Gut wrenching read

I cried after the first two chapters.

I felt shocked after reading the next two.

A rage came over me after reading the rest.

Then sadness that some women let their own down, when they could have definitely helped, even just a little bit.

Finally, a realization that someone was this brave to share their story to the public and make it a seminal moment.

With two daughters, I pray that they never have to face similar situations and if they do, that they fight back hard.

Recommend it to your old enough sons to read and internalize.


When life gives you lemons…

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade is a nice proverbial phrase.

Pooja Krishnan, my daughter turned in her final exam yesterday. It was a take home. And you can guess why it was a take home.

Desirous of celebrating her graduation from UW and with the possibility that a formal graduation ceremony may never be held this year, she put together her own ceremony at home.

Without further ado, here is ….

Our dog didn’t want any part of it and decided to remain in the yard.


Marking time

It’s my birthday today.

It’s also my wife’s 50th birthday.

We are unique like that sharing the same birthday.

We’ve known each other for 28 years.

She is a terrific artist. Self taught. Our house is her gallery. Her fame needs to keep up with her talent.

She is also a wonderful mother to our two daughters.

Borrowing an idea from a college friend, I suggested to her to do 50 things this year.

She came back with 50 hikes in 365 days. She has roped me in as well. She has cautioned that she will paint on location. I have to figure something meaningful to do while I wait.

That’s a pace of one hike a week. It can be done.

What that will teach us, it’s hard to predict. But being in Nature is essential for our existence so no learnings may be needed.

Look out, it’s Friday the 13th.


Current Events

Black Swan in March

It’s been a lousy month of March so far (Mar 12th as I write this) for the globe.

The human beings in this planet are under threat from an invisible-to-the-naked-eye enemy that is spreading at an alarming rate and targeting the elderly for the kill.

COVID-19, CoronaVirus, Exponential Growth, Social Distancing, Fatality Rate, Pandemic, Flatten the curve are some terms on everyone’s lips. There are real experts and there are others.

Companies have forced people to work from home. Large events have been cancelled. Travel plans are being rescheduled. Disneyland is shut down. A tiny microbe has the power to stop capitalism dead cold in its tracks. Many humans are suffering, though.

The stock market has been forced to react. It can’t deal with uncertainty and is throwing a fit. People are injecting liquidity, cutting payroll taxes as if the virus will listen. Even the market is not listening.

In the history of the world the word “testing” has not been uttered as many times as in the month of March. Some central body has the gumption to prevent conscientious soldiers on the front line from doing their job. Decentralization needs to work. Alas, bitcoin decided to throw a fit too.

There is realization that other countries in the world can do somethings better than good’ol USA.

Hoping this thing subsides in the next 2-3 months, so we can go back to our old ways again. That was tongue in cheek, but we can’t talk about the face now. My face is the loneliest part of my body now 🙂


Week in Equities Market

Mar 2 – 7

It was a lousy week in the equities market.

The positive was that I got to spend half the week in Fort Collins Colorado.

COVID-19 meltdown continued.

Fed cutting 50 bps didn’t help. That is not going to speed up vaccine development or unblock supply chains.

To add fuel to the fire, OPEC and Russia failed to reach a deal to stabilize output. Saudi Arabia said over the weekend that it’s going to increase output despite lowered demand due to the pandemic. Oil is going to be routed.

Volatility was extreme. If one were a nimble trader, one could have played the yo yo game and made money both ways.

10 yr Treasury yields fell sharply

Gold continues to more valuable

These are challenging times for elderly retirees who face a double threat of the virus and stock market meltdown.

The downturn will persist until the flat part the viral growth curve is within sight or an anti viral is announced.

Be safe out there.