鈥淭ry the meditation of the trail, just walk along looking at the trail at your feet and don鈥檛 lookabout and just fall into a trance as the ground zips by,鈥?Kerouac wrote. 鈥淭rails are like that: you鈥檙efloating along in a Shakespearean Arden paradise and expect to see nymphs and fluteboys, thensuddenly you鈥檙e struggling in a hot broiling sun of hell in dust and nettles and poison oak鈥?justlike life.鈥? 网上能买彩票的新彩app MIKE SMITH: We have a group of longtime investors in Scotland who have done it better maybe than anybody. Backin the early days of our growth, the Stephens people took us to London, where we first attracted theinterest of these folks. They told us right off that they believed in investing for the long term. They saidthat as long as they felt good about the basics of the company, and had confidence in the management,they wouldn't be buying and selling the way many of these fund managers do. Man, they were talking mylanguage. Years after that first trip, we visited with them in Edinburgh, and they really laid it on for us. Wehave a similar group out in California. "Two things about Sam Walton distinguish him from almost everyone else I know. First, he gets up everyday bound and determined to improve something. Second, he is less afraid of being wrong than anyoneI've ever known. And once he sees he's wrong, he just shakes it off and heads in another direction."All during that real estate fiasco, I was, of course, still trying to run these variety stores, and everythingwas going along great until May 20, 1957I'll never forget the day. Bud called me from Versailles andsaid a tornado had hit the Ruskin store. "Ah, it probably shook up a little glass," I said. But later I got toworrying about it, and I couldn't get through to anybody up there so I went on up to Kansas City to seefor myself. AL MILES, RETIRED EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT, WAL-MART: The Olympics were opened to professionals after the 1984 Games, which meant running-shoecompanies could bring the distance-running savages out of the wilderness and onto the payrollreservation.