It has been a VERY slow week on the Change Race Front. I found 1 penny, and sadly that's it!
I have to admit that I have always been a fan of talk radio, and one of my favorite shows is The Bruce Williams Show. I used to listen to him in High School & College, because he always had interesting views on current events, and had very sound financial advice. (Just in case you are interested in other talk radio shows I am interested in, I like Jim Rome. I also podcast the old Loveline shows, along with Rounders a poker show and about 15 other podcasts)
One night in college, I was working at the front desk of the YMCA, listening to Bruce Williams, and decided to call up and ask him if he had any thoughts about how I could get out of the mounting Credit Card debt that I was getting in college. I was amazed to get through and basically Bruce told me to that I needed to either increase my input or decrease my output. It was just that simple. It was good advice, but sadly not what I wanted to hear at the time.
When I moved to Houston, Marti and I were about $12,000 in Credit Card Debt. I decided to take Bruce's plan into action. We spent very little, and ate a lot of Ramon Noodles and Mac & Cheese dinners. I also got a part-time job to "increase my input". As we worked down our debt, my goal was to call up Bruce Williams's show again when I was totally debt free, and thank him for his advice and for all his financial comments through-out the years.
Well in 2005 Marti and I were debt free, and I made my call to Bruce. He seemed very thankful for my comments and it was a good moment for me, since I had achieved my goal of paying off my Credit Card Debt. (Side note, we still have NO credit card debt!)
On Thursday, I was listening to the Bruce Williams show on my iPod. Bruce was off last week, so it was a "Best of" show. I was in the shower listening to the show, but also just spacing out, when I heard a voice that sounded REALLY familiar. Then about 2 minutes in, I realized that it was ME! A very surreal moment. But it was nice to know that the producers of the Bruce Williams show enjoyed my call enough that it made the cut for the Best of show.
Total since last post - $0.01
Total for the Race - $216.86