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The PandaWarrior Chronicles

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Barry Lind, Leo Melamed, and Tom Dittmer, were among my early mentors. Fast-forward to today, and my inclusion in Victor Niederhoffer's "spec-list" has allowed me access to the personal musings of some of the sharpest minds in trading. I am always reticent to post there, because the bar has been set so high by the other members.

You attend his annual Spec party and post on The Daily Speculator?

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Most people chose unhappiness over uncertainty, Tim Ferris
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No need for charts today. I fat fingered an entry....well not really....what happened is I had a resting order to scale in, got stopped out on the first bit and forgot to pull the resting orders. Then price chopped around for a bit, I got in again, then the resting order was triggered, of course I no longer wanted that order there and my blended entry was in the wrong place, I moved the stop for the whole thing to -10 and got hit.

Combine that with a couple of smaller losers early and I am done for the day....

Not a good way to strike out....no problem losing the right way...but losing because your eyes are closed while swing the bat is just stupid....I know things like this happen once in awhile but they make you feel like a total idiot when they do....

Anyway, on to other things.

I have an appointment with a trainer tomorrow. Not really looking forward to this. All these trainer type dudes all seem so freaking gung ho about getting you to Mr Universe ASAP. I had to remind him to take a breath, dial it back a bit and take baby steps. After all, I am middle aged white male, unaccustomed to intense physical activity. To make it worse, when I walked in the place, all the 20 something alpha males were in front of the wall length mirror preening like a bunch of peacocks. In my mind I said, "just you wait, in 20 years you'll be back in here looking like me begging someone looking just like you do now to fix your problems". Time is the ultimate equalizer.

I've spent more time in the hospital in the last month with my brother, my dad and mom and of course myself, than I care to admit. The docs in the ER are accusing us of having our family reunion there. Last night I told the doc it was a potluck dinner and why didnt she bring something.....she was from India and I think the potluck dinner thing went right over her head. She just stared at me like I was from Mars. The ER staff and our family had a good laugh at her expense.

Its gotten so bad I now have a shoulder bag with snacks, hand sanitizer, something to read and a spare phone charger all ready to go....if its at night, I tuck my 9MM in the bag along with the rest and I'm ready to head out in 2 minutes or less......my parents are working on getting into Scripps in San Diego and hopefully find out what's really wrong with them....they are in their 70's but still, this is ridiculous.

Cheers......

I tried Gyms for a while but got tired of the whole preening atmosphere. Also cost me time going back and forth to the gym. So I changed my approach and spent money on a road bike bike that I would have spent in a year at a gym. Picking up cycling is best thing I ever did for my health and mental well being. You can burn an incredible amount of calories on a bike especially because of wind resistance. In Texas summers I have to go early before it gets hot but gets me mentally ready for the day. Something to consider if you end up not liking being in a gym.

"The day I became a winning trader was the day it became boring. Daily losses no longer bother me and daily wins no longer excited me. Took years of pain and busting a few accounts before finally got my mind right. I survived the darkness within and now just chillax and let my black box do the work."
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I tried Gyms for a while but got tired of the whole preening atmosphere. Also cost me time going back and forth to the gym. So I changed my approach and spent money on a road bike bike that I would have spent in a year at a gym. Picking up cycling is best thing I ever did for my health and mental well being. You can burn an incredible amount of calories on a bike especially because of wind resistance. In Texas summers I have to go early before it gets hot but gets me mentally ready for the day. Something to consider if you end up not liking being in a gym.

I love biking as well. But at 115 degrees and previous heat stroke the first summer I lived here to my credit, I can't afford that. So at least in the summer its gotta be the gym. And to make it even worse, there's no such thing as a cool morning or evening....its just hot....and I need to work on my upper body as well....being a desk jockey has not been good for my Atlas look.....

Hopefully in a couple of years I can leave for the summer....ideally San Diego, Hawaii or somewhere in the UK or Scandinavia.

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You attend his annual Spec party and post on The Daily Speculator?

Yes, I've contributed to "Daily Speculations", but missed the party last year. I'll try attend the next one - great chance to network. Larry Williams, Ralph Vince, Brett Steenbarger, are members along with a lot of institutional traders, money managers, quants, academics, and even a checkers champion. There's only one other ex-floor trader, so it can be a little bit intimidating.

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I love biking as well. But at 115 degrees and previous heat stroke the first summer I lived here to my credit, I can't afford that. So at least in the summer its gotta be the gym. And to make it even worse, there's no such thing as a cool morning or evening....its just hot....and I need to work on my upper body as well....being a desk jockey has not been good for my Atlas look.....

Hopefully in a couple of years I can leave for the summer....ideally San Diego, Hawaii or somewhere in the UK or Scandinavia.

We think alike. I eventually want to be out of Texas in the summers. Mornings are cool enough to be outside but still to warm. I don't like cold or hot so finding a way to get 70 year round is a noble goal.

"The day I became a winning trader was the day it became boring. Daily losses no longer bother me and daily wins no longer excited me. Took years of pain and busting a few accounts before finally got my mind right. I survived the darkness within and now just chillax and let my black box do the work."
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Yes, I've contributed to "Daily Speculations", but missed the party last year. I'll try attend the next one - great chance to network. Larry Williams, Ralph Vince, Brett Steenbarger, are members along with a lot of institutional traders, money managers, quants, academics, and even a checkers champion. There's only one other ex-floor trader, so it can be a little bit intimidating.

I'm assuming no retail traders get invited?

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I'm assuming no retail traders get invited?



I could always bring you as my date...

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I could always bring you as my date...


I own a tux.....sign me up!

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I could always bring you as my date...


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I own a tux.....sign me up!


I was about to say, if Brian passes I'd be your date for that. Tux, high heels, whatever. Couldn't be worse than some of my market experiences.


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I was about to say, if Brian passes I'd be your date for that. Tux, high heels, whatever. Couldn't be worse than some of my market experiences.


With all that working out, eating healthy, and subsequent weight loss;

I was thinking, we could dress up Brian as Brianna!

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