Saturday, December 05, 2015


6:30pm: When I became an apartment dweller in 2014, I found myself with a wealth of time and resources. I'd always been very curious about all matters of things, but did not have the time to investigate those things. Now in my new apartment life, I have almost unlimited time on my hands. And pretty much no responsibility to make demands of that time. As each day dawns, I have time to do anything I wish!

When I was about 20 years old, I bought a complete set of the "Encyclopaedia Britannica". The 24 book set was sold with a bookcase including three annual supplements. Cost: About $1,600 which I paid for with a 2 year time contract.

Now I have the internet and Google to do research. I am able to ask Google almost anything and instantly get an answer to my question. Indeed, I now have unlimited resources to investigate anything that sparks my curiosity. Far better than printed reference books like Encyclopaedia Brittanica.

I am very curious about the strange relationship between the banks and the federal government that came to light during the financial crisis of 2007 to 2009. I cannot comprehend the Federal Reserve injecting perhaps 15 trillion dollars into our banking system. I don't understand mortgage backed securities, collaterized debt obligations, credit default swaps and derivatives.

Movies and actors
I'm also fascinated with movies and actors. Very often while watching a movie on my TV using NetFlix, I'll put the movie on hold in order to go online with my MacBook to find out about the movie stars in that movie. Really cool!

9PM: Five Guys Burgers
I just got back from my favorite burger joint. Five Guys! Their burgers are the best. I used to think that In-N-Out Burger made the best burgers. But ever since I tried out Five Guys, I became a convert.

I think that Five Guys must be using ground steak in their burgers!

La Mesa where I live is really a neat area. Tons of good places to eat that are pretty close to my Guava Gardens apartment. The weather in La Mesa is the best. And La Mesa is pretty flat. Good for bike riding,


  1. One of the great discussions on the internet is Five Guys Vs In-n-Out.

    I'm an In-n-Out devotee but Five Guys makes a pretty good burger.

  2. We tried Five Guys one time. Not impresses. Maybe we just hit a bad one because so many rave about it.

    I, too, love to research. Amazing how many times I wonder about something and BAM! there is the answer.

  3. We also had a set of well used Britttanicas when the boys were little. Do they even make, sell them any more? Good to see you posting again.

  4. My family had World Book Encyclopedia's and bought them from a door-to-door salesman. we used them for a long time!

    I like 5 guys too. We've been stopping at one in Morgan Hill, on our way to Morro Bay. And free peanuts!!!

    AND HI GEORGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

  5. George I to have an interest in the relationship government has with banks. Why did the government use tax payers money to help the banks? Wouldn't it have made more sense to help the tax payer directly?? The banks after receiving the money still gave out million dollar bonuses with tax payers money. Not one person on Wall Street went to jail? If you can do the research it would be very interesting to see what you find.

  6. Happy Hanukkah, George!

  7. Remember in your search the Federal Reserve Bank is not a government entity it is completely separate of the United States government
    And is not controlled by the US government the federal reserve bank has their own Board of Directors
    But the Federal Bureau of engraving And the treasury department is run by the federal government

  8. I use the website when watching a movie. They tell you where the bloopers are, where things were filmed and great details about the actors.

    Happy Hanukkah!

  9. Hi, George. I don't understand that government/ banking mess either. But I think I could waste the rest of my days on earth trying to figure it out. Meanwhile, one of the wonders of our times is the instant access to anything we want to know. Really nice to have in our old age. Don't remember a name, an actor, a book title, whatever. Any little clue, and you can get the answer in a flash! I, too, am mighty happy to see you talking with us here.

  10. Hi George,

    "I don't understand mortgage backed securities, collaterized debt obligations, credit default swaps and derivatives."

    I would suggest picking up a DVD called Inside Job. It explains all of the above and is really interesting.