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My Definition of Well-Traveled

well trav·eled – adjective – a person who has (1) vacationed in over 100 of the Travelers’ Century Club ”countries” and has, (2) on several occasions, been (3) traveling alone and (4) been the only one on the overnight bus / mini-van who was “reasonably” fluent in English and not able to hold a conversation in any of the local languages.

Kindle Unlimited Summary Publishers

These are publishers that provide Kindle Unlimited summaries of significant books (and some not-so-significant ones).

ExecutiveGrowth SummariesFastReadsEssentialInsight SummariesGoodbookDean’s Library |  FastDigest-SummarySummary GenieNosco PublishingRockyHouse PublishingConcise ReadingBusy ReaderBreakfastBookClubSUMOREADSVivid Read SummariesDependable PublishingThe Growth DigestScorpio Digital Press |

Caribbean Airlines

To find out who flies into and out of an airport there is a website located here that can give you that information. They have arrival and departure information for most of the world’s airports.

Route Maps – There is a website dedicated to showing airline route maps. It is located here. I have no way of knowing how up-to-date the maps are. It did not list all airlines when I originally found the site. Air Sunshine was not listed, for example. It is worth examining, however.

Air Sunshine – Route Map. Has prices on the Flights/Fares page.Some fares under $100.

American AirlinesRoute Map.

Anguilla Air Services – Route Map. Flies only Anguilla, St Barts and St Marteen – AXA/SBH ($211) or AXA/SXM ($87). Not on Google Flights.

IntercaribbeanRoute Map.

Jet BlueRoute Map.

LiatRoute Map. Very big Caribbean carrier.

Sky HighRoute Map.

Sunwing – Route Map.

United AirlinesRoute Map.

WestJet – Route Map.

 

Jordan Peterson’s 12 Rules for Life

Jordan Peterson’s 12 Rules for Life is a pretty popular book. I’ve read it. I get it. To a point. That point is probably a function of my own biases, beliefs, and perspective. I’m not real big on “rules” and it’s not because “rules are made to be broken” or other such nonsense. It’s because rules don’t tend to be flexible and allow reasonable exceptions. It’s also because some people take advantage of rules and that causes a reasonably good rule to be altered to become a fairly bad rule for the majority of those who didn’t take advantage of the rule. Continue reading

Feeling Good

Feelin’ good, feelin’ good
All the money in the world spent on feelin’ good

The above are a part of the chorus of the song Fool for a Cigarette/Feelin’ Good which was written by Sidney Bailey, a Memphis cab driver/songwriter and performed by Ry Cooder. I’m a fan of Cooder’s music. I first heard the song in 1974. When I first heard it I related to it right away. The song really is all about the phrase above. All the money in the world really is spent on feeling good. For years I’ve racked my brain trying to figure out what people spend money on other than something which makes them feel good and I haven’t had a lot of sucess coming up with alternatives. [MORE]

 

 

 

Reading List to Absorption

I like reading lists. Especially reading lists from creative, thoughtful people. Especially successful,  creative, thoughtful people. I was looking at a recent post from Matt Mullenweg. I started going down the list and seeing if any of the the books made sense for me. I ran across one title, Extreme Ownership by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin, that might be for me. I looked in my local library online catalog and noticed that there were 45 people waiting on 6 copies. A light went off. Maybe I should read this book. I checked Audible. Yep, they had it and I have credits. However, I use my credits sparingly. I only get two a month. I now go to Amazon to see if they have a summary of the book on Kindle Unlimited. They did. Three of them. So Kindle Unlimited it will be.

There are actually several takeaways from the above segment of this post. I list them because that’s really what this post is all about.

  • Reading lists are good. They help me find books that I might like. They’re like a filter. They give you more choices and save you time. If you find reading lists from other people that seem to make sense for you consult them periodically like you would the more popular lists such as the NY Times Bestsellers list.
  • You need a variety of resources. I went to my public library first. It’s free. That’s always my first choice. When I saw overwhelming demand, I then went to Audible to see if they carry the book. It’s almost certain they would. Audible tends to be my last choice as I only get two books a month. Not all great reads come in audio format. A high percentage do, however. I went to Amazon to see if they had the summary in Kindle Unlimited as the above book is more of an educational as opposed to a purely entertainment choice. Summaries are great and Kindle Unlimited makes them a very, very viable choice for me.
  • You do not have to pay a lot of money for books every month. My Audible and Kindle Unlimited subscriptions set me back about $33 a month, but I get the ability to consume an enormous amount of material when you combine that with my public library access. Hoopla and Overdrive are Godsends.
  • Summaries work. The concept works for some books better than others but, essentially, it works for all books. Think Cliff’s Notes. Sometimes I check out the summaries before I actually get the book to see if I really want to invest the time into the material. Sometimes I get the summary after I listen to the book to see if the book was as good as I thought it was.

Hoopla Basics

Hoopla gave me a lot of trouble in the beginning. The primary reason was that I had originally thought that I could download books off of Hoopla. I tried and tried. Well, I tried a few times. I even talked to my local librarian about it. No luck. Eventually, primarily because of the fact that Hoopla kept turning up all the time, I came to realize that the way to download Hoopla books was to download them on my cell phone. It was really easy. Perseverance – I love that word. Hope is the reason to keep trying. My next step for Hoopla is to use it more often. The books loan for 21 days and I can borrow as many as 6 at a time. Very nice. My next move is to read (listen to) some books that fall under the category of “Market Economics” or one of its may cousin terms.

Earnings Plays I

(1) Go to Zacks and get a list of the stocks that are reporting earnings AMC this day and BFO tomorrow.

(2) Use Notepad++ to make a list of stocks for the watchlist. You can also download a CSV file from Zacks to put into a spreadsheet if that works better for you.

(3) Use TEMP (or some other watchlist) as a watchlist in thinkorswim TOS and place the stocks in the watchlist. Then go thru them to see which ones had a 7% or more as the Market Maker Move. You can verify this percentage with https://marketchameleon.com/Calendar/Earnings?d=20191029. Change 20191029 to the correct date. Go through the stocks one at a time trying to find the best deals for an iron condor or an iron butterfly.

(4) Be sure and check the chart.

(5) You can also place the watchlist in a live TOS (not paper) and export it to a spreadsheet where you will have all of the data at your fingertips for a quick decision. However, usually the list will be short enough so that it will take little time to evaluate the list.

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