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I Voted for Change but I got Transformation

Last year I voted for Obama and change. I knew in the back of my head that Obama was a politician but what the heck I wanted to see what he could do. At the beginning of a new year I realized that the change I voted for was not in how America is run but in how I would be transformed by what I created at the start of 2009. Last year I made a pledge to get out of debt and this year I am glad to say that I can see the light at the end of the tunnel.



As I pack up my belongings to make ready for the move to Albany Georgia I am reflecting on all of the memorabilia that I have collected over the years. I have drawings from when I was in first grade. I have work books from 1966 when I went to Gompers Junior High school in South Central Los Angeles. I have lots of pictures that remind me of the good times and the sad times.



One thing that I have learned though my experience with changing jobs is that I will always bring my wife to the out of state job interview to make sure that she likes the…

Happy New Year 2010

Well I have survived another holiday season and lived to see 2010. 2009 was a year in which I set my sights on financial and fiscal empowerment. I wanted to reduce my credit card debt and increase my salary at day job. I thought about this all year. I put my recreation activities on hold. I stopped trail running, bike riding and drawing so I could focus on reducing my debt and increasing my income. I wanted to do this without selling my truck or trailer.



I am happy to say that I have come a long way to accomplishing these goals. It took 12 months for my goals to start happening.



First, I worked to sell some rural property that I shared with my sister and half-brother. I put the property on the market in August 2009 and a buyer materialized in December. Property is du to close in January 2010. My share from this sale will wipe out my credit card debt.



Second, oil was discovered close to the property. I worked to negotiate a lease agreement with the oil company so that my family …