A Foolish Interview with FrostySNOFool
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|The Fool:||Describe the most embarrassing personal moment you'll admit to!|
Hmmm. It's important to be able to laugh at yourself. Everyone else laughs at you, so why not? So getting to the heart of the questions is "that I'll admit to". I've had many embarrasing moments, but perhaps one I can admit to and remember recently is related to bodily functions.
I was sitting in my office one day and just had to let one go (I hope you catch my drift. My visitors sure did). Next thing you know, unexpectedly some new customers walk in that I've never met before. Talk about a bad first impression. I bet they were thinking, "Boy does this guy stink or what!". I had to escort them to the nearest break room as a diversion. :)
|The Fool:||Given a second chance, what financial decision would you like to do over?|
|FrostySNOFool:||I wouldn't get caught up as much in material possesions earlier in my life. I had to provide for myself in college, so I would splurge more often than necessary. It probably had something to do with my low self esteem at the time and needing some-material-thing to compensate for it. At one time, it put me at a net worth of nearly -$30,000. Times have changed since then.|
|The Fool:||What's the most overrated idea, person, or event in our culture?|
I don't pretend to fully understand the fed chairman Alan Greenspan, but I think he really does state the obvious when he talks. I sometimes get bored and think some people put too much onto him. Invest in a company, not the market and all its external noise! Perhaps, I am just enlightened. :)
I also loathe this continual comparison of the Internet Trend to other past crazes. I work in the Internet industry. I've developed e-commerce sites and data driven sites. I can decipher between what is fad and what is a trend. I know this trend is for real. Of course this shows up in my opinion in my periodic newsletter (which you can subscribe to on my website).
|The Fool:||How'd you find out about the Fool? (Make your answer as colorful and truthful as possible.)|
|FrostySNOFool:||I was in one of Amazon's competitors store one day and saw the cool, funny looking cover for the Motley Fool Investment Workbook. I bought it, knowing I would soon be out of debt and interested in making money in equities. 7 months later, I picked it up and started reading beyond the first chapter, cuz I was finally out of debt! That led to my first purchase of AOL last November. What a wonderful ride it has been since. Thanks Fools!|
|The Fool:||Is there someone to whom you'd like to say 'Thank You,' but never had the chance?|
|FrostySNOFool:||Tom and David Gardner are great. They provide nice insight and in a fun way which is easy to digest. I also think Peter Lynch is a hero. Whenever I feel a bit edgy and want to sell, I think of him and all the mistakes he made by selling TOO early. I think it also funny that he does all those commercials for mutual funds, but advocates individual equities are the way to go for real profits! Thanks also to my parents. They showed me what it is truly like to be in debt and I soon learned how I never want to be there ever again!|
|The Fool:||What's been your best investment to date and how did you discover it?|
Well, this is not quite fair. I used to work for Lucent and had options when I left. I wasn't fully vested when I left (darn!) but I've made nearly 600% on those in a year and a half. I left for a better career. That must take priority over some options.
Second best individual choice is CMGI. I made note of them on a momentum swing on CNBC. Then I researched, using my toolbox of knowledge. I've gained nearly 300% since Dec '98.
|The Fool:||Do you have a favorite company or stock which the worldwide Foolish community should know about -- and why?|
|FrostySNOFool:||CMGI. They might classify as a Rule Breaker. Need to go double check what constitues that. I like them because they are not understood, but are run well as a company. I've listened to their CEO David Whetherell and he seems to have a good grasp of the market, trends and nice insight.|
|The Fool:||List some of your favorite websites, with running commentary where appropriate. (Please provide the URLs, too.)|
My own! For investment knowledge and help, check the Market $avvy Section at
The current site you are on, or The Fool.
MarketGuide for research
Yahoo! Finance for research, portfolio tracking and other info
Hoover's Online for company research and info.
Explore your world! The Discovery Channel
Everything else at Yahoo! (this is a no brainer)
Cool web toys and developer stuff at Macromedia
Computer Stuff at CNET
My online banking sites. Isn't the internet wonderful? (the answer is YES!)
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