websitehosting.com – SOLD!

If you’ve been following my blog at all then you probably know I purchased websitehosting.com on 1/28/11 for $190,000. Then, shortly after I purchased the domain I wrote a detailed post about why I bought this particular domain and followed up with a series of posts...

Things I’ve Missed While On The Road

If you read my blog at all, you know I’ve been RVing up the Pacific Coast Highway for the past 6+ weeks. We just experienced a mechanical problem that forced us to have our RV towed and worked on by a shop in a more major town. While it was in the shop, we were forced to check into a motel. Within 24 hours of being checked in the motel I started realizing some things I’ve really missed while I’ve been on the road. Some are obvious and I knew about them, but others didn’t register until we were there for awhile. Fast and Reliable Internet I knew this was going to be a problem before we even left. In fact, it was the one major worry I had – since it was kind of an unknown how coverage would be along our route. Needless to say, Internet access has become a real problem on this trip. Over the past 6 weeks there hasn’t been a period where I’ve had decent Internet speeds and a reliable connection. I’ve been using a combination of RV park Internet and my Verizon Aircard / Virgin Mobile Aircard – all of which have proved to suck. Being in the hotel was a welcome break since the Internet worked great the entire time. It wouldn’t be a big deal if I didn’t make my living with the Internet. For me, not having Internet access is equal to a retail store locking their front door. Very frustrating. Food While we’ve had amazing meals on this trip, I’m struggling with my diet while on the road....

Why I think Apple stock is a good buy right now

I’ve been trading Apple stock for the better part of the past decade and it’s been a long time since I’ve been this compelled to buy Apple stock (AAPL). The fundamentals are just so overwhelming that I simply can’t ignore it anymore. Here are my thoughts: Profit to Earnings Ratio (P/E): Apple is currently trading at a P/E of 15.87, which is the lowest I can ever remember seeing it. The P/E ratio is calculated by taking the stock price ($332.86) and dividing that buy the stock’s earnings per share ($20.98). So, if you take $332.86 / $20.98 you come up with 15.87. Why is this important? Well, people often get hung up on the stock price itself. Apple is trading at $332.86 and that is the only thing most people focus on when looking at stocks. When a stock’s share price gets this high people often think “That’s an expensive stock”. The reality is that it’s the same exact price as a $33 stock with $2 per share earnings. Apple traditionally trades in the low – mid 20’s P/E range. If you take this into account, the stock would be trading at $472.05 when using a P/E of 22.5 or $524.50 at a P/E of 25. There is an amazing article at Seeking Alpha about all this. Here is another article at Fortune about this. I have no reason to suspect that Apple’s EPS will go down in the near future. In fact, they continue to gain market share and have increased earnings year over year for as long as I can remember. Also, don’t forget Apple’s sick...

Pacific Coast Highway RV Trip – Crescent City, CA to Waldport, OR

This was our sixth week traveling the Pacific Coast Highway heading north from San Diego towards Seattle and beyond. Our trip this week was 215 miles, which took us from Crescent City, CA to Waldport, OR. We used US-101 the entire way for our journey this week. Since Crescent City is only a few miles from Oregon we FINALLY crossed into another state. After 5 weeks it was nice to put California behind us and start a new chapter of our journey – The Oregon Coast. This was my first time ever in Oregon, so it was nice finally “crossing” that state off my list. I’ve now been to a total of 43 of the 50 states. The trip this week started off rainy and foggy, which made for some tough miles. However, it started clearing up about two hours into the trip and we finally got to see some of the awesome landscape. Since it rains in Oregon much more than California, there are several big rivers with impressive bridges and views. There are pictures of a couple of these below. With this week’s 215 miles, we’ve now traveled a total of about 1165 miles. Waldport KOA Our stop this week was at the Waldport KOA in Waldport, OR. Waldport is a small coastal fishing town of about 2,000 people and is about 15 miles south of Newport, OR. The Waldport KOA was a combination of great campsites and little cottages. The campground was situated on a bluff over the Alsea River, which made for great views of the ocean, river, and Waldport bridge. The view from our...

Pacific Coast Highway RV Trip – Westport, CA to Crescent City, CA

This was the fifth week of our RV trip to Alaska via the Pacific Coast Highway. This week took us from Westport, CA to Crescent City via a combination of US-1 and US-101. US-1 ends about 30 miles north of Westport and it was a welcome ending by time we got there. If there is anyone reading this blog who is contemplating taking a big rig up US-1 – DO NOT DO IT! Even if you have a medium sized rig it’s not advisable. Is it possible, yes. Is it advisable, no. The drive up US-1 is so windy and tight in places that it even made our dog sick, which never happens. If you want to experience the wonders of US-1 you are much better off parking your rig on US-101 and cutting over in your car. This week’s trip was 202 miles, which puts our total for the trip at right around 950 miles. Crescent City KOA This week we stayed at the Crescent City KOA which was in a word, awesome. We ended up with one of the best spots in the entire park. It was extra wide since it was on the end and had a great view. On top of that, this park had well over 10 acres of land that backed right up into the redwood forests; it made for a nice walk each day. They also had a big open field for the dog to run around in, a dog park, a playground, etc. If you want to feel like you are in nature but not crowded, this campground is for you!...