Posts in Family

Wine Tasting And Surveying Damage

One of the nice things about California is the diversity of climates. My brother in law has lived in the wine country since the late 1970’s. He has been a volunteer firefighter for quite some time. Late last year, he …

Something So Pure

Yesterday I had the good fortune of being near a basket and a ball. When I was growing up, I used to shoot baskets in my driveway or in a gym for hours and hours.  In the summer, I never …

Driving West on Friday

My wife and I generally get out of Chicago for a month now that the children are moved out and on their own.  When we go, we usually drive.  We own a diesel and bought it in 2009.  It has …

We Don’t Teach Basic Finance In School

It is sort of amazing that in America we don’t teach basic finance in public high schools.  I remember I had to take a required class in personal finance at my high school.  It was taught by a teacher that …

1-12-2010

Ha, I just noticed I have been blogging for 8 years.  I started on Jan 12, 2010 and my first post was about the ineptitude of Tim Geithner at the US Treasury.  I had written a couple of articles for …

Suits and Ties

I saw on Twitter that my friend Joe Brusuelas was going to do some damage on Savile Row in England.  I was a bit jealous.  He got some shoes made in Florence too.  I love clothes but never buy them.  …

The Cold

Most of the nation has been in a deep freeze.  No surprise and I don’t want to whine about it or get into a “global warming” debate.  I find it odd that news organizations are being so dramatic about weather.  …

New Years Day 2018

Happy New Year!  It’s cold here in Chicago.  Last night, it was below zero.  My wife and I will be stayed in.  We did some yoga yesterday and as we always do we will be at the University Club for the …

Happy Festivus

This morning I woke up and saw this in my twitter feed: Good morning and #HappyFestivus! Later today I will help you celebrate with some #AiringofGrievances. — Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) December 23, 2017 I have my Festivus pole and …

9/11

I have a daughter flying today. She says flying on 9/11 should be a safe day to fly. My parents decided to ride out the storm in Florida not listening to the advice of their children. It’s 16 years since …

Driverless Will Affect Everything

A while ago, Benedict Evans had a really great blogpost about driverless cars and their effects on different things that you might not think about.  He is a VC for a16z and a great follow on Twitter.  For example, a …

Last Day of August

Summer is basically over.  I hope you had a good one.  I got a lot done but never really “relaxed”.  Hopefully next summer.  We got most of what we wanted done on our cabin in Grand Marais.  We have a …

Why Can’t A Country Do an ICO?

Yesterday I saw where Burger King issued it’s own cryptocurrency in Russia, WhopperCoin.  It didn’t surprise me.  When I first started thinking about cryptocurrency, I hypothesized that big companies would use it for their supply chain management and to lock …

A Sensible Discussion on Race

I have avoided posting on my blog about what’s happened in America over the past week.  Safe to say, I am not on the side of any white supremacists.  I am also not on the side of anyone that wants …

Rainy Day

This summer up north in Minnesota they have had a lot more rain than usual.  It’s lead to a lot more mosquitoes than usual.  Mosquitoes are the state bird here.  We have been doing a lot of work this summer. …

What’s a Four Letter Word For Frustration?

IKEA. We have been rehabbing a cabin all summer up in northern MN. My wife (and my daughters) love IKEA. I hate the place. If I went to the Pearly Gates and St Peter asked, “Hell or put together IKEA …

Career Risk

My friend Sean penned this piece for Medium.  Definitely click over and read it. If you are interested in becoming a trader, you might want to read it.  Back in 1986, when I decided to quit my job at 3M …

Downsizing

My wife and I have had an interesting trajectory in our lives. When we got married, we had a townhouse in the far northwest suburbs of Chicago. My wife bought it with an inheritance from one of her aunts. Our …