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The Fool: Tell us about your greatest personal success, not necessarily finance related.
Fauzi: I would say declaring bankruptcy in '94 (see worst financial decision, below), then dismissing the case a year later. The success part is the $24k I managed to save in the first four years after filing, and the satisfaction of paying for a [used, of course!] car in cash. Hell, it took out half my savings, but it sure felt good to see the expression on the salesman's face when the lowly sergeant just cut him a check!
The Fool: Does ethics or 'socially responsible investing' have a place in your investment approach? How so? How not?
Fauzi: Yes and no. I won't buy a company I wouldn't work for, but I'm a fairly tolerant guy. Hell, I work for the Army, in Military Intelligence, but I think I'd have a hard time with a CIA paycheck. And I smoke, so there goes MO, everyone's favorite 'socially responsible investing' punching bag--although I don't own any now.
I also own AOL, even though my conscience tells me that makes me partially responsible for a company that refuses to work with open internet standards. Oh, what a whore I am ;)
The Fool: Given a second chance, what financial decision would you like to do over?
Fauzi: The decision to declare bankrupty, on the advice of a lawyer who will never hear from me again. The next guy who promises me protection from an uncooperative student loan company gets tortured until he finally admits to me, "Oh, I meant I hoped I could help you."
The Fool: Tell us about Your Dumbest Investment... and the lesson you learned from it.
Fauzi: My dumbest investment was reinvesting in AT&T because it worked well for me last time. I know, I know, what the hell was I thinking?
The Fool: When you aren't working or sitting in front of the computer, what occupies your time?
Fauzi: Thinking about the next time I'll be working or sitting in front of the computer. Otherwise, playing various hand drums or my tin whistle and emotionally abusing my obese cat.
The Fool: If you could change one thing about your workplace, corporate culture, or family life, what would it be?
Fauzi: Micromanagement from above, lack of work ethics in my peers, and whining from those below--same as any job.
The Fool: What's your favorite Fool message board?
Fauzi: I would say the Workshop boards--the amount of work these folks are putting in, trying out new ideas, backtesting, etc. And then they share it with the world!
The Fool: What's been your best investment to date and how did you discover it?
Fauzi: My first good investment was AT&T, from the good ol' Fool Four (also, see "worst investment", above). Right now, my best is AOL, and that's coming in late (Nov 98), not to mention its falling prices this year.
The Fool: Do you have a favorite company or stock which the worldwide Foolish community should know about -- and why?
Fauzi: not really--because of recent snafus with stock picking, I'm headed back to Workshop screens until I learn a bit more and am willing to invest more time in research.
The Fool: List some of your favorite websites, with running commentary where appropriate. (Please provide the URLs, too.)
Fauzi: The Motley Fool (http://www.fool.com) - Duh!
Dragonrealms (http://dragonrealms.net) - nerdy fun. A roleplaying game with not only an excellent, complex gaming system, but a highly developed social structure and culture as well (just keep the snerts away). A place to let off steam, and mix with a surprisingly intelligent group of people.
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