At the beginning of the year I had plans to dabble in the stock market- specifically to start by buying Facebook stock. I bought books, etc, to get myself familiar with the process and had planned to open en Etrade account. Well, I procrastinated. Everyday design work took over and the stock market became less exciting. I still don't have an Etrade account, but it looks like I dodged a bullet and a hit to the pocketbook by avoiding the Facebook IPO debacle.