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The Fool: What do you fear most?
educazione: Gee, the list is so long.... Probably failing my son; not being there when he needs me; not teaching him enough about right and wrong; not helping him to develop to be everything God intends for him.
The Fool: Give a short description of your best and/or worst vacation.
educazione: I know this is going to sound corny but it had to be our March, 1996 trip to France for my French father's 90th birthday. We surprised him completely (after calling and telling him we just couldn't make it) and seeing him holding our then 18 month-old son was incredible. The two weeks we spent in Normandy with the entire family were wonderful. That August, my father had a stroke and died on the way to the hospital. I'll never see him again but I still treasure those few days in March I had with him.
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?
educazione: This goes back a few years but the DC Metro system (aka, the subway) used to have ticket machines that would not check to see which station you got in at. So, you could put your ticket in the machine, pull it out and NOT go through. Then you put another ticket in and boarded the train. The first trip might cost you, say, $2.85 but coming back was only $0.45 (the minimum fare back then) because you opened a ticket to get on and you exited on the FIRST ticket you opened that morning. The machine thought you had just taken a REALLY short trip. From then on, you always exited with the ticket you had opened the prior trip so you rode the Metro for $0.90 a day no matter how far you traveled. I probably saved over $3000.00 in my 5 years in DC using that trick. Don't know if the ticket machines are still that stupid, though.
The Fool: If you could go back in time and witness one event in history, what would you go back and see?
educazione: The day Jonathan Winters came up with the Maudie Frickitt character. What WAS he on?
The Fool: Tell us about Your Dumbest Investment... and the lesson you learned from it.
educazione: My dumbest investment was NOT TO INVEST. When I got my first job I was cash strapped and didn't opt for the 401K plan they offered. I always meant to change that but even after reaching a level of salary where I was no long living paycheck-to-paycheck I never went down to HR and filled out the forms. Ten years of fiscal stupidity later, I left that firm and took the maximum allowed 401K deduction at my new place of employment. Using conservative estimates of earnings, I figure I lost $100K to $125K by that one mistake. I don't even want to THINK about what that money would be worth today.
The Fool: Is outer space teeming with life? Or are we alone?
educazione: Simple math tells you we are not alone. Complex math tells you it is going to be darn tough to find those other guys, though.
The Fool: Is there someone to whom you'd like to say 'Thank You,' but never had the chance?
educazione: No, I've really been very lucky in that respect. For the most part, all my ex-lovers were my friends then and some even remain my friends today. A couple of them my wife even likes. (Thank you, Jesus!)
The Fool: Briefly review your favorite book.
educazione: Most recent: "Battle Cry of Freedom" by James McPherson. I enjoy history, especially the socio-political pressures that brought about the Civil War, and McPherson's work gives a very complete discussion of the issues -- starting with the pre-Mexican War politics of land use and industrialization through the war itself and its toll on the political status quo.
The Fool: What's been your best investment to date and how did you discover it?
educazione: My 9 year-old son. He's going to drive me to the doctor when I'm old.
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