Harry Newton's In Search of The Perfect Investment
Newton's In Search Of The Perfect Investment. Technology Investor.
8:30 AM EST, Monday, July 2: Money
should buy happiness. We traveled the Adriatic on Ivan Antisic's boat, the m/b
Bozidar, with Ivan skippering it.
Ivan (and Croatia) are doing so well with tourism he just built a second, bigger
boat. It's called Secret of the Sea. It's three times the volume, eight meters
longer, has two engines, a thruster for parking and A/C in the guest quarters.
It has "more luxury," says Ivan.
When I asked him
if would build a third one, he replied, "If I build a third one, I must
sit in office. I prefer here."
One of our tour guides was a lawyer. He preferred this also to the office.
How does one
capture the Adriatic's full beauty? The pristine cleanliness of its waters,
its azure blue skies, its volcanic islands -- many smelling of wild lavender.
The white dots are boats and yachts.
Here's me doing
a snow angel. It's so salty, you can't sink.
We met an American couple from Las Vegas, who had just bought a house in old-town
Dubrovnik. He consults with American companies. He uses Vonage and his Croatian
DSL line to call his clients. They think he's calling from the States. This
is old-town Dubrovnik.
food is boring, but Austrian isn't.
We flew Austrian Airlines.
It has the worst seats, but the best food, which they highlight by giving you
menus with funny cartoons. Austrian will sell you a two-for-one in business
class if you use the American Express Platinum.
Australian dollar has reached a new 18-year high..
late June, the Australian dollar has traded at levels not scaled since February
16, 1989, when the currency was worth $US0.8646. The Australian currency has
now broken the $US0.8500 mark five times in the past 10 days.
in touch abroad:
1. The cheapest, easiest is via a BlackBerry that's internationally enabled
and has flat rate email service. Hence, email is free.
2. The cheapest way to call is via Skype. You must carry a computer headset.
3. The second cheapest is to buy an unlocked GSM phone on eBay and buy
SIM cards for each country you visit. Local calls then are pennies, not dollars.
You buy SIM cards at the local newsstand or tobacco shop.
4. Webmail -- Google gmail, Yahoo, etc. -- works easier than carrying a laptop
and trying to use Outlook and find an SMTP address. Every podunk town these
days has Internet cafes. If you do carry a laptop, it's generally easy to plug
in -- if you know how.
1. Take big bars of soap. Europe hasn't discovered real soap yet.
2. Take the Duxiana
Travel Pillow. It's great for sleeping on planes.
3. Take SP30 sun block. The sun can be fierce.
4. Take Woolite. It makes sense to wash your own stuff. Hotel washing charges
5. Expect airline delays. Bring books, power bars. We didn't have any. We were
6. My newest Canon SD850 camera worked like a charm.
The only time the world beats a path to your door is if you're in
and women at various ages:
At age 10 -- You take her to bed and tell her a story.
At 20 -- You tell
her a story and take her to bed.
At 30 -- You don't
need to tell her a story to take her to bed.
At 40 -- She tells
you a story and takes you to bed.
At 50 -- She tells
you a story so you don't come to bed.
At 60 -- You stay
in bed to avoid her story.
At 70 -- If you
take her to bed, that'll be a real story.
At 80 -- What
story??? What bed???
This column is about my personal search
for the perfect investment. I don't give investment advice. For that you have
to be registered with regulatory authorities, which I am not. I am a reporter
and an investor. I make my daily column -- Monday through Friday -- freely available
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