We all could use some extra cash

If you’re like me, you know that working hard doesn’t always pay the bills and sometimes you have to pick up hours and such just to make ends meet. For me, I’m still living at home but I do pay rent and I help around the house a lot. I earn my keep here, but I am looking to move out. I do think however, I am not the only one who could use some extra cash every now and then.

That all sounds nice and hey, maybe the money fairy will show up on day (my luck isn’t that good so I doubt it) but in the mean time people need to get smart with their money. I realize there are a great many people who do live paycheck to paycheck and struggle with this every day. I know what it’s like and I know how watching that number go down in your bank is just tearing you to pieces. I’ve been there.

One thing that I don’t like to see and I keep seeing more and more of are these GoFundMe pages. I don’t want to sound cruel here and I don’t want to offend anyone but I do want to just point a few things out. The first, is how much GoFundMe actually takes from these pages. This can be a little enlightening to some people (source here).

  • GoFundMe charges a 5 percent fee from each donation received.
  • Another 2.9 percent goes to WePay, which processes the transaction, plus 30 cents per donation.
  • Basically, GoFundMe gets 8 percent of each donation for processing and handling the account.

Second, there are to be the correct reason. If someone dies suddenly, I get that try to pay for a funeral is hard to deal with on top of their death. However, if someone is holder (I’d say about 50) they should already be planning things for when they are gone. There are plans/payment plans available at almost every single funeral home. You can basically pay the whole thing off before you die and not have to worry about the prices changing. My grandfather and my grandmother on my Mom’s side did this. They planned what casket, what music, what to be said and the tombstone before they even died. They planned ahead. Now if it’s someone younger and they are not sick, then I understand that the money to do this is just sometimes not there and you may need some help paying things off. For that I do welcome GoFundMe but just remember the three bullet points from earlier.

Third, I keep seeing some of my friends (I wont say names) who set up these pages for helping to pay for a vacation or even help pay rent. If you can’t afford a vacation and have to ask, maybe think of doing something different. There are a lot of fun ways to have an affordable vacation without needing to ask for money because you can’t afford it. Now for rent, I get that things happen, maybe you had car trouble or whatever but you should always plan ahead. Set up an emergency fund account where maybe you only put a few dollars a week into to, in the end this will add up and save you in the long run. When I see people asking for help paying rent I get frustrated and I actually think it’s a bit funny. I can’t even begin to think to give you funds because you know that the cash needed to pay your rent comes every month, same day each time. This is nothing new. Plan ahead. Plan ahead. That emergency fund comes into to play right here.

I am not heartless as this pay appear. In fact I like to everyone to have less stress and trouble in their lives, however I think there’s a time and place for everything. I believe that life is a test and sometimes you’re going to fail but it’s how you pick yourself back up that is important. Please, remember the three bullet points from earlier and always be smart with your money. It’ll help you in the long run, trust me.

RIP Garry Marshall

I have to admit, when actors and such die, I’m sad but I move on. However, Garry Marshall is definitely one of those who I have to pause for. Garry deserves a lot of remembrance over the next few days.


This guy created what I deem are pure classic movies. From Pretty Woman to Never Been Kissed to A League of Their Own, the guy was apart of some of the greatest films in Hollywood. From the acting to the directing, I’ve never been disappointed by something Garry was apart of.

Garry is truly a great actor and wonderful storyteller. He will be missed. RIP GARRY MARSHALL!

Windows 10

I’m currently taking the scenic route to Traverse City and I’ve got some time to kill. I realize this is also the first time I’ve been able to write something since going on vacation.

Let’s talk Windows 10. Yes, I was forced into switching. And I do mean forced. I opted out of the free download for Months the then suddenly Friday as I’m playing my Sims game, my computer shuts up and starts the process. I was given no warning, no save time, nothing. Just right in the middle of my game, the computer goes dark and starts updating.

So I’m first annoyed because I didn’t have time to save and second becausei didn’t want Windows 10 in the first place. I was given no chance to stop the process. 


So after the two hour process of changing operating systems (I had Windows 8) it finally is ready to start. I recommend changing some privacy settings when you start.  Basically if you don’t, Windows steals a ton of data from you. If that doesn’t bother then whatever. You can always change this later in your settings.

Overall, it’s not a huge leap from Windows 8 as far as I can tell. I haven’t had a chance to really mess with it too much. I know it has some issues with Firefox but I refuse to use Internet explorer/Windows Edge. I use Firefox or Chrome way before that. It does seem a little slower on loading when it first starts too. I’m gonna give it 7 out of 10 stars. 

5 Issues with Pokemon Go

It’s a great world we currently live in. You can now take your Pokemon skills to a whole other level. You can now play Pokemon Go, which basically makes you get away from your Xbox and PlayStations and stare are your phone as you walk around trying to catch Pokemon. Sounds simple right? Oh if only it were that easy. It’s time to address some serious issues with Pokemon Go.

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  1. Only Available for People who have a Phone that is a year or less old. That’s right, in order to play Pokemon go you must have a phone that runs on 4.4 Android software. For Example, if you have a Samsung Galaxy S5, you’re out of luck for this game, you must have an S6 (which came out Spring 2015) in order to play. This game limits its users and thus is already showing be the lack of major numbers in downloads (currently showing 100k on the Google Play Store). I am unable to play Pokemon Go on my phone because of this issue and I’m not alone.
  2. Server is constantly going down. This is to be expected. Bugs are meant to be found on new apps, this is how they improve. However, one would expect the servers to be able to deal with the amount of traffic, after all they knew it was going to be explode with users. Too bad they didn’t plan that with the servers for it (which are still currently having issues keeping up with the traffic).
  3. Progress in Pokemon Go disappears. You’ve worked hard, you’ve captured several Pokemon and you may or may not run a Gym. You’ve turned the game into your true inspiration. The downside is that all of your hard work is erased when you get onto the app again after a break. You must start over, none of your progress has been saved. This would be upsetting, regardless of the game.
  4. No Quick Guides on how to use the app. This app comes with a help section but it’s not that useful if you have a question. I have seen several posts on social media of people confused on how to do things and at what level they can start doing more. The game should have a Trainer’s manual attached to it. So you must try to figure it out on your own, or ask someone for help.
  5. You can not connect and form teams with your contacts. You would think with a Google-Sign in that the app would be able to figure out if your friends are playing and be able to form a team that way. Unfortunately that is not the case and you can only join Team Blue, Red or Yellow. You can run a Gym but it takes a day to improve your Pokemon’s levels in order to battle other trainers. In that time however, someone else can also come and take that Gym over.

 

These are just 5 issues that seem to be repeating over Social Media and comments towards the game. There are others that have yet to surface but I suspect you’ll see soon. The first is that people will be burning through their data plans and be suffering overage charges. The second is the battery life on your phone. Yes you can charge if but if the battery is constantly being drained quickly because of you playing the game, you damage the life of the battery and will need a replacement soon. The third is if this game has a limit to its users, then its time being popular an usable will be limited. I can foresee this being a fad for about a month but if the issues continue those who can access the game will lose interest.

I hope you’re enjoying Pokemon Go even with its issues. I would love nothing more then to travel around catching Pokemon (my goal would be a Vulpix) and training them. Here’s to hoping it’s available to more users soon, I can’t imagine it will survive long otherwise. Meanwhile, enjoy all of the hilarious memes that are appearing. I certainly am.