A RANDOM WALK DOWN WALL STREET
Actually, the title is only designed to get your attention
since this is my first article in a long time. My apologies to Burton Malkiel,
the noted author of the above book. I’ve spent much of my time in the past year
dealing with Wall Street notables in various business transactions and haven’t
found enough time to write.
Imagine my surprise when Sometimes-a-Wino Sharon informed
me that we were heading to the mountain estate of Wino John in Northwestern New
Jersey last weekend. I dashed to the cellar and pulled out a couple of Petite
Syrah’s from California, a 1997 Simi and a 1994 Markham. I
placed the bottles in my vehicle’s wine cooler (yes, you can purchase such an
item these days!), packed the extensive suitcases of the family (being the only
male, I had a knapsack), and headed up I-95 from B’more.
(Editor's note: Imagine a fleet of blacked-out Suburbans and a
Four hours later, I entered the security code on the gates
of the WJ estate and was immediately allowed entrance (note: I have a different
security code than the one WJ gave to WB, but probably different than the one
that he gave “the Donald”). S-A-W Sharon and her sister headed out to the local
shopping emporium and WJ and I organized our Petite Syrah 90’s vertical tasting
and technology gab fest.
I really don’t remember any of the gab fest answers that
Wino John gave me about the latest in high tech inventions since I have no use
for any of those really high tech things that he deals with (note: I would have
remembered if any of them were wine-related). However, the 90’s Petite Syrah’s
were peaking and drinking well and we somehow found a way to work our way
through the assembled bottles.
We worked our way through the wines, discussed the merits
of my favorite talk radio station in NY renaming itself “Client Number Nine
Station”, debated the pros and cons between investing in first growths or gold,
and watched the weekend’s NCAA hoops action. All in all, a good weekend to
celebrate the onset of Spring (note: it snowed in Northwestern NJ on Sunday
morning, but part of that was due to the high altitude of the WJ mountain
estate). I committed to WJ that I’ll try to get back to a somewhat irregular
article submission schedule. Meanwhile, he committed to me that he’ll try to
submit an article himself before WB comments that I’ve now caught up with WJ.
March 21, 2008