The Deipnosophist

Where the science of investing becomes an art of living

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A private investor for 20+ years, I manage private portfolios and write about investing. You can read my market musings on three different sites: 1) The Deipnosophist, dedicated to teaching the market's processes and mechanics; 2) Investment Poetry, a subscription site dedicated to real time investment recommendations; and 3) Seeking Alpha, a combination of the other two sites with a mix of reprints from this site and all-original content. See you here, there, or the other site!

17 April 2012

What to do when bored at the airport?

Perhaps I am easily entertained - or, more likely, the video below of four guys bored at an airport and their antics actually is funny...

Are you laughing?
-- David M Gordon / The Deipnosophist


03 April 2012

A headline that sets my blood to boil

First, the headline...
Allegiant Travel to charge $35 carry-on fee

Okay, if you are like me and travel a lot, you too can now set your blood to boil.

Questions arise immediately: What qualifies as "carry-on"...? All the luggage that passengers yoke behind them, of course, in the now forlorn attempt to avoid the checked bag fee. (And for which adequate cabin space is non-existant.) But also perhaps...

- Briefcases?
- Purses?
- Wallets?
- A bag for baby items?
- A bag for your magazines and books?
- The bag that holds your food and drink? (For which you paid an extortionate price because you were on the wrong side of Checkpoint Charlie, aka, TSA)
- Crutches and canes?
- Your arms? (You 'carry' them, as opposed to your legs that 'carry' you.)
- Etc

I admit the list grows silly - the folly of relying solely on a headline - but wonder: When and where do these fees end? I recall with disdain RyanAir's fee to use the toilet on the company's planes.

Are you as pissed as me?
-- David M Gordon / The Deipnosophist

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02 April 2012

Liberal vs Conservative

Woody Allen vs William Buckley...

This video makes it seem too long ago, especially in today's poisoned environment, that people with opposing perspectives could gather and talk positively, with no rancor. And yet, as a few of the questions make painfully clear, 1968 was as troubled as 2012. (Obviously so, for those who recall 1968.)

Thank you, Ray S, for the link.
-- David M Gordon / The Deipnosophist

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