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Happy CAPSgiving!



November 26, 2008 – Comments (8)

Hey party people,

I hope you are well this holiday season.

Playing CAPS this past year has been very beneficial one for me financially and personally. I've very grateful to have been able to partake in this community. The knowledge I've gained since playing here has literally been instrumental in helping me and my family avoid big losses this year in our portfolios. The players I've met here, have really been a fun, intelligent and giving group of people to interact with and I'm better off from doing so.

Considering the upcoming holiday I'd like to take the time to thank some of the CAPS players who have helped/taught/inspired/entertained me this past year, A year in which I badly needed all those things.I've had to deal with a great deal of personal adversity this year that I don't wish to get into (including having my store nearly ruined by a runaway car) so I hope you forgive me if I get a bit sappy.

First off thanks to TMFBreakerDave  and TMFTomG for giving us this forum. Without you guys It's safe to say none of this would exist. Thanks for creating the Fool and CAPS!

Thanks to TMFTwitty, TMFCharris, TMFJake,  TMFMoby  and the rest of the fool staff for the hardwork they do in CAPS and elsewhere. You guys are very responsive to our needs and do a great job.

Thanks to Madcowmonkey who was the first player I really interacted with and really embodies the bets of the Fool spirit imho. He's a fun, helpful and smart guy. Chances are I wouldn't be nearly as active, interested member of the community if it weren't for him. And if that were the case I probably would have quit CAPS and lost my shirt in the market this year. Thanks Madcow.

Thanks to StockSpreadsheet for the help and thoughts he willingly gives out with care to players (including me) of all skill levels .He's been a great source of knowledge for me. As a self taught guy,it's critical to have people to talk to and learn from and StockSpreadsheet has been instrumental in improving my critical thinking skills when it comes to investing.Thanks Craig.

Thanks to EverydayInvestor  aka "Reaper" , for all his great analytical work especially his trailblazing research on OTC companies. His open mined skeptical methodical approach is one we all should emulate. His blog at is a must read for value investors and short sellers. It's been a pleasure interacting with you and learning from you Reaper. I'll be glad to say I knew you when, before you get big.

Thanks to Dwot and Camistocks for the universal kind spirit they show, I really appreciate the kind wishes and help you offered to me when I was stuck in my auction rate securities. Dwot's legendary Goldcorp analysis helped convince me to take my profits long before they would have vanished. That writeup saved me and my old man 5-6 thousand dollars easily.

Thanks to TDRH for being a humble slef effacing guy and  thus providing great inspiration to the rest of us in that you can be a nice guy and be a great analyst.

Thanks to Abitarecatania/Aresfinancial/Abitare/Abitareperfect    , The name may change but the message and the person always remains the same. The message may not be one people want to hear but it's needed and I think it shows you really care about helping people and the truth.There are lots of people giving advice out there on stocks and almost zero accountability/fact checking. It's very useful to have someone around who can call shenanigans when he sees it.

Thanks TheGarcipian, DemonDoug, Goldminingxpert , and the player who shall remain nameless as he has left CAPS  (and I think he wishes to be invisible)  for making gutsy/entertaining calls/blogs, original research and discussing them. All these guys do their own work and are players you should pay heed to, unless it's the guy who has left. Because he's gone which makes it hard to pay heed to him. But while he was here you should have and hopefully did because you can't now. Yeah... ok, moving on then!

Thanks to TMFDeej, TMFSarahgen , Anomalee and TMFSinchiruna  for providing great information, discussions and entertaining blogs.

Thanks to Anchak, Binv  and Schuured for being fun guys to discuss stocks and shoot the bull with.

Thanks to the HollywoodDan for all the laughs and the  ...uh... "man-passion"  :-)

and to the rest of the CAPS community (really there are too many people to thank all at once, Pencils2, TMFEldrehad, TMFBent, GS751,GTRinvestor, Wax , D1david , VTEngineer2001, Kahunacfa   and many others, please forgive me if I accidentally omitted your name) ! I think we often take it for granted how civil and useful the interactions are here, that's a really a pretty impressive achievement when you look at most internet sites. That says quite a lot about the people we have here, especially in the blogging community.

Well I hope you all have a wonderful holiday and thanks again CAPS community for all you've done for me this past year!



I leave you with a bit of completely unrelated webcomic humor that for some reason I find endlessly amusing. :-)

from the fantastic the abominable charles christopher (follow the preceding hyperlink if below is too small for you)


Have a great Holiday everybody!



8 Comments – Post Your Own

#1) On November 26, 2008 at 2:16 AM, Tastylunch (28.65) wrote:

amd a more on topic one from the always awesome dieselsweeties

Diesel sweeties has some of the best gift t-shirts I've ever seen if you are into that sort of thing

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#2) On November 26, 2008 at 8:21 AM, binv271828 (< 20) wrote:


Hey man! That was a really nice writeup. Thanks to you for being such a good and gracious player. Happy Capsgiving! :) Take care man.

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#3) On November 26, 2008 at 9:10 AM, kali77 (98.69) wrote:

Fantastic write up Tasty. I am a fairly new member (just 1yr now) and I can't even put in to words how valuable this site has been, not to mention the joy I get from it.

 Happy Capsgiving!

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#4) On November 26, 2008 at 10:34 AM, madcowmonkey (< 20) wrote:

tasty- it has definitely been fun the last year jibber jabbering with you. Blogs like this set you apart from the mundane. I have to admit that I contemplated leaving a few times, but always had too much fun with many of the same Capsters that you had mentioned in this post.

You are definitely evolving into a serious stock picker. Your picks for stinkyfeet are really doing well.

Many of our discussions look at decreasing the amount of oil that we use for energy. Here is keeping up with some of those topics. I haven't done any research on the car, in fact I just heard about it 2 minutes ago. That car looks like it could do more than 60:)

Welcome To Magnetic Air Cars

Happy Holidays.

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#5) On November 26, 2008 at 11:20 AM, anchak (99.91) wrote:

You are an asset in this motley crowd!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Incidentally, great write up on the S&P Technicals the other day - I am following you on the post...... intend to reply when I have time - maybe in stinkyfeet.

Check out the following button - cool from the CAPS!

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#6) On November 26, 2008 at 1:14 PM, Tastylunch (28.65) wrote:


Thanks Buddy! Nice to to hear from you, haven't seen you much lately. I've always really enjoyed your blogs too, full of great information.  Hope you have a great holiday too!


hey thanks Kali, sounds like we are in the same boat. Have a great holiday!


Hey thanks man, same here. I still remember you prescient call on restaurants. It was right on target, last I looked aout 94% of the picks I made off of that were down over 50% (which of course for a redthumb is good but bad for the restaurants of course).

Yeah I try to mix up what sorts of topics I post. I figure I have to write something I'd actually want to read and since I like variety and being amused but informed I figure others might too.

Yeah I'm pretty happy with most of stinky feet pics I've made except for DWSN (oh commodity sell off you hurt me so!). You know what's crazy I've been investing for a number of years now with decent but not stellar success, but was doing so with a combination of Value Line recs and my own read on the business models. It's amazing how much better you can do when you put a bit more axle grease into it.

Dude that car is really boss. I know what I want for Xmas. :-)

have a great holiday!


Haha thanks AC you are too man, I don't think many CAPS players could begin to pull apart the mess that is the bond insurers. Yeah the follow button is pretty dang awesome.

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#7) On November 27, 2008 at 12:17 AM, BigFatBEAR (28.42) wrote:


Congrats on your bold calls and successfully shorting this market. I've enjoyed watching your run-up, and am eager to see what happens in '09!

What I enjoy even more are your pitches and blog posts - keep up the great work. CAPS is a great place, and I like that you took the time to acknowledge your teachers and mentors.

A somewhat twisted, demented, masochistic part of me is sad that Turkey Day is not a trading day...   alas! I'll have to short this rally on black friday or monday...  ;)


PS. Since you were kind enough to link some webcomics, thought I'd reciprocate: this one always makes me laugh and feel grateful for my set of problems.

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#8) On November 29, 2008 at 11:27 PM, Tastylunch (28.65) wrote:


dude I love Perry Bible Fellowship! That stuff is classic. I wish he made more of it. I miss it :-(

Hah thanks for the props, dunno If I'm bold I think I actually play it closer to the vest than most of the top 100 as I don't sector bet as heavily or play the dbl ETFs.

I tell you normally I'd agree with you (hey I Love trading when I have time for it) but man after the last two months we've had I'm glad for a day off the stock market madness. This volatility while fun is wearing me out.

Thaks for the nice words and I'm sure I'll see you around.

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