I live on the Island of Madeira in Portugal. Have been here for 10 years and love the quiet peaceful way of life. Although I do miss California, my home state. I became interested in stocks when a close friend encouraged me to buy stock in a company which manufactured carbon monoxide detection equipment back in 1990. I sold the stock less then 2 years later for triple its' original value. I am not a gambler. I only invest in what I believe to be safe and secure.