Author: Nicholas Hamner

Retirement, Income, Tax & Estate Planning.

Remember These? Technical Milestones We Probably Forgot

Tomorrow marks a very important date that no one reading this likely cares about: Alabama plays Tennessee. For the 103rd time. The game is historically played on the third Saturday in October and, in fact, the rivalry game is known as “The Third Saturday in October”. Alabama has dominated the series as of late (which…
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October 22, 2020 0

Fast Food Nation

Philadelphia just relaxed its dining requirements again, so that restaurants can seat up to 50% capacity indoors. This depends on the restaurant being able to do a few things, including ensuring that no person at any table is closer than 6’ from anyone seated at any other table, and improving ventilation. In my former life…
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October 15, 2020 0

Aging Slowly, Aging Fast

I forget if I first heard her say the phrase when I was crawling under the trailer after our last camping trip, or when I came in tired after playing basketball with my daughter and her friends, but my wife has taken to reminding me, “You know, you’re no spring chicken.” If I remind her…
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October 8, 2020 0

Are YOU Keeping Up?

This weekend, my family welcomed a new addition. Not a baby, or a pet… something shinier and, at least in the suburbs, worthy of much more speculation from the neighbors. We got a new stove. Or a range, or an oven. Whatever you want to call it… it has a top where you boil things…
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October 1, 2020 0

Waste Not, Want Not

Resourcefulness is the ability to use what you have to accomplish whatever it is you need doing. Growing up in the South, saying someone was “resourceful” meant two things: 1) they could adjust engine timing with an ashy lit cigarette and 2) they probably had a yard full of rusting crap that they might need…
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September 24, 2020 0

What’s The Deal With TikTok? A Politics-Free Dive

What is TikTok? Per their About page, “TikTok is the leading destination for short form mobile video. Our mission is to inspire creativity and bring joy.” What is TikTok really? TikTok is a mobile social media app, available on every major mobile platform (Apple/Android/Amazon), used to make videos up to 60 seconds in length. App…
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September 17, 2020 0

How Do You Handle Uncertainty?

“Uncertain” is the word of the year. How many advertisements have you seen in the past six months that reference “these uncertain times”? For months, we didn’t know how COVID-19 spread, or what effects it could have on the body. We still don’t know the virus’s full effects. For months, we didn’t know how businesses…
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September 10, 2020 0

An Awful Lot Of Zeros

When most of us think of password security, we think that the more difficult the combination the better. Capital letters, lowercase letters, special characters, and numbers galore! The password requirements we see most often are a minimum of eight characters, at least one capital letter, one number, and one special character. But, you’re better off…
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September 3, 2020 0

Prices Are Returning To Normal

You may recall previous stories in this newsletter about the skyrocketing cost of food as a result of COVID-19. The cost of eggs practically doubled, and shortages became commonplace. Well, good news! It appears that meat costs are finally coming down. From June to July, uncooked beef & veal dropped 8.2%. For larger cuts like…
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August 13, 2020 0

The History Of The Remote Control

Late last week, Peter and I—for reasons I’ve forgotten now—got on the topic of remote controls. I’ve talked about it before in other articles, but my dad was a TV repairman back when a TV could actually be repaired. My formative years were spent around all types of old and broken electronics. I’ve seen all…
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August 5, 2020 0