The Ponies of the Fort Worth (Live) Stock Exchange

fort_worth_live_stock_exchangeWhile in the area for the Traders Expo Dallas, I stepped off the beaten path and back in time during a visit to the Fort Worth Live Stock Exchange.  I’d arrived too late in the day to see the actual livestock but outside found some of childhood’s favorites: Coin-op ponies!
You can clearly see their different personalities.  Look at this perky pet:
pony with personality
This guy is looking a little stressed out:
stressed pony
And check out this serious worker pulling the cart. He’s a far cry from the comical cow in the background. As a kid I wouldn’t have been caught dead riding that cow.
THIS is my idea of a serious steed:
best_steed for coin-op pony
Here’s why: a real stirrup.
stirrup on coin-op pony Giddy-up!

Traders Expo NYC 2011 Pics

hotel room art, new york city A few pictures to share from my trip to New York City for the Traders Expo in February 2011.    A (very) little bit of art above…

The 911 memorial is under construction, but meanwhile we have this one:

911 memorial

Of interest to traders and train riders:

Wall St

The subway mosiac leads to NYSE behind protective fences:

NYSE on Wall St

No tours of the exchange, so back on the train:

Wal lSt Subway Station

NASDAQ on Times Square:

NASDAQ in Times Square New York City

Oh yeah, I did work on this trip.  Here’s my presentation on Divergences at the Traders Expo New York:

MACD presentation

Finally, a little rest and refreshment in the room:


Beaver Creek Gently

Jackie on Beaver Creek Strawberry liftThis year’s Beaver Creek trip was tamer than usual as I am recovering from injury.  In fact, it wound up being as much swimming as skiing:


So rather than ski the mega-steeps, I got to photograph them from afar.   Here is The Brink – the steep run on the top right – a favorite from last year.

Birds of Prey at Beaver Creek

Its was tough (sarc):  11 inches of new snow on my birthday and I had to ski green groomers.   At least the cake was good!

Cake at Beaver Creek

Las Vegas Traders Expo 2010

In 2010 I did’t post to this blog as often as I’d like.   For 2011, will at least post a note on my travels.    With this post, I actually go back to 2010 for the Las Vegas Traders Expo….

Even though I wasn’t presenting, I decided to go to the Expo and attend the sessions.   As a bonus, my cousin Kris was in Las Vegas the same week and so my mother decided to come along.   Here’s the three of us in the cafe in front of the Paris hotel:

jackie and family in las vegas

A good time was had by all !

View Through Cadillac Eyes

la_caddy_cropBurbank Alamo, for reasons of their own, decided to rent me this Cadillac.    Maybe they were out of compacts.   Oddly, for this trip I had hastily grabbed a CD from my car on the way to the airport — Foghat’s Greatest Hits.    Packed with enough classic rock to get the Caddy down the Ventura Freeway to Pasadena.  

Would never have thought the two go together — luxury auto and 70s rock — but since Led Zep Rock ‘n’ Roll powers the commericals,  I get the surprising message:  this kind of car is supposed to be for me now.  

Next day, I had a couple hours between show and airport.   Took a ride up Mulholland Dr, because…why not?  Maybe a better freeway car but I wanted to see the view from the hill. 

Wound up at a Pinkberry on Ventura Boulevard, snacking on tart fro-yo there at a tiny table between the man with $800 loafers and the lady who maybe inspired the book “When I Am Old I Shall Wear Purple”.   That’s L.A. and that’s okay.

Let the Winter Fun Begin!

Winter fun in Summit County Colorado!  As we watched from the living room window over the course of a week, Lake Dillon froze.  (We also got out for a little skiing.)