We started the week with frozen grapes, and you figured I had slipped into egg nog mode. Pretty hard to write about Variable Universal Life after a glass or two of the nog. The ol’ noggin noddin’ and bobbin’ and wobblin’ — and yet there it was: everything you could possibly want to know about […]
[Great Robert Mankoff New Yorker cartoon caption (guy speaking on the phone in his skyscraper office): “No, Thursday’s out. How about never — is never good for you?”]
“My question is, do you have an opinion about Variable Universal Life Insurance for a young, recent widower dad with a chunk of life insurance proceeds who […]
From time to time, I offer up a few of my best recipes. For a combination of ease-of-preparation and good taste (in the gustatory if not the aesthetic sense), they can’t be beat.
Recipe #1 – Frozen Grapes
1. Buy grapes.
Seedless. Red or green. I look for the loose ones the supermarket has collected […]
Happy birthday to all you guys turning 87 today.
My editorial compass told me it would be self-indulgent to wish a friend happy birthday. But this way, I’m wishing ALL such people happy birthday.
Kind of like those tax loopholes Senators insert that apply to ALL corporations with hydro-powered paper mills placed […]
I certainly panicked when the portfolio-update function of DOS Version 12 of Managing Your Money failed. CompuServe had made a change as of December 1, possibly coincident to their Y2K readiness, that put me out of business. (If only not being able to watch AMZN zoom kept shortsellers from losing money! Then again, as God’s […]
Jeff Sherman: “I am not what you would call a Y2K doomsayer. However, just in case, what is the downside to selling the mutual funds in my 401(k) now, putting the money in a money market fund (or leaving it as cash), and repurchasing the mutual funds after the new year when I am comfortable […]
Looking for a cheap used laptop? Check out retrobox.com. They buy used machines by the hundreds from big companies that are upgrading, then wipe the hard drives clean (including the operating system) and sell them to you. You install Windows ’98 or whatever and, with luck, have a machine that would have […]
You know all those clever, poignant or deeply personal PS’s you’ve been appending to your e-mails? That final thought that leaves them with just the feeling you want? “PS — In case you can’t, just let me know and we’ll haul out the Spam! Ha, ha, ha.” . . . “PS — No matter how […]
[Great site: mapquest.com — whether you need to print directions to the party, e-mail them to a friend, or just find a zip code (9-digit, naturally). Awesome.]
Will Belke: “You recently suggested we should not cut taxes now because we will over-stimulate the economy. So if we don’t cut taxes in good times, […]
PREFERRED STOCKS – PART II
R J Kirsch: “Re your comment concerning newsletters concentrating on preferred stocks, see Richard C. Young’s Intelligence Report published monthly by Phillips Publishing, Inc., 7811 Montrose Rd., Potomac, MD 20854-3394, 800-301-8968, email: email@example.com. Preferreds are one of his three favorite investments (treasuries & Dow 30 stocks are the […]
Quote of the Day
On Hollywood Squares, gay comedy writer Bruce Vilanch was asked: You are the most popular fruit in America. What are you? His answer: Humble. (The correct answer? Banana.)~.
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