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Calvin And Hobbes

The Aftermath

Four years ago, during the elections, I was wandering around NY. I’d voted before I left Paris, it seemed important at the time. NY hadn’t changed. Marathon preparations were under way, and my only objective was to appreciate some of NYs energy, share that with my daughter, and do some shopping. All you really need in NY are good friends, street vendors, Bacon Egg and Cheese Bagels (yes, in capitals…), Snapple, Starbucks, and a good burger in the village. Continue reading

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The Best Haunted Houses (US)

This press release deserves some press. Though just a little… The Top 31 Haunted Houses in the US.

What caught my attention was the 31, why not? 31 is as good as any other number. October 31st, ok, right… I started wandering around the sites and surprisingly they look earily similar. Spooky. Is it possible that haunted houses are big business taking advantage of economies-of-scale and cheap Chinese labor? “I’d like 200 gallons of fake blood please. And could you ship that fake blood to 24 different haunted houses? Leave the delivery on the doorstep.” That got me wondering whether haunted house fans are more like roller coaster fans or more like Michelin Guide reviewers. How else would you come up with that list of 31? Do they visit in disquise and carry a special id card? Can haunted house reviews drive the chief ghost or goblin to suicide if they lose their ranking? (I’m thinking of Bernanrd Loiseau.)

In an attempt to answer these questions I’ve applied as a Scare Actor for Team Torment (here). “No previous acting experience or costumes are needed.” and the role will “test both your physical and mental limitations”.

I’m curious how Team Torment formulates a rejection letter. Scary.

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1. Spookywoods,  High Point, North Carolina
2. The Darkness & Creepy World,  St. Louis, Missouri
3. Thrillvania's Verdun Manor,Terrell, TX
4. Headless Horseman,  Ulster Park, New York
5. Cutting Edge Haunted House,  Fort Worth, TX
6. The Beast & Edge of Hell,  Kansas City, MO
7. Scarehouse,  Pittsburgh, PA
8. Erebus Haunted House,  Pontiac, MI
9. Wisconsin Feargrounds,  Waukesha, WI
10. Netherworld,  Atlanta  area, GA
11. The Dent Schoolhouse,  Cincinnati, OH
12. Bates Motel,  Glen Mills, PA 
13. House of Torment,  Austin, TX
14. Bennett's Curse,  Baltimore, MD
15. 13th Gate,  Baton Rouge, LA
16. Nightmare on 13th,  Salt Lake City, UT
17. Haunted Hotel,  San Diego, CA
18. Asylum Haunted House,  Denver, CO
19. House of Shock,  New Orleans, LA
20. Night of Terror, Mullica Hills, NJ
21. Nightmare on the Bayou,  Houston, TX
22. Dead Acres,  Pataskala, OH
23. Haunted Schoolhouse.  Akron, OH
24. Nightmare New England, Lichfield, NH
25. Eastern State Penitentiary - Terror Behind the Walls, PA
26. Land Of Illusion,  Middletown, OH
27. Dream Reapers,  Melrose Park, IL
28. Haunted Overload,  Lee, NH
29. Seven Floors of Hell,  Berea, OH
30. Pirates of Emerson,  Fremont, CA
31. Field Of Screams,  Mountville, PA
Calvin and Distraction

Still Searching Mr. Discipline

Scattered comes to mind.Calvin and Distraction

I’ve spend the better part of this year working to find the products and indicators which correspond to my trading style. The books I read profess all sorts of strategies, techniques, psychology, and speak of discipline. One of the purposes of this blog has been to keep a journal, of sorts, adding at least one element of discipline to my routine.

Expectations revisited.

I recently reviewed my successes and failures from a financial perspective. I mention “scattered” because scattered distraction has been my personal sand trap. I dabbled early with equities and day trading, even though  options were by far my preference, I stumbled on some irresistable futures swing trades which swung the wrong way, I spent a large amount of time digging into large option trades and researching option pricing, I worked hard with vertical, calendar, butterfly, condor and spread adjustment strategies.

I’d expected that a decision to continue or to stop this adventure would be self-evident, I’d have lost money or made money and the distance along this curve would represent conviction. I was half right. In the end, I’ve made money and I am reassured, but I’m not far enough along that conviction curve. The surprising thing is that it felt as if I lost money, I saw more failures than successes. Obviously, you enter trades with conviction. My successes were fortunately larger, which is critical, but what I didn’t expect was that psychologically, loss after loss, against fewer wins left me surprisingly unsure.

I found that I enjoy trading the SPY options, the ES_F, and even the CAC40 futures. In the end, I lost money on equities and made money with my options and futures trades. I was most successful trading options, but worked harder on these. I’ll continue this year with options and futures, but leave the equities behind.

This year.

Discipline and Structure are going to be the keywords. Thinking like Calvin, considered them entered into my mission statement… I’m going to spend more time with the charts this year and I’m going to work on letting the market move into my trade. I wrote about the EUR.USD yesterday here, this might be a good way to kick things off.

Good Trading, it’s been an interesting day, already!