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US Markets: 10 Stocks to Consider Ahead of Possible Stumble in November


For now, all indicators say the bull move could extend a lot longer than people think.

In last Tuesday's Wall Street Journal, there was a story titled "No Rocket? Venture to Sell Balloon Trip Into Space." The article began, "Space tourism may not be rocket science after all. An Arizona company wants to develop high-altitude balloons to send thrill seekers to the edge of Earth's atmosphere. The trips would cost less than other proposed space jaunts, but passengers wouldn't experience the same intensity of weightlessness." The article reminded me of another encounter that happened years ago. I like this story by Jeff Bowden from D Magazine (as paraphrased):

Years ago I heard a Dick Bass story. Bass, who is no relation to the Basses of Fort Worth, is a Dallas oilman, adventurer, and developer of the Snowbird Ski Resort in Utah. In the story, Bass gets on a transcontinental flight. As he sits down in first-class, his seatmate recognizes him. "I just read your book, Seven Summits," the plain-looking man gushes. "I loved it." An unlikely flatlander, Dick Bass was the first person to climb the tallest mountain on each of the seven continents. Bass proceeds to hypnotize his admirer for the next three hours. He talks him up Mount McKinley, up Aconcagua in South America, and up Mount Vinson in Antarctica, where Bass' group was only the third party in history to climb the most remote of the seven summits. Eventually Bass has the man teetering on a knife-edged ridge on Mount Everest at very nearly the same altitude as the airliner. (Bass notes that things take on a whole different perspective looking down from a high mountain peak). At the point at which the captain informs the passengers to raise tray tables and seatbacks, Bass abruptly stops talking. "I just realized," he says, horrified. "I've been talking about myself the entire flight. I haven't asked anything about you." Surely the man had a favorite outdoor story. Perhaps a bear carrying off an ice chest. "I haven't even asked your name," Bass says. "Oh, that's okay," responds his good-natured companion, offering his hand. "I'm Neil Armstrong."
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