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TMFSaintCroix

Taylor Carmichael

General Information

Name:
Taylor Carmichael
Fool Since:
April 25 1998
Aliases:
SaintCroix (10/11/2019), babybull (2/25/2001)
Where I Live:
Charlotte, NC

Investing Basics

Investing Experience:
High
Risk Tolerance:
High
Investing Style:
Motley (i.e. Anything goes!)
Portfolio Size:
Large (12 or more Stocks)
Types of Investments:
rule-breakers
Stocks I Own:
SHOP, TTD, AAPL, CVNA, SQ, ISRG, ROKU, AFTPF, FTCH, NVAX, PYPL, CLNE, SE, MDB, DDOG, SI, PK, V, SMAR, NNOX, UBSFF, OTRK, IIPR, SDC, RCL, SPCE, MGTX, AMZN, HIBB, U, ADPT, IONS, DIS, COUP, FRPT, IMAX, AMRN, NARI, AXSM, NK, AXDX, BLUE

Investing Favorites

Stocks:
Shopify, The Trade Desk, Apple, Carvana, Square, Intuitive Surgical, Roku, Afterpay, Farfetch, Novavax, PayPal, Clean Energy Fuels, Sea, MongoDB, Datadog, Silvergate Capital, Park Hotels & Resorts, Visa, Smartsheet, Nano-X, Ubisoft, Ontrak, Innovative Industrial Properties, SmileDirectClub, Royal Caribbean, Virgin Galactic, MeiraGTx, Amazon, Hibbett Sports, Unity Software, Adaptive Bio, Ionis Pharma, Disney, Coupa Software, Freshpet, IMAX, Amarin, Inari Medical, Axsome Therapeutics, NantKwest, Accelerate Diagnostics, bluebird bio

Investing Expertise

My Area of Expertise:
internet and biotechs
Greatest Investment:
buying Amazon in 1998
Worst Investment:
selling Amazon in 2002
Money I Manage:
Family

Education And Work Information

School(s) Attended
UGA, Cumberland, SCAD
Job Title
Starving Artist

Interests

Personal Quote:
dude, the fed sucks
Person(s) I'd Like To Meet:
Drew Barrymore. I got a screenplay for her. Drew! Give me a call.
Favorite Vacation Spots:
Ocean Isle, NC
Favorite Sports or Teams:
beach volleyball
Favorite Music or Musicians:
Sublime, The Who, The Creation, Bob Marley, The Police, U2, Hepcat, Sex Pistols, Dropkick Murphys
Great Books Read Recently:
https://www.amazon.com/Whodidit-Supreme-Court-Taylor-Carmichael/dp/1987667840/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

An Interview with TMFSaintCroix

Last updated: 8/27/2007
The Fool:
What's the most overrated idea, person, or event in our culture?
TMFSaintCroix:
I think the United States Supreme Court is way overrated.
The Fool:
Did you ever do something as a child that you look back on now and say, 'Wow, I'm lucky even to be alive after that!'
TMFSaintCroix:
Yes, when I was six I drank a bottle of vodka.
The Fool:
Have you had a brush with fame, the proverbial '15 minutes'? Tell us about it.
TMFSaintCroix:
I saw Ric Flair on a sidewalk in Chapel Hill. About 20 people started yelling "woo!" to him. That was kinda cool.
[Read the full Interview]

My Story

So I was in film school down in Savannah, shooting my thesis on Tybee Island. We were on the beach, and it was a "message in a bottle" scene. So my actor threw the wine bottle into the ocean, and it didn't go anywhere. It just sat there. So we tried a couple more takes and finally I said, "okay, we have to go to the other side of the island." So we packed up our gear and hiked about a mile. That side of the island was perfect. Nice waves smacking the beach. So my actor threw the wine bottle again. I asked my director of photography, "Amanda, did you get it?" She said, "Yes, it was beautiful." I said, "Awesome. Let's go back to the big rocks and set up for the next shot." My whole crew packed up and hiked over to the big rocks. Meanwhile, I'm wading into the ocean to retrieve the wine bottle. Because I don't want to pollute. And that wine bottle is really moving. I'm like, "Damn, I'm going to have to swim after it." So I started swimming. I used to be a strong swimmer. I could not catch up to this stupid wine bottle. And I look behind me, and I'm about 100 yards from the beach. "Oh my God," I said. And the wine bottle is still about 10 yards in front of me. So I chase it a little bit more. And then I give up. And I start swimming back to shore. I swim and I swim and I swim. And I'm not getting anywhere. And that's when it hits me. I'm in a rip tide. That's why I couldn't catch up to the wine bottle. That's why it's so hard swimming back to shore. I'm wearing jeans and a long-sleeve T-shirt. And my clothes are heavy, weighing me down. So I swim parallel to shore. That's what they say to do in a rip tide. Get out of the damn rip tide. And what I discovered is that when you stop swimming against the rip tide, it carries you further out to sea. So I'm swimming and swimming and swimming. My crew's all gone. I'm alone. I'm getting exhausted. And it hits me. I'm not going to make it. I'm not going to be able to swim out of this. And I hear this little voice. "See if you can touch bottom." It's ridiculous. I'm over 100 yards out, maybe 200 yards. There's no way I can touch bottom. And I heard it again. "See if you can touch bottom." So I stopped swimming, and I reached down to see if I could touch. And I found a sand dune under me. And I could stand on it. The water was up to my shoulders. But I could stand there and rest for a minute. I took a step forward, on the sand dune. I was worried I was going to walk right off the sand dune. And I took another step and another step. And I walked out of the ocean. What was impossible became easy as pie. The first lesson I learned was that you don't have to chase after things. And the second lesson was to listen to that little voice. If you're fighting an impossible battle, maybe if you change your perspective, see it in a different way, you can solve it. And that's my story.

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