I pondered buying Apple at less than $100 a share. I didn't, and that was about $500 ago.
I toyed with buying into Google's IPO, but never pulled the trigger. The stock is up more than $400.
Those are among many reasons why I never offer investment advice, despite regularly writing about finance and markets. But I know a good result when I see it.
Heavens to Presti, Oklahoma City, you've made some fine investments in the Thunder.
Setting the stage was the vision of then-Mayor Jim Norick and others to persuade voters to tax themselves to remake downtown, including building a sports arena with no tenant.
And recall that Chesapeake Energy Arena cost just $89 million, a bargain when compared to other NBA stadiums. Dallas, for instance, paid $420 million for the posh American Airlines Center, and the Heat's home cost $213 million.
Next, city and business leaders acted quickly to seize an opportunity to host the displaced Hornets, which offered a proving ground for our city and demonstrated the surprising local fan fervor.
Clay Bennett and his cohorts then swooped in to buy the Seattle SuperSonics (remember how some said they overpaid?) and bring the franchise to OKC. I'm sympathetic to mourning Sonics fans, but that transaction from beginning to end was one crafty business deal.
The Thunder brain trust — “some rednecks from Oklahoma, which we've been called,” as Aubrey McClendon put it — now owns what is considered the best-run franchise in the league, a sentiment hard to deny considering its position in the NBA Finals.
Meanwhile, locals are stoked about their team and their town. Even Tulsans, for Rumble's sake, lined up to buy T-shirts after the Thunder clinched a spot in the finals.
Which brings me back to my investment experience. With the encouragement of two prescient friends, I bought into a season ticket partnership before the Thunder's debut. While I briefly questioned the wisdom of that move during the team's rocky first few months, I'm now sitting pretty in Section 118.
That investment has doubled, split and is paying massive dividends.
Buy and hold, friends. Buy and hold.