Slope of Hope Blog Posts

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Public Pumpkins

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As some of you know, Marissa Mayer lives near me, and she is beloved by the children of the neighborhood since she does great Halloween. This year, of course, the trick-or-treating has been banned, but Ms. Mayer is undeterred. She has, as always, decked out her house splendidly. She also, being a zillionaire, bought the only funeral home in Palo Alto, just for the hell of it, and has turned the entire thing into a huge display of gargantuan pumpkins (hundreds of pounds each). I took a few photos early in the morning while walking my dogs:

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Est Nihil

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As a child of the Cold War, I have a very easy “tell” that indicates when I am really anxious: I have a dream about a nuclear war. It happens every single time. If I’m extraordinarily worried, then the mushroom clouds show up. It happened to me just the other night.

The reason, as you might guess, is related to the election. However, it isn’t the election per se: it is the market’s reaction to it. Just think back to the mayhem that took place on Election Night 2016. I suspect something akin to that, but instead of taking place over several hours, it could go on for days, or even weeks. Just wild, crazy swings, up and down, with every tidbit of news lurching the market this way and that. Thus, the dreams of nuclear annihilation.

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