Category Archives: Anecdotes

The Model X Debut

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Early in 2013, I did a laudatory review of the Tesla Model S (at which time, if I had any sense, I would have loaded up on the then-$40 stock), and I continue to believe it is the best car I’ve ever had. Around the same time, I put $5,000 down to reserve my spot for the Tesla X SUV. This product has been delayed for a long, long time, but Elon Musk promised it would start shipping in “Q3 2015”. I cynically predicted he’d probably roll out one vehicle on September 30th, and I wasn’t too far off: he rolled it out the day before. That is, last night.

I got an invitation to the event, which was held at the Tesla Factory. It’s been many, many years since I’ve been to anything resembling a product intro, so I decided to go. I drove over the Dumbarton Bridge to Fremont, and I joined a fairly large crowd of other people who had also received invitations.



The Whole Foods Bear Market

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Want to see something really cool? It occurred to me that Whole Foods topped out well before the S&P did back about eight years ago. Likewise, Whole Foods (where my family drops thousands upon thousands of dollars every year) topped out well before the most recent bull market termination. Out of curiosity, I measured the distance, and they’re just about identical.


This is the kind of thing that approximately no one else on the planet would think about, because, sorry soul that I am, after looking at millions of charts, one starts having insights that don’t require research. They simply occur to me. So: voi-freakin’-la.

Tempus Fugit

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I’m accustomed to a smooth ride
Or maybe I’m a dog who’s lost its bite
I don’t expect to be treated like a fool no more
I don’t expect to sleep through the night

The other day, I offhandedly mentioned a beef soup I had made for my family, and a Sloper mentioned how surprised he was that I manage to do as much as I do through the course of any given week. I was touched that he pointed this out, since it hadn’t really occurred to me, and I’ve been thinking about that remark.