New Utopia City

Living in regular cities is just plain horrible.  I’ve come up with the solution.  All we need to do is start fresh.  Find some empty land somewhere and build a city that is done properly so that everyone will be happy.  I’ve set up a list of guidelines that will make it easy:

Dogs must have vocal cords removed.  No animal noise will be permitted.

Only Electric vehicles allowed inside city.  No vehicle noise will be permitted.

Houses must be a minimum of 50 yards apart.  There must be room to breathe and have a nice lawn with room for gardening and playing

Electric lawnmowers, blowers and trimmers only.  Minimize noise.

Summer and winter uniforms required. Much of the world’s disparity is caused by people wearing improper clothing.  Two uniforms will be required.  Winter uniforms will be city provided jumpsuits with optional light and heavy jackets.  Summer uniforms will be city provided bikinis and speedos.  No shoes allowed in the summer except for hiking.

All houses must have at least 4KW solar array.  There’s no excuse for not having solar panels on your house.

All streets will have a bicycle lane.  Bicycling is encouraged for health and environmental happiness.

Recycled water piped directly to all houses for lawn watering.

Traffic lights allowed only at major intersections.

No loud music or other any other noise.

No bad people. Bad people will be deported.

No homeless. Homeless will be deported.

No rental houses.  People who rent don’t take care of their house.

Recycling required.

Working form home encouraged to avoid traffic jams.

20 hour work week.  People need more time off to appreciate life.

Only one parent may work. The other must take care of the children.

Home and remote schooling encouraged to avoid traffic jams.

Only two children per family to avoid overpopulation.

No Walmarts

 

 

I made $1000 today doing nothing

mbagNow that’s the way it is supposed to be.

I’ve been toying with etrade for many years now and have been following a stock picker newsletter.  I’ve done little trades of $2000 and under to get a feel for it.  None of it really paid off because a small investment gets you small returns.

This time I decided to go big.   Following the latest pick from Topnasdaqstocks.com I invested $10,000 at $2.45.  I’ve watched the picks over the years and these guys have a great track record.  Over two days time the stock went up to 3.05 where I decided to sell.  That made me a little over $1100 in profit.  Pretty sweet, I must say.   Next time I’ll invest $20k.  I had planned to do that this time but only half sold at my limit price.  I figured that was good enough for the first time going big and cancelled the rest before it sold as well.  Had I bought the whole $20K worth then I would have made $2200.

Yes, it is risky but no risk, no return.  I think the risk of big loss is minimal because even if these stocks decline, they don’t decline in large jumps quickly over the short period of investment.  Say I lose a few hundred.  No big deal.  Make it back later plus more.

I feel pretty comfortable with this method.  It may even be a pump and dump scheme but if it works for me then pump me up!   Wouldn’t it be pretty sweet to make an extra 1-2K a month?

I’m learning a lot really quickly and it’s fun.  A little scary too. You get a bit of an adrenaline rush.  I expect that goes away eventually as it becomes normal. There’s nowhere else to put money anyway.  Regular bank investments like CD, Money Markets, Saving accounts get you 2% at best after a year.  Might as well keep it in your checking account.  I just made 10% in two days.

Sure this may be pie in the sky thinking but it’s not illogical to expect some kind of decent return.  What’s 20K sitting in your checking account anyway.  You only feel money when it moves.

If you have the means.  I highly recommend subscribing at Topnasdaqstocks.com.  These guys are good.

 

Appreciating Awesomeness

awsmI’ve written before about the lack of other people’s ability to appreciate awesomeness.   It saddens me.

Today during a break at work, I went into the breakroom and stretched out on the couch.  I pulled out my phone and headphones and listened to a recording of my community band’s 2016 spring concert.  I listened to Danzon #2.  Listen to it here.

No.  It’s not perfect but damn!  It’s seriously good considering we is a community band made up of volunteer musicians.

As I listened to the streaming awesomeness I thought about the people I know and how not one of them appreciates it.  They don’t come to my concerts.  They don’t listen to the recordings.  They don’t give a shit.  My eyes leaked with sadness for them.

It is so difficult living in an awesome world while the zombies all around you go through life with blinders on.  I just don’t know what to do.  How do you make people stop and see the greatness?

 

 

 

Snapchat Stock

snpchtThe other day I decided to buy some Snapchat stock.  Yeah, I know it has no real value but neither did Facebook.  I went ahead and bought $1000 worth at $23.75 to see what happens.  Of course it is immediately going down.

I bought Facebook back when it as $36.00.  Held it as it sunk into the lows.  Eventually, around a year later it rose back to $36.  Figuring I would be lucky to break even, I sold it at $36 to get my money back.  Now it is at $138.68.  Had I held it I would have made $5100.00.

I feel that Snapchat is in the same condition as Facebook.  It has potential so this time I’m holding it long term.

I don’t use Snapchat.  It’s a kids thing that I have no use for but it is a popular medium that reaches the kids who are otherwise disconnected from media advertising like TV and Radio.  It is just a matter of time before Snapchat figures out how to monetize or is sold to Facebook or Google.  I might buy more when the price bottoms out.  What the hell.  Facebook and Google are doing their best to create an alternative but Snapchat is already the de facto medium of choice amongst the grommets.

I’m not going to miss this opportunity this time.  Let’s hope the gods of fate don’t take this opportunity to kick my ass again.

 

Clean your air conditioner to get ready for the summer.

myacThe Texas summers are brutal and with global warming getting worse every year, you had best be well prepared.  Every year or so I like to disassemble my air conditioner compressor (outside unit) and give it a serious cleaning.  After all, The Air Conditioner is the most important appliance in the house.  It’s the heart of the house.  It’s the Life Support System.  Without an Air Conditioner, you could not live in Texas.  Trust me.  If the A/C had never been invented, Texas would be very empty.

The first thing you do is disconnect the power.  Don’t be brave.  It’s 22ov!

Next, take the top cover off which has the fan mounted onto it.  I just move it aside so I can get into the coil area and vacuum out the leaves and debris.  Sometimes using the shop vac in reverse will help blow all the junk out of the hard to reach areas.

Next I take off the side panel where the compressor and electrics are.  Clean those out as well. All the spider webs and other bugs have to move out!

After all is clean, I take the hose with a hand sprayer and give the coils a good cleaning from both the inside and the outside.   You’ll see the dirt wash away.  Satisfying!  Be sure to clean out all the drain holes so condensation can drip out easily.

Take a wet sponge and wipe down all interior and exterior surfaces to get off the stubborn dirt.  Looks like new!  Be sure to wipe down the compressor itself.  Clean is cooler.

Reassemble the unit and allow it to dry completely before turning on the power.

That wasn’t so bad.  Now you’re ready for global warming to do it’s worst.

Can I be contented

cntntmtSo we come back to this again.

My recent plan to get what I’ve always wanted came really close but no cigar.  The house I wanted to buy was just maybe too far gone to be realistic.  See previous post.

Once again I return to the bigger picture.  Would it not be OK to just be content with what I have?  Millions of people would consider my life accomplishments to be highly desirable.  Even people I know would kill to be in my shoes.  Yet still, somehow, it isn’t enough for me.  I have a dream and that dream demands to be satisfied no matter how unnecessary it may be.

My time is running out.  I’ll be 49 this year and due to hereditary heart disease, my days may be numbered.  I don’t know that for sure but you kind of have to plan for the worst case scenario.  I may not make it to the Social Security retirement age of 63.  Single people have a tendency to live shorter lives as well.  Loneliness makes life less worth striving for.  I think I may be lucky to have another 10 years left. 20 Maximum.

I don’t like living in the big city.  I don’t like working 8-5.  I don’t like paying $3000 property tax.  On the other hand, millions of other people are doing it so what makes me special?

Would it be possible to just be happy with the really nice house I have in a neighborhood full of other houses within arm’s reach of each other?  Is it good enough?  Everyone else here seems OK with it.  Why am I not OK with it?  Could I be OK with it?

Technically, I could just stay here and live out the rest of my life as is.  The backup plan is really to sit tight until my mom passes away.  At that point I would be free to move about the country at will.  She’s 86 now but in good health.  I certainly don’t want her to die and she may not for another 15 years.  That would put me dangerously close to my end of life.  If I make it that long I would not have much time left to experience life outside of San Antonio.

So should I be content now?    Surely that’s not impossible.  Rather than spending another two decades fighting reality, maybe I should welcome it and get as much as I can out of life as it is.  It’s really not all that bad considering the human condition.  It’s pretty much as good as it gets unless you win the lottery.  (Still buying tickets occasionally but it’s harder than it looks.)

I wish I wasn’t so intelligent.  Maybe I need beer.  Beer seems to do the trick for everyone else.  A little liquid mind control might be just the thing.  I hear there is legislation in the works for Texas to make marijuana legal.  That would content me out I think.  I won’t hold my breath for it though.  Texas is very conservative and uptight.

Thinking is bad. Don’t do it!  It will only lead you down the path to unhappiness.  Be content.  Right?