Nov 182004

I sold all of my Time Warner stock in my 401K. It last closed at $17.34 per share; around 12% over last year’s price. It’s high value for the past year was $19.30, and the low value was $15.28. The stock hasn’t tanked. However, Time Warner has still consistently performed worse than the S&P.;

I still have a ton of Time Warner stock options. All but the last two option grants are well under water, and my most recent grant of stock is exactly even. If I were to exercise and sell all of my vested stock options, I would be in the hole $20,000. Stock options are a lot more enjoyable when your stock is going up.

I’ve readjusted my stock and bond selections in my 401K. Rather than randomly picking various mutual funds, I actually did research. The largest chunks of money are allocated to an index fund and a couple of bond funds. The rest of the money is split between various stock mutual funds. It’s a fairly aggressive portfolio, but I think it is the correct allocation for my place in life.

 Posted by at 7:20 pm
Nov 122004

I have nothing of substance to write today, so I am just posting some photos.

Election night was a bit of a disappointment. I watched the results at Superfine with James. My horse didn’t win, even though I thought that they swapped in a good reliever in the seventh inning. Or am I mixing metaphors?

Election results at Superfine

The bartenders at Superfine are faster than the speed of light!

Bartenders at Superfine

The York Street stop on the F-line can be nice and peaceful. This photo was taken on an early Saturday night. (My camera date and time were wrong. This makes the EXIF date headers fairly unusable. I wish there were a built-in self-synchronizing time-zone aware clock in my camera.)

York Street subway station

Otto Enoteca and Pizzeria has a cool bar. It gets pretty crowded later in the week, but it is relatively quiet on Monday and Tuesday nights.

Otto Enoteca and Pizzeria's bar

Harri and Kristiina visited my neighborhood the other day. We walked around a little bit. It was a good night for a walk. Yesterday was Veteran’s Day, which is why the Empire State Building was in red, white, and blue lights.

Manhattan bridge at night

 Posted by at 6:36 pm
Nov 012004

A few weeks ago, I went to the DUMBO Arts festival with Betsy. We both went there a few years ago. Basically, the Arts festival is an annual event where artists open up their studios to the public. One fun studio we visited was run by Jane Walentas. She is restoring a carousel from 1922.

1922 Carousel in DUMBO

We saw “real” art as well. Some of it was pretty great, and some of it was mediocre. All of it was interesting in one way or another.

Saturday was misty and gray without being chilly. You couldn’t see the other side of Manhattan from my window. I walked into the park and chilled out at the waterfront. Fall is my favorite season, and this was a great example of a perfect Fall day.

Brooklyn Bridge through the mist

The birds were having a fine time on the rocky shores of the east river.

Some sort of seagull

Saturday night I went out with my friends Harri and Kristiina. We went to their local bar later in the evening. Harri just had his book The Dodo and Mauritius Island: Imaginary Encounters published. Kristiina has been doing a lot of work taking photos at weddings.

Harri Kallio and Kristiina Wilson

I decided to walk home after I left. I was going to get a cab, but even though it was after 1:30 am the streets were quite crowded. It was the night before Halloween; since it was also Saturday, everyone was out that night. I started at Broadway and Elizabeth. I got into Chinatown and started across the Manhattan Bridge. It scared me a bit, which made me even more determined to cross that way. Once you are one third of the way across the bridge, it is quite difficult to see either end. It is much more desolate than the Brooklyn Bridge. With the mist over the city, you could hardly see a thing. But the bridge was crossed without incident.

Manhattan Bridge at 1:30 AM

 Posted by at 8:16 pm
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