Happy Alone

I’ve been married almost 14 years (I’m 35) to my high school sweetheart.  I haven’t been without a partner since we broke up for a year in college.  And I love her…but I feel like I wouldn’t do so bad alone.  I don’t think I’d go out a lot.  I think I’d mostly stay in.  I’m happy in the time I get to myself.  I think most people in the Army have really lonely and horrible times on deployments so they reach out and seek companionship throughout.  I don’t.  I seek the isolation and sort of relish in it. I’m decent company.

Now, there are time when I curl up at night and hug my pillow and I wallow a bit.  But even the tough times by myself are inspiring.  I kind of like to feel both the down and the up emotions.  It’s nice to feel.

Ahh! maybe that’s it.  When I’m home sometimes I try to tune out how I feel because I don’t want the wife to see me upset.  When I’m deployed I can bask in it.  I’m not muted when I’m alone.  It feels great, even when it feels horrible, to turn the volume up.  As a matter of fact, the hard times may make the good times peak even higher.  -Carl Miller

Please Dip, Stock Market

I sold my S&P 500 ETF shares along with my muni-fund ETF shares when the S&P 500 hit 2100 last week.  I kept what I have in the energy and medical sectors because it seems they’ve already hit their lows…maybe I should have sold them, too.  I just hope the S&P falls below 1900 again this year so I can throw my lot in again.  For now, I’ll wait patiently on the sidelines waiting.

I know the articles say you shouldn’t try to time the market.  But it does seem that the market has had some parameters lately…and I seem to be able to see when a high is slowing down and about to dip, as well as when a low is about to head in the other direction.  Maybe I’m just getting lucky.  Anyway, I think I’ll try to play the lows this year rather than waiting for the market to reach higher and higher when almost everyone agrees that market is overpriced right now.  Hopefully I can catch a big dip pretty soon.  It always feels great to beat the market.  -Carl Miller