Slopers and Sloperettes, Mrs. Ig and I would like to cordially invite any and all interested friends to come to Carolina Beach, North Carolina, on Friday, October 10, and/or Saturday, October 11. We have a special guest visiting that week all the way from Denver, Colorado… none other than Slope’s very own ‘The Dude’.
Many of you old-timers know Dude, as he’s a veteran of our little community, and we figured we’d open up our recently acquired vacation home to any Slopers who wish to take a mini-vacation and meet other members of our virtual family while he’s visiting the east coast. And it’s just a good excuse to have a friendly gathering.
This caricature was sent in by Sloper “Pete”, who lives here in the Bay Area. Beautiful!
A few months back, I was looking around for a place to earn some decent interest in this ZIRP environment in which we all find ourselves. I was chatting about this at SlopeFest this summer, and none other than long-time Sloper BKudla said that his business did precisely that. Bob (Yes, the “B” is for Bob) explained how he put together an IRA-friendly business which, by way of mostly commercial real estate lending, threw off very handsome returns (I’m not going to cite precise figures, since I don’t know them now, but I think they are along the lines of 7% or 8% versus, ummm, about 0% at the bank). (more…)
In mid-July when TK announced his upcoming vacation plans, I emailed him offering to help keep things flowing on Slope while he was hitting the highways and byways of Europe so that he could focus on VACATIONING. I expected, as he’s done in the past, to graciously thank me, yet, decline and continue to take care of his baby himself even while traveling around the world with his family. However, this time, a couple of days prior to his departure date he surprised me by taking me up on the offer and I was happy to assist.
I knew that with all of the top notch contributors, my job was easy… put up a new post every couple of hours, let Slope be Slope, and that’s exactly how smooth things have gone. I can’t thank the guest writers enough for stepping up, taking the time to put together their content but also their willingness to share it for us all to see, it isn’t easy to put yourself out there with your prognostications.
Wow! I say again: Wow! And I thought my Change in Tone post brought in a lot of response. I’ve never stirred the pot up so much as I did with my post about Slope’s business model. I appreciate – truly, truly appreciate – everyone voting, commenting, and emailing me. It was invigorating, thought-provoking, and helpful.
So here’s my big announcement. After careful consideration, here’s what I’m going to change about Slope: (more…)
I need your opinion to help me make an important decision, please.
Slope of Hope is 9 1/4 years old. It is as close a thing I have to a “job” in my life, and unlike most jobs, it’s a 365 days/year gig. It’s my choice, of course, to be that obsessed with the blog, and I think my obsession is a big part of what’s kept it thriving over this ridiculous span of time.
Back during the financial crisis (remember that?) I was up to my neck in advertising revenue. It was awesome enough I was virtually printing money via short-selling; the tons of cash from ads was just icing on the cake. (more…)