Free WiFi at Best Buy

Last Friday, I did my yearly social duty and visited my CPA in Manhattan to do the dreaded taxes deed, and to assuage my aching heart and walloped wallet, I always first visit Circuit City on the corner of 14th Street and 4th Avenue in Union Square to put my hands on all the latest technology.  Unfortunately, Circuit City is now kaput — but I was pleasantly pleased to see a Best Buy store in the same Circuit City spot.

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Buying the GE Smith Telecaster on eBay

When you start buying electric guitars, the habit can become compulsive and joy lifting.  The trick, to me anyway, is to only add a new guitar to your collection that has some useful uniqueness and hopeful provenance.  I’m not interested in ever re-selling my guitars, but I am always interested in the providential find online.  Last week, for some reason, I was drawn to eBay — I haven’t bought or sold anything online there in over seven years — and I did a quick search on “GE Smith Telecaster“, because I fell in love with the sound of that chunk of wood and wires on YouTube, and I found one for sale at a great price in a hard-to-find black color.  In this promotional shot, Black isn’t even shown and, on the Fender website and in the promotional video for his Telecaster, GE Smith “hopes” one day it will be available in Black:

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Renting the American Dream

After 20 years of renting a life on the East Coast — that’s what you do out here because purchasing an apartment or a house is incredibly expensive because the AVERAGE price of a one-bedroom apartment in New York City is now a cool $1,000,000.00 USD — we are now thinking it might be best to look into buying our share of the American Dream instead of renting it away.

99.99% of the people we know rent. Where do we start to buy? Can you do it all with a bank loan or do you have to bring a chunk of your own saved money for a down payment to the table first? Do you find a real estate agent at the start of the process or only at the finish? Is now a good time to buy an apartment or a house?

Is there a New York neighborhood or town or village reachable by train near New York City that would be more affordable than Manhattan or Queens? I know there are books and magazines dedicated to this topic, but sometimes there are hidden self-interests in those publications.