Weekly Roundup: Earthquakes, Hurricanes, Hyperboles, Oh My!

by Shawanda Greene

Screaming catThe earthquake that shook the Mid-Atlantic region and parts of the Northeast earlier this week was pretty freaky.

Of all the things I expected to experience during my life, an earthquake wasn’t one.

Granted, the earthquake caused minimal damage and there was zero loss of life. But I feel completely justified in tweeting, texting, and now blogging about the extraordinary occurrence that I survived.

Mock all you want westerners, we’re not used to the earth moving around these parts.

Hurricanes are another story. I lived through at least three of those bad boys during the mid-2000sies in Central Florida.

The worst was hurricane Charlie who knocked out my electricity and water for an entire week during September. If you’ve never experienced Florida during September, just know that it’s hot – really hot. I’d have slept in my car if I didn’t have any friends to crash with.

Now, on to this little piddly hurricane/tropical storm that’s ruined my plans for the weekend.

You people need to calm the f— down. It’s not that serious.

Although I’m no expert, I’m pretty sure there will be no devastating floods outside of the coastal regions. There will be some damage to trees, roofs, trailer parks, and such. The limited number of lives lost will likely be those belonging to people who think the best time to go for a jog or, even better, surf is smack dab in the middle of a hurricane.

Hurricane Irene will not bring about an apocalyptic destruction of the East Coast.

Although the news media has been consumed with earthquakes, hurricanes, and presidential hopeful, Rick Perry over the last few days, I have more pertinent matters to report on. And here they are.

Quote of the Week

When you see a spider descending into the shower with you, remain calm. If you panic, the shampoo bottle you throw will miss the spider and rebound to hit you in the mouth. ~ JacJaxx’s submission to Learn From My Fail

Top 5 Keyword Phrases Used to Find You Have More Than You Think

1) ”Can you cosign a student loan with bad credit” 
If you have bad credit, why, oh why, would you even consider cosigning a loan for someone else? You can’t help nobody.

2) ”How to pacify your man when you have overspent”
Considering what the word “pacify” means and what a pacifier is used for, I suggest you do so, um, naturally.  ;)

3) ”Maid of honor out of town and thinks I should pay for plane ticket hair”
I’m guessing your maid of honor wants you to get her hair done too. Look. I’ll give you two options: a) Honor her request, or b) Tell that broke biddy to stay home.

4) ”Should I cosign a loan from my friend”
Uh, no, and here are 4 reasons why should never cosign a loan.

5) “Friends get mad I don’t spend money”
Unless you’re a cheap, freeloading mooch, your friends need to get a grip. Nothing is wrong, and everything is right with being careful with how you spend your money.

Informative, entertaining, and thought provoking blog posts

My University Money: Party Hard, Save Hard

Funancials: Wells Fargo Charges $35,000 for Overdraft Protection

Control Your Cash: Retard of the Week

Passive Family Income: Eating at Home for Beginners

Retire by 40: Cheap Places to Retire Abroad


Debt Free by Thirty: Win Your Money or Your Life and The Millionaire Next Door

Deadline: 12 PM EST, August 28, 2011 – Hurry!

Wisebread: Win 1 of 3 $20 Amazon Gift Cards
Deadline: 11:59 PM PST, August 29, 2011 – Hurry!

The Saved Quarter: Dreyer’s Smoothies and Shakes: Review and Giveaway
Deadline: August 31, 2011

My University Money: The 1st Annual My University Money Scholarship Contest!
Deadline: September 5, 2011

The Centsible Life: Fill the Backpack Giveaway ($750 in Back to School Goodies)
Deadline: September 15, 2011

Free Money Wisdom: New E-Course! Win $50 in Cold Hard Cash!
Deadline: September 30, 2011

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{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Betty Kincaid August 27, 2011 at 7:57 PM


Thanks for including a link to our article in your weekly round-up.


My University Money August 27, 2011 at 10:43 PM

Thanks for including us twice over. We haven't received a single scholarship application yet so it could be easy money for someone!


centstosave August 28, 2011 at 12:16 AM

Lordy…. I remember Charlie! And yes,,,, September is darn hot and miserable without AC.


Lisa @ Cents To Save August 28, 2011 at 12:17 AM

Lordy…. I remember Charlie! And yes,,,, September is darn hot and miserable without AC.


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