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Old 08-05-2017, 05:17 PM   #21
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Slightly off topic, but congratulations on holding your marriage together while collaborating on HI projects. Well done!
Since my DW has much more color and fashion sense than I do, I let her project input be the way we go.
So far in the 10 years we have lived here, we have done the following:
Installed plantation shutters
Replaced the tile kitchen counters with granite with new sink and faucet
Replaced the porch decking with Trex
Refinished the cabinets and had all new drawers made
Painted some of the interior walls with a contrasting color
Replaced the stove,dishwasher, microwave and refrigerator
Added "summer lighting" over our porch (20 small lights)
Added corbels to the porch to give a more Victorian look and painted the house a different color
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Old 08-06-2017, 06:54 AM   #22
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Yes, a portfolio can be art. We painted this over a 30-year period.
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I view my portfolio as an engine.

A machine that requires occasional monitoring and minor adjustments along the way but overall it hums along and supplies my needs.

But I do like to watch all the machinations, all the levers and wheels going around quietly and efficiently.

I don't view our portfolio as Art or an Engine. Rather, I think of it as a lovely garden that needs regular attention, a little weeding here, and pruning there, a garden which ebbs and flows with different plants yielding more at times, some unexpected spurts of growth and at times it succumbs to blight or needs to winter over before reemerging with new growth in the spring.


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Old 08-06-2017, 03:40 PM   #24
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Yes, a portfolio can be art. We painted this over a 30-year period.
Nice painting!

Here is one of ours:

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Old 08-06-2017, 05:50 PM   #25
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Nice painting!

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A nice quilt!
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I look at investing as an art. Trying to be correct in allocations, picking low cost funds, minimizing the tax bite, keeping track of.. and on ad nauseum. That was a pain to me, and didn't do all that great, either.

I try to not sweat it anymore. I try to make informed choices of investment but there is a 'feel' for it that can override raw numbers. That is the art. I diversify, and call it good. It keeps ahead of the market benchmarks, sometimes barely, sometimes much better.

I do like a well functioning spreadsheet and graph, but that's bordering on an OCD elegance-of-function appreciation.

Artful living is my real goal.
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Old 08-08-2017, 12:44 PM   #27
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Art .. not really.

More like a solid reality mirror as it goes up and down with randomness in steps bigger than an average (sometimes annual) paycheck. Things are a lot less stable than they seem to be, and you are much less in control than you think.

Sorry, bit in a downer mood today.
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Old 08-08-2017, 08:06 PM   #28
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Old 08-08-2017, 08:45 PM   #29
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The statement came in today and I made fifty seven grand last month.

I guess I can buy me some art.
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The statement came in today and I made fifty seven grand last month.
Heh, heh You and Mr. Market made $57K!

I'd respectfully suggest you wait a year or two to buy any art with it but YMMV.
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The statement came in today and I made fifty seven grand last month.

I guess I can buy me some art.
57 large! How much is that in velvet Elvises?
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