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Thanks to all of you who have showed concern during my absence from this board. I apologize for keeping you all in the dark for so long about my status and whereabouts.

As you can see, I have a new board name. I figured I'd just use my name, as that's the easiest way for those that know me to recognize me when they see me post.

Okay. You're probably wondering what happened. I first started writing for TMF in December 1997/January 1998 when the Cash King/Rule Maker port was launched. Initially, I wrote on a contract basis. However, deep down I truly wanted to be a full-time Fool. I tried and tried to find the right position, but my desire to provide for my family made it difficult to find the right fit for both me and TMF. In August of last year I upped my status to part-time Fool with an intent to convert to full-time within the next few months. Then things started to take a downturn for The Fool, so I became a bit more hesitant about giving up my full-time job.

In February I lost my part-time status as part of the layoffs at that time. I was certainly disappointed at that turn of events, but in the grand scheme of things I was okay with it. I figured if cutting my spot allowed another TMF'er to retain theirs it was okay. After all, I've got a full-time job and nice income. Many others that were let go did not.

After I was laid off I had discussions with others at TMF about returning to contract status. I helped out with the most recent RM Seminar on that basis. I also wrote the final Cisco research report. I wanted to take some time to catch up on life and spend more time with my family. I had then intended to write at least occasionally for RM. But, that seemed to become less of a possibility due to the Matt Richey's decision to leave as well as financial considerations of the Fool.

Will I do any writing again? We'll see. I've had discussions about writing something for TMF Select and RM recently. I'm not sure if something will be worked out in that regard or not. Hopefully, it will. But, if not, that's okay, too.

I enjoyed my time as a TMF immensely. The e-mails and comments I've gotten on the boards over the years have been wonderful. One of the more amazing things was all the e-mails I received when I shared how we had to put my long loved dog of 14+ years, Amelia to sleep.

I think that there's a real need for much of what the Fool has to offer. I hope that ultimately the organization is successful. This forum has enabled me to learn a great deal and make many wonderful friends. My level of knowledge now as opposed to when I first started writing has increased immensely. This has been the result of both my own efforts and my interactions with other community members.

As for the future, I'll continue to participate on this board (and maybe some others, we'll see). However, I probably won't be around as much, as I'm enjoying spending more time with my family including our wonderful children. I've started taking our puppy to obedience training, and I bring our soon to be 4-year old son along with me. That's going to be a lot of fun. I get a bit more sleep than I used to, and I'm trying to sort out some other issues that need to be sorted out as well.

I see that you have started culling through companies for Fisher analysis. I look forward to sharing in that effort. I also took a 2-day course last week on Modern Financial Analysis that's part of my continuing professional education as a CPA. Hopefully, some of what we reviewed in my course can be shared here as well.

For those of you that are wondering. Mycroft is doing fine. He called me from his new home on Friday night and sounded good.

That's about all for now. I'll begin the process of reviewing the messages I haven't read yet and interjecting my comments where they may be called for soon.

Fool On!

Phil

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Very glad to see you are doing well. And Mycroft too.

Susan
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Dear Phil,
This is a wonderful morning!
Seeing that you are well and life is moving along in a positive direction for you is really great news. I'm so glad that you are back!

Wishing you the best, and thanking you for your educational leadership, investing insights, and more importantly kindness and generosity to your fellow Fools!

Sincerely,
Ev (who is more than thrilled to see Phil back!!)
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Phil,

I am glad to see you back. Im sorry you are no longer an official TMF but I hope this gives you a chance to focus on whats really important in life. I look forward to many future productive discussions with you on this board and others.

Mark
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Dear Phil,
What a joy to find your post on the happenings in your life. It is great to know that you are finding more time for family and that you are committed to posting on this board.

Looking forward to your offerings as I always do.

Be happy,
Ro
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Phil,

Good to know your alive and well.

Looking forward to your posts.

Good luck with your obedience training.

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Hey Phil,

Makes me feel like singing!!

Did you ever look to see who is left around?
When I think about the past it only brings me down
Everyone I thought was cool is six feet under ground
Make love in the grass while the sun is shining down *

I'm still alive and well
I'm still alive and well
Every now and then I guess it's kind of hard to tell
I'm still alive and well


Still Alive and Well
written by Rick Derringer
performed by Rick Derringer and Johnny Winter
http://blueslyrics.tripod.com/artistswithsongs/johnny_winter_3.htm

*Spoke to Johnny, who says he currently uses Spend time with the family while the sun is shining down ;)

In case you want to sling on that old Strat:

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http://www.home.ch/~spaw1203/Music/winter_riffs_stillalive.html

BTW, I took my son to obedience school when he was four, but it didn't really help ;)

WELCOME BACK!! (We're sure gonna need you during this project).

Mark
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If this is the graph of a stock, it looks as though it was time to short it a little while ago... . ;-)
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Hi Phil:

I'm very glad you are alive and well. Thanks for answering my e-mail last week. You are one of the most giving people I've met at the Fool, and I think it would be a damn shame if they lost your services as a writer. You certainly know how to make the most complex financial matters seem simple and clear.

Count on me as your friend. Thanks for all the knowledge you've shared with us.

Erick
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Dear Phil!

I was enjoying your research reports as well as your comments and articles for the rule maker portfolio very much during your active time at the fool. To be really honest, I enjoyed your postings more than any other. I was especially impressed by the balanced tone and realistic views you were able to keep up during the bull days. Your enthusiasm for Cisco is something I share. I personally think that you should be provided with special benefits (share options?) from the Motley Fool since you are one of the most valuable contributors in my eyes. During this bear market it is especially important to stick to your guns and strategy. In my opinion this bear market might well last for a couple of years. Who would be really surprised? I would like to encourage my favourite contributor to the Motley Fool to provide a continuum during bull and bear times. True Fooldom requires that. The forum that was created by the Motley Fool is a very important institution. I think the whole concept of the rule maker strategy as well as the concept of Fooldom itself is tested quite harshly at times like this, when money ain`t come easy in bear market times. Easy going internet pupularity is also not easy to abtain for a forum like the Fool when people start to feel fooled by the share market. Any really good concept in history (be it a philosophical, religious or scientific) had to prove itself in difficult times characterised by thinks like war, starvation, disbelief, loss of trust and faith. It would be a shame if the Fool could not preserve strongholds like you and risk to maybe not survive this mini-crisis that is a far cry from war, starvation or any other really dangerous crisis of mind.

Phil keep on rockin`!!!!

Your fan

Harald Schrem from Germany
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