Archive for September, 2008

NFL Week 4 Results

Tuesday, September 30th, 2008

Mom wins! And is leading the pack for the year as well.

Aaron’s First Birthday

Sunday, September 28th, 2008

Saturday was Aaron’s First Birthday Party. We all had a great time. Thanks to everyone who came!

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Aaron's First Birthday

Sunday, September 28th, 2008

Saturday was Aaron’s First Birthday Party. We all had a great time. Thanks to everyone who came!

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Dilbert on Green Business Strategies

Saturday, September 27th, 2008

As the Financial Crisis Effects Us

Thursday, September 25th, 2008

Current score:

  • Our mortgage is now owned by the government (Freddie Mac)
  • Our life insurance is now owned by the government (AIG)
  • Our bank has been seized by federal regulators (Washington Mutual)

Also, our local US Congressman, Darryl Issa, is one of the dinosaurs preventing passage of any form of Rescue Plan. No, not just nit-picking the Paulson Plan. He doesn’t want government money going to Wall Street at all.

Please note: for normal day-to-day life, these changes don’t effect us at all.

Quote from the Economist

Thursday, September 25th, 2008

From the front cover story this week, on the political fireball of Paulson’s Rescue Plan:

You are lavishing money on the people who got you into this mess. Sensible intervention cannot even buy long-term relief: the plan cannot stop house prices falling and the bloated financial sector shrinking. Although the economic risk is that the plan fails, the political risk is that the plan succeeds. Voters will scarcely notice a depression that never happened. But even as they lose their houses and their jobs, they will see Wall Street once again making millions.

Aaron Dietrich Steussy is One Year Old

Wednesday, September 24th, 2008

His birthday is actually Saturday, but we just got these. These are his formal baby portraits. Current status:

  • 8 teeth
  • Standing for brief moments on his own
  • “Mama”, “Papa” clearly spoken and understood
  • “Tej” (Hungarian for milk) is the next most clear word in his vocabulary
  • Very cute

Wall Street, again

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008

Well, I spent about three hours this morning listening and watching the Congressional Hearings on the Paulson plan. Quite interesting. It’s clear that everyone is rattled, particularly Paulson. There have been several negative reviews of the plan (see here and here), which seemed spot on to me.

I’m generally positive in my long-term outlook. The American economy churns out better educated college graduates and post-graduates than anyone else, as well as having the world’s most fertile ground for entrepreneurs. I know. I’ve started businesses in four countries now, depending on how you count, and it was far easier and far more profitable here. We might still be hit by falling asset prices and other calamities, but things will turn out OK. Even better than that.

Personally, after watching the clash of interests this morning, my intuition is that the final solution to all of this is going to be a bout of extreme inflation, which will devalue the current loan structures to the point where they don’t matter much compared to current income. Small investor solution? Same as always in an inflationary market: real estate and commodities.

But don’t listen to me. My success in investments speaks for itself.

NFL Week 3

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008

You know its been busy here when you get back-to-back NFL postings. I was traveling on business and Gabi was sick for a couple of days, so that takes time out of the schedule.

NFL Week 2

Tuesday, September 16th, 2008

Congratulations to Mom on her win this week! And Gabi takes first place in the Year Totals. Clearly I have to work harder here.