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Ann Arbor Re-DO?

As you all know, I was supposed to speak at the Ann Arbor DO last Saturday. I committed to this many months ago and was really looking forward to the event. Aside from my presentation, I was excited about meeting readers, fellow bloggers, and catching up with friends. My presentation topic was supposed to be about my time volunteering at the Thessaloniki and Calais refugee camps last summer. It was a sobering experience that I thought lots of people in this hobby might benefit from hearing about. Unfortunately, I missed my flight in Atlanta on Saturday and couldn’t catch the subsequent two that would have gotten me in on time. Luckily Stefan from Rapid Travel Chai filled in for me (thanks Stefan!), though a few people expressed disappointment that I missed the event. I sincerely apologize to anyone I disappointed – also, thanks for even caring. 😜

I’ve been talking to Dave (FT Handle: Bikeguy) about organizing a meet-up to make up for my absence at the Ann Arbor DO. Apparently about half the attendees were locals, while the rest flew in from around the country. He suggested doing a Skype session so that as many people as possible could attend. It’s obviously not the same as an in-person meet-up, but it’s the best way to reach the most people. I’ll give my presentation and answer questions at the end about whatever you want (I’m guessing it will be heavily focused on manufactured spending). Sound good? 

Let’s shoot for Saturday, August 12 at 2 PM (PT)/5 PM (ET)

If you want to join in on this Re-DO, just leave a comment and let me know which topics you want me to discuss. Be sure to enter your correct email address in the form so I can email you an invite…once I figure out how all of that even works. Skype accommodates up to 25 participants per call. If we go over this number, I’ll try to schedule another session to give whoever is interested a chance to join in.

Thoughts, comments, questions? Feel free to leave them below.

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  1. MS, please!

  2. Jesse Griffiths

    Personal insights on how you manage volume MS without getting shut down as fast.

  3. Sexy_Kitten7

    Ooh! Are you gonna post a trip report on the missed flt? Inquiring minds want the blow by blow! Sorry that happened btw.

  4. Finding banks that will accept that many MOs!

  5. How do you manage your volume without stress?

  6. Roger that

    Cheaper ways to do MS now that is expensive. Also, you can do Facebook live session!

  7. I would love to be included. MS questions

  8. How to MS for a profit.

  9. I would love to hear more about MSing

  10. Calais experience and MS as above. i look forward to this.

  11. So sorry you missed your flight. I would love to attend your Skype Do. I’d like to know what’s involved in the money order transaction report that one must fill out when you buy $3,000 or more of MOs at Walmart.

    Also some tips on the best uses of the Serve card.

  12. I’d also love to hear about any MSing tips, suggestions or ideas you may have.

  13. would like to know more way to ms thanks

  14. I’m in. I’m sure the people that wanted to see you are glad you are doing this.

  15. I would like to be on your Skype call. What else can I do besides buy $2465. worth of gift cards from and then buy 3 MO’s at Walmart in NJ for .70 each. ($1000. imitation per MO) I get 1% back at BeFrugal.

  16. MS topics in general.

  17. MS (pajama methods preferred) and shutdown topics.

  18. Praveer Mishra

    I would like to be on the Skype call to learn more about Manufactured Spend

  19. Siva Mokkapati

    I would like to know more about Bay Area MS places

  20. Miles Maniac

    I’d like to learn more ways to MS.

  21. Me, me, me…. I am interested!
    Side note: I have sent you two email inquiries in the past 2 months, never did get a reply. is it not a good way to communicate with you?

  22. Feroz Khan

    I would like to attend, although 5pm Saturday evening maybe a tough time. Both topics are of interest to me.

  23. I plan to attend the skype conference call.

  24. Always interested!

  25. pointchaserfan

    just posting for an invite!

    great website! thank you

  26. Interested!

  27. Venu Malali

    I am interested. Please send me an invite.

  28. Please send me invite

  29. I want to participate. I hope you’ll discuss some of the pitfalls of MSing.

  30. MSing today.

  31. Beach Miles

    Inside MS tips, I haven’t shared on the blog.

  32. Original presentation about refugees and camp would be interesting to hear.

  33. I’d love to join, especially interested in MS

  34. Missed flights are no fun even for experienced travelers like you. MS, please?

  35. Might suggest that you use some sort of streaming broadcast service like Youtube Live when you hit the Skype limit.

    I would love to hear how fellow Bay Area MS’ers are kicking it 🙂

  36. Steve Malosh

    Would love to hear about more MS topics!

  37. Please include me for MS if you have space.

  38. Tom Mackay

    Sorry you couldn’t make it. Would love to hear the latest on MS.

  39. Thank you!!! I would love to join for both topics!

  40. If you’d be willing, an MS meetup in your area would be really fantastic someday!

  41. I’m interested in MS options other than Walmart.

  42. I’d certainly be interested in a webcast, thanks for offering the option for those with inflexible work obligations 😉

  43. I would be interested in MS topics as well

  44. hi please send invite thanks

  45. toomanybooks

    Interested. MS tips, please.

  46. Interested as well. Thanks for your willingness to do this 🙂

  47. I would love to attend if you’re scheduling a second session as I won’t be able to attend the August 12th session. I’m interested in MS.

  48. Yes, I am interested too.

  49. Interested but not sure that Saturday will work for me.

  50. I would like to be on the call too please.

  51. Love to join. If MS is the topic, would appreciate insights on what to do when options are few, like living in a nonMS friendly city?

  52. Please send me an invite

  53. Please send me an invite

  54. I attended the Ann Arbor DO and was disappointed to hear you couldn’t get there. I’m interested in joining your Re-DO and would like to hear about MS, just like all the others.

  55. I was at the Ann Arbor DO and was sorry that you couldnt make it. Would like to join skype call

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