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#1 posted 11-21-2012 04:30 PM

I watched a neighbor couple sit on their back steps and ponder how they were going to keep the house. They were going through some tough times. They both sat and worried and and smoked one cigarette after another. They couldn’t find enough money for the house payment, but they would go through the couch cushions if necessary to find enough money for smokes. If you take Howie’s numbers above and multiply by four … that’s one heck of a bandsaw … or Scottrade portfolio …

I have an addictive personality. I can’t help it. I just figured out I need to take on addictions that make me happy instead of control me. I’m addicted to investing. I shared the change in direction I made from smoker to investor with my doctor. He said it was a good move as if I had decided to keep up the smoking habit, I’d be dead. I’m 66 and retired. Investments were a big factor in helping me decide to go and do what I wanted to do instead of what my employer wanted me to.

I am thinking of giving up addictions I never had so as to feed my investing monster more aggressively. I was thinking about e-mailing Patreaus and asking how much his addictions cost him, but I think they are watching his e-mails and I think I already know the answer to what it cost him.

Without much exaggeration, it really is a decision between a good life and death. My dad got emphysema (2 packs of Pall Mall a day). It isn’t fun to watch your loved one wither. Smoking doesn’t just kill you, it takes away your energy, strength, stamina, and sucks the good out of life. Dad had to stop and sit on a bench between his car in handicapped parking and the inside of the market. He was thin and starting to lose his vision. When no one was looking, he snuck a smoke. I held his hand as he died. He was in so much pain. His health situation was that they couldn’t give him much in the way of pain killers.

Can you think of something you will do with the extra years you will have of life, health, and strength?

-- Chance Four "Not Just a Second Chance"

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