Fribble Struck by Lightning

Thursday, February 10, 2000

It was exactly one year ago that I first visited The Motley Fool. I visited many times before actually registering for what has been a fun-filled year. The first several months I dove in and read and studied and tried to absorb as much as possible so that I too could invest carefully with the hopes of becoming Foolish.

After a few months I was totally sucked in, spending hours online every day. Then a wonderful thing happened: My modem was struck by lightening. Suddenly there I was without my daily fix of what's going on with the market and my portfolio.

A couple of months later, I replaced the modem and learned that the Fool had been right all along. I could spend just a small amount of time and still see profits good enough to beat the S&P 500 to my satisfaction. I still cruise the boards and post from time to time, but the feeling of needing to is minimal. I just enjoy the many great posters that come to the Fool. The greatest thing I've learned is that with good research I don't need to fret over my portfolio or even watch it that much if I don't want to.

I still jump into the boards and the news daily, but I do it because I enjoy it, not because I have to; and now it's always just as easy to turn it off. So thanks, Fool (and the heavens who struck my modem) for showing me that it can be done on my own.