Taking the Long Road


Surge Pricing Silliness

Silvrback blog imageWe had an interesting experience when we returned to Fort Smith recently from our six-week trip to Mexico, which we abruptly ended in four days. I may talk about that story some other time, but today's short note revolves around surge pricing.


Yeah, surge pricing. It's also called demand or dynamic pricing which is increasingly . . .

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January 26, 2023

Taking Risks Is Risky

When Are Investing Decisions Good or Bad?

Silvrback blog image"Wow! That title has all the makings of being unhelpful," you might have thought upon reading it.

Yes, I selected it to be Mr. Obvious and true at the same time.

The fact is that there are few things in life worth having that don't require us to take a chance; that is, take on some level of risk.

All that means is that decisions . . .

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January 13, 2023

Life Is What Happens to Us....

"Life is what happens to us while we are making other plans."

Silvrback blog imageI read this quote again not too long ago and it again caused me to stop for a second and think. I've heard it any number of times and it has always struck me as worthy of remembering, though I didn't do anything with it including actually pondering its meaning for me.

So, . . .

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September 25, 2022

Time Is Finite Now

Age and Our Sense of Time

"Your time is finite now." Actor Michael Douglas

We humans are an interesting lot. Today I'm thinking about our relationship with time. How we think about time.

The opening quote by Douglas was taken from an interview a couple of years ago when he was talking about his sense of time at then age 74.

We often hear someone say . . .

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August 17, 2022

I Don't Like Weekends

As I look at the title of this article, I realize how odd that reads. After all, who doesn't like weekends?

I used to like weekends, especially three-day weekends. But since quitting my job this past December, I don't care for them much any more. 

I came to this realization a couple of weeks ago as I found I was more restless and . . .

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June 06, 2022

Lifestyle Is About Cash Flow

I read financial news quite a bit, perhaps too much. Typically Yahoo. One recurring theme in personal finance headlines reflects this obsession with how much one has saved for retirement. What is the value of your 401k or your net worth or some such tally of assets.

Questions like, "I have $3 in savings for retirement, am unemployed, and . . .

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March 11, 2022


What a Mess

Like many of you, my wife and I have been watching the unfolding events happening in Ukraine that have overtaken the news pages in recent days. For most folks, Ukraine is hardly a place they would know much about or have all that much interest in knowing much about.

My interest in Ukraine is a bit more personal. Aside from visiting the . . .

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February 27, 2022


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