I've been investing since our 2nd child was born (Sept 1990) and paid cash for them to go to college. There are still weddings, and retirement ahead. But, I've ben semi-retired for 15 years. Bought ABT & DELL as my first 2 stocks. Loved MOT & WAG in the early years. I've owed as many as 38 at one time. I was managing my own portfolio of almost $1MM. The tech bubble took me down hard. Lesson learned: "Trees don't grow to the sky" and "pigs survive, hogs get slaughtered". I take profits now by selling 1/2 (or "all") and re-invest in other sectors. Trying to stay under 30 stocks now. No Mutual Funds, and not a fan of ETF's either. Value investor/turnaround, diversity & dividends at this stage of life. Some Bio's/Generics too. Still like WBA. BTW, an investment adviser talked me out of buying Bks-A in 2000 for $44k/sh. He said, Buffet doesn't get tech- shares are to expensive. Besides the taxes will kill you on your gains. -- oach!!