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Minyan Mailbag - Remembering


Thanks for sharing Kev...

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.


In Virginia we sometimes get September days where the temperature
breaks just below 70 degrees, the humidity vanishes, and the sky turns so crystal blue that it seems to fall over everything like a canvas, reducing shapes and forms to crisp icons of themselves. Yesterday was one of those days.

I woke up in a good mood. I had a good day at work. Things went well, but not so well that you'd notice it and mark it down as out of the ordinary. Other than the spectacular weather, it was just an ordinary good day. I wrapped up things in the office earlier than usual after the market closed. By 10 to 5 I was in the car on the way home. My drive home is about 20 minutes, from the suburbs back into the city, and takes me across a bridge that stretches over the James River.

Out of habit, I always slow down a bit on the bridge and scan the river. It's the same thing I see very day, a river with water cascading over rocks and tiny, craggy islands, always the same, but every day different, like all rivers, ever changing sameness. And then, from nowhere, I can't explain it, I just kind of emotionally erupted. September 11, 2001. People sometimes talk about deja vu, the feeling that you've been somewhere before. I don't know. Maybe it was the weather. A little over three years ago it was the same kind of day, such a sharp contrast between natural beauty and absolute horror.

I do understand my good fortune. Unlike many, I don't live with the daily reminders. Still, I was pretty shaken when I got home yesterday. It's out of character and came on so suddenly, like a switch that got flipped on. Maybe the damage in all of us runs deeper than we know. Sorry to burden you with this, but it feels better to write about it, and Minyanville is probably the only place in our Wall Street universe where it would be ok to share it.


Minyan Kevin "Pepe" Depew

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