Monthly Archives: February 2012

Rent v. Owning Your Home, opportunity cost and running some numbers

The saga of trying to sell our house in this unfavorable market continues. We have just lowered our price yet again.  If it sells, I have a great degree of confidence we will have sold at the absolute bottom.  We’d be thrilled with that.  To see why, let’s play with some numbers. Is my bias showing? […]

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The Casanova Kid, a Shit Knife, a Good Book, Having No Regrets, Dark Matter and a bit of Magic

Today let’s take a break and visit some of the more interesting items that have come my way of late. This is too funny.  Wish I’d had this to give you all on Valentine’s Day.  Wish even more I had this kid’s style: http://www.wimp.com/casanovaprank/ You think you’re tough?  Think you’re resourceful?  Think you’re a minimalist? […]

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What Poker, Basketball and Mike Whitaker taught me about Luck

Here’s a little thought experiment. Consider all the people you’ve known for a moment.  Now focus on the five who have been least successful and the five who have achieved the most.  Ask yourself, what is their attitude regarding luck?  In my experience the contrast is striking.  What I notice is this: Less successful people […]

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How to Give like a Billionaire

I know what you’re thinking.  For sometime now you’ve been wondering what exactly Mr. and Mrs. jlcollinsnh have in common with Bill and Melinda Gates.  Here it is: We both have Charitable Foundations Now you’re thinking, “I knew it!  jlcollinsnh is a billionaire!”  In this you’d be, sadly I must say, mistaken.  More monk than […]

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Go ahead, make my day

Self portrait Or maybe Clint Eastwood A few days ago I received this email: “Apreciado Jim: Un real . You are over the top for a blog (lot’s of our age people don’t even know what that is) and I am blown away with all of the great stuff that you have on the site. […]

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Muk Finds Success in Tahiti

Let’s run away together One day, many years ago, I was having an especially bad day at work.  Late in the afternoon I called my not-yet-then-but-soon-to-be wife and said: “I’m sick of this crap.  Let’s quit our jobs and run away to Tahiti.”  I’m not entirely sure I knew where Tahiti was at the time. […]

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