Some thoughts on a rainy day on the coast.
Of All the Nerve - I'm unfortunately still dealing with a significant pinched nerve in my neck and related symptoms that I picked up on my recent trip to Atlanta (main problem is tingling in the small two fingers of my right hand and some swelling in the neck ... which oddly enough started immediately after having sat in one of those demo massage chairs in a Brookstone store) that had worsened to a point where I chose to undergo a head and spine MRI yesterday to supplement my chiropractor's current treatment. btw, one has a lot of time to think while in the casket-like MRI tube for 50 minutes. I think I planned the next 90 trading days.
Anyway, technically I have "multilevel spondyloarthropathy", with among other things, "moderate bilateral foraminal stenosis at the C7-T1 levels". Sounds like some techno-trader describing a simple pullback in an uptrend. Translated it simply means my back is showing its 48 years, and I have some pinching where some of the hand nerves exit the lower neck.
Oh, and I also learned that the "visualized brian parenchyma is unremarkable" ... which ironically means my brain is OK ... although I'm sure many would dispute that.
Not sure where I go from here, but obviously it remains a concern until licked.
Yet I'm a trader, so consider it simply water splashed in my face ... which leads me to:
Comment of the Week - Goes to Steve in response to Thursday's post:
My wife used to say the hardest part in open water triathlons was getting kicked in the face during the swim. It's not something you can train for, and all the solo running, biking, and swimming miles doesn't prepare you for it. But being able to expect it (possibly) and recover from it means you might finish the race.
I couldn't have said it better.
Dear Sigmund - As we get ready to enter month ten of this public diary experiment, someone mentioned to me the other day that this blog now ranks ahead of many trading sites in terms of both growth rate and sustained traffic (and apparently still inching toward the list of top 100K sites for the entire 'Net at 237K last week ... and jumping 1.5 Million Q4 08 to Q1 09 in terms of 3-mo average), to which I simply shrugged my shoulders. Don't worry, the market will keep any ego in check.
You see, from my perspective I still view this as simply writing to myself and perhaps my alter ego. Sort of like Dr. Sidney Freedman writing to Sigmund Freud in the classic M*A*S*H series. Why don't they make shows like that anymore?
Yet I suppose we may have inadvertently planted another Bamboo. Still, all I want to do is focus on my own trading. One man climbing another mountain, and so much work remains.
That, and solve the pinched nerve puzzle. Maybe Hawkeye can help on that one.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend and check out yesterday's video if you missed it.