Category Archives: Anecdotes

The Virgin Suicides

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“How ya doing? Your energy level OK? Everyone all right?”

Our children, treading water in Trunk Bay just as I was, signalled to me that they were fine. Unlike their doughy father, my beloved children are athletic and strong, and they have the kind of stamina that makes a lengthy snorkeling adventure a pleasure. Like their father, however, they are sanctimonious about going au naturel and not relying on fins for their exploration like some of the obese Americans we witnessed.

My beloved kids have the same love of nature that I do, and we had several explorations during the past week that got us close to all manner of reptile, bird, and fish life. As a child, I cherished animal life far more than human, being somewhat of a misanthrope (surprise!), and my daughter in particular inherited this gene from me in abundance.

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Fat Chance

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Last week, I stopped at the supercharger on the Google campus, and I walked over to Zareen’s, a popular place for Indian/Pakistani food to get a couple of mango lassis and samosas.

While waiting there, I noticed an unusually fat Indian kid. I would guess him to be about 15-16 years old, and well north of 200 pounds. I noticed him not just because of his size, but also because he was in a dress shirt, slacks, tie, and had a name tag dangling from a lanyard. Nearby was his also-very-fat father, who was dressed more casually. I noticed on the name tag was printed Camp BizSmart.

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Contemplating Comedy

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Those of you who have read me for a while may have noticed a surprising
number of posts are oriented toward stand-up comics. Just one glance at my
category cloud confirms this – – the “Humor” section is much larger than
many of the others, even though this is ostensibly a blog about charting
the financial markets, which is about as far away from comedy as can be
imagined.

I’ve been thinking about this myself: what is this fascination I’ve got
with comedians? After all, I don’t even like the vast majority of them. I
do, however, fixate on the greats like George Carlin, Greg Giraldo, Emo
Phillips, Richard Pryor, Patton Oswalt, Norm MacDonald, and others.

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