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User Info It's Called Evolution, Gentlemen (Tickerforum Changes); entered at 2013-09-28 23:22:25
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Registered: 2007-06-26
Thank you David.

Yeah, it means "less." But you know what? That's ok. Less isn't dying, it's still being ok. It means winding down. It means less bullshit, more time with the few people I truly give a fuck about and will cover their six -- and can trust them to cover mine.

There aren't all that many of those, in truth. I like most of the people here, but I don't know many of you all that well -- not really. Not well enough to KNOW that if the shit gets ugly, they'll be behind me -- nor can most of the people here possibly know whether if I'm behind THEM I'd shoot them in the back or whether I'd cover them instead. There are exceptions, of course, but in the main that's a fact.

I've gone through this twice. Once in 1998, and then again now. In '98 it was a tough call. Take the company public, be a billionaire if it worked. Get out with a shit-ton of money even when it blew up in 2000, as I knew it would. I'd still have 100 times what I have now.

But I had to choose between raising my kid, REALLY raising her, from just around 2 years old, and paying a Nanny and being a half-way-there Dad. I looked at the pile of money I could have, I looked at her and the much smaller pile I'd have if I made that call, and the decision was done.

This is the same sort of thing but at a more-subdued level. The monetary rewards are smaller and the price is diffuse instead of being a point-source like it is with your kid. It took more time, more thought, more evaluation, but in the end the decision was still easy on the merits.
2013-09-28 23:22:25