Walt, is your real name Craig? I kind of like Don's idea of knowing first names. I'm Chris, by the way. Slayer, if you don't mind my asking, what's your first name?
I'm totally not fussy about what I'm called, though -- Chris, Hmmm, Hey You, or anything else is cool by me, but knowing your guys' names offers options for variety. Plus, my ID's not very clever.
2. ID Mystery.
I used to think the origin of my ID was a mystery lost to the ages. But under the new format, if you click on an ID, and "oldest messages," you can see its very first posts. Mine were about 14 years ago, so I think the "26" part was my age then (at 26, I didn't realize aging would continue or would in any way suck -- ahhh, blissful ignorance!).
I probably made the Hmmm part up on the spot. I guess I couldn't think of anything cool.
3. Is "Green" Synonymous with Inexperienced because it Always Costs Money?
If you want a hoot, check out my first few messages from the late 90's. I was a wide eyed babe in the woods, willing to pay any price for any internet stock. In one post, I describe YHOO at $150 as "very tempting". When I read those old posts, I can see how bubbles form. The only aspect of any company I cared about was: Is it an online company? Yes meant "buy it." No meant "completely outdated."
4. What's That Thing About Sheep?
When I got my first real job, I had to choose between using 'extra' money to concentrate on paying down my student loans or investing that money in hopes of earning returns in excess of the student loans' interest rate, which was about 2%.
My thinking went like this: "What, investment returns only have to exceed 2% per year to mean that investing the money and paying the loans later would be cheaper than paying the loans now? Hey, that's a no-brainer. Forget 2% per year, my internet investments are making 2% per day, and I'm sure they always will."
Oops. When the internet bubble burst in '00 - '01, I went broke.
Thanks for sharing Hmmm and you certainly are a veteran.
My name is Dave.
My ID would be older than it is (3-5 years). But my old ID was banned which was the same name without the underscore, it was an alias I think. I did have a main ID which was actually my real name which I made an alias because I felt using my real name was not a good idea.
Anyways, I decided it would very humorous to use Baghdad Bobs quotes on "pump and dump" stocks, especially when they were tanking. I would switch a word here and there but I tried to keep his quotes intact and would not break from character under any circumstance. Just as Baghdad Bob was delusional during the fall of Baghdad, he was just as delusional in the crashing of these stocks. I found it to be "genius" and the few that figured it out thought so as well.
However some of the things I said could be considered as "death threats" and one poster took my words seriously and turned me into Yahoo. I was banned and so was my Stockslayer1974 alias.
I am not the kind of guy who likes to use aliases and do not have one currently nor do I intend to ever use one again. I never spoke to myself either, that was a rule.
If you have time, look up Baghdad Bobs quotes, time passes and you forget but he was priceless. Behind close doors I imagine the Bush Administration had some laughs over his press releases.
"There are no American infidels in Baghdad, never!"
Republicans aren't Nazis any more than Democrats are Communists. Since WWII, western civilization's gotten its politics right: democratic government, free markets, respect for individual liberties and the rule of law.