Spoiler alert!

I didn’t even make it through the first day of not drinking iced coffee at work without paying for it. ”How, though,” you wonder??. As you all should know by now, I want to save money (and save you some too!). That means not wasting it on coffee. It’s a foolish use of funds and benefits no one but the coffee shop (although the caffeine buzz ain’t bad). I struggle to follow through with what I know is best is simple(it’s always simple). Taking a walk out of the office is my coping mechanism with all the stress. Keeping calm, cool, and collected is a requirement of my job. And let’s be fair, allowing yourself to breathe and unwind, even for just a few minutes and at the expense of a few dollars, is an important step in saying sane!. Ten dollars a day to keep me level and employed is a small price to pay, in my opinion.

A few questions 

I have a few questions for you now. First off, what should my punishment be for failing the monthly challenge? “Reward for excellence; consequences for failure” type of thing. Don’t hold back on me; I can take it. Or perhaps you could recommend some of your own saving strategies, one that doesn’t involve coffee? If so, what are they? If there are any that I like, I will do them as a 30 days challenge for myself and write about the experience here!

Should I Get a Covid-19 Tracing Certification

Today’s blog is taking a detour from our usual talk of booze, fine foods, and finance. No, today we’re talking about something a little more daunting: The Pandemic. Place yourself in mid-September 2020. COVID-19 sees an increase worldwide, and people are worried that there will be a second wave. You look online and notice that coursera.com has a FREE COVID-19 contact tracing certification from John Hopkins University. You wonder if you should take the course. God willing most of you reading this are a few years in the future, and COVID-19 is long forgotten (this still applies to you <insert a current name for crisis>).  This is a reality for the rest of us, so pay attention to what I’m about to write. 

The short answer is Yes.

The short answer is yes: you should take the certification. It’s a free certification, it’s relevant, and should only take a candidate 7 hours. Why is it free? Because the country needs or needed personnel that can trace COVID contacts to limit the spread.  Bloomberg Philanthropies paid-for the course and certification shareability.  

Three Reasons Why

I have already taken and passed the certification. There were three reasons why I took the course, and none of them have to do with philanthropy. (ee don’t get that Bloomberg money). The first and most comforting explanation is that the course goes into reasonably good detail describing how the virus behaves, spreads, and its possible symptoms. As the Old Russian saying goes, “God protects those who protect themselves.” The second is that if shit hits the fan, I have another piece of paper that can make my resume stand out of the pile or even grant me the opportunity to work as a COVID tracer. 

Social Engineering Prevention

The final reason and most relevant in the long term is social engineering prevention: big words that small people use to make their job seem more critical. It’s to prevent scammers from stealing you and your loved one’s private information. How are you supposed to know what COVID tracers are supposed to ask if you are not one of them? How long until some scammer calls you asking for your social security number or, worse, your paren’ st? I AM SICK AND TIRED OF THE CALLS.  Let’s all learn how to spot the scammers, put them on hold on hold for an hour or two, and waste their time like there’s no tomorrow. Knowledge is power! 

To summarize this whole post, get the COVID-19 contact tracing certification from John Hopkins University, there is no downside. Skipping it to drink yourself stupid is not a good reason. Get the certification and then drink…to celebrate, of course.