I started investing in 1999 with the "Foolish Four"; my first four stocks were CAT, DD, EK, and GM. I also tried some tech stock investing, buying SUNW, CSCO, and ORCL. After the tech stock bubble popped in 2001 and the Foolish 4 was discredited, I lost around half of my early portfolio value. I only kept CAT from that initial batch of 7 companies (and still own it today).
Now I own mostly Stock Advisor companies. Within the Stock Advisor community, I am the "ticker guide" for Berkshire Hathaway. I also occasionally write as a freelance contributor to The Motley Fool.
The name Gordogato means (loosely) "Fat Cat" in Spanish, and it has double meaning for me. (1) One day, I hope to be one of those rich Fat Cats everyone is always talking about. (2) The first time our cleaning lady saw my cat sprawled out on the bed, she exclaimed, "Ah, gato es gordo!". The cat instantly got the nickname "Gordogato", and I started using it here (and as an avatar name for MMORPG gaming) soon after. Contrary to what you might think, I'm not "gordo" myself, nor do I speak Spanish (I do know a little French, though).