My friends who know me well already know that I am a bear. Both in the bear sense and in being especially fond of bears iconicly and totemicly. In Walking Down The Avenue I wrote that the Books index on Empire Avenue was such a natural fit that I would not switch to another index just to be a CEO. And yet today, I just did. After three months of being visually identified mostly with my Libdrone Books logo, with scads of pie pictures and for awhile with a Seattle Space Needle picture I used as my Facebook avatar, I decided on a whim this morning to post a handful of public domain bear photographs on my Facebook page. And rather a lot of my friends Liked them.
I previously stated that when I reached 2.3 million eaves in net wealth I would sell off some shares and buy my third Bigger Piece of the Pie. I have reached that wealth milestone and spent an hour or so today going through my portfolio. Don’t own shares in me. SOLD! Sold off my shares when we were max/max and you still acted friendly to my face? SOLD and BLOCKED. Compared to my previous experiences buying pie, this third slice came rather easily. For the first time in more than a month, I went through my entire portfolio yesterday evening and made and identified all of the tickers I held shares in that didn’t own any in me. Where I only owned a small number of shares and/or the dividends were awful I went ahead and sold right away, and re-invested the proceeds in shares that I want to keep. Those that paid great dividends I put on a list. And just as soon as dividends were paid I started selling. Selling off those that had not invested in me netted me about 210,000 eaves. I sold down in a few shares where I owned a lot more shares than the other party. I also sold about 50 (out of 300 owned) in two or three friends whom I know will understand.
In honor of my third slice of pie, I will this weekend be serving up yummy delicious pie to everyone who invests in me. However instead of posting it in my Empire Avenue avatar I will post pie pics on the buyer’s Facebook wall. I will acknowledge all buyers on my Empire Avenue profile. Alas, the pie that I am serving is only pretty pictures, rather than Empire Avenue upgrades. If you’d like a slice and you aren’t already on Empire Avenue, sign up now and get 2,000 eaves free from me. My thanks to Ryan who taught me and so many other players the value of having a newbie farm to finance pie upgrades. My take away today is that change is good for creating new interest and getting out of a price rut. (With all of the likes my bear pictures garnered, my share price is up over a full eave today.) And that sometimes, a bear just has to be a bear.