Don Jail, Alcatraz and Linkstuff Edition For May 25

by Mike Holman

alcatrazislandThe Don Jail had an open house this weekend for the public – it will be open for last time before renovation into office towers.  We went to check it out however the lineups were unbelievable (4 hour wait) so we left without seeing it.  The jail is available for bookings until October so I’m hoping someone will do some booking and run the tours privately – they could easily charge $5-$10 per person and make some $$.

As interesting as it might have been – I doubt it would have been as good as Alcatraz – of all the “touristy” things I’ve done – a visit to the old island jail ranks #1 on my list.  San Fran is a great city to visit (although very expensive) – I think visiting there and Lake Tahoe (3 hours away) again would make for a great trip.  Maybe when the kids are a bit older… :)

The Links

Preet calculated the value in today’s dollars of various billionaires – past and present – very entertaining – real and fake billionaires.

Five Cent Nickel had a pretty darn good post about financial responsibility.

Canadian Capitalist reported on changes to emerging market index.  This will cause a dividend which will be taxable in a cash account.

Financial Blogger talks about managing a one-income household.  It’s easy – just spend a lot less.  :)

The Dividend Guy has 4 top investing actions to take now.

The Oblivious Investor had a very brief post on the downsides of passive investing.

Million Dollar Journey gives his views on the old age security benefit and OAS clawback.

Money Ning tells us how to dispute unreasonable charges on your bills.

Good Financial Cents wrote about IRA consolidation – the super IRA strategy.

The Intelligent Speculator asks if the US is doing as well as we think?

Investing School explains contributing to a SEP IRA.

ABCs of Investing wrote about investing time horizons for retirees and asset allocation.

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{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

1 DavidV

They do offer private tours of the Don. I think it’s $20. You can have a tour of the new Don Jail for free, but you don’t get a say in when you leave! :)

2 Four Pillars

David – you’re right – I thought you had to book the whole jail but this article mentions guided tours for $20 (daytime) and $25 (night time).

I think we will do it.

http://v1.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20090521.BARBER21GTAART2254/TPStory/TPComment/

http://www.thedonjail.com/tours.asp

3 Mr. Cheap

When I was travelling around, I once stayed in a hostel which was a converted jail (you slept in a cell at night). Fun experience!

I agree, SF is an amazing place to visit (or to live).

4 Four Pillars

Mr. Cheap – are you sure you weren’t just in the drunk tank that night? :)

5 Randy

For those who couldn’t make it to the Old Don Jail in Toronto. there is a terrific new book about the last hangings in Canada, which took place at The Don. “The Last to Die: Ronald Turpin, Arthur Lucas, and the End of Capital Punishment in Canada” goes into great detail about the Old Don Jail, and the last days of Turpin and Lucas before they were hanged there on December 11, 1962. I got my copy at Amazon.com

6 WhereDoesAllMyMoneyGo.com

Thanks for the link! I thought Jabba the Hut would’ve been way higher on that list…

I’m also looking for the Corleone family estimates. They owned a few hotels and casinos and the family compound was worth a pretty penny…

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