What is hump day? It’s Wednesday. The hump to your work week. 2 days down and 2 days to go. On hump days I will be sharing articles, videos, or other form of entertainment. It will include links to other posts I have liked throughout the week. Some are parenting articles, others are personal finance ones, and occasionally there will be a random funny article. Enjoy!
In my life I have weathered many tornadoes growing up in Tennessee, the 2010 flood of Nashville, a hurricane in New Orleans in 2012, and now a fire in California this week. Of all of these, the fire was the worst. No warning and with an uncertain escape route, we took off Sunday night from our home.
We made it out and I am still waiting to see if my home is gone, but the signs are not good. I will have more on this process in the near future from the evacuation, to planning what to take, and to understanding why insurance is so important.
For now, I am glad my family is safe and sound. We have nothing but the close on our backs, but we are alive and healthy.
On this date
Something I never knew occurred on this date in 1906. The San Francisco Board of Education ordered segregation in separate schools of Japanese, Chinese, and Korean children (see this article as a reference). There had been anti-Chinese sentiment since the 1880s as they had been the larger work force. But as the Japanese working and immigrant population grew (mainly due to anti-Chinese immigrant legislation), the sentiment changed to anti-Oriental.
While there had been Chinese schools that thought the Chinese immigrants, most Japanese students attended white schools. After the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, large amounts of Chinese families moved elsewhere and thus there was room in the Chinese school system for both Japanese and Korean students. They lumped the Chinese, Japanese and Korean students all nto one school system.
By 1907 the Japanese clause had been removed, but only due to a diplomatic row it caused between the US and Japan. In fact, Rosevelt’s administration was involved in resolving the issue.
Hard for me to believe that San Francisco, which is now a largely liberal city, would be so exclusionary back then. This was well before World War 2, but still in a time of much racism and segregation (surprisingly not just confined to the South of the United States).
I am glad society is better now, though there is still injustice and demonstrations on going. Wherever you may stand on these issues, the right to protest is one our forefathers fought for and our military protects every day.
Hump day articles
Speaking of protest, Rogue Dad MD recently talked about his experience with protest. I am a put your head down and work kind of guy, but suspect if push came to shove I would speak out. For now I will continue to support free speech in all forms and appreciate those who are fighting for us.
Adventure rich had a great article on living your retirement today. It’s a good idea, particularly for us who are not near FIRE yet. While I have not written a letter to my future self, I am often evaluating whether or not I am using my time appropriately. Thus far I think I am, but maybe there are a few changes I can make to enjoy life more now.
Two weeks in a row, Josh Becker’s website has made a appearance on Hump Day. This week he had a great post on What he learned about minimalism in Poland. Surprise…consumerism and communism can both be a trap.
I don’t know about you, but I can’t imagine the stock market rally will continue. Businesses are excited for Trump’s pro-business stance, but still no significant pro-business legislation. This may change with tax reform but after Senator Corker’s recent remarks this week and weekend, it may not pass. So whether you are bullish or bearish I do not know, but the Wall Street Physician makes the a case for both a Bull versus a Bear market in the 4th quarter of 2017.
I spent the weekend playing with my son. In the span of a day we watched airplanes and helicopters take flight and land and trains go by. Toddler years are amazing. He still has the baby voice and I imagine it will disappear quite quickly. He is the reason I work hard and the reason I want to stop working. Ironic isn’t it. So for now I will enjoy life and the moments I have with him.