Photos From Hiking Combs Peak – Anza Borrego State Park

Today Zach and I hiked Combs Peak in San Diego (4.7 miles up to 6,193 feet) – and saw the rare United States Coast and Geodetic Survey marker dated 1939! The Combs Peak area is beautiful San Diego County chaparral landscape, with manzanita, scrub oak, buckthorn, red shanks and chamise densely covering the mountain slopes.

Combs Peak is only one of 10 named 6000-foot peaks in San Diego County and the 8th highest. There is an old Yuban can at the top, with a small notepad inside. We left a note and read everyone else’s secrets!

This hike is listed as hike #4 of the SD 100 challenge! I’ve only done a few of the other hikes, definitely need to get out and hike more!

Valentine’s Date with Frosted Faces Abraham

Today we took Abraham from Frosted Faces Foundation on a date. Abraham’s days are short as he has lung cancer, but we dried our watery eyes and gave him a fun day! We went to Sonic for a hot dog, stopped by and visited Zach at Montgomery Field for treats and pets, and then went to Fiesta Island where he got his toes in the water and breathed in the saltwater air! I didn’t expect it but he really seemed to like Ava – they walked up and down the beach a few times. He is looking for a hospice home/forever foster for however many days he has left. He is a good boy and his legs still work well. If your living situation could accommodate him, please consider this special honor of giving him the best days of his life. He absolutely deserves it!

Should You Invest with Robinhood or Webull in 2021? A Consideration of Options and Alternatives

On January 29, 2021 – in the midst of the historic Reddit Gamestop small investors vs. hedge fund “short squeeze” frenzy, more than 600,000 people downloaded the Robinhood trading app.

Despite being cast as the bad guy, new investors signed up for Robinhood in droves. The company’s zero balance requirement and low fee structure make it appealing to everyone. 

Bloomberg’s headline read “Robinhood Traders Bash the App But Just Can’t Leave It.” The classic hate it, but won’t quit it, scenario. Sounds like a lot of people and their jobs. We push past our reservations, reasoning that a better option just isn’t out there. There is certainly no shortage of options for commission free trading. Options in 2021 include InteractiveBrokers, Sofi, Ally Invest, Webull, TD ameritrade, Merrill Edge, You Invest by J.P. Morgan, Vanguard, Fidelity, and Charles Schwab. And the list goes on. 

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Book Review: Maybe You Should Talk to Someone

Maybe You Should Talk To Someone

I recently read Lori Gottlieb’s Maybe You Should Talk to Someone. This book was published in April 2019 –  I had seen it on multiple trips to Barnes and Noble and finally dove in, not sure what to expect. After reading it, I am not surprised it has received 13,400 reviews on Goodreads. It’s a good read! 

It isn’t a self-help book or an explosive celebrity memoir, but it is deep, and I felt better for reading it. I also felt glad to have participated in therapy in the times in my own life that I have, including last year. There is so much good that comes from working on ourselves and editing our stories. Therapy has given me a peaceful calm and a renewed hope. 

Lori (the author), is a therapist who is treating patients in her Southern California practice. We get to know a few of her patients: Julie, a newlywed with terminal breast cancer, Rita, a senior citizen contemplating suicide while feeling the weight of her mistakes decades earlier, and John, a Hollywood producer trying to save his marriage while grappling with extreme grief. 

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The Case for Dogecoin in February 2021 – Why the ‘Joke Currency’ Isn’t a Joke

The word crypto is enough for some people to keep scrolling.  And specifically Dogecoin, the cryptocurrency “started as a joke.” How do you even say Doge? Is it doggie, doe-gie, or dohj? What is that silly Shiba Inu dog?  Why are there memes everywhere?Words like altcoin, blockchain, mining, digital tokens, hash rates – are all unfamiliar. We write crypto off quickly. It sounds so foreign, it must be a gimmick. It can’t possibly be serious investing. Why would we waste time with that? 

Why We Missed the Crypto Boom of the Last Decade: Limiting Beliefs

The Shiba Inu is a dog, not a joke.

It’s easy to say we’re being practical. All these rationalizations for dismissing something new are at their core, limiting beliefs. Looking at history, limiting beliefs can be a source of huge regret

NY Times writer Kevin Roose wrote about his limiting beliefs about cryptocurrency in December 2017, in an article titled “I Was Wrong About Bitcoin. Here’s Why.” He shares the story of buying a single bitcoin in 2013, which at the time required him to go to CVS and send $140 via Moneygram. That alone is enough for some people to shake their heads and say “not for me.” 

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Start Investing Now – Get Started with Stocks, Bonds, and Crypto (Including Dogecoin)

Investing is like exercise. It’s never too late to join the game, and a little better bit is better than nothing. When we have volatile days like January 28, 2021, there is natural curiosity about the market. Elon’s cryptic tweets of a whippet on a Dogue magazine cover only add to the curiosity.

What does that Dogecoin dog have to do with anything?
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FAA Targets Weathervane Aviation Services – Proposes $1 Million Penalty Against Alleged Illegal Charter Operator

N402BK – Courtesy FlightAware

On January 25, 2021, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)  issued a news release stating that the agency has proposed a $1,001,000 civil penalty against Weathervane Aviation Services. The Feds allege the company operated an illegal charter and used unqualified pilots. 

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FMCSA’s Bad Truck Drivers: A Closer Look at the Four Truck Drivers Labeled “Imminent Hazards” by the Federal Agency in 2020

FMCSA Bad Truck Drivers

It isn’t often that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) issues a press release about a truck driver. While trucking accidents resulting in serious injury or death happen every day all over the country, the Feds rarely blast out a press release about a driver. 

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Matt James Bachelor Episode 2 Recap: This Episode is About Queen Victoria + The First Airplane Ever Invented

We’re back at Nemacolin Resort (Farmington, PA) for week 2 of the  Bach. The opening promo promises a rose ceremony health event that is sure to be, you guessed it, dramatic. Opening B-roll shows leaves changing colors and birds chirping, and a chilly September morning. 

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