Give Peace a ChanceAugust 24, 2010 Posted by: Joe Morgan, CFA
The views expressed in this column are those of the author and not SVB Financial Group.
Do you really want to hurt me?
Do you really want to make me cry?
- Boy George
There is much to be learned about life by simply observing human behavior.
Last week, I had an opportunity to learn something about myself that was both surprising and revealing with regard to the analysis of economic and policy woes of today.
I was having a nice dinner at a lightly populated restaurant in Dallas Tuesday night sitting at the bar when an inebriated fellow came strolling in from outside. He was so obviously soused as to call attention to himself from the four bartenders who overstaffed the place (contrary to what current employment figures might suggest).
Before even choosing a seat, he began rambling loudly about the Brett Favre news being looped on the three ESPN channels flashing pictures of his jet, car and entourage.
"Brett Favre! Brett Favre! Who cares a flip about Brett Favre!"
Being the lucky lottery winner of the night, this fellow chose a seat right next to me and continued to blare on about what a waste of broadcast time it was to focus on one player. The slight female bartender assigned to our section approached with obvious caution and asked if he would like a drink.
"Iced tea! And no gosh darn lemon!" (I'm cleaning up a bit of the language here "for the sake of the children" as they say). This statement must have taken some energy from him; he almost toppled from the barstool as he leaned a good half-foot to one side during his exortation.
Trying to make myself as small as possible, I focused on my laptop, where I was catching up on e-mails after my flight into town, but keeping one ear open hoping not to miss any entertaining activity.
With his iced tea in hand, our unlikely hero began reading the menu loudly and filled with commentary and expletives. The bar area was loud, though not crowded, so it was unlikely his volume invaded anyone's space except for mine and the bartender.
By this time, the bartenders had gathered with one...Read More