Hello, folks. In case you haven’t noticed, I haven’t been around for the past few weeks. Well, there was this space ship that came down to earth and kidnapped me for a couple of weeks. They finally decided to let me come back provided I didn’t tell anyone what happened while I was there. Nah, I’m only kidding. Actually, I’ve had a couple of things I’ve been working on that have taken up the majority of my time.

Work has been extremely busy for the past few weeks and I've been working approximately 12 hour days. Unfortunately, it hasn’t resulted in additional income since my salary is based on a 40 hour workweek and there is no overtime pay. If I work 38 hours, I get paid for 40 hours. If I work 60 hours like I've been doing the past few weeks, I still get paid for 40 hours. It's a little frustrating sometimes but I like to think that my hard work is rewarded during my annual salary review.

The other thing I've been working on is a joint venture with my uncle. He's been doing construction for over 25 years and can fix or build anything with his eyes closed. He’s finally decided to start out on his own and needed a little help; both physically and with the business end of it. I’ve helped him with setting up an email account, getting his business cards and putting out flyers to help him advertise his business. In addition to that, I’m also in charge of managing the finances of his business and his personal finances.

To say he is not good with money would be an understatement. This is the same guy that used to go to the casino like he was going to work. This is also the same guy that blew through $20,000 in casino winnings in just a few hours. It’s so weird because he would win money EVERY time he went to the casino. I’ve gone with him a few times in the past and each time, he won some ridiculous amount of money while I would sulk over losing $20 in the slot machine.

So far, the business has been going well. He’s hooked up with a few realtors and they are sending him tons of referrals. All of these things have led to me not having any spare time left for blogging or any fun. Right now, my schedule consists of getting up in the morning and going to my regular day job. After I get done with that, I usually meet up with my uncle to either help him out with a job or work on writing up estimates for a potential job. Before you start thinking I’m a nice guy, let me tell ya, my services aren’t provided for free. Right now, I’m only charging him 10% of each job. For the jobs that he gets, it’s a good deal for me. The only bad thing is that if he doesn’t get the job, I don’t get paid for my time.

Work should be slowing down a little so I should be back to a regular posting schedule. Thanks for hanging in there and I thank you for reading the blog.


  1. Lulu // April 8, 2010 at 11:27 AM  

    It is good to have you back!!!!! Keep on posting because we keep on reading.

  2. BibleDebt // April 8, 2010 at 6:42 PM  

    Welcome back! Looking forward to reading what you have to say.

  3. J. Money // April 8, 2010 at 9:06 PM  

    Welcome back my friend! Nice surprise in my reader today :)

  4. Single Guy Money // April 8, 2010 at 11:13 PM  

    Thanks for all of the welcomes. Makes me feel loved!

  5. Money Honey SF // April 9, 2010 at 6:19 PM  

    Welcome back SGM. We missed you here. It's good knowing you have other gigs currently with your uncle.

    $20K is alot to consider bringing to the casino. But hey, he seems to win all the time. Maybe that's the lucky number.

  6. youngandthrifty // April 11, 2010 at 2:19 PM  

    glad to have you back!

  7. S // April 13, 2010 at 10:55 PM  

    congrats and welcome back. We all go through these little lulls, i just got back myself. Back to thinktank!