One of the best things about living in a big city is the diversity of people. Minorities are actually a 51% majority, leading to an abundance of food, culture, and festivities. Most importantly, a diverse community teaches us acceptance and understanding of each other.
Canadian-Indian comedian, Russell Peters recently visited San Francisco where I got to see him perform. He is an absolute riot! Russell pokes fun at the incredible ability by both Indian and Chinese to drive hard bargains. It’s interesting to witness what happens when they negotiate with each other! Keep an open mind, and I hope you enjoy the skit.
Friday’s post entitled, “The People Asked To Get ROCKED And A Boulder Fell On Their Heads” wasn’t supposed to go up. I’m trying to limit the amount of big government love related posts, but “every time I try and get out, they pull me back in”! Let the record show that I’m not against Democrats, I’m just disappointed in the system. I do apologize to readers for the John Edwards of the world though. At least politicians make life a little less boring.
The Samurai Fund is down 2.7% YTD, which compares favorably to the S&P 500 down 3.7% YTD. Still, losing money is disappointing and I wonder if we have to change our outlook and investments given the anti-capitalism rhetoric by the government. Should we raise cash? Sell some of the winners? Need some thoughts from the contributors and readers in general who have investments in the markets.
Perhaps now is the best time to open up the fund to 2 or 3 new entrants given the declines. I will need help from someone to do a screen shot each week, because my 12″ monitor on my rocking 5 year old iBook G4 can only fit 17 entries!
The Freedom Fund continues to chug along slowly, with a $2,000 increase for January. Nothing special, just savings from cash flow.
Randy Pausch made a difference. He was a Computer Science Professor at Carnegie Mellon who died of liver cancer at 48. Before he died, Randy left a heartfelt video full of inspiration for us all to appreciate. More importantly, however, was his message to his wife and three kids.
The most memorable quote from the video is when people ask Randy what’s his secret to obtaining tenure so early. Randy responds,“Call my office at 10 o’clock on a Friday night and I’ll tell you.”
Why more young folks don’t come in first and leave last I don’t understand. If you’re not showing your work ethic and inquisitive spirit from the get-go, you aren’t going places. Unless you know everything, work longer than everybody else, work harder than everybody else, succeed like nobody else!
Thanks to reader suggestions, we’re spending the $500 on more kids, rather than less, and in piece-meal amounts. Our local recreation director mentioned they just got a $1,000 grant and suggested we look at a higher traffic center such as the one in Chinatown, so we did. $200 down, $300 to go!
FAVORITE RANDY QUOTES & POSTS OF THE WEEK Read more…
Fascinating video about the progress of technology and social media that everybody should know about. This is my first attempt at posting up a video, so I hope it doesn’t blow up my site. Thanks Gen Y Investor for the tips!
For all those who don’t know how to put up a video from YouTube on your site, simply go to your YouTube video, copy the HTML code on the right, past it into your HTML tab in your WordPress, click back to Visual, and edit accordingly!
Tomorrow we will reveal our $1,000 giveaway for those aspiring to get their MBA. Even if you don’t want to get your MBA, you might know someone who does so stay tuned!
DID YOU KNOW? VERSION 4.0, FALL 2009
Readers, are you ready for the next 5 years?!
Financial Samurai – “Slicing Through Money’s Mysteries”
PRIVACY: We will never disclose or sell your e-mail address or any of your data from this site. We do highly welcome posts and community interaction, and registering is simply part of the posting system.
DISCLAIMER: Financial Samurai exists to thought provoke and learn from the community. Your decisions are yours alone and we are in no way responsible for your actions. Stay on the righteous path and think long and hard before making any financial transaction! Disclosures