- Mowed the lawn
- Watered the lawn
- Watched some HD TV
- Researched San Diego!!!
- Caught up on some blogs that I have been meaning to read
So, overall it was a pretty relaxing couple of days. I can't complain in the slightest.
So, I can only conclude that if you were to buy a car to attract women, make sure it is a jag – and bring your freaking checkbook.
I am now a stock trader. Well, not really trader per say, more of a stock ‘buyer’. Reason being because I have bought a number of stocks and haven’t really SOLD any yet. Overall, my stock buying has gone pretty well so far. After a week in, I am about 2% up. I’d settle for 2% every month, so hopefully that means that I am in store for 104% returns year over year.
Picking the stocks was a LOT harder than I thought that it would be. I was continuously second guessing myself as to which stocks to buy, what percentage of my portfolio to hold, and when I should ultimately sell. After many hours of thoughtful preparation, here is what I ultimately ended up with and why:
Hopefully those will make me millions and I can retire on my own private island.
An interesting fact that I wasn't aware of:
The official distance of a marathon is exactly 26 miles, 385 yards. In 1908, the marathon standard had been set at exactly 26 miles. However, at the Olympic marathon in London, it was decided that the royal family needed a better view of the finish line so organizers added an extra 385 yards to the race so the finish line would be in front of the royal box. And it's been that way ever since.
I subscribe to the RSS feed from the Freakonomics blog. Overall, I really enjoy the postings that come out of their blog – although, I think that they often feel that quantity of posts overrides quality… but that is a whole different post.
Anyway, one of the more recent posts was a about a paper that researched which majors in college do in fact make the most. It was very interesting to dive into the data. HOWEVER, the paper was something like 44 pages long and was heavy on the econ terms and light on the pictures. So, I decided that I would grab the main data table and post it here!!
I am back on the client site today (well, and yesterday too). Much to my dismay, about 50% of my key client stakeholders are gone this week! Most are out on vacation, but others are traveling etc. This poses a few issues:
I do, however, think that being alone in St Louis is both valuable as well as slightly unavoidable. First, in order to save as much money as possible, the team books our travel about a month in advance. This unfortunately is often times two weeks before we receive notice that our key stakeholders are going to be out. Second, being in STL allows the team to actually BE a team – hang out together, collaborate face to face, etc. Being charged with making sure everything is running smoothly, I am most certainly in favor of anything that will help with productivity.
So, I suppose I just need to roll with the punches. After all, there ARE intangible benefits to not having key clients in the office. For example, I was able to head out “early” yesterday at around 6:00 and not feel guilty about it! (Not to mention that I get to put the finishing touches on a blog post or two! hehe)