Student Loans Paid Off. Now What?

My brother texted me the other day. He paid off his student loans.

“What do I do now?” he asks.

I text back: “Awesome. Make millions. Invest. E-trade?”

“Why make millions? I’m not happier the more money I make.” he replied.

That’s a good question and counter-point, brother.

To continue growing through out life, you have to set at least one new goal when you accomplish.  His future finances are probably already secured….

When you don’t have a wife to clothe and entertain …or kids to feed and transport to sports/music/work, then you have cash to put towards retirement.  Probably don’t even need to invest.

His question however is geared more towards a broader picture of a full life.

Perhaps now is the time to entertain some love in life.

Perhaps earning Most Interesting Man Alive status might be a consideration. Perhaps earning a foosball title should be on the list. Perhaps traveling to all parts of the globe.

Perhaps investing in more experience and more education by do-ing is in order.

Student loans paid off. Now what?

Setting sun on college loans.
Setting sun on college loans.  2017.

Possessing the Juke Box

Driving to the Green Lantern, I’m searching for music that gets me out of the funk of February.  The weather accentuates that a great next door neighbor to my parent’s house passed away this week.

My neighbor was a such a positive and hard working spirit in life, that I feel bad that I have such cloud-of-sadness surrounding me.  Tim’s philosophy was about positive action and movement.

“Depression” was not part of Tim’s outlook on life.

As I drive through the bluster of February, I keep hitting scan on the radio….scanning….and scanning ….some sort of music to warm the self and find a better outlook on the brief moments we have on this planet….

To add to the gloom, just yesterday, the owner’s mom of the Green Lantern got into an auto accident do to the weather on US75 over the Blue Mounds….

As I drive, the radio spins through a host of channels that are just gibberish. The right song can pick you up.  Even though I lost a great neighbor, I note that I am bumming around a bit too much for a Friday night regardless of the circumstance.

Not everyone is dying.  Some are giving it a really good shot at living.

At the bar in Hardwick, I tool around with my notebook and cellphone as I quietly drink alone.  I look around the joint and see that the jukebox is connected to the inter-webs and can be controlled by a cell phone.

This grabs my attention.  It occurs to me that with such technology  you can play songs from anywhere.

{This is such a bad idea for DJ Wolfgrave.  Essentially, he can go anywhere in Rock County and possess the jukebox with a credit card and a cell phone.}

*Discovery of taking over the county’s jukeboxes:

Dabbling with the jukebox’s advertised phone-application, I found I can play music from the comfort of my bar stool

As I messed around with this phone-application, I found that for $5 you get 5-credits to play so many songs.

I must mention, you need to be careful where you play these tunes, because I quickly loaded up a bar’s jukebox 17-miles away.

What a great tool for not having to get off your barstool.  You can DJ without going anywhere.  I could be sitting on a bar stool in my man-cave firing up folks in local establishments across the county.

…but thus is born innovation….  Aha!

There is value in being able to get a party-started from miles away especially if it helps the community.  Playing the right tunes in the right atmosphere gets people drinking, talking, dancing, and eating.

Good times are good for the economy.

With many nights of barhopping research under my belt, I found that the right tunes can really help elevate the evening.  Many a night was sagging until the right music blasted the joint.

With this new jukebox cellphone application you can DJ the county or perhaps the planet from anywhere.

* would like to stress that “possessing the jukebox” as a county-wide DJ has great responsibility.  The wrong tunes at the wrong times can elevate a situation the wrong way.

Make sure you get out amongst your audience to know what’s going on in the neighborhood and play accordingly.

Keep the Pace!

DJ Wolfgrave playlist of the night:

-Steve Miller “Joker”

-Rolling Stones “Honkey Tonk Woman”

-Afroman “Because I got High”

-John Lee Hooker “Big legs, Tight skirt”

-Wilson Pickett “Land of 1000-Dances”

*There were a few other songs I played, but they were not intended.

RIP Tim.  I got this.

Land of Waste

I don’t need to preach about how much we waste in America…just a reminder….

I’m pretty sure Buddha, Jesus, and the Native American wise men weren’t bullshitting us about the non-importance of material things.  

In a world that has to harbor 7+billion humans within a finite planet, it makes even more sense that we curb away from being a land of waste caused by over-consumption of material things.

Live simple or contribute to a land of waste.  This has been a public service announcement of DrifterRadio.

Working Man Weekend

Now that I’ve been welcomed into the ranks of the working man, my biggest problem has been trying to figure out what to do with three day weekends and no wife/children.

So far I’ve stayed around the county, but I can feel the itch to move outside my turf.  I’m not use to sitting in one area for so long.  

Nine-months is a mile stone for a drifter.  In the last decade and a half, I’ve only lived 3-places for more than 9-months:

1.  UW-River Falls

2.  Portland, OR

3.  Afghanistan

There is an international airport 45-minutes from here.  There are central states that have not been thoroughly explored. The Missouri River is an hour south.

Staying put has been the strategy as I save funds for farming and home ownership, but I can see that I should be picking and planning my future “battles.”

Afterall, DrifterRadio is not old enough to sit still, …so DJ Wolfgrave better keep moving.​


Convention Driftin: Gun Show

Drifting Sioux Falls today by attending a convention.

Dr. Love and wife are here promoting their ammo and targets at a huge gun show event.


Lots of fire arm knowledge and history in the Sanford Convention Center today.

There is also a beer festival next door.  Just need to run into a bachelorette party and I can call it a good day in America.

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    Going to need a notebook tonight.  Phone isn’t going to be able to stay charged.  Mrca!