USCG aviation veteran Career major commercial airline aircraft technician. Cry like a baby when i remember sitting at the breakfast table with my dad going over the NYT stock pages as a kid. We never did come up with an investment strategy. My first stock was CI Mortgage because it paid about $2 a share dividend, and that's about what a plastic model car cost back then. Wish I had never abandoned my dividend driven approach! Horrible investor with about 250K in my 401k account after 26 years. Right now have about 50K in safe cash, 80K split in small/large value and growth indexes. Play with 120K making plays off of 3 really solid SA members. Used to attend Robert Vesco's Christmas party....Ok I was 8, but hey I was there.