I started buying stocks when I was 10 ; the title of my 8th grade assignment of an autobiography was "Taking Stock". On Oct.19,1987 , the day of the crash, I began a 25 year career as an Investment professionaI. I worked for the largest independent investment banking firm in the Pacific Northwest,then PaineWebber (now UBS), then as an RIA. Now I consult on portfolio reconstructions and am writing creatively. My writing for Seeking Alpha will focus on retailers and the big picture.