A Foolish Interview with DerektheDJ
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|The Fool:||To what extent has your financial success, or lack thereof, been the result of luck versus skill?|
|DerektheDJ:||Probably all of my early success (including AOL) was more luck than skill. If I was dumber I would've made a lot more in the internet bubble. However, getting hired at a trading firm helped change all that. Now I can't even play video poker without analyzing the payoff percentages beforehand.|
|The Fool:||What's one of your special talents?|
|DerektheDJ:||Hardly a talent, but I have never lost a game of Monopoly. Any challengers? Ok, since I said this three years ago, I lost *one* game of Monopoly, but I blame it on the fact most of the Chance & Community Chest cards were missing. :)|
|The Fool:||If you could change one thing about your workplace, corporate culture, or family life, what would it be?|
I would make it a federal offense to fire honest, hard-working people who have put their entire lives into a company just to be eliminated in the name of restructuring or any other excuse; especially those close to a retirement pension. I've seen it happen folks, and it is truly heartbreaking. Check your books, it's perfectly legal. California's Supreme Court recently reaffirmed age discrimination. I'd like to see something a little stronger than "fire at will" especially for long-term employees.
This is one of the reasons I've done so many different occupations - I'm extremely distrustful of corporations and will probably never be happy until I open a business of my own doing something I enjoy.
|The Fool:||If you could go back in time and witness one event in history, what would you go back and see?|
|DerektheDJ:||I would have loved to have witnessed the landing on the moon. I was only about two or four cells big at the time it happened.|
|The Fool:||Describe the most embarrassing personal moment you'll admit to!|
|DerektheDJ:||Did a stripshow on a dare complete w/ bump & grind music. A lot of my friends know a lot about me.|
|The Fool:||What industry do you follow most closely and why?|
|DerektheDJ:||The retailing sector. With retailers, it's much easier to determine what you are getting.|
|The Fool:||Make a confession.|
|DerektheDJ:||I confess that I don't believe you have to go to a confessional to be forgiven. Any person here on Earth who claims that only they have the power to forgive your sins... a hotline to God while the rest of us are on call waiting? Scary thought!|
|The Fool:||What's been your best investment to date and how did you discover it?|
|DerektheDJ:||AOL - even people who have never used a computer know who they are - that means a lot. Besides, what other company has the cash to buy David Hasselhoff a race car just so they get a plug on Baywatch? I dropped it prior to the merger with Time Warner, and probably won't touch it again.|
|The Fool:||Do you have a favorite company or stock which the worldwide Foolish community should know about -- and why?|
|DerektheDJ:||My favorites are listed in my profile, but as of 7/01 I'm especially bullish on CHS as a growth play, COF as a growth and income play, PLCE as a value/turnaround play, and to a lesser extent - BBX and ACF.|
|The Fool:||List some of your favorite websites, with running commentary where appropriate. (Please provide the URLs, too.)|
Funniest site on earth, but not for those who can't take a joke.
Find out how slow your internet connection really is.
Wheel of Fortune, Trivial Pursuit, and Jeopardy online - nice diversion although I admit I haven't been there in a while.
They have the best stock screener in my opinion, plus good basic investment info through marketguide.
You can read the reviews I've written about various electronics, hardware, and video games here on Amazon.
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