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Hello and thank you for stopping by to check out my bio. I recently moved to Southern CA from beautiful Victor, CO-Population 450 Elevation 9696 and I'm lovin' CA. The weather is lovely and the people are divine for the most part.

My husband and I won a car on Let's Make a Deal.  If you'd like to see our it is...

I have been married to my wonderful husband, KJ, for 13 years now.  We have a great Siamese cat, Tiki (named after Tiki Barber-Retired Giants RB).  And, yes, I love football-Go Broncos!!!

I decided to type out my “official” bucket list.  Some of the items on the list are…

*Go skydiving
*Jog a mile without stopping
*Watch a live fight (boxing) in Vegas
*Perform a standup comedy act
*Go to Carnival in Rio de Janeiro
*Volunteer at a homeless shelter on Thanksgiving
*Memorize the symbols of all elements on the periodic *Pay for a random person's groceries
*Learn to belly dance
*Play one $500 hand of blackjack
*Come up with my own personal theme song
*Jump into a pool in an evening gown and stilettos

I joined poetry soup because I love poetry and I also had a goal (on my list) to win at least 3rd place in a poetry contest.  Thanks to Paula Swanson, I was able to cross that one off with a 1st Place win in her Yard Sale Contest.  I decided that since the poetrysoup gang is so warmhearted, I wanted to hang out here for good :)

Genius…or criminal…what do you think?

Blog Posted:9/3/2011 6:31:00 PM

Genius…or criminal…what do you think?


Ok so I was at the hot springs in Desert Hot Spring (yeah I am crazy b/c it is usually like 115 degrees there but this was in the morning so it was like 90) and this lady starts talking to me.  She went on whine about how the bank “took her house” and that she had to declare bankruptcy (this is within 20 seconds of meeting me, btw).  She continued to try to make me feel bad for her by telling me about how all of her credit cards canceled her.  “I used to have every credit card,” she bragged.  So, basically she is not the brightest crayon in the box and unquestionably not a talented money manager to say the least, I know. 

She went on to boast about her son…and tell me that he is such a ‘genius’.  Why, you may ask?  Well she told me her son knew he was ‘under water’ with his house a few years back.  So, he willfully decided to ‘take out as much as he could’ on his house (maybe he had a line of credit and the bank didn’t rescind the line in time so he maxed it?) and then proceeded to pay cash for a new house (that was ‘way bigger and better’) and just ‘let the other one go.’  She told me, ‘he is the smartest guy in the world.’  In CA you can ‘walk away’ from a loan without repercussions, I’ve been told.

So, ok, admittedly many people did get ‘over their heads’ a few years back when the banks tried hard to convince everyone to ‘Tap into your home equity’ and that ‘Your house is your cash cow” and that is about as far as I will ever go agreeing with Michael Moore.  Not all of us fell for this, but Countrywide and many other banks did try hard to convince us.    That situation is different. 

What her son deliberately did was inexcusable IMHO!  The whole time she was telling me this story I really thought the act was criminal, not genius (though I didn’t tell her this b/c she was bigger than me and probably could’ve kicked my behind).  I know it isn’t ‘technically’ against the law but it is still criminal in my eyes.

What do you think?

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  1. Date: 9/10/2011 11:41:00 PM
    This is a common practice and, yes, it is criminal. People start businesses with the idea of running it into the ground and milking it for all its worth and letting its creditors high and dry.There is little repercussion for doing this. These criminals affect our interest rates and our economy.

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  1. Date: 9/3/2011 9:13:00 PM
    Yes Francine! That's what I'm sayin' :) Let business owners operate 'their' business the way they want-we as consumers can choose to go there or not :) And there is always the gym the next day-that Latin Heat class kicks me in the behind everytime :) Good luck on your diet and have a good time tonight-I lost 77 lbs. 8 years ago and had a 'cheat night' every week and still lost/kept the weight off-it's good for your metabolism to 'change it up a bit.'

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  1. Date: 9/3/2011 7:35:00 PM
    I have been dieting for 2 months, on the rare occasion I go out for a meal, please , no one tell me, tonight I am going to a beer and burger fundraiser for a friend with cancer, yes I'd rather it were a salad and diet ice tea fundraiser , but its not , I don't want to know the calories, thank you very much interfering government.

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  1. Date: 9/3/2011 7:30:00 PM
    BTW I love CA but I think the state is not 'pro-business'. For example, a recent law requires that restaurants w/ 20 or more locations to include the calories of each item 'front and center' on the menu. I haven't had a banana cream pie shake from Sonic since (and trust me, you don't even wanna know how many calories). This new law has caused dimished sales at so many restaurants I've been told (by people who know what they are talkin' about or at least act like they do). I can't even order anything half the time I go out anymore (if I wanna know I'll ask to see how many calories-I don't need the state forcing the restaurant to preach to me on the menu).

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  1. Date: 9/3/2011 7:19:00 PM
    Thanks Francine and I'm glad that there are laws like that there! Linda that is great, good for you! Chris, thanks for your insight and I agree :) (I've been studying too, btw) Everyone around here hates the banks and blames the banks for all of their issues. It's really 'sad' :( Most people here in CA would probably feel that her son is some hero.

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  1. Date: 9/3/2011 7:08:00 PM
    Heya Natalie. As Francine already mentioned below, here in Canada this type of action is regarded as criminal behaviour and it catches up to a person very quickly. Obviously this poor woman is semi-retarded to think that her son is a genius for doing this. If he somehow pulled off theft for conversion and used the proceeds towards building a time-machine, or finally figuring out the properties for m-state electro-magnetism, or maybe solving world hunger, I would willingly pull for him to win the Nobel Peace Prize, calling him a genius all in the same breath....but he is just a lil' Kryminal.

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  1. Date: 9/3/2011 7:04:00 PM
    well Natalie to me it is criminal if we allow ourselves to get pulled into overspending with c.c. debt.. and to lend a card to anyone else is disaster waiting to happen.. criminal for sure.. we always pay for bad decisions in life..takes so long to dig out.. proud to say we are debt free ..yeah..luv..

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  1. Date: 9/3/2011 6:52:00 PM
    oh, and by the way, adorable picture , nice to meet you Natalie

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  1. Date: 9/3/2011 6:51:00 PM
    its technically against the law here in Canada, the term for it is theft by conversion , and here a lean would be slappped on the new house faster than you can say Judge Judy

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My Past Blog Posts

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‘Talkin’ Technology’ winners announced and hear about my method of judging/new contest!
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Talkin' Tech. New Contest-I hope you'll consider entering :)
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