Bull & Bear

Bull & Bear

The Edward Jones Coffee Club is always a great time. The afternoon coffee break was one of my stops on my trip over to the South shore of Big Bear Lake yesterday. We discussed bull and bear markets and took a look at the history of the stock market and durations of bull and bear markets…if you have no idea about what I am talking about you should take advantage of this great group.

In case you have not been to any of Lauren’s seminars—they are super. She offers them as a community service. I met her here in Fawnskin when she held a coffee group at the now defunct Bear Creek Coffee House.

Wouldn’t you know that I forgot to mention that her Financial Workshop for Individual Investors just started—but the next session is in April. I’ve already been through two of them (there is so much info I repeated) and can say that it is really understandable and a great introduction and overview about investing.

The big perk? The only charge is for the book. My big fun is continuing education so this was right up my alley.

Fuel Prices & Other Musings
Yesterday I was a little bit frustrated since I only was able to get four hours of work finished before heading out. Funny, I’ve been putting in very long hours and revisiting my old workaholic patterns–so now “just four’ isn’t anything I value, go figure.

However sometimes that is just how it goes. When I leave Fawnskin for errands, or something else, it is a minimum of an hour down time due to travel plus whatever time it takes to get an errand done, etc.

I almost fainted when I paid $3.43 per gallon.

People laugh about statements like, “I have to go all the way over to the other side of Big Bear…” but if you pay attention to the time spent and the fuel used—you can see why. No, it doesn’t compare to commuting down the hill but everything is relative. Maybe we don’t have highways or spend 2-3 hours drive time getting to work but that is why we live here!

So, in the scheme of things, going all the way across town is a “long” commute. AND today a round trip uses close to a gallon of gas—so you do the math and then tell me locals have nothing to whine about.

Okay, okay, DON’T tell me—it was just a way to say that I understand. Sheesh.

Many locals have been feeling a crunch and business has been slow for many. Good thing I write in the winter because my other business has been slow. Honestly, that business has only received one call so far this month.

Anyway, back to my big commute…I attempted to cram most of my stuff into this trip because I had to go everywhere from the Village to Greenway and back–in fact, now that I think about it–I circled the entire lake! Since this upcoming weekend is a three day holiday AND a storm is expected to hit on Tuesday, I figured it would be best to beat the locals and the visitors to the stores.

Which got me thinking—perhaps I should do a little write up on why I shop certain places…the real ploy is to get your secrets while I am at it!

On my trip, I discovered that Dr Pramann’s dog was attacked by raccoons recently. Many people dismiss local wildlife as cute and cuddly. Raccoons are nasty critters after they hit about a year old. Big raccoons are known to attack dogs and other critters. Most wildlife is attracted by food or water left outdoors for domestic pets–use caution.

Speaking of wild animal encounters, one of the locals over here wondered why his motion activated light kept going on–and when he went to investigate (fortunately he did not go outside) he found himself face to face with a bear! There has been a lot of animal activity over near Canyon so just be aware.

Which brings me to this find–can you tell me where the sign hangs?

Beware Bears!

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  • 1
    January 18th, 2008 07:07

    The sign is near Miller Park. It has been there for at least six years!

  • 2
    January 18th, 2008 20:12

    WELL, if that sign has been there for that long a time, then it is probably losing it’s effect, don’t ya think?

  • 3
    GG (Gossip Girl)
    January 18th, 2008 20:55

    @ Alan
    Grrrrreat job! You are right. I just think it is amusing that it has been here for ages.

    Nobody actually pays attention to it–at least I don’t think they do! Plus it isn’t in a highly visible area–and I have not seen any other signs saying, “Watch out!” anywhere else.