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June 12, 2013 – Comments (4)

Superman, Batman, Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle,

David Gardner, Tony Hsieh, Huh?


If you could pick two people that you could sit down with and talk to who would they be?


Last Friday June 7th, I was in the middle of an insane day. Las Vegas had the usual Friday tourist traffic and it was graduation night. I just finished two trips to the Las Vegas Strip and one trip to take a veteran out to the new veterans hospital. Oh, did I mention it was 109 degrees?


I have a couple of projects that keep me busy. These would include listening to stock reports on Bloomberg radio while working on my art. (I recently developed a totally original and unique art technique.)


One of the stock research companies (and there are many out there) that I like to consult is called Motley Fool. Not only can they quote P/E ratios and intersecting/dissecting trending, moving averages and blah blahs, but the owners, David and Tom Gardner put a lot of stock (pun intended) in the ethical and human side of the companies that they research.


The Gardner's say that they go to each companies CEO and look for the way the CEO treats his employees. They look at his ethics and vision. (You young guys may want to look up the word ethics and also check out fiduciary while you are at it.) I am skeptic about what they say but these things seem important to the Gardner's.


In the middle of my insanity, I read a news release that said that David Gardner was going to be at a meet and greet at Tony Hsieh's Gold Spike Casino. You “out of towners” should know that Tony Hsieh is He is our premier patron of the arts and a person that has a similar ethical outlook about business and life as the Gardener's profess to have. He is a bizillionaire that has promoted a revival of the famous Fremont Street, (the old downtown area.) He is doing wonders for the arts community here. He also preaches vision, ethics and community values.


What a fantastic opportunity. David and Tony in the same room. Art and financial advice; one stop shopping! Heck, I didn't even know that they new one another. Maybe Superman will drop by?


The function started at 8 PM and and I was still trying to get out of my house. By then, I was at least half crazy with excitement. Star struck? Yes.


I walked into a group of about 25 people, and there among them was David Gardner. I watched him as he worked the room. He seemed to genuinely like meeting people.


I was ready to burst, and I all but interrupted a conversation that he was having with a gentleman. Okay, I did interrupt but my head was ready to explode.


I was able to show David my art. He was gracious and seemed to like my art to the point that he said that he would like to show it to a New York gallery owner that he knows. How cool is that? David said that Tony Hsieh was with him the night before but would not be available tonight. David said that he would provide me with a way to send samples of my work to Tony Hsieh.


David Gardner asked me many questions about my investing habits and why I used the Motley Fool for my main research vehicle. I was starting to see that this man, that preached ethics and concern for the human side of investing, was for real. He repeatedly overlooked my insanity.


David was accompanied by a staff of three or four of his research editors. These were clean cut, intelligent and very personable young men. I was so impressed that I came home and signed up for a class in options trading with one of them.


I have already made a little money by listening to Motley Fool research. The best part is that you get all of their knowledge basically for peanuts. (Cheaper than the cost of one of the economics books that they bought for college!)


I have been in the rodeo of life for a while now. I can smell a skunk from pretty far away. This was not one of those times. I am going to review my portfolio in an effort to move more funds into their recommendations.


In conclusion, maybe the Gardner's are correct. A “face to face” can reveal a bunch about a person's motives. If David told me to drink the Kool-Aid, I probably would.


No College Craig


P.S. Superman failed to show up.






4 Comments – Post Your Own

#1) On June 12, 2013 at 2:07 PM, L0RDZ (91.08) wrote:

Wow TMF  hits a weekly low  with this  ad.

As  captain Jack Sparrow  would say:

Jack Sparrow: The only rules that really matter are these: what a man can do and what a man can't do. ....

Barbossa: Gents, you all remember Captain Jack Sparrow. .... I'm dishonest, and a dishonest man you can always trust to be dishonest.


It's  the  honest ones  that you have to keep  a look out for because you'll never  know  when they might do something  dishonest.

I  would think  that  listening  to  financial  radio  wouldn't  help  out  creativety  in  art.

Might I recommend Mozart... or  Tool instead...

Violin concerto number 5  is  rather good...


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#2) On June 13, 2013 at 2:17 PM, craigbutelo (< 20) wrote:


 Thanks for the comment. I would wonder why you would follow the FOOL'S? Do you find them Sparrow like? I can give you a list of “controversial” stock researchers if you like. Or maybe you will be lucky enough to be able to spend some time with the Gardner's some day.

What would make you feel really great today, to make $1000.00 in the market or listen to Mozart?


I find that when my numbers are in the green that's soothing music to my ears.


You may check out my art on my not for sale, (viewing only) site.



No College

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#3) On June 13, 2013 at 4:06 PM, L0RDZ (91.08) wrote:

I did both today except I made a  lot more than  1,000 today....

I was  rather underwhelmed though  when  the good people at  fool  decided  to arbitrarily  deny  posting  my  post which hinted to the thing I  purchased  yesterday.

I have  no personal website nor any  products to hock.


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#4) On June 13, 2013 at 7:05 PM, craigbutelo (< 20) wrote:

Maybe you should start your own stock research company. I am sure that many of us FOOLS would jump ship to join the Jack Sparrow School of Investing. 

I will remain FOOLISH CRAIG 

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