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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 …

Some Manual Labor

Yesterday, I left Chicago at 4:30am. Drove to St. Paul, MN.  Picked up my IKEA order.  Drove it up north 6 hours to the cabin we are rehabbing.  Unloaded it all and then put it together today. I am thinking …

T-Mobile Didn’t Work Either

A couple of weeks ago, I blogged about how I was switching from ATT to T-Mobile.  I didn’t want to go to Verizon because it was too expensive, and I don’t know anyone that likes their service.  Let’s be honest, …

The Human Crisis in Finance

When the electronic age was ushered into financial markets, no one really knew what the knock on effects would be.  The Big Bang happened in London in 1987.  Ten years later, CME introduced the e-mini S&P.  It was ridiculed at …

The City is The Future

I saw a tweet by Richard Florida that piqued my interest. 1. Lots of people saying driverless cars & deliveries will someone how reduce demand for urban living. — Richard Florida (@Richard_Florida) June 19, 2017 I created a Twitter Moment …

Switched to T Mobile

Ever since we had cell phones, we had ATT.  I don’t know a soul that loves their cell phone carrier.  Such is the way of life when competition is restricted.  Wouldn’t it be great if the competition wasn’t restricted and …

A Project

Last summer we bought an old family cabin in northern Minnesota.  We knew we had to rehab it.  Last fall, we lined up all the contractors and got them lined up.  It’s not a big job.  The cabin is 625 …

I Hate Bugs

Last summer, we bought a small cabin on a lake in Minnesota.  We are going to rehab it this summer.  It’s not a super high-end expensive rehab.  We bought some stuff on Craigslist, and the rest at IKEA or Home …

30

Thirty years ago today, my wife decided to follow through with the “till death do us part” thing.  We were young.  She was 24 and I had just turned 25.  She had a job, and I was a clerk on …

On Vacation

I am flying away for a vacation today.  I need it. I am sort of burned out.  I have had a lot of challenges in my life over the past several years, and it’s time to take a few days …

A Travel Tip

Today I am traveling to San Francisco.  A few weeks ago, I took a trip. A carry-on bag that I had bought on the cheap in 2006 finally died. I started shopping.  I couldn’t make a decision about what features …

Double Nickels

I turn 55 today.  What a long strange trip it’s been.  Thanks to anyone who helped me on the voyage.

Happy Easter

Hope you make it a great day.  We are headed to the beach early this morning for a sunrise service.  Then, off to a pancake house for our traditional breakfast.  Not too cold this morning but a little rainy.  Making …

I’m Sorry. Stop Your Day and Read This Story

I know you are busy. Life goes so fast these days it’s hard to find time to stop.  It’s hard to find headspace to just drain your brain of all thought and quiet your body and spirit.  If you are …

The Top 100

I saw this article about the Top 100 basketball players in Illinois High School history. It’s impressive. I have played against some of them. If I were doing the list, I would have had separate lists for men and women. …