Was in NY visiting my daughter Thurs-Sat and wasn't watching the market. Boy was I surprised to come home to find out that I bought SBUX in my IRA. I had left an open buy in the account never dreaming that SBUX would actually drop that far. I almost cancelled the buy the night before I left but decided that it wasn't hurting anything. Dumb luck.
(BTW I was too embarrassed to tell you guys that I accidentally left a sell in at 56.5 a few weeks ago and ended up selling everything in my IRA. That was not a pleasant surprise at the time. In hindsight, I'm happy and feeling a little vindicated re my post on growth stock trains and why I thought the article was pertinent to SBUX stock prices.)
On topic: My daughter is living in the Park Slope area of Brooklyn. We checked out the local SBUX. First and last time. Service was TERRIBLE, the store was dirty and the barrista commented to me that he hates fraps. They only had 2 sizes of drinks: regular and tall. The tall was the same price as grandes at every other SBUX I've been in. Hope this is an isolated situation.
BTW We found a local coffee shop just a couple of blocks away - great service, low prices.
OT: Somebody out there asked what other stocks I like: SLB, APCC, HWP (if it drops a little lower), USF, SII, PKD, and of course CD and PMTC. Oil stocks are taking a severe beating so they are looking pretty good to me. Also own RIG and am considering HAL. Watching GM. And I;m still holding MANU. Missed another sell opportunity on that one. Just couldn;t bring myself to self at what I still feel is too low a price. Noticed that their main competitor I2 dropped abruptly end of this week. Talk about surprises: Danforth Quayle is on the board of USF, which among other things provides water services to SBUX, McDs, and Burger King. BTW: I have a friend who laughs when I tell him I just bought a stock. He always asks how many shares I bought. Usually the answer is 100 or less. You could say I'm very diversified or lack the courage of my convictions. I do buy more if a stock I like drops.
Chance: I remember A's posts so I can't blame you too much for gloating and I'll take a look at Boeing and Triton. Thanks for the tip on the tapes. I had already found out that Ney is retiring the newletter to manage customer accounts. Minimum account is 200,000, going up to 500,000 next May(?).