Slope of Hope Blog Posts

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Trimming the Hedges

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I am delighted to announce that I am at a new portfolio high for the year. This has been a brutal struggle. My last “peak” was early in July, and I subsequently saw my profits get utterly and totally vaporized. I cannot tell you what that feels like, but it sucks. Thus, through sheer tyranny of will, and great charting, I have climbed to the peak of the mountain again. I was filled with so much shame about my fumble this year that I didn’t even talk about it, except privately with Baby Bear. Now the truth is out.

Although it defies every instinct I’ve got, I have forced myself, kicking and screaming, to ease back some. Cash is boring, but at least it doesn’t get vaporized (well, let’s not go there). Here are the executions (I’ve tinted items where I am TOTALLY out; the rest are just trims).

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Head Space

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I live inside my own head most of the time. As such, I talk to myself almost constantly, asking questions of myself, and plotting out how to behave given certain circumstances.

The morning trek from bedroom to home office provides the opportunity for plenty of “Welp, boys, here we go” kinds of talks, as you might expect. There was an era when the persistent thought was, “Time to face the music” These days, I’m not quite so terrified of what I might see in the morning, and it recent days, this has been delightfully the case.

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