King Midas treasured his piles of gold. Maria loved raindrops on roses, etc. Longtime readers may think that IFO’s favorite things would run to money, stocks, CEOs… She does appreciate the first two, and enjoys the human aspects of investing as embodied in CEOs.
But her REAL favorite things run to what she can do and buy. So, travel and food, or Reise u. Speise as she named one of her categories. She also likes to read and listen to music, live or on CD.
But her favorite, favorite, favorite thing is her … pot filler. She just got one via Home Depot (HD:NYSE), installed by a local plumber.
She loves it as much as Midas loved his gold. You see, dreams need not be expensive, just somewhat difficult to achieve.
It’s a simple and relatively inexpensive plumbing fixture that carries a lot of psychological freight with it. Her love of cooking stews, beans, spaghetti; hot water bath canning her own garden produce. She uses Ball(c) Jars, formerly made by Ball Bros., but they spun the canning division off into a new company known as Jarden (JAH:NYSE).
She loves the filler’s total compatibility with her gas oven and range – another obsession recently realized. Do you see that oven? The widest she’s ever had – great for French bread. Also pictured is the outsize rolling pin, shown with a regular size one for comparison.
If she had known about that rolling pin it would have been an obsession, but she just ran into it at a restaurant kitchen supply house in Salt Lake City on a visit to her daughter. It’s fabulous for pie crust and … French bread!
Remember “Ratatouille?” It is an Academy-award winning animated Pixar film (2007) about a rat who wanted to become a French chef. Pixar is a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company (DIS:NYSE).
The movie had some of the most gorgeous scenes of Paris, the French countryside, and … a French restaurant kitchen! Nirvana! In picture below, look behind Collette’s shoulder on the left, above the stove. A pot filler! Source of dreams, obsessions.
What we learn from this is pretty clear – when you focus on your dreams, everything else seems easy – even investing on your own.