January Portfolio +12.53%

So, the month of January is over for trading.  Our pretend portfolio was up 12.53%, with our actual investments bringing in 31.31%.   The reason for the discrepancy is that we didn’t invest the entire $500 in the account, so overall, the impact on the entire account is not as...

Stock Trading 2021

As many of you know, I started a stock picking thread last year, but unfortunately, due to time constraints, I just wasn’t able to keep up with it.  However, I’ve streamlined things a bit, so updates to pricing and performance will almost be immediate. (about a 30 min delay...

No, I don’t want a tax refund, neither should you

  I recently had a conversation with someone in regard to the reason they choose one Presidential candidate over the other.  The first thing they mentioned was that under the current President, the amount of their income tax refund was lower then previously.  So, one of the reasons they...

Save Your Pictures

Years ago, like many many years ago, when man wanted to keep a memory of something important, or something that perhaps was fun or they were proud of, they carved or painted a picture on a rock or cave wall somewhere.  Some of those drawings have lasted for over...

My Social Media Pet Peeves

As I sat there scrolling through my Facebook feed for the umpteenth time since this pandemic started, I felt myself being frustrated not just by the content, but a few other things that seem to persist throughout. I’m sure there will be more that occur to me as the...

Wait, I can record shows I watch with an antenna?

One of the first things most think about when cutting the cord with cable is the transition to an antenna once they realize that most streaming services do not offer your local channels (ABC, NBC, CBS, etc.)    Those of us who are a bit older remember when there...

Philo, Hulu, SlingTV and Youtube TV

I recently had another discussion with several people about cutting the cord with cable and what services were being used by everyone to replace the channels they couldn’t get over the air.  Over The Air (OTA) channels are another discussion which I’ll post about shortly and what I think...

Brain Training for Dogs

I have two dogs currently, a border collie mix and a miniature pinscher.  Neither one is particularly great in the behavior arena, though the border collie is way out in the lead in terms of being a good boy.    I tried the usual methods rewards, ignoring bad behavior,...

How many teams are we on?

Since the day we’re born, we’re raised in a competitive world, divided by little choice of our own, into various groups and subgroups. The majority of our “teams” are chosen based on what teams our parents are on, what our parents’ parents teams were, and so on.  We don’t...

Lost art of interviewing…

For the first time in several years, I find myself on the other side of the interview table as the interviewer. With every passing candidate, I ask myself, “What the heck is wrong with people today?” Perhaps I live in a world that has passed me by.  Though I...