rich menga books search contact

***Secret FSR Fender guitars? Yes, they exist, and they're right here

Amazon links are affiliated. Learn more.

everything that has transpired has done so according to my design

Title of this entry comes from some famous evil villain that likes to shoot lightning from his fingers. Figure it out. 😉

Cool link of the moment: Nerd Punk. Why? Because Brent plays synth and synth kicks ass.

I made the suggestion on We Are All Nerds (Brent's message board) that maybe it'd be a good idea to get a bunch of solo synth artists together and release a free-for-download album on the internet, and I got the green light on it. Cool beans. It'll be called "TekFuries" unless that changes later.

It would be so, so nice to get electronic music more known because, well, it's just cool. No, I'll never stop playing guitar, not to worry, but remember, I was a synth player way before I was ever a guitar player. 🙂

***Guitar deals & steals? Where? Right here. Price drops, B-stock and tons more.


Why am I still up? It's because when I got home earlier I just collapsed on the bed and was out like a light, then got up three hours later. Haven't even showered yet. Gross, I know. I'll be showering right after I'm done with this post.

Things that happened yesterday (and today so far):

During break at work, I was outside with the geek crew (all us dudes that work recycling computers all day) and some of the locals started complaining about Florida, saying things like "It's too hot here" and "The jobs don't pay enough" and so on. I chimed in a few times stating that New England isn't exactly a walk in the park either, but they were convinced otherwise.

It's kind of funny, actually. These guys wanted cold weather and wanted to wear snow jackets and wanted the things New England has. All I had to say was "Hey man, you can have it. All of it. Go ahead." I said this without hesitation.

And never mind the fact that you'd have to get a job that pays $6000 more a year just to equal what you get for take-home pay in Florida.

Quick math on that using $30,000 a year job ($15 an hour) as an example:

Connecticut has state income tax in addition to federal tax. A single person working and living in CT gets 26% taken out of each check on average. 30k a year is actually $22,200 a year. A small one-bedroom apartment is $800 a month on the low end, totaling $9600 a year. Take that away from what you make and you end up with $12600 take-home per year before tax refund. You are left with $969.23 in your pocket per month before other expenses like food, electric, heat, etc.

Florida has federal taxes only without state income tax. A single person working and living in FL gets around 18% (possibly less) taken out of each check. 30k a year is $24600 take-home. A small one-bedroom apartment is $500 a month on the low end, totaling $6000 a year. Take that away from what you make and you end up with $18600 take-home per year before tax refund. You are left with $1430.77 per month in your pocket before other expenses like food, electric, heat, etc.

In FL you keep $6000 a year more for the same job, living in the same apartment under the same conditions, more or less. This is why I said you'd have to make over $6000 more a year in CT just to see it in your check if going from FL to CT.

On the flip side (from CT to FL) it means that if you had a 30k job in CT, you could feasibly take a 24k job in FL and still make the same.

And you wonder why some New Englanders are so damned irritable. 🙂

The most interesting complaint I heard about FL is that "The weather is the same all the time - it never changes!"

All I could think of was Sunny and warm with room temperatures outside most of the time is a bad thing?

Guess it depends on your point of view.

To each his own, I suppose.

🔥 Popular Articles 🔥
The BOSS DS-1 is an awful guitar pedal
Yes, I think this pedal sucks...
Casio F-91W
Casio F-91W cheat sheet
A quick guide on how to set the time, date and a few other tips and tricks.
Adjusting truss rod on Fender electric bass
What is the right way to adjust a truss rod at the heel?
This is not that big of a deal once you know how to do it.
Gibson Marauder
Gibson's "Norlin era" electric guitars
Norlin era Gibsons are some of the worst guitars Gibson ever made. Find out why.
Ibanez AR420
List of 24.75" scale length guitars and other shorter models
24.75" scale electric guitars and other models down to the 24.0" scale.
Fender 3250L Guitar Strings
Rich's recommended guitar strings for Squier Stratocasters
Guitar string recommendation for Squier and Fender Stratocaster guitars
⭐ Recent Articles ⭐
Jackson JS11 Dinky
Jackson JS11 Dinky, the ultimate project guitar?
When it comes to ready-to-mod guitars, it doesn't get much better than this.
Gibson L6-S, a Norlin era beast from the 1970s
Oh, no... not another Norlin era Gibson.
1960 Fender Musicmaster
Fender Musicmaster might be the ultimate retirement guitar
It's real-deal Fender vintage, it's available, and there's one other rather nice advantage to owning one of these.
Gretsch G2655T Streamliner Brownstone Maple
The easiest Bigsby? Gretsch G2655T Streamliner
When you want a Bigsby vibrato on a genuinely well-built guitar for not a lot of money, you go Gretsch.
Epiphone Les Paul Standard 60s Bourbon Burst
Almost perfect, Epiphone Les Paul Standard '60s Bourbon Burst
There is a whole lot of wow to this Les Paul.
Squier 40th Anniversary Jazzmaster Gold Edition
Classic or tacky? Squier 40th Anniversary Jazzmaster Gold Edition
Is this a classic, or is it tacky? Let's talk about that.