Category Archives: Anecdotes

Bullion Buffoon

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It wasn’t that long ago that when I felt like it was a good time to buy gold (that is, real gold you could hold in your hands), I would go out and buy some. But after a while, gold wouldn’t be doing that well, and I’d sort of realize that there was really no scenario in which it would be useful to me (e.g. there would never come a day that everyone was starving since Whole Foods would ONLY accept gold, and I’d be able to feed my family due to my good planning). So I’d dump it.

I thought I’d show when I bought and sold bullion, thinking it would reveal Gartman-like levels of bad timing. It turns out it wasn’t THAT bad. It was sort of bad – – buffoon level, I guess – – but nothing horrendous. Below I marked in green the buy points and in magenta the sell points.

0905-gold

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Big Swinging Deck

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Over Slope’s many years, I have done nearly twenty thousand posts on this blog. But among all those posts, I have never done any that even approached being “home improvement”. This is the first (and, probably, only) exception.

I have never been particularly handy. I’ve built many things over the years, including some pretty big projects (including laying down hardwood floor and building decks from scratch), but I’m not very good at it. I tend to “measure once, cut twice” and generally muck things up at some point, including things as simple as Ikea furniture. But my heart’s in the right place.

A couple of weeks ago, when one of my kids have a big slumber party here, it occurred to me that the deck was somewhat dangerous, because someone might trip on a deck in the dark. The deck in question is a huge, gorgeous thing (which I did not make………see above) made of an incredibly hard tropical wood named ipe. Try to drive a nail through it, and the nail will simply bend. This wood is almost like iron. (more…)

Wow. Oh, Wow.

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Last eclipse post, promise………..I wanted to share with you a video I took of what happened when totality occurred. There were about thirty or so people gathered together in rural Oregon with me, and you can hear people’s reactions (including my own – – and, trust me, this is probably the only time I’ve used the word “dude” before, but I was in a state of shock).

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Enveloped in Darkness

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I trekked into the wilderness with the hope of seeing something transcendent………and my expectations were completely blown away. I am so grateful I got to experience this, particularly with my beloved children. The picture below is a stock photo of an eclipse; I’ll post some of my own later this week. I was literally trembling with awe when it happened, and this trip was more than worth it.