April 19, 2014

My Day In Pictures

The My Day In Pictures articles are to keep friends and family updated on what is going on with my life. It was instituted at the request and for the benefit of one of my favorite people in the world, one of my aunts who is a retired telephone operator and lives a few hours away from me.

First, It Was the Money Bookmarks, Now the Record Books Themselves Are In Danger …

Joshua Writing Notes

For years, I've used 11 3/4" x 7 1/4", 500-page, 35-ruled-lined-per-page, hardbound record books from Office Depot for my thinking time, article notes, investment calculations, and general observations.  I even mentioned them once in a mail bag response about my work system.  The protective cover, good size, weight, and numbered pages made it ideal.  A single $50 book would last me for a few months as I tend to fill every inch of it, always throwing one in the backseat of my car or having it tu … [Read more...]

The Economics of the Golf Industry Caught My Attention Yesterday

Caleb on the Golf Course

When my younger brother received his early acceptance letter to medical school, all that remained was to wrap up a few credits for his Bachelor of Science in Biology and take the MCAT.  He made me promise that the day following the test, I'd clear my schedule and go golfing with him, so yesterday, Aaron, my dad, Caleb, and I went 18 holes at one of the local golf courses then followed it up with dinner, to which dad treated us. It quickly became apparent that Aaron and I have focus issues … [Read more...]

An Evening of Rodrigo and Prokofiev at Helzberg Hall

Kansas City Symphony Prokofieff Joshua Kennon

After dinner at Pierpont's in Union Station, we made our way over to the symphony hall, arriving a few minutes before the orchestra took the stage.  Tonight is a big departure from our usual Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven.  Particularly of interest to us were the second and third groups on the program.  The second was Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez for Guitar and Orchestra, which was performed by Jiyeon Kim, a guitar virtuoso. We ended up with a special surprise because Kim's mother had flown t … [Read more...]

Pierpont’s Restaurant in Union Station

Creme Brulee with Berries

Aaron's mom hadn't been to the symphony here in town since the new performing arts center opened so we decided to take her to dinner and a performance.  I completely forgot it was tonight because I started my first Korean drama in two months a few days ago and had scheduled some time to watch more episodes without interfering with work.  (The last one I watched was Pasta back in January so I made it almost 60 days without giving in to the temptation to begin another until Heirs started calling to … [Read more...]

I Captured a Metroid

Metroid Pixel Art Joshua Kennon

My youngest sister made our day yesterday by stopping by the house to visit for a few hours.  She had been at the NakaKon convention in Overland Park and saw an 8-bit pixel Metroid collectible she thought I'd love.  She was right.  Upon holding the specimen, I temporarily reverted to a six year old, 1980's-living, NES-dominating beast.  Behold, and listen to the theme if you need some adequate inspiration. Interestingly enough, I had run an analysis on Nintendo's balance sheet that morn … [Read more...]

My Family Is Enjoying Warm Sands While I’m Stuck In a Snowstorm

Sarasota FL Icon

Several members of my family are in Florida at the moment.  We had thought about flying down and surprising them at Walt Disney World on their first day, but neither of us can spare the time with everything on our agenda.  I felt like a responsible adult about the whole thing until yesterday when a snow storm hit.  When it had first started, I went outside and took a picture: Around that same time, one of the members of the family sent me a picture of where they were on the beach: I ch … [Read more...]

Christmas In January

Joshua Kennon Christmas 2013

We spent Christmas Eve this year with my in-laws, and Christmas morning over at my parent's house having breakfast.  Unfortunately, with my sister and her family living a couple hundred miles away now, they weren't able to be there.  (My mom and dad, not being able to stand not to see their grandkids, got in the car and surprised them that night, gifts in tow, spending almost a week with them.)  Instead, the family set a date for a follow-up second Christmas day, which was held this evening at th … [Read more...]

Loren the Amazon Princess, Pot Roast, and Snow Days

Loren and Saren Amazon Princess

With the holidays concluded, too many Thanksgiving, Christmas, and reunion dinners to count, endless nights with family and friends, and the bulk of the busy season behind us in the businesses, we spent today in our pajamas as the snow fell outside, cooking a pot roast and working on some projects we wanted to finish.  (Technically, we still have one Christmas celebration left, which was postponed until later this week.) I did a terrible job keeping up on the blog during this time - there were … [Read more...]

Visiting Aunt Donna, Mexican Coke, Race Cars, and Putting Together a Retirement Plan

Mexican Coke from Costco - Copyright Joshua Kennon

Our afternoon was spent in Independence taking advantage of the secret rebate Costco is giving its members on imported Mexican Coca-Cola.  At Amazon, a 24 pack of 12 ounce Mexican Coke is $44.95.  Costco normally sells them for $19.92 if you have a club membership.  Today, they offered an instant cash discount so you could get a pack for only $15.00 in a special deal (which, for some reason, they wouldn't even confirm over the phone.  We had to go to the store and see it for ourselves).  They eve … [Read more...]

A Coca-Cola Christmas

Coca-Cola Christmas Tree Copyright Joshua Kennon

You can tell what I'm studying because I become completely, totally, hopelessly obsessed with it; the recent posts about the structure of the bottlers, the biographies of past executives, the SEC disclosures, the look inside the factories, the custodial trusts for the nieces and nephews and the DRIP for my sister, the discussion of deferred taxes as a way to leverage investment returns without debt, and now, even the Christmas tree.  It's always Coca-Cola.   Growing up, all the old people a … [Read more...]