You work hard for the money, eh eh eh eh


Words? I get words. I can read words. They work.

Math? I can get math. I understand math. That clicks.

Reading how to do math? Yeah…I’m worthless.

My first finance class started Wednesday and I’m a little over my head, me thinks. I’m wondering if I missed a prerequisite or something. We dove right in to balance sheets with gross profits less interest to defer tax deductible short note debt financing fixed equipment.

Ubba ubba ubba. I had to write a note to my prof, saying I’ll need a day or two to complete the first case study problem thing.

Part of it was my fault. The other classes had been relatively a breeze, and I was focusing on work stuff before cracking open my text. Then it hit me, 70 pages of terms and formulas that make me want to play video games.

I think the trickiest part of it is the text portion of the mathematics. Reading 30 pages of descriptions on a formula confuses me more than just hashing through the formula itself. Then again, I suppose it’s helpful to know about liquidity, net income and all that booshwa, instead of just being a number cruncher.

So there I am, on page 14, scanning through the paragraph on tax deferment again when “Le Disko” pulses in, I look up, see the ticker, open the browser and I’m in Typepad before my brain’s taskmaster
unit realizes I’m not at my book anymore. Ha ha, sucker. I’m blogging. Stuff it.

Two emails and a jump to track eight leads the clock to 11:24. PT in five hours, and I get to lead it. Lovely. Three complaining troops and me, all standing in the cold as the seniors go to the warm gym. Extend to the left, march! Arms up “Q”. Yeah, I’m cold too, I don’t want to hear it.

Things are hectic at work with this big Bush announcement on Wednesday. It was supposed to be a big surprise, but all the buzz is we’re upping troops levels in Iraq again. Not that it’s news to anybody reading, it’s been all over CNN and NPR for a week. “Surge” is the word of choice in Washington these days. Troop surge that is. Everyone is prepping to head out a LOT sooner than we thought, which means more war for everybody. Cool eh?

That means more money, and tax deferred since that’s our consolation to checking out of life for another year. I’ll be able to see my finance text come to life. This time, I’ll fine tune the old bank account while I cruise the sandy streets. Health permitting, I’ll have a little nest egg when I get back. Not “buy an BMW” worthy, by any means, but enough for a sofa or something.

Crap! Didn’t finish reading my assignment. Oh well, I’ll get to it later. You readers and your insatiable need for “new” entries. I mean, really!

Seriously, though, thanks for reading! It’s really a special thing to have this little connection. Not that I’ll let you have my car or anything, but the back-and-forths on the comments are always fun to read.

God bless and I’ll see you the next time I try to sit down and read about monies.


About salemonz

Born in San Diego, Calif. Raised as a Navy Brat, I jumped ship and crossed over to the Army. Served as an enlisted journalist for a bunch of years, then helped the DoD figure out what the hell to do with social media. After the Army, now I drift down the river of life, trying not to be a jerk.

6 responses to “You work hard for the money, eh eh eh eh”

  1. Felyne says :

    Damnit, after all this I don’t get the car? Well that was a waste of *tries to remember how long she’s been coming here* .. err .. umm.. time! *does that Magazine Sales Guy line* “You could have told me that after my first comment and saved both of us a hellofalotta time, BUDDY!”

    Unfortunately I have to say I understood all the Balance Sheet crap you were talking about. And I sympathise, because unless you’re really interested in them, they’re just numbers on a page. Oh oh, that could be a hit movie you know, we’ll get John Travolta to play the lead… ooh this is big.. I can see the headline now… “NUMBERS ON A PAGE breaks box office records, weird New Zealand chick now intolerably wealthy”, so, like, if I can’t have your car, will you at least see my movie? wait, you cant even get to page 14, who the hell am I kidding???

  2. Lessie says :

    Soooo relate — why is it’s easiest to do hard stuff when avoiding even harder stuff? (Did that make sense?)

    How do you read so many books at once?

  3. salmons says :

    Felyne: Oh, whoops. Um, sure, yes…the car. I’ll lease one so we can live above our means!

    Lessie: I just lay ’em all out on my floor and go page by page. It’s some trippy stuff, believe me! Nothing like mixing Marxism, Jesus, and Hunter Thompson.

  4. priya says :

    I’ve been wandering on and off in between year-end to- do’s and don’ts! Just saw the bit about you heading back. I’m currently Soldier’s Angel to a couple guys in Iraq, so yeah – I’ll be one of those logging on to see how you are doing as well. Stay safe. And if you are giving away your car – please let it be a BMW, please let it be a BMW…

  5. Shannon says :

    “…but enough for a sofa or something.”

    You might even be able to buy an LCD screen or something. That might be a bit over the top though. Maybe just add an ottoman.

    You’re really going back, huh? I wonder how you are really feeling about it.

    You’re in our thoughts, and we will be here when you get back.

    p.s. Pack lots of Poptarts

  6. salmons says :

    Update: Jury is still out on whether or not I am going back, although a lot of cats already are receiving the news.

    It just might be that our anticipated return-to-Iraq date is moved a few months sooner.

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