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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. …






The Final Journey

The final journey isn’t shared. It’s your own, and you face it alone. Your family and friends are there for the ride. Your body, and your psyche call the shots. But, there is an end to the journey. I think …






When It’s The End

Been in Florida the past couple of days. I always joke that Florida is “God’s waiting room” but today it is. My wife’s father is in hospice. I am learning a lot about end of life. I haven’t spent much …






Would I Want My Daughter To Work For Uber?

One of the things we used to joke about years ago was having daughters.  When I had my first daughter, my trader friends in the pit showered me with bar room humor.  “God’s way of getting even with you.”, was …






Frederick Douglass and Black History Month

Last evening I had the privilege of going to a celebration of Fredrick Douglass.  It was on the South side of Chicago at 47th and MLK Drive.  I didn’t know a lot about Frederick Douglass other than he was raised …






Trump Loses on Department of Labor Law

“With or without regulation by the federal government, the principle of ‘clients first’ is here to stay.” – Jack Bogle When I read the Department of Labor was wading into financial regulation, my first inclination was dread.  I didn’t trust …






What’s Old Is Old

I played a basketball game before the Super Bowl yesterday.  Reggie Jackson of the Detroit Pistons coached the kids.  He was a great sport.  We had a good time.  I am feeling it big time today.  There are so many …