Blog Posted by kitt at 13:01 on 19 March 2005
Me: "Do we have enough money to put some away into an IRA this year?" Kris: "No. I spent it all on fish." Kris participates in a Fantasy Baseball league every year. Actually, two of them. One is drafted by email, another one is drafted by auction. In the auction one, each team manager (i.e. Kris is one) in turn calls out a player name, followed by an opening bid for that amount. All other managers are then allowed to call out higher bids until a high price is met, and the player is drafted onto the highest bidder's team. Each manager has $260 for 23 players: 9 pitchers and 14 players. Kris has been playing for a few years, each year refining his process for selecting a team. This year, he wrote a program to help him out. And, like all good software developers, he wanted to test his software in an as-close-to-real-as-possible situation. He invited several friends over for dinner, software testing and, time permitting, a game of Settlers of Cataan. This morning we started getting ready for the group to head over. I cleaned up the house as Kris went to the store for fixings for salmon fajitas. When we had fajitas last, I used a little over a half of a pound of salmon for the four of us. It wasn't quite enough food, but it was close. I must have forgotten that I used only half the fish I bought last time, or forgot to tell Kris how much it was, because when he returned, he had more fish than I was expecting him to have. He had eight pounds of salmon. Eight. Pounds. Any idea how much eight pounds of fresh Wild Alaskan Salmon costs? Yeah. That IRA? Maybe next year.