It is the season and we have two new college graduates in the family. At Gina’s UF commencement, I was surprised that there was no commencement speaker to give some pithy world advice for the graduates. So I have a couple of nuggets I’d like to share from my 59 years of experience.
- You will acquire some big things that require maintenance (car, house). For each thing, make a point to write down and keep a log of all maintenance/repairs/improvements you make. Eg. oil changes, house painting, battery replacement, washer/dryer replacement, hot water heater repair. Within 3 or 4 years you will discover how useful this is. By 8-10 years it is indispensable.
- If/when you acquire a house, get one with a front porch and use it.
- Do not buy or install white/off white carpeting. Ever.
- Keep all your owners manuals in one place, and tape or staple the purchase receipt inside the front cover.
- Keep your own medical records (this is quite similar to #1 above).