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The Fool: What's the strangest thing you've ever seen?
FoolishWaiter: I saw a guy eat 100 raw oysters at an all you can eat buffet once. Then he went for the raw clams and polished off at least 50. He must have been half seal or something, I was waiting for him to balance a ball on his nose!
The Fool: What's your favorite Fool message board?
FoolishWaiter: Ask a Foolish Waiter, of course!!
The Fool: How'd you find out about the Fool? (Make your answer as colorful and truthful as possible.)
FoolishWaiter: I first came across them on AOL about 5 years ago. Then I met a few Fools who stopped in to eat where I work. They didn't dribble food, slurp the soup, or try and order Ripple; so I figured they weren't half bad.
The Fool: What industry do you follow most closely and why?
FoolishWaiter: I follow inets because we are obviously witnessing the birth of a whole new method of communication, retailing, marketing... I also like to follow companies that target the aging population of this country. The original Baby Boomers are now in their 50's with tons of disposable income.
The Fool: What other financial products or services do you use?
FoolishWaiter: I keep a pretty diversified portfolio, a mixture of stocks and funds. I also have some boring DRIP's and a CD. Lately, I've been looking into buying an investment property, but the prices are so sky high around here that the numbers don't work for a positive cash flow.
The Fool: Describe the worst Internet experience you've ever had.
FoolishWaiter: Still have. I find the constant unsolicited come ons for XXX sites to be the bane of the internet. All you do nowadays is post to a board and the soliciters will pickup your address. You're not allowed to send unsolicited junk like this through the mail and shouldn't be alowed to do so through email.
The Fool: Which celebrity or public figure (past or present) do you most look like?
FoolishWaiter: Tough one to call. I would say that I definately have the spirit of The Ghost of Christmas Present. Come here Scrooge, my boy!
The Fool: What's your biggest pet peeve?
FoolishWaiter: Those with a negative outlook on life. I mean, c'mon, if you woke up and got out bed this morning, that's a great start isn't it? Some people go to sleep and NEVER wake up, others cannot get out of a bed...so what are you complaining about?
The Fool: What's your favorite activity (within the realm of good taste)?
FoolishWaiter: Sitting at an outdoor terrace, enjoying great conversation with friends as we eat and drink well!
The Fool: Make a confession.
FoolishWaiter: The tripe really is as nasty as you might think boiled cow's stomach lining would be.
The Fool: What's the most overrated idea, person, or event in our culture?
FoolishWaiter: From my perspective, it is the idea that a syndicated columnist/critic should shape so many peoples opinion about food and wine. They are creating a sub culture of food snobs. Don't rely on someone else's opinion to determine your tastes. Try it yourself and form your own opinion.
The Fool: Share with us your best money-saving secret -- cutting coupons, sneaking candy into the movies, shopping on Wednesday and pretending you're over 65?
FoolishWaiter: Learn to cook and love doing it. Do you realize what you spend eating out all the time?
The Fool: What's your greatest athletic achievement? Little League champ? Ran a marathon? Did 4 consecutive sit-ups?
FoolishWaiter: I served a party of eight the other night that had me running so hard I think I am ready for the 1500 meters in Sydney.
The Fool: What's been your best investment to date, and how did you discover it?
FoolishWaiter: Definately Merck. I bought it at it's low period in 1994, around 30 a share. I knew some folks who worked with the elderly and it seemed like a lot of Merck's products were geared towards this ever increasing population.
The Fool: Do you have a favorite company or stock which the worldwide Foolish community should know about -- and why?
FoolishWaiter: Keeping with the elderly angle, I would keep my eye on an assisted living stock like SNRZ. They've been beaten up of late, unfairly in my opinion. People don't yet understand thier business model, or the fact that they are almost 100% private pay and don't rely on government Medicare/Medicaid dollars.
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