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7 Random Things About Me

Published 10/11/07 (Modified 3/9/11)
By MoneyBlueBook

Okay, it's time I joined the personal finance blogging community. I've been writing and posting quietly to myself like a hermit in my cave and I think it's time I shared more about myself.

I've been tagged by Pinyo at Moolanomy to reveal 7 random things about myself. I'm not sure what people would want to know about me so I decided to include a wide assortment.

  1. I have a bachelor's in finance and a J.D. degree - This means I'm an attorney with a business background. My current full time job is only partially related to the legal field however.
  2. I look very young - I am in my late 20's but can easily pass for a college student. I'm not joking. I get still get carded sometimes.
  3. I'm a big Redskins and Wizards fan - Got to support the local teams. My Skins are looking good this year!
  4. I used to be a huge computer gamer - I started with computer role playing games and graduated into Starcraft. I still have fond memories of playing until the wee morning hours and somehow still making it to class.
  5. I own a parrot - I've had my parrot for many years now since college (yes he talks and whistles). I remember sneaking his cage into the dorms during college and pulling it off for a whole school year. I wasn't busted until the last week of school. Good times.
  6. I play the drums - I used to play the drums in my church's praise band until recently. I've taken a few months off but might return in the future.
  7. I'm a runner - I ran cross country during high school and I still run today. I've ran half marathons before but haven't attempted to challenge myself by running a full 26 mile marathon yet. I plan on doing that one day.

That's about it for now!

Um...I looked around and I think nearly everyone has already been tagged at least once. Please let me know if you haven't so I can tag you. Like a hot potato, I've got to pass it on! :)

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16 Responses to “7 Random Things About Me” 

  1. Pinyo says:

    Thank you for supporting the meme. Wow, a real finance/legal person, not just a lay person with stories to share -- that's great!

    Regarding #4, I was and still is addicted (and I am 33, married)

  2. Raymond says:

    Hey Pinyo, I prefer to write as a casual layperson but on occasion I might put a legal spin on things.

    Regarding #4...Starcraft 2 is the works. :)

  3. Evan says:

    JD with Economics here! HUGE fan of your blog....

    What is your job that it is "kind of" related to law; I only ask since I am in a similar situation (Director of Financial Planning at a Wealth Management Firm - dealing with Estate Taxes most of the day, and other fun ways to prevent Uncle Sam from taking 45%).

  4. Raymond says:

    Evan, I see we are in similar fields. I might move into tax one of these days since it's my original background.

  5. AndyS says:

    Raymond - I live in the same area you. Don't think it worked out so well for the skins and wizards will get knocked in the first round of the PO's. Ah well, there is always next year.

  6. Raymond says:

    Hey Andy,

    Wizards, if they stay healthy might be able to make a deep run in the playoffs...hopefully! It's time to break the first round curse

  7. Jimmy says:

    Cool site! Very useful information... A parrot, wow!

  8. Patrick Bateman says:

    Ray - I'm a fellow pf blogger from DC too! I'm a skin's fan and caps fan as well...

    Check out my site if you like!


  9. Brandon says:

    Interesting site here, Raymond. I'm a financial planner (at $115B bank) just passing through. Best regards

  10. Shannon says:

    I'm glad I found your blog, you seem very interesting and have a lot of useful information. I also ran cross country in high school, and was our top long distance runner in track. I have only competed in one little 10K run, but would also like to train for a marathon. I wish you luck!

  11. Raymond says:

    Hi Shannon,

    Thanks for reading! Not sure I am all that interesting, but I do have a rather diverse background. I started off my college life pursuing one field, went into graduate school for another, and ultimately winded up in a field totally unrelated to what I received my degrees in.

    But yes, I was and still am a long distance runner. Marathons are great, but extremely brutal on the body. If you ran high school cross country, you are probably used to the 3 mile competitions that most high school races are based on. Half and full marathons are much more extreme. Despite the sheer distance, the pace is remarkably faster than you'd think.

    I've only ran half marathons before (10 miles) and even those were pretty rough on my feet and legs. I would recommend training and shooting for a half marathon first before trying out for the 26 mile ones.

  12. Financial Samurai says:

    Hey Ray - Good to hear from you man. Just wondering, as I have several friends who spent 3 years in law school... would you do it over again? They said it cost like $40,000-$50,000/yr in tuition alone (Georgetown, NYU), and if a majority of graduates don't practice law afterwards, isn't that an awful lot of money to spend?

    Also, would you rather blog at home full-time and make $150,000, or work at Skadden and make $500,000 with all the hours considered.


  13. Raymond says:

    If I could go back in time and possibly re-do law school again, I would work on building my online businesses during the same time I attended law school. I would focus instead on life outside of the legal profession and use my legal background and education to enhance my writing and analytical skills in other fields instead of pursuing a legal position after law school.

    Skadden and other big law attorneys do not make $500,000. Associates earn around $150,000 a year, but they work around 70-90 hours a week and are often over worked, over stressed, and emotionally miserable. Law school is very overrated in my opinion. Thus, I would much rather make $150,000 while working from home - with no commuting headaches and no demanding bosses to have to contend with.

  14. Financial Samurai says:

    Hi Raymond - Thnx for your thoughts. I would obviously rather earn $150,000 at home too if I only made $150,000 a year at a law firm but I'm asking if you'd rather make $150,000 working at home or $500,000 at a big corporate law firm after 5-6 years working there?

    I remember my friends who joined Skadden, Wilson Sosini, Sullivan, Wachtel etc all made $150,000 base right out of law school at 26 years old, 6 years ago. They got a marginal $20-30,000 bonus. Fast forward 6 years later, I think every one of them are earning at least $500,000+.

    Do you think you'll be able to make $40,000/month on this site? I know JD and Trent make probably $40-60,000/month, which is awesome.

  15. Raymond says:

    I would rather earn $150,000 while working for myself from home. But I'm sure some hardcore lawyer types would savor the competitive law firm atmosphere. It just wasn't for me.

  16. Financial Samurai says:

    Sounds good man. I think I'd rather work for 20 years making $500,000, save up $3-4 million, live off $150,000/yr in interest income and then blog for an additional $150,000/yr :)

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