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November has coming screaming along to warn of the end of yet another year. Where did the time go?
With the arrival of the chill winds and brisk weather, comes Ramit’s Save $1000 in 30 Days Challenge. It looks like fun and is easy enough, so I decided to give it a go. You should, too. You don’t have to save $1000 if you don’t have that much money left over, but it’s worth trying to reach that goal.

It is the third day and I’m up $100 so far, but it will be tough for the entire month. Even if I come out $100 ahead, it will have been a successful venture. After all, that’s $1200 extra per year.

I would complain about my other web host for some other project sites that I am running, but they are supposedly relocating all servers to a new facility on new hardware with better connectivity.

That doesn’t fix the MySQL database server crashing problem that’s been going on for a week or so, but I am told that things will be much better “Soon™“. How… comforting.

In the meantime, if you cannot reach Under The Star, you’ll know why. I am working to keep it stable and available, but I may just have to move hosts. Yet another reason not to pay for hosting on an annual basis.

On some happier notes, I had a fabulous Halloween. In the spirit of the season, on the eve itself, I suited up in a costume and headed out for a night on the town.

My soul mate and I had a delightful dinner at the Melting Pot. I dressed as the Hamburglar. Yes, that fantastic McDonald’s character from years gone by. The costume was surprisingly popular and instantly recognized by most people walking by.

The originality of the character made me think about the trend of marketing, and how it has replaced our creative sides with just another way to sell more merchandise. McDonald’s now proffers Dora the Explorer and the Barbie fad du jour.

What I wouldn’t give for a kid’s meal with a Grimace toy. Not that I condone eating at that establishment in the first place, but you have to admit that it is indeed more American than apple pie.

In other news, I have added a section to the first sidebar to the right labeled “Best of the Best Blogs”. This section will showcase three sites that I feel are essential to your web experience. Currently, I have one open spot. Look for it to be filled soon.

Regarding the two sites that are listed, if you haven’t read them, go now. Click, don’t walk.

The first site is Writer Dad. If you’ve yet to read his wonderfully engaging posts, or take part in the great conversation threads that follow, then you are really missing out on a fun corner of the World Wide Web.

On the surface, you might think that Writer Dad is about parenting and authoring and the place where both meet. On the contrary, while WD has a family focus, it is far more than that. I do not have the words to explain it. WD does.

Go check out his site. Read just one post and you’ll see what I mean. He’s a talented writer who crafts each post with care.

The second site is a new one from the mind of Nick Cernis. I’ve written about 44forks before. Briefly, it is a humorous look at etiquette and netiquette. The articles provide laughs and practical advice at the same time.

Nick does a great job of bringing etiquette into the 21st century and giving his readers a better perspective on customs that may seem antiquated but can still be practiced with a little bit of tweaking.

44forks is written in a style that befits the theme, and commenters often stay “in character” by maintaining the theme and style in their writing. Add the site to your favorite reader or subscribe by e-mail so you don’t miss a thing.

As always, my Links page contains an up-to-date list of my favorite places to visit around the Internet. Be sure to check it out as there are some wonderful sites to read. Also, be sure to subscribe to Indigo Spot via RSS or via e-mail. We’ll talk again soon.

Be well.