And Now For Something Entirely Different…Try Tiffany for Christmas this year

And Now For Something Entirely Different…Try Tiffany for Christmas this year

RushBabe49 is a Tiffany shareholder, and a Tiffany shopper, even with a moderate income.  It sometimes amazes me that there are people who feel intimidated, and won’t enter a Tiffany store because they have to walk past the armed security guards at the door. They have been opening stores in areas of the country that aren’t highly affluent, just comfortable. I like to suggest to men that I know a near-foolproof way to give their wife or girlfriend heart palpitations. What woman wouldn’t gasp at a gift in the Tiffany blue box?  This year, there are new collections, like Tiffany T, with a variety of jewelry; rings, bracelets, and earrings in gold, silver, and their proprietary “Rubedo metal”.  I saw one ring, way out of my price range, but something to save up for, that definitely makes my list this year.

So here’s a way of thinking about Tiffany that might make it easier for those intimidated ones to walk proudly into their nearest Tiffany store. Just remember that to them, you are a Customer, not just a shopper. They want your business, and it’s in your best interest to think of yourself that way. Get up your courage, walk right into the store, and be sure to smile and wish the security guards “Good afternoon”. Then head right up to any counter and peruse the merchandise. Tiffany is known best for their diamond jewelry, but they also have an extensive collection of reasonably-priced sterling silver pieces. When I was single, and making a fair, but not huge, salary, I would give myself a Christmas present every year of a new pair of Tiffany silver earrings. It’s fun to walk into the store and check out the new items, ask to see something closer up, and walk out with your very own blue box, tied up with beautiful red or white ribbon. They have an extensive collection of really cute charms for a bracelet, or they can be worn as a pendant on a chain; they are adding new ones all the time.

So you gentlemen, Christmas is coming up. This year, make your lady VERY happy, and present her with something in a Tiffany blue box. She will NEVER doubt your love ever again! [and you will get on their mailing list for their great catalogs] You can start by going to the Web site, www.tiffany.com, to get ideas, and to drool.

An Open Letter to Mark Zuckerberg

Dear Mr. Zuckerberg,
I commend you for your success in helping start Facebook, and making it the 600-pound gorilla of social media, used by millions of people all over the world. This has made you a multi-millionaire (billionaire?), who can afford just about anything you want.

Last week, I was reading the Wall Street Journal about your upcoming sale of millions of shares of Facebook stock, expected to generate a taxable gain for you of approximately $2.3 Billion! In the next sentence, however, the Journal pointed out that, between Federal and State taxes, Government will confiscate 53.8% of that gain!

Mr. Zuckerberg, doesn’t it bother you at all that Government takes over HALF of your earnings from the business you started and helped nurture to its behemoth status? Do you even know about this? Do you think that it’s a good thing for you to have to sacrifice that much money that you acquired honestly? Now, I know that what you have left is more money than most US citizens can even imagine having, but it might be worth your while to object to that much evaporating before you even see it.

It makes me very angry that our government thinks that IT can claim that much of anyone’s earnings. But I guess that you Liberals just love big government, and have no problem with them confiscating your money. Maybe you think that the money the government takes from you is used to improve the lot of people less fortunate than you are. Let me disabuse you of that notion. Most of YOUR money goes into the pockets of government bureaucrats, who administer various programs that suck up your earnings, while having little practical effect on society except to do things like dictate what kind of light bulbs you are allowed to buy.

Happy New Year, Mark.

And Now For Something Entirely Different…Try Tiffany for Christmas this year

RushBabe49 is a Tiffany shareholder, and a Tiffany shopper, even with a moderate income. (Tiffany stock was up 8% today!) It sometimes amazes me that there are people who feel intimidated, and won’t enter a Tiffany store because they have to walk past the armed security guards at the door. They have been opening stores in areas of the country that aren’t highly affluent, just comfortable. I like to suggest to men that I know a near-foolproof way to give their wife or girlfriend heart palpitations. What woman wouldn’t gasp at a gift in the Tiffany blue box?

So here’s a way of thinking about Tiffany that might make it easier for those intimidated ones to walk proudly into their nearest Tiffany store. Just remember that to them, you are a Customer, not just a shopper. They want your business, and it’s in your best interest to think of yourself that way. Get up your courage, walk right into the store, and be sure to wish the security guards “Good afternoon”. Then head right up to any counter and peruse the merchandise. Tiffany is known best for their diamond jewelry, but they also have an extensive collection of reasonably-priced sterling silver pieces. When I was single, and making a fair, but not huge, salary, I would give myself a Christmas present every year of a new pair of Tiffany silver earrings. It’s fun to walk into the store and check out the new items, ask to see something closer up, and walk out with your very own blue box, tied up with beautiful red or white ribbon. They have an extensive collection of really cute charms for a bracelet, or they can be worn as a pendant on a chain; they are adding new ones all the time.

So you guys, Christmas is coming up. This year, make your lady VERY happy, and present her with something in a Tiffany blue box. She will NEVER doubt your love ever again! [and you will get on their mailing list for their great catalogs] You can start by going to the Web site, www.tiffany.com, to get ideas, and to drool.

I stuck by my “pet stock”, and I’ve been rewarded

I bought my first stock on my own account in early 2000. The company was called ARM Holdings, and they make software that runs embedded processors. My shares, then, cost $33.00 each. I thought that they had an excellent business model, licensing their software to companies that make computer chips for lots of different products.
Well, you know what happened late that year when the “tech bubble” burst-the stock market plunged, and many tech companies failed. My ARM stock plunged like many others, and I finally gave up and sold it when it was around $2.00. But I never gave up believing that they were a great company, with a product line that finds uses in many places in society. A few years ago, the tech world started to come back into favor, and I bought more shares of ARM for my “play money” Roth IRA account. Now, ARM is roaring back, and my shares are over $40! If you have a cell phone, tablet computer, washing machine, MP3 player, or other mobile gadget, ARM-enabled chips are in there. They are continually expanding their line of embedded software, licensing their “Cortex” line to most chip and device makers. There has even begun to be talk of their breaking into the Server market, heretofore dominated by Intel’s X86-type chips. Their business model still works well (they rarely have to worry about costs getting out of hand, since their expenses are pretty much labor and fancy computers for their software designers), and more companies are licensing their products than ever.  And, they are located in Cambridge, England, one of the most beautiful places on Earth.
ARM ROCKS!!!