If you’ve been patiently awaiting more posts on investing…sorry for the delay! It’s just that it takes me a good long time to write something I consider “publishable” when it comes to investing.
Anyway, Steve over at Adventure Money has tagged me, along with four other personal finance bloggers, with the following meme. It’s Friday, my posts are lighter on these days anyway, so I’ll oblige here:
Five things you might not know about me
1. I shot skeet on my high school varsity team. (I grew up in the deep South, which meant that every high school — including my all-girls school — had a skeet shooting team!) I started out with a 12-gauge and quickly moved to a 20-gauge shotgun…kickback was easier to handle. Can’t you just picture the teachers’ faces and what they were imagining when all of us newbies showed up the next day with bruising on our cheeks? Anyway, I wasn’t that good. I think the best I ever shot was 18/25. The captain of our team, however, did qualify for the Olympic tryouts one year.
2. I studied near-earth asteroids for my summer internship in college. (I was a phys major.) It was my first exposure to real-life science research, which meant seeing all the backstabbing and ugly politics that goes along with it. An eye-opening experience, which made me rethink (and ultimately leave) science as a career. Well, that, plus realizing in college that there were many other far more talented people at Tech who held true passions for physics and math that I could never match!
3. My favorite hike of all time is Tiger Leaping Gorge out in Lijiang in western China, in the foothills of the Himalayas. I went with a friend back in 2001 when we backpacked our way through China (it helps to know the language). It’s a trip well worth making if you’re ever out there. (Wow…I just checked and one of the “guesthouses” we stayed in now has an online presence: Sean’s guesthouse. I’m really surprised.)
4. The car I think I’d really like to have someday is the BMW Z8, just based on looks alone (seeing as how I haven’t had a chance to actually drive one). I’m sure by the time I’m ready to buy one, the price will have gone (further) through the roof.
5. Ever wondered what got me started learning about personal finance and investing? I wasn’t always like this. I did have a solid foundation from stuff my parents instilled in me early on (e.g. save money, start an IRA as soon as you’re employed), but the investing part didn’t come in until much later, and out of obligation, not true desire. I hit a small windfall by being at the right place at the right time during the dot-com boom. Managing a chunk of money you didn’t have before, and not screwing it up is a lot more daunting than it sounds. I didn’t do anything with it for a long time (missing out, by pure luck probably, on the market crash, but also on the subsequent rebound). Finally, I realized I was wasting my education and letting inflation eat my savings away, so a couple of years ago, I picked up the The Intelligent Investor (thank goodness for Benjamin Graham) and have been learning and experimenting ever since. So if anyone’s under the misapprehension that getting good at personal finance is only something some people do because they like it, let me tell you, in my experience, that’s not the case. Most of us get started managing our money because we end up in a situation where we have to!