This is my second blog.

My first blog chronicled my experiences over three years caring for my dad as he lived through and finally died from Alzheimer's. That is the book that is for sale.

This second blog kind of chronicles of life, what it is like to start your life over in your late 50's. After caretaking, you are damaged, file bankruptcy, and the world doesn't care what you did. After 8 months of unemployment, you wake each day knowing the world doesn't want you. Finally you do find a job, 5 weeks before homelessness, but doing what you did 30 years ago and getting paid what you did 30 years ago. So this is starting over.

The object of life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane.

Saturday, March 26, 2016


So here is a question I bet I know the answer to:  when you sell stock or mutual fund shares, there is a 'settlement' period which I think is three business days before your money is available.  So if you sell order on Tuesday evening, it fills on Wednesday, then it's Thursday, Friday, Monday and finally on Tuesday you get your cash.

How much you want to bet when trading houses make these one gillion dollar buys at 20.65  in the morning and then sell later in the day at 21 that they don't have to wait three business days, which is really like 5 business days to normal person counting, like the rest of us to get the cash.

Imagine waking up Monday morning and finding out China, after 50 years of being an "open" country decides to become closed again.  Oh, and by the way, the Chinese government is 'nationalizing' all plants and factories in China.  So all the computer makers, chip makers, phone makers, TV makers, etc will effectively have lost their business.  Alone with stereos, speakers, ovens, washers, dryers, stoves, ovens microwaves, fridges, water heaters, furnaces, air conditioners and just about anything else.

And watch the chaos ensue.  Overnight, every tech companies stock will crash to penny stocks, no new products for probably two years.  Car companies will stop building cars, no electronic parts, total economic chaos.  Oh sure, we can freeze chinese assets, but it's a mole hill compared to the plants they will have making phones etc.

Then China will announce after a week they will still gladly export, no more imports, they will say.  So you can still get the phone speakers etc but now it's going to have a chinese label on it.

Do companies ever think like this?  Do they ever consider how vulnerable they are?

Look at how many oil companies took it on the chin when south american companies or middle eastern countries 'nationalized' all the oil wells.  So don't say it can't happen.

But thinking still about the economy, there really is only one solution, one way to bring back America like it was in the 50's and 60's.

We need another world war.  Another big one that destroys China, Japan, Korea, Vietnam, and Europe.  While we are at it wipe out the middle east again too for that matter.  Well, and unfortunately, Mexico is going to have to go.  Leaving only America standing and having capacity to rebuild.

Do governments ever think like this?  Do we ever consider how vulnerable we are?

One decision by one leader, whether at a corporation or a government, and your comfortable life will be completed ruined in an instant.  One stupid person getting behind the wheel of a car drunk, one illegal immigrant wanting your wallet, and your illusion of being in control of your life.

Life lately has been getting pretty good for me.  For the first time since taking care of my dad and the alzheimers got bad, things are kind of looking up.  Job is good, health is good, car is running fine, some cash in saving - not as much after paying uncle sam 1400 bucks, but still nice, and I'm just going to enjoy it while it lasts.  Just wonder what's coming to wreck it all.

I know, negative thinking, where's Zig Ziglar when you need him, but that is how my brain works now.

One eye goes laughing,
One eye goes crying
Through the trials and trying of one life
One hand is tied,
One step gets behind
In one breath we're dying

I've been waiting for the sun to come up
Waiting for the showers to stop
Waiting for the penny to drop
One time
And I've been standing in a cloud of plans
Standing on the shifting sands
Hoping for an open hand
One time

King Crimson