As most of you know I was on vacation in Nashville over the past 1.5 weeks and it was awesome. It's always great to get some time to go have fun and see some good friends. Even better was that we happened to be vacationing over the July 4th weekend which meant there was lots to do. We went to the hot chicken festival which was good although it did involve standing in a bunch of lines. It was definitely worth it although I wish we could have tried more than one company's hot chicken. Hot chicken, for those that don't know, is a local specialty in Nashville that is exactly what it sounds like spicy friend chicken. We only got to try out Hattie B's and it was delicious. With July 4th happening we also got to go enjoy the second best fireworks display in the nation as rated by the American Pyrotechnics Association. There were over 30,000 fireworks set off in less than 30 minutes which is pretty cool if you like watching fireworks displays. We were also looking for things to do on Monday and for anyone that likes puzzles and is in the Nashville area or where they have other places like this I'd highly recommend it. We went to the Nashville Escape Game and did the Underground Playground room. The four of us and 10 other people were locked in a room (claustrophobes don't worry you can leave if you want) and had to solve a series of puzzles in order to try and "escape" the room. It seems a bit expensive at $28 per person for 1 hour but it was definitely a lot of fun. We also did a little bit of geocaching (a great cheap entertainment) near our friends house and finished with a trip to Arnold's and the Johnny Cash Museum. Arnold's Country Kitchen is a meat and three (sides) restaurant that has honestly some of the best chicken and dumplings, mashed potatoes, green beans and the best collard greens I've ever eaten. Go there if you're in Nashville for whatever reason. You won't be disappointed. But get there early because the line starts forming before place opens.
So I was quite busy with everything we tried to pack into our trip and then coming back home to get a few things done before heading back to work. Since then I've been back to the grind and trying to find places to invest some capital. Unfortunately that didn't happen this past week but the markets have been a bit more choppy lately so there's always the possibility for some better valuations on the horizon. I didn't get a lot of writing done but I'm working on that for the next week or so. I've got some stock analysis reports to get written up and hopefully posted soon in case we do get that elusive pullback.
Thanks again to everyone that stopped by, commented, or shared posts from Passive-Income-Pursuit this past week. I truly appreciate it and I love this time of year as I'll get to see some mid year goal update posts to see just how awesome all of you have been doing. I know I'm behind on some of my goals but I'm ahead on others. One really awesome thing is that in 2Q I finally passed $1k in dividends for one quarter. That's truly amazing to me and helps to reinforce that with consistent investment in dividend growth companies financial independence will eventually become a reality.
Now on to the links!
Why dividend growth investing is such a robust investment strategy by Dividend Mantra
I nearly doubled the General Electric stake in the KRIP by Joshua Kennon
Are you drowning in cash? by Dividend Growth Investor
Starwood Hotels: Earning Starwood Points (1/5) on FI Fighter
Quit worrying about the perfect entry price to buy a stock! Just buy when ready! by Dividend Growth Stock Investing
Recap of this crazy week by Income Surfer
Coca-Cola has not finished minting millionaires yet by The Conservative Income Investor
Financial literacy and asking the wrong questions by Planting Our Pennies
Universal lessons from every investment discipline by A Wealth of Common Sense
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Have a great weekend!