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I went to A&B Sound on Friday and spent $15 to buy Jeremy Fisher’s newest CD, “Goodbye Blue Monday.” It wasn’t an impulse buy – I knew I was going to buy it as soon as the release date was announced.

*SWOON* Sorry I have to have a complete “girl moment” right now. I have such a thing for cute acoustic guitarists. :) ESPECIALLY cute Canadian acoustic guitarists who care about the world and are trying to do what they can to make a difference. (I mentioned it before that he helped me with my HIV/AIDS Sexual Awareness campaign!)

I could have just waited a few weeks and try to scoop his CD off the internet for free, but that’s just mean. He doesn’t sell hundreds of thousands of CDs like those famous artists do, and I want to support what he does. For him, every CD sale counts. I figure if I like someone’s music enough to want it on my iPod, I should be willing to pay for it. That being said, I haven’t purchased a CD in a long, long time. I can’t even remember the last one I bought. And CDs seem like such a waste of money b/c I’ll just rip it to my iTunes, and the CD itself goes and sits on a shelf, never to be seen again. I guess I could just buy the songs off iTunes, but I like the liner notes. :)

When I bought Jeremy Fisher’s last CD, it came to me in a bubble package that was personally signed by him. “Thanks Krystal! (Heart) Jeremy Fisher.” Could you see Britney Spears or anyone else super famous personally addressing and autographing every CD they sell? That little touch goes above and beyond what he had to do, and by doing that, he is able to establish a personal relationship with his fans. It gave me the impression that I had sent my money directly to him, and he popped down to the post office the next morning and mailed it off himself. Chances are that’s not what happened, but it gives the illusion that it could have happened. And that’s just good marketing. Plus, I still have the signed bubble package!

Grassroots artists. I love it!

How anonymous is this blog?

I’ve been trying to keep this blog anonymous, but I’m not sure how anonymous it really is. For a brief few hours, I had a link to this blog from my regular blog on a different site, and then thought better of it, and took it down. But a few hours is enough time for a couple of friends to click on the link and wander over. Plus, based on the details of myself on this blog, I’m sure it’d be pretty darn easy to figure out who I am, where I live, and what I ate for breakfast.

And my boyfriend now knows I have this blog, and desperately wants to read it. He’s really into personal finance as well, and he’s very “fiscally responsible,” as he likes to describe himself. But, I’m reluctant. I like how this blog is my very own, and to my knowledge, nobody in my real life knows about it.

But I guess I have nothing to hide. Having this blog forces me to be open about my finances, and that’s what I wanted from the beginning. My boyfriend is fully aware of my financial situation (although he was definitely against me buying that new computer), and sometimes I try to talk shop with my friends, but honestly none of them have any interest in finance.

It’s also an issue of security. Is it smart to tell the world how much money you have? I know most PF bloggers have a sidebar that tracks their finances down to the penny, and a lot of them even have pictures of themselves. Is this safe? Are they scared of getting stalked and robbed? Or have their identity stolen?

I don’t really know what I’m trying to say. My other blog has gotten me into some weird situations in the past (a very famous music magazine took a paragraph word-for-word from my blog, for starters, and that turned into a little bit of a fiasco with a famous band, but I digress …), and I like the idea of having a completely anonymous blog … but on the other hand, maybe one of my friends will get inspired by reading my blog, and decide to start one up of their own.

So right now, to my knowledge, nobody I know in real life has ever read this journal (p.s. if any of my friends are reading this right now, please leave me a comment). But how about the rest of you PF bloggers? Do your friends and loved ones know about your blog, and if they do, do they read it? How do you feel about it?

My first ‘miscellaneous’ post in this blog

Behold the beast that put me $3k+ in debt. Now that I actually have it at home, I can safely say that it was worth every penny. I mean, look at it! It’s gorgeous. For those who are unfamiliar with iMacs, the viewable screen area is 24″, and the machine itself is about 1.5″ thick. The computer is built into the back of the screen, so there isn’t a tower that goes with it. Basically what you see is what you get. The laptop beside it is what I’ve been using for the past 1 1/2 years, and I can say without a shadow of a doubt that I am so glad I switched. I thought it’d be had to switch to an Apple, after having used PCs all my life, but this computer is so much easier to use! It’s so intuitive; No more messy program installations, no more clutter, and everything is so graphic-oriented. I. LOVE. IT. Plus, it comes with a built-in webcam (see black square at the top of the computer), and a remote that can control music/dvds/photo slideshow/etc from across the room (see white thin thing on the right side of the comp – when I’m not using it, it’s held there magnetically). My BF’s computer is in a nook to the right of my desk, and every so often, I see him glance over at my beautiful iMac with a look of jealousy. Anyway, I could talk about my computer all night, so I’ll just stop for your sake. :)

In other news, I had my surgery done yesterday afternoon (it’s like 2am, so technically it was yesterday). The procedure took 2 1/2 hrs b/c the said they ran into some difficulties with my bottom 2 wisdom teeth, and said I would feel more pain than normal in the days to come. They’ve been drugging me up pretty good, so I haven’t felt much discomfort yet, but we’ll see. The BF made me scrambled eggs for dinner, and jello for dessert since I can’t really open my mouth very wide, and chewing is out of the question. I put the $200 cost on my Mastercard, and will pay it off next Friday.

Financially, the TSX has made some major ground the past few days, and I was able to recoup some of the losses I suffered last week in my portfolio. I can only hope this continues!

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