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The Fool: Who killed Kennedy?
caveman2: which one?
The Fool: What, in your opinion, are some of life's big mysteries?
caveman2: birth. death. what constitutes a soul. what constitutes intelligence. women. men. god. black holes. the nature of infinity. quantum mechanics. relativity. the origins of life. who first figured out how to eat an artichoke. where the aztecs went. what happened to the dinosaurs. ghosts. how many sand particles are in a beach. how many stars are in the sky. how heavy a mountain is. what happened to the settlers at roanoke. modern art. love. religion. myth. extraterrestrial life. the smallest subatomic particle. why linda fiorintino deserves the title of "actress." why investors think splits are such a big deal. will the red sox win a series. will we save or destroy the planet. what's the meaning of it all. why.
The Fool: Make a confession.
caveman2: i spend too much time on the internet and not enough time working out.
The Fool: What other financial products or services do you use?
caveman2: investor's business daily is great for fundamental AND technical analysis, and schwab has been a good online brokerage.
The Fool: Is there someone to whom you'd like to say 'Thank You,' but never had the chance?
caveman2: not really "thank you," but in the spirit of the question, there is someone who i totally failed to appreciate while he was alive. my maternal great grandfather was an austrian immigrant who came through ellis island to new jersey at the age of 15. he worked hard in the mills all week and went to baseball games on the weekends, back when beer was 5 cents a mug. he lived through both world wars and the great depression. through the midst of it all he put his son (my great-uncle) through medical school and my grandmother through nursing school. he was a living bit of history and an embodiment of americana and the american work ethic. when he died, i was about 8 or 10. i had much less of an appreciation of his life when i was that young, and i regret the lost opportunity of getting to know him better now.
The Fool: Your most heroic moment in life?
caveman2: repeatedly taking time to help the families of terminally ill patients cope with the dying process. families are harder to deal with, believe it or not, than the patients themselves. it's not the easiest thing to do but i've been told i do it well, which is perhaps one of the highest compliments i can aspire to.
The Fool: What's one of your special talents?
caveman2: cooking risotto or cioppino. i also make a mean bouillabaisse.
The Fool: Is the best way to fight terrorism through aggression or passivity (or do you have another option)?
caveman2: i'm torn between intensive group hugging and an all out napalm run.
The Fool: What's the strangest thing you've ever seen?
caveman2: does a maggot infested diabetic ulcer count?
The Fool: What's your greatest athletic achievement? Little League champ? Ran a marathon? Did 4 consecutive sit-ups?
caveman2: in high school, i played fullback in soccer, and we were playing one of our top rivals, newark academy. we were up 1-0. the ball was to the left of our goal about 15 feet away, and our goalie had been drawn out of the goal to smother it. the goal was wide open, with the ball actively in play.

i shifted to the center of the goal, and the attacker managed to cross the ball to another teammate 10 feet in front of me. there we were: a forward, winding up to drill the ball into our net, 15 feet away from a goalie-less net, with just me in the center.

he hammered the ball to my right, about shoulder height. i did a scissor kick (a move that would cripple me today) and deflected the ball up over our crossbar. we wound up winning 1-0.

at the end of the year, the coach used that game as an example of our outstanding intense play - one of my proudest moments. he ruined it seconds later by attributing the save to another teammate. thanks, mr. burner!
The Fool: When you aren't working or sitting in front of the computer, what occupies your time?
caveman2: cooking, homebrewing, reading, hiking, camping, canoeing, birdwatching, antiqueing.
The Fool: Briefly explain how you select stocks.
caveman2: step 1 - pick up ideas on good companies from investor's business daily.

step 2 - enter stock into a mock portfolio (called "bamm-bamm") and track how it does, including news, messages, and the chart. bamm-bamm has about 20-30 stocks at all times.

Step 3 - acquire investor's packets from promising companies and scrutinize them closely, applying foolish principles.

step four - watch the chart closely and buy in, applying william o'neil's technical analysis principles.

step 5 - sell based on multiple factors - short or long term.
The Fool: Which celebrity or public figure (past or present) do you most look like?
caveman2: i've been told that, when shaven, i look sort of like william hurt. i like to think i look like brad pitt, though.
The Fool: If you could go back in time and witness one event in history, what would you go back and see?
caveman2: i'd like to hang out in ancient rome during the reign of augustus. not as a slave, though, and i would prefer not to die from crucifixion. or from syphilis.
The Fool: What's the most overrated idea, person, or event in our culture?
caveman2: television. no ifs ands or buts. instead of watching three hours of tv a night, we'd be better off going for a jog, talking with our neighbors, and reading a good book. jerry falwell's a close second, though.
The Fool: What's your favorite activity (within the realm of good taste)?
caveman2: watching jerry falwell on tv? ummm, no, that's not right. trekking miles away from civilization, camping under the stars, and doing some birdwatching is right up there .
The Fool: Okay Gilligan (or Ginger), you're stuck on a deserted island. What one material possession would you hope to have with you?
caveman2: ginger. no, strike that, my wife would kill me. a two way radio would be nice, so i could call in supplies, including a kayak, a tent, and a thingy to crack open coconuts. and then arrange rescue when i got bored.
The Fool: What's the one thing you'd MOST like to see The Motley Fool add to our service or improve upon?
caveman2: a button that would allow me to send a 200 gigawatt surge of electricity to those rare individuals who use this forum as a means of bolstering their own egos by flaming people they disagree with.
The Fool: If you could change one thing about your workplace, corporate culture, or family life, what would it be?
caveman2: i'm a hospital employed family physician/faculty member at a residency. like many hospitals, ours is facing losses incurred by medicare cuts (ever wonder where the federal budget surplus comes from? it comes from not paying hospitals to care for elderly folks. net result - local hospitals close. great: you've got a surplus. see how much good it'll do ya when you have to travel 45 minutes to the nearest hospital for your myocardial infarction). anyway, the budget's real tight, which makes it tough to run a well oiled clinic.
The Fool: What technology do you wish the world had but doesn't yet?
caveman2: cold fusion. it'd be great for the environment, and i don't own any oil or hydroelectric stock anyway.
The Fool: What's been your best investment to date and how did you discover it?
caveman2: i married my wife. we met hiking when a couple of my friends asked if they could bring their boss along on our annual camping trip. i commented on how small her hiking shoes were, and she replied that if i wanted to know how big her feet were, i was welcome to give her a foot massage at the end of the trip. the rest is history.
The Fool: Do you have a favorite company or stock which the worldwide Foolish community should know about -- and why?
caveman2: sun microsystems. i recommend that all investors marry someone who has gotten large amounts of tech stock through a prior divorce settlement.

currently, i'm doing well with cree, elan, and sunw. i bought ocli about two weeks before jds uniphase announced a buyout - christmas came early, and the stock went up $50/share in one day. getting a bit edgy about this prolonged bear market, though.

finally, i really really like webmethods. my wife is a vp and she gets 40,000 options to buy at $2.88/share. i'll let you all do the math.

my stock picking strategy is a mish-mosh of the foolish four, the motley fool's valuation rules, william o' neils approach from ibd, and a little bit of technical analysis thrown in.

as i often say in my posts, "good luck, all!"
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