Tour de Personal Finance, Stage 11, Round 3 – Posts 17-24

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Tour de Personal Finance Round 3 Stage 11 Tour de France sprint finish

Without further a due, let’s continue on with the 11th Stage (the second Stage of the 3rd round of competition) of the 2011 My Personal Finance Journey Tour de Personal Finance (to follow all of the action, click on the Tour de Personal Finance category link and scroll down to read all the posts involved in this subject).

To view the most up-to-date brackets of the competition, click the following link –2011 Tour de PF Bracket

Going along with Tour de France cycling tradition, I’ve listed each competition within each stage as an “intermediate sprint” (one post versus another) along with the description provided by the blog author when the post was submitted.

Also, if applicable, I will give a brief description of the stage of the Tour de France that took place the same day as the competition.

How to Vote

You can vote for the one article in this case since there is only one contest (one from each intermediate sprint) you’d like to see proceed in the Tour by commenting in the comments section below and telling which are your favorites.

I’ve listed a keyword after each post title to make it easy to vote (as a made-up example, you can just comment: Sprint 1: Mutual; Sprint 2: 401k, etc.) Be sure to comment which one you like the best out of each set of two! Criteria for the best article is completely up to you, but you can use these factors as a guide: 1) post of your favorite blogger, 2) most interesting post, 3) most thought-provoking post, 4) most unique post, or 5) most actionable post.

Here is today’s competition:

Voting will continue until July 14th for this Stage!

Intermediate Sprint # 1
  • This isn’t your grandparents’ recession (Grandparents): 
    Ever since the recession began I think there’s WAY too much blaming of the victims. I’m good and sick of hearing pundits grumble about how lazy and soft Americans have become, and how we ought to take a few lessons from the Great Depression. Here’s the thing: The world was a different place back then. Heaven knows I’m no apologist for slackers, credit-card spendthrifts or people who won’t take anything but the “right” job, but a lot of the advice our elders offered/modeled isn’t relevant today. Plenty of folks are in big trouble not because they’re lazy, but because of complex personal, local, national and global economic issues.


Tour de France Daily Recap

Today was Stage 10 in the 2011 Tour de France. The riders had a fairly short ride (by Tour standards) of 161 km from Aurillac to Carmaux.

It was an exciting day of racing, as we got to see the yellow and green jersey wearers on the attack on several of the small climbs. However, at the end of the day, the race came back together for a bunch sprint. 

A relatively new name to the international sprint realm, Andre Greipel, bested a tired Mark Cavendish and HTC-HighRoad team to claim the Stage win. 

The race continues tomorrow with another flat stage. In looking at the upcoming Stage schedule, it appears that the race organizers have intentionally designed the stages so that the main “separation” for overall victory of the Tour only happen in the final week. Should be entertaining to watch!

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