Hump Day- December 6th, 2017

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!

On this day in history

In 1849 Harriet Tubman escaped from slavery in Maryland for the second and final time. Imagine that…in this country people had to escape from slavery. It blows my mind. We have come a long way in this country in a short time and I want to give some props to Ms. Tubman.

She escaped twice from slavery and was a spy for the United States Army during the Civil War. She led 13 missions into Confederate territory and rescued 70 enslaved people. This woman would go back into lands where she new she could be captured, beaten, and killed, risking herself for the freedom of family and friends. Beyond these 70 people, she also helped guid the raid on Combahee Ferry which rescued over 700 enslaved people.

This woman was incredible and could we all be so driven, resourceful, and helpful in life. She went on to be an advocate for women’s suffrage and also continue to work hard for the African-American community. Thank you Ms. Tubman for being an inspiration.

Hump Day articles

Michael at Nerd’s Eye View drops some knowledge about why being a redwood is better than a pear tree. I must agree, redwoods are beautiful. Actually it is an argument for being in a niche and not diversifying too soon. It is a good read and I recommend you jump over here now.

One of my favorite forum posters is Vagabond MD. He recently met up with the Happy Philosopher (at least virtually) and wrote about physician burnout. I can say from experience that it is real and surreal. It creeps up and then effects your relationship with this life and career you have laid out for yourself. He has some good steps to get out of the funk.

J Money also covered burnout…this time not physician burnout, but regular human being burnout. He brought out some Derek Sivers and figured out where the time versus money ratio really stands for Hustling…he calls it the Triad of Hustling. Over the years I have become better at determining what events are worth my time, but like most of us, I can always improve.


So there you have it, 3 great articles. Hope you all had a good Thanksgiving and are not getting sucked into the consumerism of the holidays. Remember most people are happy to just hang out with you and spend some time. If they are not content with that then you should really reconsider the relationship.

Have a great rest of the week.


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8 thoughts on “Hump Day- December 6th, 2017

  • December 7, 2017 at 6:27 am

    Like you DDD, I lived in New Orleans. I was born in Louisiana and lived there most of my life, and I can say that much of the South is still segregated. Not by law but in practice. I played on an all white football team and each year we got our asses kicked by the all black team. That was how the city leagues shook out, but there were blacks in our district that didn’t play because of this issue and whites in the black district not playing for the same reason. We have a long way to go on that front as I’m sure DDD can tell you based on his practice in New Orleans.

    I read the Kitces article and I’m not sure I understand his botanical point. But in general, he is da man. Thanks for sharing.

    You’re not being impacted (again) by the wildfires in California are you?

    • December 7, 2017 at 7:51 am

      Ah New Orleans. We miss it for sure but yes there is racism throughout the South unfortunately.

      As for the fires, we lost our home and are currently rebuilding our lives.

      Kitces may be an arborist….living near redwoods I did appreciate the analogy.

  • December 6, 2017 at 12:35 pm

    Thank you, DDD, for sharing a little of Harriet Tubman’s story. Truly amazing. I was born in 1961, and it’s hard to believe that many places in the south at that time had separate facilities for blacks and whites. In fact, when Mrs. G and I first moved to Charlotte in 2006, one of our favorite restaurants was the Coffee Cup. And this particular restaurant was segregated until 1968. Yes, we’ve come a long way. Thanks for the great post, my friend. And thanks for the great reading suggestions.

    • December 6, 2017 at 8:24 pm

      It is quite amazing. The fact that you actually are old enough to have eaten at a segregated place blows my mind…but that was only in the 1960s. It is nuts. Thanks for reading and here is to more progress in the next 40 years.

  • December 6, 2017 at 8:09 am

    Thanks for sharing these! I love round ups.

    Have a good one.


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