Off season. Ignore if you want.
So, trying to figure out my first credit card. Been doing some research and have put together some options, but I wanted to get some feedback because I'm sure several people on the board are/were recently in a similar situation as me.
Recent finished grad school - 2011.
Never had a credit card (only check card).
Beginning year 2 of real-person status.
Have steady job, living comfortably.
Paying well over the minimums on student loans, currently, so I think my credit score would be better than a normal person that's never had a card.
Would pay full balance of card monthly.
The only reason I'm getting one is because it's one of those things you have to do. I'm of the opinion that if I don't have the money to buy something, I have to wait until I do. I'm just looking to build credit. Should I look at a credit card through a gas station? I've read I should ignore the sexy reward programs. Any anecdotes out there? Anyone really like their decision? Anyone really not like their decision?
Newsflash that former UM Provost, Teresa Sullivan, has been reinstated as UVA President by the Board of Visitors.
So, we are in the cold doldrums of another long summer, so I figured I would spark some conversation by seeing what side of the fence everybody is on. I'll post few debatable topics just to see where the battle lines are drawn...
1. LBJ, NBA MVP and Champion - happy for him or hope his house gets hit by a tank?
2. OSU - Win every game but one, only beat the SEC, or secede from the Union to form a province of Bolivia?
3. Navarre - If we find the Weinke loophole, would you take four more years at his average productivity?
4. Ditka or God, who would win in a fight?
5. Mascot - Giant blue weasel, life sized garden gnome from Brian's post, or does it not matter as long as they hurry the hell up...
6. Now that RDT has been outed, who is the next alter ego to slip up?
7. Ale or lager?
Ramzy at 11 Warriors (i know, but he's a good writer) has a great piece up on just how many people could have stopped Jerry Sandusky along the way. http://www.elevenwarriors.com/2012/06/12016/we-could-be-heroes
In addition to that, Dana Jacobson announced on her most recent blog that she was molested twice as a child by a baby sitter. http://danajacobson.blogspot.com/2012/06/jerry-sanduskys-victims-arent-alone-on.html
I think that Ramzy's point is a really good one, each and every member of the community has a responsibility to act. Thinking "someone else will handle the problem" is a great way to fail, especially when it comes to protecting children. Hopefully the silver lining in all of this mess is that people see the institutional and societal failures that surrounded the whole Sandusky mess. People like Dana are being given the courage to speak out and create less of a stigma for victims of child abuse. Hopefully in the future people will speak out and people will stop the abusers rather than ignoring the problems and taking away his locker room keys.
This is actually a couple weeks old, I think, but I did not find out about it until today. I searched MGoBlog and didn't see a previous post about it so I thought I would share. I'm sure many of you, like me, remember when Teresa Sullivan left UM as provost to become President of UVA. She has been removed despite opposition from students, faculty, and the larger academic community. The outcry has been so significant there is even talk of reinstating her. Now Virginia Governor McDonnell is threatening to fire the Board that fired her. http://www.politico.com//blogs/burns-haberman/2012/06/mcdonnell-threatens-to-can-uva-board-127076.html
For what it is worth, while I always liked her as a provost and have a pretty low opinion of UVA after this, she DID go to State.
Duolingo is a pretty cool start-up out of Carnegie Mellon that helps users learn a language for free, while translating web pages in the process. Currently they only have Spanish, German and English for Spanish speakers, but they have French in beta, and Italian and Chinese coming soon.
I've been wanting to learn Spanish for a while now, so I started the Spanish program and I think it's going pretty well so far. On a slow Saturday, I figured that we 're a pretty well-educated bunch and that this would of interest/use to some people. And, hey, maybe you'll eventually get to translate MGoBlog for some non-English speaking kid in Spain.
Here's a review from PCMag: http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2402570,00.asp