Even though those old wooden kind might be fun? Maybe on a slow weekend when the kids are (locked) out of the house? And you can you trust whoever’s sticking your head and hands into those little holes an’ clampin’ ‘em down? I know they’ve kinda gone out of style. But at least they’re not gonna cost you much (money anyway). I’ll bet there’s a few folks still have an old set down in the basement (dungeon?).


Even though those old wooden kind might be fun? Maybe on a slow weekend when the kids are (locked) out of the house? And you can you trust whoever’s sticking your head and hands into those little holes an’ clampin’ ‘em down? I know they’ve kinda gone out of style. But at least they’re not gonna cost you much (money anyway). I’ll bet there’s a few folks still have an old set down in the basement (dungeon?).
 I realize the ones most of us are (slightly) more familiar with are the paper kind (or more likely, those little blips glowin’ back at ya from your computer screen). But those older ones might be safer for you in the long run? Least someone can undo the clamps an’ bolts and set you free, once you’re done playing.
 In the “real” stock market it’s not that simple! Remember this! When you deal in modern stocks, you’re still just playing! But you can’t simply quit playin’ by shouting a secret word when you want to quit that the game.
 Never forget why it’s called “playing” the stock market (or more quaintly, “dabbling”)! Although these little misnomers have been applied to the stock market “game”? They aren’t, not really! Rich folks came up with those terms, because for them it was, “a game”. The “rich” have viewed the stock market that way, since way back in more innocent, simpler days of yore.
 That’s because for the most part they did it with “play” money? Oh, I suppose the money was real enough, but they could afford to lose it, You can’t! As a matter of fact, much of the money they played with was OPM (other peoples money). So there again, “playing” the stocks game held little real danger for them.
 Equally important (maybe more) were the “brokers” who helped guide those rich folks (and the game). Those brokers were even more protected as they played the game. Having the kind of job you can only dream about, they made their money advising the rich (guessing) as to where and when to “invest” in stocks. Then they got paid (still do) whether those rich investors made Or lost money! Nice huh?
 So, I’m gonna backtrack from a little advice I gave some of you back in the fall (sorry).
 Back then I said if you had extra money (the losin’ kind) And were strong of stomach, you should scoop up certain stocks when the market hit bottom (‘specially if you were Under 50?). I’d said that bottom would be at or below half of the markets all time high. It not only got down there, it still hovers (quivers) in that range.
The reason I’ve decided to backtrack a bit? I’m worried too many regular folks (workin’ stiffs) mighta listened? To put it another way? Too many folks who aren’t smart enough about the stock market, play in it.
 Now, I’m not sayin’ you’re too dumb to be in the stock game (well, maybe I am?). What I mean is, the stock market not only requires smarts (and luck). It requires that you be able to “play” (with your money). That is, buy and sell stocks..., Only with “extra” money. Money can afford to lose! It’s not playin’, if you lose the rent or grocery money.
 It’s (becoming) my belief is that only “rich folks” should “play the market”.
 Afterall, it wasn’t that long ago when the number of people who owned (and lost) stocks were a tiny percentage of the population. Regular folks, like you and me, didn’t own stocks (never even heard about ‘em). Except maybe when some rich guy made (or lost) a fortune “playing” in the stock market.
I’ll bet if we All  talked with all our grandparents, we could count up on one hand the ones who owned stocks. It’s only in the past twenty years or so that so many “regular” people got involved in the “market”.
 And why? Same reason so many people are being arrested for child porn. Computers came along and flung open doors that had always been locked up tight! Suddenly it became “easy” (not really) to invest.
 Previously, us regular folks weren’t even invited to the party. We didn’t have enough money to interest any self-respecting “broker” in showing us the ropes. Commissions based on our grocery money were peanuts.
 What no one realized was, we were all better off that way. We could still eat (and pay the rent)!
 I Don’t Know About You..., Before dabblin’ with stocks (any kind) be sure you can get out of ‘em?
 Cal Teeple, is often found three stools down. And At: www.wayneindependent.com/cal Or At: calteeple@gmail.com Founder of the Observational Cogitation Consortium, he may be ignored, accosted or contacted at all three.