Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Recommended Reading

Wow - how time flies. It's been almost a month since I posted, yet it seems like yesterday.

I'm reading a very interesting book titled "Twilight in the Desert: The coming Saudi oil shock and the World Economy". (I'm about halfway through it, courtesy of being on multiple American airlines flights in the past couple weeks. BTW, AA is my favorite airline courtesy of their acquisition of TWA. I'm a loyal customer and they've always provided me with excellent service, on time flights, and decent prices. Fly AA!)

I'll let you know what I think of the book once I'm finished with it - I can say that it is pretty interesting and scary if true.

Secondly, I wanted to share a couple links. There is a good discussion going on in another blog "Housing Panic" related to the housing bubble. I've made it quite clear I believe there is a housing bubble that cannot be explained by the factors the realtors and their cronies love to state. From memory, they are immigration, job creation, and population growth (I.E. rich baby boomers who want two houses). If the baby boomers are really the largest generation, what happens when they retire in the next 10 years and downsize? Why would a retiree want a 4-bedroom house in the suburbs surrounded by a bunch of yuppies and school-age children?

Another disucssion I frequent (and post under my real name) is Business Week's 'Hot Property' blog. There are some very informative discussions going on there. This link is to the D.C. disucssion, but you can navigate to the other discussions from it. I've posted a couple times in the D.C. disucssion and I can say that the level heads that prevail in this discussion make it a pure joy to read. Sorry for the rudimentary link - I've figured out that I can't trackback to the blog, so you'll have to do it manually. - go to the right side halfway down and click on BLOGS.

Sunday, November 06, 2005

Long time, no updates

Okay I'm back online. Sorry I haven't posted in a long time. I became very busy working with some stuff so now I'm back.

There have been a lot of changes in the past 6 months:
1. Hurricanes Katrina/Rita/Wilma
2. Ben Bernake to succeed Alan Greenspan.
3. Spiking energy costs

Since I don't want to rehash the past, I'll just start writing again about current events.

Here's a blog that I've been watching, it's a good, honest discussion.

Books I am currently reading:

Irrantional Exuberance,Part 2 - Dr. Robert Shiller

Call of the Mall - Paco Underhill

Up Against the Wal-Marts - Don Taylor & Jeanne Smalling Archer