However, I wanted to have a thread for people to give kudos to MJ. In my book, he's earned it. He purchased this site (which doesn't make any money) as a way to keep the conversation about TSP investing going. He still has a full-time job, and he spends a big chunk of his free time working on keeping this place going, and doing so out of his own pocket. It's a labor of love for him.
I know that a number of us have some complaints and dislikes about the new site. All I can say is that I've never seen a new product from any company that couldn't use some tweaking or had a few bugs that had to be worked out. I suspect that MJ was faced with the prospect of either continuing to put effort into a site he knew was going to eventually fail and have to be taken down, or stand up this new site that was still in the process of being created and fine-tuned. Maybe the timing was right given other things going on in his life or something else pushed his decision to go live at this point in time.
The point is, he's doing all this out of his own pocket, both in terms of time and his bottom line. Not only does the site not make money, but he pays me a small fee as moderator, so he's losing money on this site. I want to publicly thank him for his hard work and sacrifice, and I encourage others to do so as well.
This place isn't perfect (and as long as I'm here it probably won't ever be, given my own imperfections), but it's a damn sight better than anything else I've seen for discussions regarding TSP. Thank you for preserving it, MJ. Your hard work is very much appreciated, even if it doesn't always show through.
Recommended Reading: http://tspcenter.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=14&t=13474
"It's not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters" Epictetus
Gratitude is a lost art in America nowadays. Let's rediscover it.
― Mahatma Gandhi
If it's a choice between a difficult truth and a simple lie, people will take the lie every time. Even if it kills them.
― Paul Murray
TSP Calc (also run by MJ) has a "donation" of $20 annually I believe still. Mine is on autopay yearly and its well worth the small cost!
Thanks for taking on such a huge undertaking MJ. Appreciate you!
I have to do some minor "coding" at work (I'm a ship Navigator/Instructor/Operations Officer - not a computer programmer) using software called "Dream Weaver." Wasn't what I was hire, nor did I have any idea how to do it. But, since the Director (who I report to) is a computer "Tweak," I've kind of inherited the job as he works his way out the the door into retirement. What little bit of coding I do to maintain various work-related websites STRAIGHT SUX. You miss ONE LETTER, get something ONE SPACE out of whack and what do you get >>> a dead link, a blown up webpage...and a LOAD of griping employees.
I can't imagine what MJ is dealing with while trying to bring up the new "TSP Center" from Ground Zero. To do it for nothing beyond personal pride is more than commendable. Let's cut the dude some slack, give him a couple or three weeks to work out the bugs and BE HAPPY he was even able to take the site over from TSP KING. Don't forget - KING was on the way out and the site was going with him. If not for MJ, we'd have no site!
Keep on Keeping On MJ!!
Thank you MJ!
>$100k on 8 Jan 2019
>$250 coming soon!