Jerome has set up a "test" account at our brokers where he can trade in tiny size while we sort out the day-to-day mechanics of trade recognition, execution, follow up, etc. So today, at 6:45 a.m, he placed the first four trades he had identified and set about trading the entire day in line with our chosen methodology. By the time we stop at 9:00pm, we have learnt an incredible amount. Generally Jerome was able to identify the trades and execute them - maybe just two cases where things didn't go exactly to plan, which is not bad for day one.
All day we had an instant messenger programme running so Jerome could ask questions as the day progressed, and tell me what trades he had done. This could be what we do most days. Meanwhile I tidied the study, which, as the dissertation work progressed, has become increasingly chaotic.
For the duration of the day we both have our ipods on shuffle and chat about what each of us has heard during the day. I was pleasantly surprised by this way of listening. Several songs I didn't know, some I knew well and haven't heard for years, some I was tempted to jump over. Highlight for me - a track I'd never heard before by someone called Daniel Lentz from a CD called "On the Leopard Alter".