many negatives to living here, other than the cost of real estate and food.

Went shopping for ingredients for a dinner I made last week, plus some extras and the bill was close to what I spend a week at home.  Food is HIGH!  But you do not pay heat and a lot of other things we pay for on the mainland so I think it is a wash.

Taking everyone out for Mexican food tonight, so should be fun!

OK, just thought I should post something.  More when we return to work, home and reality!!

Ciao’



 

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