Frustration

September 10, 2007 at 6:23 pm (Uncategorized)

Had a friend from out of town up this weekend, and it was a good thing – I had to pretend to be far more social and outgoing than I usually am (except around… close friends. There’s a lesson in here somewhere). I think I’m fast realizing that drinking makes me happy, in more than just a “social drinking” way. Is this the first step towards alcoholism? 😉 In many cases, I think it helps relieve my stress or anger over things that I can’t control – and not for a lack of trying. Suffice to say that the motivation I’ve alluded too (behind my new and improved “grown up” kick) often seems almost completely dashed right now – I didn’t really like what I saw, and I don’t know if I am being a bastard about it or not (Magic Eight Ball says “likely”). Either way, I need another kick in the ass, or an acceptance that the original motivation (and it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out what it is) is simply not a viable option, and never really was.

Its weird – I started this just as a place to rant, where I could do in what I figure is a certain anonymity (no names, context, or anything of the sort), but a part of me wishes I could just say this out loud. Internalizing is something I’ve gotten awfully comfortable with, and it may not be the fix-it I’ve always imagined it to be.

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Baseball

September 6, 2007 at 1:40 pm (Uncategorized)

Baseball America Non-Prospect Diary

This has been making the rounds on the baseball blogosphere, and its worth reading (I promise you, being a baseball fan is not neccessrary). Its just a good way of re-affirming your faith in a world that sometimes gives us little reason to.

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Err – Michael Lewis is Brilliant.

September 6, 2007 at 9:12 am (Uncategorized)

Check out the Bloomberg piece excerpted below.

“So right after the Bear Stearns funds blew up, I had a thought: This is what happens when you lend money to poor people.

Don’t get me wrong: I have nothing personally against the poor. To my knowledge, I have nothing personally to do with the poor at all. It’s not personal when a guy cuts your grass: that’s business. He does what you say, you pay him. But you don’t pay him in advance: That would be finance. And finance is one thing you should never engage in with the poor. (By poor, I mean anyone who the SEC wouldn’t allow to invest in my hedge fund.)”

Read the whole piece. Clearly, there’s an element of satire involved, but Lewis is always at his best when writing about finance (forget Moneyball – revolutionary ideas, at least to those who weren’t as informed about baseball, but not a great piece of writing per se) – Liar’s Poker should be on the required reading list of every finance or business curriculum – heck, I learnt more from that book than I did from many of my other courses. The sub-prime clusterfuck is a direct product of human ingenuity running into human greed (both of which are good things – fyi) – the consequences can be enormous. Its hard for to feel sympathy for people who insist on spending above their means, and then expect those who did not to bail them out. If anything, I don’t think this is a liberal-conservative issue – The guy making $40,000 a year shouldn’t have his tax dollars go to bail out the $70,000 a year guy who bought a house he could not afford, and the reverse holds true.

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Ow Ow Ow.

September 3, 2007 at 12:08 pm (Uncategorized)

That’s an accurate description of my current state of being – or more accurately, that of my legs. I must be a masochist to subject them to so much pain afters years of requiring little more than a journey to the fridge/car/bar. Damn them all.

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