19 June 2007

An Apple a day

So far in my investment history I've made at least one good decision. Sure, I've had stocks that have made gains, and I did all right with my company's discount stock purchase plan, but since I bought Apple stock it's increased around 785%. I bought 13 shares at a little over $26, and I now have 26 shares that closed over $124. And the iPhone, which looks pretty damn cool, hasn't even come out yet. I don't plan to leave Verizon or spend that much money on a phone any time in the foreseeable future, but I hope lots of other people do.

The best part of this is that it's held in my Roth IRA, so I'll never pay any money on the capital gains. Of course, right now they're unrealized gains, and the stock could always tank. But I'm still gambling on Apple, at least in the current market. As one of my colleagues put it, other companies sell computers; Apple has sold a lifestyle. And in America, we'd rather buy a lifestyle than build one ourselves. I'll bank on that.

13 June 2007

So long, Silver Bullet

I sold my Airstream. Even in making the statement, the pronoun has become obviously wrong. It has ceased to be mine.

It's actually been a few weeks since the neighbors' complaints finally got as high as the mayor's office, and we were faced with the reality that we'd have to take whatever we could get for it just to get it off the street.

This wouldn't have been nearly as frustrating if I hadn't tried to make sure we could park it there before I hired a towing company to move it. Or if any of the information we received from the various police officers and neighborhood volunteers had been consistent whatsoever. Even to the very last visit, the police were contradicting each other about the interpretation of the law.

I miss the trailer, but not the hassle. And since the damage done by parking it on the street was only the first stages of what would certainly have been a long, protracted demise, it's probably all for the best. Like so many of the vehicles I sadly said goodbye to--the Rambler American, the Beetle--you've gone to a better place.