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Bungee into a new life !!

March 29th, 2009 at 06:53 pm

I'm in one of those hellishly expensive places called Internet Cafes... have no choice tho as my home Internet is cancelled and I am waiting for the Internet to be connected in my new apartment.

Anyways....in this News Bulletin

1. Bungee Jump

Drove down to the bungee place. Looked at a girl do it before me... i.e fall off the edge screaming !! Climbed the tower in a relatively calm state of mind. When I got to the edge of the platform, after been harnassed up, I freaked out. I looked down and that was it. There was no way I was going to do it. Told the instructor twice I can't do it. He was a fantastic guy and told me I could. Looking out off that platform just terrified me... with the trees WAY down below me. Anyways I told him I'm gonna close me eyes and count down from 10. He said 10 isn't allowed. They only do 5. So I close my eyes and 2 seconds later just leant forward...... and next thing I know...... I'm off !!!

Terrifying upsidedownside feeling.... swinging and bungeeing wildly..... HOPING... those leg straps will hold tight !!!! being lowered down onto a net and feeling my back hit the net and saying "Thank God !!"

2. Today I got the keys to my apartment. A new chapter in my life has opened. In the process of moving at the moment - hence no Internet :0(. It will all come together soon tho !!

Anyhow... am a big concerned about my mother... once or twice today I caught her looking a bit teary-eyed and I don't want to upset her by her watching me moving all my stuff out..... I'm not moving to another country... just moving to an apartment in my home town....

still, nobody likes to make their mother upset... any suggestions as to how to make as small an impact on her as possible ??

Gotta go... as I'm probably being charged by the SECOND !! lol

Feel the fear & do it anyway... :-( hehe

March 25th, 2009 at 02:25 pm

Well I decided a few weeks to do a bungee jump to celebrate my 30th B-day...

I'm afraid of heights so it really would be a challenge for me...

Anyways my B-day isn't until the start of May and today I thought to myself: "Why don't I just drive down to the place on Saturday and do it - get it over with".

I'm calm as I write this...yet I know I will be calling myself every name under the sun as I travel down there !!

I know tho that the only way to get this Bungee thing out of my head is to just do it. I'm stubborn like that.

Anyways... looked up website and its 35 a pop... which doesn't seem too bad... I'm hoping it will be a real thrill and sense of achievement.... (stomach turning aspect aside !)

Keep it Simple ?

March 24th, 2009 at 02:50 pm

I LUV Van Morrison !! One of his works of beauty is a song called Keep it Simple.

I've been messing about with my April Budget... I've moving into my own place this weekend so the look of the budget is going to change...

What I'm wondering is do you guys find it easier to just concentrate on one goal at a time, complete it and then move on to the next ?

Or do you have 3/4 different active goals at the same and knock little pieces off each as you go along ?

Which approach has worked best for you ?

Buy Bank Shares ??

March 21st, 2009 at 05:21 pm

Hi all.... back under new management...

29 yr old soon to be 30 yr old bungee-jumping apartment living hero !!

oh yeah.... and modest too :-)

Bank shares... One Irish Bank has already been nationalised. The two big banks, Bank of Ireland and Allied Irish Banks, have had billions pumped into them by the Government in a recapitalisation effort. Their share prices have dropped hugely.

For example, Allied Irish Banks current share price is approx 0.60 Euro. This time last year it was approx 12.80 Euro.

However a self-made billionaire investor, who even has his own bank, recently purchased AIB shares. Obviously he is not expecting it to be nationalised in the near future and he is optimistic of an increase in share value.

All the radio pundits are saying avoid bank shares like the plague.

It has just occurred to me that these are the same pundits who advised us to get on the property ladder before it is out of reach - stoking the housing bubble fire.

Well...what about going against the pundits, following a billionaire investor and adopting a contrarian approach (a bit like Mr Buffett) and buying 100 or 200 euro worth of AIB shares.

Post recession, say 4/5 years from now, they could be worth (pie-in-sky figures I know) say 6 - 10 euro.... a 1000% increase on my investment...

What you think ?

Happy Paddys Day !!

March 17th, 2009 at 11:52 pm

Just squeezed it in before midnight !! hehe