Hear Me Out: MapQuest

Hear Me Out: MapQuest

This is the title of the TV show. The entire premise of the show is to put teenagers and college kids inside of a 1995 Honda Civic and drop them off in the middle of a city they’ve never been to before. They will be given a MapQuest printout to see if they can follow the directions to the finish line before time expires.

The rules are simple:

Hit With A Random

Hit With A Random

I got hit with a random drug test at work yesterday. The last time it happened was the day before my bachelor party—nice timing.

In my line of work it makes sense to drug test since people’s lives are potentially on the line if I make critical mistakes. What doesn’t make sense though is how the company’s drug policy aligns with reality. Let me explain.

Lessons Learned From My First Garage Sale

Lessons Learned From My First Garage Sale

A few times a year, our subdivision holds a neighborhood garage sale. We’ve never participated in the previous four years that we’ve been living in our house, but when I saw the signs go up in the middle of the week, I decided that it was time to gather up a bunch of my trinkets (junk) and see what I could get for them.

Here’s what I learned:

Hear Me Out: Tinder For New Parents

Hear Me Out: Tinder For New Parents

There comes a time in every new parent’s life when you start to break away from your friends who don’t have kids. Depending on the age you have your first kid, it can be a difficult process to break ties with your old friends. Imagine having a kid at 22 years old while your friends are going out to the club four nights a week. They’re not going to call you to go out because you have a kid now. And you’re not going to want to go out anyways because you’re already exhausted—from taking care of your kid. 

How To Spot Fads

How To Spot Fads

A big part of investing in individual companies or running an active portfolio is trying to spot macro trends in their infancy and subsequently riding the wave to riches. For instance, when the iPad was released in 2010, I distinctly remember Fast Money making fun of the name that Apple had chosen for it—saying it sounded like some sort of feminine product. Meanwhile, I was loading up on common and calls, thinking about how the iPad could revolutionize many industries (textbooks, traditional PCs, newspapers, e-readers, etc.). And so it did, although I never held as long as I would have liked to.

Dealing With Loss

Dealing With Loss

I received a text message earlier this morning informing me that my grandfather had passed away. He had recently been fighting pneumonia and his lungs kept filling with fluid. Over the Easter weekend, I was lucky enough to visit with him one last time at the nursing home.