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I sold my House and moved to Hawaii, here’s what we are doing now

With three weeks left in our visit back to the mainland this past summer, we decided to sell our house in Portland, OR. This was not our plan, because if you plan ahead, you do not simply prepare a house for sale, finish 20 house projects, sell the rest of your belongings, pack and jump on a plane to...

The Story of the 62 Year Old Refrigerator

The only thing cooler than picking up a excellent condition, perfectly working General Electric refrigerator from 1954, is when the owner, a 94 year old WWII veteran, comes downstairs to tell you it's story.  A few days ago I was browsing the Craigslist appliance section here in Portland, Or (we are back from Hawaii visiting friends and family for...

How I Got A Concussion While Surfing

Everything went black. When the light returned, my head was spinning and I was overcome with dizziness. This is not good, I’m not in good shape I thought. Then I turned around and my heart sunk.  Building up and moments from crashing down on me was another wave with about a 12 ft face on it. A wave that...

They Used To Last 50 Years

Now refrigerators last 8–10 years, if you are fortunate. How in the world have our appliances regressed so much in the past few decades?  I’ve bought and sold refrigerators and freezers from the 1950’s that still work perfectly fine. I’ve come across washers and dryers from the 1960’s and 1970’s that were still working like the day they were...

The Things We Used To Love

Before this day is over, I want you to go do something you love. Something you stopped doing for one reason or another. Life changes, jobs change, you got married, had kids, moved, income goes up and down and sideways, our friends change and on and on. Some of our most favorite activities in the world begin to get...

Good Ideas Are Always Crazy Until They’re Not

"Good ideas are always crazy until they’re not." - Larry Page Do you want to make something that’s never been built? Do you want to solve a problem that other people don’t believe exists? Want to go down a career path that doesn’t make sense to anyone else you know? Want to upset an industry that is allergic to innovation?...

The Power of a Comment on Hacker News

A little over three years ago I wrote a blog post that made it to the front page of Hacker News. It was entitled How to Make It on Craigslist, and I wrote it for Priceonomics to share how I was earning my living on Craigslist. A lot of people commented on the post, but there were a few...

Why My 9 Year Old Is Taking Over My Appliance Business

Because he wants to. I know that might sound crazy, but after shadowing me around the past 2-3 years, going with me on hundreds of deliveries, helping me diagnose, repair, clean and paint hundreds of machines, he really enjoys the used appliance business. As hard as that is to imagine, a particular work becomes more enjoyable the better you...

Starting Over in Hawaii

Some days I’m overcome with how incredible this place is with the warm weather, surfing and laid back lifestyle. Other times I’m in tears because of how difficult some of the adjustments can be. Moving a family of seven thousands of miles away to an island is a crazy roller coaster of an experience. So this post will be...

Our Move to Hawaii

After seven years of hard work, and about six months of preparation for the move, our family of seven arrived this past week in Hawaii to start the next chapter of life. The journey has been exhausting, stressful, sad, exciting, liberating and incredibly worth it. In this post I'm going to share with you a bit more about what...