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The Fool: What, in your opinion, are some of life's big mysteries?
ChicagoBob: After getting a new baby daughter, its obvious that everything is actually a mystery. We only pretend to know the answers. I think the point is to live as much as possible.
The Fool: Give a short description of your best and/or worst vacation.
ChicagoBob: Cozumel, Mexico. Actually, our best and worst was the same vacation, we went with one other couple. The other couple's idea of a great vacation was to sit and sun. We love to skin and scuba dive. Guess what? September in Cozumel is the rainy season (4 hours per day -- but hey I guess that's why it was so cheap). If you're underwater it doesn't matter, and the Scuba diving was astounding. But, every day, his wife pined away each day "where's the sun?"
The Fool: What's the best restaurant you've ever been to? (Include name, location, and average bill for two.)
ChicagoBob: Bob Chinn's Crabhouse in Wheeling, IL is one of my favorites. I don't know if its the best, I've *ever* been to... The average bill for two is about $40 - $60 (depends on drinking ... they have great Mia Tia's).

While Bob's has the best seafood around (and great steak for surf-n-turf), I also just found out that it has the best sushimi. This really surprised me, because I live in Chicago near a bunch of really good Sushi resteraunts. Also, how can you not love a restaurant named "Bob's"!
The Fool: What other financial products or services do you use?
ChicagoBob: I use Waterhouse securities for a broker.

I have one credit card (American Airlines) (down from 9 cc's, many years ago).

I have one car loan (on a Toyota Camery ... love it).

I have a mortgage on a condo and used the internet to get a good rate (and recently refinanced, yea!).
The Fool: What's the most overrated idea, person, or event in our culture?
ChicagoBob: Ohhh .... where to start. :-)

I think that the so called "American Dream" is it, and for the most part I blame advertising and the traditional media. For a cure, one book I reccommend is the "Millionare Next Door".

The "Dream" makes it seem like everyone needs everything bigger, better, and more exensive. But, just take a minute think about what it takes to really be happy. A mansion and 2 BMW's. I doubt it. Heck we turned off our cable tv and it hasn't affected our quality of life at all (well, now that was last fall and I do miss the Sci Fi channel). I think that advertising is very much to blame for many people's unreasonable expectations. Those expectations cause them to do things that are detrimental to their long term well being (spend too much, eat too much, smoke, gamble, etc.).

Ok, well this turned into a little rant anyways, thanks for reading. One last thought: "Doctor it hurts when I do this. Well, then don't do that." If you're overweight, eat less and work out more (duh!) If you don't have any money, spend less and save more (double duh!). I'm not saying that its as easy to do it as it is to just say it (I've been trying to loose weight for a long time), but its certainly not rocket science.
The Fool: List some of your favorite websites, with running commentary where appropriate. (Please provide the URLs, too.)
ChicagoBob: http://www.apple.com/webobjects/ - the best application server software available anywhere. Period.

http://www.therainforestsite.com/ - your free clicks help save the rainforest

http://www.userfriendly.org/ - better than dilbert
http://www.dilbert.com/ - its dilbert.

http://www.nytimes.com/ - NY Times on the web

http://slashdot.org/ - news for nerds. stuff that matters.
http://www.news.com/ - good computer news

http://www.sciam.com/ - Scientific American

http://spam.abuse.net/spam/ - fight spam
http://www.cause.org/ - fight more spam
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