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Warning -- Dicksonesque post coming ahead. You have been warned that this could be a small part of a novel, as one of the points below mentions.

I have a goal on the Hollywood Stock Exchange. I've recently been doing quite well on the movie side of the house, making some quick short-term gains that have netted me some spare cash to play with. I noticed a little bit ago that there is a percentile indicator on the portfolio, and that earlier I was at about 45%. This is where the goal kicks in. By the end of the year, I would like to be in the top 50% percentile. I've been advancing towards that too, since I am at the 48.64% percentile as of today. My recent gains have been due to JB20, JB21, TERM3, HP2CA, and HWHP2. The last two, I maxed out on (10,000 shares each) when they were first introduced ($2 and $5 respectively) and have gotten incredible gains on (364% and 130% respectively). All this, and it hasn't even been a week. I should also see a bump because the ARICK stock will drop Winter Guest and add HPOT2. Which reminds me to put more money into ARICK...

If anyone is interested in joining this, let me know. This is absolutely free, and you don't have to manage it constantly if you don't want. Also, if I refer you, I get a little extra H$ money. =)


This weekend, my Uncle Carl from South Carolina and my Aunt Margaret from Pennsylvania came out to visit the family. Calling them Aunt and Uncle is a little deceiving, as they are technically my great aunt and great uncle. They are both siblings of my grandmother on my father's side. One of these days, I'll tell y'all a story about why I only know half of my father's side of the family. But that's another episode.

In any case, my Uncle Carl is whom I am named for. My father originally wanted to call be CR Knecht, with just the initials and no meaning behind them. For those of you scoring at home, think of BJ Hunnicut on M*A*S*H. Apparently, he worked with someone called CJ and thought the idea was cool. My mother, thankfully, did not and vetoed the idea. Dad insisted that my initials at least be CR, and so they came up with naming me after my dad's uncle Carl.

Before this turns into a ram on the hill posting (more on that later), I'll get back to the main point of this section. It was really good seeing both of them, yet sad in a way. There is a real chance that I might not get to see these interesting family members again in my lifetime, as getting back to the east coast is a major undertaking for me right now.


I had to work today, which is Veteran's Day here in America. We do not get the day off as a holiday, though we did when we were still SoCalGas. What irritates me the most is the CEO sent out an email message to all employees stating how important the veterans were to the company. I wanted to reply to the message privately in the following manner:

Today is Veteran's Day.
Today is a day that I'd like to put flowers on my grandfather's grave, remembering that he served his country well during the Korean War.
Today is a day that I'd like to call my grandmother, to thank her for being a WAC in WWII.
Today is a day that I'd like to spend with my father, who served in the Marines during the Vietnam War.

Today, I am at work because the company I work for feels it more important that we work and read an email about how important veterans are to us instead of spending time honoring our veterans on the day specifically put aside for that purpose.

If I suddenly stop posting and/or give you an email stating I've changed my work email address, then I actually sent the email. Yes, I'm still pondering it...


I'm a bit worried about a few of my online friends -- gaby723 and driley1. Here I am saying this when they are reading it. Misse has very suddenly, very aburptly stopped posting, and that is worrisome. I just really wish that I could go and really, truly reach out and hug her. It's a funny thing, considering that I've only known Misse for a few months, and have never talked to her voice to voice or seen her live and it person. I care for her as a friend, and her medical issues have me concerned. I know she's had other medical issues before, even so much that she's documented in a medical text, but I'm still concerned. (See, I *was* reading things!)

Dusty has a different set of issues which present a different set of problems. I have heard that coming out is one of the hardest things to do, and I know that so many people are homophobic in this world. How does one go about being "different" in a world that forces conformity on you? How do you do all that when, in the back of your mind, you realize that the world is wrong for forcing it's "ideals" upon you? And how do you do all this while dealing with financial issues and a crappy job? I think that Dusty would be another one that I'd reach out an hug...


This was a wonderful week for my DVD collection, as it grew by 12 DVDs. Of course, this was actually only two sets of which I'm sure I've mentioned here already -- Sports Night and Babylon 5: Season One. SN is 45, half hour episodes. B5 is 22, one hour episodes. Needless to say, these will be watched fairly quickly by Jen and I. If you don't see much from me, and I still have my job, then you know why. Now I want the other four seasons of B5 and the full run of Crusade, and I want it NOW!


I have a new respect for those doing NaNoWriMo. Before this sentence, and with the HTML tags, there were 1,005 words in this post. I haven't gone through and added the various cut tags yet, nor the opening. The goal for NaNoWriMo is 50,000 words. I've just done 1/50th of that, but with absolutely no concept of plot. I have tried a few times to flush out my story, That Which Has No Name (Yet). I've found it's fairly easy to go and create the concept. However, trying to sit down and make it something that can be read is another story, and one that I don't think that can tell very well. Perhaps I need to work a little more on it, if for nothing else than to say that I can and have. Part of this, I think, it trying to get things really coherent in my own mind. Part of that is trusting someone else to see what my concept is and bounce ideas off of. I would love to use Jen, but this is a themed story that Jen doesn't know the history of. Part of that is good, but I'd rather start with contining the previous concept.

If some of you see a new friend joining your friends list here on LJ, you just might be a lucky person to tell me how much of a hack I really am.


I fear that only Chris Lambert will appreciate this one. All I can say is Hilde Santo-Tomas.


And that's the end ... little girl! (quick -- name that song!)


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Nov. 12th, 2002 03:46 am (UTC)
Heh. Nothing like a little upside-down Match Game '73 set in your living room :)
Nov. 12th, 2002 09:12 am (UTC)
An adjective writes
Haven't played HSX, but very-occasional atgs'er Matt Lederman started a very similar web site called Rogue Market. Not sure which came first. (Could well be RM, but I'm not sure either way.)

Agreed about Veteran's Day. Also agreed about gaby723. Oh heck, agreed with just about everything you say, really!
Nov. 12th, 2002 10:07 am (UTC)
My, you are quite the agreeable sort, aren't you? =)

I just checked my HSX account, which went up considerably again. I'm currently at 49.47% mainly due to a significant increase in the Harry Potter options and the new James Bond film.
Nov. 20th, 2002 01:24 am (UTC)
IM actually willing to give the new bond film a try, based on what I hear about the Jinx character. The last several Bond flix just have seemed unneccessary and a little too routine.
Nov. 20th, 2002 10:09 am (UTC)
I've been fairly disappointed with the last few Bonds as well, and will not be spending money to see it. If it hits HBO and I'm not doing something else, fine.

But... HSX is based on what other guppies people watch, not me, so JB20 is a good virtual investment. =)
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