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The Fool: How'd you find out about the Fool? (Make your answer as colorful and truthful as possible.)
labyris: I heard the Guys on NPR (national public radio) and thought "Man these guys are cool, they tell you how it is. Knowledge is power" So one day I'm surfing on the web and I click on the the personal finances icon on AOL, and there they are. So here I am.
The Fool: What's the most overrated idea, person, or event in our culture?
labyris: Men's professional sports, ie Micheal Jordon and all the darn money spent on advertising and salaries. I have always liked athletics, but I just can't take it anymore. Especially with all the poverty in this country and around the world. To see our culture throw so much money away, when we could be doing so many more alturistic things with it. Like feeding hungry children.
The Fool: Is the outer space teeming with life? Or are we alone?
labyris: No way in heck could we be the only sentient beings in the whole expanse of the universe. No way. Something else is out there and maybe we'll survive long enough to find out.
The Fool: Given a second chance, what financial decision would you like to do over?
labyris: When I left the military I had saved approxiamately 3k in savings bonds and I was ready to invest. Checked the business section of the newspaper everyday. Well, I never invested the money, I ended up quiting my job and blowing all of it. If I had it to do all over again, knowing what I know now, from the Fool, I would have paid off my credit card debt and maybe started a DRIP or at least an index fund, maybe I would have jumped into the Foolish Four. Who knows, but that time and money is gone. Carpe Diem!
The Fool: If you could go back in time and witness one event in history, what would you go back and see?
labyris: Wow, what a wonderful question, and seeing how I am a History major, this one should be easy-but it's not.
I have always wanted to be a guinea pig for the first time machine, just to observe our past as it was really happening. I quess, it's not so much any particuliar event that interests me, I think it's more the cultural perspective of how people's daily life's were. The daily life's of every profession from the untouchables to the kings, queens, priets, laundresses, scholars, concubines, peasants, pyramid builders, explorers, exploiters, conquerors and conquered. Whew!
Intellectual stimulation overload.
The Fool: Briefly explain how you select stocks.
labyris: Right now, in my faux portfolio, I am looking at daily highest gainers on the Nasdaq and looking for companies investing in networking and wireless technologies. I believe that everyone will be carrying a digital phone of some kind that they can use to access info off of the internet. Thanks to the Motley Fool, I see the future of computer technology with the importance of fast and efficient internet connection vs processor speeds. I believe the term is bandwidth?
The Fool: What's your favorite Fool message board?
labyris: So far, I'd have to say Living Below Your Means and Networking.
The Fool: What's the best restaurant you've ever been to? (Include name, location, and average bill for two.)
labyris: Lang Van, Charlotte, $20. Vietnamese restaurant that has the best vegetarian menu in town. They do things with tofu that I had never thought could be done. Have turned many friends and relatives on to this place. Very friendly and helpful wait staff.

Harmony, Atlanta, $26. Full chinese menu and everything is vegetarian. Fauz beef and broccoli, sesame chicken, etc... Yummy! Can hardly wait to go back.

Laughing Seed, Asheville, $20. Great vegetarian restaurant. The harmony bowl is my favorite. Simple, cheap, delicious, and nutritious.
The Fool: Tell us about your greatest personal success, not necessarily finance related.
labyris: Graduating from college with a 3.5 at 30 something years of age.
The Fool: Make a confession.
labyris: I really like shoes.
The Fool: If you could change one thing about your workplace, corporate culture, or family life, what would it be?
labyris: That I could come into work whenever I wanted.
The Fool: What other financial products or services do you use?
labyris: None yet, I am just now researching all the alternatives.
The Fool: What's been your best investment to date and how did you discover it?
labyris: Myself. I discovered that I should pay myself regardless of whatever my financial situation was, because I was working for me, not just to pay bills or just to merely subsist. The Air Force told us this in a financial course for newly discharged military personnel. It took me many years for it to finally sink in.
The Fool: Do you have a favorite company or stock which the worldwide Foolish community should know about -- and why?
labyris: Not yet, but I do believe, as has been mentioned here at The Fool, that buying online is the wave of the future and that finding that next big Tech stock is to become my life's work.
The Fool: List some of your favorite websites, with running commentary where appropriate. (Please provide the URLs, too.)
labyris: http://www.utne.com
Have always loved the magazine for its alternative perspective and spirituality. Leans towards a more simplier life.
Haven't actually been online that long. Just surfing the fast array of information and loving all the stuff that I am learning.
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