Just as John Maynard Keynes once said, 'in the long run we're all dead'. I don't believe a 'system' could ever beat the market in the long run. It's pointless to define the success of a system by its longevity. Market is dynamic, what worked in 1998 may not work in 2010, what will work in 2010 probably had lost money from 2005 to 2009.
We put down our first line of code 2004 and yes to both. But no retail clients. I'm not a front office guy and I don't want a thousand bosses.
I just want to sit on a mountain or something and count my pips. And when the pips are thin, I look at the flowers, the goats and maybe if I'm lucky Heidi (who should be 30 at this point) streaks by in the nude. I want a simple life...
Fun is not a word I'd use in that context. But it does keep me grounded and in shape. Lost 6kg's in Saudi in 6 weeks...!!
After about 60m or so it becomes cheaper to run SAT divers, so I don't go much deeper than that, and even there you're on a different gas mix, not good for the body. Bone necrosis and so on a real danger when breathing heliox.
Think about this though, at 200 m's takes 8 days to bring you back to surface, at 600 m's take about 24 days to get back to surface.
One of our divers shot himself in the eye with a bungy cord at about 100m's, by the time they got him back to surface to get medical attention the eye had died. He lost it.
In 2007 alone in the Gulf of Mexico they had 7 fatalities. I worked there that year after Katrina. Was my worst and best year. We lost a guy on my boat as well. Some would call it a accident, I think it was nothing short of a murder for profit. All that counted was getting the job done. At any cost.
That boat, was the first time in my life where I refused to work. I told the guy in charge he can and do what he wanted me to do himself. My family expected me to come back home with arms.
The work can be very dangerous and off late I had a few close shaves now. Ran out of air in Taiwan. Had a human failure in the system. Some twat hadn't done his checks properly and I ended up carrying the can for it at 30m's. That was not fun. If you stay you drown, if you go you bend. I really didn't enjoy that.
So with the fx going well, and a big deal on the table, I think my retirement is imminent.
My plan is one last trip to Sri Lanka end of this month for 60 days, after that Africa to go drive my car for a change and then Bali to go for a surf.