The Return of the A-Hole

It's been a while since I graced the pages of this blog with my thoughts, and I think its time people get offended again. I don't have much to share, but I thought I would leave a few random thoughts.

My new favorite song.

I realize I'm about two months late on this song, and that its only from a commercial for a video game that I will never play, but it has all the elements I need to be awesome, violence, falsetto and a catchy beat. The other song I can't get out of my head these days is "Plastic Jesus" from Cool Hand Luke (RIP Paul, one of the coolest guys ever). The Jack Johnson version is pretty catchy as well.

The book I just finished.

Thanks to everyone who offered suggestions for new books to read from this post, but I went on my own and read "When Genius Failed" by Lowenstein. This book was a great look into the LTCM blowup in 1998 and the resulting market chaos. Its incredible how similar that financial turmoil was to today's problems; CDS, leverage and equity volatility. Definitely recommended reading to other nerds.

Fly fishing in the West is the best vacation a man could ask for.

I recently spent a few days fishing the Henry's Fork of the Snake River, the Madison River and a secret creek in South Eastern Idaho. It was some of the best fishing I've had in a long time and a perfect vacation.

The market sucks.

Below is a picture reference of what has happened to the market over the last month.

Sometimes its better not to ask any questions and just move on.

It's hard to believe the markets could be down when we have traders working as hard as the guys in this clip from CNBC.

I was going to write a bit about politics, but it will have to wait for another day. I'm afraid this post is too long and too sexy already.

Other than these things not much is going on. My personal investments are down 36% ytd, I'm slammed at work with earnings season, we're about to elect a socialist and the forecast for this weekend calls for snow. Life is pretty awesome right now.


jill said...

i think kurtis needs to hear an editted version of that song...since its title is his favorite phrase. it would be pretty hilarious to hear him add another inappropriate song to his repetoir. and mark you are only a prick sometimes!

Heather natzmyrelnam said...

I love the A hole's comments...I am a friend of Trisha. I read your blog, and it is nice to see that someone else has verbal diarrhea.