Posts in Family

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 …

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 …