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Google is on sale. A great new information source from Apple. Don’t do stupid traveling

Google’s shares are tumbling because its first quarter revenue grew by 17% to $36.34 billion instead of 20% to $37.33 billion which the analysts expected.

So, in line with my theory of buying when Wall Street is disappointed for what seems a totally minor reason, I picked up some more.

Google is losing sales to Facebook and Amazon. I’m not worried. The platforms are different. Google is improving its platform.

Here’s Google year to date.

Here’s Google today:

Where do we get our stock news from?

First from the company, then from writeups in places like Google, Seeking Alpha, MarketWatch, Business Insider…..

But the best place might the Stocks app you have on your iPhone and comes with it.

I’ll step you through it.

Each screen is a new slide down and click. I went searching for news on Boeing. It gave me news from Business Insider, The Washington Post, Barron’s, Reuters, CNN Business, Yahoo, NBC, CNBC, etc. You get the idea. Pretty comprehensive. The service is free. Here’s my first screen

Here’s when I hit Stocks.

And I slide down to see the stocks I’ve added.

And slide on Boeing.

And I see oodles of news on Boeing.

Man sleeps on NY subway

He’s wearing an electronic “billboard” hat that tells subway riders when to wake him.

The video is on Twitter. Click here. 

Don’t do stupid traveling

+ Don’t check bags, especially internationally. I take a 25″ Eagle Creek roll-on, which they don’t question, and I can live out of it for two weeks, with a little local washing.

+ If you do check bags, check the place they’re being sent to. A friend didn’t. They went one place. He went another. Took several days to get his bags back. He was not pleased. He was flying first class.

+ Airports have three letter designations, some very similar. There are two Sydneys. Auckland and Oakland can sound the same.

+ Photograph your bags so you can show them when your bags do get lost.

+ Before you pack, lay out what you’re taking. Then remove clothes you’ll never wear on the trip. You can travel with half what you originally packed.Trust me.

+ Consider taking clothes you’ll wear and throw out. You don’t need anything you haven’t worn for a year.

+ Watch for stairs in airports, especially the last stair going down.

+ Dealing directly on the phone with hotels will get you a better deal and a better room.

My favorite doctor story

Doctor Gordon Geezer, becomes bored in retirement and decides to re-open a medical clinic.

He puts a sign up outside: “Dr. Geezer’s Clinic. Get your treatment for $500 – if not cured, get back $1,000.”

Doctor Digger Young, who was positive that this old geezer didn’t know beans about medicine, thought this would be a great opportunity to get $1,000. So he went to Dr. Geezer’s clinic.

Dr Young: “Dr. Geezer, I have lost all taste in my mouth. Can you please help me?”

Dr Geezer: “Nurse, please bring medicine from the box 22 and put 3 drops in Dr. Young’s mouth.”

Dr Young: ‘Aaagh! — This is Gasoline!”

Dr Geezer: “Congratulations !

You’ve got your taste back. That will be $500.”

Dr Young gets annoyed and goes back to get his money back.

Dr Young: “I have lost my memory, I cannot remember anything.”

Dr Geezer: “Nurse, please bring medicine from box 22 and put 3 drops in the patient’s mouth.”

Dr Young: “Oh, no you don’t — that is Gasoline!”

Dr Geezer: “Congratulations ! You’ve got your memory back. That will be $500.”

Dr Young (after having lost $1000) leaves angrily and comes back after several days.

Dr Young: “My eyesight has become weak — I can hardly see anything!”

Dr Geezer: “Well, I don’t have any medicine for that so here’s your $1000 back.”(giving him a $10 bill)

Dr Young: “But this is only $10!”

Dr Geezer: “Congratulations ! You got your vision back! That will be $500.”

Harry Newton, whose sister, Barbara, thinks he should “lose” the hibiscus. Rats. I’ve been playing tennis well. And Jesse is teaching me how to hit my forehand harder and it’s working. Well, sort of. I feel good. Tennis is endlessly frustrating and endlessly rewarding. I bet a bit like golf. But I like the aerobics with tennis more. …

I wonder why today’s market started so strongly and then crashed so mercilessly at the end of the day. Even Apple — with its great earnings last night — did a remarkable roundtrip today. Weird.