Hot Tips on Growing Boys

Last night Michaela and I went to a wonderful seminar on Hot Tips on Growing Boys. I thought it was a really good presentation. Ian was a really good presenter, his wife Mary was not as confident, but still very enthusiastic for the material. Luckily Ian was the major presenter. We are really looking forward to going to the Hot Tips on Raising Girls tonight.

The weirdest bit was how much he reminded my of my father, Michaela even mentioned it. Wired, because I could note many difference, but it was just a feel of similarity.

Anyway, I’d recommend it for anybody with a boy, and felt I learnt insights, and had plenty of “ah that’s why” moments. Common sense really, but good to hear it now and then.

Lethal Weapon 4

About six months ago at my leaving ATR drinks me and Martin had a long talk. We talked about lots of things, but something I said was useful (not sure which bit) and he said it was just like Leo and the frog story from Lethal Weapon 4. So he asked me to which the movie so I could understand what he meant.

Well I watched it last night. Man it was more violent than I remember the earlier ones been. That or I just haven’t seen them for a long time. Anyway it got to the frog story, and I now get what you meant Martin.

I would point out that I think Leo knew what the value of his story, otherwise it wouldn’t of had the desired effect, and if he didn’t know the value, why would he have told that story. Where as I as just trying to offer my perspective, and used lots of stories, so I’m not sure of the useful one.

Optionetics

Well the other day I went to a Optionetics “workshop” partly because I’m interested in the option markets, but mainly because they advertised on the radio in the morning.  On MoreFM, which I listen too because they babble so much rubbish, that I feel compelled to get out of bed to end the pain.  So I was thinking, anybody that advertising in that time slot has to have money to burn, and when they are talking about “getting rich quick (or the likes)” you quickly workout who’s money they are spending.

Argg, I had a longer post in progress, but I just got bored of writing it all.  This crowd are not worth the time to write about them.

The summary is, they used lots of positive statements like “unlimited growth possibility”.  They brushed over the basics really quick (this bit was ~1 hour), at the end they gave us the price. $4400 NZD.

They then proceeded to discus their guarantee, which I’ve cut’n’pasted from the web site.

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No-Risk and No-Obligation Double Guarantee

At Optionetics, we know that you want peace of mind when it comes to investing your hard-earned dollars. After all, controlling risk is a vital part of Optionetics’ trade strategy. And guaranteeing your satisfaction is an essential part of our commitment to you.

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  • This guarantee is designed to protect you.
  • It puts you under no obligation.
  • It offers you no risk whatsoever.

We call this the Optionetics “No-Risk and No-Obligation Double Guarantee.”

Here’s how it works:

  1. The No-Hassles Refund Policy.
  2. If, by noon of the first day of your scheduled seminar, or within fourteen days from the date of enrollment, whichever is first, you don’t see how easy it will be to make money, return our seminar course materials in resellable condition to one of our representatives at your scheduled seminar between the hours of 9:30 a.m. and 12:00 noon and you’ll receive every penny of your money back.

  3. The 300% Performance Guarantee
  4. If you can’t make a 300% return on your tuition investment, you have a choice of receiving either a 100% refund of your tuition, or personal training for up to a year until you have the powerful trading campaign in your pocket. It’s your choice!

To qualify for the 300% Performance Guarantee, simply open and close 36 Optionetics limited risk options trades within six months and send us your six-month broker statements within seven months of your date of purchase.

If you have any further questions about these guarantees, please speak to one of our education counselors.

The Optionetics “No-Risk and No-Obligation Double Guarantee” represents the full, exclusive and exhaustive extent of any and all guarantees to the student. Refunds under either guarantee are payable within 30 days from the date of authorization, return of materials and receipt by Optionetics of a written request for refund prior to the expiration of the guarantee period.

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So I’m glad to say the old guy next to me wasn’t interested, and nether was I.  But there where a few, the I feel bad for not dragging them out of there by the hand.

Berkshire Hathaway’s 2003 Annual Report

The other day I while reading Wikipedia I came across Warren E. Buffett’s entry. Somewhere I came across the link to the 2003 Annual Report for Berkshire Hathaway, so I started reading it, and ended up printing off the first 24 pages so I could finish the chairman’s letter later.

Well I’ve now finished it. I think that if more companies where run by Buffett’s then the world would be a better place. He has some real strong criticism about how things are done, ranging from Tax, to CEO pay levels. I really enjoyed reading it, and some time in the near future I’ll download the reset of the Annual Reports for rainy day reading.