April 26, 2004

A Seasonal Study in Despair

WE HAVE BEEN IN A perfectly good snit all day, for no particular good reason, and this troubles us greatly.

After all, we are not generally like this; we are usually happy and optimistic types, to the point where we are downright annoying and invite great malice from those suffering around us. For after all, we have been long schooled in various life lessons which serve us well in this regard, viz., Keep Things in Perspective, The Most Powerful Force in the Universe is Compound Interest, and One Ought Not Let Little Things Get One Down.

So it is to an eye with all three of these guiding principles that we pen the following, knowing full well that this wretched miserable gloomy gray day will pass onto a wonderful spring, and that we should earn 8 pc on our investments this year, and that the combined maladies we suffer on this April 26th, 2004, will mean nothing by Oct. 15, 2007.

But still, we feel like crap.

We do believe this is a seasonal thing; the rotten winter here has transformed into a rotten spring, turning everything gloomy shades of grey and brown. The rain pours forth, seemingly always during our off-time. We stare up at the overcast sky and take pleasure when our eyes hurt; it shows that at least we're picking up a few joules of energy from the forgotten sun. These things are, of course, assuming we go out -- there are few places that have piqued our interest around here as of late; and even if we did, our jaunts would quickly prove to mirror those mentioned in a recent sociological study. It is not so much that we have few personal connections here; it is that we have lost the desire for making any new ones.

To elaborate on that, it is as if the tapestry of our interests -- books and music and blogging and good movies and eating out and travel and private writing -- has had a bottle of bleach poured upon it. The brightness and vibrancy and color and enjoyment of those things have very much faded away. We had a good idea for a book once and have not written a word for it in three months; we have not bought a compact-disc in ages; it has been weeks since we went out for dinner. The furnace has long run out of fuel. And time marches on.

Of course, that leads us to Life Lesson No. 4, which is that This Too Shall Pass. How long it will take to do so is uncertain; it may simply be an evening, and on the morrow we may yet awake feeling refreshed and ready to take on life's challenges again. We have long known that it is a bad idea for us to blog when we are in one of these moods, anyway. So we'll see.

But what concerns us is that it has been a long time since we've woken up feeling refreshed and with that give-'em-hell attitude. At the very least, though, writing about this has made us feel a bit better -- and hopefully we'll be able to jump to the other side of the curve sooner rather than later. Of course, some sunshine would certainly not hurt things!

Posted by Benjamin Kepple at April 26, 2004 09:27 PM | TrackBack

Sorry, I need to lodge a complaint that the Philadelphia Stock Exchange (PHLX) has somehow not made it onto your link fund-- what's up? The PHLX is the oldest exchange in the country (older than the NYSE) and has way more market share than the PSE.

Posted by: Steph at April 27, 2004 03:31 PM

Hi Steph,

Yeah, I know. But I can assure you I will include PHLX on the link list once I get enough bloggers who live in a geographical band from Philly in the north to northern Virginia in the south, plus enough New York-area bloggers to maintain the NYSE heading. Distinctions are purely geographical; for instance, if I get enough New England bloggers, they will end up under an "S&P 500" heading. (I use CBOT for the Great Lakes region out to the Plains, I use AMEX for the South, and the Wilshire 5000 is held for later use: perhaps for less-noticed U.S. bloggers who do fine work but aren't recognized).

The switch to a market-oriented link list was simple: it allows me to read my favorite sites while still maintaining the geographical distinctions held in the earlier list. Also, since nearly every nation with bloggers also has a market, it makes it much easier for me to list non-American bloggers by country. And it's also more of an open sign as to my interest in finance. Branding AND efficiency all in one!

Posted by: Benjamin Kepple at April 27, 2004 06:21 PM