Paul Commins

General Information

Paul Commins
Fool Since:
March 29 2000
TMFBuster (12/5/2001)
Where I Live:
Greenbelt, MD

Investing Basics

Investing Style:
Index fund + closely followed stock or 3

Investing Favorites

to follow, not necessarily to buy: ARBA, CMRC, ITWO, PPRO, USIX, CRIO, EGRP, SCH, TWE

Education And Work Information

School(s) Attended
Grinnell College, U of MN
Job Title
Perpetually learning, Useful Fool in-training, with remedial emphasis in getting to the point


Personal Quote:
"...even seemingly innocuous operations -- such as taking the square root -- are fraught with subtle possibilities for error."
Person(s) I'd Like To Meet:
Martin Luther King
Favorite Vacation Spots:
British Isles on a sunny day
Favorite Sports or Teams:
Skins, Packers
Favorite Music or Musicians:
Singable tunes, especially done soulfully, in multiple voices and with harmony.
Great Books Read Recently:
For the Sleepwalkers - Ed Hirsch

An Interview with idxbuzter

Last updated: 12/20/2001
The Fool:
What's the best advice you've ever received?
It's a tie:

That life is supposed to be difficult and that this is a good thing.

Catch your kids being good.
The Fool:
Your greatest fear? Any neurotic ones (agoraphobia, triskaidekaphobia, etc.)?
Senseless, twisted, brutally violent acts that betray the forces of evil and hopelessness in our world (hey, you asked). As much as sanity drives us to forget about them, they never seem to go away.

As for a more light-hearted neurosis, I often have the feeling that I've dropped or forgotten something important (usually with good reason).
The Fool:
What's one of your special talents?

I'm basically pretty selfish, but if motivated to, I can usually grasp where people are coming from, especially if I get more to eat afterwards.

Of course if they are coming from some place really unpleasant, I usually get away as fast as I can. That is, of course, after feeling the empathy. I sort of lack on the action side, but I'm working on it.

I also have trained myself to be pretty good at looking on the bright side. A lot of my friends and family think of me as a cynical pessimist, but I'm really singing zippity do-dah, in my own special way, most of the time.

I figure there are two states in life - unbearable, excruciating pain (like lying on a frozen road in the middle of the night, alone in the middle of nowhere with a piece of steel through your abdomen) and everything else. The overwhelming majority of my life has been "everything else."
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