Tuesday, February 13, 2018

A visit to the plastic surgeon with Lili

Lili's plastic surgeon is much better looking than the "doctor" in this picture. And his work makes a woman's face look naturally young. But sometimes, a doctor has to do some touch-up work, and today was that day....

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Normally, I try to wake up around 9-10 am. Today, I had to wake up at 6 am, so that I could be at Lili's house by 8, so that she could be at her surgeon's office by 10 am. This meant that I'd have to try to go to sleep early the night before, and hope I got enough sleep for me to be alert the next day.  And believe it or not, I was out the door at 7:15 with a stop at Mickey D's for breakfast, and in her driveway by 8.

Lili took the wheel of her car, and we drove off to the City.  She had neglected to bring her sunglasses, and was getting fatigued quickly due to her hypersensitivity to bright light in her eyes.  By the time we made it to the Bronx, she was driving as if she was drunk, and needed me to take over the wheel.  One problem - she didn't ask me to do so until she could barely drive. So we ended up with her driving several more miles until we reached the 125th street exit and could pull over to switch seats.  And here is where I got a little annoyed at her - not only did at least one of her tires need more air (I saw the related warning message displayed on the dashboard), but her registration had expired sometime in September!  If I had known this before we started our drive, I'd have driving my car down and avoided the risk of having to explain things to a cop while in Marian Mode, and absorbing the risk of getting a ticket myself.

I eventually parked the car in the garage across the street from the surgeon's office, and we went in for Lili's appointment. Once Lili was called in for the doctor to work his magic at 11:00, I tried to take a short nap. But this was interrupted by a lady coming in for her 11:30 procedure.  So we chatted for a while until she was called in, and Lili was done with the doctor.  A few minutes later, I joined Lili, and soon we were off to the suburbs.On the way out of the city, Lili told me that the doctor had confirmed our guess - the Tesla Model S that we saw in the parking lot of his Great Neck office and in front of his NYC office was his. (He has that kind of elegant style.)

Getting out of the city was much easier than getting in, but now I was starting to feel fatigued.  I needed food and sleep.  Lili suggested that we go to the local diner before going to her place, and I was more than glad to do so. Although she shouldn't have been driving, she decided to drive the last leg of our trip to her place, and dropped me off in front of my car.

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What I didn't mention about out return home was Lili's constant worry and constant talking about the Stock Market.  I've set a limit where if broken, I will shift everything into cash from stocks. That limit was reached today.  Lili has no idea of what to do with her money, and is looking for answers from me, her broker, and anyone else who can give her advice.  She was totally absorbed by the news that gradually reported the biggest one day drop (in points, not percentage) in the stock market indexes. At 1 pm, it was down somewhere in the 250 point range. By 2:30, it was down around 450 points. And by the time the market closed, it was down 1175 points.  OUCH!  Lili was going nuts, and so was my brother.  But my brother had good reason. Several days ago, he instructed his broker to balance his assets ASAP - and this did not happen. So my brother took a giant hit because his new broker didn't do his job. If anything, I might be the only person who won't blame others for the money I lost. I didn't reallocate the money in my 401k, and I had only myself to blame....


  1. You are not alone in riding the volatility market. It watching the daily swings in values is at least as hair raising as your drive to the city with Lili.

  2. Pat -

    I am less bothered by the current volatility in the market as Lili is. Even moderate diversification helps a lot. Holding all of one's stock market assets in an S&P 500 fund is not wise. I prefer a little diversification, putting money into Large Cap, Small Cap, and International stocks, and a bond fund to balance things out. My risk is inflation. If our government starts running the printing press to pay its bills, then there's not much I can do to protect against that but to go into the gold market....