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8:30 AM Friday, May 20, 2005:
A "Hope" Rally. That's what Cramer calls our four-day rally. He says
it's based on optimism about GM, the hope that oil is going down in price and
the hope is that the Fed is done. Cramer (and I) are dubious about this rally
maintaining its legs. Todd Kingsley, my broker, tells me the charts for Nasdaq
and Dow look great. Dow Jones, Nasdaq and the S&P averages have just moved
above their 50 and 200-day. Says Todd, "The market had reached
an inflexion point and has chosen to move higher through it. This is meaningful."
Todd continues, "Charts always look good until they look bad. Right
now, Friday morning, we're opening lower. Go figure."
Real estate out west, especially in Phoenix, remains hot. Friends buying properties
are now more cautious and tend to look for properties that have a "story"
-- a divorce, a bulk purchase, a foreclosure, a property that needs serious work.
The "story" is something that requires you, the buyer, to be creative
and do a little more work than a lazy "fix and flip" buyer.
was glorious. I beat young 25-year old tennis player who should have kicked
my butt. I ran everything down and hung in. Old age and stealth won that day.
He wants a re-match on Monday.
The evening was fun. I was invited to a dinner hosted by newsletter, Boardroom
Reports. They get 15 experts in a room and have each talk about their present
concerns, obsessions and lessons. Items:
+ Direct marketing still works and works magnificently. People do open and do
respond to junk mail. People continue to look for tools to improve themselves.
+ "Secrets" is the most powerful word in English.
+ The American public lacks trust in public figures. According to a Harvard
professor at the dinner, the three people it trusts most are Oprah, Alan Greenspan
and -- wait for this -- John Stewart of Comedy Central's Comedy Central (11
PM each night).
What I really liked about the dinner: Everyone felt passionate about
what they were doing. Many were working with kids, helping them develop leadership
skills, set goals and build confidence.
1. Arthritis: Soak
a pound of golden raisins in gin. When the gin is absorbed into the raisins,
put the raisins in a jar. Eat nine raisins each day.
2. Travel sickness:
+ Bandaid a copper penny to your bellybutton.
+ When feeling queasy, inhale deep whiffs of a black and white newspaper.
+ Drink 1/2 teaspoon of ginger powder dissolved in eight ounces of warm water,
20 minutes before traveling.
3. Allergies: Chew honeycomb. Swallow the honey. Chew on the comb and
spit it out. The honeycomb must come from your part of the country. Buy
it at your local farmers' market.
For more, the book is Bottom Line's Healing Remedies by Joan Wilen
& Lydia Wilen. Click
is a total mess: I've been there. The people are sweet, the country
handsome. Robert Mugabe's government is a total disaster. Zimbabwe's currency,
which traded on the black market at 120 to the dollar in April 2002, went for
6,200 to the dollar last December, 12,000 last April 1 and 17,000 in early May.
Today a single American dollar buys 25,000 Zimbabwean dollars - and the rate
continues to climb. Zimbabwe's government had steadfastly maintained an official
exchange rate of about 6,100 Zimbabwe dollars per American dollar until yesterday
when the nation's reserve bank announced a 45 percent devaluation. But the new
exchange rate -- 9,000 per American dollar -- remains nearly two-thirds less
than the black market rate. The country has 70% unemployment, several hundred
percent inflation, no exports to speak of and no foreign currency. And no one
will sell it anything because no one wants Zim dollars.
unemployed: More than 5 million Germans are unemployed -- the most
since 1932. Unemployment in Germany is 10.2%. In France, it's also bad at 9.8%.
Makes me happy to be living in the U.S.
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story of four women from different states
Four women were driving across the country. Each one was from a different
state: Idaho, Nebraska, Florida and New York.
the trip began, the woman from Idaho started pulling potatoes from her bag and
throwing them out of the window.
heck are you doing?" demanded the Nebraskan.
We have so many
of these darn things in Idaho, I am sick of looking at them!"
A moment later,
the lady from Nebraska began pulling ears of corn from her bag and tossing them
from the window.
you doing that for?" asked the gal from Florida.
so many of these things in Nebraska, I am sick of looking at them!"
lady from Florida opened the car door and pushed the New Yorker out.
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