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How to stay awake in your car. Your most important life lesson.

Now, no trade war with China. So markets go up.

But one with Iran, which will be costly for companies like Boeing. Click here.

Maybe a trade war with China tomorrow.

Our Administration plays hard and soft. Sophisticated negotiating!

Today it’s soft. So stockmarkets rise.

Tomorrow they’ll fall.

Live with it. Volatility is the “new normal” for 2018, in contrast to the steady rise of 2017.

I worry about charts like this:

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TakeTwo Interactive is doing well  in its business  — no question about that — but so has its stock. And now its P/E is over 75! Some volatility is expected.

Money managers Ciovacco Capital’s latest video is:

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Their conclusions:

+ So far, dividend stocks have made little sense. Growth stocks have far outperformed dividend stocks.

+ We are not yet in a downdraft. They compared 111 days after the peak:

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Those three lines are called Bollinger Bands. Watch the Ciovacco Capital video on YouTube. Click here.

Airline stuff

+ Don’t lift your heavy bag onto an overhead container.

+ Don’t leave valuables in bags you put in overhead bins. They will be stolen. For more, click here.

+ Don’t give your credit card to your airline cabin attendant to take away. She may copy it.

Laptop stuff

+ Don’t spill coffee, tea, Coke or water on your laptop. Your chance of saving your laptop is 50-50. If you spill, unplug, shut down. Remove battery. Dry it with a paper towel. Don’t use a hairdryer. Turn it upside down. Unscrew the back. Remove the hard drive. Don’t touch your laptop for three days. Pray.

+ This $16 device will get work off your hard drive — if you have a spare laptop. (My recommendation.)

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To buy it, click here.

Useful stuff

+ Credit card issuers and banks will now send you email sdetailing alerts on many levels — including when you card was charged but it wasn’t there. Very useful.

+ I love Fujitsu ScanSnap iX500 Color Duplex Desk Scanner. No sense in keeping paper any longer. Simply scan stuff to your laptop’s gigantic hard drive.  Now much easier to find stuff. Life changer. Trust me on this one.

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Click here.

Sleeping while driving. Sleeping caused our big accident. “Solutions:”

+ Listen to “action” books on tape – like Clive Cussler or Tom Clancy.

+ Solve your family’s problems with the wife. Driver and passenger must stay awake.

+ Crank down your AC. Freeze.

+ My favorite: Don’t listen to public radio. It’s “soporific.” Listen to Fox radio. Stay awake screaming at Fox Radio. From my friend Alan.

Happiness has become “fashionable”

+The 50 Greatest Happiness Hacks, from Best Life. Click here. 

+ And now this “intellectual” look at happiness.

 Happiness

Click here. 

Tasteless wife humor

+ A woman standing nude in front of a mirror says to her husband: ‘I look horrible, I feel fat and ugly, pay me a compliment.’

  He replies, ‘Your eyesight is perfect.’

+ Wife gets naked and asks hubby, ‘What turns you on more, my pretty face or my sexy body?’

  Hubby looks her up and down and replies, ‘Your sense of humor!

+ An elderly couple is attending church. Halfway through, the wife leans over and says to her husband, ‘I just let out a silent fart; what do you think I should do?’

  He replies, ‘Put a new battery in your hearing aid.’

HarryNewton
Harry Newton, who wish they’d teach selling in schools and colleges. Skip marketing. Study selling. Best skill you’ll ever learn. We’re trying to replace the car we totaled a few weeks ago. It hasn’t been easy. Be great if salespeople would call you back. Don’t get me started.

Nice weekend photos of grandkids: Left to right: Peter, Eleanor, Sophie and Zoe.

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Grandkid1 Zoe

Happy grandkids. I’m super lucky.