Minyan Mailbag: Kevin Depew Reflections on CB
Note: Our goal in Minyanville is to remove intimidation from the financial markets and encourage an interactive dialogue among the Minyanship. We share this next discussion with that very intent.
It's late Friday afternoon in Crested Butte and Toddo is practically doubled over on third base, breathing hard. Miraculously he has just avoided a sure tag out at second base and somehow escaped over to third where he's trying, with difficulty, to catch his breath at 9,000 feet.
"Hey Todd," somebody yells from behind the third baseline fence, "for somebody whose team is down 28-4 you sure are serious."
Todd looks up, smiles a bit, and shoots back, "It's not in my nature to quit."
For me that scene from Crested Butte pretty much sums up Minyanville. And many of us may not fully appreciate how lucky we are that it's not in Toddo's nature to quit. It's not easy to build a worthwhile website from scratch. How one takes that a step further, and builds from scratch not just a worthwhile website that is educational and entertaining, but a true community, a place where relationships are developed, and mutual respect and integrity are as plentiful as the education and information that is imparted and shared, well, just look around you, the reality is that the odds are stacked squarely against it.
The town of Crested Butte has a population of about 700 people. After just three days I think I managed to meet most of them, or at least the ones who gather regularly at Kochevar's Saloon. On Saturday night Minyans made up probably 80% of the patrons at Kochevar's. Standing near the bar, I overheard one local resident say to another, "This sure is a big crowd for this time of year. I wonder who all these people are?"
"It's Minyanville," his friend replied.
"Yeah, sort of an online community that's financial-based. They had a retreat here this weekend. Good people."
For those who couldn't make it out to Crested Butte this year, I see that the tireless Greg Collins is working on summarizing the key points in the presentations for you. They're worth printing and saving. What can't be summarized, however, are the little things that occurred in Crested Butte over the three days, things that taken individually might not seem like much, but that collectively build something far greater and more lasting than just a series of high level financial presentations; whether it's Toddo's never quit attitude, Scott Reamer's patience and generosity, or John Succo demonstrating by example that family and work are not mutually exclusive, these are lessons for a lifetime, not simply entertainment and education for a weekend.
I could go on and on about the little things that made the three days in Crested Butte special, little things to take away like Kevin Tuttle's easy laugh and dangerous Texas Hold'em skills, Neil Dingmann's pool artistry and uncanny ability to simultaneouly drain the 8-ball and the cue ball from virtually anywhere on the table, and the peculiar, ubiquitous yellow Colorado plant I will call the Collins Mantrap, but I'm mindful of Toddo's admonition that "What happens in the Butte, stays in the Butte." I knew all along that Crested Butte would exceed my expectations, but I had no idea the emotional depth to which it would do so. But then, that's no surprise. After all, that's what Minyanville has been about from day one.
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