Hello version and wanderer. Thanks for the interest. I kind of feel guilty for not posting in the journal or explaining what I have been doing. I do try to be as communicative as possible but have slacked on many things recently including updating the "discipline journal". (getting sick didn't help either) I have been working on a new system. No, not because the current one has stopped working. The current one is just fine.The system in the journal has 62 trades in November so far with a net of 266 YM points, even after the bloodbath on Friday with the downtrend day. Friday was -63 points with 2 breakeven, 1 winner and 5 frickin losers.The system is profitable on a monthly basis even with the 3 or 4 typical trend days every month that are always bad days. I also found that since I am trading the system very mechanically and my discipline has been exactly what it needs to be: TAKE 15 POINTS, GET STOPPED OR GET OUT IF THERE IS AN OPPOSITE SIGNAL, the journal has become kind of moot. Also, there weren't many participants besides myself so there weren't many motivators left to update the journal. The "simple system for beginners" thread caught my attention because the new system that I am working on is a break out sytem. I was looking at the 14:00 eastern time move and trying to incorporate it into my breakout system but have shifted gears away from that for now. I am working like crazy in backtesting by hand. I do all backtests by hand. This takes up a LOT of time. But, is well worth it. I was reading some posts by some Forex traders on another web site and they all have great trend following sytems. But they all complain about how to filter out the non-trending periods which chop them to death. Of course with my systm, if I could filter out the trend days, it would be GREAT too. I do see how playing the market with what is in front of you is a true survival technique. I suppose some traders can do that. I can not. At least at this point in time. Therefore, I will continue to trade my current system and create new ones that are based on a theme: trending, reversal or rangebound and try to find the best filter that I can to limit the downside when the conditions aren't prime for the theme of the system.