Message Font: Serif | Sans-Serif
 
UnThreaded | Threaded | Whole Thread (10) | Ignore Thread Prev | Next
Author: LeRoy105 Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: of 19380  
Subject: Introduction Date: 3/25/2005 11:40 PM
Post New | Post Reply | Reply Later | Create Poll Report this Post | Recommend it!
Recommendations: 18
I'm new and cannot find an "Introductions" thread, so hope this will suffice. I'm 70, a retired academic, and a semi-retired farmer. I grow rice and soybeans in the Arkansas-Mississippi delta, but I live in TX.

For fun, I write short stories, visit my farm, and piddle with investments. I also enjoy travel and spend a lot of time in Hawaii and on the Redneck Riviera. I try to work out and keep in reasonably good shape physically.

Financially, I'm in pretty good shape. I have always lived modestly, never had much in the way of vices, and have invested conservatively for the past 50 years. My wife is a retired English teacher; my son flies an MD-11 international for a major airline. I have an 1800 sf house and drive my cars until I have to shoot them. My Honda Civic has 225,000 miles on it, but it purrs like a kitten while putting around town. I have a newer Chrysler for longer road trips.

I as not a sophisticated investor. I stick to index funds and real estate pretty much and will read anything Scott Burns writes and will invest accordingly. Same with Bernstein. My accumulation days are over and my goal is to hold on to what I have. Therefore, most of my future investing will probably be in I-Bonds and TIPS. But I'm always open. For example, I'm following JetBlue (JBLU) and AirTran (AAI) closely right now.

I read a question somewhere on this board in which a poster wondered if we become more conservative financially as we age. Speaking for myself only, "yes." I remember the great Depression and I know that another could come at any time. For that reason, I have always kept my portfolio at about 5% gold bullion.

I have good health. I am having a wonderful life. I don't deserve it, but I'm a lucky guy.

I look forward to hearing your points of view and learning from you. I hope I can occasionally contribute something of interest or use. Thanks.
Post New | Post Reply | Reply Later | Create Poll Report this Post | Recommend it!
Print the post  
UnThreaded | Threaded | Whole Thread (10) | Ignore Thread Prev | Next

Announcements

Pencils of Promise - Back to School Drive
"Pencils of Promise works with communities across the globe to build schools and create programs that provide education opportunities for children."
Post of the Day:
Apple

Wal-Mart Nixes Apple Pay
What was Your Dumbest Investment?
Share it with us -- and learn from others' stories of flubs.
When Life Gives You Lemons
We all have had hardships and made poor decisions. The important thing is how we respond and grow. Read the story of a Fool who started from nothing, and looks to gain everything.
Community Home
Speak Your Mind, Start Your Blog, Rate Your Stocks

Community Team Fools - who are those TMF's?
Contact Us
Contact Customer Service and other Fool departments here.
Work for Fools?
Winner of the Washingtonian great places to work, and "#1 Media Company to Work For" (BusinessInsider 2011)! Have access to all of TMF's online and email products for FREE, and be paid for your contributions to TMF! Click the link and start your Fool career.
Advertisement