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  • On 8 Jul 2014 in Patrick's Travel Tips for Seattle and Vancouver, Patrick said:

    also interesting: i used uber to get around in seattle and loved it, but uber is illegal in vancouver because the limo drivers successfully lobbied against it.

    a triumph of entrenched-interest corruption over the free market, unfortunately.

  • On 8 Jul 2014 in Patrick's Travel Tips for Seattle and Vancouver, Patrick said:

    i'm feeling rich at the moment, so i just paid the going rate on the hotels without trying for a deal. the marqueen was close to $300/night with everything included.

    the sylvia was $240, but i upgraded for $60 to get the room with the best view, so $300/night again. definitely worth it.

  • On 8 Jul 2014 in Patrick's Travel Tips for Seattle and Vancouver, Patrick said:

    definitely a good summer thing.

    prices for hotels etc are reasonable compared to san francisco. except wine in vancouver is crazy. you can't buy it in stores, but have to go to a state-run liquor store. a US $10 bogle merlot is $25 canadian here.

    exchange rate is slightly in my favor, with $1 US = $1.06 canadian

  • On 28 Jun 2014 in Shameless bragging, Patrick said:

    HuggyBumbers McLovkins says

    Picking individual stocks is a fool's errand.

    i suppose i should have thrown it all into a dow index fund, but i don't think i did that badly, since i didn't own all my stocks at the beginning of 2013, but have been slowly buying in.

    anyway, i enjoy the stock-picking game.

  • On 28 Jun 2014 in Shameless bragging, Patrick said:

    Strategist says

    Where's Apple?

    can't do it.

    apple probably has room to grow, but it's already the biggest stock by market cap, no? that alone spooks me too much.

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