Questions without Answers…Solved

by Mr Juggles

Sometimes I have questions but don’t have the answers. Here are a couple examples:

  • Why do we use a french word, “entrepreneur”, to describe someone who builds a business or otherwise innovates. This type of person is effectively outlawed in France. Let’s relabel entrepenuers what they really are: “Americans”.

    Example: Those americans who started Skype are rolling in it.

  • Why do we call a go-getter, a “go-getter”? If someone really is a go-getter wouldn’t they have go-gotten a position where they make others go-get for them? Types of people who are currently called “go-getters” should be relabeled “tyrants in waiting”.

    Example: Michael Milken was a real tyrant in waiting in his youth.

  • Who buys those Bowflex machines sold on TV? …Actually, there really is no answer to this one. [Edit: the first commenter links to a great NY Times article on the bowflex]

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  1. yo
    October 25th, 2006 | 8:24 pm

    nytimes article…at least one person has bought a bowflex

  2. October 25th, 2006 | 8:38 pm

    Tremendous article thank you.

    “If I could stick to a 1,500-calorie diet, would I be sharing my living quarters with a machine that is nearly seven feet tall and looks like a mechanical octopus?”

    I still don’t know anyone who has one!

  3. October 26th, 2006 | 12:12 am

    How are Bowflex and Soloflex related? By a lawsuit, out-of-court settlement, and an $8 million cash payment.

  4. October 26th, 2006 | 8:40 am

    Which came first? I am still amazed that Bowflex shells out $16mm per year in ads.

  5. The Corner
    October 26th, 2006 | 9:52 am

    Mr Juggles, you aren’t the ghostwriter for Leveraged Sellout are you? Your shiz is great man. But you never said, are we shorting the Bowflex? Hedge by going long some Ab-lounge LEAPS?

  6. October 26th, 2006 | 10:34 am

    Uncertainty pertaining to the information on the Bowflex creates a situation wherein, at this time, we are unable to provide a discrete recommendation of either Long or Short for the Bowflex.

    I am not the ghostwriter for Leveraged Sell-Out, nor is anyone on our staff. We continue to be long LSO — great great stuff.

  7. The Corner
    October 26th, 2006 | 1:36 pm

    Yes, I agree with you. Additionally, if I may, I’d like to initiate coverage on Long or Short Capital with a “Sector Outperform” rating.

  8. Coop
    October 26th, 2006 | 5:06 pm

    Mr. Juggles,
    I think there are many reasons to believe that the Bowflex is due for a big run. First, the only people who buy bowflexs are fat upper-middle class men who believe that by purchasing the machine, they will lose weight and get hugely ripped abs even if they never use it (nobody ever atually uses bowflex). Secondly, America is getting fatter at an alarming pace. Third, America is getting richer. These three factors may lead to what scientists are calling “The Perfect (bowflex) Storm.” Soon there will be an unused bowflex in the basement of every house in every suburb of New York City in a radius of 500 miles. I believe that the value of bowflex stock is due to rise 10-20 arbitrary units of value in the next year, while the value of owning a bowflex will stay constant, at zero.

  9. The Corner
    October 27th, 2006 | 10:03 am

    Nice analysis, I would then derive that the p-e multiple on the bowflex must be way high. We can use fat loss as a proxy for earnings.