Time levels all men. Good and evil alike. A century will pass in the blink of an eye and who will sort the particles of dust? The Twilight of Courage Bodie and Brock Thoene
I got to play fireman recently. The neighbor’s cat jumped from our fence to the roof of the house. One of my kids kept hearing a meow upstairs and saw the cat at a window. He ignored it for an hour before figuring out the cat was stranded. We put a 2X4 from the roof to the fence, but the cat wouldn’t walk down it. I added a can of tuna into the mix and still no response from the cat…other than pacing and meowing. I finally had to get my big ladder out and make my wife climb it to rescue the cat. Ok, I guess I played Fire Chief and the wife played fireman.
We had a flat panel TV go out on us a little while ago. We’d owned it a little over two years which was just past the warranty. The price to fix it would be between one third and half the price of a new TV so we decided just to buy a new TV. We put the old TV out on the curb for eWaste to pick up. About an hour later one of the landscapers in our neighborhood knocked on my door and asked if he could have it. I told him it was broke, but he was welcome to it as I’d rather see it used by someone than just thrown away. Yesterday the landscaper knocked on my door again and told me that when he took the TV in to be fixed that it was still under warranty. He said that the store where I bought it included an extended warranty as part of the deal. He was bringing the TV back to me since it
Children stop being children, but parents never stop being parents. That’s the tragedy of it. Len Deighton Goodbye Mickey Mouse
Merry Christmas! Posts to Downside Hedge will be light this week due to the holidays. We’ll be spending time with family and friends…and trying not to think about the market. We’ll be sure to post updates to the site if there are any changes to our portfolios or something dramatic happens with our Twitter indicators.
My youngest got home from Berkeley yesterday for Christmas break. By planning ahead he saved himself the trouble of packing. Two weeks ago he started wearing the clothes he would need for the holidays then used his duffel bag as a laundry bag. His college education is finally starting to pay off. Maybe he can become an efficiency expert when he graduates.
My wife was doing some Christmas shopping online last night and got the results in the screenshot below. If you haven’t picked up the problem, the total should be $37.25. Instead of going to another site to make the purchase, she took the time to call their customer support line and have the five bucks credited back to her. I would have run from the site and avoided it in the future. She has a lot more experience in shopping than I do so all I can figure is she’s right and I’m wrong. What would you have done? Another interesting thing she ran into last night was when she tried to buy a gift card online. The website had the card on the site, but when she tried to add it to her cart she got a message stating that item must be purchased in a brick and mortar store. She was shocked…and so was I. How much money are retailers losing because they have a poor online
My wife has connected with several of her friends from high school via Facebook over the past couple of years. Jobs, husbands, and family have scattered them across the western united states. They recently got together after more than 30 years without contact. My wife was nervous about the trip, thinking that they’d have nothing in common anymore, and spend the weekend staring at each other. She was pleasantly surprised to find that nothing at all had changed. They talked non stop from the moment they met in the airport till they all flew home. I’m guessing that it was a weekend filled with pedicures and pillow fights (or whatever girls do when they get together). Take this as a reminder that friends and family are the important things in life.
Happy Thanksgiving! These guys were walking up my street today. Pretty brave considering the season.