Sunday, October 10, 2004

Meeting Jeff

I had just written this really long post, and lost it. So, here's the short version:

While I was in Springfield, Alie and I got to meet Jeff Cook, of the Alabama band. He's such a great guy, as laid back as can be for someone who's reached that level of fame. Below you'll find a link to his message board, where you can find out more about him, Alabama, and his new band AGB.

The Jeff Cook Message Board

And, Here's a picture of Jeff and I, and one of Alie and Jeff. (Yes, I was a bit nervous sitting next to him...)


Unfortunately, the pictures I promised of the alabama concert have been delayed. It seems I've misplaced the cable which connects the camer to the pc to view pictures. As soon as I locate the cable, I'll post any pictures that turned out.

FWIW, it was a great concert. Amazing to think that Alabama, one of the greatest bands of all time, will be no more in less than a week. The final concert of the 'An American Farewell' Tour is coming up, and after that the band is retiring. Some will go on to their own projects, others will just get on with the lives they've put off while they were entertaining us for the last 25 years. It's a well deserved retirement, but a sad one none the less.

Have you heard of this Dave Ramsey guy?

Over the last couple of months, I've found myself listening more and more to this radio show, 'The Dave Ramsey Show'. I started picking it up on XM Radio, but more recently have canceled the XM subscription and listen to him on the web.

Dave has helped me come to a real awakening, regarding my financial situation. He talks about money, but not in the typical 'stock talk radio' style. This is about my money, your money. Personal finance. The advice he gives is so simple, when you hear it, it's like, 'Duh!'. But wait... If it's that simple, why is it so many people don't follow it. For example... His answer on how to get out of debt and even build wealth is to "live on less than you earn." Simple, yes? But most people don't do it.

Following his program, I already feel like I am much more in control of my money, and my life. I have a plan, and a goal. Everything is done in baby steps, so the plan is easy to follow. Hey, if Dave can get a spender like me (who ALWAYS has to have the latest and most expensive toys) to cut back, get on a budget, and have a plan for what I'm doing with my money and my life, he can do it for anyone.

You can listen to his radio show live from his website by clicking the 'Listen Now' button on the top right hand corner of the front page. Then click on either the windows media link if it's between 1-4pm CST, or on the 'archives' link outside of those hours. You'll find archives of his most recent shows available to listen to 24 hours a day.

Dave's way (Live life debt free, spending only what you can afford to spend, not borrowing money for anything, not even a car loan) may sound crazy, but if your way hasn't been working, what have you got to lose by trying it his way for a while? - Dave Ramsey - Beat Debt... Build Wealth